A Course in Miracles (ACIM) clearly highlights how perception and choice are very closely linked together. Provided that we perceive error, the tendency is to keep to select error through judgment thereby making error more real. We’re the source 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 start 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 before you perceive the outcomes back. The ego knows no other way. It is really a continuous judgmental cycle before you choose to break it; and yes, there is a method to do just that. There is one obvious choice off the merry-go-round, and it is so simple you’ll scratch your mind in wonder you’d not looked at it before now.
Choice remains unsettling because so long as you make choices that further the error, or take you deeper in to the illusion, it appears like you’re merely making choices between the lessor of two evils. That’s because you’re only choosing between the sides of the wrong mind. The ego features 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 could be: Stop judging and turn them over to the Holy Spirit for correction instead.
The Tiny Mad Idea:
The original separation is considered a “tiny mad idea” wherein you thought you’re separated from source. This really is also known as “the error” and is the first selection for judgment of the ego. Already down that road in your head, it becomes another layer everytime you judge the results, or corresponding effect, from the error as cause. What this means is every time you judge everything you see or what is happening on earth, and you decide on to believe the ego about this, you’re choosing the error as cause once again. Corresponding effects arrive which reinforce your belief in error.
These judgments further divide out the split mind in place of returning it to peace. Hence, this is the reason is seems like you’re choosing between the lessor of two evils with neither one really being “less “.The error has not occurred and only seems real as a result of your choice of internal Teacher. Choosing the ego is much like selecting a revolving door with only one exit.
ACIM says there is no order of difficultly in miracles and which means there is no order of difficulty in choices. One is exactly the same as the next, handled in precisely the exact same manner. Every problem is equal because all of them stem from the exact same cause. You just think one is harder because of one’s 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 1 of illusion is to use your choice maker, or observer, to select differently. Actually, if you wanted to produce a judgment from the ego, there is only one appropriate choice to make: Choose to use your choice maker to select from the ego and and only the Holy Spirit. It has such enormous power when harnessed and used to select instead for the truth.
Utilizing the decision maker may be difficult to comprehend without practical application. It can be an action-oriented mechanism of using, or choosing metaphysics of a course in miracles. That basically is its big secret and so you know it. You have to do the task of choosing. Reading these ideas is not enough. Practical application is everything. Simply be willing to master how. You is likely to make mistakes, but what exactly? Most of us do. Try again.
Think of the ego like a coin system in a can. Everytime you listen to and believe an ego judgment, you place a coin in the can for that subject matter when you chose it. Carry on carrying this out, and you’ll fill the can until overflowing. Step back in neutral, which will be your decision 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 only an indication of just how much you’ve dedicated to that area of the thought system. Don’t act onto it! The ego spends the remaining can of coins attempting to convince you back in the judgments. There isn’t to do anything except be willing and actually hand over everything you hear to the Right Mind via your decision making capability. You are choosing between the sides of the split mind. That is choice as an illusion.
Stick with the method and the ego runs its race and then, if you’ve not re-invested in the judgments, correction occurs. You will know you’ve received it due to the peace, love, joy and freedom connected with it. That subject matter has become gone forever.
This is exactly what it takes to really make the selection for love, forgiveness, correction, healing, true perception and God. The Holy Spirit, the voice for God, protects all of it if you should be simply willing, and do the task of turning over to Him what you no longer want: The ego’s judgments. You can’t heal everything you keep hidden so for heaven’s sake, proceed and own around it and turn 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 interesting realization begins to dawn on the once dark mind. This light, or the voice for God, can be an ever growing remembrance of home where everything are one, only sameness exists and where even choice is no further necessary since there is nothing to select between.
Your projects 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 will find the ego actually doesn’t exist. There is no error and you wind up seeing only what is real. Most of the split mind is healed. Sure, you hear a small squeak somewhere in the exact distance while you are still here, but you will not care. The ego universe disappears as you make the past choice you’ll ever make: The option to go back home by stopping separation completely. The illusion of choice is that there’s another identity and something to select between. You just thought there was one. The split mind is healed and gone forever.