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"This is the journey's end.
We have referred to it as the real world.
And yet there is a contradiction here
in that the words imply a limited reality,
a partial truth, a segment of the universe made true.
This is because knowledge makes no attack upon perception. They are brought together, and only one continues
past the gate where Oneness is."
ACIM Original Edition Chapter 26 The Transition
|INSIDE THIS ISSUE
~WE ARE ONE~
| We are learning in A Course in Miracles that there is only ONENESS: One Sonship, One Self, One Mind, ONE. And yet we still feel so separate and sometimes so alone.|
In this month's CIMS eNewsletter-Magazine, we are taking a closer look at the seeming paradox of Oneness. How can we reconcile our experience of intense separation in this world with the idea that we are not separate and we are truly one with our world and with our Brothers?
In this issue, we have a Book Review by Reja Janaki Joy Green, of the new book, "Proof of Heaven", by Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who experienced an amazing Near Death Experience [NDE] after contracting E. Coli meningitis and lying in a coma for seven days. During this time, Eben actually experienced the interconnectedness and immensity of Spirit as our True REALITY.
To help us integrate the experiences as described by Dr. Alexander during his NDE with what we are learning in A COURSE IN MIRACLES, there are some excerpts from the book, "Journey Beyond Words: A Companion to The Workbook of The Course", which are messages from JESHUA as scribed by Brent Haskell. A few audio clips are also included.
The Poetry section in this month's magazine offers three POEMS for your enjoyment. Lisa Trevino shares her poem, "Oneness"; Larry Lawhorn shares his poem, "This is my Prayer" and David Heslop shares his poem "Autumn Colors".
Daniel Tipton continues his DARE TO BE HAPPY series this month, with an article on "The Burden of Knowing Better.".
And Robert [Bob] Sears continues his Question and Answer section with an answer to the often asked question: "I know what I've learned in church about Salvation, but what is Salvation according to A Course in Miracles?"
To help us in shifting our awareness of this world, Sun~Rose has listened to Elder Brother and has brought through His beautiful and uplifting message in the article called, "Reflection versus Presence."
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Proof of Heaven
A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
By Eben Alexander, M.D.*
Book Review by REJA JANAKI JOY GREEN*
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In today's world of electronic interconnectedness, it's amazing how some ideas seem to go 'Viral' and others don't.
I received word of this book via a group email from a friend, Trisha Aude, who was a friend of Helen Schucman and William Thetford, scribe and co-scribe respectively of A Course in Miracles. Aude also currently transcribes the messages of Jesus aka Rajpur ( Hindi for 'place of the prince') as He delivers them through Paul Tuttle.
Or was it a message I received from another dear friend who mentioned they have just purchased and read it via Kindle or a second friend who shared they had just finished it?
The Universe was saying, "pay close attention," just as It did years ago when I kept hearing 'A Course in Miracles' mentioned over and over or recently when I learned of Anita Moorjani's NDE experience. It appears that this is another one of those 'wake up calls' from [y/our] BEING.
And so it is!
The most significant facets of this Near Death Experience [NDE] are:
- The person who experienced it was a skeptical neurosurgeon scientist.
- The CORTEX of his brain was not functioning, yet he experienced crystal clear clarity.
- He had a complete and total recovery from E. coli meningitis, which is a medical miracle.
We may have seen television shows regarding NDE's which often begin with phenomenal claims of other worldly experiences and end with a scientific de-bunking using medical science of the brain to prove it was 'all in their head.' The evidence the scientists present is offered in an effort to show that there IS no 'scientific proof' that these experiences were anywhere but in the physical brain. This is exactly how Eben [Dr. Alexander] thought until his own first-hand experience of an NDE:
"The more I read of the "scientific" explanations of what NDE's are, the more I was shocked by their transparent flimsiness. And yet I also knew with chagrin that they were exactly the ones that the old "me" would have pointed to vaguely if someone had asked me to "explain" what an NDE is."
As I began reading this book and began reading some of the doctor's experiences during his seven day coma, I noticed a skepticism that was creeping in. I was asking myself, "Does this feel true or is this just another ploy to sell books and ride on the wave of NDE curiosity?"
Although I am very open minded, I always employ my own internal 'TRUTH METER'. I ask, "Does this resonate with the Truth I know within as the Christ?" This experience Eben was relaying was very different from the NDE's I am used to reading and hearing about and that caused my comfort zone to be stretched. His NDE in the beginning wasn't all warm and fuzzy and I wondered if it were truly REAL.
