A Course In Miracles: Truth or Cult? A Student Responds...
Can You Really Ever Know "Truth?"
(And now, it is December 27, 2013. The comments still trickle in. Thanks again for the ongoing interest and please keep the comments coming. It helps me to reorganize my thinking and to update any of my own ignorances!!)
(June 17, 2012: I've been going over all the comments here at this post and am gratified to know that I achieved my goal, that is, in bringing attention to ACIM in a way that helps present a lot of different views. If you're reading this for the first time, please leave a new comment sharing your perspective. If you have returned, leave a new comment as well. The doors remain open.)
The following quote comes from a recent news release announcing:
"A Course In Miracles is an effect of supra-consciousness, that is, with Jesus Christ as its true Causation. The acceptance or admission that A Course In Miracles originated from an absolutely unearthly source, while it appears simple, is the single most difficult barrier to enlightenment the immature consciousness faces. No matter how overwhelmingly predominant the evidence, both in method of origination and in content that this is indeed so, the assertion is finally inevitably an act of faith [Bold added by this post author]. You must remember that human conceptual consciousness is explicitly formulated in a self-perpetuating structure of thought that denies singularity. Nothing could be more devastating to the dualistic mind construct, that is limited perceptual reality, than the realization that A Course in Miracles is indeed not of this world* but actually Truth speaking to falsity. In other words God-man speaking to man."
I studied the Course for a number of years and I will admit, there's a lot of good stuff in it. But is it Truth with a capital 'T'? As the bold portion proclaims, ultimately it is an act of faith. And therein lies the challenge. Every religion or religious movement will tell its followers that it requires an act of supreme faith in order to "get" what the movement is saying or teaching. Now for the blasphemy. Everything in the Course--EVERYTHING--has come directly from the human mind. Remember this: Any so-called Truth being presented by one of us humans must of necessity filter through our brain and our mind. It will always be colored by our experience and our perspective. It will be affected by our culture and our beliefs. There's no way around that. It cannot come to you in pure form.
So, to take something on faith requires giving up rational thought. Sometimes that's all we have to determine the validity of a teaching, be it religious, philosophical, or even scientific. Let the Course teach you what you want. Just be willing to keep an open mind. As with any teaching, take what resonates with you and discard the rest. Keep your mind intact by being its owner. Don't let outsiders control you. And they will try. You don't have to take that on faith.
The Old Philosopher said, "Those who think they know, know nothing; those who know they know nothing, really know." And that's the truth.
* Please take all so-called 'channeled' material with a grain of salt. Just because you're dead doesn't mean you're wise. Simply a reminder. But then, you knew that, right?
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