The central teaching of A Course in Miracles is that people are house or apartment with God right now, asleep to our true nature and dreaming about life on earth. We’re like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, dreaming a horrific nightmare that people are lost and can’t find our way home. Like Dorothy, we long for home, also known as heaven (or Kansas). Even though Dorothy thinks Oz is just a beautiful place, she keeps trying to find her way home. When Dorothy awakens, she finds she is definitely acquainted with her loved ones. Moment to moment we have the opportunity to click our heels and go home, to choose between love and fear, between the facts that people are still with God or the illusion that people have separated from Him. The Course describes this as the decision between the ego’s means of thinking and the Holy Spirit’s view of the world.
This world, since it is full of fear, can be an illusion, as God creates only love. All problems arise from one error, the mistaken belief that people are separated and alone and that God has abandoned us. This false belief generally seems to cut us faraway from our Source a course in miracles audio, much just like a kink in a water hose prevents the source of water from flowing to its destination. We are unable to receive God’s love when you can find kinks within our thinking. Forgiveness is the primary tool that opens us to the flow of love and peace. Forgiveness is stressed over and over in ACIM as the main way we find our long ago home.
A Course in Miracles states that God is pure Love, and as Love could not create hell or punish his beloved children. Since this earth is a dream, and dream occurrences aren’t real, no one has ever sinned. However, in the illusion we see ourselves as flawed individuals, guilty of numerous sins. We think ugly thoughts and do ugly things. But that comes from our false self, the ego, and it is therefore not real. The best truth is that only God and Love, which are the same, exist. Love is really another term for God.
We’re taught in the Bible that man’s sin keeps him from God, so God had to send Jesus to die in atonement. However, ACIM says that Jesus did not die as a sacrificial atonement for man’s sins, because God was never angry with us to start with. Since we’ve never separated from God, there’s no sin to be atoned for. It’s all our bad dream. Jesus willingly thought we would be crucified to instruct us that your body and death are not real. He did not suffer on the cross because He knew He wasn’t his body, and his mind was solely identified with God.
This information was excerpted from my book Breaking Free: How Forgiveness and A Course in Miracles Can Set You Free.