A Summary of A Course in Miracles

Introduction

In attempting to understand what A Course in Miracles is, where it came from, and most importantly, what it says, it is helpful to let go of all pre-conceptions about spirituality and religion. A Course in Miracles does not fit neatly into any category in this domain. The mind often tries to understand something new by comparing it to things it already knows. This is helpful to an extent, but let us be careful of trying to fit a square peg in a round role. If I had to place A Course in Miracles in a bookshop, I could put it in equally under ‘Christianity’, ‘Buddhism’, ‘Hinduism’, ‘Nondualism’, ‘New Age’, ‘Psychology’, ‘Self-help’ or ‘Poetry’ – but in truth, such categorisation would not do it justice.

The metaphysical, spiritual and psychological concepts presented in A Course in Miracles are universal. They are what they are. They do not belong exclusively to any one person, group, or body of knowledge. Although these concepts are well-illustrated in the categories listed above, the uniqueness of A Course in Miracles lies in the masterful combination, structure and presentation of these meaningful concepts.

How is it presented?

A Course in Miracles is a self-study spiritual path presented in 3 books:

The Text: A theoretical framework for the ideas of the Course
A Workbook for Students: A series of 365 lessons, to be done one per day
A Manual for Teachers: Clarifications on terms and concepts, in a Q&A format

These 3 books, together with some supplementary documents, are commonly found bound together as a single volume. The third (the most current) edition looks like this:

A Course in Miracles, Third Edition, Foundation for Inner Peace

The Text and the Workbook go hand-in-hand, and it is essential to read the Text to build a theoretical foundation whilst doing the practical lessons in the Workbook. While not strictly necessary, it is often helpful for students to read supplementary books about the Course and/or to discuss the Course in study groups. In-line with its self-study nature, the Course is not the basis for any kind of organised religion or cult.

The Course is written largely in iambic pentameter, also known as Shakespearean blank verse due to Shakespeare’s use of it in his sonnets and plays. This form allows the text to be read in a rhythmic, living quality which is caused by the alternation of stressed and unstressed syllables. There is judicious and masterful use of alliteration, rhyme, metaphor and simile throughout the text.

What does it say?

At first glance, the Course appears Christian, because of the Christian language used – the text is peppered with terms such as ‘Holy Spirit’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Christ’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Salvation’. However, the content of A Course in Miracles is much more similar to the Eastern Philosophies, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, and most notably to the Vedanta, a philosophy laid out in the ancient Upanishads of India.

“At the time I remember thinking that the Course could be described as a form of Christian Vedanta.”

Bill Thetford

A Course in Miracles and the Vedanta both present a non-dualistic view: God / Heaven / Brahman is all that IS, and everything else is illusion. Everything that is impermanent is illusion. Time and space, hot and cold, up and down, the world as we know it, are all manifestations of the mind and seek to keep us unaware of our true nature – that we are one with God, that we have always been and will always be.

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.

A Course in Miracles, T-in.2

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The real does not die, the unreal never lived.

I Am That
Sri Nisargatta Maharaj
(A classic text on Advaita Vedanta, the non-dualistic sub-school of Vedanta)

Like Buddhism, the intent and structure of A Course in Miracles is deeply psychological and psychotherapeutic. An even better word, although not commonly used, would be ‘psychospiritual’. The Course uses concepts in modern psychology developed by Jung and Freud: the psychological defense mechanisms of denial and projection, the conscious and unconscious mind, and the psyche.

However, the ego as used in A Course in Miracles, has a slightly different meaning to Freud’s Ego (From his trinity of Id, Ego and Superego). Dr. Kenneth Wapnick, the foremost scholar of the Course, defines the ego as:

the belief in the reality of the separated or false self, made as substitute for the Self Which God created; the thought of separation that gives rise to sin, guilt, fear, and a thought system based on specialness to protect itself; the part of the mind that believes it is separate from the Mind of Christ

The vedantic equivalent of the ego is Maya – the illusory power of Brahman which causes the Brahman to be seen as the material world of separate forms. Given the psychological nature of the Course, it is no coincidence that the prominent figures involved in the scribing and initial editing of the Course, Helen Schucman, Bill Thetford and Kenneth Wapnick, were all highly respected clinical psychologists – their familiarity with these concepts was essential to the message of the Course to come through accurately.

