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  • Commentary on Lesson 57 by Robert Perry. I pictured myself in a prison cell, feeling like a victim of the system, filled with resentment over my incarceration. But then I look down and see that my chains are loosened, ready to drop off. Then I look up and see that my prison door is open. I can get up and walk out into the sunlight, the sunlight of vision.
  • Commentary on Lesson 58 by Robert Perry. "Having forgiven, I no longer see myself as guilty." That is the absolute core of the Course. Once we forgive others, we let go of our own guilt. Students often see that the other way around—once I no longer see myself as guilty, I will forgive others—but that is a secondary focus of the Course.
  • Commentary on Lesson 64: "Let me not forget my function." by Robert Perry. The function I gave myself is about physicality, about my body interacting with and getting what it needs from other bodies. The function God gave me is forgiveness. Choosing between these is a choice for happiness or unhappiness.
  • Commentary on Lesson 65: "My only function is the one God gave me." by Robert Perry. This lesson emphasizes that this is not a function you should just add into the mix. This is meant to be it. There shouldn't be a mix. This is your only function. All the other functions are really meant to either drop away or turn into vehicles for this.
  • Commentary on Lesson 71: "Only God's plan for salvation will work." by Robert Perry. The function I gave myself is about physicality, about my body interacting with and getting what it needs from other bodies. The function God gave me is forgiveness. Choosing between these is a choice for happiness or unhappiness.
  • Commentary on Lesson 72: Holding grievances is an attack on God's plan for salvation. by Robert Perry. This is a very difficult lesson to understand, one of the hardest in the Workbook. I spent years trying to figure out its message and finally felt that I really got it. I am going to depart from my usual practice of commenting paragraph-by-paragraph and will instead simply try to lay out that big picture.
  • Commentary on Lesson 78: Let miracles replace all grievances. by Robert Perry. This is an extremely significant lesson. It is really the core forgiveness lesson in the Workbook. If you look at all the lessons that ask us to choose someone and then forgive that person, and then find any elements that repeat in more than one of those lessons, you will find all of those elements in this lesson.
  • Commentary on Lesson 79: Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved. by Robert Perry. We usually think we need above all to know what the solution is. But this lesson has a slightly different take: We need to know what the problem is. If we can recognize our only problem is separation, we will also recognize that it has in fact been solved.
  • Commentary on Lesson 85 by Robert Perry. We all want to see. No one wants to be blind. We know that grievances darken our minds, but what if they also darken our sight? What if they make us blind? Who would want them at that point?
  • Commentary on Lesson 86 by Robert Perry. Is this really what I have been doing—searching "wildly about" for happiness? Have I been engaging in "idle seeking"—with my engine racing furiously, but without the vehicle going anywhere?

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  • How Jesus Helps by Allen Watson. How Jesus, in A Course in Miracles, offers to help us yet a little more if we accept his presence in our lives.
  • The Role of the Healer in ACIM by Robert Perry. The Manual for Teachers describes the role of "healer of patients," a person who goes to people in need of healing and extends spiritual healing to them. In this article, Robert presents a brief summary of the Manual's portrayal of healers and their function.
  • What is the Manual for Teachers? by Robert Perry. A Course in Miracles has three distinct volumes. The Text is for studying the thought system. The Workbook is for doing the lessons. The Manual is for… what? Is it just a summary of Course principles in question-and-answer format, or is it something more?
  • His Recognition of Us by Robert Perry. Our world has seen in Jesus, perhaps more than in any other, a sublime beauty, a perfection, a ray of light, a source of hope. This article by Robert Perry, published in an earlier edition of A Better Way, is based on a passage in the Course in which Jesus says that he sees in us all those things we have seen in him.
  • God Is Love and Life Is Eternal: Applying Section 27 of the Manual to the Asian Tsunami Disaster by Greg Mackie. The death and destruction spawned by the earthquake and tsunami in Asia has shocked and saddened the entire world. For those with religious inclinations, it has once again brought up an age-old question: How can we reconcile such tragic death and destruction with a loving Creator? Section 27 of the Manual ("What Is Death?") offers a radical and liberating answer: We can’t, and we shouldn’t try. This is truly joyous news, for if death and destruction are not of God (and are not even real), then we need not be afraid of Him and can trust Him completely. God is only Love, and life is eternal.
  • Ten Character Traits of the Spiritually Advanced by Robert Perry. Answers the question: What kind of person are we trying to become on this path? An exposition of the ten characteristics of God's teachers from the Manual. Taken from the final chapter of Robert's book Path of Light: Stepping into Peace with A Course in Miracles.

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  • The Introduction to the Workbook by Allen Watson.
  • Workbook Practice by Robert Perry.
  • Lesson 1 • January 1 by Allen Watson. "Nothing I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place] means anything."
  • Lesson 2 • January 2 by Allen Watson. I have given everything I see [on this street, from this window, in this place] all the meaning that it has for me.
  • Lesson 3 • January 3 by Allen Watson. I do not understand anything I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].
  • Lesson 4 • January 4 by Allen Watson. These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like the things I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].
  • Lesson 5 • January 5 by Allen Watson. I am never upset for the reason I think.
  • Lesson 6 • January 6 by Allen Watson. I am upset because I see something that is not there.
  • Lesson 7 • January 7 by Allen Watson. I see only the past.
  • Lesson 8 • January 8 by Allen Watson. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
  • Lesson 9 • January-9 by Allen Watson. I see nothing as it is now.
  • Lesson 10 • January-10 by Allen Watson. My thoughts do not mean anything.
  • Lesson 11 • January-11 by Allen Watson. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
  • Lesson 12 • January-12 by Allen Watson. I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
  • Lesson 13 • January-13 by Allen Watson. A meaningless world engenders fear.
  • Lesson 14 • January-14 by Allen Watson. God did not create a meaningless world.
  • Lesson 15 • January-15 by Allen Watson. My thoughts are images that I have made.
  • Lesson 16 • January-16 by Allen Watson. I have no neutral thoughts.
  • Lesson 17 • January-17 by Allen Watson. I see no neutral things.
  • Lesson 18 • January-18 by Allen Watson. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.
  • Lesson 19 • January-19 by Allen Watson. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
  • Lesson 20 • January-20 by Allen Watson. I am determined to see.
  • Lesson 21 • January-21 by Allen Watson. I am determined to see things differently.
  • Lesson 22 • January-22 by Allen Watson. What I see is a form of vengeance.
  • Lesson 23 • January-23 by Allen Watson. I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.
  • Lesson 24 • January-24 by Allen Watson. I do not perceive my own best interests.
  • Lesson 25 • January-25 by Allen Watson. I do not know what anything is for.
  • Lesson 26 • January-26 by Allen Watson. My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.
  • Lesson 27 • January-27 by Allen Watson. Above all else I want to see.
  • Lesson 28 • January-28 by Allen Watson. Above all else I want to see things differently.
  • Lesson 29 • January-29 by Allen Watson. God is in everything I see.
  • Lesson 30 • January-30 by Allen Watson. God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.
  • Lesson 31 • January-31 by Allen Watson. I am not the victim of the world I see.
    • A Summary of the Ladder of Prayer: Based on The Song of Prayer, Chapter 1 by Robert Perry. The Song of Prayer contains an extended presentation of "the ladder of prayer," which is really a ladder of spiritual development. Trying to understand this ladder, however, is easier said than done. This article attempts to tease out the ladder's overall structure and present it in simple terms.