Since the title implies, A Course in Miracles is a teaching device. It teaches us what’s real and what’s 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 giving students the chance to use and go through the concepts on a practical level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a concern and answer format, addressing typical questions that the student may ask; it also 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 a course in miracles podcast 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 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.
In 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 have been in the works. Throughout 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 media, A Course in Miracles may be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You are able to talk 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 discover that their first interaction with the material is difficult and overwhelming – the change in perspective so it offers is contrary to traditional thinking. Taking an introductory class with a qualified facilitator or teacher permits a gentler opening to these new ideas and an even more fulfilling experience.
There are many classes and courses of study based upon the philosophy of A Course in Miracles, and even specific classes on key Course concepts, such as 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 find the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.
“This Course is just a beginning, no end… No more specific lessons are assigned, for there’s no longer need of them. Henceforth, hear however the Voice for God… He will direct your efforts, suggesting exactly what to do, just how to direct the mind, and when to come calmly to Him in silence, requesting His sure direction and His certain Word (Workbook, p. 487).