A Course in Miracles (ACIM) clearly highlights how perception and choice are extremely closely linked together. Provided that we perceive error, the tendency is to keep to choose error through judgment thereby making error more real. We’re the origin choosing perceptions, placing judgment on corresponding results, and finally judging those results to be real as well. This leads us back again to perception and choice and to begin the cycle once again.
As you perceive, you judge and project; and as you judge and project, you perceive back. Having perceived the judgments and projections back with you, you’ll now judge those and project them outward until you perceive the outcome back. The ego knows no other way. It’s a continuous judgmental cycle until you choose to break it; and yes, there is a way to complete just that. There is one obvious choice off the merry-go-round, and it’s so simple you’ll scratch your face in wonder you had not considered it before now.
Choice remains unsettling because so long as you make choices that further the error, or get you deeper in to the illusion, it appears like you are merely making choices involving the lessor of two evils. That’s because you are only choosing involving the sides of the incorrect mind acim movie The ego has a “wrong” and “right” side but neither is the actual Right Mind of the Holy Spirit. If there is ever a New Year’s resolution worth keeping, it would be: Stop judging and turn them over to the Holy Spirit for correction instead.
The Tiny Mad Idea:
The initial separation is known as a “tiny mad idea” wherein you thought you were separated from source. This is also referred to as “the error” and is the initial choice for judgment of the ego. Already down that road in the mind , it becomes another layer everytime you judge the effects, or corresponding effect, from the error as cause. What this signifies is everytime you judge everything you see or what is happening in the entire world, and you choose to think the ego about this, you are choosing the error as cause once again. Corresponding effects show up which reinforce your belief in error.
These judgments further divide out the split mind instead of returning it to peace. Hence, this is why is appears like you are choosing involving the lessor of two evils with neither one really being “less “.The error hasn’t occurred and only seems real because of your choice of internal Teacher. Choosing the ego is like choosing a revolving door with only one exit.
ACIM says there is no order of difficultly in miracles and meaning there is no order of difficulty in choices. One is a similar as another, handled in precisely exactly the same manner. Every problem is equal because each of them stem from exactly the same cause. You only think one is harder because of your belief and attachment to it to be more real than another.
The Decision Maker:
The fastest way to show choice from an unsettling phenomena to one of illusion is to use your final decision maker, or observer, to choose differently. Actually, in the event that you desired to make a judgment from the ego , there is only one appropriate choice to make : Choose to use your final decision maker to choose from the ego and in favor of the Holy Spirit. It’s such enormous power when harnessed and used to choose instead for the truth.
Utilising the decision maker could be difficult to understand without practical application. It is an action-oriented mechanism of using, or choosing. That really is its big secret and so you know it. You have to do the work of choosing. Reading these ideas is not enough. Practical application is everything. Simply be willing to understand how. You’ll make mistakes, but just what exactly? Most of us do. Try again.
Think of the ego like a coin system in a can. Each time you listen to and believe an ego judgment, you put a coin in the can for that subject material because you chose it. Carry on doing this, and you’ll fill the can until overflowing. Step back into neutral, which can be your choice maker, and be willing to show over those judgments to the Right Mind for correction, and you actually spend a coin from the can instead.
Stay in the neutral decision maker, or observer, and wait out the tantrum of the ego. It is just a sign of just how much you’ve invested in that part of thinking system. Don’t act on it! The ego spends the rest of the can of coins wanting to convince you back into the judgments. You do not have to complete anything except be willing and actually hand over whatever you hear to the Right Mind via your choice making capability. You’re choosing involving the sides of the split mind. That is choice as an illusion.
Stick to the procedure and the ego runs its race and then, if you’ve not re-invested in the judgments, correction occurs. You’ll know you’ve received it because of the peace, love, joy and freedom connected with it. That subject material is currently gone forever.
It’s this that it requires to make the choice for love, forgiveness, correction, healing, true perception and God. The Holy Spirit, the voice for God, takes care of everything if you are simply willing, and do the work of turning over to Him whatever so long as want: The ego’s judgments. You can’t heal everything you keep hidden so for heaven’s sake, go ahead and own around it and transform it over to the Holy Spirit. Only the ego judges. God does not.
Illusion of Choice :
When the mind returns more and more to the peace of God, an appealing realization begins to dawn on the once dark mind. This light, or the voice for God, is an ever growing remembrance of home where things are one , only sameness exists and where even choice is no further necessary because there is nothing to choose between.
Your work of mind training from A Course in Miracles is to return your mind to True Perception while you are here because in this state, you will find the ego actually does not exist. There is no error and you get seeing only what is real. All the split mind is healed. Sure, you hear a small squeak somewhere in the exact distance while you are still here, but you’ll not care. The ego universe disappears as you make the past choice you’ll ever make : The choice to return home by quitting separation completely. The illusion of choice is that there’s a separate identity and something to choose between. You only thought there is one. The split mind is healed and gone forever.