A Course in Miracles is really pure, so wonderful, so powerful, and much more spiritually advanced than every other piece of the world’s literature (past and present), that you have to actually experience it to trust it. But those whose minds are too attached with worldly thoughts, and lack the underlying thirst for true spiritual knowledge that’s necessary for its understanding, will more than likely not comprehend just one whole page. That’s not because A Course in Miracles is confusing – on the contrary its principles are remarkably simple – but instead because it is the nature of spiritual knowledge that those people who are not willing to understand it, just cannot understand it. As mentioned in the Bible, in the beginning of the book of John: “The light shineth in darkness, and darkness comprehended it not “.
From the time I first became alert to the majestic and awe-inspiring presence of God, I have enjoyed reading many wonderful spiritual works like the Bible (my favorite parts are the Sermon on the Mount and Psalms), the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, the Koran and the poetry of Kabir and Rumi. None of them come close to the greatness of a Course in Miracles. Reading it having an open mind and heart, your fears and troubles wash away. You become alert to a splendid love deep within you – deeper than what you knew before. The long run begins to appear so bright for you personally and your loved ones. You are feeling passion for everyone including those you previously have tried to leave excluded. These experiences are extremely powerful and occasionally throw you off balance only a little, but it is worth it: A Course in Miracles introduces you to a love so peaceful, so strong and so universal – you will wonder how so most of the world’s religions, whose aim is supposedly the same experience, got so off track.
I wish to say here to any Christian who feels that his church’s teachings don’t truly satisfy his thirst to understand a form, merciful and loving God, but is somewhat afraid to learn the Course because of others’claims it is inconsistent with “true” Christianity: Don’t worry! I have browse the gospels many times and I assure you that a Course in Miracles is totally in keeping with Jesus’teachings while he was on earth. Don’t fear the fanatical defenders of exclusionist dogma – these poor people think themselves to be the only real carriers of Jesus’message, and the only real ones worthy of his blessings, while other will go to hell. A Course in Miracles reflects Jesus’true message: unconditional passion for *all people*. While he was on the planet, Jesus believed to judge a tree by its fruit. So give it a try and see how the fruits that ripen in your life taste. Should they taste bad, you can abandon A Course in Miracles. But when they taste as sweet as mine do, and the countless other true seekers who have found A Course in Miracles to be nothing less when compared to a heavenly treasure, then congratulations – and may your heart continually be abundantly filled with peaceful, loving joy.
Changing Lives Through A Course in Miracles
Since the title implies,david hoffmeister apple podcast A Course in Miracles is a teaching device. It teaches us what is real and what is unreal, and leads us to the direct experience of our personal Inner Teacher.
The Course is arranged in three parts: a text, a workbook for students and a guide for teachers. The Text presents the concepts underlying the Course.The workbook contains 365 daily lessons giving students the ability to use and go through the concepts on a functional level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a question and answer format, addressing typical questions that a student may ask; additionally, it supplies a clarification of terms used through the entire Course.
On How it All Began
The Course was compiled by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford, two highly trained and successful Professors of Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Helen was the scribe for the Course, writing down in shorthand the internal messages she received. Bill typed what Helen wrote. It took an overall total of seven years to accomplish A Course in Miracles, which was initially published in 1976 in the United States. Helen wrote additional pamphlets. Her Song of Prayer was published in 1977 and The Gift of God in 1978.
In the last 34 years, the popularity of A Course in Miracles has grown and spread worldwide. It has been translated into 18 different languages and more translations have been in the works. Throughout the world, people gather with other like-minded students to learn the Course together to be able to better understand the Course’s message. In this era of electronic and social media marketing, A Course in Miracles may be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iPhone Apps. You can communicate with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites.