A Course in Miracles
“A Course in Miracles is a modern-day program for healing the Mind, removing all judgment, learning to trust the Higher Self/Holy Spirit/Intuition, and coming to consistent Peace of Mind.”
The Course was initially scribed and typed up 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.
What Is A Course in Miracles?
A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a self-study program with a unique approach, designed to bring a consistent state of happiness and peace to the student through the application of its principles. These principles can seem radical and “not of this world.” However, this uncompromising approach is very effective for those looking to heal abandonment, victimhood, and any other seeming lifelong issues.
Following the intentional and careful structure laid out in A Course in Miracles leads inevitably to an experience beyond words. As the Course states, “A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary. It is this experience toward which the course is directed.” C-in.2:5-6 The simplicity of this statement becomes evident through the study of the Course.
The practice of A Course in Miracles can be like climbing a ladder. Each rung represents a new realm of understanding where beautiful pearls of wisdom have more depth the higher one climbs. Another simple, yet profound theme, from the introduction of ACIM:
“This Course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.” In-2
A Course in Miracles is comprised of three books: the Text, the Workbook for Students, and the Manual for Teachers. It also includes a glossary-style “Clarification of Terms” and two pamphlets (supplements).
Un curso de milagros—read the Spanish version of A Course in Miracles.
A Course in Miracles Online
The Foundation for the Awakening Mind offers A Course in Miracles freely online to anyone who has an interest. For a fully searchable online version, check out acourseinmiraclesnow.com. If you would like a soft-cover published version and/or a published translation of A Course in Miracles, please order it directly from the Foundation for Inner Peace. Thank you to everyone at the Foundation for Inner Peace for all of the care and love and attention you give to the Course and its translations!
The ACIM Text (622 pages) lays out the concepts upon which the Course is based. Here we find the theory and the “metaphysics” of A Course in Miracles. The ACIM Text is divided into chapters which move through topics and themes providing the theoretical framework for the application of the workbook lessons.
ACIM Workbook for Students
The ACIM Workbook (365 lessons, one each day for a year) is presented in a very practical format, encouraging the student to apply the ideas to the best of their ability without making exceptions.
The daily ACIM Lessons of A Course in Miracles are very practical. A day by day, step by step approach to unwinding the mind from ego thought system and limiting beliefs. This is what the workbook is for, clearing away the ego debris from the mind and learning how to trust in the Spirit and let go of judgment, guilt, criticism, and condemnation.
ACIM Manual for Teachers
The ACIM Manual for Teachers consists of questions and answers intended to deepen students’ understanding of the concepts learned in the Text and Workbook.
The ACIM Supplements are Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice and The Song of Prayer: Forgiveness, Prayer, and Healing. These provide further application of the ACIM’s teachings, specifically in relation to the modality of prayer and the field of psychotherapy. You can read these at our ACIM NOW website.
Principles of Miracles and ACIM Daily Lessons on YouTube
David Hoffmeister reads from the beginning of the spiritual classic A Course in Miracles. This recording is from the “Introduction to A Course in Miracles” and Chapter 1, “The Meaning of Miracles,” after which the playlist will continue with A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons on YouTube, with reading and commentary by David Hoffmeister.
David Hoffmeister speaks from Awakened Mind and, with that Presence and Clarity, he guides the sincere student and teacher of ACIM through one section of the Text and a lesson from the Workbook each day, followed by a profound commentary. Listen once and you will feel the amazing gift from the Spirit! What a wonderful way to start your day!
You can explore more of David Hoffmeister’s deep teachings, inspired by A Course in Miracles, through a large number of talks and gatherings from around the world. These talks are available in both audio and video formats.