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Can a chemical imbalance block my connection with God?

Q. I came down with a bad case of the flu recently and I thought I would feel better if I meditated and practiced my Workbook lesson. Yet instead of feeling more connected, I felt totally cut off, from God and from the Course. It all seemed completely meaningless, and no matter how hard I […]

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When we have transcended the ego, does that mean we will not have a body or be in this world?

Q. When we have transcended the ego, does that mean we will no longer have a body, no longer be in this world, and no longer see this world? A. Basically, yes. The ego is the belief that we are a separate being, living in a world of other separate beings and contending with them; […]

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When the body dies, is that the end of the ego?

Q. When the body dies, is that the end of the ego? A. That’s actually one of those rare questions that the Course gives conflicting answers about. In Chapter 4 of the Text, we find these passages: The so-called “battle for survival” [in myths] is only the ego’s struggle to preserve itself, and its interpretation […]

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How can we reconcile the Course’s philosophy of sickness with the effectiveness of medicine?

Q. I can almost accept the Course’s teaching that the mind’s attacks make physical sickness. However, I still have some trouble reconciling that perspective with some of the scientific, double-blind studies using placebos. I’ve read a number of studies where patients didn’t know if they were getting the real medicine or a placebo. Yet for the […]

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Why does Lesson 17 say “I see no neutral things” when Lesson 294 says “My body is a wholly neutral thing”?

Q. How do you explain the difference between Lesson 17, “I see no neutral things,” and Lesson 294, “My body is a wholly neutral thing”? A. There would be a real contradiction if Lesson 17 was “There are no neutral things.” Rather, that lesson is all about how we see things; how our thoughts about […]

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