Changing Form Is Part of Life-Everlasting

“Changing form is part of the pattern of life-everlasting. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 4.8)”

1 – Life after Death

This passage echoes a previous reflection on life after death. We are not meant, according to A Course of Love, to hope for new discoveries in science that will give us an eternal physical life on earth. Would we really want such a thing, if it were possible?

2 – The Same Form?

Some early writings on A Course in Miracles thought that a passage in those volumes promised that eternal physical life would be not only possible, but to be expected. This has not been upheld by more recent writings, and ACOL now comments on this hypothesis.

3 – Death

We may be threatened by death, in that it is the one thing that we cannot control. The control freaks among us may be especially threatened. We do not know exactly what form our body will take in the afterlife. Even careful readings of psychic commentary do not make this finally clear. But of one thing we can be certain: Life after death is not to be feared. We will change form, but we will know life everlasting. And we can hope that the death itself, as Ruth Montgomery’s Guides said, will be like “walking through an open door.”
4 – Reincarnation

Is reincarnation? Is this the changing form that is meant? It would not be wise for students/teachers of ACIM and ACOL to take any definite stand, outside the confines of close personal friends. All of us need to be as helpful as possible to all those we encounter, not to introduce tenets of controversy that would limit our usefulness. This attitude is a paraphrase of ideas in the Manual of A Course in Miracles.

5 – Afterlife

While changing form may suggest another form in the afterlife, and then a reintroduction of ourselves to form in this world, we do not know that for sure. Jesus’s words in ACIM can be read in two ways, and students/teachers of ACIM have differed on the point of reincarnation. But we do need to realize that in the grand scheme, we do change form, for our worn-out bodies need to be replaced. We cannot live indefinitely in these bodies. To change form is natural, nothing to be feared. It is, I believe, as Ruth Montgomery’s Guides told her (and us) “like walking through an open door.” That is what death really is.


Dear Father/Mother,

May I know in the depth of my being that death is not the end, that I only change form. I do not, therefore, have to fear death.

As time goes by, and pain comes to me through health changes, may I not suffer any more than would happen when I finally make the transition to life everlasting, life after death.


4 Replies to “Changing Form Is Part of Life-Everlasting”

  1. Hello Celia,
    I just found out about your blog, while looking for an answer on how to read ACIM,
    I had finished the text book, today I started with my 1st lesson from the Student’s book, I hope you can guide me through these 2 questions I have:

    -It is said not to read more than one set of lessons a day but also encourages to do 1 lesson per day out of the 365 days in a year. So I am confused.

    -What about the Teacher’s book, does it has to be read after you have finished the student book? Or can you read it parallely, I have not found any instruction on the content of the 3 books regarding this.

    With love,


    1. Milo —

      You do one lesson a day, not more, not less, for each day of the 365 in a year. There is no prescribed order to reading the three parts. You can read the Text or the Manual at any time. The Text is difficult for some people; the Manual is more manageable. But the choice is left up to you. I can’t cite the specific place, but these instructions are found in A Course in Miracles, I think, in the Manual, which you haven’t started yet.

      So glad that you are giving it a try. The Workbook is very demanding, but it is also very rewarding. You can start at any time, though many people start on January 1 and go through the year, every year.

      Thank you for your questions. Write back any time. You will enjoy this experience.


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