Michael S Barth
Doctor of Spirituality Final Essay
Working on this course was really fascinating to me. I really enjoyed the time working on it and learned quite a bit. Before taking this class, I had never heard of the course or book called A Course in Miracles. While taking this class, I ended up buying the book/course at a bookstore to read and even signed up for the newsletter from Foundation for Inner Peace.
This course is about prayer which is a tool that I realize now that I need to utilize more often to communicate with my Heavenly Father. I realize now that through prayer, I can be one with my Father. When I was a kid, I would attend church and I was told to pray. I did not pray much as a kid because I felt that God was not listen or not answering my prayers. I would also gripe at God about all the problems that my family or I were having and would tell God what should be done or what I wanted. This course really got rid of that view which had been diminishing over the years.
Over the years, I always had thought that God was a completely separate entity but learned in this course that God is in each and every one of us and that God is waiting for us to come back to him. The section on free will also really changed how I viewed free will. I had always thought that I would be happy in whatever choices I made but that turned out to be wrong. I stopped going to church and did things my own way. I ended up in a lot of pain. This is when I realized that things would be a lot better if I did them God's way.
This course really changed my view on God too. A little piece of me always believed in God and I always feared God, but realize now that God is all encompassing and is all love. Growing up, I was taught that if I did something wrong or bad God was going to condemn me and judge me to an eternity in Hell but realize that this is not what God is since God is all love.
I also was taught about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ with less emphasis put on the resurrection. After taking this course, I realize that the lesson was the resurrection of Jesus Christ because he was one with his Heavenly Father. I have felt a lot better since taking this course which clarified a lot of misperceptions that I had held about Jesus Christ.
The material mentioned above is just a little of what I learned from this course. This course has also been very helpful to me. I have suffered from mental/emotional disorders for the last 10 years. This course has given me hope by teaching me about miracles and prayer. Since the start of this course, I have had fewer symptoms because I have been able to take things from this course and apply them to real life. The biggest change that this course got me to do is to listen to God and let God into my life. I am currently reading the course/book that this course is based on. By taking this course first, I am understanding the course/book a lot better and getting a lot out of it.
This course is easy to follow and presented very well. The instructor does a wonderful job in this course. I loved all of the lessons and the prayer visualizations that came with it. I would definitely recommend that people take this course.
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