The purpose of the workbook is to train your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world.

Introduction, Workbook for Students, A Course in Miracles

Perfect happiness is always present in us, full and complete. Our suffering and misery can be likened to clouds that obscure the sunlight – even though we sometimes cannot see the sun directly, the sun is always present. Depending on the weather conditions, we may experience the full strength of the sun, a diffuse glow in the sky or the inky darkness of a storm. The goal of A Course in Miracles is to remove these blocks to our awareness of God, Happiness and Love through healing our minds.

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 opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite. A Course in Miracles, T-in.1.

Here, it is important to note this subtle but important distinction – A Course in Miracles is not about saying yes to Love, but about not saying no to Love. Pure and perfect Love is who We really are – there is no need to proclaim this any further. Rather, it is far more important to work on the reasons that prevent us from experiencing this state in every moment.

This work and this healing takes place through the practice of forgiveness. Indeed, forgiveness is the center of the practice of A Course in Miracles – we will accomplish nothing even if we fully understand the theory of A Course in Miracles without applying forgiveness to our everyday lives.

Again, the forgiveness that A Course in Miracles teaches is slightly different to that of the commonly understood sense of the word. ‘Course-based forgiveness’ (Robert Perry) or ‘Quantum forgiveness’ (Gary Renard) recognises that our discontent with others and ourselves stems from the unconscious agenda of the ego to maintain a sense of separation. If the world is an illusion, everything that others do unto us, are really things that we do unto ourselves. The worst of deeds are self-manifested illusions driven by the ego’s misguided need to defend itself against God. We forgive because we know that the self and the other are both wholly innocent, and in so doing, we return to our true nature – which is unity and wholeness.

We forgive others for what they have not done to us, not for what they have done
Kenneth Wapnick

Forgiveness does not mean condoning or agreeing with a horrendous act. It is a decision to no longer attack one’s self. Forgiveness is, quite simply, the decision not to suffer. To forgive is to make the decision to be happy, to let go of judgements, to stop hurting others and ourselves, and to stop recycling anger and fear. Forgiveness is the bridge to compassion, to inner peace, and to a peaceful world.

Love is Letting Go of Fear
Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.

The concept of forgiveness goes hand-in-hand with the concept of the miracle in A Course in Miracles. Kenneth Wapnick, defines the term miracle as such:

the change of mind that shifts our perception from the ego’s world of sin, guilt, and fear, to the Holy Spirit’s world of forgiveness; reverses projection by restoring to the mind its causative function, allowing us to choose again; transcends the laws of this world to reflect the laws of God; accomplished by our joining with the Holy Spirit or Jesus, being the means of healing our own and others’ minds.

Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.

Simply put, a miracle is a decision to choose the path of the Holy Spirit and to follow his guidance, against the ego’s plan of reinforcing separation.

A Course in Miracles makes no claims to being the only form of truth, or that it is the only spiritual path. Everyone has their own path, and A Course in Miracles is not for everybody. Spiritually speaking, it is a challenging but direct path. It is challenging because it involves a radical paradigm shift – not in how we live in the world, but in how we see the world. A Course in Miracles is not concerned with dealing with the symptoms of suffering, it deals with the root cause of suffering – the illusory sense of separation from God. As recognised by other practices such as Vipassana, these roots are largely unconscious. It is this recognition and effectiveness in dealing with the unconscious that sets A Course in Miracles apart from other spiritual and religious disciplines.

Where did it come from?

Helen Schucman and William “Bill” Thetford were Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City in the 1960s.

