I’ve not been updating this blog recently; I was just too pressed for time. I’ve finished the six chapters of the Clarification of Terms, all but the Epilogue, which I expect to finish no later than the end of June, 2023. Five of the six commentaries are available for download on the Manual for Teachers page (link in the lefthand list of links). I completed #6 before #5; the latter will be up there in the next week or so. And I will write and post comments on the Epilogue after that.
I’ve posted my commentaries on the first two chapters of the Clarification of Terms. We studied Chapter 1 a few weeks ago, then took a break to watch the video on the story of ACIM and to begin casual discussion of Chapter 1 of the Text. Here’s a link to Chapter 2, Download File.
I should mention for anyone not familiar with the Circle of Atonement’s “Complete and Annotated Edition” (CE) of the Course that the first five chapters of the Text, especially Chapter 1, are very different from the edition published by The Foundation for Inner Peace (the blue books). The CE contains over 50,000 words omitted from the FIP version, and the first chapter has been restored to its original order and format.
Also, in the Clarification that we’re studying now, FIP’s chapter 2 has been moved to its original position in Helen’s notes as Chapter 6, and the intervening chapters renumbered from 2 to 5 to become 3 to 6 in the CE. I’m using the CE numbering.
I’ve posted the commentaries on the final chapter of the Manual, #29, and the Introduction to the Clarification of Terms. We’ll study C-In in the study group tomorrow, 02/28/2023.
I’ve posted the commentary on the penultimate cha[pter of the Manual, “What Is Resurrection? Download File
This coming Tuesday, 02/14/2023, we will finish up studying the Text chapter I began with you last week, and proceed on to Manual Ch. 28 if time permits. The commentary on that Text chapter can be found here: Download File for this commentary on T-11.VI (FIP).
Extra on “What Is Death?"
I have uploaded a PDF version of a booklet I wrote in 1996 on the topic of “What Is Death?”. It covers the whole topic of death as it is discussed all through the Course, not just in the Manual. The 42-page booklet is out of print and no longer available, but now you can read it in this PDF format. Download File
I’ve posted the commentary for M-26 & M-27, “Can God Be Reached Directly? and “What is Death?” Apologies to the class for posting so late. We will finish study of M-27 this coming Tuesday, 01/31/2023.
I posted the commentary for Chapter 25 of the Manual, “Are ‘Psychic’ Powers Desirable?” We Began the study of this section last Tuesday, and will continue next week, January 17, 2023.
I've posted a minor update to my commentary on Manual 24, correcting the title. The prior posting had the title "Introduction," which I neglected to modify from the template I use.
If you downloaded it before 12/31 at 3PM, you might want to download a corrected copy. Nothing is changed but the title.
New commentary posted on Chapter 23, "Does Jesus Have a Special Place in Healing?" This is a really good section!
Commentary on Manual 21-22; Alan Minor
I am sorry for the long time between posts! I've been very busy. Here, finally, is the commentary on Manual chapters 21 and 22.
Some of you many not have heard that Alan Minor, a strong companion on the journey home and a dear friend, passed away on October 1. I will miss his wandering but deep comments during the study group meetings, and the lunches I sometimes shared with him. If you did not receive the email I sent out with his obit and info on the celebration of life service at Unity on Nov 27, drop me an email and I'll pass it along.
Author: allen watson
I lead a weekly study group in A Course in Miracles at Unity Church of Portland. I formerly worked with Robert Perry in The Circle of Atonement, a teaching and healing organization focused on A Course in Miracles and based in Sedona, Arizona. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, trainer, system manager, and consultant on VAX/VMS computers. I'm now retired, still writing, and living in Portland with my wife, Peggy Baldwin, enjoying genealogy and Bible study as hobbies.