An Example of Misusing the Specificity of ACIM
(This is very, very long so you may prefer to read it on something larger than a mobile).
I know it bothers some of my readers when I teach that A Course in Miracles was written specifically to Helen and Bill in their Holy Relationship and that it is helpful to read it through this awareness. I do not mean to take anything away from anyone by pointing this out. Instead my intention is to help readers avoid some of the pitfalls of guilt and misuse of ACIM into which I fell and into which I hear other students fall. ACIM is not diminished as a useful instrument that the Holy Spirit (Awareness of Truth in your mind) can use to teach you because it was written first and foremost to Helen and Bill. Many spiritual teachings are about someone’s specific experience and guidance. In fact, it is helpful in deepening your awareness of the Holy Spirit when you have to use discernment to sort out what was meant for another specifically and what lessons you can generalize for yourself. This is how study grows your awareness of the Holy Spirit.
So here I am going to give you an example of how I misused ACIM from my own very, very early experience with ACIM. I tried to apply what was meant specifically for Helen and Bill to my own situation. And I had good reason to think I could because it was regarding the Holy Relationship. I have written about my experience of the Holy Relationship before but not in such detail. The details, I think, may help highlight the point I’m trying to make about applying ACIM too literally to one’s own experiences.
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