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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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    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 08-03-12
    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Course Students will adore."

    I actually didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I am, when I listened to the narration, I was not pleased with the voice. I thought it dry and unenthusiastic. But 10 hours in, I can say Mr. Stewart was an excellent choice. His pacing is excellent, his enunciation clear.

    The Course can be daunting, and I truly believe being able to listen as well as read will be helpful to any serious Course student.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Kalen Kitsap County 08-12-12
    Kalen Kitsap County 08-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not useful for real course students"
    What disappointed you about A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1?

    This is NOT a review of A Course in Miracles. It is a review of the Audible rendition of it. The chapter list in the Audible content does not correspond to the chapter in ACIM so there is no way to go to a particular chapter that you are studying. The voice does not announce what chapter it is at the start of each section, so I can't even use that to go back or forth and find the right place. This Audible book is basically useless to me.


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

    Yes of course, but not in Audible format unless the fix the chapter list.


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

    I LOVE The book, in printed form, just not the Audible version.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be awesome if they would redo this with real chapters.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Ramsey Denver, CO 08-21-12
    Erin Ramsey Denver, CO 08-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This is VERY useful for Course students"
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    I am SO excited ACIM is on Audible!! This this the CD version for those that have it (I purchased this exact material for over $100 5-6 years ago). Jim Stewart is an excellent narrator. I love the fact that I can listen to the Course in the car now. For those who haven't heard of ACIM and are interested...I would recommend starting with Disappearance of the Universe (book form not the audio...audio is too distracting with the three narrators). It if speaks to you, it can change your life!

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    PAULA SANTA CRUZ DO SUL, Brazil 11-12-12
    PAULA SANTA CRUZ DO SUL, Brazil 11-12-12
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    This book is life changing. For those who study it, the audible version is really helpful. I would recommend that for people who are already familiar with the Course, having read it at least once prior to listening to it. Besides, Jim Stewart's brilliant, as usual. I Can't imagine of a more suitable voice than his to this unique piece of information.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    janet Murray, UT, United States 02-11-13
    janet Murray, UT, United States 02-11-13

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    "I won't lie. It's deep."

    Having heard so much about the 'Course In Miracles', I thought that it would flow and be much like Rhonda Byrnes or Marianne Williamson. This is not easy reading. Many people tell me 'The Four Agreements' is difficult to understand and I find it very fluid and easy to read and understand. 'The 'Course in Miracles' is not nighttime reading. It is what it says, a course. You have to be alert and focused to understand the concepts and teachings. It is no wonder that people convene to study the teachings in a group. I think this is the route to take if you really want to comprehend this book.

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    Rhonda E. Bergh Loveland, CO USA 11-22-12
    Rhonda E. Bergh Loveland, CO USA 11-22-12
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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1?

    I Love that I can listen to the wonderful book as I fall to sleep at night and wake up listening as well.


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

    There is no comparison.


    What about Jim Stewart’s performance did you like?

    His loving even tone. His voice helps me understand the course in ways I never could by reading it myself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Course in Miracles: The Return of "Jesus"


    Any additional comments?

    This is the Best audio book I ever purchased.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    royan St elizabeth, Jamaica 09-18-12
    royan St elizabeth, Jamaica 09-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent! Well narrated and profound"
    If you could sum up A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Insiring, enlightening, transforming


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

    None


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

    He brought the message home with conviction, a warm and reassuring voice


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

    Forgive as you see each person as God sees them


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    pepej24 Guadalajara, Mexico 09-03-12
    pepej24 Guadalajara, Mexico 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Most Important Book Of The Century"

    This book is more important than the Bible and the Koran put together. It is the most influential and transforming book I have ever read. Do yourselves the favor of reading it and finding out on your own.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CONVERSE, TEXAS, United States 01-03-14
    Amazon Customer CONVERSE, TEXAS, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Thruth does not require Defense...ELIGHTENED exper"
    Where does A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This goes into the category of almost "SACRED"


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

    May be the Bible...... without all the fiction.


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

    JESUS


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO...its written in such a way that will require more than one reading...... and you will gladly comply


    Any additional comments?

    SUPER BOOK....Want to hear the voice of LOVE,PEACE AND FORGIVENESS....this is the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Annapolis, MD, United States 09-10-12
    Cory Annapolis, MD, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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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.


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  • Sparky
    London, UK
    12/3/12
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    "brilliant"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • H.JERAM-CROFT
    Netherlands
    11/28/12
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    "Well..."

    ....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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eskender
    London, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Getting the best out of the book and my time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 to be better than the print version?

    Both have inherent benefit that may not nececerily be replaceable.I enjoyed both.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    In a away it has done justice to the book with inviting voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. A. Contreras
    Oxford, UK
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jeffrey
    United Kingdom
    2/9/13
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    "Forget it"

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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