About A Course in Miracles

What is A Course in Miracles?

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a self-study course designed to speed you along the path to Self-realisation. There are 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. It includes a comprehensive text, a manual for teachers and a clarification of terms. There are also some supplementary pamphlets.

To get the full benefit of the Course, it’s very important to actually do the lessons, not just read them. As you practice you will be led gently along a path where your false perceptions of the world are undone and replaced by truthful ones.

Everyone I know who sincerely practices the Course becomes calmer, more peaceful, kinder, more loving and more aware of what has true value in the world and what is valueless. Ultimately, the only valuable thing is love and nothing else is worth clinging to or striving for.

The ‘miracle’ in the Course’s title occurs when one’s perception shifts from the ego (or wrong mind) of fear, guilt, hate and judgement to Spirit (or right mind) of love, gentleness, non-judgement and forgiveness. These miracles feel so wonderful that they create a self-perpetuating, virtuous cycle of practicing the Course and experiencing life becoming easier, more peaceful and more joyful. (Read more about right mind and wrong mind.)

Where did the Course come from?

ACIM was channelled and formatted into a book by Helen Schucman and William (Bill) Thetford. Kenneth Wapnick added the chapter and sub-chapter divisions and became a highly respected teacher of the Course.

The channelling began in 1965 in New York City where Helen was a research psychologist and Bill a Professor of Psychology at Colombia University. There was originally a great deal of animosity between Helen and Bill until one day Bill had an epiphany. Uncharacteristically for him, he approached Helen and told her that he was tired of their fighting. He said that there must be a better way and that he was determined to find it. Uncharacteristically for Helen, she agreed and said that she would help him find that way.

Shortly after this discussion, Helen began hearing an inner voice saying, “This is a course in miracles, please take notes.’ After much resistance to this Voice (she thought she may be going mad) Helen accepted her role as scribe and eventually realised (again with much initial resistance) that the voice was that of Jesus. The Voice was one of pure, unconditional love. The scribing took place over seven years with Helen taking shorthand then reading it to Bill who typed it up.

My experience with the Course

I have been studying ACIM since 2010. At Easter time in 2016 I met the enlightened ACIM teacher, David Hoffmeister, and my spiritual development took a big leap forward. Since that day I found it easier to hear the Voice of the Holy Spirit, who is our communication link with God. I started keeping a journal as a way to record my thoughts which began to be interspersed with beautiful messages from the Holy Spirit. Indeed, they were so beautiful, not to mention useful to me in a practical sense, that I developed a strong desire to share them. The result is the ‘A Course in Miracles Blog’ on this site.

I hope you enjoy reading the posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them and that they serve you on your path to Self-realisation. Feel free to join my Facebook page or to contact me if you have any questions.

With love

Megan Chambers

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