As the title implies, A program in Miracles is a teaching device. It teaches us what is real and what is a fantasy, and leads us to the direct experience of our own Inner Teacher.
The Course is arranged in three parts: a text, a workbook for students and a manual for teachers. The writing presents the concepts underlying the Course. The workbook contains 365 daily lessons that provide students the opportunity to apply and experience the concepts on a practical level. The teacher’s manual is presented in a question and answer format, addressing typical questions that a student may ask; it also is designed with a clarification of terms used throughout the Course.
On how it all Began
The Course was written by Sue Schucman and Bill Thetford, two highly trained and successful Mentors of Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Health professionals and Specialists in New york city. Sue was the scribe for the Course, writing down in shorthand the inner messages she received. Bill entered what Sue wrote. It took a total of seven years to complete A program in Miracles, which was first published in 1976 in the united states. Sue wrote additional pamphlets. Her Song of Prayer was published in 1977 and the Gift of God in 1978.
Over the past 34 years, the popularity of a Course in Miracles continues to grow and spread worldwide. It has been translated into 15 different languages and more translations are in the works. Around the globe, people gather with other like-minded students to learn the Course together in order to better understand the Course’s message. In this era of electronic and social media, A program in Miracles can be obtained in e-book format, on CD, and through iphone Apps. You can interact with other Course students on Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, and numerous other websites. a course in miracles soundcloud
The Course is designed to be a self-study tool. However, many students find that their first interaction with the material is difficult and overwhelming : the change in perspective that it offers is contrary to traditional thinking. Taking an initial class with a trained facilitator or teacher allows for a gentler opening to these new ideas and a more fulfilling experience.
There are many classes and courses of study in relation to the philosophy of a Course in Miracles, and even specific classes on key Course concepts, such as True Forgiveness or Cause and Effect. Such classes give students the chance to experience the theory and application of specific material more deeply. Through such deep experience, many students find the reassurance of inner peace and the joy of knowing the Inner Teacher.