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  • Commentary on Lesson 57 by Robert Perry. I pictured myself in a prison cell, feeling like a victim of the system, filled with resentment over my incarceration. But then I look down and see that my chains are loosened, ready to drop off. Then I look up and see that my prison door is open. I can get up and walk out into the sunlight, the sunlight of vision.
  • Commentary on Lesson 58 by Robert Perry. "Having forgiven, I no longer see myself as guilty." That is the absolute core of the Course. Once we forgive others, we let go of our own guilt. Students often see that the other way around—once I no longer see myself as guilty, I will forgive others—but that is a secondary focus of the Course.
  • Commentary on Lesson 64: "Let me not forget my function." by Robert Perry. The function I gave myself is about physicality, about my body interacting with and getting what it needs from other bodies. The function God gave me is forgiveness. Choosing between these is a choice for happiness or unhappiness.
  • Commentary on Lesson 65: "My only function is the one God gave me." by Robert Perry. This lesson emphasizes that this is not a function you should just add into the mix. This is meant to be it. There shouldn't be a mix. This is your only function. All the other functions are really meant to either drop away or turn into vehicles for this.
  • Commentary on Lesson 71: "Only God's plan for salvation will work." by Robert Perry. The function I gave myself is about physicality, about my body interacting with and getting what it needs from other bodies. The function God gave me is forgiveness. Choosing between these is a choice for happiness or unhappiness.
  • Commentary on Lesson 72: Holding grievances is an attack on God's plan for salvation. by Robert Perry. This is a very difficult lesson to understand, one of the hardest in the Workbook. I spent years trying to figure out its message and finally felt that I really got it. I am going to depart from my usual practice of commenting paragraph-by-paragraph and will instead simply try to lay out that big picture.
  • Commentary on Lesson 78: Let miracles replace all grievances. by Robert Perry. This is an extremely significant lesson. It is really the core forgiveness lesson in the Workbook. If you look at all the lessons that ask us to choose someone and then forgive that person, and then find any elements that repeat in more than one of those lessons, you will find all of those elements in this lesson.
  • Commentary on Lesson 79: Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved. by Robert Perry. We usually think we need above all to know what the solution is. But this lesson has a slightly different take: We need to know what the problem is. If we can recognize our only problem is separation, we will also recognize that it has in fact been solved.
  • Commentary on Lesson 85 by Robert Perry. We all want to see. No one wants to be blind. We know that grievances darken our minds, but what if they also darken our sight? What if they make us blind? Who would want them at that point?
  • Commentary on Lesson 86 by Robert Perry. Is this really what I have been doing—searching "wildly about" for happiness? Have I been engaging in "idle seeking"—with my engine racing furiously, but without the vehicle going anywhere?

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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 121 • May-1 by Allen Watson. Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
  • Lesson 122 • May-2 by Allen Watson. Forgiveness offers everything I want.
  • Lesson 123 • May-3 by Allen Watson. I thank my Father for His gifts to me.
  • Lesson 124 • May-4 by Allen Watson. Let me remember I am one with God.
  • Lesson 125 • May-5 by Allen Watson. In quiet I receive God's Word today.
  • Lesson 126 • May-6 by Allen Watson. All that I give is given to myself.
  • Lesson 127 • May-7 by Allen Watson. There is no love but God's.
  • Lesson 128 • May-8 by Allen Watson. The world I see holds nothing that I want.
  • Lesson 129 • May-9 by Allen Watson. Beyond this world there is a world I want.
  • Lesson 130 • May-10 by Allen Watson. It is impossible to see two worlds.
  • Lesson 131 • May-11 by Allen Watson. No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
  • Lesson 132 • May-12 by Allen Watson. I loose the world from all I thought it was.
  • Lesson 133 • May-13 by Allen Watson. I will not value what is valueless.
  • Lesson 134 • May-14 by Allen Watson. Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.
  • Lesson 135 • May-15 by Allen Watson. If I defend myself I am attacked.
  • Lesson 136 • May-16 by Allen Watson. Sickness is a defense against the truth.
  • Lesson 137 • May-17 by Allen Watson. When I am healed I am not healed alone.
  • Lesson 138 • May-18 by Allen Watson. Heaven is the decision I must make.
  • Lesson 139 • May-19 by Allen Watson. I will accept Atonement for myself.
  • Lesson 140 • May-20 by Allen Watson. Only salvation can be said to cure.
  • Introduction Review IV by Allen Watson. Introduction Review IV
  • Practice Instructions Review IV by Robert Perry. Practice Instructions Review IV
  • Lesson 141 • May-21 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (121) Forgiveness is the key to happiness. (122) Forgiveness offers everything I want.
  • Lesson 142 • May-22 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (123) I thank my Father for His gifts to me. (124) Let me remember I am one with God.
  • Lesson 143 • May-23 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (125) In quiet I receive God's Word today. (126) All that I give is given to myself.
  • Lesson 144 • May-24 by Allen Watson. entral Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (127) There is no love but God's. (128) The world I see holds nothing that I want.
  • Lesson 145 • May-25 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (129) Beyond this world there is a world I want. (130) It is impossible to see two worlds.
  • Lesson 146 • May-26 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (131) No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth. (132) I loose the world from all I thought it was.
  • Lesson 147 • May-27 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (133) I will not value what is valueless. (134) Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.
  • Lesson 148 • May-28 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (135) If I defend myself I am attacked. (136) Sickness is a defense against the truth.
  • Lesson 149 • May-29 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (137) When I am healed I am not healed alone. (138) Heaven is the decision I must make.
  • Lesson 150 • May-30 by Allen Watson. Central Theme: My mind holds only what I think with God Review of: (139) I will accept Atonement for myself. (140) Only salvation can be said to cure.
  • Lesson 151 • May-31 by Allen Watson. All things are echoes of the Voice for God.
    • 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.