I’ve started reading A Course in Miracles. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It’s different, liberating, amazing. The combination between two of my most passionate interests – matters of the mind, and the mysteries of God. Or, for the last one, – since I know humans can’t yet completely understand God – better said, clarifications about the God-human affiliation.
The things I do understand in this Course – because there are some that are difficult to grasp – but the things I do get, bring me so much clarity and freedom of mind.
There are many questions I’ve had over years about religion and religions, about our position relative to God, and about who we are. At least, this book gives me some logical answers that take into account the unseen spiritual part of us. I don’t know if everything is correct and true, and I don’t want to assess this just yet, but the explanations about these matters are like nothing else I’ve ever heard of before. This combination between psychology and religion, approached from a non-denominational point of view, is bliss to my ears, my mind, and my soul.
It already helped me to view life and myself in a different way in some aspects, though I’m just at the beginning of the book – chapter 5 of 31. It’s not an easy read. Sometimes, I need to read paragraphs and sections multiple times to understand what it wants to say. And some other times, I need to go back and forth between pages, to reread concepts that were mentioned before.
I’ve heard people say that for each person there is a way that best fits them to approach or understand God. If this is the way that best fits me, it’s appropriate, because it forces me to fight my tendency to be lazy and my proneness to get what I want without much effort. Because I’ve been spoiled in some aspects of life, but with things that don’t make me feel fully satisfied, nor completely happy. Maybe this is one of the lessons that I need to learn, that I have to put in sustainable effort for the things which are truly valuable, which are of real worth in life and bring true happiness.
And reading this book is a project that will take deliberate and intentional effort, for sure. Not only that you need to focus and concentrate to understand what you are reading, but it’s voluminous. It has almost 2000 pages, and about one-third of it is a workbook with daily writings that are to be studied and practiced every day, over a period of one year. For now, I’m reading the text that is the other two-thirds of the book.
If you are willing to embark on such a journey, I fully recommend this version of A Course in Miracles to anyone who wants to understand the human mind and this world from a spiritual point of view.