It includes 365 Workbook Lessons for daily practical application to undo our minds and to accept this peace, 31 Chapters of Text to further understand the content of the lessons; as well as a Manual for Teachers so that we can learn to teach and give as we have received.
ACIM is a tool for mind training. If we are not willing, we will not learn. But if we are willing, we will learn everything and be at peace. The goal of A Course in Miracles is peace and fulfillment of purpose.
Jesus is the author of ACIM with Helen Schucman as the "Just Scribe" and Bill Thetford as the Editor. Knowing Jesus is the author, we can better understand the "I" that speaks to us within ACIM and we can begin to open our hearts to a direct relationship with him through out this whole (un)learning process.
We are being taught through ACIM how to accept the Christ Self as being what we are, and listen to and follow along with Christ Guidance within. "Christ" is a psychological term that literally means "change of mind". We are being taught how to change our minds about what we are, and what this world is for; that we may awaken and accept our True Identity and be authentically happy and free.
A Course in Miracles is the fastest and straight route I have ever found to living our most fulfilled and happy life, both inside and out.
Ego wants us to fear ACIM like with everything else. It wants to find a reason for us not to apply the lessons to our thinking. A common one is that ACIM has too much Christian language for people to be interested in or to follow. Totally understandable considering the religions of the world today. We have been taught and brainwashed by fear and distorted views of "God" and "Jesus" through not just religion, but also spirituality and misinterpreted philosophical or even scientific findings. However, ACIM speaks for Love and only Love and never contradicts itself at any point in this its 1333 pages . This is easily seen if we apply the lessons, as it asks, without trying to understand it or compare to anything...... and witness our life begin to transform and align to each lesson, showing us experientialy that what ACIM teaches and points to is the universal truth that perfect Love is Real.
I know from personal experience that ACIM is a powerful and potent tool when used to discover ones own divine Self and inner guidance system. It is not meant to make others into idols or to believe another's opinions of the text over your own, or to be turned into another religion or spiritual text. It teaches us to trust ourselves, to trust our brothers and to trust God. In this circle of Trust, we can experience the Reality of Heaven here and enable miracles to become actualized in our daily life.
The purpose of ACIM is to become a miracle worker and BE at peace. Once we are at peace, miracles become natural. This is exemplified through the application and acceptance of ACIM lessons and principles; not in part, but totally and completely. We must be totally committed to the goal of peace, in order to attain it within and extend it out.
I am so grateful for ACIM. My heart beats in deep deep gratitude for this Course, and for it being the incredible teaching aid that it is.
How to begin the A Course in Miracles
I would then start on applying the Lessons right away. They are meant to be applied 1 lesson every day for 365 days. If you feel the need to stay on a lesson longer, do so. But continue to move forward until you reach the end goal. Every lesson builds on top of the previous one, so make sure they are done in order, and that you read carefully the instructions at the beginning and through out, in order to apply the lessons as directed each day.
I would read the text along with the Lessons, ensuring to read through the text at least once in its entirety.
This is a COURSE in miracles. Its meant to be taken, applied, learned, passed.
When you are done your lessons and your text, its time to move onto the Teachers Manual and give what you have received. The Course assumes you will pass it, because it speaks to you as the powerful being that you are, and not the weak worthless self that you think you are.
This course, if taken seriously, at the pace that works for you, and applied diligently every single day to your mind and events that come up each day; will carry you to the place of perfect peace, freedom, purpose and joy within..... and you wont be able to help but give it to the world. This is the goal of ACIM: to BE consistently happy and authentically free, and to GIVE this sincere happiness and freedom to others in any and every way you can.
Helpful ACIM Resources
Bonus ACIM Material:
- You can learn more about the details of the "story" of Helen Schucman and Dr. Bill Thetford and their original experiences of bringing forward A Course in Miracles through a documentary found here.
- You can hear from Carl Howe, a direct and personal friend of Bill Thetford, and hear about who he is and why his contribution to the A Course in Miracles was so imperative and important. Its an incredibly informative talk that also speaks of ACIM directly and what its been like over the last 50 years of its life on earth. You can take a listen here
"This course will be believed entirely or not at all. For it is wholly true or wholly false, and cannot be but partially believed. And you will either escape from misery entirely or not at all. Reason will tell you that there is no middle ground where you can pause uncertainly, waiting to choose between the joy of Heaven and the misery of hell. Until you choose Heaven, you ARE in hell and misery." Test 22.2