The Two Options
To believe something within perception is amiss (i.e. wrong), you missing that HS is fully in control of the happening in time and space. You are missing just how ALL-ENCOMPASSING the control of Mind is on this perceptual universe.
The choice we have to make is a perceptual choice. How we are perceiving the world around us. Are we viewing the world from the perspective of an individual self or from the perspective of the Mind that knows the reason for all happenings?
Are we accepting the perceptions of the Mind that knows the reason for all happenings?¹
From the egoic perspective, you can’t but be dazed and confused. There is no possible way for you to know the upcoming events or all of the factors that go into making what happens happen.
Not a TICK of energetic moment occurs within the perceptual universe that is not coordinated by the Higher Mind.²
We are lost in the belief our choices are between actions, behaviors, and things of perception. I can choose car1 or car2. Onion or Garlic? Go to park or go to pool? Truly the only options are how I perceive the events unfolding before me.
Please see this additional: we believe we are responsible for what is occuring when we lay the burden of decision between perceptual A or B on ourself.³
The occurrences within time and space are never the responsibility of any separated mind never not once not ever. The world does not see it this way, by design! This is what we are learning – to extract our identity from the characters in the play. The characters do perform actions within the past-future continuum, that seem to instigate past-future cause and effect. Municipal laws of the perceptual world are meant to handle this behavior.
We are not of this world. Our Cause and Effect is a wholly different mechanism, removed from the past-future continuum.
What is occuring: The Atonement Plan. Your options for perceiving this are as
- A) the Mind that planned this whole affair, is in full control of its execution, and understands the reasons for the perceptual forms, or
- B) an individual character in the whirlpool of perceptual forms, seemingly accountable for the myriad of decisions and their results, good, bad, or tragic.
It’s all literally a dream. Awaken and see it from the lucid perspective or stay asleep and continue in the nightmare of helplessness.
- alex brady
this was taken down in review of ACIM Workbook lesson 133.
¹ - Here again is the paradox often referred to in the course. To say, “Of myself I can do nothing” is to gain all power. And yet it is but a seeming paradox. As God created you, you have all power. The image you made of yourself has none. The Holy Spirit knows the truth about you. The image you made does not. Yet despite its obvious and complete ignorance, this image assumes it knows all things because you have given that belief to it. Such is your teaching and the teaching of the world which was made to uphold it. But the Teacher Who knows the truth has not forgotten it. His decisions bring benefit to all, being wholly devoid of attack. And therefore incapable of arousing guilt. (M-29)
² - Let me remind you that time and space are under my control. (T-2.V)
³ - And so we come to the criterion for choice which is the hardest to believe, because its obviousness is overlaid with many levels of obscurity. If you feel any guilt about your choice, you have allowed the ego’s goals to come between the real alternatives, and thus you do not realize there are but two. (W-133)