FAQ Topic Archives: Robert's Daily Q & A

What is “the record”?

Q. What is the record? I have encountered this term in the Urtext and am wondering what it means. Is it like the Akashic records? A. “The record” (or “the records”) is mentioned in six passages in the original dictation, and there is an additional passage that refers to Helen’s dream from years before, “The […]

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Does God send us lessons?

Q. Does God give us lessons? When I hear the idea that the Holy Spirit is giving us lessons, I get confused and a little scared. It sounds like the punishing God who gives us trials and takes things away from us so that we will get His message. A. The Course does consistently teach […]

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Why does the Course say “life is thought” when some enlightened teachers say that thought is of the ego?

Q. In Lesson 54, it says “If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought.” Some enlightened teachers like Eckhart Tolle or Sri Nisargadatta Maharash say that thought is of the ego and that our Self exists in a state of pure being. They claim to not think except when they […]

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If we are thinking our “real thoughts,” are there any words attached?

Q. You say that our “real thoughts” are formless and wordless, like God’s. If that’s true, then how could we reach them here? Words always seem to accompany our thoughts. If we’re thinking real thoughts, are there any words attached? If so, can they be real thoughts? Are they only reflections of God’s thoughts or […]

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What does Jesus mean when he says “I am the teacher of the ego”?

Q. I’ve been studying the Urtext and am fascinated by the notion that Jesus is the “teacher of the ego.” I’m just wondering if you could direct me to something you’ve already written or give me some of your thoughts that perhaps you haven’t yet written about this most intriguing idea of Jesus teaching our […]

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How important is it to delve into my childhood in order to understand myself?

Q. I am beginning to feel that so many things about myself can be explained by what happened in my childhood. I don’t see where the Course talks about this, but I wonder if it is just assumed. The scribes were, after all, psychologists. My question, then, is: How important is it to delve into […]

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When we have transcended the ego, does that mean we will not have a body or be in this world?

Q. When we have transcended the ego, does that mean we will no longer have a body, no longer be in this world, and no longer see this world? A. Basically, yes. The ego is the belief that we are a separate being, living in a world of other separate beings and contending with them; […]

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When the body dies, is that the end of the ego?

Q. When the body dies, is that the end of the ego? A. That’s actually one of those rare questions that the Course gives conflicting answers about. In Chapter 4 of the Text, we find these passages: The so-called “battle for survival” [in myths] is only the ego’s struggle to preserve itself, and its interpretation […]

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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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