KEY TERMS

A GLOSSARY OF SOME “KEY” ACIM TERMS 

  Atonement:   Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement.  Atoning” means “undoing.”  The undoing of fear is an essential part of the Atonement value of miracles.  Whereas “atonement” is the ego’s way of making amends through punishment, “Atonement” is the process of undoing error.  It unites creation with the Creator; it is a gentle awakening; it is the making of amends through forgiveness and love; it is a correction of perception; it is healing, for under the Atonement principle, perception is healed.  Joining the Atonement is the way out of fear.  (It may help to think of  it as “AT-ONE-MENT”). 

Brother:  (ACIM)Projected thought form of the ego; an aspect of you and also you; the way and the truth and the life; the wayshower; Christ; Son of God.  (Wrong-Minded Definition) – someone separate from you; someone on whom you can project your guilt and blame; someone you make special. 

Ego:  (Funk & Wagnall) — the little self; human self; that which acts and reacts.  (ACIM) — an illusion; belief in a separate self; wrong-mindedness; misperception; denial of free will; the questioner; an idea that it is possible that things should happen to the Son of God without his will, and thus without the Will of his Creator, Whose Will cannot be separate from his own; an idol which is worshipped; the anti-Christ. 

Extension:  (ACIM) – To extend is a fundamental aspect of God which He gave to His Son (you).  In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create.  The Holy Spirit extends by recognizing Himself in every mind, and thus perceives them as one.  Without projection there can be no anger, but it is also true that without extension there can be no love. The extension of God’s Being is spirit’s only function.  Its fullness cannot be contained, any more than can the fullness of its Creator can be contained.  Fullness is extension.  The ego’s whole thought system blocks extension, and thus blocks your only function.  It therefore blocks your joy, so that you perceive yourself as unfulfilled.  Only peace can be extended.  Your divided mind is blocking the extension of the Kingdom, and its extension is your joy.  If you do not extend the Kingdom, you are not thinking with your Creator and creating as He created.  The power of the whole Sonship and of its Creator is therefore spirit’s own fullness, rendering its creations equally whole and equal in perfection.  Everything God created is given all His power, because it is part of Him and shares His Being with Him.  Creating is the opposite of loss, as blessing is the opposite of sacrifice.  Being must be extended.  That is how it retains the knowledge of itself.  Spirit yearns to share its being as its Creator did.  Created by sharing, its will is to create.  It does not wish to contain God, but wills to extend His Being.  Through our creations we extend our love, and thus increase the joy of the Holy Trinity.  Prayer is the restatement of inclusion, directed by the Holy Spirit under the laws of God.  Salvation is of your brother.  The Holy Spirit extends from your mind to his, and answers you.  You cannot hear the Voice for God in yourself alone, because you are not alone.  And His answer is only for what you are.  You will not know the trust Jesus has in you unless you extend it. You will not trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit, or believe that it is for you unless you hear it in others. 

Forgiveness:  (Funk & Wagnall) — overlooking; granting pardon; letting go; ceasing to demand the penalty for or feeling resentment against.  (ACIM) – the key to happiness; the ability to overlook what is not there; the way to truth; an illusion needed to leave the world of illusion; the equivalent to Heaven’s justice that all Sons are sinless or innocent; the Atonement process; your function in time or this world; the means the Holy Spirit uses to translate specialness from sin into salvation; the bridge to Heaven.  Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness.  Through miracles you accept God’s forgiveness by extending it to others.  You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness. Miracle-minded forgiveness is only correction.  It has no element of judgment at all.  The statement “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” in no way evaluates what they do.  It is an appeal to God to heal their minds.  There is no reference to the outcome of the error.  In other words, we are asked NOT to try to figure out what “they” did to us so it can be repaired in some way, but rather to identify the sense that we do not feel joined with “them”  You may have to train yourself to recognize that whenever you are NOT at peace, you are in grievance with someone  and therefore, NOT JOINED.  Forgiveness takes away what stands between your brother and yourself.  It is the wish that you be joined with him, and not apart.  It is the healing of the perception of separation.  Correct perception of your brother is necessary, because minds have chosen to see themselves as separate.  The only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven have everything.  Once forgiveness has been accepted, prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly meaningless.  The prayer for forgiveness is nothing more than a request that you may be able to recognize what you already have.   Lesson 46  “God is the Love in which I forgive” is a most revealing perspective on forgiveness you may wish to review.  

