by Justin Oles
One of the unfortunate facts about this course is that it presents some ideas that will make no sense if you haven’t taken other spirituality courses. This is not really an issue since it is listed as a doctorate level course and the implications therefore would be that you should take the masters level courses first. One complaint along those lines is that while the ascended masters are spoken of in passing throughout the course an explanation of whom and what they are was saved for the final lesson. While I am sure the author has a valid reason for this it would make more sense to me logically to have an explanation of the terminology before the term is use for the first time, or at a minimum a brief explanation included with the first use of the term. Once again, having taken many different courses from the seminary previously I had an understanding of the meaning of almost all terms, someone who has less experience or training may find it difficult to become fully engrossed in and truly understand the lessons based on this fact alone.
One good thing about the course was the breadth and depth. While this is a doctorate level course and I was expected it to drill down more specifically as such it ended up being a good overall view of spirituality with the thought processes of an upper level course but with the specificity and breadth of a primer course. This worked simply because it was able to make you curious enough to do more research on your own. The only drawback of this being the author has to give over some control of where that curiosity brings you rather than control the entire journey through the course.
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