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  • A Better Way #110 This issue features an article by Robert entitled "'Do Not See Error': How Not Making Error Real Makes Forgiveness Easy." We Course students are always struggling with forgiveness. But lately Robert has found help in the idea of not making error real — more specifically, not making real the errors of others. In this article, Robert pulls together all of the Course's material on this concept to get a clearer picture of how we make others' errors real, and how letting go of this persistent habit can make forgiveness easy.
  • A Better Way #109 This month's article is "Breaching the Wall of Pain," by Greg Mackie. This article is a response to a recent book about how pain isolates us and erects a wall between ourselves and others. The book focuses on overcoming this isolation by learning how to communicate pain more effectively. How would A Course in Miracles have us breach the wall of pain?
  • A Better Way #108 This month's article is "'God Is Still Love, and This Is Not His Will': The Light That Shines Away the Darkness of Suffering," by Greg Mackie. How can we reconcile the suffering of the world with a purely loving God? In this article, Greg describes his current line of thinking on this topic, inspired by his daily-life experience.
  • A Better Way #107 "'All My Sorrows End in Your Embrace': The Concept of 'Embrace' in A Course in Miracles," by Robert Perry. In this article, Robert surveys the Course's references to being embraced. He finds that in this simple, almost embarrassingly anthropomorphic, image is contained a central truth about the nature of Heaven and our relationship with God, one that we may just find deeply desirable.
  • A Better Way #106 This month's article is "Unconditional—What a Wonderful Word," by Robert Perry. In this article, Robert shows that at the heart of A Course in Miracles is a call to respond in an unconditional way to other people, to ourselves, and to every aspect of our lives. This sounds simple and almost trite, but if we really adopt this unconditional stance, it has the potential to completely transform our lives.
  • A Better Way #105 This month's A Better Way is a follow-up to last month's article by Robert on vision. It contains feedback on the article, readers' experiences shared in response to Robert's call for vision stories, and Robert's comparison of real-life vision experiences with what the Course itself says about vision.
  • A Better Way #104 This month's article is "What Is Vision? Getting a Handle on This Key Concept through Actual Examples," by Robert Perry. The Course tells us that its goal is true perception, which it also calls Christ's vision, or usually just vision. But what is vision? In this article, rather than discussing vision from a theoretical standpoint, Robert presents real-life examples of people seeing with vision.
  • A Better Way #103 The question of how the world began and who made it is one of the central issues for students of A Course in Miracles. In this article, Robert shares a new vision of the relationship between God and the world, based on passages from the early dictation of the Course.
  • A Better Way #102 This month, Greg writes about "My Course-based Jury Duty." We at the Circle get asked a lot about whether it's proper for a Course student to serve on a jury. Our short answer is yes, but what might that look like on a practical level? In this article, Greg shares his recent experience of actually serving on a jury, applying Course principles to the case at hand. Hopefully, it will provide a little snapshot of how a person might serve on a jury in a Course-based way.
  • A Better Way #101 This month, Greg presents an article entitled "How Ridiculous to Think That Love Could Be Compromised! How I Learned to Laugh at Misfortune." Laugh at misfortune? This may sound strange and perhaps even inappropriate. But in this article, Greg shares a healthy way of laughing at misfortune based on that famous Course passage about the tiny, mad idea at which we forgot to laugh. He describes a new practice he has developed, based on the idea that anything that appears to be contrary to God is utterly laughable — a practice that has brought great practical benefits.

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