Global Warming and A Course in Miracles

by Greg Mackie

Hardly a day goes by without another ominous report on global warming. Just a couple of days ago, I read an article about a series of authoritative studies that say global warming is accelerating three times more quickly than the worst predictions. The scientific community has reached a massive consensus: Global warming is really happening, and it is mainly caused by human activity. It will have dramatic effects on the earth and human society unless we act quickly to do something about it (and may have dramatic effects even if we do act quickly). Recently, someone asked me what A Course in Miracles would have to say about all this. Does the Course shed any light on this issue?

Before answering that question, let's look at some other religious/spiritual perspectives on the global warming issue. There seem to be two broad perspectives. First, there are the minority who say that global warming isn't really a problem. This is a view I've seen especially in fundamentalist Christian circles. Global warming is just a hoax perpetrated by godless liberals. Moreover, even if it's really happening, it doesn't matter because we're in the End Times; God will soon be rapturing Christians into Heaven and dishing out Armageddon to everyone else, so just get right with Christ and you will have eternal life with God. Second, there are the majority (including many conservative evangelical Christians) who say global warming is a real problem that needs to be dealt with. In this view, the earth is sacred in some sense—it is our Mother, or a manifestation of the Absolute, or God's creation—so we have a sacred obligation to take good care of it.

What does the Course say? It doesn't say anything specifically about global warming or any other environmental issue. However, as Course students know, it does say that the earth is an illusion generated by our ego-based wish to be separate from God, an illusion that has no real effect on our true nature as God's Sons. What ramifications does this have for the global warming issue? Two come to mind for me. First, we can rest assured that no matter what happens to the earth, we have eternal life with God. Thus there is actually a broad point of agreement with the fundamentalist Christian perspective, though of course there are far more profound disagreements—in the Course, God doesn't dish out earthly cataclysms, and everyone has eternal life, not just Christians.

Second, this earth can become quite a different place once we undo that ego-based wish to be separate from God. Global warming, after all, is an ego-based phenomenon: It is the result of both our egoic need to fill our illusory lacks with things of the world (like oil revenues and gas-guzzling SUVs) and our deeper egoic need to punish ourselves for the "sin" of separating from God, a punishment delivered through painful worldly events (like drought and hurricanes). When we let go of the ego and accept our true Identity as eternal Sons of God, we will no longer have any need for either worldly things to fill our lacks or worldly punishment to expiate our "sin." This would ultimately heal all worldly ills, including global warming.

The global warming issue can also be approached from another Course angle: its teaching that behind each and every form in this world—birds, flowers, grains of sand, tables, even things like wind and waves—there is a holy Son of God dreaming that he is that form. (For more on this idea, see my Q & A on the Sonship.) This means that the earth is full of our brothers, nonhuman as well as human, and the Course's path is one of healing our brothers. We do this by extending love to their minds, but this process also includes communicating that love to them by treating their forms kindly—in the human realm, if you want to communicate love, a hug is far more effective than a punch in the face. Applying this principle more broadly, one way of communicating love to the earth as a whole could certainly be to cut our carbon emissions. Thus, I think there is also a broad point of agreement with the second religious/spiritual perspective we've seen: In the Course version, the Sons of God whose illusory forms populate the earth are sacred, and it is an essential aspect of our path to take good care of them.

What can we do, then, to reverse global warming? Speaking generally, I think our main responsibility is to walk the path of the Course, which will enable us to see the world differently, undo our egos, and extend healing miracles to our brothers everywhere, human and nonhuman. What about specific actions, though? What concrete things should we do? The Course's counsel is always to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance on specific actions; given the enormous complexities of the global warming issue, I think divine Help is absolutely essential. I think we need to listen to His Voice—by whatever name it is called throughout the world—in any way we can. He speaks through many channels: through science, through everyone who is working on this issue, and through the promptings of our own hearts. I have no idea what the solution will look like on the level of form, but I'm leaning on a promise the Course holds out to everyone who fears the worst: "A happy outcome to all things is sure" (W-pII.292.Heading).

