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  • A Better Way #100 Is Course-based forgiveness rooted in the idea that "there's nobody out there"? If so, it would seem that forgiveness depends on regarding other people as unreal and therefore without real worth. In this article, Robert shows how Course-based forgiveness wants us to go in the exact opposite direction: Forgiveness depends on regarding other people as real Sons of God who are of inestimable worth.
  • A Better Way #99 Virtually all of us have experienced nagging guilt over something we did in the past that hurt someone else. In this article, Greg explores a passage from the Manual for Teachers that can help us lift that burden of guilt
  • A Better Way #98 This month's article is "The Religion of the Ego," by Robert Perry. Most Course students would call themselves "spiritual but not religious." But what if the truth is that we're all religious? In this article, Robert shows how, according to the Course, the religious impulse is inherent in all of us. And until we change our minds, we are all devoted followers of the religion of the ego.
  • A Better Way #97 Our lead article this month is "The Earthquake in Haiti: A Call for Miracles," in which Greg Mackie shares his reflections on the disaster that has dominated the headlines these past few weeks. All of us at the Circle send our loving thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this horrific event. In a bonus article, just in time for Groundhog Day, Greg draws out the Course-like themes embedded in the Bill Murray/Andie MacDowell movie Groundhog Day.
  • A Better Way #96 There is a deep-seated urge in our nature that we tend to associate more with art than spirituality: the impulse to create. This urge tends to get short shrift in spiritual circles, yet in various forms it is a major component in the Course's path. The Course sets forth a theory of the mind in which the creative impulse is portrayed as fundamental to the mind's nature, both on earth and in Heaven. In this article, Robert explores what the Course says about the impulse to create.
  • A Better Way #95 In this article, Greg looks at fiction through the lens of the Course, both human fiction and the fiction we call life in this world. Why do we create fiction? What do we aim to accomplish with it? Is fiction exclusively the domain of the ego, or is it something the Holy Spirit can use too? If this world is indeed fiction, as the Course says it is, how should we regard the story we are living in, and what if anything should we do to change it?
  • A Better Way #94 One of the most well known lines in A Course in Miracles is from the introduction: "The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught" (T-In.1:6). Most of us take that line to mean that the Course does not offer a verbal definition of love, for its real meaning is beyond words. Yet to really understand that line, we need to interpret it in light of related discussions in the Course. In this article, Robert draws on those related discussions to answer the question: What is the meaning of love?
  • A Better Way #93 One of the most well known lines in A Course in Miracles is from the introduction: "The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught" (T-In.1:6). Most of us take that line to mean that the Course does not offer a verbal definition of love, for its real meaning is beyond words. Yet to really understand that line, we need to interpret it in light of related discussions in the Course. In this article, Robert draws on those related discussions to answer the question: What is the meaning of love?
  • A Better Way #92 What is the soul? Talk about the soul is rampant in our culture and in spiritual circles. But is it a concept in A Course in Miracles? Is there room in the Course for an individual spiritual entity that is journeying through time back to its Creator? In this article, Robert explores the usage of "soul" in the Course's early dictation, and then finds the same concept scattered elsewhere in the Course, as well as graphically depicted in one of Helen's inner visions. The result is a new concept of the soul, one uniquely Course-like. You may never look at your soul the same way again.
  • A Better Way #91 We all know that the Course is a course in miracles, and that it defines miracles in a new way. But what is this new way? Are they shifts in perception? Are they unexpectedly fortunate circumstances, like physical healings, remarkable coincidences, or experiences of serendipity? In this article, Robert shares fourteen examples of real-life events (drawn from photocopies of Helen's original handwritten notebooks) that Jesus identified as miracles. What these examples reveal is surprising, to say the least. They contain a whole new vision of what a miracle is, and thus a new understanding of what A Course in Miracles is.

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