A Course In Miracles
A Course in Miracles is really pure, so wonderful, so powerful, and a lot more spiritually advanced than any little bit of the world’s literature (past and present), that you have to really experience it to believe it. But those whose minds are too attached to worldly thoughts, and lack the underlying thirst for true spiritual knowledge that is essential for its understanding, will more than likely not comprehend an individual whole page. That’s not because A Course in Miracles is confusing – on the contrary its principles are remarkably simple – but instead because it is the character of spiritual knowledge that those people who are not prepared to realize it, simply cannot understand it. As stated in the Bible, in the beginning of the book of John: “The light shineth in darkness, and darkness comprehended it not “.
Since I first became conscious of the majestic and awe-inspiring presence of God, I’ve enjoyed reading many wonderful spiritual works just like the Bible (my favorite parts would be the Sermon on the Mount and Psalms), the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, the Koran and the poetry of Kabir and Rumi. None of them come near to the greatness of a Course in Miracles. Reading it by having an open mind and heart, your fears and troubles wash away. You become conscious of a great love deep within you – deeper than what you knew before. The long run begins to look so bright for you and your loved ones. You’re feeling passion for everyone including those you previously have tried to leave excluded.david hoffmeister podcast These experiences are extremely powerful and at times throw you off balance only a little, but it is worth every penny: A Course in Miracles introduces you to a love so peaceful, so strong and so universal – you’ll wonder how so most of the world’s religions, whose aim is supposedly an identical experience, got so off track.
I want to say here to any Christian who feels that his church’s teachings don’t truly satisfy his thirst to understand a type, merciful and loving God, but is somewhat afraid to learn the Course as a result of others’claims that it is inconsistent with “true” Christianity: Don’t worry! I’ve see the gospels often and I assure you that the Course in Miracles is wholly in keeping with Jesus’teachings while he was on earth. Don’t fear the fanatical defenders of exclusionist dogma – these poor people think themselves to be the sole carriers of Jesus’message, and the sole ones worth his blessings, while all the will go to hell. A Course in Miracles reflects Jesus’true message: unconditional passion for *all people*. While he was on earth, Jesus thought to judge a tree by its fruit. So give it a take to and see the way the fruits that ripen in your life taste. If they taste bad, you can abandon A Course in Miracles. But if they taste as sweet as mine do, and the millions of other true seekers who are finding A Course in Miracles to be nothing less than the usual heavenly treasure, then congratulations – and may your heart often be abundantly full of peaceful, loving joy.
Because 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 experience of our personal Inner Teacher.
The Course is arranged in three parts: a text, a workbook for students and an information for teachers. The Text presents the concepts underlying the Course.The workbook contains 365 daily lessons that give students the opportunity to apply and go through the concepts on a functional level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a question and answer format, addressing typical questions that the student may ask; in addition, it supplies a clarification of terms used throughout the Course.
On How it All Began
The Course was compiled 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 inner messages she received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It took a total of seven years to complete 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. Around the world, people gather with other like-minded students to learn the Course together in order 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 communicate with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.