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In these posts, I share whatever is striking me today about A Course in Miracles. I expect these posts to be short doses, so that you can afford the time to read them and I can afford the time to write them.

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  • Letting go of the shadow figures More specifically, it was on what the Course calls "shadow figures." These are our images/memories of key people from our past who didn't give us the love and special treatment we wanted.
  • Principles of Miraculous Parenting The basic premise was that all of the miracle principles at the beginning of the Course were meant to apply to the role of parent, as well as to other helper roles. What follows, then, are "parenting versions" of 40 of the 50 miracle principles. The central idea that they revolve around is that, as is stated over and over in the early part of the Course, "miracles are expressions of love" (T-1.I.35:1).
  • How to be with sick people How can we be with sick people? We can focus first and foremost on how we see them.
  • Transcending the belief in separate interests As long as I believe I can gain from your loss and you can gain from my loss, I will feel separate from you. I will believe that we are two egos, each competing for the same small slice of the pie. The obvious reversal of this is the belief in shared interests. Just as the ego tries to gain at the expense of others, now we try to gain by causing others to gain. We try to receive by giving.
  • Transcending the belief that we are on our own The belief that we are on our own leads to a whole series of debilitating symptoms. The solution, of course, is realizing that we are not on our own, that God is with us.
  • Isn't forgiveness also about love? I hear it from so many quarters: In A Course in Miracles, we can forgive because the world we see is our own subjective creation, and therefore has no power to really hurt us. I hear this in so many forms. We are the storyteller. The world is merely the mirror of our own state of mind. What we see is only our projection. What we resent never happened in reality. The world is just an illusion. There is nobody out there. There is nothing to forgive.
  • "Let your will be done" (June 22, 2012) Lately I have been repeating these words to myself often: "Let your will be done." It's been so helpful that I'm writing this post to encourage you to try it yourself. You probably think you know what I mean by those words, and may even find yourself put off by the traditional sound of them. But I can assure you that what they mean is anything but traditional.
  • Are we willing to believe in a Creator God? (June 14, 2012) Lately, I've been getting increasingly in touch with a word in the Course that I had never truly related to: "created." Of course, I knew it was there. I quoted it and it showed up frequently in my writing. But it had never meant that much to me. Now I am seeing just how central it is in the Course, and catching a glimpse of how potentially meaningful and liberating it is for me.
  • The meaning of a "little willingness" (June 4, 2012) We Course students love the idea of the little willingness. After all, it is hard to muster up an overpowering will to be loving and forgiving. But if, instead, we need just a little willingness, it suddenly sounds like the task might just be doable.
  • Secret Thinkers (May 31, 2012) My wife's been watching this program here in England called Secret Eaters. The premise behind the program is that people are getting fat (the UK is apparently not far behind the US in this department) because they don't realize just how much they are eating.

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Photo of Robert These short articles by Robert Perry are intended for the general reader—everyone from those who are totally unfamiliar with A Course in Miracles to experienced Course students. Each article applies the teachings of the Course to a daily life situation, and offers the reader a Course-based practice to apply to that situation in his or her own life.


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  • Who Was Jesus? The world has always been focused on the question of who Jesus was. But A Course in Miracles believes that the real question is: What did he teach?
  • What's in a Name? We try to avoid misleading names, yet what if all names are misleading? If all of us are one, why do we have separate names at all? Behind these separate names, what is our true name?
  • Open-Mindedness We all value open-mindedness, yet by that we mean being open-minded about particular facts or situations or issues. Could it be that there is a deeper open-mindedness, in which we are open to a whole different way of seeing reality?
  • I Rest in God More important than rest of the body is rest of the mind, and that is what is offered us by this wonderful line, "I rest in God."
  • Patience We feel ambivalent about patience because we fear that if we don't raise a stink, we'll have to wait longer. Could it be, however, that real patience has the power to draw to us that which we are waiting for, so that our wait is actually shorter?
  • Who Are the Blind? We assume that if our physical eyes are in working order, we are among the seeing. Yet all our eyes see is shapes and color. Sight of real meaning eludes us, and yet meaning is the only thing worth seeing. How, then, can we claim to have sight?
  • Gentleness Is Strength We automatically assume that gentleness is weakness, yet A Course in Miracles challenges this conception. It says that gentleness is far stronger than aggression, and that is why the gentle will inherit the earth.
  • Does God Ask Us to Make Sacrifices? Even if we believe in a loving God, we may also believe that He occasionally changes hats, especially when He asks us to do things that look like sacrifices. Yet how logical can it be to believe that God changes hats?
  • Tolerance We tend to value high standards, yet the ugly side of our high standards is intolerance. The higher our standards, the narrower the range in which we will feel all right. The key to peace is tolerance, and the key to tolerance is letting go of judgment.

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