By Dr. Helen Schucman
A direction in Miracles begins... not anything genuine will be threatened. not anything unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. As its identify implies, the path is prepared all through as a instructing equipment. It includes 3 books: textual content, Workbook for college students, and guide for lecturers. The order within which scholars decide to use the books, and the ways that they learn them, depend upon their specific wishes and personal tastes. The curriculum the path proposes is punctiliously conceived and is defined, step-by-step, at either the theoretical and sensible degrees. It emphasizes software instead of conception, and adventure instead of theology. even supposing Christian in assertion, the path bargains with common religious issues. It emphasizes that it's yet one model of the common curriculum. there are lots of others, this one differing from them in basic terms in shape. all of them result in God finally. The textual content is basically theoretical, and units forth the recommendations on which the Course's notion process relies. Its rules include the root for the Workbook's classes. with out the sensible software the Workbook offers, the textual content could stay principally a sequence of abstractions which might rarely suffice to lead to the idea reversal at which the direction goals. The Workbook comprises 365 classes, one for every day of the yr. it isn't useful, even though, to do the teachings at that pace, and one will need to stay with a very beautiful lesson for a couple of day. the sensible nature of the Workbook is underscored by way of the creation to its classes, which emphasizes adventure via program instead of a previous dedication to a religious target: many of the rules the workbook offers you can find not easy to think, and others could appear to be rather startling. this doesn't topic. you're only requested to use the guidelines as you're directed to do. you're not requested to pass judgement on them in any respect. you're requested purely to exploit them. it's their use that would supply them desiring to you, and should convey you that they're precise. ultimately, the guide for lecturers, that is written in query and solution shape, offers solutions to a couple of the much more likely questions a scholar may perhaps ask. it is also a explanation of a few of the phrases the direction makes use of, explaining them in the theoretical framework of the textual content. The path makes no declare to finality, nor are the Workbook classes meant to deliver the student's studying to final touch. on the finish, the reader is left within the arms of his or her personal inner instructor, Who will direct all next studying as He sees healthy.
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The fruit of only ONE tree was “ forbidden” to man in his symbolic garden. But GOD could not have forbidden it, or it could not have BEEN eaten. If God knows His children, and I assure you that He does, would He have put them in a position where their own destruction was possible? ” Yet God created knowledge, and gave it freely to His creations. The symbolism here has been given many interpretations, but you may be sure that ANY interpretation which sees either God OR His creations as capable of destroying their own Purpose is in error.
If the crucifixion is seen from an upside-down point of view, it DOES appear as if God permitted, and even encouraged, one of his Sons to suffer BECAUSE he was good. Many ministers preach this every day. This particularly unfortunate interpretation, which arose out of the combined misprojections of a large number of my would-be followers, has led many people to be bitterly afraid of God. This particularly anti-religious concept enters into many religions, and this is neither by chance nor by coincidence.
He became a PERCEIVER, rather than a creator in the true sense. Consciousness is correctly identified as the domain of the ego. The ego is a man-made attempt to perceive himself as he WISHED to be, rather than as he IS. This is an example of the created-creator confusion we have spoken of before. Yet man can only KNOW himself as he IS because that is all he can be SURE of. Everything else IS open to question. The ego is the questioning compartment in the postseparation psyche which man created for himself.