It’s Day 2/3 in A Course in Miracles and I can tell right off the bat, it’s going to be important to read it every single day. Missing a day is significant. Just in missing one day I became somewhat disconnected from it… from its meaning… from its significance… from its why.
The why of even reading it got shuffled under every life circumstance.
No doubt there are always countless things to busy ourselves. Family. Work. Even late night tv. But opening it again today I was reminded almost instantly of the significance of the work.
Reading A Course in Miracles is a deep work, and it takes commitment for sure. I was going back through the preface and seeing what I had highlighted.
Typically I don’t highlight or take notes in books, and actually, I typically don’t read books. As a mom of a small child, I rely on audible and car rides to get my fill. I love, love, love books on spiritual growth, personal development and the like. But actually sitting down with a physical book in hand and reading in solitude, taking notes… that feels strange to me.
But strange in a good way. It feels serious. It feels dedicated. It feels like being a student – another love of mine.
I seem to be addicted to or seriously enamored with the idea of education and cannot seem to stop enrolling in classes. I remember after finishing my master’s degree in education (which took three years as I was working full-time and attending classes in the evening) there were numerous professional development opportunities.
And I had not been a stay at home mom even two years when I got the itch to go back to school again. That’s when I joined the coaching program over at Duke IM at the university and fell in love with coaching. And here I am, getting the itch for education again.
But, as you know, A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is inner work. Spiritual education.
Here’s what I’ve loved so far in ACIM and a few notes:
There are two perspectives from which we live our lives. Knowledge and Perception
Knowledge is Truth – It is what is real. The love of God, for instance is truth. It is unchanging, eternal and unalterable. It is the ‘law of love of God’.
Perception is What we Believe to be True – It is what we perceive. It is meaning we attach to things that are subject to our own biases, our own egos, our own perspectives. It is a word of ‘time, change, beginnings and endings’ and is based on interpretations, not facts. It’s founded in a belief in scarcity, loss, separation and death.
I honestly feel I could quote the entire book because it’s just that good. So many powerful statements to contemplate.
This is not a fast read. The fact that I dedicated time to reading and yet only made it through the preface on the first day is testament to the fact that it’s the kind of text you read, re-read, sit and think about, read again and take notes on. This is slow work. This feels like beautiful work.
“When you have been caught in the world of perception you are caught in a dream.” Ah, how true!
“The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference – the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our mind. ‘Projection makes perception.'”
From this comes the notion of forgiveness. And I’ve never before heard forgiveness described in this way. It is a self-forgiveness, but not for what you may think.
Not for wrong deeds, or for the guilts you carry. It is a forgiveness of allowing ourselves to be caught in the world of perception, and to then acknowledge the truth.
More about this forgiveness concept as we go. I think it’s a big one.
Want more? You can certainly keep reading. 🙂