There are many amazing resources available to help us wake up, grow in awareness, expand our consciousness and liberate ourselves from illusory paradigms and false beliefs. Each resource will touch the life of the seeker in some unique way, but every so often there comes a resource that touches the lives of millions of people in the most transformational of ways. One such resource is A Course in Miracles.
The Origins of the Course
A Course in Miracles is a book that came about from the joint efforts of Dr. Helen Schucman and William Thetford. They were both Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
Schucman and Thetford were regarded as highly intellectual people, who were anything but spiritual. Their relationship with each other was difficult and often strained, and they were concerned with personal and professional acceptance and status. This is all what makes the events that led to A Course in Miracles that much more extraordinary. It all began with Helen having strangely vivid dreams, which then resulted in her hearing an internal voice that began to speak to her. This spiritual personality introduced itself as Jesus Christ. From then on, for 7 years, from 1965 through 1972 during various sequences, Helen began to take down the notes in shorthand as the voice spoke to her and instructed. Today we would understand this as channeling.
During the process, Schucman claimed to have the mental equivalent of a tape recorder in her thoughts, which she described as being able to turn on and off at will, at her convenience, so that she might be able to transcribe into shorthand notes, what she was internally hearing. She felt she had a “special assignment” and as uncomfortable as it sometimes made her, she was motivated to fulfill it.
Each day she would then read back these notes to Thetford, who would type them out while she read them. After all the ACIM material had been initially transcribed it was then edited for publication by Dr. Schucman herself, along with William Thetford and Kenneth Wapnick.
To date many editions of A Course in Miracles have been published, starting with the first one in 1975.
About the Course
This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary.
The Course is a complete self-study spiritual thought system and is arranged as a teaching device. It consists of 3 books: the Text, the Workbook for Students and the Manual for Teachers. There is no requirement to read the books in any particular order.
The text is largely theoretical and sets forth the concepts that the Course is based on. The workbook is composed of 365 lessons, one for each day of the year, where one can begin to put the theory into practice. The lessons of course can be done at any pace one chooses. The manual for teachers is written in question and answer format and contains additional clarification.
A Course in Miracles states that its goal for you is happiness and peace. (Text, p. 241) (T-13.II.7:1)
Although Christian in nature, the Course deals with universal spiritual themes and is in no way intended to become the extension of, or the basis for, a new or already existing religion.
It examines, explains and most importantly redefines topics such as: God, the Holy Spirit, miracles, time, ego, soul, sin, forgiveness, salvation, judgment, sacrifice, fear, conflict and love, for application at both theoretical and practical levels.
The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference – the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds.
Over the years since the Course came out, there have been countless accounts of people waking up and transcending their physical, mental and/or emotional pain. One of the most profound teachers of the Course, for whom it started just like that, is the now famous author, Marianne Williamson. Over the past few decades she has dedicated herself to learning and teaching the Course and has accordingly published many books that put the concepts of the Course into even more practical terms and applications.
A Course in Miracles Unleashed
Alongside the texts, those interested in ACIM can now also take advantage of a documentary that was put together to share the stories of change and awakening from people who have benefitted from the material of ACIM. A Course in Miracles Unleashed was released in the fall of 2008.
If you who have read and are familiar with A Course in Miracles, this film can help you hear from other people and learn about their experiences, and perhaps also be inspired to share about it with others. Perhaps connect with an ACIM group in your area, or start your own.
If you are new to A Course in Miracles, it is best to read the book and do the course first, as otherwise the film may not make as much sense as it would with the right background. However, it can provide a simple introduction to the concepts outlined in ACIM and compel you to explore it further.
Here is the trailer for the film:
A Course in Miracles can serve as an excellent stepping stone or transition onto the path of spiritual evolution and enlightenment, especially for those who live life based on fear, guilt, shame and based on traditions and obligations.
It allows one to widen the gap and their perspective on what is real and what isn’t, what matters and what is futile, what is permanent and what is transitory and most importantly begin to taste freedom and live out their fullest potential.
It is as if Jesus were coming back to say: “You misunderstood, you got me all wrong.” I know that for many conservative Christians that is as heretical as it gets, but it still does not negate the truth of what is. As with all enlightened work, no one is forced to do or believe anything. It is only when we are ready and open to hear the inner truth that has been within us all along that we can move to the next level of awareness. That is actually one of the best aspects of the course, as it moves us to understand that there is really nothing to learn, there is just to remember – remember who you really are and what the essence and point of it all is.
A Course in Miracles has already transformed millions of lives and will continue to transform many more. As the age of awakening continues to inspire people to live life based on consciousness and love, we will each be examples of our own miracles.
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.
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