Whilst the title implies, A Course in Miracles is a training device. It teaches us what is real and what is unreal, and leads us to the direct experience of 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 ability to apply and go through the concepts on a practical level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a question and answer format, addressing typical questions that the student may ask; in addition, it provides 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 of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Helen was the scribe for the Course, writing down in shorthand the interior messages she received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It took a total of seven years to complete A Course in Miracles, which was 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.
Within the last 34 years, the popularity of A Course in Miracles has grown and spread worldwide. It has been translated into 18 different languages and more translations have been in the works. Around the world, people gather with other like-minded students to read un curso de milagros lecciones david hoffmeister the Course together in order to better understand the Course’s message. In this era of electronic and social media, A Course in Miracles could be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You are able to interact with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.
Experiencing the Course
The Course was created to be 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 trained facilitator or teacher enables a gentler opening to these new ideas and an even more fulfilling experience.
There are lots of classes and courses of study based on 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 opportunity to experience the idea and application of specific material more deeply. Through such deep experience, many students discover the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.