A Course in Miracles is so pure, so wonderful, so powerful, and a lot more spiritually advanced than every other piece of the world’s literature (past and present), that you’ve to really experience it to think it. But those whose minds are too attached to worldly thoughts, and lack the underlying thirst for true spiritual knowledge that’s required for its understanding, will likely not comprehend just one whole page. That is not because A Course in Miracles is confusing – on the contrary its principles are remarkably simple – but rather because it’s the type of spiritual knowledge that those who are not ready to realize it, just cannot understand it. As mentioned in the Bible, at the start of the book of John: “The light shineth in darkness, and darkness comprehended it not “.
From the time I first became conscious of the majestic and awe-inspiring presence of God, I have enjoyed reading many wonderful spiritual works just like the Bible (my favorite parts are the Sermon on the Mount and Psalms), the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, the Koran and the poetry of Kabir and Rumi. Not one of them come close to the greatness of a Course in Miracles. Reading it having an open mind and heart, your fears and troubles wash away. You feel conscious of a marvelous love deep within you – deeper than anything you knew before. The near future begins to appear so bright for you and your loved ones. acim podcast ou’re feeling love for everyone including those you previously have tried to leave excluded. These experiences are very powerful and sometimes throw you off balance a little, but it’s worth every penny: A Course in Miracles introduces you to a love so peaceful, so strong and so universal – you’ll wonder how so lots of the world’s religions, whose aim is supposedly an identical experience, got so off track.
I wish to say here to any Christian who feels that his church’s teachings don’t truly satisfy his thirst to know a type, merciful and loving God, but is somewhat afraid to read the Course because of others’claims it is inconsistent with “true” Christianity: Don’t worry! I have read the gospels many times and I assure you a Course in Miracles is completely consistent with Jesus’teachings while he was on earth. Don’t fear the fanatical defenders of exclusionist dogma – these poor people think themselves to be the only real carriers of Jesus’message, and the only real ones worthy of his blessings, while other should go to hell. A Course in Miracles reflects Jesus’true message: unconditional love for *all people*. While he was on earth, Jesus believed to judge a tree by its fruit. So give it a try and see the way the fruits that ripen in your life taste. If they taste bad, you can abandon A Course in Miracles. But if they taste as sweet as mine do, and the countless other true seekers who are finding A Course in Miracles to be nothing less than a heavenly treasure, then congratulations – and may your heart always be abundantly filled up with peaceful, loving joy.
Changing Lives Through A Course in Miracles
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 own 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 provide students the chance to utilize and feel the concepts on a functional level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a question and answer format, addressing typical questions a student may ask; in addition it supplies a clarification of terms used through the entire 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.
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 come 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.