A few key things that I have learned this year in ACIM.

I studied the Lynn Hugh Cacey Manuscript of A Course In Miracles Second Edition with Annotation and Appendices by Doug Thompson in 2022. Here are my closing thoughts. (Pictured, a photo of my copy.)
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My main thought overall is that I would rather just have the original work with its “imperfect” grammar so that the Holy Spirit can decipher what Jesus was trying to get through to me from the mind of Helen and Bill without adding another “mind” to the mix.
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I did feel impressed to write Chapter 30 and record my impressions. I am learning right along with you. I share in the faith of gaining a better understanding of the words of Jesus.
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(I was able to copy this section from the FIP Web Edition, and change the grammar and capitalization to match the HLCM. I then removed the numbering, sorry if it makes it confusing. I found that no words were changed or removed. Only the capitalization and a few commas needed to be added or removed. My thoughts have the Asterix *.)
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T 30 D Beyond All Idols
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T 30 D 1
Idols are quite specific. But your will is universal, being limitless. And so it has no form, nor is content for its expression in terms of form. Idols are limits. They are the belief that there are forms which will bring happiness, and that, BY limiting, is all attained. It is as if you said, “I have no need of everything. This little thing I want, and it will be as everything to me.” And this must fail to satisfy, because it IS your will that everything be yours. Decide for idols, and you ASK for loss. Decide for truth and everything is yours.
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* Idols are that which you put before God in your thinking. They can have all kinds of forms or ideologies. In other words, they can be thoughts or concepts but bear in mind that they LIMIT.
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* Our will has no limits, no form, and is universal.
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* Idols are beliefs that forms of thought or physical manifestation can give us a sense of having “success” or of having reached the heights. Thus BY limiting, is ALL attained.
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* This suggests that even our most lofty of goals; family, health, physical comfort, ARE idols. That soul mate as well. (In actuality, they are tools that the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ Team use to direct the Universal Plan for our good that ALL may be returned to Heaven and the witness of the Glory and Grace of God.)
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* ONLY EVERYTHING will satisfy us as children of God and that can ONLY be obtained by having God first in all that we do. In every thought, every breath, every desire, every goal, every hope.
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* This is the existence of accepting the Atonement. Layer by layer is the attachment removed. And only being a friend to ALL, a mother/father to ALL, a witness to ALL that God IS and that His Love and Holy Spirit will guide us back to Heaven’s essence where we never left HAS any sort of satisfaction.
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T 30 D 2
It is not form you seek. What form can be a substitute for God the Father’s Love? What form can take the place of all the love in the Divinity of God the Son? What idol can make two of what is one? And CAN the limitless be limited? You do not WANT an idol. It is not your will to have one. It will not bestow on you the gift you seek. When you decide upon the form of what you want, you lose the understanding of its purpose. So you see your will within the idol, thus reducing it to a specific form. Yet this could never BE your will, because what shares in all creation cannot be content with small ideas and little things.
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* “What idol can make two of what is one? And CAN the limitless be limited?” When I get flustered over a particular relationship, situation, or circumstance in the world even I have divided the ONE Son of God and add to the sense of illusion instead of Heaven where ALL is ONE with God.
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* It is God that we seek because we KNOW of His Love for us (individually and as a whole) even though we have forgotten Him.
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* Has anything truly satisfied you in life? Is there anything that is stable and secure? This is because Only God’s Love has this quality.
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T 30 D 3
Behind the search for every idol lies the yearning for completion. Wholeness has no form because it is unlimited. To seek a special person or a thing to add to you to make yourself complete, can only mean that you believe some form is missing. And by finding this, you will achieve completion in a form you like. This is the PURPOSE of an idol; that you will not look beyond it, to the source of the belief that you ARE incomplete. ONLY if you had sinned could this be so. For sin is the idea you are alone, and separated off from what is whole. ⁸And thus it would be necessary for the search for wholeness to be made BEYOND the boundaries of limits on yourself.
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* Completion is our goal because we lost our connection with Father. Note that God does not have a form yet there is something that makes God real. Perhaps it is the idea of God as we are an idea within God as our Creator.
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* Does this search for completion not sound like hell to you? I prefer to believe that the Son is confused rather than believe that God created His Son to place Him in Hell and toy with Him.
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* I would rather give up the IMAGE I have of God than the Love and commitment that I have felt from Him to His Son/me.
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* “ This is the PURPOSE of an idol; that you will not look beyond it …” Our ego, which is fearful, feels guilty, and feels worthy of death because of the belief in separation from God, is seeking to hide its eyes from the terror that it BELIEVES is there; when all that awaits is the true Love of God that never left us at all.
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* Am I willing to give up the “idols” in my “storyline” to see God’s Love for all of creation/ all of the Sonship? This does not mean that nothing else beyond my personal identity has existence BUT THAT everything has existence and is washed in God’s LOVE. NOT in the blood of His Son because He sinned.
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* Please reread that last bit.
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T 30 D 4

