I am not religious. I’m also very sceptical and hard to convince. But I’m also open-minded and when it sounds logical to me after I scrutinized something a lot, you got me.
A Course In Miracles got me.
Up until today I haven’t found one illogical statement in it. Not. One. Contrary to all the other religious and spiritual books (Sorry, believers). It’s also a course not just a book to read. There are 365 lessons. One for each day of the year.
I will posts these lessons on this blog each day as of 2018. Maybe I will comment, maybe not. I will either find the illogical part, or I will strongly think that this book is one of the ways the truth has presented itself to us. If you are religious and you like my blog, just not this part, please stay with me for the things you like and skip this part.
I know that biblical terms will be mentioned but I understood that the meaning is not the same in this book as it is in the bible. Just like ‘miracle’ has a different meaning in this book than we might think of (No, this is not a new version of Scientology with SiFi believe). Because of this extra information, I can give it a try despite the fact that
I get a highly allergic reaction to all institutionalized religions.
And everything connected to it. Maybe I can give it a twist and name the religiouse things differently without altering the meaning of it. Maybe. Maybe not.
But first some background knowledge A Course in Miracles (also referred to as ACIM or the Course) is a 1976 book containing a self-study curriculum which claims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. The underlying premise of the work is the teaching that the greatest miracle that one may achieve in one’s life, is the act of simply gaining a full “awareness of love’s presence” in one’s own life.
The book was written, or “scribed,” by Helen Schucman, who claimed that it had been dictated to her word for word via “inner dictation” which came from Jesus (there it is..stay on it). The Course contains a curriculum to bring about what it calls a “spiritual transformation,” consisting of three sections entitled the “Text”, “Workbook for Students,” and “Manual for Teachers”.
The Foundation for Inner Peace published the first edition of A Course in Miracles in late 1975. Initial attraction to this remarkable, complete, self-study spiritual thought system was limited to only a few enthusiastic students in the United States. Soon after, however, interest spread rapidly and has continued since then at a steady pace, both nationally and internationally. As of today, they have published nearly three million volumes of A Course in Miracles which are in circulation worldwide.
The story about how this book got here is on another level. For real.
A Course in Miracles was written as a collaborative venture between Schucman and Thetford. In 1958 Schucman began her professional career at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City as Thetford’s research associate. In the spring of 1965, at a time when their weekly office meetings had become so contentious that they both dreaded them, Thetford suggested to Schucman that “[t]here must be another way”. Schucman believed that this interaction acted as a stimulus, triggering a series of inner experiences that were understood by her as visions, dreams, and heightened imagery, along with an “inner voice” which she identified as Jesus. She said that on October 21, 1965, she believed that the “inner voice” told her: “This is a Course in Miracles, please take notes.” Schucman said that the writing made her very uncomfortable, though it never seriously occurred to her to stop. The next day, she explained the events of her “note taking” to Thetford. To her surprise, Thetford encouraged her to continue the process. He also offered to assist her in typing out her notes as she read them to him. The transcription the next day repeated itself regularly for many years to come. In 1972, the dictation of the three main sections of the Course was completed, with some additional minor dictation coming after that point.
I hope you like this add to the blog.
But hey, if you don’t believe it, at least you’ll have a great read and enough stuff to think about which would also add value to your life. Or just get back to the more down to earth stuff on my blog.
As of January the first of 2018, you can find all lessons right here. It doesn’t matter when you start the course, as long as you do the lessons in the right order.