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 own 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 giving students the ability to utilize and experience 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; 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 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 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 are in the works a course in miracles. Across 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 networking, A Course in Miracles may be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You can communicate 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 find 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 qualified facilitator or teacher makes 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 idea 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 really a beginning, not an end… No further specific lessons are assigned, for there’s no further need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God… He will direct your efforts, suggesting exactly what to do, how exactly to direct the mind, and when to come calmly to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).