A Course of Love: The Course (Unabridged)
by Mari Perron
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There is a way of knowing that can take you beyond where all your learning has taken you. It is the way of direct experience of truth. It is the way of the heart. It may be astonishing to hear that there is a continuation of A Course in Miracles, but it is true. Forty years ago, Jesus dictated ACIM to the scribe Helen Schucman. More recently, over three years, he similarly dictated A Course of Love to Mari Perron. Mari Perron is the channel. Students of ACIM will recognize the voice. Students of truth, whatever their background, will find that ACOL resonates with the heart. A Course of Love was received and originally published in three distinct sections, or books: The Course, The Treatises, and The Dialogues. This is book one, The Course. In A Course of Love, Jesus says: "This time we take a direct approach, an approach that seems at first to leave behind abstract learning and the complex mechanisms of the mind that so betray you. We take a step away from intellect, the pride of the ego, and approach this final learning through the realm of the heart. This is why, to end confusion, we call this course A Course of Love." (Prelude.44) ACIM and ACOL are complementary; the same voice, Jesus, or the Christ consciousness, but more accessible; the same thought system, expanded. He emphasizes the importance of being wholehearted. Wholeheartedness is mind and heart working together, with the heart leading the way or providing guidance to the mind, which leads to miracles and revelation. A channeled work, ACOL is not about adding to one's life, but about un-doing the ties that bind us to what it calls the "house of illusion". In ACOL, we are gently guided to awaken, step by loving step. We find ourselves in the unlimited, eternal field of our own awareness, laughing and crying at the glory of what is.