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Keep It Simple, a new article by Pamela Silberman
Good Questions...A new column by Carmen Cameron
Preface to The Poet's Quill, by J. Michaels
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The Author of the Course writes that he has "made every effort to use words that are almost impossible to distort," but the ego can be very inventive in distracting us from his message.  In our feature article this month, Keep It Simple, Pamela Silberman offers some examples of obstacles to peace that are set up by the ego and a useful solution for abolishing them.

Carmen Cameron, one of CIMS' founding members, debuts in this issue with Good Questions, the first of what we hope will become a regular feature of our newsletter.  And finally, we are pleased to introduce poet and author J. Michaels, who has several publications in the wings.

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Keep It Simple
By Pamela Silberman*
Pamela Silberman 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to translate A Course in Miracles into "teen-speak?"  For example, instead of having sentences delving profoundly into the benefits of atonement, miracle mindedness, and forgiveness, perhaps Jesus would simply say, "Hey bro, You are Love, now get off your case!"  Definitely, if it were appropriate to our highest good, Jesus would have had Helen publish a pamphlet the size of a Chinese food menu.  Yet, since our "thought system has become so twisted and so complex," he chose to introduce simple truth with dedicated fervor, knowing our confused mind "cannot see that [the ego] means nothing."
Although the Course's verbose style forces us to read slower, no matter how slow we read, the Course's simplicity was never intended to become lost in the translation.  Despite its scholarly appearance, the main purpose was not to prolong complexity.  Beyond its perfect iambic pentameter and vivid verse, the Course has always intended to provide clarity where before the ego gives only shadows.  Any human being can admit how easy it is to become lost in shadows, especially when you do not know your way.  Likewise, any beginning Course student can share how sifting through sentence after sentence of the Course's profound concepts appears to bring more challenges than solutions.  For this reason, I adhere to the adage "keep it simple" whenever I choose to explore the Text, Workbook or Manual for Teachers.

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*  Pamela Silberman is the author of Simply Being: One Year with Spirit.  She is due to be a presenter at the 2011 CMC conference and additionally serves as co-organizer for the Be The Love conferences, occurring in 2010.  Join her on Facebook daily for thoughts guided from Spirit which help us all to "Simply.
Good Questions 
Questions & Answers

by Carmen Cameron*

carmenThere is nothing I like more than a good question about the Course.  And by "good question", I mean a thought provoking one - a question that makes me reassess what I currently believe and perhaps come to see it in a new light. As a result, we have a very interactive study group of Course students here in Louisville where everyone is encouraged to share their insights and questions. It is also a very diverse group with people from widely varying religious backgrounds so we get a lot of very insightful questions and I've been making a note of them for the last 15 years.  Here is one of my favorite ones:

Question: The Course clearly appeals to people from very diverse religious backgrounds. Why do you think that is?
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Carmen Cameron, who is a founding member of Course in Miracles Society, has been teaching classes in A Course in Miracles since 1994.  She was a presenter at the 2009 Miracles Conference in San Francisco and is scheduled to present again at the 2011 Conference. Carmen's website is:
The Poet's Quill
by J. Michaels*

J Michaels 
 In the year of our Lord, two thousand and eight, the dream insisted it be heard by the fitful sleeping man. That dream came in the form of a poem that would not yield to sleep. After it became obvious that arising and recording the words would be the only way to ensure any rest, the man awoke and looked at his bedside clock. It read exactly 3:33 am. At that time, a tale of two brothers named, oddly enough, Nicobod and Ichobod, was born. Unknown to the dreamer and soon-to-be poet, much more than he could possibly know was also being bred.
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* J. Michaels is the author of : The Poet's Quill a spiritual poetry collection, Treasure of the Mind  a novella based on the death of his son, plus poetry collections  Common Ground, Emerald Mandala , and Mystic Twine, all scheduled for publication in the next few months.  His web site is
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