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The great classic work, A Course in Miracles, is devoted to teachings about who we are, our relationships to God and with each other, and the actually mental nature of our bodies and the world. There are three constituent parts to the Course: The Text, a Workbook for Students, and the Manual for Teachers. The Text lays out the theoretical foundation for the metaphysical system of the Course. The Workbook contains a series of 365 Lessons to be practiced daily for the purpose of retraining the mind and healing our perception. Finally, the Manual contains information for and about advanced teachers of God. The Course is also about miracles, which students understand to be, in part, a shift in perception to healed vision. But miracles are more than a shift in perception, because the shift has consequences in the world as we see it. The Course is a self study educational program for retraining the mind that is spiritual, rather than religious, in its perspective. Although the Course uses Christian terminology, it expresses a universal experience, and its underlying ontology is reminiscent of ancient refrains, echoing the world's most hallowed traditions.
About the Author
The story of the Course began when Columbia University research psychologist Dr. William Thetford decided he had had enough of the intensely competitive and negative climate he was experiencing and declared to his colleague, Dr. Helen Schucman, "There must be another way, and I am determined to find it. She agreed to help. What ensued was a dramatic progression of waking dreams for Schucman, which culminated in October of 1965 with her experience of a voice which spoke clearly in her mind, saying, "This is a course in miracles. Please take notes."
About the Publishers
Course in Miracles Society was founded in 2000 to publish and distribute Jesus' Course in Miracles, a precursor of ACIM Original Edition. When the Course was found to be in the public domain, the Original Edition was born. A Course in Miracles-Original Edition is the unabridged volume of the Course as it was completed by Schucman and Thetford in 1972, before substantial editing by others.