6 Comments

  1. Christopher D'Orta
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    As a student, humbly so, and a teacher, even more humbly so, of A Course in Miracles, I find this article to be frankly abhorrent.

    I’ve seen snippets of surreptitious influx of liberal implications and intimations throughout your articles occasionally.

    There is only God, there were no politics in God, and God is not a liberal. It is absolutely insane to think otherwise.

    You sir are insane. Your liberalism is clear.

    I don’t blame shame judge or condemn you for being a liberal. Nor your brethren. However, when teaching Truth, please at least try to keep your Pro-Democratic Party obvious far left radical political viewpoints out of what is a pristine non-separated communication that does not have a left and a right; a Democratic Party versus a Republican Party, or any other political divisions on this little speck of dust in this massive universe.

    You did gleefully vote for a socialist, or communist, president, called Barack Hussein Obama, correct? I bet all my horses to one that you did. And you did so thinking you were doing a good thing. Supporting and fighting for political causes in the world only reinforcing the world that is not real. There is no making the world better; the fabric of the universe is fear; you cannot make fear into love.

    You guys do a decent job of explaining some of the more complicated implications of A Course in Miracles and a way that regular folk can get it. That is good. And bravo. Reinforcing and even using propaganda to push a far left radical political ideology, though, it seems that you have not fully owned up to what you’re doing, as it may be subconscious, is not in alignment with the purity of oneness of A Course in Miracles. It is insane. Insanity is not a bad word. You should know this from The Course. It simply means error are in thought. You’re in error of thought by clinging to a political ideology for only a personality, a self, and ego, could have the political affiliation-it is a split mind showing the split mind.

    Indeed we are all working toward letting go of the ego. You are forgiven for having your ego.

    When teaching though, it is a higher call of duty; try to purge your-liberal-self by joining with the nonpolitical not joining sides for there are no sides in and of the

    Holy Spirit before you inject your liberalism into your articles.

    There are no elections in Heaven. Write from the perspective of heaven; not from your indoctrination are indoctrinated left his mind.

    Global warming is one of the largest lies ever told from one human being to another. The real facts point differently; the leftist media does not tell the truth. You well-intentioned people, and I know you well-intentioned, if you get your way, will bring catastrophic devastation to this little planet. Does it matter in the long run? No. But as you stated in your article, it is better to hug someone than punch somebody. There’s a lot of ways to punch people. Causing total catastrophic haptic in the world play implementing crazy leftists ideology, that has never been shown to work ever, but for some reason the insane lefties keep thinking it’s tried again, is insane.

    The Course teaches sanity. Why don’t you try to follow what you teach?

    I am easy to find. Just Google my name and if you, or anyone else wants to engage me, and the respectful way that leads to true debate, by all means do so. Any ego-filled judge-mental-filled hatred-filled remarks shall be ignored.

  2. Peter Herkhof
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I must humbly say your comments were very interesting. Why you attribute leftist thinking to Greg’s thoughts is way out of left field. If anything, the teachings of the course are totally beyond concepts of left and right which, are ego-based thinking. Course-thinking has never been politically-based because God has no politically-based agenda. But I did sense anger in your writing, which is OK to have. Anger hasn’t been outlawed, just yet, anyway.

  3. Peter Herkhof
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    The other thing I wanted to say is that Barack Obama seems to get on your nerves for some reason. It seems you are twisting the words of the Course. What do you think of George Bush? I think he was a president who made some mistakes, but he’s just another Person. Barack Obama might have made some mistakes, but we all have made mistakes.

  4. Peter Herkhof
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    And to think Obama is a socialist, you have GOT to be kidding!!!! I would like to know your definition of one. He totally supports capitalism and not that this is a bad thing. Right now in our evolution, capitalism is probabably right for now. I know it’s not perfect, but would you rather prefer dictatorship?

