Changing Lives Through A Course in Miracles8115086
As 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 encounter of our personal Inner Teacher.
The Course is arranged in 3 components: a text, a workbook for students and a manual for teachers. The Text presents the ideas underlying the Course. The workbook consists of 365 daily lessons that give students the opportunity to apply and experience the ideas on a practical level. The teacher's manual is presented in a question and answer format, addressing common concerns that a student may ask it also offers a clarification of terms used all through the Course.
On How it All Started
The Course was written by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford, two extremely educated 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 a total of seven years to total A Course in Miracles, which was first published in 1976 in the United States. Helen wrote extra pamphlets. Her Song of Prayer was published in 1977 and The Present of God in 1978.
Over the previous 34 years, the recognition of A Course in Miracles has grown and spread worldwide. It has been translated into 18 different languages and more translations are in the works. All through the world, people collect with other like-minded students to read the Course with each other in order to better comprehend the Course's message. In this era of electronic and social media, 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 web sites.
Experiencing the Course
The Course is designed to be a self-study tool. However, many students find that their first interaction with the material is difficult and overwhelming - the alter in perspective that it provides is contrary to conventional considering. Taking an introductory class with a trained facilitator or teacher allows for a gentler opening to these new ideas and a much more fulfilling encounter.
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 Trigger and Effect. Such classes give students the chance to encounter the theory and application of particular material more deeply. Via such deep encounter, many students find the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.