Learning About One’s Heritage Through Study of the Kitab-i-Iqan

Paula Bidwell of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was able to explore the possible proofs of native American messengers of God through the Wilmette Institute’s course on the Kitab-i-Iqan.

Paula BidwellIn studying the Kitab-i-Iqan, I really became familiar with the proofs of prophethood and the reasonings behind them. It is truly useful for me as a Native American to be able to apply these proofs to our own Native Prophets (Greater and lesser). The similarities are stunning.

My reading of the Baha’i writings was enriched and broadened by studying the instructor’s posts and reading the student posts. There were many symbols and analogies that I didn’t fully understand or didn’t understand at all. And, yet I felt encouraged to create my own understandings at my individual level of understanding. It doesn’t get better than that!

The most apparent way I can use what I’ve learned is in my dialogue with the greater community. I feel more able to answer questions. Of course, that also happens as we continue to expose ourselves to the writings. But, with courses from the Wilmette Institute you are given a more expansive perspective which really does take dialog with others. Sitting alone with the writings has its place, but to hear the thoughts and perspectives of others is really something special.

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