Thoughts About My Previous Post

In my previous post I promised to offer some comments about sentences eight and nine from the Chapter 24 passage I quoted in that blog. Throughout the Course, concepts introduced in early chapters are developed in later chapters. Such is the case here.
Sentence eight was, “What God creates has no alternative,” One passage which precedes it and sets it up comes from section V, Beyond Perception from Chapter Three. Here it is.
The statement: “God created man in his own image and likeness” needs reinterpretation. “Image” can be understood as “thought,” and “likeness” as “of like quality.” God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There [is] nothing else.

Therefore; God creates spirit, nothing else. And what has no alternative is spirit. The materiel “Stuff” of the universe, I.E. everything we perceive here is part of “nothing else.”

Sentence nine was, “The truth arises from what He knows.”  “He” refers to God, so truth comes from what God knows. Truth, according to A Course in Miracles, is the reality of Heaven where we are at home with God. “There is nothing else.”

Philosophers have asked for centuries, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” We need rather ask, “Why does nothing (our dream of separation), seem like something?” The Course answers that in many – many passages. The most famous one is from Chapter 27, about “the tiny mad idea.”

Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh.

The “tiny, mad idea” is the thought that we (the Son of God) could separate from God. Read it below in context as it comes from section VIII of Chapter 27, The Hero of The Dream, in which the ‘hero” is the body. Bear in mind the important course concept:
the “nothing” we think is “something” is a dream.

Let us return the dream he gave away unto the dreamer, who perceives the dream as separate from himself and done to him. Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea, and possible of both accomplishment and real effects. Together, we can laugh them both away, and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which [means] there is no time. [T-27.VIII.6]

Following is the last sentence from the quote in my last post

And your decisions come from your beliefs as certainly as all creation rose in His Mind [because] of what He knows. [T-24.in.2]
Thinking one step further will make it very meaningful. In it “all creation” pertains to “God did create spirit in His Own Thought …”

Comforting? Certainly, because realizing what we are doing here is a dream releases us from all of the sin, guilt and fear that formal religions lay on us.

We are as God Created us, spirit from God’s thought.

Changing Your Mind

In April I wrote a blog discussing what it would take for those who believe that God created the world and intercedes in our lives to accept Course Metaphysics which hold that God has nothing to do with the world.

It would be miraculous if people who believe the Bible’s Genesis story were to change their minds about such a closely held beliefs.

Recently on-line site The Browser offered Morgan Housel’s article from The Motley Fool in which he listed 24 big lessons he learned during the years during which he wrote 3000 columns. Here is the first.

I’ve learned that changing your mind is one of the most difficult things we do. It is far easier to fool yourself into believing falsehood than admit a mistake.

In previous posts I’ve emphasized that in A Course in Miracles a miracle is process by which we change our mind. It is not an event which takes place outside of “nature,” like changing water into wine, or a miraculous healing.

The Course curriculum is designed to provide the means for us to change our mind, especially about the most important issues we face in our life here: why are we here and what happens when we die.

How can someone get from God created the world and intercedes in our life to give meaning to it; to we make the world in order to obscure that we seemingly choose to be separate from God.

Greek Philosopher Lucretius in his ancient book “On the Nature of Things,” declared that life was controlled by change (perhaps anticipating Evolution by centuries) and that the Roman/Greek Gods were mythical and therefore did not affect the world: simply put; atheism.

Course metaphysics, which came to us just fifty years ago, offer another scenario.

God exists. But God has nothing to do with the illusory non-existent world we make up with our split mind ego.

I think that’s why the Course has three parts, a Text, Workbook and Manual for Teachers plus two later Pamphlets. It’s long and involved so anyone who delves into it sooner or later can discover how to change their mind and come to a place where they need to seek only within themselves to remember answers they know already.

Is this daily help? Yes if you want to find “Another way “ to make sense of your life. However, as stated in the Introduction of Text Chapter 24,

To learn this course requires willingness to question every value that you hold. Not one can be kept hidden and obscure but it will jeopardize your learning. No belief is neutral. Every one has the power to dictate each decision you make. For a decision is a conclusion based on everything that you believe. It is the outcome of belief, and follows it as surely as does suffering follow guilt and freedom sinlessness. There is no substitute for peace. 8 What God creates has no alternative. 9 The truth arises from what He knows. And your decisions come from your beliefs as certainly as all creation rose in His Mind [because] of what He knows. [T-24.in.2]

And that is the crux of why Morgan Housel placed “changing your mind is one of the most difficult things we do, at the top of his list of things he learned.

In my next blog I’ll discuss the meaning behind sentences eight and nine form the above Course excerpt.

And, that will be comforting as apposed how I muddled the waters of belief in this blog.