Since 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 an information for teachers. The Text presents the concepts underlying the Course. The workbook contains 365 daily lessons that give students the chance 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 the student may ask; it also supplies 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 a course in miracles podcast 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 complete of seven years to perform A Course in Miracles, which was 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 have been in the works. Around the world, people gather with other like-minded students to read the Course together to be able to better understand the Course’s message. In this era of electronic and social networking, A Course in Miracles can be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You can interact with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.
Experiencing the Course
The Course is made to be described as a self-study tool. However, many students see that their first interaction with the material is difficult and overwhelming – the change in perspective that it offers is unlike traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with an experienced facilitator or teacher permits a gentler opening to these new ideas and a 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 chance to experience the theory 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 just a beginning, not an end… You can forget specific lessons are assigned, for there is no longer need of them. Henceforth, hear however the Voice for God… He will direct your efforts, letting you know exactly how to proceed, how exactly to direct the mind, and when to come quickly to Him alone, seeking His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).