The central teaching of A Course in Miracles is that individuals are home with God at this time, asleep to our true nature and dreaming about life on earth. We are like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, dreaming a horrific nightmare that individuals are lost and can’t find our way home. Like Dorothy, we long for home, also known as heaven (or Kansas). Although Dorothy thinks Oz is really a beautiful place, she keeps looking for her way home. When Dorothy awakens, she finds she is indeed aware of her loved ones. Moment to moment we get the chance to click our heels and go home, to choose between love and fear, between the truth that individuals remain with God or the illusion that individuals have separated from Him. The Course identifies this as the option between the ego’s method of thinking and the Holy Spirit’s view of the world.
This world, since it’s full of fear, is definitely an illusion, as God creates only love. All problems arise from error, the mistaken belief that individuals are separated and alone and that God has abandoned us. This false belief seems to cut us off from our Source what is a course in miracles, much like a kink in a water hose prevents the source of water from flowing to its destination. We are unable to receive God’s love when you will find kinks within our thinking. Forgiveness is the principal tool that opens us to the flow of love and peace. Forgiveness is stressed over and over in ACIM as the key way we find our in the past home.
A Course in Miracles states that God is pure Love, and as Love could not create hell or punish his beloved children. Because this earth is a desire, and dream occurrences aren’t real, no one has ever sinned. However, in the illusion we see ourselves as flawed individuals, guilty of numerous sins. We think ugly thoughts and do ugly things. But that comes from our false self, the ego, and it is therefore not real. The best truth is that only God and Love, which are a similar thing, exist. Love is clearly another name for God.
We are taught in the Bible that man’s sin keeps him from God, so God had to send Jesus to die in atonement. However, ACIM says that Jesus didn’t die as a sacrificial atonement for man’s sins, because God was never angry around to start with. Since we have never separated from God, there is no sin to be atoned for. It’s all our bad dream. Jesus willingly chose to be crucified to teach us that the human body and death aren’t real. He didn’t suffer on the cross because He knew He wasn’t his body, and his mind was solely identified with God.
This article was excerpted from my book Breaking Free: How Forgiveness and A Course in Miracles Can Set You Free.