The beauty and simplicity of a course in miracles really shines through one of its major principles: The Law of Cause and Effect. This is different from the Law of Attraction, a subject on which so much has been written about these last few years. ACIM answers not only why things are the way they are with the mind, but also how to implement these mind corrections needed to change your life. What it ultimately comes down to is the choice to change beliefs while staying in this world, or the choice to correct the mind and return home.
Affirmations are not part of A Course in Miracles as they are not necessary and here’s why: There is a “wrong” ego mind, and a “right” ego mind, both of which are still part of the same ego side of the split mind. Within the ego mind (error), the wrong side is all the negative judgments; and the right side is all the negative judgments trying to convince you how wonderful it is to live here in this negative world. Neither is the truth of your nature nor where you are trying to return your mind, according to ACIM.
The Law of Cause and Effect is this: According to the mind you use as cause, you will see the corresponding effect. Ideas do not leave their source: You.
Let’s use this example:
Someone is feeling the effects of being “poor,” or lack, in this world and wants to change their beliefs to now have “rich” (abundance, prosperity, money) show up. Both “poor” and “rich” are judgments of the ego using it as cause which can only produce ego effect. Ego being an unstable thought system, what you choose as “rich” will eventually go and you end up back with “poor.” It’s only a question of “when.”
The ego’s choice system is: (1) one or the other: (2) poor or rich; and, (3) ego or God. It asks you to choose between two things within the ego illusion and not to choose out of the illusion.
This is in contrast to choosing correction of the mind (forgiveness) where both “poor” and “rich” do not exist. A choice for correction of the mind allows the Holy Spirit Right Mind to be your cause which affects the you in this world; however, it does not have the effects you imagine since the ego cannot relate. It returns a portion of the mind to peace and ends senseless worry over rich and poor. It also produces effects in your life here but you will have to choose correction to experience them.
Let’s look at how ACIM breaks this all down into a simple set of principles based on Cause and Effect. It only has a few components and when understood and used, they can be “mind” correcting!
Remember, according to ACIM, the mind is split by the ego’s judgment that we could be separate, also known as the “tiny mad idea,” or the error that never occurred. This portion of the mind is simply hidden in darkness because it banished itself from Knowledge (Heaven and Oneness) when we forgot to laugh off what could not be true. It did not, however, separate.