While the title implies, A Course in Miracles is a teaching device. That teaches us what is real and what is unreal, and leads all of us to the direct experience of our own Interior Teacher. ACIM Books
The Course is arranged in three parts: a text, a workbook for individuals and a manual for teachers. The Textual content presents the concepts base the Course. The workbook contains 365 daily lessons that give students the possibility to apply and experience the concepts on a practical level. The teacher’s manual is presented in something and answer format, addressing typical questions that a student may ask; it also provides a clarification of conditions used throughout the Course.
Upon How it All Started
The Course was written by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford, two highly trained and successful Teachers of Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Medical professionals and Surgeons in Fresh York City. Helen was the scribe for the Course, recording in short the internal messages the girl received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It was a little while until a total of eight years to complete A Course in Miracles, which was first published in 1976 in the Combined States. Helen wrote additional pamphlets. Her Song of Prayer was published in 1977 as well as the Gift of God in the late 70s.
Over the past 34 years, the popularity of A Training course in Miracles has expanded and spread worldwide. That has been translated into 18 different languages plus more translations are in the works. Throughout the world, people gather with other like-minded students to learn the Course together to be able to better understand the Course’s message. In this period of electronic and sociable media, A Course in Miracles can be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through i phone Apps. You can socialize with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groupings, Twitter, and lots of other websites.
Experiencing the Program
The Course is designed to be a self-study tool. However, many students find that their first interaction with the material is difficult and overwhelming – the change in perspective which it offers is contrary to traditional thinking. Taking an preliminary class with a trained facilitator or teacher allows for a gentler beginning to these new ideas and a more rewarding experience.
There are many classes and courses of study based after the philosophy of A Program in Miracles, and even specific classes on key Course concepts, such as True Forgiveness or Trigger and Effect. Such classes give students the chance to go through the theory and application of specific materials more deeply. Through such deep experience, many students find the reassurance of inner peace and the enjoyment of knowing the Inner Teacher.
“This Program is a newbie, not an end… No more specific lessons are assigned, for there is no more need of which. Henceforth, notice but the Voice for God… He will immediate your efforts, telling you just what to do, how to direct your head, and when to come to Him in quiet, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).