Heaven is simple. The world we make is complex. Let’s move from complex to simple.
Every morning I print several articles from on-line news outlets. All of them are complex discussions. I could provide many examples. My point is they increase the complexities of our world which make us believe it is real. Finding simplicity, on the other hand, gives us ways to cope with our lives here in our made up world.
The idea that ACIM is simple seems like a contradiction, because how can 1600 pages of fine print be simple. Further, read any passage and try to decide what the pronouns refer to. It is long because Jesus needs to repeat his simple message in many ways so that somehow we get it.
It is simple though.
The simple message is: this world is an illusion. Reality is Heaven where we are at home with God.
When we remember that, we are there eternally as the One Son of God.
There are over 250 uses of simple or it’s derivations in ACIM but only 20 teachings about complexity. The emphasis on simple is stark, a good example of what is important for coping with our daily lives.
The first use of “simply” is in the Introduction to the Text
This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
In the above; “Nothing real can be threatened” refers to Heaven, and “nothing unreal exists” refers to our non-existent made up world.
When we remember the message of this simple passage we are at peace with God.
Another example (which I’ve discussed before) is in the New Lord’s prayer.
The first sentence is a plea for forgiveness and help to accept our reality in Heaven.
Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter.
Next is this astonishing simple phrase.
Our holiness is Yours.
In just four simple words of six syllables it affirms our true reality that we share God’s Holiness. [However; place that holiness on the level of spirit in Heaven.]
Finally – here is one passage from The workbook for Students we can take with us during our everyday lives. It speaks to the Miracle as a change of Mind
I loose the world from all I thought it was.
Throughout the day, increase the freedom sent through your ideas to all the world, and say whenever you are tempted to deny the power of your simple change of mind:
I loose the world from all I thought it was, and choose my own reality instead.
That reality is, “Our holiness is Yours.”