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Miracle Yoga Aspects

Forgiveness leads to awakening

Forgiveness leads to awakening.

Five Aspects 

Miracle Bhakti Yoga: Love
Miracle Karma Yoga: Service
Miracle Raja Yoga: Meditation
Miracle Jnana Yoga: Understanding
Miracle Relationship Yoga: Forgiveness

The excerpt below from Memory Walk in the Light describes the five aspects of Miracle Yoga:

    The term Christian yoga has been used extensively to describe any combination of yoga with following Christ. In order to specifically identify the type of Christian yoga that is based on A Course in Miracles, I use the term Miracle Yoga to distinguish it from Christian yoga in general. The objective of Miracle Yoga is to live in Christ each and every day and allow His Spirit to be expressed through you bringing blessings into the lives of others. Sometimes the Course is mistakenly thought of as merely a set of lofty metaphysical concepts. However, its spiritual principles are meant to be consistently applied to everyday life. The Course is invariably silent about the various self-help forms of the world, such as diet, exercise, health, and breathing practices. This omission is intentional in order to highlight the Course’s central message about content taking precedence over form—meaning specifically that there is a divine presence and spiritual purpose beyond the illusions of form presented by the world.

    One of the main goals of Miracle Yoga is to live a life based on true forgiveness, which allows you to see past the illusions of form and to recognize the reality of the divine presence in everyone and everything. Seeing the world through the eyes of forgiveness can potentially enable you to have Christ’s vision and see a world filled with love. The goal of obtaining Christ’s vision is to learn how to open your heart to the divine love all around you and in you as your source and substance. It may take your whole lifetime to fully learn this single lesson that love is your true nature. Forgiveness is your practical means of learning this lesson because it removes the inner obstacles to the awareness of love’s abiding presence.
    Unlike revelation [the Course’s term for enlightenment] that can possibly be a one time experience of the divine, if it occurs at all, forgiveness is available to everyone all of the time. Hopefully the proper application of forgiveness can be learned and become your way of approaching everyday life on an ongoing basis. Forgiveness helps you to not only see the divine in others, but also to trust in that same divine presence within yourself as your true Christ Self, because how you see your brother will inevitably be how you see yourself. Since forgiveness in the Course requires discrimination between the real and the unreal, it corresponds to the type of Hindu yoga called jnana yoga, which is the seeking of God through mental understanding and discrimination. In the blending of East and West, the practice of Miracle Jnana Yoga is based entirely on the Course and the application of forgiveness, which affirms the divine reality in everyone and overlooks the unreal illusions of the ego.

    Although the thought system of the Course is the basis for Miracle Jnana Yoga, you may prefer practicing your own unique form of Christian yoga with another thought system. You could potentially choose a dualistic Western thought system that maintains that the seeker and God are separate and in the process of joining. In my opinion this is a diluted form of Christian yoga that leaves out the gift that the East has to offer the West. This gift is the perception that the seeker and God are already united and the seeker is simply waking up to this already existing union. If the Course is not your cup of tea, I recommend the perennial philosophy, advocated by Huston Smith and Aldous Huxley, as a nondualistic thought system to facilitate the practice of your own form of Christian jnana yoga.

    Since the Course does not specify what forms can assist in spiritual growth, this is left up to the individual’s guidance received through calling upon the Holy Spirit. Miracle Yoga is for those Course students who are guided by the Holy Spirit to use the forms of yoga that help them make spiritual progress. In addition to applying Miracle Jnana Yoga, the path of Miracle Yoga includes Miracle Raja Yoga, involving meditation practices, Miracle Bhakti Yoga, expressing love, and Miracle Karma Yoga, based on service to others. The Course philosophy has a unique effect on how each of these forms of Miracle Yoga is expressed. For instance, Miracle Karma Yoga in the form of selfless service is similar to both traditional Hindu karma yoga and Christian karma yoga, but with one distinct difference. Other forms of karma yoga are based on the idea that there is a law of karmic retribution—a divine accounting system, saying we must face the good and bad fruits of our actions. Miracle Karma Yoga affirms the idea of cause and effect, yet it is based on the unusual Course idea that God does not believe in karmic retribution. According to the Course, karmic retribution is entirely self-imposed and not determined by God, Who only forgives.

