Two Key Thoughts In Ken Wapnick's Teaching

First, the pronoun “you” when used in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) refers to the part of our mind, The Decision Maker, that decides to dream to separate from God.  After the decision to choose the separation The Decision Maker then chooses between our right mind and wrong mind.  So In A Course In Miracles (ACIM) “you” does not refer to our ego self, but to the part of our mind that chooses.  The true nature of Jesus’ teaching becomes clear when ACIM is read with this in mind.

The statement “you must choose” necessitates that there be a “decision maker” which makes choices.  The term, however, is used but once in the Course.

If sickness is but a faulty problem-solving approach, it is a decision.  And if it is a decision, it is the mind and not the body that makes it. The resistance to recognizing this is enormous, because the existence of the world as you perceive it depends on the body being the decision maker. [M-5.II.1:5- 7]

Here is Ken's second key: A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is written on two levels, I and II.

Level I passages discuss contrasts between the One Mind and the separated mind; I.E. between; God-Heaven-Christ-Mind and the dream of separation.  Level I passages are absolute and uncompromising statements.  For instance:

Heaven is not a place nor a condition.  It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else: nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within it. [T-18.VI.1:5-6.].

Level II passages discuss contrasts between the separated right-mind and wrong-mind.  Typically Level II passages are discussions of process, especially the process of forgiveness such as:

Forgiveness gently looks upon all things unknown in Heaven, sees them disappear, and leaves the world a clean and unmarked slate on which the Word of God can now replace the senseless symbols written there before. [W-p1.192.4.1]

These differing levels of discourse must be noticed when reading A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Otherwise, confusion of Jesus’ statements about God and Heaven, and passages referring to our separated dream will occur.  This leads to misunderstandings of Jesus’ new teaching.  It is also crucial to notice which passages are metaphors, and which are to be taken literally.