At the beginning of this year, I read a fellow blogger’s (Lisa from the blog BloomLisa) inquiry for a study-buddy for A Course in Miracles. As it so happened, I had “inherited” this very thick book from a former boyfriend, and though I had read bits and pieces of the text here and there, it mostly just sat on the shelf waiting…waiting for the right time for me to study it. Lisa’s call out into the blogosphere called to me, and since then we have been studying “the Course” together. We study four lessons each week and then meet via Skype once per week to discuss what we’ve learned, any insights, lesson parallels in personal life, as well as ways the lessons and messages of the Course could be more accessible to people of all backgrounds.
About a week ago, after Lisa mentioned how she hasn’t found many helpful resources for A Course in Miracles in the blogosphere and social media, I asked her if she was up to starting a new blog together for the Course, and we did! The new blog is Blazing Light of Glory, A Study in A Course in Miracles. Click on over and follow if you are interested, but here is the Introduction re-posted for your convenience:
Though it is non-denominational, A Course in Miracles is written from a Christian perspective. I (Julie) went to a Roman Catholic elementary school from ages five to thirteen, so the wording and semantics are very familiar to me. Interestingly, as I read and study the Course, I often “translate” the terminology into Buddhist or Yogic terms. Lisa, however, comes from a non-religious background, so for her the Christian terminology is sometimes challenging to see past. Together, however, we are able to give each other different perspectives and insights into the lessons of A Course in Miracles.
During our last Skype meeting last week in this month of May 2014, we decided to start up a new blog together to share what we’ve learned, our insights, and any messages we’d like to put out there to help others, both those who are studying the Course and those not studying it who are looking for some spiritual guidance. We hope this blog will be helpful to you and shed some light upon the miracles occurring all around.
Here is the Introduction from A Course in Miracles:
This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is what is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.