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 an information for teachers. The Text presents the concepts underlying the Course. The workbook contains 365 daily lessons giving students the chance to apply and go through the concepts on a functional 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 written 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 accomplish 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.
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 are in the works. Throughout the world, people gather with other like-minded students to read the Course together in order to better understand the Course’s message. In this era of electronic and social media a course in miracles, A Course in Miracles may 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 that it offers is unlike traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with a skilled facilitator or teacher enables 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 for example 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 discover the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.
“This Course is just a beginning, no end… You can forget specific lessons are assigned, for there’s forget about need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God… He will direct your efforts, telling you exactly what direction to go, just how to direct the mind, and when to come calmly to Him alone, requesting His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).