What Is A Course in Miracles?
A Course in Miracles, often abbreviated as ACIM or simply “the Course,” is a volume of written materials arranged as a self-study course designed to bring the student into a consistent state of peace and happiness.
It was initially scribed (channeled) and edited during the years of 1965-1972 by two professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University: Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford. With the aid of Ken Wapnick, Robert Skutch, Judith Skutch-Whitson, and philanthropist Reed Erickson, “the Course” was published on June 26, 1976 (by the Foundation for Inner Peace) and has gone on to sell over 3 million copies in 25+ languages.
Watch this great video in which David Hoffmeister also answers the question “What is A Course in Miracles?”
A Course in Miracles – An Overview
A Course in Miracles is a symbol, appearing in awareness to the mind that believes in symbols and has called for healing. It provides a clear and practical approach to coming into an experience that goes far beyond concepts. The Course is comprised of three books and two pamphlets (supplements):
The ACIM Text – 622 pages laying out the concepts upon which the Course is based.
The ACIM Workbook – 365 lessons presented in a practical format, encouraging the student to simply apply the ideas to the best of his/her ability without making exceptions.
The ACIM Manual for Teachers – Consists of a glossary-style “Clarification of Terms” as well as a series of questions and answers intended to help deepen the understanding of the concepts learned in the Text and Workbook.
ACIM Supplements – Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice and The Song of Prayer: Prayer, Forgiveness, Healing provide further application of the Course’s teachings, specifically in relation to the field of psychotherapy and the modality of prayer.