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 continue 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 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 will now judge those and project them outward until you perceive the outcome back. The ego knows no other way. It is a continuous judgmental cycle until you choose to break it; and yes, there’s a way to accomplish just that. There is one obvious choice off the merry-go-round, and it is so simple you will scratch your mind in wonder you’d not considered it before now.
Choice remains unsettling because provided that you make choices that further the error, or get you deeper into the illusion, it seems as though you are merely making choices between the lessor of two evils. That’s because you are 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 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 initial separation is considered a “tiny mad idea” wherein you thought you had been separated from source. This really is also called “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 effects a course in miracles or corresponding effect, from the error as cause. What this means is everytime you judge what you see or what is happening in the world, and you choose to trust the ego about it, you are 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 in place of returning it to peace. Hence, for this reason is appears like you are choosing between the lessor of two evils with neither one really being “less “.The error has not occurred and only seems real because of your choice of internal Teacher. Choosing the ego is similar to choosing a revolving door with only one exit.
ACIM says there’s no order of difficultly in miracles and that means there’s no order of difficulty in choices. One is the identical as the next, handled in precisely the same manner. Every problem is equal because each of them stem from the same cause. You only think one is harder because of your belief and attachment to it as being more real than another.
The Decision Maker:
The fastest way to turn choice from an unsettling phenomena to one of illusion is by using your choice maker, or observer, to choose differently. Actually, in the event that you desired to make a judgment contrary to the ego , there’s 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. It’s such enormous power when harnessed and used to choose instead for the truth.
Utilising the decision maker can be difficult to comprehend without practical application. It is an action-oriented mechanism of using, or choosing. That basically is its big secret and so you know it. You have to do the work of choosing. Reading these ideas is not enough. Practical application is everything. Simply be willing to master how. You’ll make mistakes, but what exactly? All of us do. Try again.
Consider the ego like a coin system in a can. Each time you tune in to and believe an ego judgment, you add a coin in the can for that material because you chose it. Continue doing this, and you will fill the can until overflowing. Step back in neutral, that will be your decision maker, and be willing to turn over those judgments to the Right Mind for correction, and you actually 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 an indication of simply how much you’ve invested in that part of the thought system. Don’t act about it! The ego spends the rest of the can of coins wanting to convince you back in the judgments. There isn’t to accomplish anything except be willing and actually hand over everything you hear to the Right Mind via your decision making capability. You’re choosing between the sides of the split mind. That’s choice as an illusion.
Stick with the method and the ego runs its race and then, if you’ve not re-invested in the judgments, correction occurs. You’ll know you’ve received it because of the peace, love, joy and freedom related to it. That material has become gone forever.
It’s this that it takes to make the choice for love, forgiveness, correction, healing, true perception and God. The Holy Spirit, the voice for God, protects it all if you should be simply willing, and actually do the work of turning over to Him what you no longer want: The ego’s judgments. You can’t heal what you keep hidden so for heaven’s sake, proceed and own up to it and turn it over 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, a fascinating realization begins to dawn on the once dark mind. This light, or the voice for God, is an ever growing remembrance of home where all things are one , only sameness exists and where even choice is no longer necessary because there’s nothing to choose between.
Your work of mind training from A Course in Miracles is to come back your mind to True Perception when you are here because in this state, you will find the ego actually does not exist. There is no error and you end up seeing only what is real. The majority of the split mind is healed. Sure, you hear a small squeak somewhere in the distance when you are still here, but you will not care. The ego universe disappears as you make the last choice you will ever make : The choice to come back home by giving up separation completely. The illusion of choice is that there surely is a separate identity and something to choose between. You only thought there was one. The split mind is healed and gone forever.