Being in a prestigious and competitive academic setting, in the midst of inter-departmental rivalry and backbiting, their professional and personal relationship was often strained and frustrating for both of them. Helen writes in her autobiography (quoted from Absence From Felicity, Wapnick):

The relationship between Bill and myself deteriorated steadily. We had become quite interdependent, but we had also developed considerable anger towards each other. Our genuine attempts to cooperate were more than offset by our growing resentments. We began to get much less work done, while experiencing greater and greater fatigue…

One day, exhausted by the negative attitudes surrounding their relationship, Bill became uncharacteristically sentimental during a meeting. He gave a speech, declaring that ‘there must be another way’. To add on to this unusual show of vulnerability and honesty, Helen agreed and was enthusiastic about finding a new approach. This is a example what the Course describes as a ‘Holy Instant’, a moment where a little willingness causes a healing change in perspective, often in the face of a situation which seems normal, logical and acceptable in an ego-dominated world.

Over the next 7 years, Helen would have a series of symbolic dreams and hear an inner voice – a mental dictation which she could start and stop at any time. She would be fully conscious while it spoke to her, and she was not in a trance or altered state. Although she was not a stranger to mystical experiences, she was initially as frightened by the experience as she was for her sanity. It was Bill, who had a growing interest in her paranormal experiences, who urged her to take down what the voice said.

Helen, a professed atheist, had no doubt that the voice was Jesus. The Course is dictated in the first person, and the identity of the author is clear from the writing – for example, in Chapter 6, Section I of the text, it speaks about and clarifies various points surrounding the Crucifixion, the Apostles, and Judas.

Undoubtedly, many people, especially traditional Christians, will have tremendous difficulty accepting this at best, with many dismissing it as some new-age spiritual hogwash. There will be certainly much doubt and debate as to whether this Jesus is the Jesus of Modern-Day Christianity. However, the voice urges us to see beyond the form and into the essence:

The Name of Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol. But it stands for love that is not of this world. It is a symbol that is safely used as a replacement for the many names of all the gods to which you pray. This course has come from him because his words have reached you in a language you can love and understand.

A Course in Miracles, M-23.4

Conclusion

We have seen a brief overview of the multi-faceted aspect of A Course in Miracles, and it is clear that the Course is unique as a book as it is a spiritual path. It is precisely this multi-faceted aspect of the Course, however, which causes it to be prone to misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

The Course is not an easy-read, not meant to be speed-read, and not a book to be read once and left aside. It is a manual for a lifetime’s work on one’s self. It is an unparalleled pathway for ultimate liberation. It compares with the great literary works and the great mystical traditions of the world.

Every student of the Course has a different relationship with the Course. Some people will read it to feel good. Some read it as a supplement to their existing spiritual or religious practice. Some will embrace it and make it a core of their being. If you are not a student of the Course, it is my sincere desire that the Course finds you, as it did for me, and it brings you much peace and happiness. And if you are a student, keep forgiving! ;)

God Is
Ken

 

Recommended reading

An excellent summary on A Course in Miracles is ‘Understanding A Course in Miracles’ by D. Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller is well-researched, clear and balanced in his writing. I highly recommend this book for A Course in Miracles and non-ACIM students alike.

The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard

The best book for anyone looking for an overview of A Course in Miracles, in my opinion. Clear, coherent, accurate and entertaining!

 

Acknowledgements and references:

The Wisdom of Vedanta
S. Abhayananda

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Nisargadatta Maharaj

Absence from Felicity
Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.

A Primer of Psychology According to A Course in Miracles
Joe R. Jesseph, Ph.D.

Love is Letting Go of Fear
Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.

Journey without Distance
Robert Skutch

Forgiveness and Jesus: The Meeting Place of A Course in Miracles and Christianity
Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.

Disappearance of the Universe
Gary Renard

What is A Course in Miracles?
Robert Perry

http://www.circleofa.org/articles/PolChapter2.php

 

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§ 37 Responses to A Summary of A Course in Miracles"

  • Andy LeCompte says:

    Wonderful synthesis, Ken.
    Thank you!

