2) What is the nature of reality?
Reality as defined by A Course
in Miracles is not a physical realm, dimension, or experience, since
reality is created by God and as God is formless, changeless, eternal,
infinite love, and limitless and unified perfection -- a non-dualistic
oneness. Reality in the Course is synonymous with Heaven
and obviously cannot be related in any way to the universe of form that
the world calls reality. Being changeless, true reality is permanent and
fixed, and therefore any thought of separation -- which is change
-- is impossible and thus never was. As a non-dualistic state, reality
is beyond perception, since perception presupposes a subject-object dichotomy
which is inherently dualistic and so cannot be real. In A Course in
Miracles, reality is also synonymous with knowledge,
the state of being that is Heaven.
A representative passage from "Changeless
Reality" near the end of the text provides a nice summary of the nature
Reality is changeless. It is
this that makes it real, and keeps it separate from all appearances.
It must transcend all form to be itself. It cannot change.
The miracle is means to demonstrate
that all appearances can change because they are appearances, and
cannot have the changelessness reality entails....
Reality is changeless. Miracles but
show what you have interposed between reality and
your awareness is unreal, and does not interfere at all (T-30.VIII.1:6-2:1;
Reproduced with the kind permission of Gloria and
Wapnick and the Foundation for A Course in Miracles®
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