Ask: Does ACIM use the word "soul" to mean the same thing as "mind"?
“When I was 10 my grandmother passed away. The music playing was Ave Maria and it made me cry. My mother tried to comfort me by saying, Your grammy's soul is in heaven now". I was miffed and said rather loudly, "Where was her "soul" before she died? And before she was born!" My mother had no answers.
Now 6 decades later, I look back on that event within the perspective of ACIM and the Holy Spirit. I wonder about the Course's position in that only the mind is real, there is no birth, life, or death of the illusory body. Are the terms "soul" and "mind" similar in these situations? e.g. does ACIM use the term "soul" to mean the same thing as "mind"?
Could the experience at the funeral mass have been an indicator of my mind being in touch with Truth at a time when I believed my body to be 10 years of age?” – J
When most people use the word “soul” they are referring to the ego without the body. They are thinking of the “essence” of the “person”. This is also often what they mean when they refer to a person’s “spirit”, which they think of as individual and unique. They think of this soul/spirit as existing before a person was in a body, that it then went into the body, and that it will leave the body when the body dies. So “soul”, or an individual spirit, as these terms are usually used, are concepts for something that does not exist.
A Course in Miracles avoids the word “soul” because it is a controversial word, as I just described. It uses “soul” only when referring to Biblical quotations. In those cases, it is equivalent to “Spirit”, Which in ACIM is the Thought of God (or Idea of God) in your mind. (You may wish to read “Mind-Spirit” in the Clarification of Terms after the Manual for Teachers).
You experienced at ten years old questions that many people have. You were not necessarily in touch with Truth but those questions may be what led you to eventually be open to Truth.
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