  • Cindy Berry Addis says:

    Hi Ken,
    Love your outlook on ACIM. I too, have long been a believer in working with A Course In Miracles in a clear and simple way. That is what I encourage in my study groups and with my fellow students on the path. I have always said, as you stated, that the Course is elegantly simple in its process … but not necessarily easy to put into practice. And that what is happening, as a result, is quite profound and often times complex. I think that one of the stumbling blocks we all encounter in the beginning, and sometimes get stuck there, is in wanting to understand what A Course In Miracles is saying … A very human quality by the way. And so understandable because of the very powerful and healing experiences many of us have just in the process of reading the material. I always remind myself and others, that the Course states in the Teacher's Manual, "that words are but symbols of symbols … twice removed from reality." And those words are trying to describe experiences that are not of this world. So of course we become confused and try to figure out what it is saying … but most of A Course In Miracles, for me, has been a process of undoing and allowing the ideas and concepts to be revealed at a much deeper level. This is so evident, as year after year, we read the text or do a lesson, again, and are so deeply touched by what it says that we claim "I know that I could never have read that before … I would have remembered it!" But of course we have it underlined or starred or high-lighted because we have read it, many times. I also love that in the Introduction to the Lessons it says that we "need not believe the ideas … accept them … or even welcome them … we may even actively resist them… none of this will matter." As long as we are willing to apply the process to our lives, it will work. I think that this is true of understanding the Course as well. We don't have to understand it in order for it to work … we just have to do it … and that is very simple. But the ego loves complexity and conflict … Just being aware of that is very helpful … showing us the mirror of where our work is … giving us the opportunity to choose differently. Wishing you PEACE on this amazing Journey! ~ Cindy Berry Addis

  • Vinnie Lobascio says:

    Ken, I am trying to determine the origin of the Course being a "self-study" course. Is this explanation above, under the section:
    How is it presented? "A Course in Miracles is a self-study spiritual path…"

    Are these your words? If so, how did you come to understand this idea of the Course being a self-study. If these are not your words, where did you obtain this info? Thanks in advance,
    Vinnie Lobascio

    • Kenneth Bok says:

      Hi Vinnie,

      I understand where you are coming from – I have read Robert Perry's take on this "self-study" issue and did think he raised a valid point that nowhere in the Course does it explicitly say that it is a self-study course. I disagree, however, on his view that the Course has to be done in partnership with a teacher. (Another human being that is – not the Holy Spirit :)) Let me explain..

      My personal opinion is that J left it open to the individual student as to how the Course is meant to be practiced. I don't think he would have any problems with someone studying it on his own or finding a group to study with. What (I think) he would have a problem with, however, is if the student began a dependency on the group or some kind of social institution in relation to his or her practice and study of the Course.

      I will not go into the point as to "self-study" are "my words" or not – clearly I have read the words "self-study" many times in Ken Wapnick and Gary Renard's books – I cannot claim them as "my words". I will say, however, that I do not blindly repeat "their words" – I do think "self-study" is a helpful definition because of the�100% importance and emphasis that the Course places on healing one's own mind.�

      This is obvious from the workbook lessons. Nowhere does it say, "find a person which you dislike very much and tell them that they are forgiven." Or "find a partner and discuss x, y and z". Although we may discuss the lesson with others – the practice is always done alone, in one's mind.

      I think a useful analogy would be meditation. Bearing in mind that meditation can be done in groups or alone – is meditation "self-practice"? Although we may do it in a group – meditation is clearly an internal practice that works on one's own mind. However one might argue that "self-practice" is a limiting�definition because of the positive effects of meditating in a group.�

      My personal experience is that the Course can indeed be self-study – my first 4 years or so with the Course were done entirely on my own. I did not feel any need or compulsion to do, share or discuss this with anybody else. These days though, I do go to a warm and lovely study group here in London and find that it helps my practice!

      Thus, in summary I would say – be careful reading too much into one little word, "self-study" – as we know, "words are but symbols of symbols". I have used this word because, on balance, I think it is helpful for the reasons above, but I am open to suggestions!

      Peace
      Your Brother
      Ken

  • Arya says:

    Hello all,

    Also thanks to Ken for his portrayal of the Course's teachings. Regarding self study, remember there is only One Self. The selves that are many, are not real so there can only be One Self studying the Course, our mind. Not your mind and my mind, THE Mind. "We" are projections of a thought of separation"out" of the mind for the purpose of having us think we are "we"!The limitation is of course using language to explain that which is beyond words. Ken's point about the form of studying the Course being irrelevant is important. It is focusing on form and getting hung up on form that we begin to make the error real and then we are trapped. I myself have a statue of Hanuman in my meditation room that inspires me! It does not matter. Whatever way helps you to be more kind, more loving, more gentle, is your way to study.

