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  • Commentary on Lesson 134: "Would I Condemn Myself for Doing this?" by Robert Perry. In this lesson, we are given a forgiveness practice. All the work in that practice is done by the single question, "Would I condemn myself for doing this?" What does that question mean? If we get it right, we have a powerful tool, one that is in line with this lesson.
  • Commentary on Lesson 135: If I defend myself I am attacked. by Robert Perry. This is the longest lesson in the Workbook—26 paragraphs. It is also one of the seven "giant strides" in the Workbook. In this commentary, I will survey its teaching under the following headings: Defense affirms our vulnerability. Defending the body reinforces our identification with it. The real source of our body's problems. Our plans vs. His plans for us. What are we really defending against with our plans? Present trust. The practice instructions.
  • Commentary on Review IV by Robert Perry. This review contains profound teaching, in which our minds are inherently pure and holy, yet our unforgiving thoughts block this fact from our awareness. We then disguise our unforgiving thoughts as loving, so they appear to not need correction. Yet the very fact that we need to engage in this cover-up affirms our guilt, thus backfiring on us. The answer to all this is an evocative image of a child throwing a stick into the ocean. What does it mean?'
  • Commentary on Lesson 155: I will step back and let Him lead the way. by Robert Perry. This is a very rich lesson and contains the Course's most important teaching about the lifestyle of a Course student.
  • Commentary on Lesson 156: I walk with God in perfect holiness. by Robert Perry. The challenge of this lesson is to accept that, no matter what you do, you are holy, because God is right here thinking you into being, and along with giving you existence, He is giving you His holiness.
  • Commentary on Lesson 162: I am as God created me. by Robert Perry. This is our third encounter with the Workbook's premier lesson, "I am as God created me." The teaching contained in this idea was really given back in Lesson 93. Today's lesson does not review that teaching. It assumes you know it by now. What it emphasizes is the sheer power of this idea.
  • Commentary on Lesson 163: There is no death. The Son of God is free. by Robert Perry. The teaching in this lesson is quite profound, if you really understand what it is saying. Here I will try to present its argument—an argument for why you must, logically speaking, let go of your belief in death.
  • Commentary on Lesson 169: By grace I live. By grace I am released. by Robert Perry. By refusing to resolve the paradoxes of which he speaks in this lesson, Jesus is implicitly making this point all over the lesson. He is saying, "This is really beyond your understanding." So as you read this lesson, try to be OK with the paradoxes that lie unresolved on the page. Realize that all you can do is grasp crude stick figures, not the full 3-D panorama, and that once you have a rough sense of those stick figures, it is time to turn back to the practical tasks of today.
  • Commentary on Lesson 170: There is no cruelty in God and none in me. by Robert Perry. We have probably all had moments when we realized that something that seemed to have great power over us in fact had none. Today we can realize that in relation to our belief in attack. We can realize that our assumption that attack is essential to our safety and essential to our nature never contained an ounce of truth.
  • Commentary on Lesson 183: I call upon God's Name and on my own. by Robert Perry. Here in Lesson 183, we are taught what I call Name of God meditation, in which we repeat a name for God over and over, saying it not as a mere sound, but as an act of calling God, an invitation filled with desire and confidence. This method has many parallels in other traditions.

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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 244 • September-1 by Allen Watson. I am in danger nowhere in the world.
  • Lesson 245 • September-2 by Allen Watson. Your peace is with me, Father. I am safe.
  • Lesson 246 • September-3 by Allen Watson. To love my Father is to love His Son.
  • Lesson 247 • September-4 by Allen Watson. Without forgiveness I will still be blind.
  • Lesson 248 • September-5 by Allen Watson. Whatever suffers is not part of me.
  • Lesson 249 • September-6 by Allen Watson. Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.
  • Lesson 250 • September-7 by Allen Watson. Let me not see myself as limited.
  • Commentary on What Is Sin by Allen Watson. Commentary on What Is Sin.
  • Lesson 251 • September-8 by Allen Watson. I am in need of nothing but the truth.
  • Lesson 252 • September-9 by Allen Watson. The Son of God is my Identity.
  • Lesson 253 • September-10 by Allen Watson. My Self is ruler of the universe.
  • Lesson 254 • September-11 by Allen Watson. Let every voice but God's be still in me.
  • Lesson 255 • September-12 by Allen Watson. This day I choose to spend in perfect peace.
  • Lesson 256 • September-13 by Allen Watson. God is the only goal I have today.
  • Lesson 257 • September-14 by Allen Watson. Let me remember what my purpose is.
  • Lesson 258 • September-15 by Allen Watson. Let me remember that my goal is God.
  • Lesson 259 • September-16 by Allen Watson. Let me remember that there is no sin.
  • Commentary on What Is Creation? by Allen Watson. Commentary on What Is Creation?
  • Lesson 260 • September-17 by Allen Watson. Let me remember God created me.
  • Commentary on What Is the Body? by Allen Watson. Commentary on What Is the Body?
  • Lesson 261 • September-18 by Allen Watson. God is my refuge and security.
  • Lesson 262 • September-19 by Allen Watson. Let me perceive no differences today.
  • Lesson 263 • September-20 by Allen Watson. My holy vision sees all things as pure.
  • Lesson 264 • September-21 by Allen Watson. I am surrounded by the Love of God.
  • Lesson 265 • September-22 by Allen Watson. Creation's gentleness is all I see.
  • Lesson 266 • September-23 by Allen Watson. My holy Self abides in you, God's Son.
  • Lesson 267 • September-24 by Allen Watson. My heart is beating in the peace of God.
  • Lesson 268 • September-25 by Allen Watson. Let all things be exactly as they are.
  • Lesson 269 • September-26 by Allen Watson. My sight goes forth to look upon Christ's face.
  • Lesson 270 • September-27 by Allen Watson. I will not use the body's eyes today.
  • Lesson 271 • September-28 by Allen Watson. Christ's is the vision I will use today.
  • Lesson 272 • September-29 by Allen Watson. How can illusions satisfy God's Son?
  • Lesson 273 • September-30 by Allen Watson. The stillness of the peace of God is mine.
    • 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.