“This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary.”
The above quote opens A Course In Miracles, a relatively recent (scribed in the latter part of the 20th century) spiritual text. ACIM sums itself up with this quote:
“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”
ACIM is seen by adherents as a complete self-study spiritual thought system. ACIM was “dictated” to Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, Helen Schuman. ACIM is a course in how to live in peace with others and God, and Helen believed that the writer was Jesus.
What is the course itself about? Creating miracles in your life and the lives of others.
ACIM is not without controversy. Written in a very Christian style, it upends much of Christianity. There are now two major different editions, with different editors, each of which change the meaning of the course substantially. One takes the words of the Course much more literally than the other, which calls the Course “allegory”. There are other less well-known variations and at least one church/religion has sprung up which follows the ACIM as the Bible direct from Jesus.
ACIM is difficult to read due to the archaic language used and a number of authors now “explain” what they believe the Course says. The text is accompanied by a Workbook, which has 365 daily lessons, a Manual for teachers, a Clarification of Terms, and two lesser known sections, the Psychotherapy Pamphlet and the Song of Prayer.
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