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Part 3: Questions from year 2005

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Q #857
Which text chapters relate to which workbook lessons ?
Q #858 Please clarify what are ego thoughts.
Q #859 What is the name of God I am supposed to call upon?
Q #860 What is the fundamental error of quantum physics?

Q #853
What are the three selves in "All are Called" ?
Q #854 How do I reach God, as described in lesson 41?
Q #855 Why don't I perceive my own best interests, as in lesson 24?
Q #856 What exactly is the meaning of "Atonement"?

Q #850
Why didn't Helen accept the Atonement for herself?
Q #851 Why is the Couse increasing my anxiety attacks?
Q #852 If Jesus relinquished his ego, why didn't we all?

Q #846 How do I use forgiveness to help my marital difficulties?
Q #847 Is the soul a unit of Christ?
Q #848 Is understanding the Course dependent on a certain level of evolution?
Q #849 Is the mind in the body, or vice-versa?

Q #841 Are we in the process of the Last Judgement?
Q #842 Is it true only my interpretation of the world can hurt me?
Q #843 Why does the Course make me feel fearful?
Q #844 If I think I am being helpful does that mean I probably am not ?
Q #845 Why bother with the Course? It seems to have no practical value?

Q #837 How can I think peacefully about a father who abandoned our child?
Q #838 Is the Course compatible with, or similar to, TM ?
Q #839 How can I feel differently about someone who is verbally abusive?
Q #840 Could my right perception heal the sick?

Q #835 How can I forgive someone who attacks my child?
Q #836 Can the Course be construed as escapism?

Q #831 How can we see through the illusion from within the ego?
Q #832 How can we overcome fear of loss of self and identity?
Q #833 Does meditation assist with studying the Course ?
Q #834 Why is what I "have not been giving" what is lacking?

Q #827
What is the attraction of guilt and suffering?
Q #828
What is meant by the mistake that brought truth to illusion?
Q #829
Does cause-and-effect exist only in this world ?
Q #830 Is practising the Course compatible with practising TM ?

Q #823 What advice would you offer about perceiving a custody battle in a Course-centered way?
Q #824  Is the Course compatible with the idea of "positive programming"?
Q #825(i)   How can we apply Jesus' teachings without inadvertently reinforcing the ego?
Q #825(ii)  Could someone be free of fear yet not have perfect peace?
Q #825(iii) How can I escape from the idea that the mind and the brain are the same?
Q #826 Are we souls occupying forms on the physical plane?

Q #819 Pleased clarify our alleged "dream" state.
Q #820 If there is no order of difficulty in miracles, don't all Workbook lessons teach the same thing?
Q #821 How should I deal with serious doubts and fears about my marriage ?
Q #822 What are the similarities of the movie 'What the Bleep do You Know" to the Course?

Q #815 How exactly can I act as though I had no ego, without seeming like a "blissninny"
Q #816 Why is Jesus' return to God not ours as well?
Q #817 Does "behold me brother, at your hand I die" only apply to human victimisers?
Q #818 Are there specific prayers I should use to help heal my cancer?

Q #811 What would explain an intuitive negative feeling towards another person?
Q #812 Does giving what we are hiding to God cause discomfort for most people?
Q #813 Why exactly does the ego attack loving people?
Q #814 We are told we must choose, but choice is impossible... I am confused!

Q #807 What would A Course in Miracles say about Hurricane Katrina ?
Q #808 Where does A Course in Miracles fit in relation to Eastern religions?
Q #809 What mght a mind experience upon death?
Q #810 Why is A Course in Miracles so complex?

Q #801 What is the cause of "natural disasters"?
Q #802 How should I speak to young children about my beliefs?
Q #803 I feel the Holy Spirit has helped me in my grief. Are you saying this is not true ?
Q #804 Why does the dream look so real?
Q #805 What is a "teacher of God"? The Course seems to contradict itself on this.
Q #806 What advice would you offer someone with a tremendous burden or obligation?

Q #797 Does the true self know about the dream?
Q #798 How should I view prophecies of impending doom?
Q #799 How can I break free of my feelings of lack?
Q #800 How would the course view the dictum that we should "hate the sin but love the sinner"?

Q #794 Even if the world of form is illusory, are some forms of social order more beneficial than others?
Q #795 When a relationship goes wrong, does the Course imply that we will have another chance in a future life?
Q #796 How can I learn forgiveness if I see the ego as a hostile evil entity?

Q #791 Why do I experience such poor outcomes, if I try to make the right decisions?
Q #792 Doesn't the underlying unity revealed by modern physics imply the universe is not completely illusory?
Q #793 Can I, or should I, continue to love someone who does not love me in return?

