A Course In Miracles – Spiritual Study

A Course In Miracles

A Spiritual study! This Course does not aim at teaching the meaning of Love, for that is beyond what can be taught.   It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love.  If you knew who walks beside you, fear would be impossible!
INTRODUCTION TO MIRACLES It is crucial to say first that this is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what to take when. It is just because you are not ready to do what you should elect to do that time exists at all. (You will see miracles through your hands through me. You should begin each day with the prayer “Help me to perform whatever miracles you want of me today.”)

1. The first thing to remember about miracles is that there is no order of difficulty among them. One is not harder or bigger than another. They are all the same.

2. Miracles do not matter. They are quite unimportant.

3. They occur naturally as an expression of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense, everything that comes from love is a miracle.

a. This explains the first point related to the lack of order. ALL expressions of love are maximal.

b. This is why the “thing in itself” does not matter. The only thing that matters is the Source, and this is far beyond human evaluation.
Introduction to Workbook Lessons

A theoretical foundation such as the text is necessary as a background to make these exercises meaningful.  Yet it is the exercises which will make the goal possible.  An untrained mind can accomplish nothing.  It is the purpose of these exercises to train the mind to think along the lines which the course sets forth.

The exercises are very simple.  They do not require more than a few minutes, and it does not matter where or when you do them.  They need no preparation.  They are numbered, running from 1 to 365.  The training period is one year.  Do not undertake more than one exercise a day.

The purpose of these exercises is to train the mind to a different perception of everything in the world.  The workbook is divided into two sections, the first dealing with the undoing of what you see now, and the second with the restoration of sight.  It is recommended that each exercise be repeated several times a day, preferably in a different place each time, and if possible in every situation in which you spend any long period of time.  The purpose is to train the mind to generalize the lessons, so that you will understand that each of them is as applicable to one situation as it is to another.

Unless specified to the contrary, the exercise should be practiced with eyes open, since the aim is to learn how to see.  The only rule that should be followed throughout is to practice the exercises with great specificity.  Each one applies to every situation in which you find yourself, and to everything you see in it.  Each day’s exercises are planed around one central idea, the exercises themselves consisting of applying that idea to as many specifics as possible.  Be sure that you do not decide that there are some things you see to which the idea for the day is inapplicable.  The aim of the exercises will always be to increase the application of the idea to everything.  This will not require effort.  Only be sure that you make no exceptions in applying the idea.

Some of the ideas you will find hard to believe, and others will seem quite startling.  It does not matter.  You are merely asked to apply them to what you see.  You are not asked to judge them, or even to believe them.  You are asked only to use them.  It is their use which will give them meaning to you, and show you they are true.  Remember only this; you need not believe them, you need not accept them and you need not welcome them.  Some of them you may actively resist.  None of this will matter, nor decrease their efficacy.  But allow yourself to make no exceptions in applying the ideas the exercises contain.  What ever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them.  Nothing more than this is required.

Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain.  Doubt along the way will come and go and go to come again.  Yet is the ending sure.  No one can fail to do what God appointed him to do.  When you forget, remember that you walk with Him and with His Word upon your heart.  Who could despair when hope like this is his?  Illusions of despair may seem to come, but learn how not to be deceived by them.  Behind each one there is reality and there is God.  Why would you wait for this and trade it for illusions, when His Love is but an instant farther on the road where all illusions end?  The end is sure and guaranteed by God.  Who stands before a lifeless image when a step away the Holy of the Holies opens up an ancient door that leads beyond the world?
EPILOGUE:
You are a stranger here.  But you belong to Him Who loves you as He loves Himself.  Ask but my help to roll the stone away, and it is done according to His Will.  We have begun the journey.  Long ago the end was written in the stars and set into the Heavens with a shining Ray that held it safe within eternity and through all time as well.  And holds it still; unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.

Be not afraid.  We only start again an ancient journey long ago begun that but seems new.  We have begun again upon a road we travelled on before and lost our way a little while.  And now we try again.  Our new beginning has the certainty the journey lacked till now.  Look up and see His Word among the stars, where He has set your Name along with His.  Look up and find your certain destiny the world would hide but God would have you see.

Let us wait here in silence, and kneel down an instant in our gratitude to Him Who called to us and helped us hear His Call.  And then let us arise and go in faith along the way to Him.  Now we are sure we do not walk alone.  For God is here, and with Him all our brothers.  Now we know that we will never lose the way again.  The song begins again which had been stopped only an instant, though it seems to be unsung forever.  What is here begun will grow in life and strength and hope, until the world is still an instant and forgets all that the dream of sin had made of it.

Let us go out and meet the newborn world, knowing that Christ has been reborn in it, and that the holiness of this rebirth will last forever.  We had lost our way but He has found it for us.  Let us go and bid Him welcome Who returns to us to celebrate salvation and the end of all we thought we made.  The morning star of this new day looks on a different world where God is welcomed and His Son with Him.  We who complete Him offer thanks to Him, as He gives thanks to us.  The Son is still, and in the quiet God has given him enters his home and is at peace at last.