This post is part of a series of posts entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. We are currently in Chapter 3 The innocent Perception, Section V. Beyond Perception.
In this section, we attempt to clear up the difference between make and create. According to ACIM, when you make something you do so, because you feel that you are somehow lacking something to begin with. We have already learned that we are one with spirit and spirit is perfect and therefor is not lacking in anything. The Ego is what perceives the lack and the mind responds in kind by making something to fill the perceived hole.
Knowing, as we have discussed is innate knowledge of something, not something that was perceived with the senses.
“Knowing is not open to interpretation. You may try to “interpret” meaning, but this is always open to error because it refers to the perception of meaning”
There is no need to perceive anything that is innately known.
“Prayer is a way of asking for something. It is the medium of the miracles. But the only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven, have everything. Once forgiveness has been accepted, prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly meaningless.”
We have already learned that forgiveness is a miracle. Not only do we need to forgive others who have acted out of illness and misperception, but, we also need to forgive ourselves for the times we acted out of illness and misperception. Forgiveness brings us back to knowledge or the innate knowing that we are one with the eternal, perfect spirit and our only role in Creation.
The idea that we were created in God’s image is a little bit confusing because the word image implies there is perception of the eyes.
“Perception is a continual process of accepting and rejecting, organizing and rejecting, organizing and reorganizing, shifting and changing. Evaluation is an essential part of perception, because judgments are necessary in order to select.”
When you have knowledge, perception is not required. What happens, ACIM asks us when there are no judgments and nothing but perfect equality.
“Perception becomes impossible. Truth can only be known.”
Knowledge in this case, is like the awakening. When we have had a the vision, there are no words to describe it. Even the word vision is a stretch for me, because the first time I felt “Enlightened,” I suddenly knew the truth in every cell of my being. It was not a vision, it was not a conversation for me, it was simply a knowing of truth. Each cell in my body knows the truth. Since that first experience, I have found truth in others’ descriptions, I have found truth in movies and television shows and in fairy tales, fables, religious texts and novels. I have no sensory proof for you to perceive with your eyes or ears or to hold in your hands or taste in your mouth. I just know what I know and I know with all of my being that it is true and now I try to find ways to share what I have envisioned (Again, I struggle with a word to use, as there was no vision). “Truth can only be known” But, sorry, I digress.
In the end of this section, we come back full circle.
“Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation.”
We come back to forgiveness and Atonement. Forgiveness, as we know, is a miracle because it heals a wound. Atonement, as we have discussed previously is the return of knowing. It is a return to the truth, it is remembering that we are not separate, we are all part of the singular. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in my Catholic training are all the same thing. I like to think of them as The Body, The Soul and The Universal conciousness . They are one and the same. We are the Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost. We are not separate from anyone in our lives, or any other living thing.
What are your thoughts? I would love to have a dialogue with you!