A Course in Miracles Volume 1

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A Course in Miracles is a self-study spiritual thought system. It includes a Text, Workbook for Students, Manual for Teachers, and two supplements, Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice and Song of Prayer.

The 669-page Text sets forth the theoretical foundation on which the Course's teachings are based. It is followed by the 488-page Workbook, which presents 365 daily lessons for practicing the principles of the Course.

This first volume of A Course in Miracles, called the Text, contains Book 1 of the three-book curriculum, which is a self-study spiritual thought system that provides an alternative way to look at reality. This book introduces the basic ideas of the Course and sets the stage for its teachings on how to experience true love and happiness. The Course's language is poetic and often written in blank verse, a style that has led many to compare it to the world's great literature. The thoughts it presents are both spiritually inspiring and profoundly intellectual, addressing such topics as the nature of forgiveness, beliefs and defense systems, and perception and identity.

The Course is an ecumenical spiritual teaching, combining both theoretical and practical application. Though it uses Christian terminology, the Course is distinctly non-sectarian and expresses a universal spirituality. It emphasizes that its approach is one of "many thousands" of ways of looking at reality and the path to peace.

When the Course was published in 1976, it immediately became a phenomenon. It has since been read and used by people from all walks of life, of every major religion, and its ideas have become widely accepted throughout the world. It has also been adopted as a modern spiritual classic, with an almost scriptural status in the lives of many readers.

A Course in Miracles, or ACIM, was "scribed" by Helen Schucman through a process of inner dictation that she identified as coming from Jesus. A clinical psychologist at Columbia University, she was joined by Dr. William Thetford, a tenured associate professor of medical psychology.

The course teaches that the way to universal love and peace -- or remembering God -- is through undoing guilt by forgiving others. It is a completely non-dualistic philosophy of forgiveness that offers an entirely new view of the world and our place in it. It has a profound impact on all who have begun to work with it, changing their whole perspective of life and helping them to find real fulfillment in their relationship with God and all of creation.

A Course in Miracles is a self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to universal love and peace, or remembering God, is by undoing guilt through forgiveness. Its goal is not to teach any particular religion, but to lead its students to the realization that God is everywhere and everyone - that the world is made of holy relationships - and that the experience of God is our true life. Its curriculum is carefully conceived and explained, step by step, at both the theoretical and practical levels. It emphasizes application rather than theory, and experience rather than theology.

Originally published in 1976, this set of books (the Text, Workbook for Students and Manual for Teachers) rose to prominence when author Marianne Williamson shared her experience with the Course on The Oprah Winfrey Show, prompting more than 2 million sales and spurring translations into 22 languages. This ten-hour audio book, which Jim Stewart narrates the first three volumes and Brad Cahill the fourth, includes the Study of the Text, the beginning phase of the Course's program.

The Workbook for Students contains 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. Each lesson is designed to take approximately fifteen minutes to do, and should be done twice daily, morning and evening. Some of the lessons may be quite difficult, especially the first few. Others, however, are not necessarily difficult per se, but simply new to the reader.

As a teaching device, the Workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Text, which provides the foundation of ACIM's curriculum. The Manual for Teachers answers questions that may arise from the study of the Workbook, and clarifies several concepts in light of the teachings of the Text.

While the editors of this version have kept as much as possible the original form and content of a course in miracles, there are some differences between the HLC and FIP versions that were necessary for the sake of clarity. For example, the first five chapters of the Text differ between the two versions in some places, and therefore the HLC text has been removed from these chapters. This does not, however, alter the meaning of any of the material in the chapters that have been retained.
Manual for Teachers

A Course in Miracles consists of three books: the Text, the Workbook for Students, and the Manual for Teachers. It is usually said that each of these volumes serves a different purpose: the Text lays out the theoretical foundation on which the Course’s thought system is based; the Workbook offers 365 daily lessons designed to train the mind of the student in accordance with this thought system; and the Manual for Teachers, written in question-and-answer form, provides answers to many questions that might be asked about the Course.

There is no single way to study the Course; it is, as its own Preface states, "a curriculum undertaken by you alone under the guidance of your Internal Teacher." It is also theorized that a student's learning of the principles of the Course is very individualized and highly dependent on the individual's personal life experience.

Nevertheless, there are some things that can be discerned about the teachings of A Course in Miracles which may be helpful for those who wish to apply them to their lives. First, as has been mentioned, it is very intellectually sophisticated and combines spiritual inspiration with deep psychological understanding of such concepts as belief systems, defense mechanisms, and perception and identity. Its language is poetic and often written in blank verse, making it seem akin to much of the world's greatest literature.

The Manual for Teachers is intended for those who have become mature enough on the path of A Course in Miracles to extend its principles to others. It describes this extension as taking two easily recognizable forms. One is that of the "healing practitioner," a kind of Course in Miracles version of Christian Science practitioners. This healer is envisioned as going to people who have projected their own mental illness onto their bodies, thus causing physical disease, and offering them the healing power of forgiveness.

The other way in which the teacher of A Course in Miracles is described in the Manual for Teachers is that he or she comes to the pupils as a "clear light," summoning them at just the right time and place "to meet them halfway on their journey home." In other words, the teachings of the Course are extended to the pupil through the medium of friendship.

The Course in Miracles, or ACIM, is a universal curriculum for spiritual transformation. It has both profound teachings and practical, step-by-step guidance. Its thought system is intellectually sophisticated and blends spiritual inspiration with deep psychological understanding of such topics as belief systems, defense mechanisms, and perception. It is a spiritual teaching, not a religion and therefore does not claim to be the only way.

Originally published in 1976, the Course became a phenomenon when author Marianne Williamson introduced it to the public on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since then, it has sold over 2 million copies and inspired hundreds of study groups worldwide. The Course consists of three constituent parts: the Text, the Workbook, and the Manual for Teachers. The Text lays out the theoretical foundation for the Course's metaphysical system, the Workbook contains a series of 365 lessons to be practiced daily for the purpose of retraining the mind and healing our perception, and the Manual includes information on advanced levels of forgiveness and on teaching the principles of the Course.

This audio version of the Course is narrated by Kellie Love, known as the Voice of the Course. It follows the original sequence of the manuscript, restoring material that was removed or re-ordered in later editions. The conversational tone of this version invites you into a dialogue with the Course's author and deepens your experience of its teachings.

This introductory course provides an overview of the Course's main concepts and teaches you how to apply its principles in your daily life. Each pre-recorded webinar in this series illuminates one aspect of ACIM and offers lots of meaningful, practical examples. It will help you learn to choose love instead of fear, peace instead of conflict, and Heaven instead of hell. Then you will have the tools to experience miracles in your life every day! The webinars also include a lecture, Q&A, guided visualization, and prayer. Each class is 60 minutes long and is free of charge. This is a great place to begin your journey with ACIM. We hope you enjoy it!

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