A Course in Miracles Book by Helen Schucman (Online Reading - Summary - Review - Book - Download - PDF)

A course in miracles (also known as ACIM or the course) is a 1976 book by Helen Schucman. It is a curriculum for those who seek to achieve spiritual transformation. The underlying premise is that the greatest "miracle" is the act of simply obtaining a "full awareness of the presence of love" in one's life. The author stated that the book had been dictated to him, word by word, through an "internal dictation" of Jesus.

The course consists of three sections: "Text", "Workbook for Students" and "Manual for teachers". Written between 1965 and 1972, some distribution was made by photocopying before the Interior Peace Foundation published a hardcover edition in 1976. Copyright and trademarks, which had been owned by two foundations, were revoked in 2004 after long litigation because the first versions had been distributed without notice of copyright.

Throughout the 1980s, annual book sales increased steadily every year; however, the greatest sales growth occurred in 1992 after Marianne Williamson discussed the book on The Oprah Winfrey Show, with more than two million volumes sold. The book has been called everything from "New Age psychopath" to "a satanic seduction" to "The New Age Bible." According to Olav Hammer, the psychiatrist and best-selling author Gerald G. Jampolsky has been one of the most effective promoters of the Course. His first book Love is Letting go of Fear, which is based on the principles of the Course, was published in 1979 and after being backed up by the Johnny Carson program, sold more than 3 million copies in 1990.

 

Book Summary
A Course in Miracles is a unique program of spiritual self-learning, a mental training course, designed to undo the illusion that you are separated in any way from God or your fellow man. On the level of the mind, we are all united as one. When we learn to live this truth constantly, fear, anger, and guilt give way to a deep sense of inner peace. The Course systematically leads you to experience the Love of God in all your relationships through the practice of forgiveness (releasing the past), the will to receive and follow higher guidance and the cultivation of the miraculous mentality. Happiness, peace, joy, and love are the natural results of teaching the Course.

A course of miracles consists of three separate volumes: text, a workbook for students and manual for teachers. The text presents the theory of the course, presenting its central ideas in a holistic, symphonic progression. The Workbook for Students offers 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. The process of changing the mind and perception of the student begins. The Teacher Manual is written in the form of questions and answers to address many of the most important and practical topics of the course. Also included in this combined edition are only two valuable Supplements to the Course: Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice, and the beautiful and inspiring Prayer Song.

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Book Review
I think this book appears in your life when the soul is ready. If you are on a path of self-inquiry and self-growth, and you seek to cultivate and deepen your own faith, this book is a gift from the Spirit. It has three parts: the text, the workbook, and the teacher's guide. It is a tool that will train the mind to unlearn our perception of the world, which is generally driven by fear, and a return to the truth of who we are: spiritual beings of pure Love and Peace. If it has come into your life, trust that you are ready for this awakening. You will move forward and see the world in a completely new way, lifting the veil of illusion, letting go of fear, anger and judgment, and seeing the truth of who we are: beings of Love, Light, Truth, Forgiveness, and Peace.

About The Author
Helen Cohn Schucman (born Helen Dora Cohn, July 14, 1909 - February 9, 1981) was an American clinical psychologist and research psychologist. She was a professor of medical psychology at Columbia University in New York from 1958 until her retirement in 1976. Schucman is best known for having "written" with the help of colleague William Thetford the book A Course in Miracles (first edition, 1975), the content of which, according to her, had been delivered by an inner voice that he identified as Jesus. However, at his request, her role as a "writer" was not disclosed to the general public until after her death.

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