I am one of the founding members of Course in Miracles Society [CIMS] publishers of A Course in Miracles: Workbook for Students/Manual for Teachers and have been a Course student since 1983. For me, A Course of Love: Combined Volume is a GIFT from the Right Mind that we all share, given to everyONE of us who opens their Heart to its message. It is not for everyone, however, since it requires a degree of relinquishment, much like A Course in Miracles. It requires that you come from the “not-knowing” place, releasing all prior thoughts and concepts, and begin with an empty slate.
It is a gift given by Love to Love --- not to tag along with any previous offering, but to add to the store of GIFTS we are receiving joyfully, as we open the way to LOVE.
This GIFT is for everyOne, including those who have embraced the Principles of A Course in Miracles as a remembrance of what they have always known in their Heart of Hearts, the very center of their Soul.
With this offering from Mari Perron, students of A Course of Love, as well as students of A Course in Miracles, are in receipt of LOVE from their very Source, as it clears away the mists of misperception and brings exquisite clarity.
In Lesson 188, we read: “3 The peace of God is shining in you now and from your heart extends around the world. It pauses to caress each living thing and leave a blessing with it which remains forever and forever. What it gives must be eternal. It removes all thoughts of the ephemeral and valueless. It brings renewal to all tired hearts and lights all vision as it passes by. All of its gifts are given everyone, and everyone unites in giving thanks to you who give and you who have received.”
How beautiful this RENEWAL is of the world we made. The peace of God “brings renewal to all tired hearts and lights all vision as it passes by.” [ACIM W.188] And this is what is also expressed in the Treatises of A Course of Love. “Thus are we one in a relationship of love and peace that is our eternal home. Welcome home my brothers and sisters in Christ. Welcome home.” T1:10.15
The essence of this renewal is the claiming of our power as the Son of God, just as our Elder Brother Jesus came to do. And this is expressed so beautifully in THE PRELUDE of A Course of Love:
“Knowing your Self as who you really are is the only thing that will allow you to quit fearing your power. Jesus accepted his power and so brought the power of heaven to earth. This is what the Christ in you can teach you to do. This is miracle-mindedness. This is love.” C.P.37
How wonderful that A Course of Love looks on relationship in the same way it is looked upon in A Course in Miracles, as it tells us: “Reality, the truly real, is relationship.” And in ACIM we learned:
64 This is the function of your holy relationship. For what one thinks the other will experience with him. What can this mean except your minds are one? Look not with fear upon this happy fact and think not that it lays a heavy burden on you. For when you have accepted it with gladness, you will realize that your relationship is a reflection of the union of the Creator and His Son. From loving minds there is no separation. And every thought in one brings gladness to the other because they are the same. Joy is unlimited because each shining thought of love extends its being and creates more of itself. There is no difference anywhere in it, for every thought is like itself. ACIM OE T.22.VII.64
How blessed we are to have A Course of Love – It is truly a gift from Love to Love.