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How can I transition out of using lots of medication/magic? Also, what is the definition of the term "level confusion" in ACIM?
Question: The course teaches that believing in medicine is like believing in magic, and I can see that. Over the last several years I have used vitamins and minerals, etc. to try to improve my health. I have also been practicing recognizing my beliefs and their effect on my health, and releasing the need for them. How do I begin making the transition to living without “magic”? My health is less than perfect, but not crippling. Also, can you give me an understandable definition of "level confusion," as is mentioned often in ACIM?
Answer: Thanks for writing. The saying goes: "Mind over matter." Illness and health are solely mental, and the belief in the physical or the manifest is the basis of all conflict, disease, stress, and upset. The mind is causative, yet the sleeping mind remembers not the making of the world. The sleeping mind believes that the world the ego made has turned around and made the body self. This is the belief in physical "birth." Thus it appears that events and circumstances happen to the body apart from its asking or control. The first step in healing this cause-effect split and reversal is opening to the realization that everything which seems to happen is the result of belief. The mind perceives what the mind believes. Questioning what is believed is therefore a way of raising the ego belief system to the Light.
Level confusion is the belief that time-space-matter is causative instead of an unreal effect of an unreal "cause." There is nothing causative in the material universe, and the sleeping mind is imprisoned by its own beliefs. Once the ego belief system is exposed as having no foundation, the effects it seemed to produce are seen as causeless. Appearances and images are seen for what they are, illusion, and no longer are they endowed with "life" and "meaning." Right-mindedness or miracle-mindedness is the end of level confusion, for the miracle simply sees the false as false. The miracle does not judge the contents of consciousness, for it sees their unreality. The Holy Spirit looks not to effects, having judged their "cause" as unreal. The ego is the unreal "cause."
Trust the Holy Spirit in the transition or transformation of mind. The Holy Spirit will reinterpret everything perceived with a new Perspective. If you do the workbook lessons of ACIM and read the text, with openness and willingness, you will see that the Holy Spirit orchestrates everything of time-space for your benefit. Time is actually under the direction of the miracle-worker, for the miracle-worker is aligned with the Holy Spirit's use of time. The Holy Spirit will instruct you on what is most helpful in terms of using time and the symbols of time. The body, diet, medicine, exercise, and activity in general are best given over to the Holy Spirit. The specifics are used by the Holy Spirit in the workbook practice until the Divine Principle is transferred and applied so consistently that the belief in specifics is completely undone. In accepting Atonement, the mind is thus prepared for the remembrance of Light or Divine Abstraction in God.
Blessings of Love, David