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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.

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    Cory 09-10-12
    Cory 09-10-12
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    "Amazing clarity of topic!"
    Where does A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "book was good ......narrator was terrible"

    I bought the book because listening to the narrator wrecked it. narrator was horribly grating. monotonous

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    I go through life, often with this vague sense of witnessing, understanding and/or observing. Along will come a teacher or something written that seems to add a handle to the otherwise difficult to carry suitcase. ACIM has been this for me. In fact, this suitcase has wheels.

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    shareen klasing Downers Grove, IL United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    Yes, it did meet my expectations and more. From reading "The Course" and then going to Kenneth Wapnik, helped immensely.
    I wasn't sure if I liked the narrator, James, but soon became very comfortable and liked very much

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    Rochelle Young 04-13-15
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    "A reminder of what you are"

    This is what I've been searching for my entire life. A reminder in knowing your inherit worth as deemed by the creator.

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    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 04-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very, Very, VERY Christian Oriented Material"
    What would have made A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 better?

    1) Less Christ-Based Material. This is one of those books, if read by a true Christian, they're probably not going to agree or like a lot of what it has to say. At the same time, if read by an Agnostic, they're going to feel it is just another spin on Christianity. The way it's written is really a lose-lose proposition. However, I think Christians who are very, very open minded might enjoy this.

    2) Jim Stewart was the wrong choice for the narration of this book. The information is very hard to take in, and his voice is too deep and monotone for this kind of work.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe) again?

    NO.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Stewart?

    Ray Porter. However, I like Ray Porter so much, I would hate to sentence him to have to read all this material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1?

    This book doesn't really have scenes. The way I took it, it's a bunch of information a woman "received" from a source who is no longer alive on earth. It doesn't take you long to figure out the source is supposed to be Jesus Christ. So, basically, Jesus dictated a book to this woman to further explain pretty much everything because we're so very off track down here.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is over 30 hours. If you can make it through all that, you're a better person than me. I'm in for about 4 hours of it and I'm done with it. Sorry I wasted my money. Not only is it continually "Preachy", but it repeats itself on each topic about 20 times before moving on. Put it in a pot and boil it all down, you've got the basic Christian belief system...greatly elaborated on. If that's your thing, then you might enjoy it, but be prepared to hear a lot of things that are very different from what you learned in church.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 03-16-15
    Rose 03-16-15

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    What a wonderful way - to hear this book. I have been a student of A Course in Miracles for many years and have gained a new level of appreciation and clarity by having this in audio format. Such a major undertaking has been truly helpful to me and to my Brother. Thank you for offering this. Recommend to all seekers.

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