A Course In Miracles - Helen Schucman

A Course In Miracles

By Helen Schucman

  • Release Date: 2011-05-12
  • Book Genre: Spirituality
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A Course In Miracles by Helen Schucman

A Course in Miracles is spiritual guide for life. The book begins: "This is A Course in Miracles, it is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary." "The Course" as the book is commonly known, comprises of 365 lessons of spiritual guidance. It is divided into three sections: Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers.

The author, Dr. Helen Schucman channeled the content of the book over a 7-year period between 1965 and 1972 whilst she was a professor of medical psychology at Columbia University in New York. She gave herself no credit for the authorship of the text and claimed she received it as a kind of mental dictation from a voice who identified himself as Jesus. Needless to say A Course in Miracles has caused consternation among certain Christians who cry, "Beware of false prophets" and while the book is Christian in tone, much of the writing is comparable to eastern wisdom traditions.

The book tells us of the return of Jesus. It states, "The Second Coming is the awareness of reality, not its return. Behold, my children, reality is here. It belongs to you and me and God and is perfectly satisfying to all of us. Only this awareness heals because it is the awareness of truth." 

The key tenet throughout the book is forgiveness, and we are informed, forgiveness is the answer to all of life's problems. "Let forgiveness be the substitute for fear. This is the only rule for happy dreams." The book goes on to say; "forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred.  It does not pardon sins and make them real.  It sees there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven.  What is sin, except a false idea about God's Son?  Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go.  What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God."

"The only thing that is real is created by God, there is nothing else and everything we think and feel is real in the physical world is nothing but an illusion. What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist exists as He created it. The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist."
 
Love is everything; perfect love is the goal for all of us and we simply have to let it in; "the search for love is but the honest searching out of everything that interferes with love." Love is the opposite of judgement and love really does conquer all.
The original text was dictated to Schucman who sat in a trance state and wrote down in shorthand everything the inner voice told her. Dr. William Thetford, was Schucman's supervisor and friend at the time, and he assisted her by typing up the text and arranging it into a coherent document. Personal information given to Schucman and Thetford was intentionally omitted and the 1500 pages that remained became what we now know as A Course In Miracles.  The "Course" is essential reading for spiritual seekers, religious followers, or anyone searching for spiritual meaning in their lives. 

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Book Reviews

  • Not for the faint hearted

    5
    By ZZZ Bottom
    It has taken me 5 years to make it through the text (twice), the workbook (twice), and the teacher's manual. It has been time well spent! It does require an open mind. If you can maintain that, you are in for great rewards!
  • Course in Miracles

    1
    By Caoimhin2015
    Do NOT buy the verison of this book! It is NOT the REAL A Course in Miracles. Large portions of the ibook are re-written and omit large amounts of the original text. White Crow Books are a the DEVIL. Do NOT buy book from them. Stay away from anything with a Withe Crow on the fromt of the book.
  • DON'T BE FOOLED - This is NOT A Course in Miracles

    1
    By SSheldon55
    I also wish I had read the reviews first. This is NOT A Course in Miracles - but a re-written fraud that is making money on i-books!
  • THIS IS NOT A COURSE IN MIRACLES

    1
    By GreenApple25
    It has been re-written. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. Buy the actual book from The Foundation for Inner Peace
  • Awesome as my child's liver transplant.

    5
    By Wralfie
    My daughter just received a liver transplant, and I just finished reading ACIM yet again. Both of theses experiences are truly worthy of the accolade "AWESOME." With love and gratitude filling my heart - RC
  • THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL COURSE

    1
    By NoNameNoSiree
    I wish I would have taken the time to read the reviews below, but instead I wasted $6 on downloading this re-written “ACIM". I’m a 20-year student of the Course and INSTANTLY noticed the re-writes in the Table of Content. As others have said: this is NOT the original ACIM, nor is there a downloaded original to be had at this time.
  • Disappointed

    2
    By Whitney Hux
    I just realized that Lessons 141-149 are missing from the Workbook. I just happened to notice because they were included in the Review, and I couldn't recall having done them. So, when I went back to read the Lessons- and realized that they were just not there- I was really at a loss.
  • A course in miracles

    1
    By Cmcst09
    This is NOT the course!
  • This is NOT A Course In Miracles

    1
    By 9906sbc
    I don't get it? This is not the real book.
  • Rewritten, not the original!

    1
    By Burlysage
    This iBook is not The Course! It has reworded entire paragraphs from the original, omitted sentences, added words and changed meanings altogether. I have been a Course student for 18 years now and do not recommend this iBook version!

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