Altering Life Via A Course in Miracles.
September 8, 2020 Other
While the title implies, A Course in Miracles is a training device. It teaches us what’s real and what’s unreal, and leads us to the direct experience of our personal Inner Teacher.
The Course is arranged in three parts: a text, a workbook for students and a guide for teachers. The Text presents the concepts underlying the Course. The workbook contains 365 daily lessons that give students the opportunity to utilize and go through the concepts on a practical level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a question and answer format, addressing typical questions that a student may ask; it also provides a clarification of terms used through the entire Course.
On How it All Began
The Course was written 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 interior messages she received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It took an overall total of seven years to complete 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 has been translated into 18 different languages and more translations have been in the works. Around 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 networking, A Course in Miracles could be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You are able to connect to other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.
Experiencing the Course
The Course is designed to be considered 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 contrary to traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with an educated 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 on the philosophy of A Course in Miracles, and even specific classes on key Course concepts, a course in miracles such as for example True Forgiveness or Cause and Effect. Such classes give students the chance to experience the idea and application of specific material more deeply. Through such deep experience, many students get the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.
“This Course is just a beginning, not an end… No longer specific lessons are assigned, for there’s you can forget need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God… He’ll direct your efforts, suggesting exactly what to do, how exactly to direct your brain, and when to come calmly to Him in silence, requesting His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).