A Course in Miracles is so pure, so wonderful, so powerful, and much more spiritually advanced than any other piece of the world’s literature (past and present), that you have to really experience it to trust it. But those whose minds are too mounted on worldly thoughts, and lack the underlying thirst for true spiritual knowledge that’s essential for its understanding, will likely not comprehend a single whole page. That is not because A Course in Miracles is confusing – on the contrary its principles are remarkably simple – but instead because it is the nature of spiritual knowledge that those who are not willing to realize it, just cannot understand it. As stated in the Bible, at the start of the book of John: “The light shineth in darkness, and darkness comprehended it not “.
From the time I first became conscious of the majestic and awe-inspiring presence of God, I’ve enjoyed reading many wonderful spiritual works just like the Bible (my favorite parts will be the Sermon on the Mount and Psalms), the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, the Koran and the poetry of Kabir and Rumi. None of them come near to the greatness of a Course in Miracles. Reading it with an open mind and heart, your fears and troubles wash away. You feel conscious of a marvelous love deep within you – deeper than anything you knew before. The future begins to look so bright for you personally and your loved ones. You’re feeling love for everyone including those you previously have tried to leave excluded. These experiences are very powerful and at times throw you off balance a little, but it is worthwhile: A Course in Miracles introduces one to a love so peaceful, so strong and so universal – you’ll wonder how so most of the world’s religions, whose aim is supposedly the same experience, got so off track.
I want to say here to any Christian who feels that his church’s teachings do not truly satisfy his thirst to know a form, merciful and loving God, but is somewhat afraid to learn the Course because of others’claims that it is inconsistent with “true” Christianity: Don’t worry! I’ve see the gospels many times and I assure you that the Course in Miracles is wholly consistent with Jesus’teachings while he was on earth. acim apple podcast Don’t fear the fanatical defenders of exclusionist dogma – these poor people think themselves to be the only real carriers of Jesus’message, and the only real ones worthy of his blessings, while other will go to hell. A Course in Miracles reflects Jesus’true message: unconditional love for *all people*. While he was in the world, Jesus said to judge a tree by its fruit. So give it a try and see how the fruits that ripen in your life taste. If they taste bad, you can abandon A Course in Miracles. But when they taste as sweet as mine do, and the countless other true seekers who have found A Course in Miracles to be nothing less than the usual heavenly treasure, then congratulations – and may your heart continually be abundantly filled up with peaceful, loving joy.
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 connection with our personal Inner Teacher.
The Course is arranged in three parts: a text, a workbook for students and a manual for teachers. The Text presents the concepts underlying the Course.The workbook contains 365 daily lessons giving students the ability to use 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; in addition it provides a clarification of terms used through the entire 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 internal messages she received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It took a complete 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 come 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 era of electronic and social media marketing, A Course in Miracles can be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You are able to communicate with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.