    Peace to us all,

    Arya

  • Rebecca says:

    So helpful!! Thank you!! I have only recently heard of ACIM and am excited to deepen my spiritual journey through this beautiful guide. However, I am confused surrounding the origin of fear/the ego– where/why/when does this break from love occur? I have read 'The Shadow Effect' and am somewhat familiar with the concept of the collective human unconscious…is this the origin of love and fear? Although I am trying not to get hung up on the origins of love and fear, as a recovering skeptic and former atheist, I am still trying to reconcile my former beliefs with my new found faith in love .. some guidance would be much appreciated!!!! :)

  • Hi Ken;

    A wonderful incisive explanation of the Course. I applaud your efforts.

    As someone who has been studying the Course for about 4 years now, I am beginning to appreciate why it is that Dr. David Hawkins and Eckhart Tolle seem to have moved on in their spiritual journey of no distance. As long as we are studying the Course, reading the Course, intellectualizing the Course, we are in the mind, the personality and the ego and not experiencing what the course would have us experience. Hawkins makes the point that the ego becomes an ally at about level of consciousness 660. The Course itself seems to have an LOC of 663. A recent insight of mine has indicated that the ego or The Mark of the Beast or Personality only disappears at LOC 666 which would tend to indicate that the Course is still confined within the realm of the ego and may simply be another ploy of the ego to keep us pre-occupied.

    Doug Henderson

    • Kenneth Bok says:

      Hi Doug,

      Thank you for your kind words. :)

      I totally agree with you that as long as we intellectualise the Course – we will never get to where it wants us to 'go' (being a journey without distance as you say). It is clear in any pure non-dual teaching – transcending the world is a wordless act. The beauty and the efficacy of the Course however, lies in the method of its presentation – that it straddles duality and nonduality – which is why it constantly switches from 'Level 1' and 'Level 2' throughout the text. (http://facim.org/acim/theory.htm)

      I cannot speak for the LOC model – I simply do not know enough.

      Ken Wapnick speaks many times of Jesus / the Course as being illusions , ultimately to be let go of at a certain point in the journey. I'm sure there's a great quote from the Course but I can't recall it.. It's the same thing as the story from the Buddha as the man and the raft crossing the stream.

      'Could this simply be another new age ploy of the ego?' – Yes certainly! But so can everything else be in the world. :) *Everything* of duality is neutral. It depends on who we use it with – the ego or the Holy Spirit. That is the real question worth asking. :)

      Love and Light
      Ken

    • Kenneth Bok says:

      Hi Doug, here is the quote I was thinking of:

      "Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God." A Course in Miracles, Lesson 189

  • As for Jesus being the spokesperson; it seems to me that when we are of a lower LOC how are we to know what is true for the egoic mind can not determine truth from non-truth. If we are all one, what does a name mean? What does it matter? It only has the meaning that we give it. If it gives you comfort, then you are blessed. But just the same it is your belief and it seems to me that the objective is to have no belief and to do nothing or no-thing except surrender which is simply a transference from the egoic mind to the spiritual heart. It's that simple but we humans tend to complicate the recognition of what it is we truly are and thats the absurdity and the paradox of life that we forget to laugh at. By focusing on the mind and the need to heal the mind which would tend to indicate some inadequacy we have continued to imprison our self in a subtle egoic presence. Could this simply be another new age ploy of the ego?

    Doug Henderson

  • Christy Eller says:

    Doug-
    I totally hear what you’re saying- and to me, this is exactly what the Course is about- forgiving the perception of these symbols. While we still experience them, forgiveness is our tool- our blessed escape hatch- the way we get to the heart, and stay there.

  • Jay says:

    […] the term ‘miracle’ as used in the context of the Course, is entirely psychological, and has nothing to do with the common understanding of a miracle as a unexpected external event, eg. spontaneous healing, rising from the dead.

