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A Course in Miracles
Chapter 3: APPLICATION AND PRACTICE37) How free are we in our everyday lives to act in our own best interests, especially if, as A Course in Miracles says, we are all hallucinating?
This answer begins where the previous one ends. Within the dream of our individual existence -- the hallucination -- we are free to choose. However, such choosing has nothing to do with what the world understands by choosing, especially when we think of trying to act in our own best interests. We cannot act in our best interests because, as the workbook reminds us, "I do not perceive my own best interests" (W-pI.24; italics ours). This is a crucial aspect in the understanding of the Course, and the above lesson states the point clearly:
In no situation that arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy. Therefore, you have no guide to appropriate action, and no way of judging the result. What you do is determined by your perception of the situation, and that perception is wrong. It is inevitable, then, that you will not serve your own best interests. Yet they are your only goal in any situation which is correctly perceived. Otherwise, you will not recognize what they are.Therefore, throughout A Course in Miracles, Jesus urges us to consult either him or the Holy Spirit, for They are the only ones Who do know what our best interests are. And these, naturally, always involve the change of mind or perception that reflects our decisions to forgive instead of to attack. On our own, we cannot forgive, let alone know what choices we should make. However, we are always free to choose our teacher, and in that choice we have already acted in our own best interests. And this, and only this, is the meaning of free will within this world of illusion, for it is from the right mind alone that the right choice -- our best interest -- can result. Thus it is that Jesus addresses his students: "Resign now as your own teacher... for you were badly taught" (T-12.V.8:3; T-28.I.7:1), and he asks that they choose instead the Teacher Whose wisdom will always teach them correctly.
Reproduced with the kind permission of Gloria and Kenneth
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