It never is the IDOL that you want. But what you think it offers you, you want indeed, and have the RIGHT to ask for. Nor could it be possible it be denied. Your will to be complete is but God’s will, and this is GIVEN you by being His. God knows not form. He cannot answer you in terms that have no meaning. And your will could not be satisfied with empty forms, made but to fill a gap that is not there. It is not this you WANT. Creation gives no separate person and no separate thing the power to complete the Son of God. What idol can be called upon to give the Son of God what he already has?

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* Doing this review is giving me deeper clarity on the way I want to engage with the world. Not denying anything’s existence but seeing only love in all that I do witness. Hmm. Even in what is difficult.

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* It is my sense and experience that as we put God first and recognize who we truly are that the challenges with others will get smaller. And that we will be able to enjoy what comes our way, whatever it is.

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* It is not things or people we need to denounce or deny but the idea that they could ever be fulfilling in any way that God cannot. In other words, to place them before God. Or give them a value above God is what I choose to avoid.

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* I knew quickly as a mother that I would not be allowed to embrace my children for long. I gave them everything I had to give them. And I gave them to God’s protection. I never once understood this to mean that they were not a part of me and me a part of them. The Course does not lead me to that understanding either. Instead, as before, acknowledging God allows me to feel the love we share even when it cannot be expressed. It really is something that is too large to speak of but I know that we knew each other before we came here and that we will know one another when the Son is completely healed as well.

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T 30 D 5

Completion is the FUNCTION of God’s Son. He has no need to seek for it at all. Beyond all idols stands his holy will to be but what he is. For more than whole is meaningless. If there were change in him, if he could be reduced to any form and limited to what is not in him, he would not be as God created him. What idol can he need to be himself? For can he give a part of him away? What is not whole cannot make whole. But what is really asked for cannot BE denied. Your will IS granted. Not in any form that would content you not, but in the whole completely lovely Thought God holds of you.

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* We complete God.

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* God gives justification to our existence. HE ALONE IS OUR REASON FOR BEING.

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* Yet we seek EVERYWHERE to avoid Him.

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* Our idols cannot protect nor satisfy and neither can they block forever the witness we have of God and our true self.

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T 30 D 6

Nothing that God knows not exists. And what He knows exists forever, changelessly. For thoughts endure as long as does the mind that thought of them. And in the Mind of God there is no ending, nor a time in which His Thoughts were absent, or could suffer change. Thoughts are not born and cannot die. They share the attributes of their creator, nor have they a separate life apart from his. The thoughts you think are in your mind, as you are in the Mind which thought of you. And so there are no separate parts in what exists within God’s Mind. It is forever one, eternally united and at peace.

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* “For thoughts endure as long as does the mind that thought of them.” This leads me to imagine that Christ is not fully born as yet, for the Son still dreams of things that are not of God or at least appears to do so. This could be where students get the idea that you and I do not exist and it seems reasonable here, yet, God deemed that His Son WILL or DOES have life and so it is. This is the point that is being made here.

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* Do not let the acidemia/lawyer talk throw you. “Nothing that God knows not exists.” It says simply that anything God did not create does not exist.

