Should the Course be done in combination with other spiritual paths, or by itself?

The answer here depends largely on the answer to this question: Has the Holy Spirit chosen the Course for you as your sole spiritual path? If the answer is no (or if you are still in the process of finding the answer), then it is perfectly appropriate to combine it with other paths. But if the answer is yes, then our view is that it is best to do the Course by itself.

There are many reasons for this view, but they could be boiled down to two:

  1. Our experience is that trying to combine the Course with other paths inevitably introduces conflict and dilutes the Course.
  2. The Course itself suggests the value of following its path alone, and claims that we need nothing else: "You are studying a unified thought system in which nothing is lacking that is needed, and nothing is included that is contradictory or irrelevant" (W-pI.42.7:2).

Doing the Course alone does not mean looking down upon other paths, nor does it mean that you are forbidden to learn more about and gain inspiration from other paths. It simply means that, though you honor other paths as valid ways to God and gain inspiration from those paths, the Course is the particular path you walk. Commitment to the Course frees you from conflict and allows you tosingle-mindedly follow its path with every ounce of our being.

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