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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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  • Is backward causation really possible? (February 2, 2012) The other day, a friend asked me if I could find those passages in the Course that talk of us being able to send miracles backward in time. It's a fascinating topic, one that at first seems impossible. I mean, the past has already happened, right? And whenever you talk about going back and affecting the past, you get into weird contradictions.
  • The education of free will (January 25, 2012) I wanted to share something I've been chewing on. It's theoretical but I also find it practical. It's basically a single idea that kills a number of birds, so to speak, at once. I'll first develop the single idea in a series of brief points and then explain the idea more fully.
  • What happened to Jesus after the resurrection? (December 23, 2011) Recently, a friend asked me what, according to the Course, happened to Jesus after his resurrection. I wrote the following summary.
  • A political passage in "A Course in Miracles"? (November 28, 2011) I have long wished that the author of the Course would have addressed the subject of politics in what he dictated to Helen Schucman. I have finally found a place where he did. It is found in all the earlier versions, but was edited out in the process that produced the familiar, FIP version. Here is the passage, which came directly after what is now T-7.II.2.
  • The paradox of how the Course sees us (October 24, 2011) One of the paradoxes in the Course that is hard for us to wrap our heads around is how the Course wants us to see ourselves. It wants us to see ourselves as divine, at one with and even equal to God, and it wants us to see ourselves as human in the most fallible sense, to the point of being insane, confused, wrong-headed, sick-minded, and deluded. It can be very difficult to encompass both of these sides at once!
  • Does the holy relationship take only one? What is the best evidence? (October 18, 2011) As you may know, I teach that a holy relationship takes two, not one. It means two people joining in a common goal, which invites the Holy Spirit to enter their relationship and take them on a journey to their goal and His goal.
  • Reflections on the prayer for Lesson 286 (October 13, 2011) The prayer for today's lesson (286) is one of my absolute favorites.
  • Does God really yearn for our return? (October 4, 2011) Have you ever come across some idea in the Course that you are familiar with, but that you suddenly realize you have no real, personal relationship with? That is what happened to me yesterday
  • "As I come quietly into Your Presence now" (September 21, 2011) For a few years now, I've been occasionally using the prayer to Lesson 222 as an introduction to meditation. That is definitely its intended purpose, and it serves that purpose quite effectively. The prayer is a single, long sentence, which I will break into three parts.
  • An ancient past becoming present (September 6, 2011) The prayer for Lesson 248 is a favorite of mine, so I thought I would write a little commentary on it, drawing out the meaning I see in it. It is a brief prayer which is deceptively simple-looking, such that we can very easily pass it right by.

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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.

Enjoy!

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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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