The thought of aliens has been a hot topic recently in mainstream media. But what does A Course in Miracles (ACIM), a profound text that guides us towards inner peace through forgiveness, have to say about aliens?
The mind can think it sleeps, but that is all. It cannot change what is its waking state. It cannot make a body, nor abide within a body. What is alien to the mind does not exist, because it has no source. (ACIM, W-pI.167.6:1-4.)
A Course in Miracles and Perception
ACIM teaches us that this world is a projection of our thoughts and beliefs. It states, "Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that." (ACIM, T-21.in.1:1-2). This principle applies to all aspects of our perception, including the concept of extraterrestrial life.
The idea of aliens, like everything else we perceive, is a projection of the mind. It doesn't matter what seems to come up around aliens in this world or if they pop up in mainstream media, but rather it's questioning what we believe about them and noticing how those beliefs affect our state of mind.
The Alien Concept as a Symbol
In A Course in Miracles, symbols are used to help us understand abstract spiritual concepts. The thought of aliens, beings from a different world, can be seen as a symbol of our feeling of being alienated or separate from God and from each other. This feeling of separation is the root cause of all our fears and conflicts.
This world you seem to live in is not home to you. And somewhere in your mind you know that this is true. A memory of home keeps haunting you, as if there were a place that called you to return, although you do not recognize the voice, nor what it is the voice reminds you of. Yet still you feel an alien here, from somewhere all unknown. (ACIM, W-pI.182.1:1-4.)
We feel like aliens in this world because we believe we have separated from our Source. The journey of ACIM is about healing this belief in separation and returning to the awareness of our Oneness with God and all of Creation.
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Aliens and Forgiveness
The concept of aliens can also be used to practice forgiveness, a central teaching of A Course in Miracles. If we perceive aliens as threatening, it reflects our fear and belief in attack. ACIM teaches us to forgive or release these fearful perceptions.
If we have fear about aliens, it's an opportunity for forgiveness. We can ask the Holy Spirit to help us see this differently, to replace our fear with love. This is the miracle that ACIM teaches.
While A Course in Miracles does not directly address extraterrestrial life, it provides a framework for reinterpreting the concept of aliens. As with all things, it comes back to our state of mind and our willingness to forgive our misperceptions. Whether we are contemplating aliens or any other aspect of our perceptions, the goal of ACIM remains the same: to guide us back to the awareness of Love's presence, which is our natural inheritance.
Remember, "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God." (ACIM, In-2:2-3). Whether we perceive humans or aliens in this world, the peace of God is always available to us.