A Course in Miracles is indeed pure, so wonderful, so powerful, and a lot more spiritually advanced than some other little bit of the world’s literature (past and present), that you have to really experience it to think it. But those whose minds are too mounted on worldly thoughts, and lack the underlying thirst for true spiritual knowledge that’s necessary for its understanding, will probably not comprehend a single whole page. That is not because A Course in Miracles is confusing – on the contrary its principles are remarkably simple – but instead because it is the character of spiritual knowledge that those who find themselves not prepared to realize it, just cannot understand it. As previously mentioned in the Bible, at the beginning of the book of John: “The light shineth in darkness, and darkness comprehended it not “.
Ever since I first became aware of the majestic and awe-inspiring presence of God, I’ve enjoyed reading many wonderful spiritual works 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 near the greatness of a Course in Miracles. Reading it by having an open mind and heart, your fears and troubles wash away. You feel aware of a great love deep within you – deeper than anything you knew before. The near future begins to seem so bright for you personally and your loved ones. acim audio You’re feeling passion for everyone including those you previously have tried to leave excluded. These experiences are extremely powerful and at times throw you off balance a little, but it is worthwhile: A Course in Miracles introduces one to a love so peaceful, so strong and so universal – you’ll wonder how so many of the world’s religions, whose aim is supposedly an identical experience, got so off track.
I would like to say here to any Christian who feels that his church’s teachings don’t truly satisfy his thirst to understand a form, merciful and loving God, but is somewhat afraid to read the Course as a result of others’claims it is inconsistent with “true” Christianity: Don’t worry! I’ve see the gospels many times and I assure you that the Course in Miracles is totally in line 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 carriers of Jesus’message, and the only ones worthy of his blessings, while other will go to hell. A Course in Miracles reflects Jesus’true message: unconditional passion for *all people*. While he was on earth, Jesus thought to judge a tree by its fruit. So give it a take to and see how a fruits that ripen in your life taste. Should they taste bad, you are able to abandon A Course in Miracles. But when they taste as sweet as mine do, and the countless other true seekers who have found A Course in Miracles to be nothing less than the usual heavenly treasure, then congratulations – and may your heart always be abundantly full of peaceful, loving joy.
Changing Lives Through A Course in Miracles
Because the title implies, A Course in Miracles is a training device. It teaches us what is real and what is unreal, and leads us to the direct experience of 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 that give students the chance to apply 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; additionally, it provides 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 inner 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 marketing, A Course in Miracles could be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You are able to connect to other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.