Course In Miracles

Excerpt from Chapter 14 - Evaluating Spiritual Disciplines

* Course In Miracles

Psychologist Helen Schucman channeled A Course in Miracles. She claimed the source of her channeling was Jesus Christ. Using Christian terminology, but not the teachings of specific Christian sects, A Course in Miracles has been popular with those who have been dissatisfied with organized Christianity. For those not wishing to stray too far from conventional Christianity, it has been a workable and useful system. The basic premise, that miracles are possible for all, is a valuable idea and is similar to the "getting what you want" ideas discussed above. Valuable too are such ideas as the "real purpose of this world is to use it to correct your unbelief" (1996, p. 14) and "all aspects of fear are untrue" (1996, p. 14).

Many details, suggestions and paths, however, are not to my taste. For example, a central theme is forgiveness: "To forgive is to remember only the loving thoughts you gave in the past and those that were given to you" (1996, p. 354). In my opinion, this promotes a poor psychology in which painful or difficult issues and feelings are swept under the rug when one remembers "only the loving thoughts." This system is popular with those trapped by "one-size-fits-all" and "feeling good" (Chapter 5). Unless A Course in Miracles has strong appeal for you, I suggest you pass it by.

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© 2008 by Thayer White
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Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "My judgments as to the possibility or impossibility of a future event can be as tyrannical as my other right/ wrong and good/ bad judgments discussed earlier in this chapter. If I judge that event to be impossible, then it likely will be impossible for me. Yet if I judged it as possible, it might be."