6/30/05

New Addition - Lily of Forgiveness - ACIM Visible Blessings

Each lily of forgiveness offers all the world the silent miracle of love.

A Course in Miracles - Visible Blessings

These downlodable files are all in Adobe PDF format, for which you will need a recent version of the free Adobe Reader.


These are designed to be printed on color injet printers using 8.5 x 11 paper. Plain paper should suffice. Using photo grade paper will result in crisper text. Unless noted otherwise, each may be trimmed to fit a standard 8 x 10 inch picture frame.

June 30, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

6/28/05

Miracle Studies - A Course in Miracles Workbook Calendar for July

Miracle Studies - A Course in Miracles Workbook Calendar for July, 2005 (Lesson 182 - 212) is now available for downloading at:

A Course in Miracles - July Calendar

This calendar includes Carmen's recent original angel artwork. It is a downloadable PDF file that may be printed out for easy reference. Also, if it is used on-screen while your Internet connection is established, the calendar includes hotlinks to each of the online Workbook lessons in full, as well as hotlinks to Alan Watson's online Workbook Lesson commentary.

A Course in Miracles Workbook Toolkit

June 28, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

6/21/05

Fifth Anniversary of Recovering "A Course in Miracles" Urtext

It was 5 years ago this week that Carmen and I, along with 5 others, were at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington D.C. to inspect and retrieve the ACIM Urtext.

Thanks to Doug Thompson, you can download a PDF copy of the "A Course in Miracles" Urtext at:

ACIM Urtext


This summer is also the 30th anniversary of Judy Skutch's public distribution of the 1st edited edition of "A Course in Miracles" by means of photocopies, which ultimately resulted in the copyright registration on that edition being ruled invalid.

Happy Anniversary!

June 21, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

6/19/05

Whew!

Phase one of "A Course in Miracles" Text is finally complete!

A Course in Miracles - Text


June 19, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

6/16/05

The Simplicity of Citation - Detail

Prior to 1992, Course students were able to make citation to a particular passage in the Text by means of chapter number and page number only. When the Foundation for Inner Peace introduced the 2nd Edition of "A Course in Miracles," it included a numbering system useful to specifically cite an individual sentence by means of Chapter number, section Roman number, sub-section letter, paragraph number, and sentence number. Under this system a citation to a sentence had either 4 or 5 parts, plus an indication the cite was to the Text portion of ACIM.

The Foundation for Inner Peace and the Foundation for A Course in Miracles claim exclusive copyright ownership of this numbering identification method.

Therefore, in order not to infringe upon FIP's and FACIM's intellectual property rights, I have adopted a substantially different, but simpler, numbering system.

This system uniformly uses four 2-digit groups to specify Chapter, Section, Paragraph and Sentence, such as:

06.01.02.04

This particular citation is to the Introduction to Chapter 6, second paragraph, fourth sentence. In addition to not using Roman numerals and letters, this example differs from the method used in the 2nd Edition by assigning the Section number 1 to the Introduction. In the 2nd Edition, this is identified as "T-6.in.2.4".

The system I employ also eliminates sub-sections and sub-sub-sections, and designates them all simply as Sections.

Thus, in chapter 19, the 2nd Edition cite of T-19.IV.B.9.2, is now 19.8.1.2

"And to accept the peace he gives instead, without the limits that would hold its extension back, and so would limit your awareness of it. "

See: ACIM Text Chapter 19, Section 8


This method should be sufficiently different from the system used in the 2nd Edition so as to avoid any claim of copyright infringement.


June 16, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

Splits, Divisions, and Cleavages

I've divided chapters 15 through 21 of the Text into sections (more on that later):

ACIM Chapter 15
ACIM Chapter 16
ACIM Chapter 17
ACIM Chapter 18
ACIM Chapter 19
ACIM Chapter 20
ACIM Chapter 21

. . . . and I hope to complete the remaining chapters by early next week.

To see the Text Table of Contents by Section Name:

A Course in Miracles - Text Table of Contents


June 16, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

6/14/05

Jump on July - Course in Miracles Workbook Calendars

The July Workbook Lesson Reminder Calendars for July are already available from the Foundation for the Awakening Mind and from Peaceful Path:

Awakening Mind ACIM Lesson Calendar
Peaceful Path ACIM Lesson Calendar


June 14, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

6/12/05

The Simplicity of Citation

I have completed adding anchors to the paragraphs through Chpter 6 of the text. Anchors to the sentence level will have to wait.

