I recommend this original phrasing and behind-the-scenes-feel manuscript for ACIM students and scholars whose hearts and minds have been touched by A Course in Miracles This is a printed, covered, and bound clean copy of the original typing of the Text, Workbook, and Manual, plus 60 pages of "special messages. I have done it for you with a commercial printer in an efficient format. This is the first typing by Bill Thetford or the first re-typing by Helen Shucman, but it is likely the very first draft. If you are looking for THE Urtext, this is it.
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Change the word "sin" to "absence of love". Sin is a manmade word with threat connotations which he made up himself. No REAL threat is involved anywhere. Just because "nature abhors a vacuum," which is true enough, it does not follow that "a vacuum is filled with hellfire. Miracles need freedom from fear. Part of their Atonement value involves just that. Note that the word "atone" really means "undo. The purpose of the Atonement is to restore everything TO you.
That is, to restore the awareness. Later clarifcation. Having been restored to your original state, you naturally become part of the Atonement yourself.
The slogan for this Crusade is "Listen, Learn, and Do. They dispel illusions about himself, and perceive the light in him. They thus atone for his errors by freeing him from his own nightmares.
They release him from a prison in which he has imprisoned himself. By freeing his mind from illusions, they restore his sanity, and place him at the feet of Jesus. Tell B. If a mind creates without love, it can create an empty shell. This CAN be possessed by evil. But the Atonement restores the Soul to its proper place. Unless there is emptiness there is no danger, and emptiness is a false creation.
The mind that serves the Spirit is invulnerable. The miracle restores the Soul to its fullness. By atoning for lack, it establishes perfect protection. The strength of the Soul leaves no room for intrusions. The forgiven are filled with the Soul, and their Soul forgives in return. It is the duty of the released to release their brothers. Fantasies are distorted forms of thinking, because they always involve twisting perception into unreality.
Fantasy is a debased form of vision. Visions and Revelations are closely related. Twist reality in any way, and you are perceiving destructively. Reality was lost thru usurpation, which in turn produced tyranny. I told you you were now restored to your former role in the Plan of Atonement.
But you must still choose freely to devote your heritage to the greater Restoration. As long as a single slave remains to walk the earth, your release is not complete.
Complete restoration of the Sonship is the only true goal of the miracle-minded. Inappropriate sex relaxes only in the sense that it may induce physical sleep. It always strengthens, and never depletes. It DOES induce peace, and by establishing tranquillity not relaxation it enables both giver and receiver to enter into a state of Grace.
Here his miracle-mindedness, not release from tension is restored. Since this makes it inevitable that they will extend them to others, a very strong chain of Atonement is welded.
Only man makes that kind of error. It is an example of the "foolish consistency" his own false beliefs have engendered. Withdrawal is properly employed in the service of withdrawing from the desert. It is NOT a device for escape, but for consolidation. There IS only One Mind.
Dissociation is quite similar. You should split yourself off from error, but only in defense of integration. Detachment is essentially a weaker form of dissociation.
This is one of the major areas of withholding that both you and B. Flight can be undertaken in whatever direction you choose, but note that the concept itself implies flight FROM something. Flight from error is perfectly appropriate. Regression is a real effort to return to your own original state. There are many other so-called "dynamic" concepts which are profound errors due essentially to the misuse of defenses.
Among them is the concept of different levels of aspiration, which results from real level confusion. However, the main point to be understood from these notes is that you can defend truth as well as error, and in fact, much better. For perfect effectiveness, the chalice of the Atonement belongs at the center of the inner altar, where it undoes the Separation, and restores the wholeness of the Spirit.
Before the Separation, the mind was invulnerable to fear, because fear did not exist. This is what the Bible means by the " Restoration of the Temple". His belief in it renders it out of his control by definition.
For this reason, any attempt to resolve the basic conflict thru the concept of mastery of fear is meaningless. In fact, it asserts the power of fear by the simple assumption that it need be mastered at all. The essential resolution rests entirely on the mastery of love. In the interim, conflict is inevitable. The reason for this is the strangely illogical position in which man had placed himself. Since we have frequently emphasized that correction must be applied within the level that error occurs, it should be clear that the miracle MUST be illogical because its purpose is to correct the illogical and restore order.
The Last Judgment is generally thought of as a procedure undertaken by God. Actually, it will be undertaken solely by man, with My help. It is a Final Healing, rather than a meting out of punishment, however much man may think punishment is deserved. Punishment as a concept is in total opposition to Right-Mindedness. The Final Judgment might be called a process of Right-evaluation. It simply means that finally all men must come to understand what is worthy and what is not. After this, their ability to choose can be reasonably directed.
Unless this distinction has been made, the vacillations between free and imprisoned will cannot but continue. The first step toward freedom, then, MUST entail a sorting out of the false from the true.
This is a process of division only in the constructive sense, and reflects the true meaning of the Apocalypse. Man will ultimately look upon his own creations, and will to preserve only what is good, just as God Himself once looked upon what he had created, and knew that it WAS good.
At this point, the Will will begin to look with love on its creations, because of their great worthiness. The term "salvation" does NOT apply to the Soul, which is not in danger and does not need to be salvaged. Salvation is nothing more that "right-mindedness" which is NOT the one-mindedness of the Soul, but which must be accomplished before one-mindedness can be restored. Right-mindedness dictates the next step automatically, because right perception is uniformly without attack, so that wrong-mindedness is obliterated.
The ego cannot survive without judgment, and is laid aside accordingly. The mind then has only ONE direction in which it can move.
While I am not attacking your egos, I AM working with your higher mind whether you are asleep or awake, just as your ego does with your lower mind. I am your vigilance in this, because you are too confused to recognize your own hope. I was not mistaken. Your minds WILL elect to join with mine, and together we are invincible.
You two will yet come together in my name and your sanity will be restored. Why do you believe that it is harder for me to inspire the dis-spirited or to stabilize the unstable? I do not believe that there is an order of difficulty in miracles: YOU do. I have called and you will answer.
I know that miracles are natural, because they are expressions of love. My calling you is as natural as your answer and as inevitable. It is possible even in this world to hear ONLY that voice and no other. It takes effort and great willingness to learn.
It is the final lesson that I learned, and God's Sons are as equal as learners as they are as Souls. The voice of the Holy Spirit IS the call to Atonement, or the restoration of the integrity of the mind. When the Atonement is complete and the whole Sonship is healed, there will be no call to return, but what God creates is eternal.
You are the light of the world with me.
A miracle is a service. It is a way of loving your neighbor as yourself. The doer recognizes his own and his neighbor's inestimable value simultaneously. That point about "industrial necessity" should read "corporate" , referring to the body of Christ which is a way of referring to the Church. Further Correction: "God" should read " Christ ". This happens to be true.
Is it useful in any way or would you recommend sticking to the standard text? The falseness of the basis is clear in the accompanying fantasies. Jesus also mentions that sex is for procreation only and there are times when it is appropriate to use sex to allow room for more souls to come into the world. This feels like an unusual remark to make about a world that is illusory. I understand the idea of sexuality being body-focused and I can see how people evolve out of desiring sex.
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