Reflections from A Course in Miracles

I have always been a scholar, and agnostic seeker of the divine. The more books I read, the more gray things get in my mind, but the clearer they get in my heart, those of you on a similar journey may understand. I have been at this blog for just close to a year now and I have not been consistent with my posts, mostly because I spend so much time with my face inside of a book or journal. I have decided it is time to select a direction for this blog for the next year. One of the ways I have decided to do this is to try to share more of my thoughts about what I learn with my dear readers who have embarked on this journey with me in hopes that our sharing of knowledge will deepen our understanding. With that, I have decided to start this page, where I will share my reflections from A Course in Miracles (ACIM).

For my study of ACIM, I am using the only complete addition as shown above which is the combined Volume and includes the Text, the Workbook, the Manual, A clarification of Terms and Supplements.

My intent is for this to be a one year journey of sharing as I follow along with the workbook, I encourage everyone to read this book, it has the potential to change your life! It’s language is written in Iambic pentameter which may feel a little inaccessible. My hope is the discussion here will make the content a little more accessible for all. I invite you to take this Journey with me and contribute your thoughts of the Journey as we go.

Introduction

“This is a course in miracles. It is a required Course…”

“Some of the ideas the workbook presents you will find hard to believe and other may seem to be quite startling. This does not matter. YOu are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all. You are asked only to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and show you that they are true”

“Remember only this, you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.”

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I am agnostic. While A Course in Miracles feels to be based in Christian beliefs, I think you will find the course to be applicable no matter which religion or spirituality track you choose. The course itself claims to be non-denominational. It’s message is universal in application and available and accessible to anyone from any religion or no religion for that matter, if the case may be. The author of ACIM claimed to be an atheist, yet found it her calling to channel this great study.

If the Word God contains a negative connotation for you, feel free to substitute with any term which makes you feel more comfortable. (Higher Power, Source Energy, Universal Mind, Life Force) or whatever term makes the course digestible for you, as it is worth the one year commitment.

As stated in his review Book A Course in Miracles made easy,  by Alan Cohen A Course in Miracles is about choosing love over fear. The text sets forth universal truths that will lead us to a life of meaning, healing and well-being and teaches us to transform special relationships to holy relationships. It is uncompromising in its intention to deliver liberation.

Chapter One: The Meaning of Miracles

I. Principles of Miracles

II. Revelation, Time and Miracles

III. Atonement and Miracles… part 1

IV. The Escape from Darkness

V. Wholeness and Spirit

VI. The Illusion of Needs

VII. Distortions of Miracle Impulses

Chapter 2 The Separation and the Atonement

I. The origins of Separation

II. The Atonement as Defense

III. The Altar of God

IV. Healing as Release from Fear

V. The Function of the Miracle Worker

VI. Fear and Conflict

VII. Cause and Effect

VIII. The Meaning of the Last Judgment

Chapter 3: The Innocent Perception

I Atonement without Sacrifice

II. Miracles as True Perception

III. Perception versus knowledge

IV. Error and the Ego

V. Beyond Perception

VI. Creating verses the Self-Image

Chapter 4 The Illusions of the Ego

I. Right Teaching and Right Learning

II. The Ego and False Autonomy, Part 2

III. Love without Conflict

IV. This Need not Be

V. The Ego-Body Illusion

VI. The Rewards of God

VII. Creation and Communication

Chapter 5 Healing and Wholeness

I. The invitation to Holy Spirit

II. The Voice for God, part 2

III. The Guide to Salvation, part 2

IV. Teaching and Healing

V. The Ego’s use of Guilt

VI. Time and Eternity

VII. The Decision for God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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