Whilst the title implies, A Course in Miracles is a teaching device. It teaches us what’s real and what’s unreal, and leads us to the direct connection with our personal Inner Teacher.
The Course is arranged in three parts: a text, a workbook for students and an information for teachers. The Text presents the concepts underlying the Course. The workbook contains 365 daily lessons giving students the chance to apply and experience the concepts on a functional level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a concern and answer format, addressing typical questions a student may ask; additionally, it provides a clarification of terms used throughout the Course.
On How it All Began
The Course was compiled by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford, two highly trained and successful Professors of Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Helen was the scribe for the Course, writing down in shorthand the inner messages she received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It took an overall total of seven years to complete A Course in Miracles acim, which was first published in 1976 in the United States. Helen wrote additional pamphlets. Her Song of Prayer was published in 1977 and The Gift of God in 1978.
In the last 34 years, the popularity of A Course in Miracles has grown and spread worldwide. It has been translated into 18 different languages and more translations are in the works. Throughout the world, people gather with other like-minded students to see the Course together in order to better understand the Course’s message. In this era of electronic and social media, A Course in Miracles may be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You can communicate with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.
Experiencing the Course
The Course was created to be a self-study tool. However, many students see that their first interaction with the material is difficult and overwhelming – the change in perspective that it offers is despite traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with a qualified facilitator or teacher allows for a gentler opening to these new ideas and a far more fulfilling experience.
There are numerous classes and courses of study based upon the philosophy of A Course in Miracles, and even specific classes on key Course concepts, such as True Forgiveness or Cause and Effect. Such classes give students the opportunity to experience the theory and application of specific material more deeply. Through such deep experience, many students discover the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.
“This Course is really a beginning, not an end… No longer specific lessons are assigned, for there’s no longer need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God… He’ll direct your efforts, suggesting exactly how to proceed, how exactly to direct your brain, and when to come to Him in silence, seeking His sure direction and His certain Word