On a list I'm on, this question was posed this morning: To accept the Atonement for yourself, do you have to agree with me (or anyone) on the meaning of ACIM? Now, does anyone else have to agree with
My take is this:
While I've come to appreciate the Bible more over the years, A Course in Miracles remains the spiritual path the continues to profoundly speak to me. Nevertheless, we can look at the bible as it relates to this idea of interpretation.
Literally thousands of people (if you consider ministers, scholars, authors, Sunday school teachers, etc.) teach/speak/share on the Bible. We can find material ranging from the rabid fundamentalists to those who look at the deeper metaphysical symbolism found in the bible. Some people teach it to children in Sunday school, while others teach it to scholars in college.
Who get's to be the authority on what the bible says? Thank God, not the people who take Leviticus literally word for word! lol
I personally find the teachings in the Bible more profound and applicable to my life if I look at the deeper meanings, so I'm thankful that I'm not stuck with the more literal fundamentalist approach.
Even when it comes to the various bible translations, I like using various ones, maybe that's the "teacher" personality coming out, but sometimes reading a certain translation provokes an Aha moment, "Oh, *that's* what it means!" Yet many argue about which Bible translation is the most valid, best, etc. -- yes not unlike what we currently see in the Course community since the original texts have been discovered and published.
While debate and conflict abound in *all* religious/spiritual communities all over the world, I'm thankful for freedom to let Holy Spirit be my guide versus outside authority.
I do find it interesting that in the Course community, some feel that we should all interpret ACIM the same. ACIM is a deep and profound spiritual path, and it's amazing to me that anyone thinks that they've really got the foothold on the truth it contains, or that one could fully grasp it in a year of haphazardly applying its principles.
I've been with it around 18 years now, and each year I gain new understanding about aspects of the course. It's amazing to me that even one lesson can unfold deeper gifts to me even after I've read it many times over the years.
There is still much in the course that I freely admit, I don't have a clue about. And, I'm fine with not totally understanding it. ACIM introduces us to our inner teacher, who then, if we're so willing, leads us through an *individual* curriculum...all leading to the same outcome.
I'm grateful that my curriculum involved spending years with ACIM and Holy Spirit, before I got to the internet (HAHA), because by then, I'd learned to trust guidance and not be swayed by the opinions of others.
I'm also grateful for everyone I've come across who have been passionate about and inspired to share what they have learned through long time application of ACIM. To me, it makes perfect sense, that all are needed -- it's God's way of meeting us where we are.
So I for one feel that we ought to trust our guidance, honor that of others, and yeah, accept the atonement (correction process) for ourselves. ;)
So, who's right about interpretation of A Course in Miracles? God meets us where we are. In your willingness to let Holy Spirit be your guide, you will be led to peace.
P.S. Thanks to Ken for inspiring this post! ;)