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  • Commentary on Lesson 184: The Name of God is my inheritance. by Robert Perry. The basic idea of this lesson is very simple. In reality, there is nothing but unity. There are no discrete things, be they objects, events, or persons. And there is no space between things. It is our naming of things that produces our experience of reality as a vast constellation of separate things, each with a little cushion of empty space around it.
  • Commentary on Lesson 190: I choose the joy of God instead of pain. by Robert Perry. We see pain as proof that God is using the cruel events of the world to punish us for our sins. But the message of this lesson is that this assumption is a complete distortion, and that we can choose the joy of God instead.
  • Commentary on Lesson 191: I am the holy Son of God Himself. by Robert Perry. We may be tempted to see claiming our Identity as a gift only to ourselves. But claiming our Identity is not just a gift to ourselves. It is a gift to the world.
  • Commentary on Lesson 197: It can be but my gratitude I earn. by Robert Perry. This lesson is trying to solve what it considers a big problem: giving our "kindness and forgiveness" to another, but then withdrawing those gifts when the other person is not sufficiently grateful.
  • Commentary on Lesson 198: Only my condemnation injures me. by Robert Perry. Dedicate your day to this lesson by telling yourself, "Today I am going to come still nearer to the end of all my resistance to forgiveness. I'm glad I have come this far, but today I am taking a giant stride forward. Now is the time for my deliverance. The time has come. The time has come today!"
  • Commentary on Review VI by Robert Perry. The whole Workbook has been building up to this point, slowly ushering us into an overall framework of practice, which I call the pyramid of practice. Here, in this review, the whole pyramid is finally put together.
  • Commentary on Lesson 225: God is my Father, and His Son loves Him. by Robert Perry. While we are wrapped in the kindly, blazing light of God's Love, feeling both completely immune and absolutely beloved, we realize that all fear is behind us.
  • Commentary on Lesson 226: My home waits me. I will hasten there. by Robert Perry. This prayer draws on the classic image of homecoming. Try to imagine Heaven waiting for your homecoming in this way. Can you imagine the residents of Heaven being your true family, and as your family, missing you? And eagerly awaiting your joyous return?
  • Commentary on Lesson 233: I give my life to God to guide today. by Robert Perry. How do I let God guide my life today? And isn't that a sacrifice? Sounds fine for God, but what about me? The prayer artfully addresses both of these questions.
  • Commentary on Lesson 239: The glory of my Father is my own. by Robert Perry. When you say, "The glory of my Father is my own," try to say it with a sense of gratitude. If you really believed that God had shared His Own glory with you, so that His glory is equally yours as well, what could you be but endlessly thankful?

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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.

Photo of Allen Welcome! My passion over the years has been writing commentary on various sections in the Course, especially Workbook lessons and Text sections. This grew out of my days of Bible teaching. I found that if I could share what I gained from a certaian Course passage, others could share in whatever clarity and enthusiasm I experienced. To receive a daily email containing Allen's Commentary for the Workbook Lesson of the day, please click here.

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  • The Introduction to the Workbook by Allen Watson.
  • Workbook Practice by Robert Perry.
  • Lesson 1 • January 1 by Allen Watson. "Nothing I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place] means anything."
  • Lesson 2 • January 2 by Allen Watson. I have given everything I see [on this street, from this window, in this place] all the meaning that it has for me.
  • Lesson 3 • January 3 by Allen Watson. I do not understand anything I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].
  • Lesson 4 • January 4 by Allen Watson. These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like the things I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].
  • Lesson 5 • January 5 by Allen Watson. I am never upset for the reason I think.
  • Lesson 6 • January 6 by Allen Watson. I am upset because I see something that is not there.
  • Lesson 7 • January 7 by Allen Watson. I see only the past.
  • Lesson 8 • January 8 by Allen Watson. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
  • Lesson 9 • January-9 by Allen Watson. I see nothing as it is now.
  • Lesson 10 • January-10 by Allen Watson. My thoughts do not mean anything.
  • Lesson 11 • January-11 by Allen Watson. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
  • Lesson 12 • January-12 by Allen Watson. I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
  • Lesson 13 • January-13 by Allen Watson. A meaningless world engenders fear.
  • Lesson 14 • January-14 by Allen Watson. God did not create a meaningless world.
  • Lesson 15 • January-15 by Allen Watson. My thoughts are images that I have made.
  • Lesson 16 • January-16 by Allen Watson. I have no neutral thoughts.
  • Lesson 17 • January-17 by Allen Watson. I see no neutral things.
  • Lesson 18 • January-18 by Allen Watson. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.
  • Lesson 19 • January-19 by Allen Watson. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
  • Lesson 20 • January-20 by Allen Watson. I am determined to see.
  • Lesson 21 • January-21 by Allen Watson. I am determined to see things differently.
  • Lesson 22 • January-22 by Allen Watson. What I see is a form of vengeance.
  • Lesson 23 • January-23 by Allen Watson. I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.
  • Lesson 24 • January-24 by Allen Watson. I do not perceive my own best interests.
  • Lesson 25 • January-25 by Allen Watson. I do not know what anything is for.
  • Lesson 26 • January-26 by Allen Watson. My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.
  • Lesson 27 • January-27 by Allen Watson. Above all else I want to see.
  • Lesson 28 • January-28 by Allen Watson. Above all else I want to see things differently.
  • Lesson 29 • January-29 by Allen Watson. God is in everything I see.
  • Lesson 30 • January-30 by Allen Watson. God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.
  • Lesson 31 • January-31 by Allen Watson. I am not the victim of the world I see.
    • 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.