How you read the Course depends on the readiness of the mind. A teenage “crystal child” went to a Course group in Cincinnati and read their minds. Such a one need not read the Course cover-to-cover. Most Course students, however, read the Course cover-to-cover, not just once, but many times. Some don’t read it front-to-back, but pick it up and open it to use as an oracle.
“A Course in Miracles” (ACIM) is a powerful pointer towards no-dual awareness. As ACIM teaches, the ego wants to keep its existence in place in your mind. To do this, it comes up with concepts of an improved “you,” and even with concepts of an “enlightened you.” Learn to watch these thoughts without reacting to them. Learn to see the false as false, and to be the authentic spirit that you already are and always have been.
You start off with loosening what is most dear to you. The ego doesn’t want you to know you’re dreaming. Yet the Holy Spirit uses the symbols in a beautiful way until we know we are the dreamer. Your strength is in the presence, and keeping that in awareness fuels our journey. Ultimately the awareness of dreaming is the function of God’s teachers.
The devil is causeless, therefore it doesn’t exist. The world was made by the ego mechanism. If you can’t heal what isn’t real, then there is nothing to heal. Only God is Cause, and Christ is the Effect, and both are united in Heaven. Instead of seeing as if there are seeming causes in world and trying to figure everything out on the screen, take them to the internal feelings, following them down into the inner domain.
Rest in your heart because everything is all right. It’s all in your mind for you to see as a miracle. The miracle is a shift in perspective. The miracle is contagious because we are all one mind. The world is a reflection of your inner state. Collect witnesses to miracles and you will be convinced.
There was no fall. God does not punish, test, or judge. He does not watch from a distance. He extends unconditional love and welcome. God is not concerned with what you do or don’t do. There is no sacrifice or asceticism. It is not about bringing the light into the darkness or saving the world. It is about mind training, love, and being inspired by Spirit.
The ego set up this world including the seeming responsibilities. Holy Spirit’s function is to unwind us from guilt of not giving over our peace when we interact with the world. Therefore the main function of teachers of God is to accept the Atonement for themselves. Always keep in mind that you are in Heaven, and you are never not there. The ego would say you have left, but that’s not the truth.