What is A Course In Miracles?
A Course In Miracles is a self-study system of spiritual psychology contained in a three-volume book:
- The Text (T)
- The Workbook(W)
- The Manual For Teachers(M).
ACIM is the abbreviation.
The Course contains a synthesis of the teachings that lie at
the core of the world’s great religions, together with sophisticated
It emphasises the practical application of its principles, which
focus on forgiveness and, thus, the transformational potential of the
mind. It has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.
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What A Course In Miracles says:
There is no separation between God and ourselves, or,
therefore, between us.
God is love, eternal and infinite, and all there is.
We are God’s one creation.
God only creates like Himself, so we remain as God created
us, innocent and whole.
Only what God created is real. God did not create pain,
death, guilt or fear, so although they exist in our experience, they are not
The Course aims at removing the blocks to the awareness of
Rather than trying to change external circumstances, the
Course teaches us to change our perceptions about the world.
The peace of God is reached through the practice of
The above paragraphs are taken with permission from Miracle Worker magazine, published by the Miracle Network, a UK-registered charity supporting students of ACIM in the UK. It has a very slight addition.
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My additional thoughts on 'What is ACIM?'
“This course can... be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened
Nothing unreal exists
Herein lies the peace of God”
(The Introduction, A Course In Miracles)
- The Course is not a religion. It is designed as a system of self-study.
- The Course uses a great deal of Christian language, often redefining it in a way that aligns with a God who is more clearly a God of love than the God presented in the Bible.
- ACIM recognises all paths to God and can be practised alongside
many different religious and spiritual beliefs. Many of its most established teachers have been from the
- ACIM is helpful to many who are disillusioned in their religion of
origin, but retain the knowledge of God. In my case, the Course in Miracles has led
me back to Christianity. I would guess this is unusual, although I do hear of other Christians who are students of the Course.
- ACIM is universalist - respecting the major religions, but also
critiquing the way in which religion can be used. (It is worth commenting that the Bible is also highly critical of the way religion can be used.) The Course does not claim or
aim to be the path to God for everyone.
- People who read and apply the Course to their lives are called
Course students. When you become a student, you also become a teacher, since to teach is to demonstrate.
- ACIM very much gives the message that we are already Innocent becasue we share in the Innocence of God who created us in his image. Our belief that we (and others) are other than innocenct is a belief that the Course helps us to change. It says we cannot fail to remember that we are aspects
My spiritual poem on I Am Beautiful conveys much of what I see as the key message of ACIM.
“The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught.
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.”
(The Introduction, ACIM)
Notation for ACIM:
Explanation of the letters used next to quotes from ACIM on this spiritual website
The textbook of A Course in Miracles
The workbook of A Course in Miracles
The manual for teachers of ACIM
Clarification of Terms
PSYCHOTHERAPY Purpose, Process and Practice
SONG OF PRAYER Prayer, Forgiveness, Healing
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