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Psychotherapy, correctly understood, teaches forgiveness and helps the patient to recognize and accept it.
P-1.I.3. Everyone who needs help, regardless of the form of his distress, is attacking himself, and his peace of mind is suffering in consequence. 2 These tendencies are often described as "self-destructive," and the patient often regards them in that way himself. 3 What he does not realize and needs to learn is that this "self," which can attack and be attacked as well, is a concept he made up. 4 Further, he cherishes it, defends it, and is sometimes even willing to "sacrifice" his "life" on its behalf. 5 For he regards it as himself. 6 This self he sees as being acted on, reacting to external forces as they demand, and helpless midst the power of the world.
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The Purpose of Psychotherapy
P-1.I.1. Very simply, the purposeof psychotherapy is to remove the blocks to truth. 2 Its aim is to aid the patient in abandoning his fixed delusional system, and to begin to reconsider the spurious cause and effect relationships on which it rests. 3 No one in this world escapes fear, but everyone can reconsider its causes and learn to evaluate them correctly. 4 God has given everyone a Teacher Whose wisdom and help far exceed whatever contributions an earthly therapist can provide. 5 Yet there are times and situations in which an earthly patient-therapist relationship becomes the means through which He offers His greater gifts to both.
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ACIM AS PSYCHOTHERAPY
A Course in Miracles began with the sudden decision of two people to join in a common goal.
Their names were Helen Schucman and William Thetford, Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. They were anything but spiritual. Their relationship with each other was difficult and often strained, and they were concerned with personal and professional acceptance and status. In general, they had considerable investment in the values of the world. Their lives were hardly in accord with anything that the Course advocates. Helen, the one who received the material, describes herself:
Psychologist, educator, conservative in theory and atheistic in belief, I was working in a prestigious and highly academic setting. And then something happened that triggered a chain of events I could never have predicted. The head of my department unexpectedly announced that he was tired of the angry and aggressive feelings our attitudes reflected, and concluded that, "there must be another way." As if on cue I agreed to help him find it. Apparently this Course is the other way.
A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system.
As a three-volume curriculum consisting of a Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers, it teaches that the way to universal love and peace—or remembering God—is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. A Course in Miracles also emphasizes that it is but one version of the universal curriculum, of which there are "many thousands." Consequently, even though the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. A Course in Miracles therefore is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion.
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All psychotherapy leads to God in the end.
P-1.I.4. Psychotherapy, then, must restore to his awareness the ability to make his own decisions. 2 He must become willing to reverse his thinking, and to understand that what he thought projected its effects on him were made by his projections on the world. 3 The world he sees does therefore not exist. 4 Until this is at least in part accepted, the patient cannot see himself as really capable of making decisions. 5 And he will fight against his freedom because he thinks that it is slavery.P-1.I.5. The patient need not think of truth as God in order to make progress in salvation. 2 But he must begin to separate truth from illusion, recognizing that they are not the same, and becoming increasingly willing to see illusions as false and to accept the truth as true.
Apart from Religion
Consequently, even though the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. A Course in Miracles therefore is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion."
(From The Foundation for Inner Peace: www.acim.org)
Why does A Course in Miracles use masculine terms?
A Course in Miracles is written linguistically within the male-dominated Judaeo-Christian tradition, and uses the patriarchal biblical language on which that tradition is based. Consequently, the Course conforms to this religious culture by using terms that are exclusively masculine. Jesus himself speaks of his use of ego-oriented language: This course remains within the ego framework, where it is needed.…It uses words, which are symbolic, and cannot express what lies beyond symbols (C.in.3:1,3)
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The miracle is an expression of an inner awareness of Christ and the acceptance of His Atonement.
The Miracle Within
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This is not a course in philosophical speculation
nor is it concerned with precise terminology. 2 It is concerned only with Atonement, or the correction of perception. 3 The means of the Atonement is forgiveness. 4 The structure of "individual consciousness" is essentially irrelevant because it is a concept representing the "original error" or the "original sin." 5 To study the error itself does not lead to correction, if you are indeed to succeed in overlooking the error.
A Course in Miracles in a nutshell
The summary introduction, which appears in its Text, is quite succinct and brief.
It reads "This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite."
This Course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
"Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God."
Lessons in Forgiveness
Therefore, the reader is given a wonderful opportunity to practice forgiveness by having whatever buried judgmental thoughts are unconsciously present be raised to awareness by the Course’s "sexist" language, so that they may now be looked at differently with the Holy Spirit’s help. In this way, a special hate (or love) relationship with patriarchal authorities -- religious or secular -- may be transformed into a holy relationship, the relationship now having forgiveness and peace as its purpose, instead of judgment and attack.
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And so it is clear that the Course’s meaning in using this masculine language lies elsewhere. While the form of the Course’s words is the same as the twenty-five-hundred-year-old Western tradition, its content is exactly the opposite. This provides a good example of a principle enunciated twice in the text, that the Holy Spirit does not take our special relationships (the form) away from us, but instead transforms them (by changing their purpose -- the content) (T.17.IV.2:3,4,5,6; T.18.II.6).
EXPLORING A COURSE IN MIRACLES
I want the peace of God.
1 To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything. If you could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for you in any form; in any place or time. Heaven would be completely given back to full awareness, memory of God entirely restored, the resurrection of all creation fully recognized.
2 No one can mean these words and not be healed. He cannot play with dreams, nor think he is himself a dream. He cannot make a hell and think it real. He wants the peace of God, and it is given him. For that is all he wants, and that is all he will receive. Many have said these words. But few indeed have meant them. You have but to look upon the world you see around you to be sure how very few they are. The world would be completely changed, should any two agree these words express the only thing they want.
ACIM: Workbook for Students, Lesson 185
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