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* In a manner of speaking what we create is His creation as well and it is blessed in His Essence which IS Love so anything not of that will disappear in our makeup when we accept that God IS.

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* “ nor a time in which His Thoughts were absent, or could suffer change” Our thoughts are also IN God.

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* Take away the concept of right and wrong and experience is all that remains. DO NOT CONFUSE this to be giving permission to do ANYTHING YOU WANT, even if it harms yourself or others.
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* The human psyche believes itself separate from God and UNFULFILLED. This is an impossibility because you are filled with ALL THAT GOD IS.
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* The “dark side” or that which we would keep hidden from God is not something separated from Him but are our dreams of separation and lack. Some think of it as a holograph or creation similator to give us practice and understanding of our power to create.

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I studied the Lynn Hugh Cacey Manuscript of A Course In Miracles Second Edition with Annotation and Appendices by Doug Thompson in 2022. Here are my closing thoughts. (Post 3 of 4)
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T 30 D 7
Thoughts seem to come and go. Yet all this means is that you are sometimes aware of them, and sometimes not. An unremembered thought is born again to you when it returns to your awareness. Yet it did not die when you forgot it. It was always there, but you were unaware of it. The Thought God holds of you is perfectly unchanged by your forgetting. It will always be exactly as it was before the time when you forgot, and will be just the same when you remember. And it is the same within the interval when you forgot.
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* “The Thought God holds of you is perfectly unchanged by your forgetting. It will always be exactly as it was before the time when you forgot, and will be just the same when you remember. And it is the same within the interval when you forgot.”
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* This is one of the main reasons why no one should be willing to exclude God from their existence! We NEED Him. That is the bottom line!
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T 30 D 8
The Thoughts of God are far beyond all change, and shine forever. They await not birth. They wait for welcome and remembering. The Thought God holds of you is like a star, unchangeable in an eternal sky. So high in Heaven is it set that those outside of Heaven know not it is there. Yet still and white and lovely will it shine through all eternity. There was no time it was not there; no instant when its light grew dimmer or less perfect ever was.
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* “So high in Heaven is it set that those outside of Heaven know not it is there.”
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* Do not let this statement be used as a means to say that Heaven is out of our reach. Jesus is seeking to show us here that while in our ego-based fear it seems beyond our reach yet nothing could change the truth of what God knows that we are.
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T 30 D 9
Who knows the Father knows this light, for He is the eternal sky that holds it safe, forever lifted up and anchored sure. Its perfect purity does not depend on whether it is seen on earth or not. The sky embraces it and softly holds it in its perfect place, which is as far from earth as earth from Heaven. It is not the distance nor the time that keeps this star invisible to earth. But those who seek for idols cannot know the star is there.
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* Do you hear him saying that it is our thinking that keeps us from knowing who God knows we are?
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* When we put anything before God it becomes an idol whether it is a person, activity, theology, or whatever.
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T 30 D 10
Beyond all idols is the Thought God holds of you. Completely unaffected by the turmoil and the terror of the world, the dreams of birth and death that here are dreamed, the myriad of forms that fear can take; quite undisturbed, the Thought God holds of you remains exactly as it always was. Surrounded by a stillness so complete no sound of battle comes remotely near, it rests in certainty and perfect peace. Here is your one reality kept safe, completely unaware of all the world that worships idols, and that knows not God. In perfect sureness of its changelessness, and of its rest in its eternal home, the Thought God holds of you has never left the Mind of its Creator, Whom it knows as its Creator knows that it is there.
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* Do you want to know a secret? “Beyond all idols is the Thought God holds of you.” Once you let go of the idols you will find not only yourself but the rest of the Sonship of Christ as well. You will understand that we are all connected.
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* “Here is your one reality kept safe, completely unaware of all the world that worships idols, and that knows not God.” In other words, there is a part of you that knows this truth.
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* Do not let this last sentence confuse you “In perfect sureness of its changelessness, and of its rest in its eternal home, the Thought God holds of you has never left the Mind of its Creator, Whom it knows as its Creator knows that it is there.”
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* It simply means that somewhere inside your psyche you know God as God knows you.
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T 30 D 11
Where could the Thought God holds of you exist but where YOU are? Is your reality a thing apart from you, and in a world which your reality knows nothing of? Outside you there is no eternal sky, no changeless star and no reality. The mind of Heaven’s Son in Heaven is, for there the Mind of Father and of Son joined in creation which can have no end. ⁵You have not two realities, but one. Nor can you be aware of more than one. An idol or the Thought God holds of you is your reality. Forget not, then, that idols must keep hidden what you are, not from the Mind of God, but from your own. The star shines still; the sky has never changed. But you, the holy Son of God Himself, are unaware of your reality.
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* This is how Heaven comes to earth. By understanding that where we are is in the Mind of God which knows who we are; NOT IN FORM but in truth. This is not to say that you need not identify with form at all. It means that you can acknowledge your present form and still acknowledge God’s witness of you. THIS is what gives justification to your existence and ensures your freedom as well.
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* “The mind of Heaven’s Son in Heaven is, for there the Mind of Father and of Son joined in creation which can have no end. ⁵You have not two realities, but one. Nor can you be aware of more than one.”
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* I have been walking in the Atonement since February of 2020. At that time I understood that what I am experiencing in the physical world is not what is real. For a time, I did not understand if it was or if it wasn’t and it did not matter to me. Today, I take the above message to be sharing with me that my reality is in Heaven and I can know this while knowing that all that I seem to be experiencing here EXISTS there IN ITS PERFECTION. Will my understanding alter somewhat in the future? No doubt, but it will I suspect that I am on the correct path of truth.
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* I recognize that we all are creating different realities, yet I do feel an ultimate truth exists. I call it God.
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Thank you for sharing this with me. This concludes Chapter 30 and I have one final passage for my review of the Hugh Lynn Cacey Manuscript of A Course In Miracles.