As A Course in Miracles tells us, "Nothing REAL can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the Peace of God."
When Dr. Alexander began to speak about the REALITY of his experience, that's when my METER registered GREEN! I was getting a sense that the reality of the Interconnectedness and immensity of Spirit that Eben experienced could never be threatened.
"The word real expresses something abstract, and it's frustratingly ineffective at conveying what I'm trying to describe. Imagine being a kid and going to a movie on a summer day. Maybe the movie was good, and you were entertained as you sat through it. But then the show ended, and you filed out of the theater and back into the deep, vibrant, welcoming warmth of the summer afternoon. And as the air and the sunlight hit you, you wondered why on earth you'd wasted this gorgeous day sitting in a dark theater.
Multiply that feeling a thousand times, and you still won't be anywhere close to what it felt like where I was." P.39
Dr. Eben Alexander, husband, father, neurosurgeon, contracted the extremely rare condition of E. coli meningitis completely out of the blue. Only 1 in 10 Million people will do the same. He made a full recovery one month after lying in a coma, near death, for seven days. This book is his best attempt at trying to share an experience which was truly beyond words.
As the book progresses, his story becomes an exquisite tapestry. The experiences of his family and friends and doctors in the hospital, dealing with this grave E coli infection, are interwoven with a recounting of Eden's experience as a consciousness, with no connection to the past, in a 'place' where words could never do it justice.
Even though it kept the attention of the reader by vacillating between the solid world that we know and the ephemeral, albeit Real world, that Eben was experiencing, it wasn't until toward the end of the book that I found myself grabbing for the tissues.
Just as we have all experienced wanting to tell everyone we know about a great book we just read or a great movie we just saw, Eben wanted to share this discovery with his friends and family and most of all with his colleagues. And that's when he came up against 'himself.' He saw in their eyes his own disbelief; the disbelief he had once embraced.
"I was wildly --and naively--eager to share these experiences, especially with my fellow doctors. After all, what I'd undergone altered my long-held beliefs of what the brain is, what consciousness is, even what life itself means--and doesn't mean. Who wouldn't be anxious to hear of my discoveries?"
"Quite a few people, as it turned out. Most especially, people with medical degrees."
But more than just wanting his colleagues to look beyond the solid physical aspects of their experience, he also extended his Vision to our united situation on this planet. When he expressed these thoughts, my heart opened with recognition and empathy:
"For all of the successes of Western civilization, the world has paid a dear price in terms of the most crucial component of existence-our human spirit."
"The shadow side of high technology-modern warfare and thoughtless homicide and suicide, urban blight, ecological mayhem, cataclysmic climate change, polarization of economic resources-is bad enough."
"Much worse, our focus on exponential progress in science and technology has left many of us relatively bereft in the realm of meaning and joy, and of knowing how our lives fit into the grand scheme of existence for all eternity." P.152
"Without recovering that memory of our larger connectedness,
and of the unconditional love of our Creator, we will always feel
lost here on earth." P.171
We are all so ensconced in the 3D that it seems we can't see the forest for the trees. I began to see Eben, much as he sees himself, as another facet of our infinitude who knows now that he is "Here to Heal". Eben recovered the memory of our larger connectedness.
"So I was communicating directly with God? Absolutely. Expressed that way, it sounds grandiose. But when it was happening, it didn't feel that way. Instead, I felt like I was doing what we can all do right now through various methods of prayer and deep meditation. Communicating with God is the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times."
"Omniscient, omnipotent, personal-and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God." P.161
There is a part of Eben's life that I have not mentioned and it has everything to do with the message he received and more importantly the Being who brought the message to him. Now I leave that mystery of WHO that was for you to discover, dear reader, although the message itself is for all to know and to remember.
"You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever."
"You have nothing to fear."
"There is nothing you can do wrong."
The following link is to a 30 minute presentation by Dr. Eben Alexander
Excerpts: "The brain is NOT the cause of consciousness."
"At the deepest level there is ONE Consciousness."
"The Body and the physical reality is not all there is to the world."
Morgan Freeman's Through the Wormhole" 43 minutes
*Eben Alexander, MD has been an academic neurosurgeon for the past 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women's and the Children's Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Visit him at www.lifebeyonddeath.net
*Reja Janaki Joy Green [Reja_CIMS] is one of the founding members of the Course in Miracles Society [CIMS] as well as the CIMS webmaster, newsletter editor and producer of the Daily Lesson Mailings. Reja facilitates the Course in Miracles study group in Omaha, and is in the 2nd year of the CMC Ministerial program.
