Whilst the title implies, A Course in Miracles is a teaching device. It teaches us what is real and what is unreal, and leads us to the direct connection with our personal 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 that provide 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 provides a clarification of terms used throughout 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 internal messages she received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It took a complete of seven years to perform A Course in Miracles, which was initially published in 1976 in the United States. Helen wrote additional pamphlets a course in miracles teacher conversations. Her Song of Prayer was published in 1977 and The Gift of God in 1978.
In the last 34 years, the popularity of A Course in Miracles has grown and spread worldwide. It has been translated into 18 different languages and more translations are 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 could be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You are able to communicate 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 realize that their first interaction with the material is difficult and overwhelming – the change in perspective so it offers is unlike traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with an experienced facilitator or teacher enables a gentler opening to these new ideas and a far more fulfilling experience.
There are numerous 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 theory and application of specific material more deeply. Through such deep experience, many students find 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 more need of them. Henceforth, hear however the Voice for God… He’ll direct your efforts, suggesting exactly how to proceed, how to direct your mind, and when to come calmly to Him alone, requesting His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).