Let Love teach you what You are.
All wrong doing comes from mind. Transform mind and can wrong doing remain?~The Buddha
I've read that the course has nothing to do with behavior. The reasoning given, is that this is a course on Cause(mind) and not effect(behavior). Another reason given, is that since the world is illusion and in Reality nothing has happened, then it really doesn't matter what we do in the “dream”.
I think this is somewhat of a dangerous interpretation for a couple of reasons. One, is that saying it doesn't matter what we do here since the world is ultimately illusion, is giving the egoic thinking a free pass to do whatever “it” wants to, since ultimately there are no consequences. Adyashanti called this, trying to understand the Ultimate Reality with a very low level of consciousness which can result in an ego type anarchy. Unfortunately, I have seen this “understanding” sometimes with course students who ridicule, insult, and degrade others, while laughing, saying it doesn't matter because it is all an illusion and all we need to do is keep practicing forgiveness. This seems to result in what I've called a, “sociopathspirituality”.
Another reason, is that looking at this from the Ultimate Reality perspective is a top-down approach. Something that the author of the course did NOT do.
As the author (Jesus) states:As a man I did not attempt to counteract error with knowledge, but to correct error from the bottom up.~ACIM
Eric: I think this is so important to remember for a very obvious reason. If one could counteract error with the knowledge of the Ultimate Reality, then there would have obviously not have been error in the first place. The fact that there is error is obvious that knowledge is not in our awareness. The course repeatedly says it is a practical course. So what does it actually say about behavior in reference to correcting from the bottom-up in the dream of consciousness? In the dream of space and time?
In the earlier versions of the course, it says, “How you perceive at any given time determines what you do, and action must occur in time.”~ACIM
It also states, “You respond to what you perceive, and as you perceive so shall you behave. The Golden Rule asks you to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This means that the perception of both must be accurate. The Golden Rule is the rule for appropriate behavior. You cannot behave appropriately unless you perceive correctly.”~ACIM
The course also makes this statement, which is quite in line with the statement given by the Buddha I quoted. It states, ““Any decision of the mind will affect both behavior and experience.”~ACIM
The course tells us that Cause and effect cannot be separate. With this statement, it then makes no sense to say that behavior does not matter. In fact, the course cautions one on this thinking when it says, “The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. You cannot separate yourself from the truth by "giving" autonomy to behavior.”~ACIM
Eric: When the course tells us that it is a course on Cause and not effect. It is not telling us that behavior doesn't matter. It is telling us that correction cannot be made at the level of effect. Correction, MUST be made at the Causal level and effect will naturally fall in line.
It seems to me that the thinking it doesn't matter what we do, is an ego attempt to still behave destructively, without the “guilt” which would result from the behavior. This could only lead to a circular process of pseudo healing.
As the course tells us, “Miracle working entails a full realization of the power of thought in order to avoid miscreation. Otherwise a miracle will be necessary to set the mind itself straight, a circular process that would not foster the time collapse for which the miracle was intended. The miracle worker must have genuine respect for true cause and effect as a necessary condition for the miracle to occur.~ACIM
In Lesson 267, the course has us meditate on this, “Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath; in every action and in every thought.~ACIM
and in The Manual for Teachers, it states, “As the teacher of God advances in his training, he learns one lesson with increasing thoroughness. He does not make his own decisions; he asks his Teacher for His answer, and it is this he follows as his guide for action.”~ACIM
Eric: This Teacher is the Holy Spirit, and through the Holy Spirit as our guide will we learn right-mindedness, which then leads to right action in this world. In fact the author Jesus) extends this invitation to us:
“I have enjoined you to behave as I behaved, but we must respond to the same Mind to do this. This Mind is the Holy Spirit, Whose Will is for God always. He teaches you how to keep me as the model for your thought, and to behave like me as a result.”~ACIM