These are sites that I have found useful for information and other perspectives on A Course in Miracles, Non-Duality, as well as concepts and practices that aid in clearing the mind of the barriers that inhibit awakening. It has been my experience that finding and immersing one’s self in a single practice, at least until you have fully internalized it, is more effective than bouncing from one path to another. External differences in language and focus often lead to greater confusion. However, learning to see the commonalities in all true paths brings greater insight into your own.
I will be adding to these initial links as the site develops.
Course in Miracles Teachers
David Hoffmeister – David teaches one of the purest non-dual understandings of the Course from the awakened perspective. Here are three extensive sets of audio and transcriptions of his teaching:
Adyashanti – “An American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings…Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. ‘The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.’”
My selection of reading material may seem a bit eclectic for a Course in Miracles site, but it corresponds to the variety of background and related teachings that I bring to my classes and seminars. While as I say on the page about my approach to teaching, “The Course is its own experience.” That is, what the Course says and how it says it, is the Course. Its seemingly complex and oblique (and even poetic) language is not a limitation to be overcome, but a part of the process of short-circuiting our conventional thinking and perspective.
In my experience, the role of the teacher (or writer) is not to “explain” or “simplify” the Course, but to help the student engage in its process. Where necessary, I have found outside material helpful, especially in two areas.
One area is the best of teachings from other non-dual traditions, including Advaita Vedanta, Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Mystical Christianity and others. This demonstrates the continuity the Course has in the “Perennial Wisdom,” rather than the notion that the Course is a completely new teaching.
Second, we all have a collection of seemingly rational beliefs about the physical world that are drawn from our culture’s scientific understanding of it. Unfortunately, much of this is old science, some of which has not been held by scientists for many years or even decades. Such old and common assumptions die hard. While the new science is still not the Course, much of it, particularly in physics and cognitive (brain/mind) science, is so different from our commonly held views, that to confront this fact helps to loosen our tenacious hold on our assumptions, and open us more to the radical teaching of the Course.
Books on the Course