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How to Work Miracles:

Living the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Five-Part Online Course with Marianne Williamson

To effect real change in our lives, we must change our perceptions. And such a fundamental shift in thinking, from change on the level of effect to change on the level of cause, is a miracle. By making such changes we ourselves become miracle-workers — with the ability to change not only ourselves but also the world around us.

Whether you’re a student of A Course in Miracles or someone who hasn’t really delved in yet: if you want guidance on how to live the principles of the Course – including the option of an online community of like-minded companions doing the same – Marianne Williamson’s online course is for you.

Overview

Topics Covered in this Course:

Working Miracles: The Plan of the Teachers of God
A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love, delivering us from the mental tyranny of obsession with past or future to the inner peace of a Holy Instant. All of us are called to be part of a Great Awakening on the earth today, as we change our thinking and thus change the world.

Miraculous Relationships
Relationships are assignments, in which people are brought together with maximal opportunities for soul growth. Relationships are either conduits of love or conduits of fear, with the power to either heal or hurt.

The Role of the Holy Spirit
God has placed within our minds an Internal Teacher, with the power to take us back to love when we are lost in fear. The Holy Spirit is a “gentle bridge of perception,” authorized to return us to inner peace when we willingly place our thinking under His guidance.

Real Forgiveness
We can have a grievance or we can have a miracle, but we cannot have both. When we’re willing to overlook the guilt in our brother to the innocence which lies beyond, we are freed from the pain of guilt that we otherwise project onto ourselves.

The Salvation of the World
The only thing to be saved from is our own fear-based thinking. The healing of the Son of God lies in dismantling of the ego’s thought system that now dominates the world, and accepting instead the divine Alternative of the Holy Spirit’s love.

About the Course Experience:

  • The body of the course consists of five instructional videos from Marianne, where she guides us through the main principles of A Course in Miracles.
  • There is an Private Online Community Forum for participants to share their experiences and support each other in learning and practicing the ideas in the course.
  • Recordings of two online calls with Marianne where she expounded on the ideas in the course, answered questions, and did live coaching with original course participants are included.
  • Bonus Material Includes: The Basics of A Course in Miracles two-part lecture series in downloadable audio, Miraculous Relationships lecture on video, The Meaning of Forgiveness lecture on Video, Living Without Fear lecture on Video.
  • Audio downloads of the course videos are also included.
  • You will enjoy lifetime, permanent access to all materials

Join Marianne as she walks you through the main ideas in A Course in Miracles, clarifying its principles to make their practical application more simple. Allow this course to remind you of the keys to miracle-mindedness and how they can transform your life forever.

Extending Your Perception

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A Course in Miracles says we think we have many different problems but we really only have one, and that is our separation from God. Not that the separation really exists, but we think it does. And to the extent that we allow ourselves to be separate from one another, to that extent we feel separate from God.

On the level of Mind there’s only a vast sea of oneness, in which all of us are one with God and with each other. Every thought of attack, defense, blame, judgment, guilt, superiority, inferiority, whatever other walls the ego erects, keeps us from inner peace because it keeps us from our experience of the love that is who we are.

I had a healing session the other day where someone told me that I have to forgive everyone. Everyone. It has taken me on a journey facing my resistance to doing that. Who wants to forgive someone we just don’t like? But forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning. It just means realizing that the personality self is like a veil that stands before the light of who we truly are. That that’s the truth of other people and the truth of who we are as well.

It’s so exhausting, so embittering to carry around hate and judgement and blame. I find that in those moments when I achieve the realm of true forgiveness, I feel so much lighter and more relaxed. That doesn’t mean I agree with someone I didn’t agree with before. Forgiveness doesn’t destroy your brain cells or make you less intelligent. It doesn’t take away your passion to make the world a better place. But it takes you to a place beyond this world, and from there you can better heal it.

The Course says you can extend your perception beyond what your eyes can see, to what your heart knows to be true. And in closing the gap between yourself and another, you help heal the world by healing your mind.

I used to do an exercise in my seminars where I would ask people to think of  the person towards whom they had the greatest judgment, then we would do a meditation where you had to  wash that person’s feet.

Much to think about these days. Much to ponder, much to forgive, and much to do.

Contemplate More, React Less

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The writer’s life is by definition contemplative.

I have a book due at the end of next year, plus I’m about to do a regular twice-a-month column for a magazine. So it’s time to get my writer’s hat back onto my head.

The writer and activist inhabit different parts of the brain, yet in my case they feed off each other. I’m out there doing things I have written about, and I write about things that I learned because I’m out there doing them. I don’t think Americans do enough just sitting around doing nothing – and I’m not kidding.

The word contemplative shouldn’t only apply to some special retreat we go to. It should apply, I think, to a part of each day. We should “contemplate” more, so we’d react less. The French philosopher Blaise Pascal said “every problem in the world can be traced to man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

That’s why we’re mindless in places where we should be mindful. We’re lured to the periphery of things by so much false data, so much illusion and deception of the mortal ego, when all we have to do sometimes is simply sit there and come home to ourselves.

Stop spinning. Center. Gaze at a flower. Pray for peace. Be real with yourself.

It’s a blessing in disguise perhaps that we can’t do quite as much running around these days. Sometimes we’re like chickens running around with our heads chopped off, doing but hardly being.

