Consciousness produces the realm of perception. Consciousness is ego’s domain and stems from the part of mind that fictitiously believes in separation from Source. Devoid of consciousness is Spirit’s Awareness of the shared Will of God/Love/Source only, which is the ongoing extension of Love from Father to Son or Creator to Creation. The Son wants only the Father’s Love, and yet, part of mind, consciousness, has come to believe otherwise.
“In this world, because mind is split, the Sons of God appear to be separate. Nor do their minds seem to be joined, in this illusory state, the concept of an ‘individual mind’ seems to be meaningful. It is therefore described in the course as if it has two parts; spirit and ego.” (ACIM)
Described is one mind, split by belief into “parts”.
“Spirit is the part that is still in contact with God through the Holy Spirit, Who abides in this part but sees the other part as well. The term ‘soul’ is not used except in direct biblical quotations because of its highly controversial nature. It would, however, be an equivalent of ‘spirit’, with the understanding that, being of God, it is eternal and was never born.” (ACIM)
The body is birthed and deathed in time by consciousness, as if outside of or split/spun away/separated from eternity. The Holy Spirit can see this phenomenon and correct it by looking past it. Ego cannot look past itself, but right mind can look at the part that has been made manifest, and forgive/surrender it. Self-Will takes the final step.
“The other (not-spirit) part of mind is entirely illusory and makes only illusions (mind fiction). Spirit retains the potential for creating, but its Will, which is God’s, seems to be imprisoned while the mind is not unified. Creation continues unabated because that is the Will of God. This Will is always unified and therefore has no meaning in this world. It has no opposite and no degrees.” (ACIM)
God and Spirit/Son are never separated by levels of consciousness. Self-Will/Creation is ongoing. And yet consciousness dreams up a subjective, separate “self” to call “real”. This self seems subjected to degrees of imprisonment, and is unaware of its Loving Source.
“The mind can be right or wrong, depending on the voice to which it listens. Right-mindedness listens to the Holy Spirit, forgives the world, and through Christ’s vision sees the real world in its place. This is the final vision, the last perception, the condition in which God takes the final step Himself. Here time and illusions end together.
Wrong-mindedness listens to the ego and makes illusions; perceiving sin and justifying anger, and seeing guilt, disease and death as real. Both this world and the real world are illusions because right-mindedness merely overlooks, or forgives, what never happened. Therefore it (wrong-mindedness) is not the One-mindedness of the Christ Mind, Whose Will is one with God’s.
In this world the only remaining freedom is the freedom of choice; always between two choices or two voices. Will is not involved in perception at any level, and has nothing to do with choice. Consciousness is the receptive mechanism, receiving messages from above or below; from the Holy Spirit or the ego. Consciousness has levels and awareness can shift quite dramatically; but it cannot transcend the perceptual realm. At it’s highest it becomes aware of the real world, and can be trained to do so increasingly. Yet the very fact that it has levels and can be trained demonstrates that it cannot reach knowledge.” (ACIM)
Under the direction of the split part of mind that believes in illusion, “one must go and get and do, or else death”. When the split part of mind (consciousness of an “individual or separate identity”) re-unifies as the Will of God, the world of perception/consciousness dissolves. Fully aware of the One and only desire fulfilled, mind rests in Itself.
*Quotes are from ACIM Mind-Spirit Clarification of terms.