Loral Reeves, Dr. Jeffrey Seibert and Dr. Rosemarie LoSasso
One of the most challenging reversals in our thinking that A Course in Miracles calls upon us to make, or at least to recognize, is that the mind is not in the body, the brain in particular, but rather the body and the brain are thoughts in the mind. And so Jesus observes, “You also believe the body’s brain can think. If you but understood the nature of thought, you could but laugh at this insane idea” (W.92.2). That the mind is an epiphenomenon of the activity of the brain has been a fundamental premise of much of Western scientific and philosophical thought for centuries. The implications of this reversal are profound for our understanding and practice of the Course’s teaching on forgiveness. Our resistance to accepting the reversal is huge because of the prominent role our false belief plays as a defense in attributing the cause for our pain and suffering to forces in the world outside ourselves, for which we are not responsible (e.g., M-5.II.3). To say that the body and the brain are in the mind is to say also that the world is in the mind. These classes explore the Course’s very radical teachings on mind and body/brain, as they challenge both our personal and cultural beliefs about the nature of reality.
Original Workshop Date: 03/2016