As a registered Yoga Instructor, Reja teaches Hatha Yoga from the perspective of A Course in Miracles and hosts several social media groups for those who share this journey. Reja currently resides with her loving husband Chris Green in Omaha, NE.
Scribed by Brent Haskell*
"Journey Beyond Words: A Companion to The Workbook of The Course" is a discussion of A COURSE IN MIRACLES by JESHUA as scribed by Brent Haskell, PhD, D.O. It was first published in 1994 and has also been recorded as an Audio Book
by the late Reverend Kellie Love.
The following are excerpts from "Journey Beyond Words" and also links to the excerpts that are on the CD. These segments exquisitely describe t
he message of Oneness, beyond 'Thought', that was experienced by Dr. Eben Alexander and written about in his book, "Proof of Heaven
EXCERPT: "Beyond your thinking, beyond the thoughts you think you think, beyond that which you think you see, it is not emptiness. It is awareness. P. 18 Thoughts As Images
EXCERPT: "But do not lose sight of the fact that you WILL, ultimately, free yourself of the illusion of a separate mind which harbors separate thoughts. Then shall be yours the peace of Oneness, and the joy that is born out of experience unhindered by the judgment of thought." P. 25 Thoughts Are Not Neutral
EXCERPT: "So when I suggest to you, 'Don't think, simply experience,' Your self (ego) realizes that what I am suggesting is that it die. In your world of concepts and thoughts, this is indeed, a very threatening thing. In fact, this fear of the death of your 'self' is most certainly the major block you all have to the 'willingness' of which I speak in A COURSE IN MIRACLES." P.119 Oneness
EXCERPT: "And as you explore your life with freedom and with love, you shall touch the Mind of God, and find your One Self. and in your knowledge that that is all you can be, so shall it be." P.127 Oneness
EXCERPT: Thoughts As Images EXCERPT: Thoughts Are Not Neutral
|I wave my arm
and touch the gentle breeze
that kisses back
and know that this same air
caresses your skin,
sways the branches,
and lifts the wings of the birds
and I experience ONEness
with all that is.
I once tried to see
the Oneness in just you
and me joining....
excluding the animals,
seeing them for their "bodies"
but you and I for our essence.
Now I see it is the seeing
the Whole Picture
that reveals the True Inner One.
I see the Life in ALL
or I see it not at all.
*Lisa Trevino facilitates ACIM groups in Las Vegas, works one-on-one with people to help them heal from addiction and childhood trauma and has given many talks that can be downloaded for free on her website, gentlelessons.com. Her mission continues to be to follow her own internal Guidance and to help others to learn how to follow theirs, discover their True Selves and find peace. Join her and other ACIM teachers at the The 2013 International ACIM Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
[Also join Lisa along with CMC certified facilitators Nyki Dobson and Pamela Whitman on their ACIM phone group every Tuesday Night from 5-7 pm PST. See segment below for more information.]
This is My Prayer
By Larry Lawhorn
This is my prayer.... for all to Know One...
No illusion of separation endures the test of time...
All expressions Are of One Love... or cries for it....
Let all illusions be seen in this One Light... in this Truth...
and be Healed...
All Love Lives in Sharing... not in getting...
The eternal moment to Share Love is Now... all else is
Now is eternal, if you choose it... for this choice, you
were given Free Will...
If we lift up illusions...
we appear to make illusions real...
While Truth is real... illusions are not...
When you Lift up Love...
We become One with God, Love, Nature and the
In this Life, I Am... to Live as the One I am... or die as i
One Love connects our Soul...
Love is Real...
Love is everywhere...
nothing is more beautiful than Love...
and nothing is more beautiful than that ;-)
~ Capt Larry Lawhorn, OT
By David Heslop
That place that time forgot,
So gentile and begot,
An airflow breeze thru the trees,
Head held high and nostrils wide,
With squinted eyes to take the eventide,
The rainbows of the tainted leaves,
Dancing in the sunset skies.
Makes me look into my lover's eyes,
So many thoughts of thy,
That dazzles upon the brow;
Like the reflections on the Dells,
Glinting silver streaks that glow,
That hushes heaven so.
How I love thee,
How I be thee,
How I am thee.
