A Course in Miracles is a self-study system of spiritual awakening that teaches the way to inner peace and healing through the power of love and forgiveness. The Course in composed of three volumes: Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers, contained in one book.
The Text sets forth universal truths that lead us to a life of meaning, healing, and well-being. Themes include the importance of choosing love over fear, our eternal nature as expressions of the divine, our benevolent relationship to God, our immutable innocence, the power of the mind, distinguishing between truth and illusion, transforming “special” relationships to “holy” and withdrawing the authority we have attributed to external sources. The Text explains why we hurt and how to heal.
The Workbook for Students sets forth 365 days of exercises that assist the student o apply the principles to create practical and lasting life improvement. The Lessons begin very simply with just a few minutes’ practice each day and eventually increase to generate a global makeover of one’s thought system and life.
The Manual for Teachers delves into more details regarding the application of the Course, answering more specific questions, such as “Is reincarnation true?”, “How is healing accomplished?”, and “How will the world end?” ACIM considers all students to be teachers of God, so the Manual for Teachers is for everyone.
You can study the three sections of ACIM in any order. Since the Workbook is the key to mastering the Course in daily life, it is recommended that you go through the Workbook Lessons at the outset of your journey and visit the other volumes as you feel guided. Simultaneous study will enhance your understanding…
A Course in Miracles is one of the most profound spiritual teachings ever to come to humanity. In its gentle yet dynamic way, the Course has touched the lives of millions of people, relieved souls from the tyranny of fear, transformed circumstances that would take a miracle to heal, and brought peace of mind to the weary.
The following words from A Course in Miracles (ACIM) are probably the most frequently quoted words from the Course. They sum up the essence of profound work and carry implications which are not at all apparent to most upon first reading:
“The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is encompassing can have no opposite. This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way: Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”
The Course is not about making a better world, but it is about making a more peaceful human existence through the agency of spirit and the memory of the Love of God that the “Internal Teacher” holds for all in that part of spirit called “mind”. A better world will occur when minds are healed of their ego believes in separation and competing interests.
ACIM, then is not a religion, but a spiritual psychotherapy designed to help us to learn true forgiveness, which in turn produces healed relationships, changing our experience in the world to peace rather than turmoil.
*Excerpt from: A Course in Miracles Made Easy: Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love, author Alan Cohen