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  • I Follow in the Way Appointed Me by Greg Mackie. Lesson 317 is a powerful and beautiful lesson. It says that each of us has a specific part to play in God's plan for salvation, and completing that part is essential for the world's salvation and our own. In this article, Greg shares his personal reflections on this lesson and invites you to explore its implications for your life as well.
  • What in God's Name Is God's Name? by Greg Mackie. In this article, Greg presents a Course-based answer to the question "What is God's Name?" Along the way, he discusses the significance of names and naming in human culture, and explores the Course's own view of this topic. Above all, he focuses on the transformative power the Course places on the process of replacing our names for the "nameless" with the one Name of God that all of us share. Fully embracing the Name of God leads to nothing less than the full restoration of the glorious inheritance that God our Father bestowed upon us as His holy Sons.
  • Commentary on the Introduction to the Workbook by Robert Perry. Doing the Workbook, therefore, is absolutely crucial. Without it, we will have theory, we will have teachings. But we won't have the mind training that allows those teachings to come alive for us.
  • Commentary on Lesson 1: Nothing I see...means anything. by Robert Perry. This lesson seems like a downer. But its meaning is central to the Course. The Course wants to slowly drain the meaning out of the things we see. This will ultimately liberate us from the painful meanings we see around us, and it will open us up to the joyful meanings that lie beyond physical form.
  • Commentary on Lesson 2: I have given everything I see...all the meaning that it has for me. by Robert Perry. Today's idea explains that the meaning these things have for us is not in them, but has been assigned by us to them. We see it in them, but it's not in them. The meaning we see is therefore inappropriate, inapplicable. We have given meaning to things that have no meaning.
  • Commentary on Lesson 8: My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts. by Robert Perry. You don't really see anything. You see only your own thoughts, projected outward. If your thoughts are obsessed with the past, then, that's all you'll see.
  • Commentary on Lesson 9: I see nothing as it is now. by Robert Perry. It's disturbing to think that the entire reality we see is not there. It's so disturbing that the idea might meet with active resistance—not just passive.
  • Commentary on Lesson 15: My thoughts are images that I have made. by Robert Perry. Our internal thoughts ultimately show up as external images. Therefore, when the light of vision truly starts entering our thoughts, it will also show up as part of the images we see. We will start to see light around the objects we see now, but that light will be our thoughts of light showing up in image-form.
  • Commentary on Lesson 16: I have no neutral thoughts. by Robert Perry. We do have the belief that at least some thoughts have no effect, right? The truth is the opposite: the effect they have is everything we see, and everything we feel. Thus, the phrase "idle thoughts" is an oxymoron. To speak of a thought that produces no result is to fall into a contradiction in terms.
  • Commentary on Lesson 22: What I see is a form of vengeance. by Robert Perry. We see the world wanting to get vengeance on us for putting our anger on it. We see the world wanting to get us back for what we did to it (project our anger onto it). So now we see a world that is poised to attack in return.

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  • How Jesus Helps by Allen Watson. How Jesus, in A Course in Miracles, offers to help us yet a little more if we accept his presence in our lives.
  • The Role of the Healer in ACIM by Robert Perry. The Manual for Teachers describes the role of "healer of patients," a person who goes to people in need of healing and extends spiritual healing to them. In this article, Robert presents a brief summary of the Manual's portrayal of healers and their function.
  • What is the Manual for Teachers? by Robert Perry. A Course in Miracles has three distinct volumes. The Text is for studying the thought system. The Workbook is for doing the lessons. The Manual is for… what? Is it just a summary of Course principles in question-and-answer format, or is it something more?
  • His Recognition of Us by Robert Perry. Our world has seen in Jesus, perhaps more than in any other, a sublime beauty, a perfection, a ray of light, a source of hope. This article by Robert Perry, published in an earlier edition of A Better Way, is based on a passage in the Course in which Jesus says that he sees in us all those things we have seen in him.
