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’ll now judge those and project them outward until you perceive the results back. The ego knows no other way. It is really a continuous judgmental cycle until you elect to break it; and yes, there are ways to do just that. There’s one obvious choice off the merry-go-round, and it is so simple you’ll scratch your head in wonder you’d not looked at it before now.
The choice remains unsettling because provided that you make choices that further the error, or take you deeper to the illusion, it appears as though you’re merely making choices between the lesser of two evils. That’s because you’re only choosing between the sides of the wrong mind. acim The ego features 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 would be: Stop judging and turn them 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 the source. That is also known as “the error” and is the original selection for judgment of the ego. Already down that road in the mind, it becomes another layer every time you judge the results, or corresponding effect, from the error as the cause. What this implies is every time you judge that which you see or what’s happening on the planet, and you choose to trust the ego about this, you’re 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 rather than returning it to peace. Hence, this is the reason is appears like you’re choosing between the lesser of two evils with neither one really being “less “.The error hasn’t occurred and only seems real as a result of the selection 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 which means there’s no order of difficulty in choices. One is the identical as another, handled in precisely the exact same manner. Every problem is equal because each of them stem from the exact same cause. You just think one is harder because of one’s belief and attachment to it as being more real than another.
The Decision Maker:
The fastest way to show choice from an unsettling phenomena to at least one of illusion is by using your final decision maker, or observer, to choose differently. Actually, if you wanted to create a judgment against the ego, there’s only one appropriate choice to produce: Go for your final decision maker to choose against the ego and in support of the Holy Spirit. It has such enormous power when harnessed and used to choose instead for the truth.
Utilising the decision maker may be difficult to know without practical application. It is an action-oriented mechanism of using, or choosing. That actually is its big secret and now 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 will make mistakes, but just what exactly? All of us do. Try again.
Think of the ego just like a coin system in a can. Every time you tune in to and believe an ego judgment, you add a coin in the can for that subject material because you chose it. Carry on achieving this, and you’ll fill the can until overflowing. Step back to neutral, which will be your decision maker, and be willing to show 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 merely a sign of how much you’ve dedicated to that part of the thought system. Don’t act on it! The ego spends the rest of the can of coins trying to convince you back to the judgments. You don’t have to do anything except be willing and actually hand over whatever you hear to the Right Mind via your decision making capability. You’re choosing between the sides of the split mind. That is choice being an illusion.
Stick with the process and the ego runs its race and then, if you’ve not re-invested in the judgments, correction occurs. You will know you’ve received it due to the peace, love, joy and freedom related to it. That subject material has become gone forever.
This is what it takes to make the selection for love, forgiveness, correction, healing, true perception and God. The Holy Spirit, the voice for God, protects it all if you’re simply willing, and actually do the work of turning to Him whatever you no longer want: The ego’s judgments. You can’t heal that which you keep hidden so for heaven’s sake, proceed and own around it and turn it to the Holy Spirit. Only the ego judges. God does not.
Illusion of Choice:
Once the mind returns more and more to the peace of God, an interesting 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 while there is nothing to choose between.
Your projects 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 find the ego actually does not exist. There’s no error and you get seeing only what’s real. The majority of the split mind is healed. Sure, you hear a tiny squeak somewhere in the length when you are still here, but you will not care. The ego universe disappears as you make the past choice you’ll ever make: The decision to come back home by stopping separation completely. The illusion of choice is that there’s another identity and something to choose between. You just thought there was one. The split mind is healed and gone forever.