Q #786 When I face the things I have kept hidden it makes me want to give up the Course.
Q #787 If proselytizing about the Course is an ego trap, why did Helen Shucman want it published?
Q #788 Is it inconsistent of me to not want to spend time with someone I feel I have forgiven?
Q #789 If "perception is projection" what was Jesus' perception of his own crucifixion?
Q #790 Would it be appropriate to pursue a police complaint against a company I feel has acted dishonestly?

Q #782(i) Is pain real?
Q #782(ii) Should one listen to the lesson of the day while reading the text?
Q #783  Are there similarities between the Course and the writings of Joel Goldsmith?
Q #784  Is there one single clear guideline for studying and understanding the Course?
Q #785  I find the Course a little disorienting compared to my previous spirituality. What should I do?

Q #778  What is the meaning of the different levels of encounters?
Q #779  If it is true: that "You have no problems", isn't deliverance impossible?
Q #780  I understand the body is not real, but I remain so deeply rooted in it
Q #781  Does error come from some impersonal source that uses us?

Q #774  How can I let go of painful past incidents and memories?
Q #775  Why is it so difficult to release our addiction to this world?
Q #776  What is meant by a "real attack that calls for punishment"?
Q #777(i)  How do we distinguish between form and content?
Q #777(ii)  Does the ego know that God loves His Son?

Q #770  Why does Jesus tells us to take the Course once and then leave it?
Q #771  If anger is never justifiable why does the Course say we need not pardon an attack?
Q #772  Is it possible the Holy Spirit's guidance can seem irrational ?
Q #773  Why does God need us to remember him and how will that solve our problems?

Q #766  I often awaken with ideas from the Course in my mind. Is this significant?
Q #767  Can I have the peace of God but still live in this world?
Q #768  Am I in my wrong mind if I take legal action against my ex-husband?
Q #769  Has anyone ever "returned" from an awakened condition ?

Q #763  Please clarify the nature of the Holy Spirit and the ego, and the relationship between them.
Q #764  Is the beauty of this earth a manifestation of God's creation?
Q #765  Why does the Course seem to suggest tha the Sonship is composed of many parts?

Q #759  I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia: I am afraid the Course is just another crazy thought system.
Q #760  Is forgiveness the same as Buddha's "golden rule"?
Q #761  If God is "absolute" and "one" how can there be a son?
Q #762  When I succeed in seeing someone's behaviour as a call for help, it makes me feel guilty.

Q #754  Why should we ask for God's guidance in a world of which He knows nothing?
Q #755  Every time I read the Course is like the first time. Is my understanding of it increasing?
Q #756  The more I try to find peace, the more I seem to suffer economic difficulties.
Q #757  Is the "inner child" just another aspect of the ego?
Q #758  My job requires planning but the Course teaches us we should not plan. What do I do?

Q #749  Is quantum physics likely to converge with the viewpoint of A Course in Miracles?
Q #750  Is the Course recommending we try to use prayer to suppress anger?
Q #751  Is high self-esteem related to spiritual enlightenment?
Q #752  What does Jesus mean by "witness"?
Q #753  Why does Lesson 1 in the Workbook seem self-contradictory?

Q #744  Why is the Course necessary if the Atonement is already done?
Q #745  How can time heal wounds if time is illusory?
Q #746  Why can't the Holy Spirit direct me very specifically how to find and heal suffering?
Q #747  What is the exact nature of the ego?
Q #748  Can we save time by spending less of it on ego-thoughts?

Q #740  Does the Judeo-Christian theme of the Course encourage environmental irresponsibility?
Q #741  Is it consistent with the Course's teachings to be opposed to abortion?
Q #742  Is it specialness to want others to know of my love for Jesus?
Q #743  How can God be "lonely" without us if he doesn't know about us?

Q #736   My weight is making spiritual progress difficult for me.
Q #737   If all love relationships are special, is it wrong to get married?
Q #738   If the is no such thing as cause and effect in this world, why does Jesus seem to say there is?
Q #739   What is the difference between "Knowledge" and eastern "enlightenment"?

Q #732   About being stuck on the first lesson.
Q #733   Are our ego illusions an attempt to stave off guilt?
Q #734   If I do the Workbook lessons again does that give voice to the ego?
Q #735   Why are we born with egos? Does the ego have any useful purpose?

Q #728   Can affirmations help our relationship with God ?
Q #729   Are Buddha and Christ the same?
Q #730   Are there any techniques in the Course to help us overcome our resistance ?
Q #731   Is everything pre-ordained by God? Do I have any choice about my own salvation?

Q #724 (i)  Why does Jesus say we hate the Self that we have made?
Q #724 (ii)  How can there be a world that is "not God"?
Q #724 (iii) Why would Jesus be channeled, but not, say, Buddha?
Q #725  Are all egos separate consciousnesses, or am I the only one, just projecting the rest?
Q #726  What should I do about falling in love with my therapist?
Q #727  Are the teachings of the Kabbalah similar to those of A Course in Miracles?

