The metaphysics of a course in miracles isn’t something that somebody made up, it isn’t an interpretation, it isn’t themed to anyone’s opinion, and there is no room for questioning it. It is not one of many possible definitions of the truth. It is the truth. Either you understand it as it is and accept it as logically true, or you are in denial and confusion.
The thought system of the Holy Spirit is completely logically consistent, as is the thought system of the ego. There is absolutely no room for interpretation. What is “true” can easily be determined by looking at the logical structure of what has happened and where things fit. If you master the metaphysics, you will be able to extrapolate the logical thought system to explain absolutely anything in its correct perspective.
What happens after the separation from God is completely 100% logical. Everything that happens after separation must happen, and it must happen in a very specific way. The results of separation are not diverse or one option amongst numerous. There is only one way to separate, there is only one scenario which comes about when separation seems to have happened, and there is only one outcome.
If you can learn the essential, totally rationally consistent metaphysical structure of the separation acim, it provides you with a framework in which the whole thing just fits into place. A Course in Miracles by David Hoffmeister is teaching this metaphysical structure, but it is not always very obvious. Its obscure nature tends to lead people to not even realize there is a solid “core” to the Course or that you can use this structure to perfectly explain everything the ego does, the meaning of death, and what must be true based on it.
For example, separation from God is not possible, because you cannot be somewhere that God is absent. God is everywhere. This immediately tells us that, logically, to believe that this is possible is insanity. It also must tell us that to believe in such a separation is to believe in a dream, a fiction, something which is false or not true and not real. This is already the beginning of some very solid metaphysics, and many people grasp this basic starting point.
As you study the metaphysics of a course in miracles, which is rather deeper than just “the words” of the Course, you will attain a kind of pattern or set of simple laws which you understand to make perfect sense. These can be rather abstract so it can entail some learning to generalize the learning and understand that it’s all grounded on a simple set of logic. But when you then get the simple logic, you can now use that simple logic to observe undeniably any part of life, any activity or drive or way that something happens, and describe it in terms of what the metaphysics says about it, which will be the truth. Irrefutable truth. Provided your grasp of the metaphysics is clear and consistent and you’re not making subtle logical errors, the metaphysics gives you vision to be able to see the truth of what’s happening or where things fit together.
For instance, lately there have been debates about whether you can be at harmony with death. There were many opinions given. None of the opinions were relevant. The one fact is in what the metaphysics declares. In the metaphysical fact, the body is a device of separation, it is a deception, and it is within the mind of Christ. It blocks and hides what is behind it and its only function and purpose is to maintain the illusion of the mind being separate. The metaphysics also tells us that since God is life, and being opposite to God is the separation, separation must be death. It also must be a fiction of death – a dream of death. It has to be. It also tells us that therefore when the body is alive, the body is still inside a dream of death. This also tells us that the death which occurs at the end of life is just a symbol for death, because what happens before it is also death. This is why Jesus says “death is not an end, it is a continuation.”
Since the metaphysics teaches that death is the opposite of life, and life and peace are one, and therefore death is not peace, we very simply can conclude that it is not possible for there to be death and harmony at the same time. This is irrefutable, perfect logic. This is the truth that the metaphysics tells us. It has no strings to do with someone’s opinion, someone’s inability of understanding, someone’s story of what they believe is true based on their so-called experiences, or anything else. It cannot be true that death and peace are the same thing or that they truly can be hundred percent experienced at the same time. Yet many people have tried to justify that they are at peace with death or have come to accept it. They must be in denial. The metaphysics makes this clear.
The Most Commonly Asked Questions About A Course in Miracles
1) What is the nature of God?
To start with, it is imperative to distinguish that the true alive God articulated of in A Course in Miracles is a non-dualistic Being, in Whom undeniably no contraries reside. The Holy One is the Creator of all life, a Being of clean Love and the Foundation and First Cause of non-physical truth and totality, the flawless One Who is all-encompassing, outside of Whom is factually nothing, for He is Everything. Our Source’s nature can’t be defined or really understood at all, as Jesus’s explanations in the workbook:
Oneness is simply the idea God is. And in His Being, He encompasses all things. No mind holds anything but Him. We say “God is,” and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless. There are no lips to speak them, and no part of mind sufficiently distinct to feel that it is now aware of something not itself. It has united with its Source. And like its Source Itself, it merely
2) What is the nature of reality?
Reality as well-defined by A Course in Miracles is not a physical empire, dimension, or knowledge, since truth is created by God and as God is unformed, unchanging, everlasting, endless love, and boundless and unified perfection — a non-dualistic oneness. Reality in the Course is one and the same with Heaven and perceptibly cannot be connected in any method to the universe of form that the world calls reality. Being unchanging, true reality is everlasting and fixed, and therefore any assumption of separation — which is change — is not possible and therefore on no occasion was. As a non-dualistic state, reality is beyond insight, since perception presumes a subject-object dichotomy which is integrally dualistic and so can’t be real. In A Course in Miracles, reality is also synonymous with knowledge, the state of being that is Heaven.
3) What is the nature of life?
In A Course in Miracles, life as created by God has nothing to do with what we call or know of as life in the body. Life is soul: non-material, non-dualistic, and everlasting. Possibly the richest statement in the Course on the essence of life — what it is and what it is not
4) Is the God in A Course in Miracles the same as the God in the Bible?
Jesus clearly states in the Course that God did not create this world, and thus on this basis unaccompanied He is definitely different from the Judaeo-Christian deity. The biblical God is a dualistic creator of a physical universe that he creates by the articulated word, as noted in Genesis’ first account of creation: “And God said, let there be …… Thus, this world and all creatures came into existence as separated entities, existing outside of him. In effect, therefore, the biblical God creates by projecting a thought or concept outside himself, where it becomes a physical “reality,” as witnessed, again, in the creation story in the Book of Genesis.
But the differences among the two are even more philosophical. The biblical God is very much a person who sees sin as real, and must therefore respond to it, first by punishment, and then by the plan of the atonement wherein salvation and forgiveness are won through the suffering and sacrifice of his holy Servant (the Suffering Servant in Isaiah — Old Testament) and his only begotten Son Jesus (New Testament). The God of a Course in Miracles, on the other hand, is not a person and therefore has none of the anthropomorphic qualities of homo sapiens. This God does not even know about the separation (the Course’s equivalent of the biblical notion of original sin), and thus does not and cannot respond to it.