    What made you say this, Ken? I don’t recall reading this or anything like it in the ACIM text.

    It’s curious also that right below you quote Wapnick as saying that a miracle allows the mind to be restored to its causative function, and allows the laws of the world to be transcended. He does not qualify these statements as being limited to the psychological.

    And incidentally, isn’t the ultimate purpose of the course the unmaking of the psychological, rather than its improvement?

    • kenbok says:

      Thank you for pointing out this important point. This was written a year ago and my understanding of what a miracle means has changed since then – you are absolutely right – there is no difference between the ‘inner’ and the ‘outer’ miracle. The ‘outer’ follows naturally from the ‘inner’ miracle. What I did want to stress when I wrote it, was the importance of the inner miracle, rather than the external manifestation – ie. what most people think a ‘miracle’ means. I’ve removed my earlier statement about the miracle.

    • Frank says:

      One very famous quote from the text is “seek not to change the world. Seek only to change your thoughts about the world.”

      The reason? “there is no world!” (another famous ACIM quote)

      ACIM is very clear tha tthere is only mind and all form is illusion. Trying to change “the outside world” is like going to a movie theater and, upon discovering you don’t like the movies, walking up to the screen and trying to move the actors around with your hands. YOU NEED TO CHANGE THE FILM IN THE PROJECTION BOOTH!

      ACIM “is a course in mind training” (another ACIM quote). “Projection makes perception” as the course says, so Ken is right when he says the miracles referred to in the Course refer to learning to see things differently, something that occurs internally, in one’s own mind. But once you have REALLY changed your mind about the world, does the world change? Absolutely. In the Course Jesus states that we “really could move mountains if we really understood how powerful our thoughts are.”

      It is like “lucid dreaming” a skill which supposedly can be developed so that when you sleep and enter into the dream state, part of you is aware it is a dream and therefore you can manipulate the story and characters any way you wish and, if there are mountains in your dream or dead people who need to arise, then you can make it happen. But lucid dreaming is a result of a mental process. And ACIM is solely about changing your mind about this dream we are having about this world. But before the world disappears entirely, ACIM does say the dream will first become a “happy dream” rather than what it is now.

      The implication being that, perhaps the dead will rise and healing will take place spontaneously. Once we realize that the world is an illusion which is CAUSED by the mind and the world has no objective reality, we can manipulate this dream any way we like. But ACIM clearly states, in more than one place, that the “miracle” is a change in our thinking and the change in our thinking, thinking again being the CAUSE of the world, can change what currently seems to “the world” and the laws It operates under.

  • Michel Jean says:

    Hi Ken
    You are doing a great job. I just discovered ACIM in april 2012 and I knew automatically that it’s going to help me to go back to where I belong…I am 48 of age and you, like the others teachers (Wapnick, Renard…) are helping me a lot through The Holy Spirit. I am in Montreal, and french is my first language, sorry if my english is not that good . I’m very interested interviewing you if you don’t mind…I will be in France and Belgium in July 2012, if you are interested let me know by sending me an email.
    Thank you so much for your great work

  • Sarah Elisabeth says:

    Hi Ken,
    I’m curious as to how open you are with your friends and family regarding your perception of the world (with ACIM). I would love to share the peace that I have found, but I am not sure whether some of those close to me are ready to hear it.

    Your summary is fantastic by the way!

    • kenbok says:

      Thanks Sarah.

      It’s a more complicated question I guess for me because I do this pretty much full-time, so I am a lot more open than what I used to be when I didn’t have this website.. :) That and the fact that my name is pretty much linked with ACIM on the internet.. ha ha. I’m sure some of my friends think I’m a Jesus-freak but I’m quite OK with that – people will think whatever they want to think..

      But I understand where you are coming from – I faced that quandary many times about openness. It’s definitely a fine line between being able to talk about what is so close to your heart but also being able to sense if mentioning ACIM will probably not be the most helpful thing in a conversation..

