A Course in Miracles is a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy contained in three books. It claims no monopoly on God. It is a statement of universal themes. There's only one truth, spoken different ways, and the Course is just one path to it out of many. If it's your path, however, you know it. For me, the Course was a break through experience intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically. It has been a pathway to freedom.
The main principle of A Course in Miracles is love. Love is the pathway to everything we want. Love cannot be bought or sold. It cannot be bartered. Love isn't material. It is energy. Love is the only thing that actually exists although it has nothing to do with the physical world. It is purely spiritual, but it can be expressed nonetheless. Love isn't expressed with the physical eyes or heard with physical ears. The physical senses can't perceive it; it's perceived through another kind of vision. Metaphysicians call it the Third Eye and Christians call it the vision of the Holy Spirit, while others call it the Higher Self. Regardless of what we call it, love requires a different seeing that what we are used to - a different kind of knowing or thinking. Love is the intuitive knowledge of our hearts. It is a world beyond that we secretly all long for. Everything else we experience beyond love is an illusion.
We came to the earth innocent and full of love. We learned to fear, and thus we started a descent away from love. Fear is our shared lovelessness, our individual and collective hells. When fear is expressed, we recognize it as anger, abuse, disease, pain, greed, addiction, selfishness, obsession, corruption, violence and war. Love on the other hand is expressed as kindness, mercy, giving, mercy, compassion, peace, joy acceptance, non-judgement, joining and intimacy.
What our entire life's journey is about is learning how to return to the place of complete love both for ourselves and others. It is a spiritual journey of the relinquishment or unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.
Our purpose on this earth is to co-create with God by extending love. Life spent with any other purpose in mind is meaningless, contrary to our nature, and ultimately painful. When we love things more than people we live in darkness and when we value with our eyes as opposed to our hearts, we deny ourselves what we really need.
The love that we search for is found inwardly and it is invigorated by the Holy Spirit.