The Illusion of Choice and A Course in Miracles (ACIM)
Most find it very unsettling to consider the idea that choice is actually an illusion, or the illusion of choice, as stated in A Course in Miracles (ACIM). You make choices everyday, so the idea of choice not being real seems highly illogical and to say the least, improbable, given its consistent daily use. Although choice is necessary while you are here, it ultimately remains a part of the illusion and is not a part of God. Choice is unsettling because you believe it to be necessary, not because it is an illusion.”
It stands to reason that you are in what you think of as this world because you have made the decision, or choice, for this world to be real. If you keep on making that same choice, it keeps on becoming more and more real. ACIM clearly points out that ideas do not leave their source. Who then would be the source? What choices are you really making?
Choice, Perception and Judgment:
You think this world is real because you made the choice to believe the ego’s version of reality from the original separation. Those initial perceptions are followed by the next choice which is to judge the results, thereby producing further consequences which reinforce the belief in this world. It’s a vicious, no-win cycle. As you perceive you will judge; and as you judge you will perceive. Error is made real by this simple twisted deception. Withdraw your choice to believe in the results and the error can be corrected.
Choice and Source:
Would you not then be the source since you are the one making the choice to believe? You don’t remember that original separation; however, you are making choices now, and you are doing so all the time. Every moment you are choosing between thoughts, feelings and ideas, etc. If it isn’t you, then who do you want to claim is responsible? Be careful, because claiming another is responsible is actually blame and you have no power to change so long as you think another is in charge. You are simply making yourself a victim. Both of these are ego tricks.