Let Love teach you what You are.
What is Creation? Creation is the sum of all God's Thoughts, in number infinite and everywhere without all limit. Only Love creates and only like Itself.~ACIM Lesson 321
The term, “non-dualism” seems to be pretty popular in today's Western spiritual circles. It seems if one wants to sound more spiritual, all they need to do is to throw this term somewhere in what they are saying. A Course in Miracles, it seems has fallen into this (somewhat limited) conceptual category, even though the course never uses the term once. Instead, the course uses the term OneMindedness in referring to what could be called the non-dualistic aspect of ACIM.
Yet, many people seem to equate non-dualism as reducing everything down to a numerical number. But as the course asks and answers what Creation is, it shows that Creation is the sum of all of God's Thoughts INFINITE, not finite. There seems to be a difference between Oneness and the numerical number 1.
The other day, I was reading a quote someone copied and pasted from one of Renard's books stating that there is only one of us here, as there is only One Son. This interpretation seems to have created some kind of circular solipsism in which each person believes that they made up everyone else and that everyone else is merely the central person's ego fragment. In essence, one's brothers do not really exist. This interpretation seems to create an attitude among many people where they reduce brothers down to being self serving objects to be used by the central person for their own “salvation”, instead of communicating and communing with brothers by joining with them. In more severe cases, people have used the concepts of ACIM and illusion to simply berate, ridicule, and be nasty to others based on the “fact” that it doesn't matter because “it is all an illusion.”
Yet, I do not believe this is what the course teaches. In fact, it says that in this world we exist with and for our brothers, in Heaven we co-exist with God. Yes, in sleep we make up our brothers by seeing them in a body, and making ego's of them from our own past learning and our own self concept, so we, as the course tells us, do not really see our brothers, but our own split minds everywhere. As the course says, “ In sleep you are alone, and your awareness is narrowed to yourself. And that is why the nightmares come. You dream of isolation because your eyes are closed. You do not see your brothers, and in the darkness you cannot look upon the light you gave to them.”~ACIM
But what about the fact that the course says God has only One Son? Wouldn't multiplicity then have to be metaphor and dualism? Well if one equates non-dualism with a reduction to a numerical number, then yes, it would have to be. Yet, the course states that Creation is the sum of all of God's Thoughts (multiplicity) in number infinite (multiplicity). I think the problem in this, is the literal interpretation that the One Son is just that...a Son....a persona of some sort. But if we unwrap what the course defines as the Son, we may see a more open interpretation where multiplicity is not metaphor and not contradicting the OneMindedness (non-dualism aspect) that the course speaks of.
The course tells us that God has only One Son and then explains what this One Son is. The One Son is the Sonship and the Sonship is said to be the sum of all that God created. In the earlier versions (UrText and Original Edition) the course states the Sonship is the sum of all the souls God created and also refer to the Sonship as the Family of God. In the 50 miracle principles, God is stated as being the Giver of Life. Thus does this statement infer that God is the Prime Cause of Life, thus making Life, God's Effect. If the Son of God is God's Effect, then it is not a stretch to say that the Son of God is Life itself. Thus am I and my brothers (and sisters and all of life) an integral aspect of Life being a son of God and being Life itself as Son of God. I am not separate from my brothers, cause I cannot be separate from Life.
Is the non-dualism aspect of ACIM about OneMindedness or a reduction to a numerical number? The problem is, if there is only God which would be the reduction to the numerical number 1, then taken to its logical conclusion, it would have to have been God that put Himself to sleep and dreamed a dream of separation in which God would need salvation to wake up to Himself and Reality. This would make God insane, not to mention that we would be God, which the course calls the Authority Problem that created the whole mess of separation in the first place. The argument could be made that it never really happened so in Reality God never did this, but even a dream/illusion MUST be dreamed by a mind. Anyone looking to their own night time dreams can see that this is so. But the course doesn't say there is only Cause, but that Cause must have effect to establish Causation.
The course is more about idealism than this interpretation of non-dualism. As the course tells us, we are an idea, the Holy Spirit is the idea of healing, the ego is an idea (though a miscreation), time and space are ideas and God is an idea.
OneMindeness is then only the Thoughts of God that is shared with all creation. Since Creation is the Will of God, we are the Will of God. To be of one mind is to be of one will. As the course states, “This communication is the Will of God. Creation and communication are synonymous. God created every mind by communicating His Mind to it, thus establishing it forever as a channel for the reception of His Mind and Will. Since only beings of a like order can truly communicate, His creations naturally communicate with Him and like Him.”~ACIM
Though I could add much more, I think this blog is long enough, LOL.