Like every divinely inspired work, A Course in Miracles is not a set of books a person can read like a typical self-help book and say, “Oh, I read that book.” One can never gather in the fathomless depths of Spiritual Truth available in The Course, not even if he/she studied it for many lifetimes.
I’ve been a faithful student/teacher of The Course since it was first published in the late seventies. I discovered that the insights related in The Course kept expanding as my awareness expanded. Or, I could put it this way, the truths revealed in The Course kept expanding in direct proportion to my consciousness. Every serious seeker using The Course says the same thing, “Even though I’ve studied the Text intensely, finishing it and the Workbook after an entire year of study and practice, every time I open it up and read it, I find that there are new, deeper meanings in the very same passages I’ve studied before.”
The inspiration derived from studying The Course is timeless, endless indeed. But, let me give you some sound advice.
A Course in Miracles is not a joyride to enlightenment.
A Course in Miracles is not a joyride to enlightenment. What it has to say will cause you a lot of internal and external conflict at first, because it shares truths that openly contradict a person’s ego-centered concepts and deep-seeded beliefs about life. For instance, consider this from The Course Text 218 (ACIM Text 218):
“Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth. If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them, but which they are denying to themselves. If they knew the truth about themselves they could not be sick. The task of the miracle worker thus becomes to deny the denial of truth. The sick must heal themselves, for the truth is in them. Yet having obscured it, the light in another mind must shine into theirs because that light is theirs. The light in them shines as brightly, regardless of the density of the fog that obscures it. If you give no power to the fog to obscure the light, it has none.”
To the ego oriented concept of life, sickness is something that happens or comes upon everybody sometime and it doesn’t happen because they don’t love themselves. Sickness comes from germs, viruses or bad bacteria in food, etc., etc. However, such germs, viruses and bacteria have no way to affect a healthy mind, which manifests a healthy body. And, a healthy mind is one that is steeped in the transcendent love that sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks no evil and therefore is not susceptible to any evil. Yes, this includes cancer, heart disease and obesity. This, of course, flies in the face of the scientific and medical thinking of the world we grew up in. I told you the truths espoused in The Course are not easy to accept, and will cause quite a bit of inner and outer turmoil before one seriously embraces and practices these truths and realizes that they mean what they say. Yes, it takes faith to take seriously A Course in Miracles, but the results are indeed priceless. Before you jump into or away from the specific truth related here, ask yourself what Jesus might have mean when he said, “Judge not that you be not judge. For the measure you give will be the measure you get.”
Till next time, love yourself and all others, who are also your Self.
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