From David Heslop:
"A Course In Miracles came to me in a very profound way. I always valued two things above all else. Love and Happiness. From a young age it was obvious that the world was imperfect, and to try to elude to perfection would be a frustration. There was a moment in my life when even Love and Happiness 'as I knew it' would fail me. At that point o f complete desperation. I called for help, I asked the Universe 'HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEE PLEEASEEEEEE - HOW COULD I HAVE GOT THINGS SO WRONG'.
"Help was immediate. The Course came to me in next to no time, by coincidence.
"It was so profound. I knew that I could not do the Course of Miracles by myself. A large part of the Course is written in iambic pentameter. It is a masterpiece that has been given to us from outside time. Its prose is clear, with a simple message that is re-iterated.This Poem came from a creative class workshop last year and was transcribed the day before the class from an experience of walking through the Autumn Colors of the Wisconsin Dells."
"There is no such thing as luck or coincidence".
Dare To Be Happy
By DANIEL TIPTON*
The Burden of Knowing Better
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After reading ACIM for some time, we begin to learn some of its core teachings. A couple concepts are that we are responsible for our experience (or how we see things) and that giving in to fear will lead to more misery. However, in this world, we are presented with a daily barrage of experiences that challenge these teachings. Without ACIM we might simply give in and blame the world for our unhappiness or attack somebody out of fear and think nothing of it. With ACIM, we have no choice but to hold ourselves responsible. Our "burden" is that we know better now. That burden is responsibility but it fosters empowerment, freedom, and change. We may not choose correctly every time, but we will certainly be aware of the fact that it was indeed a choice.
Why do we choose to do things that will make us unhappy? The answer is temptation. Temptation is a feeling that drives us to do things whether or not they make sense or are good for us. Many times, temptation is fed by fear and fear is also fed by lack of trust in God.
I was recently presented with an opportunity to not give in to temptation. I was on a message board where one if its members was attempting to antagonize me by making fun of me and belittling me. Thankfully, I am a student of ACIM so I had an awareness of the situation. I was also aware that I had a choice. One choice was to attack back and inevitably feel guilt, fear, and disconnectedness. The other was to ignore it and remember that in my defenselessness, my safety lies. The second choice would most likely allow me to maintain a state of peace.
The temptation here was strong. The problem with temptation is that it feels real. It is very convincing in its efforts to persuade us to react from fear. I came up with every justification I could, knowing well that ACIM teaches that "attack is not justified in any form." Yet, I decided to give into temptation under the guise that it was "research" or testing a hypothesis that I knew was false but for some reason wanted to "check and see one more time". I made a snide comment back to the gentleman. The result was...
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**Daniel Tipton, a member of Course in Miracles Society, resides in Omaha, NE and is currently working on a masters degree in Counseling at UNO. Daniel is also one of the founding members of the new Miracle Cell Men's Team. He is in his second year of the 2 year ACIM Ministerial Program offered by the Community Miracles Center and will be assisting at the 2013 ACIM Conference which will be held in Chicago.
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Questions Regarding the Teachings of ACIM
By ROBERT [Bob] SEARS*
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QUESTION: "I know what I've learned in church about Salvation, but what is Salvation according to A Course in Miracles?"
ANSWER: It is quite evident from teaching (and learning) A Course in Miracles week after week, that even after reading a perfectly clear answer to a question, there always appears to be more questions. Let me begin by looking at a quote from Chapter 21 of the Course, with particular attention to the word unambiguous.
"Your learning potential, properly understood, is limitless because it will lead you to God. You can teach the way to Him and learn it, if you follow the Teacher Who knows the way to Him and understands His curriculum for learning it. The curriculum is totally unambiguous, because the goal is not divided and the means and the end are in complete accord. You need offer only undivided attention. Everything else will be given you. For you really want to learn aright, and nothing can oppose the decision of God's Son. His learning is as unlimited as he is."
With this in mind, the Course is clearly saying that any answer to any question answered within the course is clear, concise and unambiguous. In other words, it does not need me, or anyone else, to add or detract from the answer given within the Course. The problem is that we as students still do not have an undivided goal, nor are we giving the Course our undivided attention.
Further, we are reminded that the Course is a self-study course, yet the Voice of the Course still calls its students to become teachers. I don't think that means just to be lecturers, or leaders of classrooms as such, but to be teachers by example in our lives. By demonstrating what we know to be True is true by the demonstration of that knowledge. In other words, it is by walking the talk...action that reinforces the words. So rather than redefine Salvation, let us apply the words into action. What does my life offer that demonstrates the Course's definition of Salvation? For those who have heard me teach, and see how l live, it is evident to them that what I teach (say) is reflected in what I do.
