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  • A Better Way #139 In January, we released the Circle of Atonement's new Complete and Annotated Edition of A Course in Miracles ("CE" for short). For this edition of A Better Way, we asked people who played some part in producing the CE how they are experiencing their reading of the new edition, now that it is the version of the Course that they are actually using day to day. We hope you enjoy reading the responses.
  • A Better Way #57 The lead article in this issue is entitled "Open Mind Meditation: The Practice of the Final Step." It is both a theoretical and practical guide to the Course's crowning form of meditation, the form that we practice throughout Part II of the Workbook.
  • A Better Way #56 The lead article in this issue is a powerful piece by Nicolas "Mezz" Mezzanatto, a 21-year-old infantryman serving in Iraq. He attends an ACIM group run by Army Reserve Lt. Col. Elizabeth Bowler, a psychiatrist working with the Army's Combat Stress Control Company in the most dangerous area of Iraq. Mezz's piece, entitled "Invincible," teaches us that the Course can truly be applied anywhere and everywhere—even in a war zone.
  • A Better Way #55 The lead article in this issue is "This is a Course for Miracle Workers: Please Clock In." For a long time, we at the Circle have believed that Jesus' central purpose for the Course is right there in the title "A Course in Miracles." It is essentially a vocational training manual for the job of miracle worker: a person who extends miracles of true perception to others in thought, word, and deed.
    In this article, I share some highlights from the first two chapters of the Course (including additional material from the Urtext) on the job of miracle worker. This material has had a major impact on how I see the Course and my own life's purpose. I hope you will find it as thought-provoking as I have.
  • A Better Way #54 The lead article in this issue is "Make This Year Different. How the Course Would Have Us Approach the New Year?"
  • A Better Way #53 The lead article in this issue is "Shadows on the Wall. How Would the Course Have Us Regard Modern Physics?" For many students of the Course, especially in the wake of the movie, What the @$%#* Do We Know?quantum physics is seen as scientific support for the Course's view of reality. Yet would the Course see it that way? Greg's answer may surprise you.
  • A Better Way #52 The lead article in this issue is "Does A Course in Miracles Commit the 'Sins of Scripture'?" Based on the presence of these "texts of terror," he maintains that we should not see the Bible as the Word of God. What does all of this imply about the Course?
  • A Better Way #51 The lead article in this issue is "Medicine for Those Pangs of Guilt." This article unpacks a portion of Lesson 133. This lesson teaches that the way to heal our pangs of guilt is not to assert the purity of our motives, but to look on our motives undisguised. How can this wipe away our guilt? The lesson provides a brilliant answer.
  • A Better Way #50 The lead article in this issue is "'Do You Believe in Miracles? The Holy Encounter between Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols'." Greg looks at the celebrated story in which Ashley Smith showed love to the criminal holding her hostage. He demonstrates that this is a classic, real-life example of what the Course calls a holy encounter.
  • A Better Way #49 The lead article in this issue is "Helen and Bill's Joining. A Window onto the Heart of A Course in Miracles." What is the heart of the Course? What is the point at which it all comes together. This article views Helen and Bill's joining in "a better way" as that point, as the example of what the Course is trying to have happen in the lives of all of its students.

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