Freedom:  (ACIM-T-2.I.VIII.4:1) – The first step toward freedom involves a sorting out of the false from the true.  In the service of the right mind the denial of error frees the mind, and re-establishes the freedom of the will.  When the will is really free, it cannot miscreate, because it recognizes only truth. The Holy Spirit’s teaching takes only one direction and has only one goal.  His direction is freedom and His goal is God.  Yet He cannot conceive of God without you, because it is not God’s Will to be without you.  When you have learned that your will is God’s, you could no more will to be without Him than He could will to be without you.  This is freedom and this is joy.  Deny yourself this and you are denying God His Kingdom, because He created you for this. 

 Guilt:  (Funk & Wagnall) – wrong-doing deserving of punishment.  (ACIM) – the ego belief in sin or separation; the ego belief that you deserve punishment for wrong-doing; the denial of the blamelessness and the innocence of God’s Son.  The belief that you can sin; another illusion fostered by the ego.  When you feel guilty, remember that the ego has indeed violated the laws of God, but you have not.  Leave the “sins” of the ego to me (Jesus/the Holy Spirit). That is what Atonement is for.  But until you change your mind about those whom your ego has hurt, the Atonement cannot release you.  While you feel guilty your ego is in command, because only the ego can experience guilt.  This need not be.  The ego has a purpose in its use of guilt, just as the Holy Spirit has.  The ego’s purpose is fear, because only the fearful can be egotistic.  The ego’s logic is as impeccable as that of the Holy Spirit, because your mind has the means at its disposal to side with Heaven or earth, as it elects.  In Heaven there is no guilt, because the Kingdom is attained through the Atonement, which releases you to create.  Guilt is always disruptive.  Anything that engenders fear is divisive because it obeys the law of division. If the ego is the symbol of the separation, it is also the symbol of guilt.  Guilt is more than merely not of God.  It is the symbol of attack on God.  This is a totally meaningless concept except to the ego, but do not underestimate the power of the ego’s belief in it.  This is the belief from which all guilt really stems. 

heal:  (Funk & Wagnall) – to restore to health or soundness; to bring about the remedy or cure of; repair; free.  (ACIM) – free the mind from the belief in sin, guilt, worry and fear; to restore the awareness of God to your mind; to correct the perception of your brother and yourself by sharing the Holy Spirit; forgive. 

healing:  (Funk & Wagnall) – to free from sin, grief, worry, etc.; to become well and sound.  (ACIM) – result; wholeness of mind; freedom; right-mindedness; true perception; replacement of fear with love; the Atonement; acknowledgment of God; the effect of minds joined; Salvation. 

