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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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  • Does God actually need us? (May 24, 2012) When we know there is a need on the other end, when we know that our actions affect someone else, that is usually a motivator. When, for instance, another person is lonely and needs our company, that tends to spur us on, moving us to reach out further than perhaps we otherwise would. We are, of course, well-accustomed to this in relation to other people, but what about in relation to God?
  • Defenses do what they would...what? (May 22, 2012) There is a great line in the Course that says, "All defenses do what they would defend" (T-17.IV.7:1). Most everyone's immediate response to this (including mine) is "Wow, what a great insight.
  • "God is with me. I live and move in Him." (May 8, 2012) The other day I spent time using the commentary paragraph in Lesson 222 ("God is with me. I live and move in Him.") as a prayer, by changing the words so that I said them directly to God (and putting some extra sentence-breaks in).
  • Loving personhood or liberation from personhood? (May 4, 2012) In recent months, I have been watching video testimonies of two very different kinds. One kind is of people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs).
  • Two views of time (April 26, 2012) Today I am doing the practice of the holy instant, according to instructions in "The Two Uses of Time" (T-15.I), the very first section that discusses the holy instant.
  • Let me perceive no differences today (April 16, 2012) Today I have been practicing Lesson 262, "Let me perceive no differences today." Two things have been on my mind.
  • Who is our chosen mediator? (February 29, 2012) After I wrote the recent post "Real relationship with Jesus, real relationship with others," I made one of those connections that, to me, affords us a little window into the mind of the author of the Course, whom I believe is Jesus.
  • The correction formula for fear (February 27, 2012) I recently posted about a remarkable paragraph at the end of "Shadows of the Past" (T-17.III), in which Jesus says, "I would enter into all your relationships, and step between you and your fantasies." This reminded me of a strikingly similar practice, perhaps the most important practice in the early part of the dictation.
  • A way to visualize Atonement (February 23, 2012) "Atonement" is everywhere in the Course, and some form of "accept the Atonement" is in there 39 times. But in my experience, almost no one has any real feeling for the word as it functions in the Course. As a result, this key term, all the passages in which it occurs, and all the injunctions to accept it, end up being hollow for us. They become blank spots on the page, with no power to produce the change they were meant to produce.
  • Real relationship with Jesus, real relationship with others (February 20, 2012) Since a class I did last Thursday, on relationship with Jesus, I've been mesmerized by this passage from Chapter 17:

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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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