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APRIL THEME
A Course in Miracles:

A Path of Hope in a Hopeless World

APRIL THEME
A Course in Miracles:
A Path of Hope
in a Hopeless World

The Course teaches that the hopelessness of the ego thought system has always been the undercurrent of the world. It would seem that circumstances everywhere on this planet are getting increasingly worse—threats of war, natural and man-made disasters, global warming and climate change, dysfunctional and dishonest governments, and greedy corporations concerned only with their profits are filling the headlines. Some may assert that the situation is rapidly becoming hopeless, fearful that we may have already gone beyond the tipping point, beyond which there is no return. More and more, chaos seems to be the governing principle. Kenneth has emphasized in his teaching across the years that hope is not to be found in the world–hope can only be found in the mind that is willing to learn that it has a choice about how to look at the world, or with whom to look—with either the ego or the Holy Spirit/Jesus. When our mind has chosen the right Teacher, it will make “no difference whether we futilely push a stone up a mountain, or sit in a palace at the foot of the mountain. ...Our happiness has nothing to do with our circumstances” (From Futility to Happiness). This is a primary lesson the Course is intended to help us learn by revealing that the world’s hopelessness is only a smokescreen for having chosen the ego thought system of hopelessness and despair that is the world’s source.

During the month of April, for students seeking to travel further along the path of hopefulness through forgiveness, while still participating in the world, we are offering the following study materials at 25% off and they can be found on the following page.

When 2 + 2 = 5:
Reflecting Love in a Loveless World

The musings of Dostoevsky’s famed underground man set the stage for the discussion in this book. The unquestioned equation of 2 + 2 = 4 is shown to symbolize the ego’s plan to bind us to its laws. When the hopelessness and sterility of the world’s laws dawn, we begin to realize that 2 + 2 = 5, which symbolizes our turning within for answers, accepting that we are “under no laws but God’s,” as Lesson 76 teaches. This culminates in the undoing of the fundamental mistake of believing that 1 + 1 = 2, which symbolizes the reality of separation and defends against the only true equation: 1 + 1 = 1. This process of our mind’s healing leads us to accept the love of Jesus as our guide for living within the world, while not allowing it any power over our inner peace.

I agree that two times two makes four is a wonderful thing. But if we are to praise everything, then two times two makes five is sometimes a most delightful little thing.
(Notes from Underground)

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From Futility to Happiness: Sisyphus as Everyman

The Greek mythic figure of Sisyphus was condemned by the gods to a life of pushing a rock up a mountain only to have it fall back down to the bottom, there to begin his labors again. His life of futility mirrors our life in the body and the hopelessness inherent in pursuing any meaning in the world. The first part of this book addresses this view as presented in A Course in Miracles, summarized in the idea that we can never be truly happy in this world because it is not our home. The second part discusses the transition from futility to happiness in the context of the Course’s offering of another way of looking at our seeming fate, reflecting Albert Camus’ important essay on Sisyphus, which he ended by stating, “We must imagine Sisyphus happy.” Through a change of mind brought about by changing our inner teacher from the ego to Jesus, our lives of futility are transformed into opportunities of unlearning the ego’s thought system. A purposeless life of inherent meaninglessness thus metamorphoses into a meaningful classroom that leads us to the Heaven we never truly left.

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"A Transition in Perspective"

PLEASE NOTE: This program also includes The Golden Thread of Hope (CD/3m168dl).

This set combines a seminar (“The Golden Thread of Hope”) and Academy class (“A Transition in Perspective”) from 2010, held at the Foundation in Temecula, California. The common theme in these talks is the transition Jesus asks us to make from body to mind. Central to the journey within is recognizing the ever-present “golden thread” (the right-minded purpose of forgiveness) that runs throughout our lives, even midst the ego’s dark and despairing existence. What facilitates this transition, which is the meaning of salvation, is the daily practice of kindness: feeling the need of others to know they are forgiven, rather than demanding the satisfaction of our own need for specialness. Thus we take the little steps with Jesus that lead us from bodily dreams to the mind’s dream, and then awakening to our Self in God.


This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world. To all that speaks of terror, answer thus: I will forgive, and this will disappear. To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffer­ing, repeat these selfsame words. And then you hold the key that opens Heaven's gate, and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to Heaven. God will take this final step Himself. Do not deny the little steps He asks you take to Him.

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The Laws of Chaos

​This workshop explains the five insane laws that form the foundation of the ego's thought system, and powerfully express its defenses against the Love of God. It is only through joining with the love of Jesus and looking calmly at this insanity that we recognize the impossibility of its changing our reality as God's Son.


