A Course in Miracles (ACIM) clearly highlights how perception and choice are extremely closely linked together. So long as 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 to be real as well. This leads us back to perception and choice and to begin 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 will now judge those and project them outward and soon you perceive the results back. The ego knows no other way. It is a continuous judgmental cycle and soon you choose to break it; and yes, there is a way to do just that. There’s one obvious choice off the merry-go-round, and it’s so simple you will scratch your mind in wonder you’d not thought of it before now.
Choice remains unsettling because as long as you make choices that further the error, or get you deeper in to the illusion, this indicates 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 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 over to the Holy Spirit for correction instead.
The Tiny Mad Idea:
The original separation is known as a “tiny mad idea” wherein you thought you had been separated from source. That is also called “the error” and is the original choice for judgment of the ego. Already down that road in the mind , it becomes another layer everytime you judge the effects, or corresponding effect, from the error as cause. What this signifies is every time you judge everything you see or what is happening in the entire world, and you choose to believe the ego about it a course in miracles retreats you’re choosing the error as cause once again. Corresponding effects show up which reinforce your belief in error.
These judgments further divide out the split mind as opposed to returning it to peace. Hence, this is why is may seem 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 similar to 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 another, handled in precisely the same manner. Every problem is equal because all of them stem from the same cause. You only 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 one of illusion is to use your choice maker, or observer, to choose differently. Actually, if you desired to make a judgment contrary to the ego , there is only one appropriate choice to make : Choose to utilize your choice maker to choose contrary to the ego and in favor of the Holy Spirit. This has such enormous power when harnessed and used to choose instead for the truth.
Utilizing the decision maker could be difficult to comprehend without practical application. It is definitely an action-oriented mechanism of using, or choosing. That really is its big secret and so you know it. You need to do the job of choosing. Reading these ideas is not enough. Practical application is everything. Simply be willing to understand how. You will make mistakes, but so what? We all do. Try again.
Consider the ego like a coin system in a can. Every time you pay attention to and believe an ego judgment, you put a coin in the can for that subject material because you chose it. Continue doing this, and you will fill the can until overflowing. Step back to neutral, which will 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 just an indication of just how much you’ve invested in that part of the thought system. Don’t act about it! The ego spends the remaining portion of the can of coins wanting to convince you back to the judgments. There isn’t 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 being an illusion.
Stick with the procedure 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 because of the peace, love, joy and freedom related to it. That subject material is currently gone forever.
It’s this that it requires to make the choice for love, forgiveness, correction, healing, true perception and God. The Holy Spirit, the voice for God, takes care of all of it if you’re simply willing, and actually do the job 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, go ahead and own around it and change it over to the Holy Spirit. Only the ego judges. God does not.
Illusion of Choice :
Once the mind returns more and more to the peace of God, a fascinating realization begins to dawn on the once dark mind. This light, or the voice for God, is definitely an ever growing remembrance of home where all things are one , only sameness exists and where even choice is no more necessary because there is nothing to choose between.
Your work of mind training from A Course in Miracles is to return your mind to True Perception while you are here because in this state, you will find the ego actually doesn’t exist. There’s no error and you get seeing only what is real. All of the split mind is healed. Sure, you hear a small squeak somewhere in the distance while you are still here, but you’ll not care. The ego universe disappears as you make the past choice you will ever make : The choice to return home by giving up 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.