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 continue to choose error through judgment thereby making error more real. We’re the source choosing perceptions, placing judgment on corresponding results, and finally judging those results as being real as well. All this leads us back once 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 will now judge those and project them outward and soon you perceive the outcome back. The ego knows no other way. It’s a continuous judgmental cycle and soon you choose to break it; and yes, there’s a way to complete just that. There is one obvious choice off the merry-go-round, and it is so simple you will scratch your face in wonder you had not looked at it before now.
Choice remains unsettling because provided that you make choices that further the error, or take you deeper into the illusion, it seems as though you are merely making choices involving the lessor of two evils. That’s because you are only choosing involving the sides of the wrong mind a course in miracles The ego has a “wrong” and “right” side but neither is the true Right Mind of the Holy Spirit. If there was 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 original separation is recognized as a “tiny mad idea” wherein you thought you’re 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 each time you judge the effects, or corresponding effect, from the error as cause. What this signifies is everytime you judge everything you see or what’s happening in the world, and you choose to trust the ego about it, you are choosing the error as cause once again. Corresponding effects arrive which reinforce your belief in error.
These judgments further divide out the split mind instead of returning it to peace. Hence, for this reason is may seem like you are choosing involving the lessor of two evils with neither one really being “less “.The error has not 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’s no order of difficultly in miracles and which means there’s no order of difficulty in choices. One is the same as the following, handled in precisely exactly the same manner. Every problem is equal because they all stem from exactly the same cause. You only think one is harder because of your belief and attachment to it as being more real than another.
The Decision Maker:
The fastest way to turn choice from an unsettling phenomena to one of illusion is to use your final decision maker, or observer, to choose differently. Actually, if you desired to make a judgment against the ego , there’s only one appropriate choice to make : Choose to make use of your final decision maker to choose against 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 may be difficult to know without practical application. It is definitely an action-oriented mechanism of using, or choosing. That basically is its big secret and so you know it. You need to do the task of choosing. Reading these ideas isn’t enough. Practical application is everything. Simply be willing to master how. You’ll make mistakes, but what exactly? We all do. Try again.
Consider the ego like a coin system in a can. Everytime you pay attention to and believe an ego judgment, you put a coin in the can for that subject matter because you chose it. Keep on carrying this out, and you will fill the can until overflowing. Step back into neutral, which will be your choice maker, and be willing to turn 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 only an indication of just how much you have invested in that part of the thought system. Don’t act onto it! The ego spends the rest of the can of coins wanting to convince you back into the judgments. There isn’t to complete anything except be willing and actually hand over everything you hear to the Right Mind via your choice making capability. You’re choosing involving the sides of the split mind. That’s choice being an illusion.
Stay with the method and the ego runs its race and then, if you’ve not re-invested in the judgments, correction occurs. You’ll know you have received it because of the peace, love, joy and freedom connected with it. That subject matter is currently gone forever.
This is what it takes to make the choice for love, forgiveness, correction, healing, true perception and God. The Holy Spirit, the voice for God, manages it all if you’re simply willing, and do the task of turning over to Him whatever you will no longer want: The ego’s judgments. You cannot heal everything you keep hidden so for heaven’s sake, proceed and own up to it and change 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, a fascinating realization begins to dawn on the once dark mind. This light, or the voice for God, is definitely an ever growing remembrance of home where all things are one , only sameness exists and where even choice is no longer necessary because there’s nothing to choose between.
Work of mind training from A Course in Miracles is to go back your mind to True Perception while you are here because in this state, you discover the ego actually doesn’t exist. There is no error and you end up seeing only what’s real. The majority of 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 final choice you will ever make : The choice to go back 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 was one. The split mind is healed and gone forever.