For this exercise I would like to reflect on certain parts of the Course's answer to the question, "What is Salvation?", which is contained in the Workbook for Students between lessons 230 and 231. As I have done above, all the quotes taken from the Course will be in blue italics.
"Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you would find your way to Him at last. It cannot but be kept. It guarantees that time will have an end, and all the thoughts that have been born in time will end as well. God's Word is given every mind which thinks that it has separate thoughts, and will replace these thoughts of conflict with the Thought of peace."
I find these words quite encouraging in that .....
Once led to engage in full time ministry
as a Course teacher, Bob opted to become an independent non-denominational minister so that he could teach a pure version of ACIM without the need to satisfy any particular denominational tenets. Bob, originally from NY, now reside s in Southern California where he teaches in churches and home settings. www.rdsears.com
Guidance from Elder Brother
As Received and Transcribed by Sun~Rose
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"Reflection versus Presence"
TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: In His Guidance, He has asked Me to capitalize the pronouns You and We as an acknowledgement of the Divinity of All of Us, an acknowledgement of Equality, an expression of His Love and respect for You.
When You see the word 'YOU' capitalized in the Guidance, know that He is not just speaking to YOU, He is honoring YOU.
Questioner: Please, more of what You were saying as I was listening to Lesson 56 about the Real world lying behind what I see.
ELDER BROTHER: Here let us speak.
"Beyond all my insane wishes is my will united with the Will of my Father. God is still everywhere and in everything forever. And we who are part of Him will yet look past all appearances and recognize the truth beyond them all." Lesson 56, Review of Lesson 29
"Truth is beyond Your ability to destroy but entirely within Your grasp. It belongs to You because You created it. It is Yours because it is a part of You, just as You are part of God because He created You." ACIM-OE.TX.5.46
Yes. It is as You were getting. The word 'reflection' is only accurate in the dream, as You see Yourselves as so- called gods - each one of You - and the reflection of what You have quasi-created (and for those who have not looked up or don't know the word 'quasi' means: 'seems like but isn't') ...
Again, the reflection of what You have quasi-'created' is reflected back to You on the lens of the perception You invented that blocks the Real World - the Kingdom of Heaven - from Your view, although it is right here.
So You look out from Your so called mind - through the lens of distortion - and see no further than the lens, as the distortion mirrors back to You! And yet, right on the other side of the lens of the distorted vision lies Reality, so close that You could reach beyond and see It, reach out and feel It at any moment! That's where Your Perfection lives.
Questioner: I feel Your smile.
ELDER BROTHER: Oh yes indeed. There isn't anything else here. And only self-will - covering all the 'selfs' of justification, indulgence, determination, love so-called, aggrandizement - blocks the Vision of the Dreamers.
So now You see the path to Vision, another "journey without distance"'.
Questioner: I love You.
ELDER BROTHER: Likewise, I'm sure! [laughing] I am just as delighted as You are.
Questioner: I can feel it.
ELDER BROTHER: Now that You listened [good girl].
Questioner: Ha Ha
ELDER BROTHER: And read what Miguel posted. Put it here and let's continue this.
It draws a circle, infinitely small, around a very little segment of Heaven splintered from the whole, proclaiming that within it is Your kingdom, where God can enter not.
ACIM-OE CH 18.72
ELDER BROTHER: Let us continue so You all can clearly see where Reality is not. And now You understand how apt the 'bubble' is as the lens. The bubble is self-will, including all the other 'selfs' we spoke about above. And this is the lens through which You see, and hear, and feel, and smell, and taste, and keep Yourselves 'asleep-ing' still.
The Bible truly says: "oh taste and see that the Lord is good." And the Dreamer reaches for another cream puff. Everything - every Holy Thing of God - is identifiable through all the senses, and not through consumption. It is like Your mode of saying: To drink in the beauty of the sunset. Or: "A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring. There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again."[Alexander Pope, 1688-1744 Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 15]
I think You've got it. It is as I've said and now we'll take it to all the senses. As we walk the precipice together, not only are You blind but deaf and dumb as well, and numb so You cannot feel and neither can You taste or smell. And so in Your absolute helplessness to understand anything, You must reach out to Me, as I have set the Holy Spirit free for You to see: as You, as Me.