  • God Is Love and Life Is Eternal: Applying Section 27 of the Manual to the Asian Tsunami Disaster by Greg Mackie. The death and destruction spawned by the earthquake and tsunami in Asia has shocked and saddened the entire world. For those with religious inclinations, it has once again brought up an age-old question: How can we reconcile such tragic death and destruction with a loving Creator? Section 27 of the Manual ("What Is Death?") offers a radical and liberating answer: We can’t, and we shouldn’t try. This is truly joyous news, for if death and destruction are not of God (and are not even real), then we need not be afraid of Him and can trust Him completely. God is only Love, and life is eternal.
  • Ten Character Traits of the Spiritually Advanced by Robert Perry. Answers the question: What kind of person are we trying to become on this path? An exposition of the ten characteristics of God's teachers from the Manual. Taken from the final chapter of Robert's book Path of Light: Stepping into Peace with A Course in Miracles.

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  • Lesson 182 • July-1 by Allen Watson. I will be still an instant and go home.
  • Lesson 183 • July-2 by Allen Watson. I call upon God's Name and on my own.
  • Lesson 201 • July-20 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (181) I trust my brothers, who are one with me.
  • Lesson 184 • July-3 by Allen Watson. The Name of God is my inheritance.
  • Lesson 185 • July-4 by Allen Watson. I want the peace of God.
  • Lesson 186 • July-5 by Allen Watson. Salvation of the world depends on me.
  • Lesson 187 • July-6 by Allen Watson. I bless the world because I bless myself.
  • Lesson 188 • July-7 by Allen Watson. The peace of God is shining in me now.
  • Lesson 189 • July-8 by Allen Watson. I feel the Love of God within me now.
  • Lesson 190 • July-9 by Allen Watson. I choose the joy of God instead of pain.
  • Lesson 191 • July-10 by Allen Watson. I am the holy Son of God Himself.
  • Lesson 192 • July-11 by Allen Watson. I have a function God would have me fill.
  • Lesson 193 • July-12 by Allen Watson. All things are lessons God would have me learn.
  • Lesson 194 • July-13 by Allen Watson. I place the future in the Hands of God.
  • Lesson 195 • July-14 by Allen Watson. Love is the way I walk in gratitude.
  • Lesson 196 • July-15 by Allen Watson. It can be but myself I crucify.
  • Lesson 197• July-16 by Allen Watson. It can be but my gratitude I earn.
  • Lesson 198 • July-17 by Allen Watson. Only my condemnation injures me.
  • Lesson 199 • July-18 by Allen Watson. I am not a body. I am free.
  • Lesson 200 • July-19 by Allen Watson. There is no peace except the peace of God.
  • Introduction Review VI by Allen Watson. Introduction Review VI
  • Practice Instructions Review VI by Robert Perry. Practice Instructions Review VI
  • Lesson 202 • July-21 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (182) I will be still an instant and go home.
  • Lesson 203 • July-22 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (183) I call upon God's Name and on my own.
  • Lesson 204 • July-23 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (184) The Name of God is my inheritance.
  • Lesson 205 • July-24 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (185) I want the peace of God.
  • Lesson 206 • July-25 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (186) Salvation of the world depends on me.
  • Lesson 207 • July-26 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (187) I bless the world because I bless myself.
  • Lesson 208 • July-27 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (188) The peace of God is shining in me now.
  • Lesson 209 • July-28 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (189) I feel the Love of God within me now.
  • Lesson 210 • July-29 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (190) I choose the joy of God instead of pain.
  • Lesson 211 • July-30 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (191) I am the holy Son of God Himself.
  • Lesson 212 • July-31 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me. Review of: (192) I have a function God would have me fill.
    • A Summary of the Ladder of Prayer: Based on The Song of Prayer, Chapter 1 by Robert Perry. The Song of Prayer contains an extended presentation of "the ladder of prayer," which is really a ladder of spiritual development. Trying to understand this ladder, however, is easier said than done. This article attempts to tease out the ladder's overall structure and present it in simple terms.