Ultimately, all of the Text chapters will be divided up into individual sections, which now is only about one-third complete.

Now, however, at least for chapters 1 - 6, it is possible to link directly to an individual paragraph.


Example:

http://acim.home.att.net/text-06-02.html#04


- the file name (text-06-02) indicates (text)-(chapter 06) - (section 02), and the anchor name indicates #(paragraph 04).

All Chapter, Section & Paragraph numbers are double-digit, using a leading zero if necessary.

More examples:

http://acim.home.att.net/text-03-03.html#05
http://acim.home.att.net/text-01-01.html#22
http://acim.home.att.net/text-04-01.html#02


June 12, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

6/10/05

A Course in Miracles and New Thought

In the "urtext" version of "A Course in Miracles," it is written:

"Man's spiritual eye can sleep, but as will shortly appear in the notes (reference Bob, elevator operator) a sleeping eye can still see. One translation of the Fall, a view emphasized by Mary Baker Eddy, and worthy of note, is that 'a deep sleep fell upon Adam'. While the Bible continues to associate this sleep as a kind of anaesthetic utilized for protection of Adam during the creation of Eve, Mrs. Eddy was correct in emphasizing that nowhere is there any reference made to his waking up. While Christian Science is clearly incomplete, this point is much in its favor."

Much of this will sound very strange to some " A Course in Miracles" (ACIM) students, for its specificity of expression is very different from the grand abstractions which many Crouse students seem to favor. However, in the ACIM urtext we have found many examples of the author discussing very specific persons, issues, and religious doctrine, both historic and contemporary to the early scribing (1965 - 1966).

In passage quoted above, the author states, essentially, that Mary Baker Eddy's teaching of Christian Science was right about at least some things, but that those teachings didn't take it far enough. Of course, many were inspired by Mary Baker Eddy to expand the ideas with their own unique insights, such as Charles Fillmore, founder of Unity Church, Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind, and the entire "New Thought" movement, and to take the ideas further.

In the event that some brother might benefit from exposure to the writings of classic New Thought authors, we work to make them available, along with other writings mentioned in the ACIM urtext. Specifically, "Letters from the Scattered Brotherhood."




June 10, 2005
Louisville, Kentucky

6/8/05

From the Scattered Brotherhood

Free eBook version
Published on Scribd.com - eBook in PDF format


Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood
House of Light digital edition

114 pages
11 x 8.5" 






Editor’s introduction

The one hundred four letters collected in this book were originally published from the late 1930’s through the mid 1940’s in a weekly magazine called the Churchman. The letters were published as anonymous contributions by various writers from across the country. It is a mistake to think that all of the letters were written by a single individual. They were not. Many varous writers contributed over several years. From the content and style of the letters it seems likely that these unknown authors were professional Protestant clergy, or at least deeply immersed in the more spiritual side of the Christian faith.

The language of these letters can sometimes seem a bit archaic to the modern ear, but it is also clear that the authors were lovers of language, extremely literate, and sincere spiritual thinkers. A modern reader might notice the unaccustomed emphasis sometimes placed on racial divisions and identification with one’s “race,” but that is simply a sign of those times, and the word was also used to mean the “human race.” Some incomplete effort has been made to clean up the more annoying uses of “thee”, “thine”, and “shalt,” but enough remain so as to leave no doubt that these letters come to us from an earlier generation. Subsequent revisions to the ebook will reflect additional modernization efforts by the editor.

There letters were originally collected in book form by the editorial efforts of Mary Strong, about whom not much is known. First published in 1948 by Harper & Row, the book was reprinted in 1991 and it is still currently available for purchase. This present digital edition draws upon the same source materials as did the printed book, but the letters have been re-compiled in a different order of my own selection.

Coming out of the dark days of the great depression of the 1930’s and the terrifying days of World War II, this collection appears as a mighty call to take heart in the ever present solace of spiritual truth, and to focus on spirit rather than the distressing news of the day. As a source of inspiration and practical spiritual insight in the best Christian tradition, these letters are as valuable today as they were during those turbulent times.

Scattered Brotherhood 4

—oOo—


Tom Fox
Louisville, Kentucky

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