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A Return to Love


A Return to Love is the next book to be reviewed here. Below are some thoughts from the introduction that resonated with me.

In my youth, every door marked “no” by conventional standards seemed to hold the key to some lascivious pleasure. Whatever sounded outrageous, I wanted to do and usually did. I often felt like an alien on planet earth, as if life was a private club and everyone had the password but me. I felt people knew the secret of life that I didn’t know, but I didn’t want to ask them about it because I didn’t want them to know I didn’t know.

The answer was simple, but it would take me years to realize the password was love. Love is what we were born with. Love is the essential, existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.

Love isn’t seen with the physical eyes or heard with the physical ears. Physical senses can’t perceive it. Love requires a different kind of ‘seeing’ than we’re used to, a different kind of knowing or thinking. Love is the intuitive knowledge of our hearts. It is the “world beyond’ that we all secretly long for. The ancient memory of this love haunts us for all time, and beckons us to return.

It is who we really are. It is the us that is soft, innocent, and spirit.

CITE: Williamson, M. (1996). A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

2 thoughts on “A Return to Love

  1. Gary Zukav states: The purpose of our journey on this precious Earth is to align our personalities with our souls. It is to create harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. It is to grow spiritually. This is our new evolutionary pathway. We are evolving from five-sensory humans into multisensory humans. The perceptions of the multi-sensory human extend beyond physical reality to the larger dynamical systems of which our physical reality is a part. As we become multi sensory, we move beyond the limitations of the five senses and we now are evolving to a different mechanism in the exploration of physical reality. You cannot find your soul with your mind, you must use your heart. You must know what you are feeling beyond five-sensory and into the intuitive multi-sensory spiritual realm.
    I love A Course In Miracles, the lessons calibrate in the 600s on David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD Map of Conscious using a scale of 1 to 1000 where 200 is the level courage or the capacity to comprehend truth.

    1. Love this…and love Gary Zukav. Thanks for sharing. I remember being on this path in the 70s and then allowed myself to be pulled from it in an effort to fit in and “be normal.” Now I feel a pull to go back and align myself with my true center. I’ve been “normal” long enough.

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