This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from a Course in Miracles
Let’s review a few terms in the context of my interpretation before we dive into this chapter.
Thus far, we have learned Atonement, in the archaic, non-religious use of the word, is defined as reconciliation or agreement. In theological studies, the word is used do describe reconciliation with God for sins, making amends. Since I am agnostic, I have chosen to use the word in the archaic sense for my interpretation of ACIM.
This chapter opens with the emphasis on miracles as the means to reconciling with the truth (That is we are not separate from God or Jesus Christ) If you are new to this series, I highly recommend you go back to this post, for a deeper understanding of my interpretation of God and Jesus Christ from an agnostic perspective. My intent is not to discount God or Jesus Christ in this interpretation of ACIM, but rather my interpretation seeks to make the text more accessible, particularly to those who are not Christian. I feel the book is such a valuable tool in my spirituality practice, even though I do not believe in God (in the traditional sense). If you are religious, I invite you to explore the text with me anyway, as I would love to share an open dialogue with opposing view points.
Let is then understand atonement as the correction of any error (those ordinarily defined as “Sin”) with an additional understanding that the text makes it very clear that there are no such “Sins” that make you any less than an equal to God, I his eyes.
This chapter begins by telling us our focus is shifting to healing now. Miracles are the mechanism. We have already learned in previous chapter that Forgiveness and Gratitude are miracles. The goal for miracles is to release fear and doubt (and any understanding that we are less than perfect already). The text also reminds us once again that miracles are not stratified and a miracle is a miracle, regardless of how big or small, they are all equally impressive and serve to erase the mistake of believing anything other than perfection and unconditional love.
In the last post, we learned that the body is the temple and intuition (inner voice, god-voice, spirits, angels, guides, aliens, ghosts etc) is the altar, housed inside the “Temple.”
We are reminded that spirit, created in the likeness of God is already perfect. The spirit is perfect and the body is nothing more than the container, therefor, it is the mind that fabricates error. (in believing we are not perfect). Atonement seeks to realign this belief and make the body-min-spirit connection congruent.
We learn that all sickness is “not-right-mindedness” as in the mind is creating a false belief. All sickness than is created in the mind through incorrect belief. It is this incongruence the miracle seeks to correct and in essence bring about the final miracle of atonement(reconciliation with ourselves and God).
The body, we learn does not create illness, the body is nothing more than the container and all levels of correction should begin with the mind because error can only be corrected on the level in which it occurred. So, we cannot perform a miracle on the physical level, it must be performed on the mental level (In the mind).
Since we learned already that miracles can be nothing more than a sincere apology, we know now that the apology must come from the heart and be sincere or it cannot have the same efficacy.
Anytime there is fear involved, it is not a miracle. The entire aim of the miracle, as we have already learned, is to eliminate fear and increase congruence (through atonement).
If you are enjoying these posts, please leave a comment and let me know what you like and don’t like about them. It is very time consuming to post my interpretation of this lengthy course and your feedback is essential to ensure I am giving you what you want to read. I value your input and look forward to more open dialogue.
I have not receive much feedback on looking at this course from an agnostic perspective, what are your thoughts? Are you able to follow along if you are Religious? How about if you are not? My intent is to make this text more accessible, your feedback is greatly appreciated and gives me the drive to continue with these posts.