While the title implies, A Course in Miracles is a training device. It teaches us what is real and what is unreal, and leads us to the direct experience of our own 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 ability to utilize and experience the concepts on a practical level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a concern and answer format, addressing typical questions that the student may ask; it also supplies a clarification of terms used throughout the Course.
On How it All Began
The Course was published 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 a total of seven years to perform A Course in Miracles, which was initially 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’s been translated into 18 different languages and more translations are in the works. a course in miracles audio free Throughout the world, people gather with other like-minded students to see the Course together to be able to better understand the Course’s message. In this era of electronic and social media marketing, A Course in Miracles could be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You can talk 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 realize that their first interaction with the material is difficult and overwhelming – the change in perspective so it offers is unlike traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with a skilled facilitator or teacher enables a gentler opening to these new ideas and a more fulfilling experience.
There are many classes and courses of study based on 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 more specific lessons are assigned, for there’s no more need of them. Henceforth, hear nevertheless the Voice for God… He will direct your efforts, suggesting exactly how to proceed, how to direct the mind, and when to come calmly to Him in silence, requesting His sure direction and His certain WordBusiness