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For the final part of the review, I want to look at the final paragraph of the book with wording { } as I understand the teachings of Jesus and A Course In Miracles in my life.
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Do not take anything I say as the final truth. Consider it, ponder it, and if it brings light then accept it and let it go when you learn a higher truth. This is how all experience should be, in my humble opinion. Blessings, always.
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T 31 H 11
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And now we say “Amen”. For Christ has come to dwell in the abode You set for Him before time was, in calm eternity. The journey closes, ending at the place where it began. No trace of it remains. Not one illusion is accorded faith, and not one spot of darkness still remains to hide the face of Christ from anyone. Thy Will is done, complete and perfectly, and all creation recognizes You, and knows You as the only Source it has. Clear in Your Likeness does the Light shine forth from everything that lives and moves in You. For we have reached where all of us are One, and we are home, where You would have us be.
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My understanding today notes that I say it this way as one who acknowledges she has accepted the call to receive the Atonement that Jesus is leading us to in A Course In Miracles:
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* And now we say { it is done and so it is} “Amen.” For Christ has come to {my awareness as myself where God saw me as Christ, His Son} before time was, in calm {and peaceful} eternity. The journey closes, ending at the place where it began. No trace of it remains. {All fear and chaos are removed for} not one illusion is accorded faith, and not one spot of darkness {manifested as guilt, shame, or reason to fear} still remains to hide the face of Christ {and the remembrance of God, His Creator} from anyone {who is willing to receive it}. Thy Will {God’s and the Son’s} is done, completely and perfectly, and all creation {will come to recognize God and, Christ, His Son}, and knows {God and Christ, His Son} as the only Source it has. Clear in {the Likeness of Father, God, and Christ, the Son} does the Light shine forth from everything that lives and moves in {your mind, as it beholds all creation}. For {I} have reached where all of us are One, and {I} am Home, where {God, the Father and Christ, myself, seen as all of Creation} would have us be.
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* Each of us has the opportunity to make this journey without distance now. We will do it in time at differing times, yet at the end of time, we will all stand there together in God, the Father. I am only saying that it is possible to do this individually, now.
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* I will be returning to the Urtext as I continue my study of ACIM. I am also reading the Cameos as recorded in the Circle of Atonement edition.
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Thank you for sharing this time with me. Till next time, God bless, debi

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