Unloosening the Chains of Time The Practice of Letting Go of the Previous Hour and Blessing the Hour to Come Daily life can feel like such a burden sometimes. It's as if we're oxen chained to a cart piled high with a heavy load of rocks that gets heavier and heavier over time as more rocks are thrown in. Wouldn't it be great if there were a way to unchain ourselves from that cartload of rocks and free ourselves from the heavy cumulative burdens of life? In this article, Greg offers a practice that can help us do that: the hourly practice of letting go of the previous hour and blessing the hour to come.
The Glory of Who We Really Are We Course students spend a lot of time looking at our egos and getting in touch with the darkness of the ego's world. This is vital work; as the Course says, "No one can escape from illusions unless he looks at them, for not looking is the way they are protected" (T-11.V.1:1). Yet it is equally vital to look at the other side: the glory of who we really are. Without frequent reminders of our radiant true Self, looking at the mess we think we made of ourselves can be awfully depressing.
How to Work Miracles A Course in Changing Your Mind, Changing the World, and Finding Your Ultimate Release This article consists of the speaking notes for Greg's presentation at the Community Miracles Center Conference held in Las Vegas on April 8-10, 2016. Greg's presentation is rooted in the conviction that the Course is exactly what it says it is: a course in how to work miracles, quite literally. Greg draws from the Course—especially from the early dictation, where miracles are a major theme—to offer practical instruction on how to become the living, breathing miracle workers the Course wants us to be.
Individual Responsibility or Communal Responsibility: What Would the Course Have Us Emphasize? The relationship between individual responsibility and communal responsibility is something we wrestle with every day. Should we focus more on our individual responsibility for the condition of our lives, or on our communal responsibility to help others improve the condition of their lives? What would the Course have us emphasize? Greg offers an answer that, in his view, has the potential to transform the world.
Breaching the Wall of Pain This article is a response to a recent book about how pain isolates us and erects a wall between ourselves and others. The book focuses on overcoming this isolation by learning how to communicate pain more effectively. How would A Course in Miracles have us breach the wall of pain?
"Do Not See Error": How Not Making Error Real Makes Forgiveness Easy We Course students are always struggling with forgiveness. But lately Robert has found help in the idea of not making error real — more specifically, not making real the errors of others. In this article, Robert pulls together all of the Course's material on this concept to get a clearer picture of how we make others' errors real, and how letting go of this persistent habit can make forgiveness easy.
Near-Death Experiences and A Course in Miracles This article, originally published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies (Volume 32, Number 4, Summer 2014), truly breaks new ground: It is the first comprehensive comparison of the philosophies of near-death experiences (NDEs) and A Course in Miracles to be published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Our comparison of the two philosophies encompasses a number of categories: the nature of God; true human identity; the spiritual realm; the nature of the world; the power of thought, choice, prayer, and healing; and the purpose of life on earth. In each category we found a number of specific parallels, and in some we also found differences or apparent differences. We found in both NDEs and the Course a central focus on unconditional love. It is our hope that this article will be a catalyst for further research on the relationship between NDEs and the Course.
"A Method of Conversion" Thoughts on How to Truly Change Hearts and Minds. We all know the "echo chamber " phenomenon: people holding biased points of view so firmly entrenched that nothing can budge them. What can be done to free us all from our own echo chamber? In a world that desperately needs a "better way," how can we truly change hearts and minds in a lasting way, including our own?