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 source choosing perceptions, placing judgment on corresponding results, and finally judging those results as being real as well. All 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 a continuous judgmental cycle before you choose to break it; and yes, there is a way to do just that. There is one obvious choice off the merry-go-round, and it’s so simple you’ll scratch your head in wonder you’d not considered 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 seems as though you’re merely making choices between the lessor of two evils. That’s because you’re only choosing between the sides of the incorrect mind. The ego has a “wrong” and “right” side but neither is the true Right Mind of the Holy Spirit. If there clearly was ever a New Year’s resolution worth keeping, it will be: Stop judging and turn them to the Holy Spirit for correction instead.
The Tiny Mad Idea:
The first separation is considered a “tiny mad idea” wherein you thought you had been separated from source. This is also referred to as “the error” and is the first choice for judgment of the ego. Already down that road in the mind , it becomes another layer every time you judge the consequences a course in miracles retreats or corresponding effect, from the error as cause. What this signifies is every time you judge that which you see or what is happening in the planet, and you choose to believe the ego about any of it, 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 as opposed to 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 because of one’s choice of internal Teacher. Choosing the ego is much 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 the identical as the following, handled in precisely the same manner. Every problem is equal because they all stem from the same cause. You only think one is harder because of one’s belief and attachment to it as being more real than another.
The Decision Maker:
The fastest way to show choice from an unsettling phenomena to one of illusion is by using your decision maker, or observer, to choose differently. Actually, in the event that you wished to make a judgment against the ego , there is only one appropriate choice to make : Choose to make use of your 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.
Using the decision maker could be difficult to comprehend without practical application. It can be an action-oriented mechanism of using, or choosing. That actually is its big secret and now you know it. You want to do the task of choosing. Reading these ideas isn’t enough. Practical application is everything. Simply be willing to learn how. You’ll make mistakes, but just what exactly? We all do. Try again.
Consider the ego like a coin system in a can. Every time you listen 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’ll fill the can until overflowing. Step back to neutral, which can be your decision maker, and be willing to show over those judgments to the Right Mind for correction, and you really 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 a sign of how much you have invested in that part of thinking system. Don’t act on it! The ego spends the remaining can of coins trying to convince you back to the judgments. You don’t have to do anything except be willing and actually hand over whatever you hear to the Right Mind via your decision making capability. You are choosing between the sides of the split mind. That’s 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 have received it because of the peace, love, joy and freedom related to it. That subject matter is now 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 all of it if you should be simply willing, and actually do the task of turning to Him what so long as want: The ego’s judgments. You can’t heal that which you keep hidden so for heaven’s sake, proceed and own up to it and transform it 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, can be an ever growing remembrance of home where everything are one , only sameness exists and where even choice is no longer necessary because there is nothing to choose between.
Your work of mind training from A Course in Miracles is to come 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 get seeing only what is real. A lot of the split mind is healed. Sure, you hear a small squeak somewhere in the exact distance while you are still here, however you will not care. The ego universe disappears as you make the final choice you’ll ever make : The choice to come back home by stopping separation completely. The illusion of choice is that there is a separate identity and something to choose between. You only thought there clearly was one. The split mind is healed and gone forever.