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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Lori 01-10-13
    Lori 01-10-13
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    "BORING!!! Oh My Gosh!"

    After 4 hours, I could not take it anymore. Already put off by the narration, the content was so absolutely nonsensical. I am an avid reader of new approaches to religion, thought and philosphies, but I just could not stomach this for another second. Maybe hour 10, or hour 20 or 30 may have been better? I won't be finding out. Argggh.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 02-03-15
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A very interesting look at life"

    As you read this book and do the lessons contained within it you will begin to change and grow. After reading over a 100 books concerning spiritual matters and spiritual growth I found this book very helpful in that growth. I used this book to reinforce the ebook edition I have to reinforce what I’ve read. I do this a lot with books of this nature. I really don’t know how to explain this book without going very deep into it and therefore all I can say is to read it.

    I recommend you read this book and listen to it to get the most from it as no review can never really express the book as they’re someone else’s perception on a book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WendyD 09-11-13
    WendyD 09-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A contradiction in terms"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea


    Has A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes! Vol. 2


    What three words best describe Jim Stewart’s performance?

    Excellent for the material presented.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Over the years I had heard so much about this book and it was truly disappointing . The most redeeming thing about my listening experience was the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Columbia, SC, United States 07-30-13
    Jennifer Columbia, SC, United States 07-30-13
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    "Too large a file."
    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this from audible.com as opposed to iTunes since Audble used to break large audiobooks into parts for downloads. I don't want to use all of my data plan for just one book. Otherwise, I was looking forward to this book.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 01-21-13
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    "the narrator was very hard to listen to scary"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love the book, just couldn't listen to the narrator, his voice was scary


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

    not with that narrator.


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    08-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "No scripture references"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    New Age or wiccan. Satan is very deceptive.


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

    No, it was all philosophy not from scripture


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Author is totally into the new age movement.
    No scripture foundation.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is no hope for the book, But there is hope for the author if she gets saved and gets to know the real father of the bible.


    Any additional comments?

    The title was very enticing. But so is the cheese in the mouse trap. All Christians be ware and study the word for yourself.

    3 of 70 people found this review helpful
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