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Body Thoughts and A Course in Miracles

Updated: Jun 30

One major stumbling block for ACIM Live students attempting to Live ACIM has to do with what the Course calls "level confusion." That means that by raising body thoughts to the level of mind, you believe they are causative and you believe that you do have control over them! It is a pretty common belief which results in false responsibility, overwhelm and exasperated delusion. So let's explore it in more detail... “A major step in the Atonement plan is to undo error at all levels. Sickness or "not-right-mindedness" is the result of level confusion, because it always entails the belief that what is amiss on one level can adversely affect another. We have referred to miracles as the means of correcting level confusion, for all mistakes must be corrected at the level on which they occur. Only the mind is capable of error. The body can act wrongly only when it is responding to misthought. The body cannot create, and the belief that it can, a fundamental error, produces all physical symptoms. Physical illness represents a belief in magic.” ACIM Quote (T-2.IV.2)

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LIVE ACIM: Self Concept v's Self ~ Photo by Caroline Veronez on Unsplash

Because we believe in a "self concept" an image or persona that God did not create, that is the conflict in the mind. That is the competition, this battle of the "selves." That is the meaningless world, the one that God did not create. The world isn’t to blame for fear. "A meaningless world engenders fear because I believe I’m in competition with God." It is the belief in the ego (this separate identity) that engenders the fear, not the world that the ego projected, not the cosmos of time and space. It’s a great relief when you begin to recognize this because suddenly you realize it's not your BMI that is upsetting you, or the unflattering photo your friend just posted, or the bucket of mac n' cheese you just wolfed down on day one of your gluten free diet. It is not your mother who always criticized your hair, or the brother who taunted your thighs, or the humidity that has frizzed your hair into a fro or even the gigantic pimple that looks like a third eye in the center of your face. It is nothing of the world. The world doesn’t have the power to upset us at all!

Level confusion in essence is an identity crisis about who we are and what we have control over!

It is this belief in the mind that I am something different than how God created me. Now, that is a problem! If God created me perfect, if God created me eternal and created me as spirit and created me as oneness and I believe something different, then I believe I am separate and apart. With private minds, private thoughts, judgments, and preferences I’ve got my own past and my own personal future and ambitions. If I believe I am this human construct this self-concept that God didn’t create and doesn’t even know about, then that is an enormous identity confusion. Instead of being an eternal creation I believe I am this little time, space creature at the mercy of the world.


Most of the questions that human have are about effects. That is false cause and effect! The world is a projection. If the world is a world of images and there is nothing in time and space—then none of these images are eternal. All of these projections are coming from the ego, and if you can pull the plug on the ego, you’ve pulled the plug on the whole lie.

So we can’t blame the world. We can’t blame any circumstances. We can only pull the plug on the entire drama. We don’t want to be distracted by "things" when they mean no-thing so here is part of Chapter 2 from A Course in Miracles where Jesus is talking to us directly. Allow the Holy Spirit to intimately address any concerns you might have as you read through. After all awakening is a highly individualized experience!


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A Course in Miracles Chapter 2 – VI. Fear and Conflict

"Being afraid seems to be involuntary; something beyond your own control. Yet I have said already that only constructive acts should be involuntary. My control can take over everything that does not matter, while my guidance can direct everything that does, if you so choose. Fear cannot be controlled by me, but it can be self-controlled. Fear prevents me from giving you my control. The presence of fear shows that you have raised body thoughts to the level of the mind. This removes t