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Title: A COURSE IN MIRACLES FOR DUMMIES

Author: Thomas R. Wakechild
Copyright © 2007 by Thomas R. Wakechild

Published by Bay West Centre LLC


Copyright 2007 by Thomas R Wakechild
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording, video, or by any information and retrieval system without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. For information, contact Thomas R Wakechild at the website acourseinmiraclesfordummies.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents 3

PREFACE 11

ACIM For Dummies 11

What we did and why? 11

Comparative Sample - ACIM Chapter 17.I 13

The Story Behind A Course In Miracles For Dummies 19

How IT Came About 19

The Quest 25

About the Author, Thomas R. Wakechild 25

PROLOGUE 30

INTRODUCTION 33

Chapter 1. THE MEANING OF MIRACLES 34

I. Principles of Miracles 34

II. Revelation, Time and Miracles 42

III. Atonement and Miracles 44

IV. The Escape from Darkness 48

V. Wholeness and Spirit 49

VI. The Illusion of Needs 52

VII. Distortions of Miracle Impulses 54

Chapter 2. THE SEPARATION AND THE ATONEMENT 57

I. The Origins of Separation 57

II. The Atonement as Defense 60

III. The Altar of God 63

IV. Healing as Release from Fear 65

V. The Function of the Miracle Worker 68

A. Special Principles of Miracle Workers 72

VI. Fear and Conflict 75

VII. Cause and Effect 79

VIII. The Meaning of the Last Judgment 83

Chapter 3. THE INNOCENT PERCEPTION 86

I. Atonement without Sacrifice 86

II. Miracles as True Perception 89

III. Perception versus Knowledge 91

IV. Error and the Ego 94

V. Beyond Perception 98

VI. Judgment and the Authority Problem 102

VII. Creating versus the Self-Image 107

Chapter 4. THE ILLUSIONS OF THE EGO 111

Introduction 111

I. Right Teaching and Right Learning 112

II. The Ego and False Autonomy 118

III. Love without Conflict 123

IV. This Need Not Be 127

V. The Ego-Body Illusion 131

VI. The Rewards of God 133

VII. Creation and Communication 137

Chapter 5. HEALING AND WHOLENESS 141

Introduction 141

I. The Invitation to the Holy Spirit 142

II. The Voice for God 145

III. The Guide to Salvation 149

IV. Teaching and Healing 154

V. The Ego's Use of Guilt 157

VI. Time and Eternity 162

VII. The Decision for God 166

Chapter 6. THE LESSONS OF LOVE 170

Introduction 170

I. The Message of the Crucifixion 171

II. The Alternative to Projection 177

III. The Relinquishment of Attack 182

IV. The Only Answer 184

V. The Lessons of the Holy Spirit 189

A. To Have, Give All to All 190

B. To Have Peace, Teach Peace to Learn It 193

C. Be Vigilant Only for God and His Kingdom 197

Chapter 7. THE GIFTS OF THE KINGDOM 203

I. The Last Step 203

II. The Law of the Kingdom 205

III. The Reality of the Kingdom 209

IV. Healing as the Recognition of Truth 212

V. Healing and the Changelessness of Mind 215

VI. From Vigilance to Peace 220

VII. The Totality of the Kingdom 226

VIII. The Unbelievable Belief 231

IX. The Extension of the Kingdom 235

X. The Confusion of Pain and Joy 237

XI. The State of Grace 241

Chapter 8. THE JOURNEY BACK 245

I. The Direction of the Curriculum 245

II. The Difference between Imprisonment and Freedom 247

III. The Holy Encounter 250

IV. The Gift of Freedom 253

V. The Undivided Will of the Sonship 257

VI. The Treasure of God 259

VII. The Body as a Means of Communication 264

VIII. The Body as Means or End 270

IX. Healing as Corrected Perception 274

Chapter 9. THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE ATONEMENT 278

