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Glossary of Terms

 

Glossary of Terms from A Course in Miracles 

This glossary of Course terms, written by Robert Perry, attempts to clarify the special meaning the Course gives familiar words like God, forgiveness, and miracle. Where applicable, it sets the Course’s meaning alongside the conventional definition and/or the traditional Christian usage. This glossary is keyed to the FIP edition of the Course. If you would like to see the definition of a term you do not find here, please submit your term to support@coursecompanions.com.

Introduction

A – B 

accepting the Atonement for oneself

adjustment

altar

angels

anger

appearances

Atonement

attack

attack thoughts

attraction of guilt

authority problem

being

body

bridge

bringing darkness to light, illusions to truth

brother

C – D

call for love/help

cause and effect

charity

choice

Christ

Christ’s vision

clouds

communication

communion

content

course, the

creation

creations

crucifixion

curriculum

death

defense

defenselessness

delusional system

denial

devil

dissociation

dream

dream figure

E – G

ego

error

eternity

extension

eyes of Christ

face of Christ

faith

fantasy

fear

fear of God

final (or last) step

forgiveness

form/content

freedom

function

gap, little gap

gate of Heaven

giving/receiving

glory

God

“God’s Son is guiltless”

grace

gratitude

Great Rays

guilt

H

happiness

happy dream

having/being

he, him

healing

heart

Heaven

hell

holiness, holy

holy encounter

holy instant

holy relationship

Holy Spirit

humility

I-K

“I am as God created me”

idea

“ideas leave not their source”

idols

illusion

impossible situation

“I need do nothing”

insanity

invulnerability

Jesus

judgment

justice

Kingdom of God

knowledge

L-O

lack

Last (or Final) Judgment

last step

laws

learning

lesson

level confusion

life

light

lilies

little willingness, a

living things

love

magic

magic thoughts

making

making error real

meaning

meaning of love

memory of God

mind

“mind cannot attack”

miracle

miralce receiver

miracle worker

Name of God

natural

One-mindedness

P-R

peace

perception

plan for salvation, plan for Atonement

practice

practice period

prayer

projection

“projection makes perception”

pupil

real thoughts

real world 

reality

reason

receiving

response to temptation

resurrection

revelation

right mind

right-mindedness

S

sacrifice

salvation

savior

script

Second Coming

self

self-concept

separation, the

shadow figures

sickness

sin

sleep

– something else

song of Heaven

Son of God

Sonship

soul

spark

special function

specialness

special relationships

spirit

split mind

substitution

 

T-Z

teacher of God

teaching

teaching-learning situation

temptation

things

thought system

Thoughts of God

time

treasure house

true perception

truth

unhealed healer

universe

veil

vigilance

vision

Voice of God, God’s Voice

way

will

Will of God

witness

Word of God

world

wrong-mindedness

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