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Awakening is Indiscriminate

In the early parts of both the text and workbook of A Course in Miracles, one encounters the word “indiscriminateness,” especially with respect to the miracle itself. It’s a clunky word, but it matters. We can’t helpfully ignore it.

The miracles makes no distinction among degrees of misperception. It is a device for perception correction, effective quite apart from either the degree or the direction of the error. This is its true indiscriminateness (T-1.1.49:1-3).

Lesson one urges us to apply its ideas “totally indiscriminately” (W-pI.1.2:4), lesson two calls on us to “[R]emain as indiscriminate as possible in selecting subjects for its application” (W-pI.2.1:6), and lesson five acknowledges the difficulty of being wholly “indiscriminate” (W-pI.5.4:1) while counseling us not to become casual in the face of it.

The word discriminate comes from the Latin verb “discrimire” which means to separated or distinguish, to make a distinction. To be discriminate – or to discriminate – is to judge and then, based on that judgment, to separate and hold apart.

Thus, to be indiscriminate, is to refuse judgment and – significantly – the separation that is always judgment’s effect.

The miracle does not perceive differences and so it heals quite apart from them. This is perhaps a leap from the traditional understanding of miracles in which they tend to resolve specific problems in favorable ways: the cancer mysteriously disappears, we get the unexpected job offer, it doesn’t rain on the family picnic.

We perceive our lives specifically but the miracle is abstract. It is indifferent to our personal preferences, our desires and appetites. How, then, does it function?

In a sense, it is the miracle that allows us to perceive a meaningless – an undifferentiated – world. It reminds us that to discriminate is always a function of judgment and that separation inevitably follows. And so our attention is directed away from the familiar and habitual. We begin to seek not evidence confirming hell but rather evidence suggestive of Heaven.

To accept the miracle is to accept the responsibility to see without judgment: to release what is external (including thought) from the painful drama of specific outcomes: and thus to avail ourselves of divine help. If we could do it on our own, we would have, and the course would be superfluous. Alas, it is not. Not yet anyway.

When we perceive the world as meaningless – neither good nor bad but wholly neutral – we will be tempted to fill it with our meaning. The false self – made and sustained in separation – is an unworthy author. Thus, when we resist its siren call to render the world capricious, arbitrary, violent and cruel, something new happens. Or can happen.

We perceive – we become aware of – what is, which is far outside the reach and influence of what we make to obscure and hide it.

The miracle urges us to resist the impulse to write meaning on an apparently meaningless world, and to wait instead to perceive the meaning that is already written there, by the Author whose capacity for Love supersedes ours by a magnitude we cannot fathom.

We cannot force an end to our sad capacity for discrimination but we can become aware of when we are doing it, and in those moments, ask for help in undoing both the habit and its effects. The miracle – what is indiscriminate – is always available, if we will only consent to it. The miracle – not the false self we have convinced ourselves we are – will gently take us beyond our fear of the meaningless to our home in reality: what was created whole and perfect: the given: what is.

At any moment – merely blink and it is done – we can dissolve back into the singularity of what is, the peace that surpasses understanding, the love that patiently waits on us all.

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  • Janet Acquilano June 19, 2013, 10:37 am

    Sean, Wow! I posted this on my facebook page, and am bringing a copy to a group I meet with once a week that is following the Course. When someone asks what the Course is, that is not a one word answer for a complete understanding of it. Thanks again 🙂

    • Sean Reagan June 19, 2013, 11:38 am

      You’re welcome, Janet. Thanks, as always, for reading. Your kind words are much appreciated.


  • Aleta June 19, 2013, 1:30 pm

    This is a wonderful post, Sean! Thank you!

    • Sean Reagan June 22, 2013, 8:50 am

      You’re welcome, Aleta. Thank you for reading. I hope your garden is going well – been very cold and wet up here in New England. We had almost given up hope for the carrots but they are now pushing up.


  • Aleta June 23, 2013, 11:57 am

    Hi, Sean –
    Oh, my garden is really pumping out the produce! I’m in the southeast and it has been hot and very wet; I haven’t had to water even once this year. Now is the time of year when it is so hot that I’d rather stay inside in the A/C than venture out into the heat to work in the garden. Not being a morning person, I save my garden tasks for evening.
    Love & peace

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