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  • Healing Workshop Meditations Here are two meditations that Nicola gave participants of a Circle workshop on spiritual healing. The first is entitled "Exercise in Opening Your Mind to the Holy Spirit's Love," and the second, "Healing Meditation."
  • Why Do We Judge People? Allen demonstrates that the source of our constant judgment of others is our problem with the authority of God in our lives.
  • Stages of Practice After reading the Course, many people assume that enlightenment is supposed to be some kind of instantaneous transformation. Lines such as, “Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all” or “Why wait for Heaven?” (both from Lesson 188) seem to support this idea. In this article Allen shows that the Course also presents a clear picture of a gradual progression in spiritual attainment.
  • When Your Back Is up against the Wall What do you do when your spiritual journey has been sailing along pleasantly and you are suddenly faced with a gut-wrenching crisis? Nicola's answer, though practical, steers clear of the superficial solutions we tend to reach for in such situations.
  • Willingness to Practice Every Step Based on this passage, "The speed by which [the goal of the Course] can be reached depends on this one thing alone; your willingness to practice every step" (T-30.In.1:3), Allen shows why diligent spiritual practice is essential for every Course student. He shows how a disciplined spiritual practice is consistent with the Course's teaching about needing to do nothing, and its claim to be "easy."
  • Traveling Lightly We all want to travel lightly through life, yet most of us feel weighed down with a series of heavy, seemingly unshakable burdens. Nicola offers counsel on how we can learn to travel lightly without resorting to denial.
  • A New Way of Looking at Yourself In this short, moving piece, Allen attempts to encapsulate how the Course would have us see ourselves. He says, "There is nothing wrong with you. There is nothing bad about you, nothing twisted or spoiled. You really are the innocent child of God."
  • A Simple Healing Prayer We all feel drawn to praying for others at one time or another. Yet how can we do so in a way that is in keeping with the Course? Nicola offers step-by-step instructions in how to pray for another as an expression of Course principles.
  • How to Enter Paradise Today Allen examines a passage in the Text that implicitly asks us to place ourselves in the position of the thief on the cross, and to see that person we have been resenting as the Christ, crucified next to us, yet able to take us to Paradise with him.
  • Don't Let the Ego Stop You How should we react to our own mixed motives when the ego sneaks in to our attempts to act in love?

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