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5.0 out of 5 stars No one can ever hurt you unless you want something from them, June 23, 2008
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This review is from: A Course in Miracles: Only Complete Edition-Preface, Text, Student Workbook, Teachers Manual, Clarification of Terms, & Supplements, 3rd edition (Paperback)
"You will not see the Father until you first see the perfection of your holy brother". The language is that of classic western theology, but that's where the similarity ends. I read this work years ago, and with considerable effort. I haven't been the same since. It lead to other books and teachers that I had previously thought to be unbalanced or worse. This book marks a turning point in the lives of many because by the time you finish it, you are able to perceive and understand much which had previously escaped you. And this has a domino-effect which changes the way that you experience reality. Of course, everyone's experience will be at least somewhat different, if not totally different. This massive and powerful volume was not a pleasurable read for me, it hurt. I felt an almost continual and irrational fear in my gut throughout most of it. My ego was terrified by the intense exposure. As cliche as it may sound, it felt like a part of me was dying. But here I am, and certainly the better for it. The greatest benefit for me has been the elimination of confusion, who should I believe, what should I believe. I no longer look outside of myself for answers. This review is for anyone for whom it may resonate. If you get this book and find that you hate it, or don't understand it, or just can't handle it for some reason, just put it aside, store it in a safe place. Don't ever part with it.
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Initial post: Feb 8, 2009 6:30:02 AM PST
Mary K. Hall says:
Your experience with the Course sounds a lot like my own. I think the best thing about it is it dispells confusion. What a freeing gift that is!

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 1:09:15 PM PDT
I am stymied by the use of numbers throughout the "text" section of the book. At first I thought they were footnotes or endnotes, but I cannot locate any text in the book for the notes the numbers refer to. Plus, the numbers are to the left of a word, not to the right as with normal noting. There seems to be no explanation of these numbers in this edition.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2013 10:16:10 AM PDT
Pauly says:
Hello, ... I know what you are referring too, .. but I wasn't stymied by it, .. I just didn't look into it. I would think that a properly worded search would net results. There is a great deal about "A Course" online. .... I'm sure you will find satisfaction if you search a bit. Best of luck

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2013 7:11:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 6, 2013 7:15:07 PM PDT
Thanx for the reply. The Foundation for Inner Peace replied to an email I sent them. The numbers are only for place markers. They are akin to Verse numbers in the Bible, so that folks can refer others to specific passages, and not tied to page numbers, which vary among differing versions.

And by the way, thanx for this review. "it felt like a part of me was dying". That makes total sense in reference to what I studied about ego diminishment/transcendence. I am a new student and finding the text challenging. Glad to know of your experience!

jim
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