A Course in Miracles - Movie and Audiobook
What is A Course in Miracles?
A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a self-study program with an approach that is quite unique. It is 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 from this world.' However, this uncompromising and fresh approach is very effective for those looking to heal abandonment, victimhood and any other seeming lifelong issues.
New experience comes from following A Course in Miracles intentional and careful structure. 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). This simplicity becomes evident when studying ACIM.
The study and learning 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 and more depth the higher one climbs.
Another simplistic yet profound theme is in the introduction to ACIM that says:
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.
A Course In Miracles is a very powerful spiritual tool. It is one pathway among many and it defines itself that way. It says it's one form of the universal curriculum and that there are many others. It's a pathway of quantum forgiveness. The Bible says, "Forgive seventy times seven" (Matt 18:22). That's only 490 times - it gives a sense of many. Maybe 2000 years ago, 490 was many times. Today, I think we know it's going to take a deep cleansing of our consciousness to come to a state of peace of mind, referred to by Jesus in the Bible as the Kingdom of Heaven. (In the east it might be oneness, pure love, Nirvana or just seen as bliss).
A Course In Miracles is a curriculum that comes from Jesus Christ. It's very practical. If you really read the gospels and the teachings of Jesus from 2000 years ago, you could see that it was a lot about forgiveness and love - loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself. He really emphasized the first two of the ten commandments. And now, 2000 years have passed, we have some new words - new terminology, new fields of study. One of them is psychology. 2000 years ago, we didn't have Sigmund Freud. We didn't have all these teachings about the unconscious guilt, defense mechanisms, the ego, and so on. A Course in Miracles uses the teachings of psychology, the teachings and terminology of education, and it also uses Christian terminology. The psychology concepts which it uses are projection, repression and denial - the dynamics of the ego that keep us trapped. We remain locked in defense and attack whenever we are using these mechanisms.
The Course talks about the ego in a way that is beyond what Freud did. Freud saw the ego as having some kind of value, as a mediator between our morals and mores on the one hand, and our unconscious urges and impulses on the other. Jesus says, in A Course in Miracles, the ego is a mask that has been laid across the face of Christ. It's an attempt to have a false identity - to be disguised from who you really are, which is Spirit.
A Course in Miracles starts off with a text that lays out the theory or theology. There is then a workbook with 365 daily lessons - one lesson for every day of the year. It's very practical. Kind of like when we were in high school, maybe we had chemistry class and would go into the lab to actually perform the experiments with the elements to actually see how it works practically in our life. That's what the workbook is about, clearing away the ego debris from the mind and learning how to trust in the Spirit and let go of judgment, criticism, and condemnation.
Then it has a Manual for Teachers in the back for those that really go into the curriculum as, you might say, a miracle worker or a teacher of God. Basically it is saying that this is our true profession, that underneath all of our earthly professions, everyone wants joy, happiness and peace. And everybody needs much more training in being conduits or instruments for miracles as in St. Francis' prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.