On Life-After-Death and Level Confusion
A topic has come up recently with clients and readers that has illuminated for me why my explanations of what happens to the ego or the split-mind when a self seems to die often leads to further questions that I have not been able to satisfy for others. It is because of what is called in A Course in Miracles “level confusion”. This means confusing what happens on one level of the mind with what happens on another.
To explain, I hope more clearly than I have in the past, I am going to use the language that I feel is more directly descriptive than the language of ACIM. Here’s a key:
Truth = God
Macro split-mind = Son of God
Micro split-minds = Sons of God
Not-Truth = macro ego
Personal thought system = micro ego
(ACIM does not distinguish between “macro” and “micro” ego just as it often does not distinguish between “macro” and “micro” Son of God. This distinction is implied in ACIM by the context of each particular passage.)
Awareness of Truth = Holy Spirit
Undoing = Atonement
Manifest undoers = Teachers of God
The questions I have received have to do with whether individual perception or awareness and/or personal thought systems exist before a self (body/personality) is born and after a self dies. The answer is no, but I always receive push back on this answer, often with quotes or links to other teachers. I have finally seen more clearly that this is because students confuse levels of the mind, or the macro split-mind and the micro split-mind. Micro split-minds begin and end with the body with which they were identified. But the macro split-mind continues on until it is undone.
Here’s why this answer:
Truth, being All, must think of Its Own opposite. But being All, Truth cannot have an opposite. So Truth’s opposite, or not-Truth, can only ever be an idea. And it is an idea that is over as soon as it is thought.
Since Truth is one (the same throughout), formless, boundless, and timeless, the idea of not-Truth is time-bound, limited, diverse form – the universe of form. The part of the Mind of Truth where this idea occurs is the macro split-mind. It seems to be split off from the Mind of Truth, but it cannot actually be apart from Truth. So Truth is still in the macro split-mind even as it projects not-Truth, or the universe of form. It is split between Truth and not-Truth.
Time is the illusion on which all of this illusion of not-Truth rests. In time it seems that not-Truth, or the universe of form, began long ago and will be undone in some indefinite future. The unfolding story of the universe of form is the instant of the idea-of-not-Truth/the-undoing-of-the-idea-of-not-Truth playing out in time. So the universe of form seems to be the idea of not-Truth but its unfolding story is actually the undoing of the idea-of-not-Truth. It is the effect, or expression, of the undoing of the idea-of-not-Truth.
The macro split-mind projects itself into the universe of form as billions of seemingly-individual versions of itself, or micro split-minds. Micro split-minds are also split between Truth and not-Truth, or the thought system of the Awareness of Truth and the personal thought system. Each micro split-mind is projected onto a unique body. And the personal thought system in each mind is what teaches that micro split-mind that it is a self, or a body and personality with a unique story. Each split-mind seems to be born into a world of this consciousness which is reinforced by other split-minds that believe the universe of form to be reality. But since the Truth is in each micro split-mind, each micro split-mind has the potential to become aware of Truth. Those that do, to whatever degree, are the overt manifestation of the Undoing. They are the manifest undoers. Those that do not become aware of Truth are also part of the Undoing because the undoing of not-Truth is inevitable. Not-Truth will be undone because it is already undone. But their parts are not overt manifestations of undoing. They contribute in other ways, for example, as indirect teachers of those that do become aware of Truth. Or perhaps their lives cause a future situation in which a manifest undoer will learn. In any case, everyone is doing their part perfectly because their part is not to cause the Undoing. Their part is the effect of the Undoing that has already occurred. The story of the Undoing unfolds through their seemingly-individual story.
So, in time, micro split-minds are “born” and “die” with the body with which they are identified. Their story in time has a beginning and an ending. But the story of the universe of form continues on until the macro split-mind’s Undoing is complete. These are the two levels of mind that students often confuse. Micro split-minds do not have to attain complete undoing. They do not have to be “perfected” or completely “healed”. They do not fail or go on and repeat another “life” if they do not. Each has its own unique part to play and will play it perfectly. It is the macro split-mind that goes on until it is undone, its Undoing playing out in time through billions of stories of micro split-minds.
What does this mean for you, who seem to be a micro split-mind? The Truth in your mind is Timeless. It does not come into time. It goes on now outside of the story of time. This is your Eternal Being. The self (body and personality) and the personal thought system with which you identify will fall away in time. The benefit for you in getting in touch with Truth, Eternal Being, the Constant and Unchanging, is the peace that your awareness of It will bring to you in time. And if you come to fully see that the universe of form is not real and you attain full awareness of Truth, your mind will put the self and its body and its thought system aside, not through “death”, but through transcendence. You are a manifest undoer and to whatever degree you grow your awareness of Truth is your part to play in the Undoing. You cannot mess this up and you will not have to repeat it!
What is your part to play in the Undoing? How do you know? How are you supposed to live in the world if it is only an effect? The answers to these (and other) questions are what I help my clients find. Email me at Liz@acimmentor.com to set up an appointment. Learn more at www.acimmentor.com.
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