The Text is Book 1 of 4 (three books and one supplement) of the A Course in Miracles series. A Course in Miracles, also known as "the Course" or ACIM, was scribed by Dr. Helen Schucman. It is a self-study course that aims to assist listeners, readers, and students in achieving spiritual transformation. ACIM presents a purely non-dualistic philosophy of forgiveness and includes practical lessons and applications for the practice of forgiveness in one's daily life.
As its title implies, A Course in Miracles is arranged throughout as a teaching device. It consists of three books: Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers. The order in which students choose to use the books, and the ways in which they study them, depends on their particular needs and preferences. Two supplements to the Course: "Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process, Practice" and "The Song of Prayer", are also included as part of ACIM.
The curriculum the Course presents is carefully conceived and is explained, step by step, at both the theoretical and practical levels. It emphasizes application rather than theory, and experience rather than theology. Although Christian in statement, the Course deals with universal spiritual themes. It emphasizes that it is but one version of the universal curriculum. There are many others, this one differing from them only in form. They all lead to God in the end.
Book 1: Text is largely theoretical, and sets forth the concepts on which the Course's thought system is based. Its ideas contain the foundation for the lessons in Book 2, the Workbook for Students. Without the practical application the Workbook provides, the Text would remain largely a series of abstractions which would hardly suffice to bring about the thought reversal at which the Course aims.
Book 2: Workbook for Students includes 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. It is not necessary, however, to do the lessons at that tempo, and one might want to remain with a particularly appealing lesson for more than one day. The practical nature of the Workbook is underscored by the introduction to its lessons, which emphasizes experience through application rather than a prior commitment to a spiritual goal. Some of the ideas the Workbook presents you will find hard to believe, and others may seem to be quite startling. This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all. You are asked only to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and will show you that they are true.
Book 3: Manual for Teachers is written in question and answer form, and provides answers to some of the more likely questions a student might ask. It also includes a clarification of a number of the terms the Course uses, explaining them within the theoretical framework of the Text. The Course makes no claim to finality, nor are the lessons in its Workbook intended to bring the student's learning to completion. At the end, the reader is left in the hands of his or her own Internal Teacher, Who will direct all subsequent learning as He sees fit.
Supplements to ACIM, "Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process, Practice" and "The Song of Prayer", were scribed by Dr. Helen Schucman, as was A Course in Miracles, and are extensions of its principles.
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This goes into the category of almost "SACRED"
May be the Bible...... without all the fiction.
NO...its written in such a way that will require more than one reading...... and you will gladly comply
SUPER BOOK....Want to hear the voice of LOVE,PEACE AND FORGIVENESS....this is the book.
For the Biblically-oriented, the course is the clearest explanation that I have come across of how to actually live and obtain the promises of the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew5:1-12; Luke6:20-49) - Jesus' greatest sermon about our human spiritual needs for self-actualization. For example, becoming “clean of heart” so that we will see God can be understood by studying the course as "forgiving all the errors in our beliefs and others', so that we will perceive the world rightly without judgement'. The course clearly aims to go well beyond activating aspects of our higher self in order to live an enlightened life, to becoming fully-aware children of God living in conscious union with Him; from living at 0.01%.of our abilities to 100% - incapable of fear or lack.
I couldn't fit the course into any single religion - Orthodox Christianity, New Age (Gnostic, Christian Science, etc.) or Eastern (Buddhism, Hinduism). While there were elements of similarity, the need of any one religion to differentiate itself from another introduces traditions and cultures which then distracts from the message. The course content is what some of the nondualistic religions would probably communicate without their exoteric variations. Unfortunately, religious traditions make it difficult for a 'believer of a religion' who has committed faith into it to be open-minded - at least until a circumstance in their lives force them to open their minds to truth.
For any seeker of truth and self-actualization, the truth in the course is self-evident and outlines the path to a very high level of transcendent enlightenment which unlike many paths, is undiluted by any tradition keepers egos.
This is without a doubt, the second most important book I have ever read (alongside the Bible inclusive, despite all its re-written history and missing gaps). I predict that it will be influential in ushering in an age of long-lasting peace and abundance.
I hope this helps any careful Truth-seeker (Christians inclusive).
This ranks in my top 10 of favorites, as it has to do with life and living. It contains powerful insights into meeting our potential. Like all spiritually living books (e.g. Bible, Quran, Tao Te Ching, Bahgavad Gita, Book Of Mormon, Tebetian Book Of Living and Dying, Power Of Now, etc..), this will lift anyone to new heights of awareness and spirituality. The book stands on its own, regardless of whether or not you believe in its author or how it came about.
This is one of those books that you can't describe but insist will change your life if you can read it. I say if because not everyone is ready. Hell, it took me fifteen years after I picked it up to actually finally read it. I had to buy the audio book so I could keep listening while I drove around though once I started. Powerful and, though cliche, truly life changing.
A GREAT GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING LIFE!!! I have the actual book but don't always have time to read it and when I do it slow reading due to the way it was written and the content. I often find myself re-reading the paragraph several times. Listening to it has made it much easier to study the Course and my understanding has increased. I can do other activities or I can simply be while listening to it and that's awesome! I highly recommend this to other Course students.
The Course makes sense of the nonsensical things in life. It helps one learn to gain peace and live in a space of love.
I love how he reads the course. He does so in a manner that I'm able to grasp the content much easier than reading.
Life is but a dream
Only the first few hours and only if already introduced to non-dualism.
No, research her...
Narration was good for what this is but I can see how some may not like it.
I didn't make it to the end but 20 hours in and then skipping around the end. There are better books about practicing non-duality, but this does offer a few tools early on.
The subtle trap of this text is the way it eventually talks in circles. Saying the same things in different manners and different angles. You're better off with the Sri Bhagavad Gita, The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi, true Buddhist teachings and similar titles. This book still creates a barrier for any true non-dual practice because it never seems to point you towards the Atman (or Brahman or One that is) which is our true nature. So give it a listen if you still need a few tools other wise pass it up and stick with the essentials of Advaita.
I've been studying Transpersonal Psychology for over 15yrs now and this is the 1st complete teaching of how to ground, center, and connect with one's self and the world around you in a way that brings you closer to God/Universe/Ultimate Knowing. I thoroughly enjoyed the "course" and highly recommend it and the supplement teachings. T. Gaines
The narrator is awesome, his voice is very relaxing and it adds to what the course is saying.
The subject matter of this book has really changed my perspective of life. I've had the experience this book talks about. The first part of the book is essential in understanding the practice lessons in the workbook. I've listened to this section of the book about 4 times now, and every time i catch something I hadnt before. Im also reading the hard coppy. I find that re-reading/listening reminds me to make of it a habbit to always forgive and let go.
Greatly recomend this book for anyome who is tired of searching for happiness and not being able to find it. It takes practice and love, but you will find it ^_^
A Course in Miracles is my primary spiritual practice and this audiobook is an excellent supplement to the physical and ebooks that I use as my primary guides. I don't recommend it for people who are not Course students already because the material is demanding, even though the message is straightforward and simple. The shift in thinking the book suggests is comprehensive, and I think it is best taken at a very personal pace, likely much slower than listening.I think the reader does a fine job, and I listen from time to time in order to immerse myself in the
teaching and for solace when I feel a need.
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