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An Overview of a Course in Miracles: Introduction to the Course-What Beginners Need to Know Paperback – June 4, 2011
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Yes, I was familiar with much of it, but the condensed format of essential themes of the Course was really beneficial. It is another skill and level entirely to move out of the daily experience of the Course and get a bird's eye view of inherent patterns. The Course is so extensive, deep and detailed that an overview becomes a very useful tool in the proverbial toolbox, weaving a more cohesive understanding of what this great work actually teaches and how it compares to other world views.
There were some key concepts that were surprising and clarifying that I had never noticed or put together on my own. The main one was that Holy Spirit took form as blazing light. Wow. And there was a compilation and discussion of other passages about the light that I found very helpful. There is a discussion of what aspects of the Course are Eastern in origin and what comes from Western tradition, as well as teachings unique to the Course. The presentation on the Course's teaching about karma was something I had never picked up and integrated, so that was a bit of a shock, as well as valuable! I also greatly appreciated being shown the oneness of many seemingly separate ideas highlighted in the Course. I realized my mind had been trying to keep them defined and apart, while the Course was inductively modeling oneness for me!
Having read "Overview," I am interested in continuing along the author's line of thought with the 2nd book in the series, "Seven Keys to Heaven," which goes into greater depth about the mystical aspects of the Course. I am also looking forward to greater integration of East and West in the "Christian Meditation" book.
I thank Don for his mastery of the subject matter and the very readable, forthright presentation!
As I read this book I could more and more see the author's emphasis is on the inner Light, and how it is taught in the Course. I really do think many people have looked at this as being figurative. I have some inner experience of this myself, so I understand.
It's really exciting to see ACIM from this angle. I'm exceedingly happy to have come upon this book. The section on Light, brings me back to my days in my thirties when I was reading Patanjeli's Yoga Sutras.
This book is excellent!! I think everyone studying ACIM should read it!