A Course in Miracles (also referred to as ACIM or The Course) is the publication of a manuscript that Helen Schucman wrote between 1965 and 1972, with the help of William Thetford. The book A Course in Miracles of almost 1500 pages in total describes a strictly non-dual view of the world. Helen Schucman, who died in 1981, has always claimed that she got the text dictated by an inner voice that did not identify herself, but which she interpreted as Jesus on the basis of the dictation. The manuscript uses Christian terminology, but the Christian concepts are given a different definition than the traditional explanation; therefore the text cannot be described as purely Christian.
A lot became clear to me after reading A Course in Miracles and doing the daily exercises. Jesus tells us that his words have changed enormously over the years and that it was time to tell his own story again. Jesus does not punish and does not allow anyone to sacrifice for him. For him everyone is equal and there are no differences. He loves you as his own image and wants the very best for you. Everything is good as it is. And that it will be much better if you choose your holy mind instead of your ego. You gradually learn to think differently in the course. To think with the spirit of God and not with the ego.
Healing (a beautiful prayer)
I’m only here to be really helpful.
I am here to represent Him who sent me.
I don’t have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He who sent me will guide me.
I am satisfied to be everywhere He wants me, knowing that He is accompanying me.
I will be healed when I let Him teach me how to heal others.
A Course in Miracles is a revolutionary curriculum, designed as a catalyst for a shift in human consciousness through the individual discovery of the peace of God, and achieved through active listening to the holy moment. The service program of A Course in Miracles International, “The Coming of a Great Awakening,” focuses on the dedicated application of the principles of love and forgiveness that are the guidelines in the first 50 lessons in A Course in Miracles. The only purpose of A Course in Miracles is to bring enlightenment through the transformation of the mind.
The peace of illumination of the mind is discovered by the power of dedication and the wisdom of listening, in a need to see things differently, and an individual, persistent desire for freedom from conflict. The acceptance of personal responsibility for what we see reinforces our commitment to see our neighbor in a new light of shared forgiveness. This gesture of letting go of the past, or the observed perception, has profound healing effects on both body and mind and extends from the individual to the world in which we live.
Forgiveness is the universal experience
Forgiveness creates a world where suffering no longer exists, where losing is no longer possible and where anger has become meaningless. The world has then become a place where joy, abundance and charity prevail. Once that is the case, your personal world of experience has become so heavenly that it is immediately transformed into the light that it now reflects. And so the journey ends where man started him, in the light from which he himself came.
The thinking system that teaches A Course in Miracles
Training is necessary because ‘an untrained mind cannot achieve anything’. The lessons of A Course in Miracles are designed to undo the limitations of perception and to acquire true perception that is not bound by any limitation. The thinking system is not based on maintaining conceptual content, but on releasing it. It is not based on what someone thinks, but on the action of how someone thinks. The Course offers a simple yet highly effective reversing effect of the transformation of the mind into enlightenment, both psychologically, physiologically and spiritually, through the discovery of a systematic path to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world.
Some lessons from the course
Fear is not justified in any form
Fear is deception. And testifies that you have seen yourself as you never could be and therefore look at a world that is impossible. Not one thing in this world is true. It does not matter in what form it appears. It only testifies to your own illusions about yourself. Let’s not be fooled today. We are the Sons of God. There is no fear in us, for we are all part of Love itself. How foolish are our fears! Would You allow Your Son to suffer? Give us the confidence today to recognize Your Son and deliver Him. Let us forgive him in Your Name so that we can understand his holiness and feel the love that is Yours to him.
-A Course in Miracles, Lesson 240
Today I will not judge any incident
I will be honest with myself today. I will not think that I already know what is beyond my current understanding. I will not think that I understand it entirely on the basis of fragments of my perception, which is all I can see. Today I recognize that it is so. And so I am relieved of judgments I cannot make. Thus I free myself and what I look at, to be at peace as God created us. Father, today I release creation to be itself. I honor all of its parts, which include me. We are one because every part contains the memory of You, and the truth must shine as one in each of us.
-A Course in Miracles, Lesson 243
Forgiveness puts an end to all suffering and loss
Forgiveness paints a picture of a world in which suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger is meaningless. The attack has stopped and the madness has ended. Which guidance is still conceivable? What loss can still be sustained? The world becomes a place of joy, abundance, charity and infinite giving. It is now so related to Heaven that it is quickly transformed into the light it reflects. And so the journey that the Son of God has begun comes to an end in the light from which he came. Father, we want to return our minds to You. We betrayed it, trapped him in a bit of bitterness and terrified him with thoughts of violence and death. Now we want to rest in You again, as You created us.
-A Course in Miracles, Lesson 249
Don’t show me any differences today
Father You have one Son. And it is he I want to see today. He is Your one creation. Why should I perceive a thousand forms in what remains one? Why should I give this one thousand names when a single one is enough? For Your Son must bear Your Name because You created it. Don’t show me as a stranger to his Father, nor as a stranger to myself. For he is part of me and I of him, and we are part of You, who are our Source, eternally united in Your Love, eternally the holy Son of God. We who are one want to know the truth about ourselves again today. We want to come home and rest in unity. Because there is peace, and nowhere else can peace be sought and found.
-A Course in Miracles, Lesson 262