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How can we reconcile the Course’s philosophy of sickness with the effectiveness of medicine?

Q. I can almost accept the Course’s teaching that the mind’s attacks make physical sickness. However, I still have some trouble reconciling that perspective with some of the scientific, double-blind studies using placebos. I’ve read a number of studies where patients didn’t know if they were getting the real medicine or a placebo. Yet for the […]

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Were we actually “created above the angels”?

Q. I came across a personal revelation that Helen Schucman was given, which said, “You were created above the angels because your role involves creation as well as protection.” Does that mean that the role of angels is protection, not creating? And does it mean that all of us were created above the angels? A. I […]

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How is meditation a collaborative venture?

Q. I am a bit puzzled by that line in the Urtext, “Meditation is a collaborative venture with God.” How do we collaborate with God through our meditations? What’s the relationship between that and being in relationship with others? A. Meditation is a collaborate venture with God in the same way that kissing is a […]

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How can God be lonely if the separation never happened?

Q. How can God be lonely if the separation never happened? Doesn’t that idea make the separation totally real? It implies that God is out there somewhere lonely and I am here lonely and we need to be reunited. It doesn’t say that this is my experience, it says this is how it is. Wouldn’t […]

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Isn’t it true that there is only one ego, not “your ego” or “my ego”?

Q. I keep hearing students talk about “my ego,” as opposed to “your ego.” But isn’t that a mistake, because isn’t there only one ego? A. I’ve heard people say that there is only one ego, but the Course itself does not talk that way. Rather, it talks in terms of individual egos. Note these […]

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Why does Lesson 17 say “I see no neutral things” when Lesson 294 says “My body is a wholly neutral thing”?

Q. How do you explain the difference between Lesson 17, “I see no neutral things,” and Lesson 294, “My body is a wholly neutral thing”? A. There would be a real contradiction if Lesson 17 was “There are no neutral things.” Rather, that lesson is all about how we see things; how our thoughts about […]

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After we return to God, what prevents us from separating again?

Q. After we return to God, what prevents our “fall” from happening again? A. The Course does address this very briefly in one place. “When the Atonement is complete and the whole Sonship is healed,” it says, “The Holy Spirit will remain with the Sons of God, to bless their creations and keep them in […]

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How can a relationship be holy when one person remains in an attack mode?

Q. You claim that when Helen and Bill agreed to join in “another way,” their relationship was made holy. But how do we reconcile that with the fact that Helen remained resentful that Bill moved to California? As you point out, it takes two, and clearly Helen was not playing. Does the relationship remain holy […]

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What does the Course mean by substitution?

Q. What does the Course mean by substitution? I have come across the term, but I’m a little confused as to the meaning. A. “Substitute” is used in its normal sense throughout much of the Course, but in Chapters 15, 17, and 18, it sometimes takes on a more specific meaning. That specific meaning is […]

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Do we actually do anything in Heaven

Q. I know that once God takes the final step for us we will enter Heaven and bask in His indescribable Love for us, and in our unshaken innocence and Selfhood, but do we actually do anything in Heaven? I guess what I’m almost equating Heaven with is this: If someone is basking in the […]

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