It seems that "A Course In Miracles" backs up everything you say. You may be right and I may be wrong.? Sorry I was so argumentative. Lots of love to you.
Dearest Trev ,
As per my conviction:
Only on dualistic point of view the arguments are possible. In non- dual reality there is no second thing exists other than the formless soul, which is present in the form of consciousness. That is: I & you and the world are one in essence. Thus there is no second thing exists other than the essence, which is present in the form of consciousness.
Miracles are mere Ideas. And ideas are Illusory in their nature. These ideas too are consciousness, (the soul, the innermost self is present in the form of consciousness) and hence no miracle really occurs. Only when one sees all individuals, especially himself as imagined ideas, can he rise to see them later as consciousness. Thus there are two stages. One must first see himself as illusory before he sees others and the world as illusory.
Miracles deals within the duality. It is concerned with objective reality. It is not concerned with subjective reality. The miracles do not exist outside the self (soul) but they have a psychological existence and that psychological existence. The psychological existence is nothing to do with the ultimate truth or Brahman. So the first thing to be understood is that are part of the illusory existence where man and his experience of the world are reality.
The miracles happen within the duality. Without the duality there is no miracle. The miracles and the performer of the miracle, and the one who is watching the miracle and the world were the miracles takes place are one in essence. That essence is consciousness. The consciousness (soul) is the innermost self.
Just as (the delusion) of the serpent does not exist in the rope in all the three periods of time (past, present, and future), so the universe (waking experience) does not exist in the formless soul, the innermost self, which is the non-dual One.
Being of the nature of awareness alone, there is not inertness in the formless soul, the innermost self. Being of the nature of Truth, there is not a non-truth to the formless soul, the innermost self. Being of the nature of awareness, there is no ignorance in the formless soul, the innermost self.
It is through ignorance that the universe (waking) shines as reality .Whoever acquires Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana is free from experiencing the birth, life, death and the world as reality.
The Advaitic formula, to be successively realized, is: “the world is unreal; Brahman is real; the world is Brahman.” This is the vision of non-duality. Sage Sri, Sankara affirmed a progression of points of view depending on the stage of one’s practice.
“From the standpoint of the waking entity the universe is a reality from the standpoint of the soul, the innermost self, the universe is mere illusion created out of consciousness. When wisdom dawns then one realizes the whole universe is consciousness. The dualistic view is possible only in ignorance. At the dawn of Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana there is only non-dualistic view in the midst of duality because the whole universe is consciousness. Thus all the contents of the universe are also consciousness. Thus form, time and space are mere illusion created out of consciousness. If the form time and space are consciousness than the experience birth, life and death also consciousness.
Thus one has to make duality into Nonduality by a perfect understanding of ‘what is truth’ and ‘what is untruth’ in order realized the ultimate truth or Brahman or Christ.
That is why:
Gospel Thomas logian 22:- Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, “These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom.”
They said to him, “Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?”
Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female is female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom.”
With lots of love