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Does the Course imply that we have three selves?

Would it be fair to say that A Course in Miracles implies that we have three selves (only one of which is real): a) our true/Christ Self, b) the ego, and c) the part of us that is being asked to chose between a) over b)—the executive if you will? When I use the word "I" in this question, for instance, it strikes me that it could be c) talking.

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Does the Workbook expect too much from me?

When I first started the Workbook it seemed to be easy for the first few weeks, until I got to Lesson 41. I believe the lessons are well planned and that this course is for all sorts of people, the saints and the very normal people like me! What does it mean, then, that already after only forty days of doing the lessons, he expects us to be able to find the quiet place in our mind and hear the Holy Spirit? It's very tempting to feel like a failure when we don't reach what he is expecting from us.

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Should I Take a Break from the Workbook

Question: I began the Workbook last November. I was going strong until I hit the last review of Part I and now I am having a tremendous problem focusing and doing the lessons correctly. I feel as if I have hit a brick wall and so, over the last few weeks, I have taken a break. […]

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Are dreams just wish fulfillment?

A Course in Miracles seems to suggest that dreams are just wish fulfillment, as Freud said. But I think that dreams are, in large part, a way for the subconscious, superconscious, or spirit to communicate constructively with the waking self. How do you reconcile this with that the Course says?

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Are we accountable for our actions?

In religious traditions like Christianity and Judaism, we have an incentive to be good because God holds us accountable for all of our actions. But if the world is an illusion as A Course in Miracles says, it seems that there are no rules. What's to stop us from running amok? What incentive do we have to behave properly? Are we in any way accountable for what we do?

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Should We Forgive the Ego?

It seems to me that Course students are constantly condemning the ego and fighting against it. This seems to contradict the Course's teaching on forgiveness. Since the Course says we should forgive everyone, shouldn't we forgive the ego as well?

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Do we forgive because people are doing their best?

The Course seems to provide elaborate reasons for forgiving another person, like the person is really a Son of God, or is really calling for help, or it's all a dream and so the offense never really happened. Can't we just do away with all this complexity and simply say that we forgive people because they are doing their best?

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Did Jesus really dictate A Course in Miracles to Helen?

In the last chapter of Ken Wapnick's Absence from Felicity, he says that A Course in Miracles didn't really come from Jesus dictating his words to Helen. Rather, it came from a part of Helen's own mind that was connected with the "abstract love" of Jesus. He just provided the content; she herself provided the specific words. What is your view?

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How Do I Know the Course Is True?

How do you know that what A Course in Miracles says is true? Is this a faith thing?

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Should We Read the Gospel of Thomas?

Is there any reason one should or shouldn't study the new texts coming out from the Nag Hammadi Library—apocryphal gospels like Thomas?

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