Scribed by Mari Perron. To order, visit <http://acourseoflove.com>.
This review covers the first volume in the series of three volumes.
Review by Celia Hales. Revised with new title. Previously published in Miracles magazine (publisher Jon Mundy).
A Course in Love is believed to answer questions that earnest seekers still have despite careful study of A Course in Miracles. The framework is the same; the author (Jesus), the same.
Some of us who have studied ACIM and emerged with weakened egos have, in the words of A Course of Love, “rejected” ourselves. We think that to claim our rightful place of identity with the Christ within lacks humility. A Course in Love (ACOL) says that such an attitude is actually borne of fear. “You prefer selflessness to self because this is your chosen way to abolish ego and to please God. (P.20)” But now we approach “final learning through the realm of the heart. This is where the confusion ends. This is why we call this course A Course of Love. (P.44)”
I interviewed Mari Perron, who channeled this work, for this book review. She is a genuinely humble individual who is articulate and very attuned to the values of ACIM. Much about the initiation of ACOL can be found on her web site (http://www.acourseoflove.com). Those who have studied A Course in Miracles were identified to her as the best audience of the Course of Love series, because they are ready for it. Indeed, the works, three in all, were presented to Mari as “another Course in Miracles.” It is true that others have believed themselves to be channeling for Jesus in the years since ACIM; I make no judgment about any of these works, but do encourage you to check out ACOL.
If there is a single difference between A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, it is this: ACIM, through the Holy Spirit, brought comfort to the mind; ACOL seeks to bring comfort to a troubled heart. (2.15) And this comfort is by identity with the Christ within, a source not for pride but solace brought to us by Jesus himself who embraces us with love.
There is an assumption winding its way through ACOL that how dare we be happy when all about us is such unhappiness and injustice in the world. ACOL‘s answer is that we claim our power by following our internal guidance to do good in the world. We cannot know what to do ourselves; even to try would be to strengthen the ego. We are meant to be in union, and with this the heart intercedes. (5.20) “Those who would not change the world one iota through their constant effort, in peace create the world anew. (6.17)”
ACOL bids us feel joy, noting that all often we prefer to be serious: “You are looking for the rest and quiet joy that only comes from love. (12.5)”
The thesis of A Course of Love can perhaps be summed up in the following sequence of ideas:
A wholehearted choice to abandon all ideas of glorifying the separated self and to let the world be what it is, will begin the transformation. This requires the first unification, the unification of mind and heart, after which unification with God is naturally returned to our awareness, but this unification returns us to the Christ in us and the one mind united with God that we have never left. Creation’s power then returns to us to help all the separated ones remember union. (19.4)
ACOL is a very comforting book. Jesus bids us come into his embrace and be safe. (20.2) “The embrace makes one of two. (20.7)” He continues, “The embrace can be likened to the starting point of a shared language, a language shared by mind and heart and by all people. (21.6)”
Jesus bids us to be the Self that we truly are, the Christ within. This is not egotism, but the truest clarity. And this Self is known through relationship, through union. It is a time of “great humility. Of wearing the face of Christ for all to see. (28.8)”
Those who have loved A Course in Miracles will find much solace in A Course of Love. Like ACIM, ACOL too must be read attentively and also slowly, but when approached with an open mind and a thoughtful heart, this book in the A Course of Love series merits my unreserved recommendation.