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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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.
Knowledge is a beautiful thing!
I waited too long to listen to this book, so I couldn't return it.
I have listened to Abraham (Hicks), but this book seems devoid of Spirituality.
I didn't like it. If I had to listen to this in Church, I would be crazy with bordom.
This book is suited for religious listeners, not spiritual seekers.
I'm just a girl Who became a mother I'm still just a girl but, now I'm fifty five and counting : )
feeling love... divine silent direction... miracles are in the air about me... my little willingness is accepting it all...
yes, changed my life, I look at life and people differently. All in a good way, a change I appreciate
nothing one of a kind
buy this book now
The best self help care book I've ever read. (I've read a lot of them). ACIM answered about every question I had and even some I didn't have. Who are we? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Why did we want to come here? Why do I feel sad or angry or fearful or special or indignant or sorrowful or guilty or shameful or ecstatic or vengeful or non-forgiving or driven or weak or gutless or victimized or used or a million other forms of emotions that I/we live with? (Ego) This book leaves NO STONE UNTURNED. I will admit I was outrageously mad...angry...hurt... when I first started reading this book... thinking that the author had a lot of nerve. However, I continued reading and as I did I began to understand all the horrors and sadnesses and other emotions I had encountered within myself while living on this planet. (Again...Ego) There is/was a lot of truth in what this book had dared to write and I had to honestly take a good hard look at myself and my decisions throughout my life and look at what forgiveness, love, power, grace, will, joy, peace and truth... truly meant for myself towards others and towards myself...how to let go and be...how to move forward through grace and through the love extended to all of us by the grace of Divinity...God...Creator...call it what ever you want. I NOW know we really are loved.... We are love....And....
Thank you Jim Stewart...your reading was well done.
have read this book before this is the 3rd time. am getting audible to read the book to me while i follow the printed text.. this way i dont fall asleep and the goodness goes in. definitely the easiest way to read a hard book.
....as far as i am able to say, a true teaching. Even those working other paths back home might be fascinated and uplifted. i cannot compliment the narrator enough, Jim Stewart, who speaks in a clear voice intoning the words as only someone could who understands them, at a steady pace helping the listener with the flow of ideas. I far prefer to listen to ACIM now, to reading the text.
"The most powerful voice of truth"
This audio version of A Course in Miracles is so powerful that I can only listen to it a bit a time. The teachings and principles are so deep that it drops down into my awareness and learning and resonnates the sound of truth.
Who could have the depth of maturity and mastery of understanding of the material and make such a magnificent job of it but for Jim Stewart? He reads the book with such a sense of embodied knowledge. It makes me feel fully connected to the work.
A Course in Miracles is a large volume of text to read and to digest and for me p be able to listen to it be shared in such a calm and peaceful way is a real gift.
I recommend this audio book to anyone interested in A Course in Miracles even if you have the book I suggest it goes into different channels of learning in the listening format.
Wonderful piece of work - thank you.
"A Great Tool Fir Course Studies"
This is the exact audio version of the course. The course is very heavy reading and I found this audio program as a great approach. At first the sound of the narrator's was a bit annoying - sounds like the traditional evening news - but over time I found to appreciate that the neutral, serious tone of the the voice is a good fit. The audio book allows me to listen to this while walking, cleaning the house and just sitting on the sofa and allowed me to work through this book.
There is no commentary here - just the audio version of the book.
This is a powerful tool in The Course at Miracles
"Getting the best out of the book and my time."
Both have inherent benefit that may not nececerily be replaceable.I enjoyed both.
Well I have bought not a book that will never finish until the end.I grow as much as Truth can take me.The book is a journey with out end.
In a away it has done justice to the book with inviting voice.
Not really.I wish I could but it is 53 hours long.But I must say it breaks the record for me as I could listen for more than I have ever done.
If it can be narrated in a way where we have as many narrators as possible to keep the monotonous voice out and the understanding more.At least a voice of God,Christ and the subject,the readers.
"Life changing book."
A book that not only answers that eternal question - what is the meaning of life but the narrator brings you on a reassuring & beautiful journey homeward as well.
The steady, firm tempo and delivery by Mr. Jim Stewart makes this easy listening.
It's easier for me to take in some of the concepts by just listening.
There is just one voice, as this is a book of learning - not a story, as such.
Hearing that if the body is used for attack in any form it will suffer and die.
This is a beautifully made product, which will help anyone who prefers to learn by listening.
"Tough Reading listening Easier"
The concept of kindness love and being one. To strive for a better understanding of who we are all in this book. A fabulous story with insightful reminders of what we can be.
Although you find yourself wandering off course you are brought back with associations of wanting to create a better lifestyle.
I eventually accepted his monotone voice but was challenged in parts to keep my concentration. This may have been the subject and not the performance.
It made me laugh cry and reflect. Evoked a lot of emotion and debate with myself .
Looking forward to hearing Volume 2
When I joined AA over twenty years ago I followed some of the principles that came from the CIM and found them helpful. This volume however is nothing but an endless stream of non-nonsensical dribble. If I recall correctly its one of the other volumes that helps made scene of this dry narrative. Get those first and cut to the chase.
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