 Holy Spirit:  (ACIM) – the Voice for God; God’s Answer; Mediator between God and His creation; Universal Inspiration; Guide and Comforter in the illusion who teaches us reality.  The Holy Spirit is described as the remaining Communication Link between God and His separated Sons.  In order to fulfill this special function, the Holy Spirit has assumed a dual function.  He knows because He is part of God; He perceives because He was sent to save humanity.   He is the great correction principle; the bringer of true perception, the inherent power of the vision of Christ.   He is the light in which the forgiven world is perceived; in which the face of Christ alone is seen.   He never forgets the Creator or His creation.  He never forgets the Son of God.  He never forgets you.  And He brings the Love of your Father to you in an eternal shining that will never be obliterated because God has put it there.  The Holy Spirit is the only part of the Holy Trinity which is symbolic.  He is referred to in the Bible as the Healer, the Comforter and the Guide.  He is also described as something “separate,” apart from the Father and from the Son.  The Holy Spirit is the Christ Mind which senses the knowledge that lies beyond perception.  It came into being with the separation as a protection, inspiring the beginning of the Atonement at the same time.  Before that there was no need for healing, and no-one was comfortless.  Jesus is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, Whom he called down upon the earth after he ascended into Heaven, or became completely identified with the Christ, the Son of God as He created Him.   The Holy Spirit, being a creation of the one Creator, creating with Him and in His likeness or spirit, is eternal and has never changed.  He was “called down upon the earth” in the sense that it was now possible to accept Him and to hear His Voice. His is the Voice for God, and has therefore taken form.   This form is not His reality, which God alone knows along with Christ, His real Son, Who is part of Him.  

Holy Instant: (ACIM) –  Now Moment; Eternal Now; Oneness; Love.     

holy instant: (ACIM) – joining of minds; time of Christ; your vision of your brother as light and not a body;  the experience of love; the time in which you give and receive perfect communication but is out of time; when your mind is open to give and receive; instant recognition of the Christ; the mind is free of thoughts. 

Innocence:  (ACIM) – not guilty; guiltlessness; without sin. 

Jesus (Jeshua):  (ACIM) – an illusion who came into the world of illusion to help us to leave it; our elder brother in charge of the Sonship and in charge of the process of Atonement; symbol of forgiveness; one who knew his divine sonship. 

 Last Judgment:  (ACIM) – One of the most threatening ideas in your thinking.  This is because you do not understand it.   Judgment is not an attribute of God.  It was brought into being only after the separation, when it became one of the many learning devices to be built into the overall plan.   Just as the separation occurred over millions of years, the Last Judgment will extend over a similarly long period, and perhaps an even longer one.   Its length can, however, be greatly shortened by miracles, the device for shortening but not abolishing time.  If a sufficient number become truly miracle-minded, this shortening process can be virtually immeasurable.  It is essential, however, that you free yourself from fear quickly, because you must emerge from the conflict if you are to bring peace to other minds.  The Last Judgment is generally thought of as a procedure undertaken by God.  Actually it will be undertaken by my brothers with my help.  It is a final healing rather than a meting out of punishment, however much you may think that punishment is deserved.  Punishment is a concept totally opposed to right-mindedness, and the aim of the Last Judgment is to restore right-mindedness to you.  The Last Judgment might be called a process of right evaluation.  It simply means that everyone will finally come to understand what is worthy and what is not.  After this, the ability to choose can be directed rationally.   Until this distinction is made, however, the vacillations between free and imprisoned will cannot but continue. 

light:  (ACIM) — truth; understanding; the Son of God. 

Light: (ACIM) — God. 

Love:  (ACIM) – God; Source of all creation; an Idea; Extension. 

love:  (ACIM) – content, not form; freedom;  union; the Son of God; power; an idea; extension. 

Mind:  (ACIM) — God or Christ.               

mind:  (ACIM) – that part of us which thinks it thinks and thinks it is experiencing a physical form and world; a perceiver rather than a creator; in this world, the mind seems to be split with two parts, spirit and ego. 

Miracle(s):  (Funk & Wagnall) — an unusual happening beyond human or natural powers. (ACIM) – corrections; learning aids; restores awareness of reality; love; God’s Sons; lessons in truth; witnesses unto life. 