I. The Acceptance of Reality 278

II. The Answer to Prayer 283

III. The Correction of Error 288

IV. The Holy Spirit's Plan of Forgiveness 291

V. The Unhealed Healer 296

VI. The Acceptance of Your Brother 300

VII. The Two Evaluations 304

VIII. Grandeur versus Grandiosity 308

Chapter 10. THE IDOLS OF SICKNESS 313

Introduction 313

I. At Home in God 314

II. The Decision to Forget 316

III. The God of Sickness 318

IV. The End of Sickness 323

V. The Denial of God 326

Chapter 11. GOD OR THE EGO 333

Introduction 333

I. The Gifts of Fatherhood 334

II. The Invitation to Healing 339

III. From Darkness to Light 342

IV. The Inheritance of God's Son 345

V. The "Dynamics" of the Ego 348

VI. Waking to Redemption 356

VII. The Condition of Reality 361

VIII. The Problem and the Answer 363

Chapter 12. THE HOLY SPIRIT'S CURRICULUM 370

I. The Judgment of the Holy Spirit 370

II. The Way to Remember God 375

III. The Investment in Reality 378

IV. Seeking and Finding 383

V. The Sane Curriculum 386

VI. The Vision of Christ 389

VII. Looking Within 393

VIII. The Attraction of Love for Love 399

Chapter 13. THE GUILTLESS WORLD 403

Introduction 403

I. Guiltlessness and Invulnerability 405

II. The Guiltless Son of God 409

III. The Fear of Redemption 413

IV. The Function of Time 418

V. The Two Emotions 422

VI. Finding the Present 429

VII. Attainment of the Real World 434

VIII. From Perception to Knowledge 441

IX. The Cloud of Guilt 445

X. Release from Guilt 448

Chapter 14. TEACHING FOR TRUTH 460

Introduction 460

I. The Conditions of Learning 460

II. The Happy Learner 463

III. The Decision for Guiltlessness 466

IV. Your Function in the Atonement 475

V. The Circle of Atonement 480

VI. The Light of Communication 484

VII. Sharing Perception with the Holy Spirit 488

VIII. The Holy Meeting Place 491

IX. The Reflection of Holiness 494

X. The Equality of Miracles 497

XI. The Test of Truth 503

Chapter 15. THE HOLY INSTANT 512

I. The Two Uses of Time 512

II. The End of Doubt 518

III. Littleness versus Magnitude 521

IV. Practicing the Holy Instant 526

V. The Holy Instant and Special Relationships 530

VI. The Holy Instant and the Laws of God 536

VII. The Needless Sacrifice 540

VIII. The Only Real Relationship 546

IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God 550

X. The Time of Rebirth 553

XI. Christmas as the End of Sacrifice 558

Chapter 16. THE FORGIVENESS OF ILLUSIONS 563

I. True Empathy 563

II. The Power of Holiness 566

III. The Reward of Teaching 570

IV. The Illusion and the Reality of Love 574

V. The Choice for Completion 580

VI. The Bridge to the Real World 588

VII. The End of Illusions 594

Chapter 17. FORGIVENESS AND THE HOLY RELATIONSHIP 600

I. Bringing Fantasy to Truth 600

II. The Forgiven World 603

III. Shadows of the Past 607

IV. The Two Pictures 613

V. The Healed Relationship 620

VI. Setting the Goal 627

VII. The Call for Faith 631

VIII. The Conditions of Peace 636

Chapter 18. THE PASSING OF THE DREAM 640

I. The Substitute Reality 640

II. The Basis of the Dream 645

III. Light in the Dream 650

IV. The Little Willingness 653

V. The Happy Dream 657

VI. Beyond the Body 660

VII. I Need Do Nothing 666

VIII. The Little Garden 670

IX. The Two Worlds 675

Chapter 19. THE ATTAINMENT OF PEACE 682

I. Healing and Faith 682

II. Sin versus Error 689

III. The Unreality of Sin 692

IV. The Obstacles to Peace 698

A. The First Obstacle: The Desire to Get Rid of It 700

i. The Attraction of Guilt 704

B. The Second Obstacle: The Belief the Body is Valuable for What It Offers 707

i. The Attraction of Pain 711

C. The Third Obstacle: The Attraction of Death 715

i. The Incorruptible Body 717

