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Not recommended, and i'll tell you why in a sensible way
on 14 February 2015
I have spent 50 years of my life being taught about a Christian god, and studying other religions, meditating, believing that there is a benevolent being at the heart of existence. I've been through phases of belief and of looking into other religions for validation of what I believe, or to learn what they have to offer. I have been sorely disappointed by how they fail to give any reasonable means of addressing the questions that we all find most troubling and most significant. This book promises to take you to that kind of place, where you will feel, experience and know what is truth, and where you will experience miracles.
Now, I know that miracles are in fact things we see every day which we do not understand--the nuanced glances between people who care for each other, the sensations we encounter when smelling a rose or listening to a great work of music, for example. The roar of the ocean that vibrates our bones, the lulling song of cicadas on a summer night. Science can go a long way to helping us understand those. Based upon that, I think that by experiencing something, AND at the same time having sensible and reasonable explanations of what it is and what causes it to happen, we can take a 'Course in Miracles'.
No stranger to meditation and deep contemplation or philosophy or indeed a childhood and adulthood surrounded by people of faith, I tried to reconnect my adult, educated reason and my heart's longing for meaning. This book was one way I hoped to do that. By about half-way through, I felt thoroughly brainwashed, and an unwelcome sense that it was all coming to one big mess I would have to then untangle for many more months or years in order to get healthy again. Not only that, but the instructions, which are given to the 'student' in a manner which implies right and wrong or at least obligation to the truth, god, and yourself became more and more disassociative on the one hand, and morally and ethically dissonant to me as a deeply responsible and respectful, ethical person in this world. Since attempting to use the book on two occasions separated by about 8 years or so, I threw it away after the last near completion of the 'Course' (and I also had read from websites that amplified and supported the book.) I did not give it away, because so strong was my conviction that its philosophy and methodology would lead someone deeper into the morass of religious and so-called spiritual confusion, that I did not want it to come to any other person who would be so affected if they used it.
I do not recommend this book or the pseudo-psychology, pseudo-religious premises upon which it is based. If you like to take someone's word for it that god or angels, or other celestial beings have spoken to them and told them how to instruct you to think and to believe, then by all means you will be absolutely susceptible to this and every other new agey, wealthy and seeking more fame and wealth modern gurus who promote it. I'm done with the lot and have decided to be a reasoned, rational, and moderate individual with ethics and morality as my cornerstone--not some convoluted mind game of a religious nature.
If you do some research into the communities and celebrities that promote this book and others like it, you will find some very wealthy individuals who charge hundreds of dollars for consultations and speaking engagements which are promoted to the general public and at ticket prices that are quite out of range of the frugal, average person. They seem to have an endless stream of so-called 'spiritual' wisdom and 'guidance' so that nobody ever would reach the end of courses, conventions, workshops, and reading materials which must be purchased from them. If they are so keen on transforming the world and bringing about enlightenment and happiness and peace, then why don't they do so with little or no profit for themselves and their various commercial companies and organizations.
Read the back covers and forewards of any 30 of the books in the Mind-Body-Spirit section of a bookshore and you will no doubt find that at least half of those are being promoted and mutually supported by others who write the same stuff. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. I am willing to bet that they are all millionaires, because they have been around a long time and they never stop pushing this stuff on people who are in need of emotional and spiritual solutions for the NORMAL and difficult things that are part of the human condition.
They will promise you healing, cleansing, renewal, enlightenment, and all the rest. Do you know anyone who you can be certain is an example of that kind of result? i doubt it. I have not met a single one. So I now have decided to forego the lot and be the happy person I know I can be while still fully understanding that we all have to deal with and witness sickness, death, violence, greed and corruption.