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A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 | [Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)]

A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1

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. 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.
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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.

©1996 Foundation for Inner Peace (P)2012 Foundation for Inner Peace

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    sirjulianmontague india 05-17-13
    sirjulianmontague india 05-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Finally a way out of the mind created labyrinth"
    Where does A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Have to rate this audio book pretty high. How is it possible for a channeled book to articulate such a mind purified message. I get that the scribe was a very articulate and brilliant thinker; was it really channeled well to tell the truth i actually dont care, One is amused however by the audio's delicate omission of the scribes obvious allusions to modern psychology and especially the name freud ...to tell the truth i find the entire text rather spellbinding, it was as if i had entered some alternative universe where the things i imagined as real were now almost absurd. At last i thought a way out of the labyrinth can this really be possible? as a beginner i am still struggling to following the various threads. I read with awe that the cause of all my suffering has been this wrong mindedness. what then is a pure mind i ask ..is a non perceptual reality or mind really possible. ....wow


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


    The book begins with an amazing premise. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. and so what is real and what is dream. We are informed very early on that in the genesis account of creation Adam was put to sleep by god and yet no where is it ever mentioned that he ever woke up. Now this notion of dreaming is a fundamental eastern philosophy and yet in the course one is excited to discover that man is not abandoned in his dream or trance like state. The buddhist concept of this maya is that the mind from begingless time to eternity is enslaved by the same or similar false perception..... in the course we have this disembodied voice of jesus the awakened one saying not so much wake up but to realise that none of this weaking or dreaming is really happening..... so i ask why would we not just run amok and do as we please; well maybe thats what we have been doing for eternity, are we happy with this mere eternity or is it actually possible to walk off the stage into a non or acasual other reality? i am rambling thinking aloud suffice to say that the course why sstill beyond my puny mind alludes to possibilities that i could not have imagined and thats sweet.



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    William United States 07-24-14
    William United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2013

    I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world. I am into self improvement audio books.

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    "A lot of truth but not easy to grasp."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, because it does mater what you believe as to whether or not miracles will manifest through you. You must know that you are free from guilt.


    What other book might you compare A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 to and why?

    None, except may be the bible and wow would a lot of people go on the defensive over that comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of how Helen came about writing it.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I am free!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for anyone who is wanting to really see the miracles of God operate in their life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosa Del Valle, Texas, United States 02-25-13
    Rosa Del Valle, Texas, United States 02-25-13
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    "Easy to listen and understand content."
    If you could sum up A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Course makes sense of the nonsensical things in life. It helps one learn to gain peace and live in a space of love.


    What does Jim Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Life is but a dream


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    Emmanuel 01-11-13
    Emmanuel 01-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Explains the Greatest Truth & the Beatitudes"

    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).

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    raihan khan 02-15-15
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    "Awakening!"

    Journey to seek means for truth ended with "A Course In Miracles." Wish all on the path returning home the same.

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    jenny Bohrman 01-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not really a story but a revolutionary worldview"

    When I listen I find great peace. At times I want to fight it but when I truly listen the fight falls flat. When I practice my relationships get richer and deeper as does the joy in my life. But only if I don't stop! I will listen again.

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    Robert Purser Oklahoma City, OK 12-21-14
    Robert Purser Oklahoma City, OK 12-21-14
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    "Transformative!"

    This book is truly transformative. A wonderful tool too be used to bring one back to Christ Consciousness.

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    Claire Burke 06-19-14
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    "Much better than trying to read the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found ACIM much easier to comprehend by listening to it vs reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Jim Stewart – was your favorite?

    Jim Stewart was the perfect choice for a narrator. Both his speaking voice and performance were beyond reproach. Could not be more pleased.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was happy to find that its only Jim Stewart reading the text, the chapter headings, etc. No music in the background or musical interludes, no other person announcing the section or chapter titles. ie: you can sleep to it if desired or listen to it without the interruption of other persons or music or variations in noise levels.


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    erik VERO BEACH, FL, United States 07-17-13
    erik VERO BEACH, FL, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A subtle trap"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only the first few hours and only if already introduced to non-dualism.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)? Why or why not?

    No, research her...


    What about Jim Stewart’s performance did you like?

    Narration was good for what this is but I can see how some may not like it.


    Was A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liblady Lake Worth, FL, United States 01-01-14
    Liblady Lake Worth, FL, United States 01-01-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "One of the worst long, draggy sleeper audio books!"
    What would have made A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 better?

    This book is too wordy. An approach to God or connecting to a superior being is not in any way as complicated as given in this course. I had heard so much about this course, and disappointed in the material. Sonia Choquette's material is so much better.


    What could Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe put it into a mini series? I still do not agree with most of what is written. Very ritualistic.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just stop all the long, wordy draggy writing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance. I wanted to listen while driving on a trip but it was putting me to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Having a divine connection is not a complicated step process. I live a very divinely connected life, and I am very blessed and have never had to go through all this long process to know I am divinely connected or blessed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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