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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 335 • December-1 by Allen Watson. I choose to see my brother's sinlessness.
  • Lesson 336 • December-2 by Allen Watson. Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined.
  • Lesson 337 • December-3 by Allen Watson. My sinlessness protects me from all harm.
  • Lesson 338 • December-4 by Allen Watson. I am affected only by my thoughts.
  • Lesson 339 • December-5 by Allen Watson. I will receive whatever I request.
  • Lesson 340 • December-6 by Allen Watson. I can be free of suffering today.
  • Commentary on What Is a Miracle? by Allen Watson. Commentary on What Is a Miracle?
  • Lesson 341 • December-7 by Allen Watson. I can attack but my own sinlessness, and it is only that which keeps me safe.
  • Lesson 342 • December-8 by Allen Watson. I let forgiveness rest upon all things, for thus forgiveness will be given me.
  • Lesson 343 • December-9 by Allen Watson. I am not asked to make a sacrifice to find the mercy and the peace of God.
  • Lesson 344 • December-10 by Allen Watson. Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me.
  • Lesson 345 • December-11 by Allen Watson. I offer only miracles today, for I would have them be returned to me.
  • Lesson 346 • December-12 by Allen Watson. Today the peace of God envelops me, and I forget all things except His Love.
  • Lesson 347 • December-13 by Allen Watson. Anger must come from judgment. Judgment is the weapon I would use against myself, to keep the miracle away from me.
  • Lesson 348 • December-14 by Allen Watson. I have no cause for anger or for fear, for You surround me. And in every need that I perceive, Your grace suffices me.
  • Lesson 349 • December-15 by Allen Watson. Today I let Christ's vision look upon all things for me and judge them not, but give each one a miracle of love instead.
  • Lesson 350 • December-16 by Allen Watson. Miracles mirror God's eternal Love. To offer them is to remember Him, and through His memory to save the world.
  • Commentary on What Am I? by Allen Watson. Commentary on What Am I?
  • Lesson 351 • December-17 by Allen Watson. My sinless brother is my guide to peace. My sinful brother is my guide to pain. And which I choose to see I will behold.
  • Lesson 352 • December-18 by Allen Watson. Judgment and love are opposites. From one come all the sorrows of the world. But from the other comes the peace of God Himself.
  • Lesson 353 • December-19 by Allen Watson. My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today have but one purpose; to be given Christ to use to bless the world with miracles.
  • Lesson 354 • December-20 by Allen Watson. We stand together, Christ and I, in peace and certainty of purpose. And in Him is His Creator, as He is in me
  • Lesson 355 • December-21 by Allen Watson. There is no end to all the peace and joy, and all the miracles that I will give, when I accept God's Word. Why not today?
  • Lesson 356 • December-22 by Allen Watson. Sickness is but another name for sin. Healing is but another name for God. The miracle is thus a call to Him.
  • Lesson 357 • December-23 by Allen Watson. Truth answers every call we make to God, responding first with miracles, and then returning unto us to be itself.
  • Lesson 358 • December-24 by Allen Watson. No call to God can be unheard nor left unanswered. And of this I can be sure; His answer is the one I really want.
  • Lesson 359 • December-25 by Allen Watson. God's answer is some form of peace. All pain is healed; all misery replaced with joy. All prison doors are opened. And all sin is understood as merely a mistake.
  • Lesson 360 • December-26 by Allen Watson. Peace be to me, the holy Son of God. Peace to my brother, who is one with me. Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.
  • Practice Instructions Final Lessons by Allen Watson. Practice Instructions Final Lessons
  • Lesson 361 • December-27 by Allen Watson. This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.
  • Lesson 362 • December-28 by Allen Watson. This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.
  • Lesson 363 • December-29 by Allen Watson. This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.
  • Lesson 364 • December-30 by Allen Watson. This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.
  • Lesson 365 • December-31 by Allen Watson. This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.
    • 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.