    Unlike the four forms of Miracle Yoga already mentioned, there is a fifth category that does not correspond to any type of traditional Hindu yoga. This distinctive form of Miracle Yoga is called Miracle Relationship Yoga, which includes forgiveness and the expression of holy relationships, described in the Course as the joining of two people in a common purpose. Miracle Relationship Yoga also emphasizes that all of our relationships, whether casual or long term, are opportunities to recognize that we are already joined with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ and in God right now and forever.

    Naturally Miracle Yoga would include all of the basic hatha yoga body postures and breathing practices, which are actually part of Miracle Raja Yoga as a preparation for being able to sit still for meditation. The ideal for a balanced approach would be to practice a combination of all the various forms of Miracle Yoga mentioned above, although one or more of these may receive greater emphasis depending upon the natural inclinations of the seeker. 

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Click below for information about each individual aspect:
Miracle Bhakti Yoga: Love
Miracle Karma Yoga:
Miracle Raja Yoga:

    Miracle Jnana Yoga: Understanding

    Miracle Relationship Yoga: Forgiveness

    The five aspects of Miracle Yoga are described in the autobiography below, which also includes instructions in how to practice Christian meditation and simple yoga postures and breathing practices.

Memory Walk in the Light: 

My Christian Yoga Life as

"A Course in Miracles"


    The title of this autobiography, “Memory Walk in the Light,” emphasizes my life as a concrete journey of forgiveness leading toward an abstract destination. My journey is different than yours, but in the end you and I will discover the same transcendental Light. This Light is the abstract destination to which I have devoted my life.
    Many years ago a total stranger walked up to me and invited me to go on what he called a “memory walk” with him. I accepted his invitation, and since then my life has never been the same. Now I am inviting you to take a “memory walk” with me. This autobiography is a journey into the darkness of the past with the goal of arriving at the light of the present moment. My story bears witness to the truth that with the Love of God all things are possible. Quite naturally God’s Love leads to forgiveness, which has shown me that, “The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.” 1

1. T-26.IX.6:1, p. 562 

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Donald James Giacobbe 

Donald James Giacobbe

    Donald James Giacobbe worked for sixteen years as a case manager for the state of Arizona serving developmentally disabled clients. The professional nature of his human service work placed limitations on his ability to express his spiritual motivations overtly, so out of necessity he served as an "undercover agent" for God.

    A more direct approach to spirituality was facilitated by living with Zen Buddhist seekers and then being part of a yoga community. Later he was the director of the Aquarian Age Yoga Center in Virginia Beach, VA. He served as an instructor of meditation and yoga, teaching college courses and appearing on television. He specialized in providing yoga teacher training certification courses and leading meditation workshops and retreats. I
n his teaching of meditation, Don has attempted to strip away the rituals of Zen Buddhism and yoga practices and transpose only the bare essence into a Christian context. Techniques of meditation inspired by Eastern sources enhance the use of traditional Christian practices, such as the "Jesus Prayer," and lead to the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit that occurs in Christian contemplation.

    Don encourages the doing of God's Will, being receptive to the Holy Spirit, and finding Christ within the temple of one's own heart. While respecting all Christian spiritual expressions, he became a monk by making his vow directly to God, without the stamp of approval from any religious organization. For many years Don used the term "Christian yoga" to describe his spiritual path, which combined following Christ with yoga disciplines. However, in recent years he has adopted the term "Miracle Yoga" to describe the specific path of Christian yoga he has chosen. This form of spirituality is a synthesis of yoga and the philosophy of "A Course in Miracles." The seeker is encouraged to see with "forgiving eyes" and perceive Christ in everyone. Don's goal is to maintain a balance between opening
inwardly to divine love and allowing that love to be extended outwardly to others. 


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