“A Course in Miracles”: An Overview
Originally scribed between 1965 and 1972, A Course in Miracles (ACIM) has gone a long way in reaching out to people who wanted to do spiritual self-study. Its main goal is to be a medium in conveying messages of universal love and peace, which we could only obtain through following the way of God. Moreover, it also employs forgiveness with others and at the same time forgetting what they have done that reconciles relationships and makes it holy. It also wants to bridge gaps between individuals through promoting awareness of the presence of versatile love.
With the author’s appointment, it was only The Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) that can publish and distribute the only authorized manuscript of ACIM, which was first published in 1975. Through their efforts, it has been made available to 26 translations such as English, Portuguese, Chinese, Italian, and much more. There are approximately three million copies circulating around the world. The foundation is working out in translating the Course into more languages so that it would reach more students. Aside from that, it also has digital editions through mobile applications and e-books. They also offer an archive that accommodates the original and authentic material of this collection, which has never been released ever. This foundation has also been the teaching arm of A Course in Miracles with a recommendation from the scribe as they have faithfully followed on how the author would want it to be a medium of a universal self-study thought system. As a result of its self-study nature, several communities have sprung up, following its teachings as a path to experiencing Modern Miracles.
The author, Helen Schucman Ph.D., believed that an inner voice convinced her to scribe A Course in Miracles. Later on, she claimed that it was Jesus Christ who dictated her to do ACIM. She was born in 1900 and died in 1981 in New York City. She was a clinical and research psychologist who had been known with position as an Associate Professor of Medical Psychology in a prestigious institution in New York City. Her parents are both Jewish but at a very young age, she was tasked to examine different faiths and select among those on which she wants to offer her belief system. Because of this freedom, she was able to try Catholicism, Judaism, Southern Baptist Teachings, atheism, and agnosticism. As per her request, it was only after her death that the revelation of her identity as the scribe was disclosed.
A Course in Miracles uses the traditional Christian language, but it expresses non-sectarian spirituality. It doesn’t focus on any religion but rather on the spiritual teachings. It is a three-volume curriculum that includes Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers.
The Text establishes the theory and development of the experience of forgiveness that is one of the visions of the Course. It also discusses how miracles can overcome fear and guilt. Miracles, as a maximal expression of love, can change the perception of fear to love.
The second volume, Workbook for Students, includes 365 lessons that may comprise a day-to-day exercise, which is good for a year. It is also considered as a training program for students who will take the Course as they go along with the process of learning and changing the perception of students towards its goal.
Lastly, the Manual for Teachers, is more of a question-and-answer form that aims to clarify questions that a student might find hard to comprehend throughout the Course. It also provides a clear operational definition of terminologies used within the Course.
A Course in Miracles can be considered as a traveling medium of teachings that encompasses not only religion-based beliefs but also regaining spirituality in the modern society.