Volunteer Corner: Bruce Fraser
October 28, 2008
Tell me about A Course in Miracles.
It is the title of a book, written by Dr. Helen Schucman and Dr. William Thetford. Helen heard a dictating voice, and it seemed apparent from the content of the material it was Jesus Christ.
The course is considered to be an individual journey, a path we are all on whether we are aware or not. There are thousands of paths to the reawakening to our communion with God.
How long have you traveled the path?
I’ve always been on the quest, 20 years ago someone gave me the book and I instantly fell in love with it ” I’ve had an intimate relationship with the course this whole time. To meet in a group has a limited benefit ” enjoying the communion, reading the material and clarifying concepts. We can help each other understand.
How did you come to be the facilitator for A Course in Miracles?
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The course suggests we turn things over to the holy spirit. I had been in a number of groups, and was seeking a group as a member/participant, when I got a call from Andy Hill, director of For Goodness Sake. He said “We are looking for somebody to facilitate a group in “A Course in Miracles.” We met, it was a blessing in so many ways. Andy is a special part of my life, and makes remarkable things happen at the center (For Goodness Sake).
What is For Goodness Sake?
It is a non-denominational spirituality center. Andy has attracted some amazing features. It’s a phenomenal concept, to have it here in Truckee is a blessing. Truckee is very spiritually aware, our goal in group is to be in a safe, nonjudgmental loving environment to celebrate the very joyful message of the course. It’s been remarkable, the healings (in regard to being at peace) expressed by healed
relationships, finding peace for themselves or inviting help.
Suggest a few main themes from the course.
The course is truly a course, a practice. People who have followed it have had remarkable healing, a metaphor is forgiveness. It’s an approach to forgiveness the differs significantly from society’s concept.
Forgiveness that is an acknowledgment that each of us is in spiritual perfection, the Christ, that an act of the atonement principle, through continued practice we achieve ever higher states of peace and continual awareness of God’s presence in us.
That forgiveness is the way to heal the suffering of the world, any one person who practices and has a peaceful effect … the more who do it magnify that process.
And the result?
It’s the most transformative spiritual process that I’ve ever seen. Peace is an expression of the presence of God. Seeing the presence of God in one another is beyond words. That is what the definition of a miracle is.
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What: A Course in Miracles
When: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 :30 p.m.
Where: For Goodness Sake, Downtown Truckee
Who: Anyone may join, any time, there is no beginning and no end
As its title implies, the course is arranged throughout as a teaching device. It consists of three books: a 622-page Text, a 478-page Workbook for Students, and an 88-page Manual for Teachers. The order in which students choose to use the books, and the ways in which they study them, depend on their particular needs and preferences. Although Christian in statement, the course deals with universal spiritual themes.