Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Course in Miracles - Christians who Understand Spirituality!

Just discovered the "A Course in Miracles" community, and I'm super excited about what I've read so far.

Two of the interpretations I like most so far --

One of the most beautiful aspects of A Course in Miracles for me is its re-interpretation of Jesus' crucifixion. Traditionally, the crucifixion has been seen as Jesus' blood sacrifice for our sins, but in the Course, it is an "extreme example" (T-6.I.2:1) of limitless love. In the Course's view, Jesus voluntarily went through the crucifixion to demonstrate that we can love and forgive even when experiencing "the most outrageous assault, as judged by the ego" (T-6.I.9:1). He realized that it is impossible to kill the eternal life that belongs to all of us as Sons of God; therefore, those who attempted to kill him (and those who seemed to betray and abandon him, like Judas and the other disciples) deserved not anger and condemnation, but only love. This is the message of the crucifixion: "Teach only love, for that is what you are" (T-6.I.13:2).
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In Course usage, a miracle... removes a block to the awareness of love's presence. It is an expression of love, given freely to the recipient.

I suspect most people think of miracles as rare and outside of normal experience, if they think of them at all. But I agree with the Course. Christian tradition defines miracles as "a natural or supernatural event, in which one sees an act or revelation of God." As the Course points out, any expression of love is an overcoming of our short-sighted ego, and allows the image of our creator to shine through us. So, miracles are natural, everyday occurrences. As the Course says, "everything that comes from love is a miracle."

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