What is A Course in Miracles?
A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a complete, spiritual, mind training tool that teaches the way to love and inner peace through Quantum Forgiveness. The perennial wisdom of ACIM underlies all non-dual spiritual teachings. Through applying the teachings in daily life, one’s thought system is reversed from the ego’s fear-based thinking, to a thought system based on love. The Course teaches discernment between illusions and truth, fear and love, the ego and the Holy Spirit. It is also a transformational, meditation program, and it uses relationships as a means for practicing forgiveness and learning how to be of true service beyond the perception of suffering. It is a pathway of deepening in devotion to Christ, which is our true Identity. The Course contains a 365 Lesson Workbook, a comprehensive Text, and a Manual for Teachers.
ACIM is a volume of written materials arranged as a self-study course designed to bring the student into a consistent state of peace and happiness. It was initially scribed and edited during the years of 1965-1972 by two psychology professors at Columbia University: Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford. With the aid of Ken Wapnick, Judith and Robert Skutch, and philanthropist Reed Erickson, the Course was published in 1976 and has gone on to sell over 3 million copies in 25+ languages.
Watch this great video in which David Hoffmeister also answers the question of “What is A Course in Miracles?”
A Course in Miracles is a symbol, appearing in awareness to the mind that believes in symbols and has called for healing. It provides a clear and practical approach to coming into an experience that goes far beyond concepts.
The Course is comprised of three books and two pamphlets (supplements):
- The Text – 622 pages laying out the concepts upon which the Course is based.
- The Workbook – 365 lessons presented in a practical format, encouraging students to simply apply the ideas to the best of their ability without making exceptions.
- The Manual for Teachers – Consists of a glossary-style “Clarification of Terms” as well as a series of questions and answers intended to help deepen the understanding of the concepts learned in the Text and Workbook.
- Supplements – Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice and The Song of Prayer: Prayer, Forgiveness, Healing provide further application of the Course’s teachings, specifically in relation to the field of psychotherapy and the modality of prayer.
Moment by moment the Holy Spirit will work with your beliefs, taking you step by step as you
unwind your mind from the many false concepts that you believe keep you safe and make you
happy. Only the release from these false beliefs can bring you true happiness and lasting peace.
– David Hoffmeister, Unwind Your Mind Back to God
Letter from Jesus to Helen Schucman
Note: This message came from Jesus through Helen Schucman. It came after A Course in Miracles had been completed, and was scribed in the same fashion as the Course. It was intended for Helen, Bill Thetford, Judy Skutch, and Ken Wapnick, in response to their request for clarity about what to do next with the Course.
In Judy’s words:
“This came through Helen Schucman on February 24, 1978. The Course had already been published and it was being sold directly out of our apartment in NY. It was not yet in bookstores and the question (for the response) arose when we saw that more people were interested in it than anyone thought and we were looking for ‘next step’ guidance.”
The Course has very long-range goals which could not possibly be recognized now. None of you has found his true function yet. This is because the central factor in the plan has not yet emerged, and the parts cannot fall into place at this time. It will begin to be clear this summer, but will not be fully understood for some time.
Nor is it necessary to be clearer than is needed to show you the ways you are to go to be of most help in your appointed roles. Each has been very carefully chosen, and there have been no accidents nor accidental meetings. God watches over His Word and over His messengers. Trust only that.
It would be impossible to explain the details which depend on things that have not yet happened, people not yet met, and events that have not yet occurred. You will still be told what to do in any particular instance any time you ask.
As time goes on, some of the answers will seem quite surprising. Rejoice when that happens. It means that the next phase has begun. Everything that you are doing now will disappear, and you will not remember it in the light of what will happen afterward.
Little children, be not afraid. Just think of this: God is the REAL Foundation of the Course. It needs you only in His Name. Would He then not tell you what to do and help you do it?