The beauty and simplicity of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) really shines through among its major principles: The Law of Cause and Effect. That is different from the Law of Attraction, and interest where so much has been written about these last few years. ACIM answers not just why things are how they are with the mind, but additionally just how to implement these mind corrections needed to improve your life. What it ultimately comes right down to is the option to improve beliefs while staying in this world, or the option to improve the mind and return home.
Affirmations are not part of A Course in Miracles since they are not necessary and here’s why: There’s a “wrong” ego-mind, and a “right” ego-mind, both of which remain the main same ego side of the split mind. Within the ego-mind (error), the incorrect side is all the negative judgments; and the right side is all the negative judgments trying to convince you how wonderful it’s to live within this negative world. Neither is the reality of one’s nature nor what your location is trying to return the mind, in accordance with ACIM.
The Law of Cause and Effect is this: Based on the mind you use as the cause, you will discover the corresponding effect. Ideas do not leave their source: You.
Let’s make use of this example:
Someone is feeling the consequences to be “poor,” or lack, in this world and wants to improve their beliefs to are in possession of “rich” (abundance, prosperity, money) show up. Both “poor” and “rich” are judgments of the ego using it as a cause that may only produce ego effect. Ego being an unstable thought system, everything you choose as “rich” could eventually go and you wind up back with “poor.” It’s merely a question of “when.”
The ego’s choice system is (1) one or one other: (2) poor or rich; and, (3) ego or God. It asks you to choose between a few things within the ego illusion and not to choose from the illusion.
That is in contrast to choosing the correction of the mind (forgiveness) where both “poor” and “rich” do not exist. A choice for correction of the mind allows the Holy Spirit Right Mind to be your cause which affects you in this world; however, it doesn’t have the consequences you imagine since the ego cannot relate. It returns a percentage of the mind to peace and ends senseless worry over rich and poor. In addition, it produces effects in your life here however you will have to choose correction to see them.
Let’s look at how ACIM breaks this all into an easy pair of principles based on Cause and Effect. It only features a few components and when understood and used, they may be “mind” correcting!
Remember, in accordance with acim, the mind is split by the ego’s judgment that we could possibly be separate, also called the “tiny mad idea,” or the error that never occurred. This percentage of the mind is simply hidden in darkness as it banished itself from Knowledge (Heaven and Oneness) when we forgot to laugh off what could not be true. It didn’t, however, separate.
So in ACIM it’s not about affirmations or changing beliefs, because the mind never left God and still resides aware of Him. There are no “belief” judgments in Love, Oneness, Heaven and Knowledge as everything is the exact same, all one, and nothing to trust or judge between.
Instead, it is all about changing your internal Teacher or rather, who you’re hearing for interpretation of events in this world. The only real change is in the option between the split mind (error) of the ego or the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction) as that internal Teacher.
That is where in fact the ease of use is evident in ACIM because there’s no convincing the ego wrong and right mind of another method of thinking. You simply stop trying what you no longer want. We get it done constantly with ego stuff; and now we only get it done with the ego beliefs themselves.