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The Prodigal Son's Brother

​Perhaps the most famous of Jesus’ gospel parables, “The Prodigal Son” forms the basis of this workshop, which focuses on our need to feel ourselves unfairly treated. It is the brother of the returning prodigal son that epitomizes this favorite tactic of the ego’s dynamic of specialness: comparing oneself to others. By so doing we inevitably legitimize the belief in separation, thereby excluding our brothers and ourselves from the Kingdom. Allowing Jesus to help us, however, undoes this insane thinking and restores to our awareness—through forgiveness—our inherent unity as God’s Son.


We thank our Father for one thing alone; that we are separate from no living thing, and therefore one with Him.

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​​The Real Alternative

​The discussion is based on the section near the end of the text entitled “The Real Alternative,” which focuses on the contrast between the ego's hopeless purpose and the Holy Spirit's hope-filled purpose for the world. The ego's hopelessness is born of its strategy to keep us in a bodily state of perpetual mindlessness, while the hope held out to us by the Holy Spirit consists of His using the world and body as means to lead us back to the mind. The mind is the home of both the mistaken choice for separation and the correction of Atonement, the real alternative that reminds us we never left our Creator and Source, nor has He left us: He has not left His Thoughts!


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From Darkness to Light

This workshop centers on looking at the hatred and selfishness that are hidden in our minds. The origins of this darkness and the dynamics of denial and projection that protect it are explained in the context of various readings from A Course in Miracles. The light that extinguishes the darkness is our relationship with Jesus, who can help us only by our willingness to bring the darkness to his light, thereby freeing us to remember our Identity as God's one Son.

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The Problem of Evil

How to deal with the evil that seems to be an intrinsic part of the world is the theme of this workshop, which was held in January 2003. A Course in Miracles takes us to the source of the problem, the evil buried deeply in our minds in the secret agreement with the ego never to take responsibility for separating from God. Rather, we see this evil as always taking place outside our minds in the world. This dynamic, shown to be the ultimate cause of all war and hostility, is expressed in one line in the text: “Forget not that the witness to the world of evil cannot speak except for what has seen a need for evil in the world.” The discussion and commentary in this workshop center on exposing this unconscious need to see evil outside, and the consequences of its expression in our lives and in the world. The solution of this perennial problem is presented in the context of undoing our guilt through joining with Jesus in forgiveness. 

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Justice Returned to Love

Returning justice to love represents the correction of the ego's original injustice, which is the idea that we were unfairly treated by God and therefore justified in attacking and separating from Him. A thought system of sacrifice emerged, based upon separate and competing interests, forming the basis of the world's concepts of injustice and justice. Justice became defined in the context of punishing unfairness or evil, judged to be in others and not in those administering the justice. Returning justice to love is choosing the Holy Spirit's perception that we are all the same—guilty and innocent—and share a common interest of returning home to God.

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The Golden Thread of Hope 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is also included as Part 1 of the larger set A Transition in Perspective (CD/3m172dl).

This workshop was given on October 9, 2010 at the Foundation in Temecula. A Course in Miracles asks us to trust that despite the ego’s moribund thread of hopelessness and death, there remains in our minds the golden thread of Atone­ment that weaves its way through our lives, patiently awaiting our decision to identify with it. This shift in “threads” is a change of mind about our inner teacher—from the ego to the Holy Spirit—that reflects the transition from despair to hope, unkindness to kindness. It lifts us from earth to Heaven in a rising melody of forgiveness that leads us home to the Thought that created us like Itself:

He has not left His Thoughts! He could no more depart from them than they could keep Him out. In unity with Him do they abide, and in Their Oneness Both are kept complete. There is no road that leads away from Him. A journey from yourself does not exist. How foolish and insane it is to think that there could be a road with such an aim! Where could it go? And how could you be made to travel on it, walking there without your own reality at one with you?

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Innocence Lost - Innocence Regained:
The Othello Syndrome

“The Othello Syndrome,” exemplified by Shakespeare's tragic hero, refers to the horrific experience of believing that one's sin of destroying innocence is irreversible and beyond redemption: “What was done cannot be done without” (M-17.7:12). All walk the earth with the pain of guilt gnawing deep within: we exist because we stole love from our Father's House, as did Othello when he eloped with Desdemona without her father's consent. Our only hope lies in recognizing all this is a dream. Asking Jesus' help means taking his hand as he leads us back to the mind where we can choose again: innocence instead of guilt, love instead of fear.

Perhaps you would be tempted to agree with the ego that it is far better to be sinful than mistaken. Yet think you carefully before you allow yourself to make this choice. Approach it not lightly, for it is the choice of hell or Heaven.  

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