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  • Does the Course recommend telling others "You made that"? by Greg Mackie. What is the Circle's take on the idea that there is "no one out there"—that we have created all the situations that present themselves to us? I find this very annoying, as I find I can't even state that I feel a group is not working because of scapegoating or whatever, without people jumping on me and saying I made that. I don't like the idea of being led to the slaughter by those who decide what A Course in Miracles says, and the rest of us have to agree or else we are being "negative" or choose to create disharmony or see things that aren't there. This really concerns me, particularly about the integrity of ACIM, if this stuff is considered okay.
  • What exactly do we do in Heaven? by Greg Mackie. What exactly do we do in Heaven? Will we be able to interact with others? Wouldn't just basking in God's Love for eternity be boring?
  • Does the Course tell us to be honest? by Robert Perry. It is almost axiomatic among Course students that the Course doesn't tell us to be honest in our speech. But the truth is the reverse. The Course, in the plainest language possible, encourages an extreme form of honesty that we might call ultra-integrity. Rather than not calling us up to the level of conventional honesty, it calls us far higher than conventional honesty.
  • Should we follow the "Old Testament" letter or the "New Testament" spirit of the Course's practice instructions? by Greg Mackie. As a former fundamentalist Christian, I was required to put out lots of effort to be "accepted," but never quite attaining "good enough." Sometimes I get a flash of this old legalism when I read the Course, especially material about literally following the practice instructions. It seems to me that following those instructions literally is like trying to follow the Old Testament law—the Course's literal dictates are impossible to actually "keep." A more grace-based "New Testament" approach would be to get to the point where the spirit of the Course will ever be on one's mind, so one doesn't need to be following the letter of those instructions all the time. What is your view?
  • Should we bring more children into the world? by Robert Perry. Should we be bringing more children into the world, given the state of the world, overpopulation, etc.? More generally, how does the Course view the whole issue of having children?
  • What is the Course's view of entitlement? by Greg Mackie. I've been seeing a therapist, and one of the major obstacles that we have identified is that I have a sense of entitlement. I make claims on things without doing the hard work of putting forth effort in order to achieve them. I feel I deserve something or the world somehow owes me the fulfillment of my expectations. What would be the view of A Course in Miracles on "entitlement"?
  • How do we uncover our guilt? by Robert Perry. Does the Course recommend that we uncover our inner, private, subconscious guilt passively or actively? By passively, I mean that when we forgive guilt we have projected onto others, the corresponding inner subconscious guilt is healed by the Holy Spirit without our participation. It seems to me, though, that the Course wants us to be more active and direct—to actively uncover our private subconscious guilt. Would you agree, and if so, by what methods does the Course recommend that we uncover it?
  • Are all my thoughts really meaningless? by Greg Mackie. The early Workbook lessons tell us that "my thoughts do not mean anything" (W-pI.10.Heading) Is this really true of all of my thoughts? What about the thoughts I need to live in this world? What about my loving thoughts? What about Course-based thoughts, like the ones the Workbook wants me to repeat?
  • Do I really need to repeat those boring early Workbook lessons? by Greg Mackie. I've recently been drawn again to A Course in Miracles. In the past, I've done Workbook Lessons 1-10 several times and am happy with my understanding (more or less). Do I have to start again at Lesson 1, or can I recap briefly and start again at Lesson 11? I must admit that starting again at Lesson 1 would bore me tremendously.
  • Doesn't the Course say that we should "forget this course"? by Robert Perry. I feel that many Course students cling to the Course and make a crutch out of it. But doesn't the Course tell us to "forget this course"? Rather than focusing so much on the raft, to use an image from Buddhism, shouldn't we just cross the river, put the raft down, and move on?

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