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Evaluating the Course

A Course in Miracles — what a curious name! But if ever there was an occasion not to judge a book by its cover, this may be it. For despite its curious title and origins, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, from all around the world are studying the Course, and finding it more than a match, not only for their intellect, but also for their deepest spiritual longings. Many notable thinkers—including Glen Olds, the former president of Kent State University, Willis Harman, former professor of Engineering at Stanford University, and Ken Wilber, one of the world’s foremost philosophers and scholars of religion—have described the Course in extremely positive terms, and compared it favorably with the world’s great contemplative traditions…

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I-Did-It-to-Me

Mother Teresa once made a remark that got my attention. She started out by referencing the well known chapter in the Bible from Matthew where Jesus is quoted as saying, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you did it to me.” She went on to add that before we go to bed at night, we should ask, “What did I do to Jesus today? For whatever we offered another, we offered to him.” She emphasized this point by saying these five words…

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Making the Team

In four years’ time, Jimmy Johnson (coach of the Dallas Cowboys) had led his team out of last place to win the 1993 Super Bowl. Now, I am not a sports aficionado, but I remember reading about this phenomenal feat and Johnson’s explanation for the reversal. Johnson, when asked how he accomplished this remarkable achievement, said…

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Miracles for the Spiritually Challenged

The human opportunity is to transform
flashes of illumination into abiding light.
– Huston Smith

The problem is how to turn a rocket scientist into a human being – because a human being can experience more meaning in life and more peace of mind than a rocket scientist. After more than sixty trips around the sun, I awakened one day to find my motivation box completely empty. I could hardly find the energy to open my eyes…

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The Light Has Come

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
– Chinese Proverb

Can all of this truly come from light? Yes, according to every great spiritual teaching…

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Our Higher Loyalty

Like him or not, former FBI director James Comey has been in the media recently with the release of his book, A Higher Loyalty. I’m not interested in making any judgments about him other than to say that I found his interviews interesting and informative. During one particular conversation with late night host Stephen Colbert, Comey shared a fascinating insight…

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Explore R.W. Ranch

The 900-acre R.W. Ranch in Lucerne Valley, California is the setting for our 2018 Holy Encounter Retreat. Watch our new video to explore this breathtaking location and imagine yourself relaxing with other students of the Course from around the world as you enjoy gourmet meals, upscale accommodations, and inspiring presentations.

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Miracle Mug Offer

Our Holy Helpers make a monthly gift to the Center to guarantee that its many services are readily available to those in need. Since 1978, our monthly donors have formed the backbone of our work, ensuring we are here for others into the future. Now when you become a new Holy Helper, we will send you this inspirational Miracle Mug.

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Happy as You Make Up Your Mind to Be

I have always liked this quote by Lincoln, but when I first read it, I didn’t believe it was from him. He never seemed happy to me, and why would he have been? When he was a boy, his mother and sisters died. His father treated him like an indentured servant, renting him out to work for people to make money. As president, he faced a country divided, a war that caused the death of an entire generation of young men, and the hostility of taking a stand against slavery. He had a terrible personal life, including the death of a child and a bipolar wife. Lincoln suffered from severe melancholia; had he been alive today, he’d probably be on some sort of antidepressant. Why go on? Well, he made up his mind to…

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Lessons from Honey Bees

I recently read a newspaper article about the death of billions of honeybees. Researchers are trying to determine why the bees are dying at such an alarming rate. The motivation for the research is the fact that these worker bees are responsible for the monumental task of pollinating $14.6 billion worth of the nation’s fruit and vegetable crops annually. Here is yet another example of how…

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