While 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 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 provide students the opportunity to utilize and feel 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 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 interior messages she received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It took an overall total of seven years to perform A Course in Miracles, 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.
Within 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 have been in the works. Across 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 networking acim A Course in Miracles may be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You can connect to 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 so it offers is unlike traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with a skilled facilitator or teacher allows for a gentler opening to these new ideas and an even more fulfilling experience.
There are lots of classes and courses of study in relation to 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 get the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.
“This Course is a beginning, no end… No further specific lessons are assigned, for there is no more need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God… He’ll direct your efforts, letting you know exactly what to do, how to direct the mind, and when to come calmly to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word