Free ACIM App: You would be surprised how difficult many think choice can be, and how afraid they are of the consequences of a choice. It’s a common belief to think that by not choosing, you will avoid the results. Choice is necessary in the illusion and you are deciding between one or the other all the time so there is no avoidance of choice. It is making a decision between two or more possibilities. The reason you have difficulty, or are afraid to choose. Is because you do not understand what choosing for salvation in this world involves.
Avoidance or “not choosing” is choosing because you made a choice to not choose. This means you chose the ego’s interpretation, or judgment. As being real because it wasn’t a choice for correction of the mind. Thus, you will get it again. The consequences of “not choosing” is for things to remain the same and leaves fate in the hands of an ego judgmental thought system as the split mind of cause; and those effects, well, they’re not pretty.
The metaphysics behind choice goes back to the original separation when you heard the ego’s judgment and chose to listen to it. This judgment banished part of the mind from Knowledge and makes an illusion of choice appear necessary. Because now, there is the judgment of the ego, or Knowledge (Heaven and Oneness), to choose between.
Choice is, therefore, unsettling or fearful because you think it is necessary. You are afraid to choose because all judgment (choice) is based on sin, guilt and fear as its root perceptions and while here. There are also choices between two things that seem like choosing between the lessor of two evils.
No one likes to employ choice if they think they will be hurt by the consequences. Instead, we practice avoidance. So now, we will consider what choice really means according to A Course in Miracles (ACIM).