This post is part of a series of posts entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles
In my honest assessment, much of this section is a continuation of the last and there is not much new information to share on this section.
With that said, let us recap a few things: You are spirit. Each of us is spirit. Spirit is eternal and spirit is perfection, there is no need to correct the spirit, as it is already perfect. The body is nothing more than a playground and learning lab for spirit to experience life on earth in human form.
We learned in the last post that perception comes from the senses and is not knowledge. To imply that something is perceived is also to imply that it is a topic not currently known. Knowledge does not require perception proof, it just is.
In this section, we do learn that we are only aware of part of our real strength. I believe this is because most of us are unaware just how powerful our minds are in creating our own realities. It is that unawareness that causes us to not know what we are truly capable of.
Since spirit is perfect, all corrections of mis-perception are made in the mind. The mind is the only part of us that can mis-perceive.
“Consciousness, the level of perception, was the first split introduced into the mind after the separation, making the mind a perceiver rather than a creator.”
This part is a little confusing because we have already learned that the mind is the creator of our own individual reality. What we come to understand now is that when we rely solely on our perceptions (meaning the five primary senses) we are not acquiring knowledge but perception.
“Consciousness is correctly identified as the domain of the ego. The ego is a wrong-minded attempt to perceive yourself as you wish to be rather than as you are. “
Here we learn that our self-identification is part of the ego process and not part of a deep knowing of the truth. Part of the human experience is our ability to use our senses and develop perceptions of the world based on those perceptions.
Knowledge, as we learned yesterday is more of an innate knowing of something. It is true, just because we know it is, even without proof for the senses.
As long as we are relying on our perceptions (Senses) to understand something, then it is not knowledge of the truth because knowledge does not require the use of the senses to be understood. Perception always involves misuse of the mind, because inherent knowledge does not require the senses of perception.
Perception is part of the human experience which also means it is part of the separation we have made with being a whole and complete spiritual being. It was a conscious choice we made when we entered earth in human form. We all seek to remember our spiritual form, it is part and parcel of the human experience, the human journey.
The text tell us in paragraph seven, that Jesus was a man who remembered spirit and its knowledge. It tells us that we must correct the basis of the error, not the error itself. This means, we must first reconnect with spirit.
“I can erase all misperceptions from your mind if you will bring it under my guidance. Only your misperceptions stand in your way. Without them your choice is certain. Sane perception induces sane choosing. I cannot choose for you, but I can help you make your own right choice.”
This reminds me of a concept I learned many, many years ago as part of my Al-anon experience. “Let go and Let God.” While the word “God” in this sentence has always thrown my agnosticism for a loop, I have come to terms with this idea now, knowing that each of us is part of a greater consciousness, if you will. We each create our own reality. There is something greater working here though, because all the strings of reality I create and all the strings of reality you create are not necessarily on the same path, so they are bound to get tangled and cause us some problems. Trusting that while I may not have control of everything in my life is a fact of life itself, I have control in my reaction to what does happen and I can have faith (defined here as innate knowing) that there is a plan and everything is always just as it should be.
Are you capable of accepting that somethings are indeed outside of your control? It is often a difficult concept to grasp at the same time we are learning just how much control we actually do have over our current circumstances.
I would like to close this post with my favorite part of this section:
“Many are called by few are chosen” should be corrected to be, “All are called, but few choose to listen”
Something has brought you on this path, to be reading A Course in Miracles along with me. This dear one indicates your readiness, now show up for yourself here today and listen to the message as it plays out for us:
“God Knows you only in Peace, and this is your reality”
Can you forgive yourself for those times you didn’t live up to your own expectations? How about when you didn’t live up to someone else’s expectations? Are you able to forgive others when they don’t live up to your expectations?
God, or your Higher power or the greater consciousness, higher consciousness, the Universe, the Great Power, the Source, whatever term you use already sees you as perfection, A part of the eternal perfect spirit. When you are ready to see yourself and all others in this way, you have remembered the knowledge of spirit. Only your misperceptions stand in your way.