D. The Fourth Obstacle: The Fear of God 721

i. The Lifting of the Veil 724

Chapter 20. THE VISION OF HOLINESS 731

I. Holy Week 731

II. The Gift of Lilies 732

III. Sin as an Adjustment 737

IV. Entering the Ark 743

V. Heralds of Eternity 746

VI. The Temple of the Holy Spirit 749

VII. The Consistency of Means and End 755

VIII. The Vision of Sinlessness 759

Chapter 21. REASON AND PERCEPTION 764

Introduction 764

I. The Forgotten Song 765

II. The Responsibility for Sight 769

III. Faith, Belief and Vision 776

IV. The Fear to Look Within 782

V. The Function of Reason 785

VI. Reason versus Madness 790

VII. The Last Unanswered Question 795

VIII. The Inner Shift 802

Chapter 22. SALVATION AND THE HOLY RELATIONSHIP 805

Introduction 805

I. The Message of the Holy Relationship 807

II. Your Brother's Sinlessness 812

III. Reason and the Forms of Error 818

IV. The Branching of the Road 822

V. Weakness and Defensiveness 825

VI. The Light of the Holy Relationship 827

Chapter 23. THE WAR AGAINST YOURSELF 835

Introduction 835

I. The Irreconcilable Beliefs 837

II. The Laws of Chaos 842

III. Salvation without Compromise 852

IV. Above the Battleground 854

Chapter 24. THE GOAL OF SPECIALNESS 859

Introduction 859

I. Specialness as a Substitute for Love 860

II. The Treachery of Specialness 864

III. The Forgiveness of Specialness 870

IV. Specialness versus Sinlessness 874

V. The Christ in You 876

VI. Salvation from Fear 880

VII. The Meeting Place 885

Chapter 25. THE JUSTICE OF GOD 892

Introduction 892

I. The Link to Truth 893

II. The Savior from the Dark 896

III. Perception and Choice 901

IV. The Light You Bring 905

V. The State of Sinlessness 907

VI. The Special Function 910

VII. The Rock of Salvation 913

VIII. Justice Returned to Love 919

IX. The Justice of Heaven 925

Chapter 26. THE TRANSITION 930

I. The "Sacrifice" of Oneness 930

II. Many Forms; One Correction 933

III. The Borderland 937

IV. Where Sin Has Left 940

V. The Little Hindrance 943

VI. The Appointed Friend 948

VII. The Laws of Healing 949

VIII. The Immediacy of Salvation 957

IX. For They Have Come 961

X. The End of Injustice 964

Chapter 27. THE HEALING OF THE DREAM 967

I. The Picture of Crucifixion 967

II. The Fear of Healing 971

III. Beyond All Symbols 978

IV. The Quiet Answer 982

V. The Healing Example 985

VI. The Witnesses to Sin 989

VII. The Dreamer of the Dream 992

VIII. The "Hero" of the Dream 998

Chapter 28. THE UNDOING OF FEAR 1005

I. The Present Memory 1005

II. Reversing Effect and Cause 1010

III. The Agreement to Join 1015

IV. The Greater Joining 1018

V. The Alternate to Dreams of Fear 1023

VI. The Secret Vows 1026

VII. The Ark of Safety 1028

Chapter 29. THE AWAKENING 1032

I. The Closing of the Gap 1032

II. The Coming of the Guest 1036

III. God's Witnesses 1039

IV. Dream Roles 1041

V. The Changeless Dwelling Place 1044

VI. Forgiveness and the End of Time 1048

VII. Seek Not Outside Yourself 1050

VIII. The Anti-Christ 1054

IX. The Forgiving Dream 1057

Chapter 30. THE NEW BEGINNING 1062

Introduction 1062

I. Rules for Decision 1062

II. Freedom of Will 1068

III. Beyond All Idols 1071

IV. The Truth behind Illusions 1075

V. The Only Purpose 1078

VI. The Justification for Forgiveness 1083

VII. The New Interpretation 1087

VIII. Changeless Reality 1090

Chapter 31. THE FINAL VISION 1094

I. The Simplicity of Salvation 1094

II. Walking with Christ 1099

III. The Self-Accused 1103

IV. The Real Alternative 1106

V. Self-Concept versus Self 1110

VI. Recognizing the Spirit 1117

VII. The Savior's Vision 1120



VIII. Choose Once Again 1126


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