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A Course in Miracles

A Course in Miracles (also referred to as ACIM or the Course) by Dr. Helen Schucman and Dr. William Thetford describes a new approach to spirituality based on Christian teachings. Schucman channeled the book from an inner voice, which she described as coming from a divine source.

A Course in Miracles

A Very Brief History of a Course in Miracles by Chris Cade. Often times, knowing what causes a concept or idea can make it more personal. Find out what started A Course in Miracles.

Your Only True Purpose In This World by Adrienne Dumas. Why are you here? What is your purpose in this world? This article explains to you what your real purpose is and what you can do NOW to live your purpose.

How to Pray - Forgiveness is Your Path to Miracles by Stephanie Bell. Guilt is probably one of the most painful and insidious emotions we can feel. There is a solution taught throughout A Course In Miracles. The solution is prayer and forgiveness, and when we learn to forgive, we also allow miracles to arrive at our doorstep.

How A Course in Miracles Helps You Release Guilt by Chris Cade. If you are looking for a way to release guilt, A Course in Miracles might be just what you need. Learn why.

A Course in Miracles and the Message of The Secret by Moreah Ragusa. The truth is that we are not empty, but already full, and when we understand and feel this to be our new reality, then the outer world begins to "echo" our inner awareness.

A Course In Miracles Revisited by Robert Perry. And yet that familiarity masks what a unique and unconventional document "A Course in Miracles" is. The Course goes into the category of channeled material, yet most such material seems to ride the waves of popular currents of thought, telling us more or less what we expect to hear: "You are God." "You create your own reality." "You can have it all."

In 1965, Schucman, an associate professor of medical psychology at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center experienced a series of particularly vivid dreams. Soon after she began to hear a "Voice" she identified as Jesus. Schucman reported that she heard from the Voice the words, "This is a course in miracles. Please take notes." She then began to write down what she described as a form of "rapid inner dictation."

Between 1965 and 1972, Schucman filled nearly thirty stenographic notebooks with words received from the Voice. Eventually the manuscript totaled 1,500 pages. For fear of embarrassment Schucman and Thetford kept the existence of the Course secret from their co-workers, professors in the psychology department at Columbia University Medical Center. In their spare time Thetford typed as Schucman dictated aloud from her notes as well as directly. After various edits & revisions this material eventually became ACIM.

ACIM integrates ideas from Christianity, Eastern religions, mysticism, psychology, and Platonism, viewing reality as consisting of a single thing, the love of God and the physical world as a projection in the mind. ACIM focuses on cultivating awareness of love in the self and in others. Followers of ACIM consider it an inspired scripture.

ACIM is written from the perspective of Jesus Christ, speaking of his birth, miracles, apostles, experience in Gethsemane, crucifixion, resurrection, portrayal in the New Testament, and the way he has been characterized by Christianity.

ACIM is split into three sections: an initial text, a workbook for students and a manual for teachers. The workbook focuses on applying different aspects of forgiveness through daily lessons, designed to correct the student's perception of the world to properly perceive the unity of the world as God's love.

ACIM also integrates the teachings of Freudian and Jungian psychology with the terminology of Judeo-Christian tradition. The book describes a system of an unconscious mind, defense mechanisms and subconscious goals, then claims to offer a means of reconciling conflicts within this system through forgiveness and the relinquishment of guilt.

Since it first became available for sale in 1976, over 1.5 million copies have been sold worldwide in sixteen different languages.

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