How one achieves world peace spiritually when there are many
differences of religion and beliefs which divide?
I believe it was the General Secretary Dag Hammarskj÷ld who
said, "We have attempted
to achieve peace in this world and we have failed miserably
and unless we experience a spiritual rebirth this world will
not know peace." Without a doubt, the solution to
nurturing a culture of peace lies in the unquestionable truth
that a universal theology is impossible. However, a universal
experience is not only possible but necessary in this moment
What is in essence the message promulgated by the teaching
that you practice?
LOIS: A Course in Miracles
is a communication that comes from outside of the parameters
of space and time. It's a message from God, through Jesus
Christ. It's a course in the illumination of your mind through
it's transformation. The message is one of love, peace and
forgiveness in the recognition of our unity and singularity
before God and of the divine purpose of our existence. That is
what we wish to strengthen and inspire.
The cornerstone of our
teaching is that we are responsible for what we see, we chose
the feelings we experience and everything that seems to happen
to us we ask for and receive as we have asked. That your mind
is the mechanism of decisions and that we can individually
decide to see things differently.
Is it not wishful thinking to think that collective peace will
be achieved when one by one changes?
LOIS: No, not at all. It
doesn't make sense to think that collective peace does not
depend on the individual. Every individual that realizes that
there must be an alternative to his condition of fear, loss,
loneliness, pain and death begins to share with others his
personal determination to awaken, through the transformation
of his mind and the experience
his reconnection with the
ADRIANA: There seems to be a
contradiction between those who profess religious liberty,
meanwhile every religion assumes that within its philosophies
lies the truth. Is it not a contradiction then when in the
beginning of the Course it states that it is a required
LOIS: A Course in Miracles
is not a religion. It has nothing to do with a religious
doctrine. It's only purpose is the illumination of the mind.
Through it's transformation. Why is it a required course?
Because humans suffer from the condition of not knowing
themselves and since the course will show you who you are, it
has to be therefore a requirement. The only way to achieve
this is through the experience of communication with God, our
eternal creative source. Again, a universal theology is
impossible, however a universal experience is not only
possible but necessary.
How does one combine the teachings of the course with daily
life. the practice of the presence of God and the role and
function of the Holy Spirit?
With miracle mindedness. With determination and perseverance.
The miracle is a universal expression of love and occurs
naturally. The real miracle is the love which inspires it and
in that sense everything that proceeds from love is a miracle.
God is the mind with which
we think. His presence is always there. Your awareness of him
does not cause his presence nor is his absence the result from
you not being aware of Him. It's only your awareness of the
presence of God that seems to be affected. Light is crucial.
While you continue in darkness it is not possible to realize
Gods presence. and you will thereby become convinced that he
is not there.