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From Marianne Williamson, author of "A Course in Miracles" and many others inspirational, spiritual books.
September 11, 2001
During this awful hour, we pray for those who lost their lives and the lives of their loved ones in today's tragic attacks. May God's love and wisdom prevail. Please, dear God, protect the people of the world.
May the pain and sorrow that we feel today, and witness in others, be the spiritual springboard for powerful prayers for peace. In each of us, there lies a divine connection to a power more powerful than hate or violence. Today is the day to attune to that power, and use it on behalf of peace on earth.
Join with others in your own family or community to allow the power of 'two or more gathered' to call down the miraculous elixir of a loving God. May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. Our God is a God of justice, and His justice is rooted in love. Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord' means that God has His own way of righting wrongs, and they are not our ways. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.
Dear God, Please bring your Light Into the darkened corners Of our world today. May Divine Love Cast out all fear, And peace prevail on earth. Forgive us, Oh God, For our errors. Forgive others for theirs, As well. Please help us, God. Amen.
God bless you all. I am joined with you in prayer.
10-12-2001, 06:01 PM
Just curious Pam, have you read "A Course in Miracles?"
I always pick it up and flip through it when I'm in my New Age section at Borders or B&N. Actually, I would have purchased it by now, if I didn't already have 20 other books needing to be read first (not kidding about this) :eek:
I'm also being stared at, by a pile of books that have been started, that are begging to be finished ;)
No, I have not read it, but I had a boss and mentor in the 80's that lived and breathed it, and was a "born again reform Jew" (my term for a Jew who was never really religious OR spiritual but really got into Judaism as he matured) if you can believe that. We used to have the most amazing conversations.
10-12-2001, 11:40 PM
Thanks, Pam for posting the following quote: "for powerful prayers for peace. In each of us, there lies a divine connection to a power more powerful than hate or violence. Today is the day to attune to that power, and use it on behalf of peace on earth."
I agree totally with this message. I think John Edward has been saying this to us also since 9/11. We need to continue to connect to the divine power for peace and not for revenge.
10-31-2001, 05:03 PM
'A Course in Miracles' was "scribed" by Dr. Helen Schuman through a process of inner dictation she identified as coming from Jesus. A clinical and research psychologist and tenured Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, she was assisted by Dr. William Thetford, her department head, who was also a tenured Professor of Medical Psychology at the Medical Center where they both worked.
'A Course in Miracles' is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal love and peace is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. Though the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality, a universal spiritual teaching...not a religion.
Though it has been over a decade since I studied the Course, the lessons I learned are still retained. And regardless of what name we attach to the Divine, the message is the same...open your heart and mind to the natural inheritance of love's presence and inner peace.
Marianne Williamson wrote 'A Return to Love...Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles'. The purpose of her writing this text was to share what she learned from 'A Course in Miracles'. Williamson discusses the basic principles as she understands them and relates them to various issues that affect our daily lives. The book is written as a guide to the "miraculous application of love as a balm on every wound". I found this book to be very easy reading and suggest it for everyone...regardless of religion, path, faith, ethnicity. While the context was Christian based, I, being pagan, had no problem following the messages given. I highly endorse this publication and guarantee you will not be disappointed with having it amongst your library of books.
10-31-2001, 06:17 PM
Exactly. Helen Schuman transcribed the messages from A Course in Miracles, not Marianne Williams, supposedly dictated (automatic writing) from Jesus. I do not think it is an easy book to get through. My sister took a Course in Miracles maybe 20 yrs ago and gave me a set of the 2 vol book. I have to say I have yet to get thru it entirely, but to look at it and handle it, it is as tho you are reading the Bible. It is an astounding book. And I do believe you need to take a Course in it to apply it directly. It is mainly centered on forgiveness and for this reason, my other sister won't touch it. But it is beautiful. Just read how this book came about nd it will astound you. It is too perfect not to have to believe it came about as automatic writing and the words of Jesus. My books are in storage, having moved recently, but I had forgotten about it and wish I had it now. Incidentally, Helen Schuman is a member of the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Englightenment.
I don't know how Marianne Williams can claim she is the author of the Course in Miracles. But read the introduction and you will learn how the book came into being. Whatever, it's profound.
10-31-2001, 06:34 PM
In the 80s and 90's the Unity Church was the place where A Course in Miracles was most often taught. I remember looking for a Unity Church near me back then. My sister was a member of that church and Unity believes in reincarnation and other spiritual beliefs. My sis's chuch in Walnut Creek, CA had lectures by prominent persons, such as Hugh Lynn Cayce, Edgar's son, and so many interesting things going on back then. The pastor of that Unity Church was a brilliant, talented progressive woman who, among other things, took members on a tour of Machu Pichu in Peru. In the mid-80's she was shot by an intruder in her home and the killer was never found. I think it was probably some fundamentalist Christian or whomever who just resented her teachings on karma, reincarnation, so foreign to many Christian churches. It was a great loss to the citizens of Walnet Creek, an upscale, progressive community. When these things happen, it's scary. - Chu
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