Course of Miracles

I read the ACIM in highschool. I look back to it every now and then. I've read some interesting commentary recently. I was reading about how the view of ACIM most closely aligns with Valentinianism which was a mild form of Gnosticism.
Anyone else.

Been a long time since I read/followed the course. Going thru lent now, omer next, maybe it is time for the course again?
I've never read any of the Course in Miracles books, although I did read a bit of Marianne Williamson's A Return to Love once.

Marianne Williamson said:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Apparently, this famous quote was written by Williamson in A Return to Love, and not penned/spoken by Nelson Mandela. It seems unclear if he ever made the speech in which it is attributed.

Marianne Williamson - Wikiquote

Anyone know about this? Just curious. Thanks. :)
Hi All,

What can we view as real and unreal in this world?

I found this interview very interesting:
The Spirit of Things - 11/03/01: A Course in Miracles


And I found the following one a lot more interesting.

The Definition of a Miracle

What is a miracle? Any dictionary compares it to a wonder, a supernatural deed, a prodigy. And according to religions, it is an act of God. I don't say, according to Theism, because one can be a theist without having to be a religious person. I don't say either, according to the Bible (Tanach), because it must be taken literally for miracles to be a work of God.

According to Baruch de Spinoza, to call a miracle an act of God is to bring God down to the level of an intellect still on the process of evolution. Then, a miracle would be synonymous with weakness in God. What seems to be a miracle for today's generation, could be explained in the next as simply a normal thing that happened, as Albert Einstein said in his book "Out of My Later Years" p. 220. "It is the goal of every activity of the intellect to convert a miracle into something which it has grasped."

How could a miracle be a miracle done by God on earth among men, when, according to Psalm 19:1, the universe, made out of billions of galaxies, and trillions of stars, so harmoniously organized reveals the handiworks of God? If God created the universe and still expands it, or add to it other universes, according to the theory of multi-universes, how could, for instance, the partition of the Red Sea have been a miracle of God?

Here I owe to atheists a footnote for whom to talk about Creation is tantamount to ignorance. Well, the famous astrophysicist Carl Sagan did the same in his book "Cosmos" p. 20, when he missed to add a footnote to the effect that it was according to religion or to the Bible that, "from Creation to the Flood" the period elapsed was of about 432,000 years or about 100 times longer than the OT chronology. The point here is not about the time but about the expression "from Creation to the Flood." Why would he say such thing without a footnote if the concept of probability was not in his mind that the universe or universes could be the work of a Creator?

The bottom line to conclude this thread is that if we contemplate the universe as God's handiwork, nothing done on earth among men is a miracle of God.

I think it is important to distinguish between what is Reality (Truth) from a fact or a condition in the world. Truth is of God, while the facts are just the effects of our thoughts.

Truth is changeless. Facts change all the time.

Continually focusing on Truth will set each of us free.

Blessings -

Rev. Della
This chapter of the Course in Miracle is my favorite. The chapter’s title is “the Anti Christ”. I was so taken by the writing and the message that I have made a video from it.

What is an idol? Do you think you know? For idols are unrecognized as such, and never seen for what they really are. That is the only power that they have. Their purpose is obscure, and they are feared and worshipped, both, because you do not know what they are for, and why they have been made. An idol is an image of your brother that you would value more than what he is. Idols are made that he may be replaced, no matter what their form. And it is this that never is perceived and recognized. Be it a body or a thing, a place, a situation or a circumstance, an object owned or wanted, or a right demanded or achieved, it is the same.
Let not their form deceive you. Idols are but substitutes for your reality. In some way, you believe they will complete your little self, for safety in a world perceived as dangerous, with forces massed against your confidence and peace of mind. They have the power to supply your lacks, and add the value that you do not have. No one believes in idols who has not enslaved himself to littleness and loss. And thus must seek beyond his little self for strength to raise his head, and stand apart from all the misery the world reflects. This is the penalty for looking not within for certainty and quiet calm that liberates you from the world, and lets you stand apart, in quiet and in peace.
An idol is a false impression, or a false belief; some form of anti-Christ, that constitutes a gap between the Christ and what you see. An idol is a wish, made tangible and given form, and thus perceived as real and seen outside the mind. Yet it is still a thought, and cannot leave the mind that is its source. Nor is its form apart from the idea it represents. All forms of anti-Christ oppose the Christ. And fall before His face like a dark veil that seems to shut you off from Him, alone in darkness. Yet the light is there. A cloud does not put out the sun. No more a veil can banish what it seems to separate, nor darken by one whit the light itself.
This world of idols is a veil across the face of Christ, because its purpose is to separate your brother from yourself. A dark and fearful purpose, yet a thought without the power to change one blade of grass from something living to a sign of death. Its form is nowhere, for its source abides within your mind where God abideth not. Where is this place where what is everywhere has been excluded and been kept apart? What hand could be held up to block God’s way? Whose voice could make demand He enter not? The “more-than-everything” is not a thing to make you tremble and to quail in fear. Christ’s enemy is nowhere. He can take no form in which he ever will be real.
What is an idol? Nothing! It must be believed before it seems to come to life, and given power that it may be feared. Its life and power are its believer’s gift, and this is what the miracle restores to what has life and power worthy of the gift of Heaven and eternal peace. The miracle does not restore the truth, the light the veil between has not put out. It merely lifts the veil, and lets the truth shine unencumbered, being what it is. It does not need belief to be itself, for it has been created; so it is.
An idol is established by belief, and when it is withdrawn the idol “dies.” This is the anti-Christ; the strange idea there is a power past omnipotence, a place beyond the infinite, a time transcending the eternal. Here the world of idols has been set by the idea this power and place and time are given form, and shape the world where the impossible has happened. Here the deathless come to die, the all-encompassing to suffer loss, the timeless to be made the slaves of time. Here does the changeless change; the peace of God, forever given to all living things, give way to chaos. And the Son of God, as perfect, sinless and as loving as his Father, come to hate a little while; to suffer pain and finally to die.
Where is an idol? Nowhere! Can there be a gap in what is infinite, a place where time can interrupt eternity? A place of darkness set where all is light, a dismal alcove separated off from what is endless, has no place to be. An idol is beyond where God has set all things forever, and has left no room for anything to be except His Will. Nothing and nowhere must an idol be, while God is everything and everywhere.
What purpose has an idol, then? What is it for? This is the only question that has many answers, each depending on the one of whom the question has been asked. The world believes in idols. No one comes unless he worshipped them, and still attempts to seek for one that yet might offer him a gift reality does not contain.
Each worshipper of idols harbors hope his special deities will give him more than other men possess. It must be more. It does not really matter more of what; more beauty, more intelligence, more wealth, or even more affliction and more pain. But more of something is an idol for. And when one fails another takes its place, with hope of finding more of something else. Be not deceived by forms the “something” takes. An idol is a means for getting more. And it is this that is against God’s Will.
God has not many Sons, but only One. Who can have more, and who be given less? It is for him the Holy Spirit speaks, and tells you idols have no purpose here. For more than Heaven can you never have. If Heaven is within, why would you seek for idols that would make of Heaven less, to give you more than God bestowed upon your brother and on you, as one with Him? God gave you all there is. And to be sure you could not lose it, did He also give the same to every living thing as well. And thus is every living thing a part of you, as of Himself. No idol can establish you as more than God. But you will never be content with being less.”