A Course in Miracles (ACIM): The Ego and Forgiveness1122016
Question: What is the function of forgiveness in A Course in Miracles?
Answer: Forgiveness in A Course in Miracles is really correction of the mind. From the metaphysical aspect, you have a split mind. One side of the split mind is the ego (wrong mind). The other side is the Holy Spirit (right mind) which produces correction, also recognized as forgiveness. In this split mind scenario, you nonetheless retain your decision maker - observer and this allows you to choose in between the split mind portions. You have never lost it. If you choose judgment, you are still choosing. Consequently, it is not hidden, but still becoming used. The ego does not want you to know this simply because choosing against the ego's judgments is death to it.
When we talk about forgiveness, we are not speaking of forgiveness as outlined by the ego globe. This is a various way of considering and can be difficult to initially grasp. Forgiveness, in this sense, is forgiveness for salvation by selecting the correction of the Holy Spirit (correct mind) to correct the errors of the ego (incorrect mind). How does one do this? The primary way is by becoming willing to give up the ego's judgments and believed types in favor of correction (forgiveness).
Why would you do this? At some point in life, everybody has had enough of the way their life is heading and feels the frustration in how this globe operates. So what do they do? They begin asking themselves concerns and looking for answers for the truth, such as, who they are and why they are here. The answer is easy: Forgiveness, also known as correction of the mind. That is your objective in life and why you are here.
On a deep unconscious level, this answer of forgiveness was placed in the mind at the time of the original separation from God. Everyone has the capability to choose from either side. Your life won't alter until you change your internal Teacher to the Holy Spirit (right mind).
Query: How do I determine what the ego is in my life?
Answer: First, one has to study what the ego is, comprehend it, and then be able to look back upon it with out worry or guilt. The ego is a believed system based upon a series of judgments whose very foundation is fear. This goes back to the original separation and is characterized by hate, anger, blame, grievances, judgment, self-interest, specialness, depression, projections, war, death, sin, fear, guilt, and "forgiveness-to-destroy", just to name a couple of. If you honestly look about, you will observe that this globe is primarily based on a kill or be killed believed system. That is the ego. It is always one or the other and never each. What is causing issues in life, and in this world, is that you choose to listen to the ego's judgments about every thing and they are worry-based judgments.
A Course in Miracles teaches us that according to the mind you choose from, you will see the corresponding effect. If you choose the judgments of the ego as your cause, your effect will be from that side. By selecting the Holy Spirit (correct mind) as the cause, the negative effects of the ego are undone and the true impact is received: Correction (forgiveness). By changing your internal Teacher as cause, you will see a different effect for the outcome. All it requires is a little willingness to learn how to do this and then following up by performing the work of choosing to turn over judgments for correction (forgiveness) from the Holy Spirit (right mind). Make no mistake: This is death to the ego!
Conclusion: The ego is a vindictive and vicious believed system that aims to maintain you stuck in this globe by increasing your separation from everybody else using judgment. You can't see Heaven from judgment. If you listen to the judgments of the ego, your life is a reflection of these judgments nevertheless, if you listen with the Holy Spirit (right mind) and choose forgiveness by turning over those judgments, all the consequences of the ego (incorrect mind) options are undone. You do this by willing to totally give up the ego on that subject matter and choose another way. Turn it over! It all comes down to the option of the internal Teacher. You cannot be a slave to two masters.
Forgiveness is summed up merely as this: Choose a different internal Teacher for the correction of the mind. God does not recognize judgment or that any error was ever made. To enter the Kingdom, your mind must be returned to accurate perception which is an additional name for peace.