Q #720  What action should I take when I become aware of my own ego?
Q #721  Is it just another ego-ploy to feel that I am unworthy of the Atonement?
Q #722  Is there a parallel between separation from one's parents and the original separation?
Q #723  Are we already "saved"?

Q #716  Do we use sickness to justify avoidance of true healing?
Q #717  How should we behave when a loved-one is behaving very destructively?
Q #718  How could A Course in Miracles communicate with me if I am an illusion?
Q #719  What is meant by the phrase "make plans against uncertainties to come"?

Q #712  What is "to give Love"?
Q #713  What or who is "the decision maker"?
Q #714  Why do I over-idealize others, then find myself disappointed by them?
Q #715  Is A Course in Miracles addressing individual decision-makers, or one group decision-maker?

Q #708  Could temporary amnesia signify contact with nothingness?
Q #709  How could Jesus' body be visible after the resurrection?
Q #710  Is everything we desire either God or a substitute for Him?
Q #711  How would A Course in Miracles regard the issue of gossiping?

Q #703  What is the view of A Course in Miracles on Black Magic/Voodoo?
Q #704  Why does A Course in Miracles use Christian language?
Q #705  Is gay sex inconsisten with the teachings of A Course in Miracles?
Q #706  How can I deal with disenchantment with my work?
Q #707  I still fear that God will punish me and send me to hell. Am I going crazy?

Q #699  What is the relationship between the body and the spirit?
Q #700  I am afraid that having a job may intefere with my ability to learn the Course.
Q #701  What does the course say about leaving a relationship?.
Q #702  Should I worry about "making a difference" in the world?

Q #694  Is the Course true? Does it even matter?
Q #695  If a mind were free of guilt, how could any request be perceived as "outrageous"?
Q #696  Questions about conflicts between study-group members.
Q #697  How can I apply Course principles if I have an overwhelming sex-drive?
Q #698  What is meant by "you have allowed the ego's goals to come between the real alternatives"?

Q #690  Why do I need to forgive God, and how could I do that?
Q #691  Why was Helen Shucman apparently so attuned to the Voice?
Q #692  What is meant by "do not do a foolish thing that would hurt another"?
Q #693  Where is evil?

Q #686  To me, not everyone seems "uncertain, lonely, and in constant fear"
Q #687  What might be the best kind of ministry for a devotee of the Course?
Q #688  After many years of working with the Course I sense no change...
Q #689  Could it be that I really don't know how to give up sickness?

Q #682  What does Jesus mean by "abilities"?
Q #683  How can I work as a hospice nurse if the Course teaches there is no sickness or death?
Q #684  How can I stay longer in the "present" moment ?
Q #685  What is meant by the "appointed ending of the dream"?

Q #678  Can you please explain the section about "Looking Within"?
Q #679  Is the journey back to our Father still certain?
Q #680  Would volunteer work be interfering with the Holy Spirit's plan ?
Q #681  I like to work as a hands-on healer, but is this wrong?

Q #674  How can I speed up someone else's change of mind?
Q #675  What if all my love and kindness simply is not returned?
Q #676  To what extent is my wrong-mindedness responsible for unpleasant situations?
Q #677  What is meant by "you are its effect and cannot be its cause"?

Q #670  What is meant by "Ask me which miracles you should perform"?
Q #671  What is the meaning and significance of Ghosts?
Q #672  If the Holy Spirit does not speak to us, why do I feel guided by it?
Q #673  What is the meaning and significance of dreams?

Q #666  Is there a mind outside of time that creates situations?
Q #667  If there is only oneness, then who are we "extending" to ?
Q #668  Who is "Peniel"?
Q #669  Questions about bach-flower remedies and dowsing.

Q #662  How does "all thinking produce(s) form on some level"?
Q #663  What is the nature of the "decision maker" ?
Q #664  Has anyone actually achieved the goal of the Course?
Q #665  What is meant by "form" and "content"?

Q #657  What could be causing my headaches, depression, etc.?
Q #658  How can I deal with my negative feelings toward a family member ?
Q #659  What is your view of Course-based psychotherapy?.
Q #660  Why do I feel better about my friends than they feel about me?.
Q #661  How should a Course student view disasters like the recent tsunami?.

Q #654  Should I judge those who claim to be "enlightened"?
Q #655  How can I deal with my desires to over-eat ?
Q #656  If bodies are made to limit love, what on earth are we doing here?.

Q #650  What are some of the best references to the "decision maker"?
Q #651  How does the Course address the anger I feel about a past relationship ?
Q #652  Should I analyze ego thoughts, or should I just surrender them?.
Q #653  How can the thought-system of the Course ever enter a mind guided by the ego?

click here for questions from year 2002 and 2003
click here for questions from year 2004
click here for questions from year 2006
click here for questions from year 2007
click here for Final questions (includes study guidelines, and complete history of different versions of the course.)
click here for Interactive index of all topics.