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In these posts, I share whatever is striking me today about A Course in Miracles. I expect these posts to be short doses, so that you can afford the time to read them and I can afford the time to write them.

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  • Letting go of the shadow figures More specifically, it was on what the Course calls "shadow figures." These are our images/memories of key people from our past who didn't give us the love and special treatment we wanted.
  • Principles of Miraculous Parenting The basic premise was that all of the miracle principles at the beginning of the Course were meant to apply to the role of parent, as well as to other helper roles. What follows, then, are "parenting versions" of 40 of the 50 miracle principles. The central idea that they revolve around is that, as is stated over and over in the early part of the Course, "miracles are expressions of love" (T-1.I.35:1).
  • How to be with sick people How can we be with sick people? We can focus first and foremost on how we see them.
  • Transcending the belief in separate interests As long as I believe I can gain from your loss and you can gain from my loss, I will feel separate from you. I will believe that we are two egos, each competing for the same small slice of the pie. The obvious reversal of this is the belief in shared interests. Just as the ego tries to gain at the expense of others, now we try to gain by causing others to gain. We try to receive by giving.
  • Transcending the belief that we are on our own The belief that we are on our own leads to a whole series of debilitating symptoms. The solution, of course, is realizing that we are not on our own, that God is with us.
  • Isn't forgiveness also about love? (June 28, 2012) I hear it from so many quarters: In A Course in Miracles, we can forgive because the world we see is our own subjective creation, and therefore has no power to really hurt us. I hear this in so many forms. We are the storyteller. The world is merely the mirror of our own state of mind. What we see is only our projection. What we resent never happened in reality. The world is just an illusion. There is nobody out there. There is nothing to forgive.
  • "Let your will be done" (June 22, 2012) Lately I have been repeating these words to myself often: "Let your will be done." It's been so helpful that I'm writing this post to encourage you to try it yourself. You probably think you know what I mean by those words, and may even find yourself put off by the traditional sound of them. But I can assure you that what they mean is anything but traditional.
  • Are we willing to believe in a Creator God? (June 14, 2012) Lately, I've been getting increasingly in touch with a word in the Course that I had never truly related to: "created." Of course, I knew it was there. I quoted it and it showed up frequently in my writing. But it had never meant that much to me. Now I am seeing just how central it is in the Course, and catching a glimpse of how potentially meaningful and liberating it is for me.
  • The meaning of a "little willingness" (June 4, 2012) We Course students love the idea of the little willingness. After all, it is hard to muster up an overpowering will to be loving and forgiving. But if, instead, we need just a little willingness, it suddenly sounds like the task might just be doable.
  • Secret Thinkers (May 31, 2012) My wife's been watching this program here in England called Secret Eaters. The premise behind the program is that people are getting fat (the UK is apparently not far behind the US in this department) because they don't realize just how much they are eating.

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Photo of Robert These short articles by Robert Perry are intended for the general reader—everyone from those who are totally unfamiliar with A Course in Miracles to experienced Course students. Each article applies the teachings of the Course to a daily life situation, and offers the reader a Course-based practice to apply to that situation in his or her own life.

Enjoy!

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  • Honesty We all lie, at least in little ways, usually to save our image. Yet a real feeling of wholeness can only come from a kind of ultra-honesty, an honesty more total than we have conceived. That is what A Course in Miracles is calling us to.
  • Responding to Our Little Crucifixions This piece briefly sets forth the Course's teaching on Jesus' crucifixion, that it was not payment for humanity's sins, but rather an example set for the rest of us, to teach us how to deal with our own little crucifixions.
  • When Someone Is Angry with You Another person's anger seems to have such power to upset our emotional balance. What would it be like to experience that person's anger as having no power over us? How can we do that?
  • Leaving the Slate Blank In the same way that we rush to fill empty spaces of time, we rush to fill the neutral forms we see with meaning. Yet only by admitting that we don't know what they mean can they give us their gift.
  • Who is the Son of God? Western culture has traditionally seen Jesus as God's Son. What does it mean to apply that term to us?
  • Being Truly Helpful How to be helpful to another is something we all wrestle with. When someone I care about is in need I find myself struggling to locate the right words, and I worry that I will bungle things. In short, I become filled with self-concern. It does not take a genius to see that being caught up in concern about oneself runs directly counter to the goal of helping someone else.
  • God's Verdict We tend to go through life feeling accused from many corners, from bosses, children, former (and current) spouses. Defending ourselves against these accusations can seem like a full-time job. We seem to be always offering our counter-explanation of the same events, in which the blame quite clearly rests on someone else.
  • The Path to True Self-Esteem Is it not remarkable how our feelings about ourselves can rise and fall with such rapidity?
  • I See Only the Past We are all familiar with people who live completely in the past, lost in their memories of long ago, but we usually label such people senile or mentally ill. Certainly we are not among them. Or are we?
  • Seeing No Strangers We see most people as strangers, yet the very notion is based on separateness. Wouldn't it be wonderful to walk out into the world and see no strangers?

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