What was the intro now consists of three parts. I wrote a new first part about how I came to the Course In Miracles, involving the loss of my awareness of God, then losing my religion, and simply a miracle of finding a new relationship with God. It is a story of transformation, still going on. Maybe your story is like mine. Write me a comment, if you like.
Further, I made a new lens about Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom I love. He is a great writer of powerful insight and intuition. His passionate love for truth and the teachings of Christ is very inspiring to me. In my lens you will find three reasons for why to love Emerson, some ideas from Master Teacher that he expressed in regard to Emerson, and of course, helpful links and suggestions for books.
Below is a quote from a talk Emerson delivered to the Senior Class in Divinity College, July 15, 1838. It is known as the "Divinity School Address."
"Meantime, whilst the doors of the temple stand open, night and day, before every man, and the oracles of this truth cease never, it is guarded by one stern condition; this, namely; it is an intuition. It cannot be received at second hand. Truly speaking, it is not instruction, but provocation, that I can receive from another soul. What he announces, I must find true in me...
Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it, and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man. One man was true to what is in you and me. He saw that God incarnates himself in man, and evermore goes forth anew to take possession of his world. He said, in this jubilee of sublime emotion, `I am divine. Through me, God acts; through me, speaks. Would you see God, see me; or, see thee, when thou also thinkest as I now think.'
But what a distortion did his doctrine and memory suffer in the same, in the next, and the following ages! There is no doctrine of the Reason which will bear to be taught by the Understanding. The understanding caught this high chant from the poet's lips, and said, in the next age, `This was Jehovah come down out of heaven. I will kill you, if you say he was a man.' The idioms of his language, and the figures of his rhetoric, have usurped the place of his truth; and churches are not built on his principles, but on his tropes. Christianity became a Mythus, as the poetic teaching of Greece and of Egypt, before. He spoke of miracles; for he felt that man's life was a miracle, and all that man doth, and he knew that this daily miracle shines, as the character ascends. But the word Miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression; it is Monster. It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain.
He felt respect for Moses and the prophets; but no unfit tenderness at postponing their initial revelations, to the hour and the man that now is; to the eternal revelation in the heart. Thus was he a true man. Having seen that the law in us is commanding, he would not suffer it to be commanded. Boldly, with hand, and heart, and life, he declared it was God. Thus is he, as I think, the only soul in history who has appreciated the worth of a man."
I love this, because it is very obvious that he found in himself what everyone else is looking for. He is very certain about the truth of his relationship with Jesus and his ideas. He is in no way a blind follower of dogma, but an inspiring motivation for everyone to find truth, happiness and peace in himself. And I love his style.
Addendum: I forgot to mention my recent update of my Forgiveness Lens. I included the first seven lessons of the Course, and put them up with some nice photographs.
The first seven lessons of the Course are the basics of the mind training to undo false perception. It has nothing to do with the idea of forgiveness as taught in the world. Remember, the world knows NOTHING about forgiveness, and as it is practiced, it is nothing but a judgment, adding further punishment to him, who failed. Thank God for the Course.