Miracle mindedness: (ACIM) — right-mindedness. 

perception: (Funk & Wagnall) — awareness through the senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and feeling)  (ACIM) – a result instead of a cause; a result of projection or extension of thought; an awareness and interpretation of awareness; outward picture of a wish; an image you want to be true; a mirror of a state of mind.  (Wrong-Minded Definition) – misperception; awareness of the unreal or false perception from projection of thoughts.  (Right-Minded Definition) – true perception; awareness of reality from extending God’s ideas or thoughts. 

perception, new:  (ACIM) – the real world; release of this world or the illusory world; this world forgiven; ne evil thoughts; extending God’s ideas; sharing; a state of mind prior to the final step in the journey inward. 

perception’s basic law:  (ACIM) – you will rejoice at what you see because you see it to rejoice.  (Wrong-Minded Definition) – seeing makes believing.  (Right-Minded Definition) – believing makes seeing. 

Projection: (ACIM-T-2.I.1:7) The inappropriate use of extension, or projection, occurs when you believe that some emptiness or lack exists in you, and that you can fill it with your own ideas instead of truth.  This process involves the following steps:  First, you believe that what God created can be changed by your own mind.  Second, you believe that what is perfect can be rendered imperfect or lacking.  Third, you believe that you can distort the creations of God, including yourself.  Fourth, you believe that you can create yourself, and that the direction of your own creation is up to you.  These related distortions represent a picture of what actually occurred in the separation, or the “detour into fear.”  None of this existed before the separation, nor does it actually exist now.  Everything God created is like Him. 

Salvation:   (Funk & Wagnall) – state or process of being saved; deliverance from sin and penalty OR evil and penalty; redemption.  (ACIM) – healing; forgiveness; happiness; right-mindedness; freedom; the healing of illusions and of the belief in separation; end of specialness; end of the dream; escape from concepts; your function. (Wrong-Minded Definition) – the ego believes salvation takes place in the future after death.  (Right-Minded Definition) – freedom now; healing; atonement; an illusion to escape from illusions because nothing has ever happened to be saved from, but we do not believe this is so, causing salvation to be necessary in time. 

Sickness:  (Funk & Wagnall) – disease or bad health of the body; emotional and mental illness.  (ACIM) – the belief in separation; external searching; a call for love; a defense against the truth; misperception; a split mind; a cry for help; physical expression of the fear off awakening to the truth; o make guilty; projection of thoughts to the body; a delusion of the mind; a belief that God’s Son is not perfect. 

Sin:  (Funk & Wagnall) – breaking the law; wickedness; any fault or error; transgressions.  (ACIM) – a mistake you would keep hidden; a call for help that you would keep unheard and thus unanswered; a thought that makes the goal of God seem unattainable; an idea of evil that cannot be corrected and will be forever desirable of keeping the separation going;  sickness.  (Right-Minded Definition) – an error which can be corrected by the Holy Spirit. 

Son of God: (ACIM) –  the Christ; all brothers as one Son; the Course sues this term as you, sometimes in the ego state or as spirit, your reality  It is used as a capital S because your reality as the Son is the only truth of you. 

son of man: (ACIM) – thoughts produced by the ego; physical man; unredeemed son; the ego. 

sons: (ACIM) – your ideas, thoughts, and beliefs produced by you as an ego.  (Wrong-Minded Definition) – yur thoughts, ideas and beliefs in specialness, guilt sin, fear and anger.  (Right-Minded Definition) – your creasons or extension of God’s ideas as love, peace, joy, etc. 

Sonship: (ACIM) – all Sons of God as one; the Christ; Self. 

Time:  (Funk & Wagnall) – intervals of man’s measurement of the past to the present to the future.  (ACIM) – the measurement man made for this world or the world of illusion, but used for healing the mind of the belief in the illusory world; temporal; time is non-existent in God; a defense against the truth; the little hindrance to eternity. 

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Sources: (ACIM) refers to definitions found in A COMPANION To “A Course in Miracles”—(A Dictionary), by Elaine Camplin and Pat Murray;  

When ACIM is followed by a capital letter and numbers, such as “T-2.I.VIII.4:1” this refers to a specific manual, section, paragraph and sentence as found in A Course in Miracles, Second Edition.  

(Funk & Wagnall) refers to definitions found in Funk & Wagnall dictionary.

(Blog Ref: KT-101)

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