The response of holiness to any form of error is always the same. There is no contradiction in what holiness calls forth. Its one response is healing, without regard for what is brought to it. Those who have learned to offer only healing because of the reflection of holiness in them are ready at last for Heaven. There, holiness is not a reflection but rather the actual condition of what was but reflected to them here. God is no image, and His creations, as part of Him, hold Him in them in truth. They do not merely reflect truth, for they are truth. ACIM-OE CH 14.45
Elder Brother and the Transcriber are grateful to Miguel for always knowing the perfect references in A Course in Miracles.
of the ORIGINAL EDITION of
A Course in Miracles
By Martin Weber-Caspers [maz]*
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The history of the reception of A Course In Miracles by members of the Sonship has shown that quite a few students have been guided or drawn to using the Original Edition of The Course. It allows us to deepen our study and understanding and to enjoy the depth and beauty contained in the first historic compendium of The Course' content. It had been prepared for all of us by the author and scribes' team in the year 1972. This document which is known as the third in the 'trilogy' of the three cardinal versions of The Course, had only been seen by a rather small group of students until divine orchestration provided for its discovery in the Association for Research and Enlightenment [A.R.E] library on November 29th, 1999, and its subsequent sharing among Course students. What a glorious gift in the very beginning of the new millennium, and what timing!
The commonly acknowledged importance of the Trinitarian ontology which is so central to The Course's thought system, once again becomes apparent to the vigilant observer in the smallest detail. With the ur-handscript and the ur-typescript as the first two cardinal versions, the third cardinal version completes the fruit of the co-creative collaboration which was to bring the contemporary teachings of Christ Jesus, faithful to its initial transmission's content from Whole Mind to humanity, into the world.
The Course in Miracles Society CIMS has been instrumental in sharing the original Course ever since. The time had also come for translations into various languages, in order to provide more miracle workers worldwide with this beautiful compendium of essential Course teachings in their own respective native tongue. Quickly, the legal modalities for its distribution had also been taken care of, so that its popularity and therefore its usefulness is constantly increasing.
Meanwhile, the work of scholars and instructors had helped many to find detailed information about the profound differences in form, and therefore in underlying content, when a line-by-line comparison with earlier presentations of The Course were conducted. At the same time the many testimonials shared among students spoke for the tremendous impact the Original Edition has had on the student's development regarding study and application. During my talks to groups of interested Course students in Germany, where we have started to share the translation and audio-book in an interactive manner, Guidance prompts me to cite from the Original Edition, chapter twenty-two, paragraph 22, in order to illustrate my personal, irresistible attraction to the third cardinal version and its content. Philosophically speaking, the author makes one of his unambiguous statements in the context of the underlying 'radical idealism' which, by the way, has been quite challenging for me for years:
"This course will be believed entirely or not at all.
For it is wholly true or wholly false
and cannot be but partially believed." (OrEd.Tx.22.22)
Surely, as a student I would only be pretending to have reached a more advanced level of mind training than I have actually attained so far if I implied that I truly experience, already, absolutely everything the Course contains. Honesty obliges me to make this clear, yet what is also clear is that once I embark on a course and see its results, then gradual learning and step by step instructions are all geared towards some point of graduation. Hurdles and temporary learning failures are obviously part of the training, and also sufficiently and individually addressed.
A course which is honoring "beliefs that lead to progress" also requires solid faith in what is announced and yet to come. (i.e. OrEd.Mn.24.6). The point of graduation in time is also summarized in OrEd.Tx.4.11, where it is said: "Every good teacher hopes to give his students so much of his own thinking that they will one day no longer need him. This is the one real goal of the parent, teacher, and therapist."
It always made a lot of sense to me to study and use The Course in its entirety and exactly as it has been prepared for us by the author and the scribes' team. This very much seems to be a necessary prerequisite for believing it entirely: learning what it truly says. When this realization had occurred, the next natural development to be observed was that I was not alone in this realization, and others had come to the same conclusion independently.
So, one of the shared aspects of the unified purpose in the Atonement had become to join efforts and talents in order to make the Original Edition more widely available, and in other languages for those who are not in a position to read and study it in its originally English language. The author's instruction to always 'listen, learn and do' applied also here.
What was to be understood before taking on such a task? In chapter seven, paragraph 15 of the Text we are given a clear description of a translators' responsibilities:
*Maz is currently the voice in the AUDIO and VIDEO SonShipRadio productions of the Daily Lessons of A Course In Miracles, Original Edition [OE]. Maz is also project lead on the current translations, ensuring that the OE will be shared globally; As chairman of the Curtis Knight Foundation he produces local radio programs, internet radio shows and other endeavors to promote and support co-creativity on a broader scale.
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