  5. Christopher D'Orta
    Posted June 10, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    First, I was contacted by Robert to mollify my verbiage, which I am all too happy to do. I do not see an edit button, if you, Peter, or anybody else can help me to edit my writing, so that it is not as conflict-producing within others, I shall do so.

    As one ego to another, (a joke!), we can agree to disagree. That is not a problem.

    As a very humble student, and even more of a humble teacher of A Course in Miracles, and other metaphysical concepts, I do my best to work from the mind, in the mind, and help others to change within-their minds.

    When I speak of people in this world, I do not take my own words, my own opinions, or anything in this world seriously, because it’s not serious. In fact, as The Course explains, in the end, is nothing.

    I have chosen to, or, on its own, maintain my personality. I like my personality. However, I don’t take it too seriously. When it has opinions, speaking of it as a third person, or third entity, sometimes I mix up with it, sometimes it amuses me, and sometimes it just is.

    In your first statement Peter, you underscored what I was saying: A Course in Miracles does not support a political view because that would be solidifying the world which is impossible for the world is yet but a dream. I perceived in Roberts writing, right or wrong, a viewpoint that was stemming from an ego, which is fine, that further more deeply stemmed from a political viewpoint-that from the left, liberalism, whatever. Roberts political views or his business, and totally acceptable to me, whatever they may be.

    I merely was pointing out that he and we possibly could at least potentially attempt to keep our personal bias out of our interpretations of something that has nothing personal about it, no bias, which is truth, of which has no opposite, and nothing else but Truth exists.

    I hope that clarifies things a little bit more. If you want to comment further, I will do my best to respond. If you wish to engage me directly, just use Google, I’m easy to find.

    Just be clear, by the way, I like Robert. This in no means was any sort of attack upon Robert.

    You, Robert, and me-my personality, or all forgiven, by me, I hope I you, and Robert, and of course our Source.

  6. Pamela Reuben
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    One thing I have learned is that when working miracles (and global warming does call for a miracle) is that those who find fear in approaching it that way are best served by first engaging in more worldly remedies. This lowers fear and enables the person to get to work simultaneously on the miracle (This is why I go to doctors for my ailments but I don’t stop there. I go to all appointments and scans and treatments and in between I affirm I am healed every single day. I meditate on the fact that I am a healed and whole and perfect being every single day. I watch testimonies of people healed by miracles every single day. I watch Christian shows that focus almost exclusively on how to have faith for miracles every single day). Nonetheless, I still go to doctors and this is because it seems reasonable if the miracle seems frightening or a long way off or whatever other ego pushing away from NOW is needed that other worldly means are a good first step toward lowering the fear—– PROVIDED said means are not forced on others in the conviction that they MUST be first steps for them too. That is inherently the problem with both political sides, they want to control, cajole, manipulate, foist upon, and mandate others’ behavior in order to get their ‘good things’ done.

    However, for those who would like to go for the miracle also, it takes but one person to solve it and all they have to do is simply believe two Course passages. Here they are:

    1. There is NO problem in ANY situation that faith will not solve.

    2. Peace is an attribute in YOU. You cannot find it outside. All mental illness is some form of EXTERNAL searching. Mental health is INNER peace. It enables you to remain unshaken by lack of love from without, and capable, through your own miracles of correcting the external conditions, which proceed from lack of love in others.

    Having The Spirit of God guide one through these two steps requires absolutely nothing but one mind connecting to its eternal Source for a single miracle moment in which the entire world would benefit. Nobody has to be convinced he is wrong about global warming. Nobody has to be forced to downsize or change his behavior. All can be righted in a moment. Now it may not be that The Holy Spirit is asking you to do this miracle but if He is, then it would be wise to start working on it and can feel quite comfortable doing so while simultaneously engaging in political behavior so as to lower your fear levels.

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