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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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  • Lesson 305 • November-1 by Allen Watson. There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.
  • Lesson 307 • November-3 by Allen Watson. Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.
  • Lesson 306 • November-2 by Allen Watson. The gift of Christ is all I seek today.
  • Lesson 308 • November-4 by Allen Watson. This instant is the only time there is.
  • Lesson 309 • November-5 by Allen Watson. I will not fear to look within today.
  • Lesson 310 • November-6 by Allen Watson. In fearlessness and love I spend today.
  • Commentary on What Is the Last Judgment? by Allen Watson. Commentary on What Is the Last Judgment?
  • Lesson 311 • November-7 by Allen Watson. I judge all things as I would have them be.
  • Lesson 312 • November-8 by Allen Watson. I see all things as I would have them be.
  • Lesson 313 • November-9 by Allen Watson. Now let a new perception come to me.
  • Lesson 314 • November-10 by Allen Watson. I seek a future different from the past.
  • Lesson 315 • November-11 by Allen Watson. All gifts my brothers give belong to me.
  • Lesson 316 • November-12 by Allen Watson. All gifts I give my brothers are my own.
  • Lesson 317 • November-13 by Allen Watson. I follow in the way appointed me.
  • Lesson 318 • November-14 by Allen Watson. In me salvation's means and end are one.
  • Lesson 319 • November-15 by Allen Watson. I came for the salvation of the world.
  • Lesson 320 • November-16 by Allen Watson. My Father gives all power unto me.
  • Lesson 321 • November-17 by Allen Watson. Father, my freedom is in You alone.
  • Lesson 322 • November-18 by Allen Watson. I can give up but what was never real.
  • Lesson 323 • November-19 by Allen Watson. I gladly make the "sacrifice" of fear.
  • Lesson 324• November-20 by Allen Watson. I merely follow, for I would not lead.
  • Lesson 325• November-21 by Allen Watson. All things I think I see reflect ideas.
  • Lesson 326• November-22 by Allen Watson. I am forever an Effect of God.
  • Lesson 327• November-23 by Allen Watson. I need but call and You will answer me.
  • Lesson 328• November-24 by Allen Watson. I choose the second place to gain the first.
  • Lesson 329 • November-25 by Allen Watson. I have already chosen what You will.
  • Lesson 330 • November-26 by Allen Watson. I will not hurt myself again today.
  • Commentary on What Is the Ego? by Allen Watson. Commentary on What Is the Ego?
  • Lesson 331 • November-27 by Allen Watson. There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.
  • Lesson 332 • November-28 by Allen Watson. Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.
  • Lesson 333 • November-29 by Allen Watson. Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.
  • Lesson 334 • November-30 by Allen Watson. Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.
    • 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.