February 7, 2009

The Beautiful Poetry of A Course In Miracles

The poetry of A Course In Miracles always fascinates for its perfection. I love how much thought and precision is expressed and given in the text which is published as prose, but both in the Textbook as well as in the Workbook gradually changes to poetry using the form of blank verse. The form and structure of that shift is astounding, if you really look at it. My friend Ray Comeau wrote more about that. See his post, Prose and Poetry of A Course In Miracles.

This aspect of the Course does show the divine origin of this masterpiece. As Steve Russel put it,
"The magnitude and beauty of the Course, simply as a work of literature and without regard to its miraculous content, adequately belie any notion of its human authorship. To those who wonder why Jesus chose to use this form, I can only say that it is clear from the content of A Course In Miracles that healing is its only purpose, and so this poetry must also serve that purpose."

Here is one example of blank verse in the Course, mainly using the structure of iambic pentameter:

"The state of sinlessness is merely this:
The whole desire to attack is gone,
and so there is no reason to perceive
the Son of God as other than he is.
The need for guilt is gone because it has
no purpose, and is meaningless without
the goal of sin. Attack and sin are bound
as one illusion, each the cause and aim
and justifier of the other. Each
is meaningless alone, but seems to draw
a meaning from the other. Each depends
upon the other for whatever sense
it seems to have. And no one could believe
in one unless the other were the truth,
for each attests the other must be true.
Attack makes Christ your enemy, and God
along with Him. Must you not be afraid
with "enemies" like these? And must you not
be fearful of yourself? For you have hurt
yourself, and made your Self your "enemy."
And now you must believe you are not you,
but something alien to yourself
and "something else,"
a "something" to be feared instead of loved.
Who would attack whatever he perceives
as wholly innocent? And who, because
he wishes to attack, can fail to think
he must be guilty to maintain the wish,
while wanting innocence?
For who could see the Son of God
as innocent and wish him dead?
Christ stands before you,
each time you look upon your brother.
He has not gone because your eyes are
closed."
(ACIM, Chapter 25.V)

Christ "has not gone because my eyes are closed." I love that.

Finally - the reason why I wrote this post - I want you to meet my friend Ray introducing you to the beautiful poetry of the Course much better than I can do.



Please comment, rate and share The Sheer Poetry Of A Course In Miracles - Ray Comeau on YouTube. Thank you.

Ray Comeau also appears in the documentary film A Course In Miracles Unleashed.

Do you know the Course to be from Jesus Christ?
Does the poetry of A Course In Miracles speak to you of its divine origin?
What is your favorite poetic passage in the Course?


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2 comments:

Erika said...

It is just incredibly beautifully written, isn't it?

I love how the perfect quotation spontaneously pops into mind for every situation.

Thanks for continuing to share the beauty of this book with us, Alban, Teacher of God.

:-)

Alban, Teacher of God said...

Thanks Erika, for all your support. By the way, did you see A Course In Miracles Unleashed already?