Because 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 own 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 chance to apply and feel 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; in addition it supplies 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 spotify a course in miracles 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 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.
Over the past 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. Throughout the world, people gather with other like-minded students to learn the Course together in order to better understand the Course’s message. In this era of electronic and social media, A Course in Miracles could be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You are able to talk with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.
Experiencing the Course
The Course was created to be considered 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 despite traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with a trained facilitator or teacher makes for a gentler opening to these new ideas and a far 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 for instance 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 discover the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.
“This Course is a beginning, not an end… You can forget specific lessons are assigned, for there’s forget about need of them. Henceforth, hear nevertheless the Voice for God… He will direct your efforts, letting you know exactly what direction to go, just how to direct your mind, and when to come quickly to Him alone, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).