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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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Why does the Workbook have so many negative statements?

Q. Today’s lesson is “There is nothing my holiness cannot do.” Wouldn’t it be more positive to say, “My holiness can do everything”? I notice the Workbook has negative phrases like this and I wonder how Helen or Bill, being psychologists, did not pick up on the negative phrases straight off. A. As always with […]

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Does the Course have any advice about cutting off memories?

Q. I’ve found that the memories that keep coming up are a major factor in sustaining the ego. Does the Course have any advice about cutting off memories? A. You could really say that the whole Course is about that, in that it’s about undoing the past and freeing us from its burden. I’ll tell […]

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Why does the Course say “life is thought” when some enlightened teachers say that thought is of the ego?

Q. In Lesson 54, it says “If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought.” Some enlightened teachers like Eckhart Tolle or Sri Nisargadatta Maharash say that thought is of the ego and that our Self exists in a state of pure being. They claim to not think except when they […]

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Is it ever appropriate to forgive ourselves directly?

Q. You say that the Course’s main focus is on forgiving ourselves in the act of forgiving others. Does this still mean that it’s still sometimes appropriate to forgive ourselves directly? Such as if we are experiencing jealousy, or feelings of lack, or any other negative stuff that’s going on in our mind.

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What is the role of silence?

What is the role of silence (stilling the mind) in the practice of A Course in Miracles?

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Does the Workbook expect too much from me?

When I first started the Workbook it seemed to be easy for the first few weeks, until I got to Lesson 41. I believe the lessons are well planned and that this course is for all sorts of people, the saints and the very normal people like me! What does it mean, then, that already after only forty days of doing the lessons, he expects us to be able to find the quiet place in our mind and hear the Holy Spirit? It's very tempting to feel like a failure when we don't reach what he is expecting from us.

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Negative emotions

What can I do when strong negative emotions seem to hinder my Course practice?

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