I started reading The Course in Miracles without a rush. I am starting again to see if I would pick up the holy message. I know that understanding it is just the beginning.
Life’s biggest questions like what is my purpose are continuously puzzling me and I needed decent answers to emerge to have reason to get up in the morning.
What am I absorbing so far from x to xiii at the very beginning under What It Says?
- Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.
- The course begins with the fundamental distinction between the real and the unreal; between knowledge and perception.
- Knowledge is truth, under one law, the law of love or God. This truth is unalterable, eternal and unambiguous. You may not know it but it applies to everything that God created, and only what He created is real. It is beyond learning because it is beyond time and process. It has no opposite, no beginning and no end. It merely is.
- Perception on the other hand is based on interpretation, not on facts. Founded on the belief in scarcity, loss, separation and death. It is learned and selective in its perceptual emphases and inaccurate in its interpretations.
- What perception sees and hears appears to be real because it permits into awareness only what conforms to the wishes of the perceiver. This leads to a world of illusions, a world which needs constant defence precisely because it is not real. It is like being caught in a dream and the only help to get out of it is through the Holy Spirit, the function of God’s Voice.
- The Holy Spirit’s goal is to help us escape from the dream world by teaching us how to reverse our thinking and unlearn our mistakes. Forgiveness is the greatest learning aid in bringing this thought reversal.
- Sin is “lack of love”. Since love is all there is, sin in the sight of the Holy Spirit is a mistake to be corrected, rather than an evil to be punished.
- We “love” another in order to get something ourselves. That, in fact, is what passes for love in the dream world. There can never be a greater mistake than that, for love is incapable of asking for anything.
- The “little I” seeks to enhance itself by external approval, external possessions and external “love”. The Self That God created needs nothing. It is forever complete, safe, loved and loving. It seeks to share rather than to get; to extend rather than project. It has no needs and wants to join with others out of their mutual awareness of abundance.
- The special relationship of the world are destructive, selfish and childishly egocentric. Yet, if given to the Holy Spirit, these relationships can become the holiest things on earth, the miracles that point the way to the return to Heaven.
- The voice of God, the Holy Spirit, which abides in each of us seems distant and difficult to hear because the ego, which speaks for the little, separated self, seems to be much louder.
- Forgiveness is unknown in Heaven, where the need for it would be inconceivable. However, in this world, forgiveness is a necessary correction for all the mistakes that we have made.
- Heaven is the natural state of all the Sons of God as He created them. Such is their reality forever. It has not changed because it has been forgotten. Forgiveness is the means by which we will remember. The forgiven world becomes the gate of Heaven.
- Holding no one prisoner to guilt, we become free. Acknowledging Christ in all our brothers, we recognise His Presence in ourselves. Forgetting all our misperceptions, and with nothing from the past to hold us back, we can remember God.
- When we are ready, God Himself will take the final step in our return to Him.
So far right now, this book is what I am considering as my Bible. It was originally written in English, first published in America in 1976, and that I am more confident that it was dictated with the modern readers in mind like ME to return and find the loving me who never left but burdened by my wrong perceptions.