Have you ever heard the expression “it really is what it is”? What does that expression mean exactly?
Before I understood the deeper meaning of the expression, I envisioned an emaciated yogi guru in the lotus position floating above the bottom imperiously imparting wisdom that would take scholars multiple lifetimes to interpret. Since how that is my last life on the planet and the lotus position would put me in traction, I knew that consulting the Course In Miracles would help me clarify its meaning.
What is the IT that people are writing about here? Based on the Course in Miracles, IT is truth, specifically God’s truth. Why is it important to emphasize that it’s God’s truth? Because God’s truth is not open to interpretations whereas a human’s facts are. Multiple versions of human truth have result in an array of religions. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia defines religion as a “system of thought, feeling, and action that is shared by way of a group and that provides the members an object of devotion.”
Who devised the system of thought? On whose feelings are these thoughts based? Are actions really necessary? According to the Course In Miracles, God just is and our ultimate goal is to return to a perfect state of being. There is no thought or action in the state of being, you merely are. What must not be forgotten may be the underlying thread of all religions: God is creator, God is love and we all have been perfect and infinite children of God.
Most find it very unsettling to consider the idea that choice is actually an illusion, or the illusion of choice, as stated in A Course in Miracles (ACIM). You make choices everyday, therefore the idea of choice not being real seems highly illogical also to say the least, improbable, given its consistent daily use. Although choice is necessary while you are here, it ultimately remains part of the illusion and is not a part of God. Choice is unsettling as you believe it to be necessary, not because it can be an illusion.”
It stands to reason you are in what you think of as this world because you have made a decision, or choice, for this world to be real. In the event that you keep on making that same choice, it keeps on becoming more and more real. ACIM clearly points out that ideas do not leave their source. Who then would be the source? What choices are you really making?
Choice, Perception and Judgment:
You think this world is real because you made the choice to believe the ego’s version of reality from the initial separation. Those initial perceptions are accompanied by the next choice which is to judge the results, thereby producing further consequences which reinforce the belief nowadays. It’s a vicious, no-win cycle. As you perceive you will judge; and as you judge you’ll perceive. Error is manufactured real by this simple twisted deception. Withdraw your choice to believe in the outcomes and the error can be corrected.
Choice and Source:
Would you not then be the source since you are the one making the choice to believe? You don’t remember that original separation; however, you’re making choices now, and you are doing so all the time. Every moment you’re choosing between thoughts, feelings and ideas, etc. If it is not you, then who do you want to claim is responsible? Be careful, because claiming another is responsible is actually blame and you have no power to change so long as you think another is in charge. You are simply making yourself a victim. Both of these are ego tricks.
Accepting responsibility for everything, including choice and its own consequences is the fastest solution to change. un curso de milagros en espanol This allows one to choose again because you can see the outcomes and realize that you’ll want chosen in error. It is your thoughts and beliefs combined with decision, or choice, to make them true that becomes the effect of what you see in your world. The Law of Cause and Effect is simple: According to the mind you choose from, as cause, you will notice the corresponding effect.
So long as as you have a split mind, you’re constantly choosing between the wrong mind of the ego (error) and the Right Mind of the Holy Spirit (correction). You will notice the effect with regards to the choice of actually use as cause. You cannot have two masters. In the ego world, it is usually one or another. Choosing the correction of the Holy Spirit undoes the error of the ego and returns the mind to the peace of God. This process is also referred to as forgiveness.
Choice for Correction:
Forgiveness is nothing more than your mind being returned, or corrected, back to the Truth because you choose for it to be that way. Handing on the ego’s judgments corrects your brain and correction is what? Forgiveness. Another cause results in a different effect.
Choice is, therefore, necessary in this illusion since there is something to select between. However, the best usage of choice is served by knowing both the error and correction sides of the split mind, or everything you are choosing between. Then, simply understand that your goal would be to return your brain to True Perception and choose again! It will help to keep at heart the coinciding terms for True Perception: Correction, forgiveness, salvation, atonement, truth, Holy Spirit and God. There is no difference.