And now, with the quarantine, there’s a lot less doing and perhaps there will be a lot more actual being. We need that, because we need a reset. We need to turn off our minds and turn them on again. So just “be” today.

More than anything else, just be. I will if you will.

The world could be a quieter place for all of us, and that would be good…

Resisting Hopelessness

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Today we are called to resist hopelessness.

It would be easy to slip into hopelessness now, to resign ourselves to the idea that the concentrated assaults on everything from the planet to our democracy have succeeded to such a degree that it’s no longer possible to stop them.

Yet it is exactly that hopelessness we must resist now, even more than we must resist the forces that seem so intent on bringing us down. Our hopelessness is only called for if in fact miracles are not possible, and because they are, there is no cause for hopelessness.

Hope springs eternal because life springs eternal, and life abounds with possibility. We have within us the capacity to change things, but only if we are willing to change ourselves. We have written the human story that now unfolds in front of us, and the only way we can change the story is if we are willing to rewrite it.

We wrote the story of a country that had everything, was given everything, was blessed beyond comprehension and yet chose to sell our souls to the highest dollar. We wrote the story of a country that put economics before love, sales before ethics, and our government on the bidding block. We wrote the story of a country that has treated the earth with lack of reverence, democracy as though we could take it for granted, and justice as though it only mattered if the issue was applying it to ourselves.

We wrote that story, and now we can write another one. But we can only do that if we are willing to recognize that all of us, to some degree, have been co-creators of the one we have now, atone for our heartlessness to each other and our arrogance before our Creator, and get to work on cleaning up this mess and re-creating the world.

Hope is a moral imperative, and cynicism is just an excuse for not helping. We have no choice but to recreate our civilization.

I know many of us feel the urgency of this moment, the radicalism at the heart of what we’re being called to do. For it is not incremental, it is a-historic; jumping out of the timeline of what is to be expected, off the scale in the amount of light it calls forth as much as political and weather storms are off the scale in terms of darkness.

This new world cannot be forced, any more than it can be rationally calculated; it can only be invoked into expression by the deepest kind of reverance. Invocation is the priest and priestess’ task, and that is what all of us are being called to be right now.

When I was a little girl, I used to ask God what I was supposed to be when I grew up. I would always see the word “priest,” but I thought it was weird…obviously impossible, because Jews don’t have priests. Then I grew up to realize that indeed they did in the Old Testament, and even more importantly, that the priest is anyone who invokes into expression the unlimited possibilities that emerge from the field of ultimate Reality. All of us are recruits for the new priesthood, no matter what we do, needed to invoke into expression the unlimited possibilities inherent in the Mind of God. Yet they remain un-manifest until we have the courage to invoke them.

Like ancient priestesses at Delphi, let us summon all our powers of multi-dimensional knowing, emerge from the narrow and shallow casing of a mechanistic worldview, throw off the chains of a rationalistic approach to life, and remember we are co-creators of our future. We are not victims here; we’re merely reaping what we’ve sowed. And we can sow anew. We are here to create the good, the true, and the beautiful, and anything less than that is short of our purpose and our mission in this life.

Each of us is endowed with an internal guidance system, and if we ask within what we’re to do, we will be guided. We will be told what to do and we will be told how to do it. We will be led to each other and we will collaborate in miraculous ways. We will dwell within the golden Light of a higher kind of knowing. We will know, and we will do.

SPOTLIGHT ON…Candidates to Watch

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Marianne Endorses

If we want a visionary government then we have to support visionary candidates.

Liam O'Mara

US House, CA-42

Mike Broihier

US Senate, KY

Eva Putzova

US House, AZ-01

Mark Robin Wilt

US House, NY-25

Mckayla Wilkes

US House, MD-05

Michael Owens

US House, GA-13

Julie Oliver

US House, TX-25

Rebecca Parson

US House, WA-06

Tom Winter

US House, MT-AL

Betsy Sweet

US Senate, ME

J.D. Scholten

US House, IA-04

Shahid Buttar

US House, CA-12

Tomas Ramos

US House, NY-15

Mike Siegel

US House, TX-10

David Kim

US House, CA-34

Tom Guild

US House, OK-05

Jim Harper

US House, IN-01

Nabilah Islam

US House, GA-07

Lauren Ashcraft

US House, NY-12

Hector Oseguera

US House, NJ-08

Shaniyat Chowdhury

US House, NY-05

Teresa Tomlinson

US Senate, GA

Andrew Romanoff

US Senate, CO

Lisa Ring

US House, GA-01

An Integrative Effort

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Doctors, nurses and scientists are Army ground troops.

Government leaders and economists are the Navy.

Spiritual practitioners and therapists are the Air Force.

It’s an integrative effort, and co-ordinating them all is the motivation behind them: to save lives, to continue the human race, to provide for a better future. Far too often we don’t think about those things in more than cursory ways, but boy we do now. All of a sudden we get that life is so precious. This is a horrible occurrence but it’s teaching us some valuable lessons. And with those lessons come our preparedness for miracles. With every loving thought we are co-creating a field of miracle- readiness.

There’s a line in A Course in Miracles: “Miracles are everyone’s right but purification is necessary.” That is as true collectively as it is individually. It’s time to purify our civilization of the greed, the selfishness, the separation, the irresponsibility, the mean-spiritedness, the violence, the fear that is the spiritual pandemic of our age.

Ridding the world of the disease within, it will be easier to heal the disease without.