Because 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 manual for teachers. The Text presents the concepts underlying the Course. The workbook contains 365 daily lessons that give students the chance to use and experience the concepts on a functional level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a concern and answer format, addressing typical questions a student may ask; additionally it supplies a clarification of terms used through the Course.
On How it All Began
The Course was published 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 an overall total of seven years to perform 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.
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 come in the works carol howe. Around the world, people gather with other like-minded students to see 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 interact with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.
Experiencing the Course
The Course is designed 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 makes for a gentler opening to these new ideas and a more fulfilling experience.
There are lots of classes and courses of study based upon 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 chance 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, no end… You can forget specific lessons are assigned, for there is no longer need of them. Henceforth, hear however the Voice for God… He’ll direct your efforts, telling you exactly what direction to go, just how to direct the mind, and when to come quickly to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).