      If you’re asking about ACIM metaphysics – ie. seeing the world as an illusion – that nearly never comes up with friends who are not interested in spirituality and I don’t usually talk about it unless I am asked specifically. There’s definitely a thing about wanting to be right (imposing our view on others) vs wanting to be happy (talking about it when it’s appropriate) – the choice there is obvious!

      Much Love
      Ken

  • R. Murphy says:

    Hello, a friend and I decided we were going to read the “A Course In Miracles” and do the workbook but we can only find the workbook, is there a actual book? Can you provide me with where I can get the actual book?
    Many Thanks

  • Lucy says:

    I recently found out about ACIM through a post on Facebook by a friend quoting Marrianne Williamson. I bought ACIM wanting to read directly from the original source. I have tried to read it numerous times but I can’t seem to make sense of it and find its hard to digest written form frustrating and end up flicking through it and then putting it down. This is not that I’m a quitter but its not reaching me in the way I had hoped. I know there are no quick fixes but for example when it says about love Even if its cloudy the sun is always shining and miracles are the removal of obstacles to feel the love that is already there, then I get it it makes sense and i feel a sense of love and belonging that has been lacking from my life. But I need advice how I can digest ACIM? I’m not highly educated,a therapist or Dr and maybe I need it explained using analogies and or in layman’s terms. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • kenbok says:

      Hi Lucy – have you looked at “The Disappearance of the Universe” by Gary Renard? It’s a great book that helped many, including myself, with demystifying the Course. Ken

  • anil says:

    Lucy –
    since your post says Nov 3rd, I’m not sure if you already got your answer, but, what I’d suggest is you try reading Gary Renard’s “Disappearance of the Universe”. This is the book that I used and a lot of laypeople like us were able to use it to move along.
    Before I read Gary’s book above, I too, found it impossible to go beyond the introduction to ACIM. I only managed three lines for almost 4 years…

    “Nothing real can be threatened.
    Nothing unreal exists.
    Therein lies the peace of God”

    Hope Gary’s book worked for you as it did for me.
    Anil

  • Alain says:

    Hi Ken
    You are doing a fantastic job,and I often recommend your web site to my friends.
    Love your interview with Nook Sanchez and your presentation of the course,very clear and concise well done indeed.
    I started studying the course seven years ago along with my two roommates ,what I mean is I am very lucky to be able to share my experiences on a day to day basis!!!
    In answer to R Murphy (october 1 2012) the course is available in pdf format at
    http://pc.sinus.cz/ACIM/pdf/ACIM.pdf and donwloadable
    The fact that it is of public domain since 2004 makes it an incredible tool as we can now send it troughout the world in a few seconds.
    Now excuse my poor english I am french canadian

    Alain

  • Daleen says:

    I discovered the course back in the 80’s and have read it in bits and pieces ever since. I still struggle with it because I always get to a point when I feel like the world i see is a scary place because it is not of God. I end up feeling so anxious that I have to put the book down and yet when I study Buddhism or read about Vedanta I feel more peace. There is something about the terminology that doesn’t mesh with me (in this ego state). Is it possible that this is not my spiritual path? Is this a required course or can I achieve the same goal through another path?
    Daleen

    • kenbok says:

      Hi Daleen – put it this way – forgiveness of the world is required – but the path you take is up to you… :) Ken

  • Julie Tang says:

    Hi Ken, I read your wonderful outline of ACIM. I read nothing that I didn’t agree with. However, I have given the course two really good tries in group settings and cannot ignore the persistent uneasy feeling I get each time I attend. I think I am turned off on the hard sell approach. The course states that its intention is to change my thinking; this is a huge stumbling block for me, as God (whom I have a very dear relationship with) is most interested in my heart and this is where I seek any changes. I am also uncomfortable about not talking about Love. Where God is, so is Love. I have found many wonderful books that teach essentially the same as ACIM but only in a very loving, easy to grasp and non-egotistic manner. I mean this with all sincerity.

    So I will no longer study a book that I feel is very elementary, I have found nothing new other than the way it is presented. This is my opinion and does not reflect negatively on anyone else. I do believe we are brothers and sisters, united in and through Christ.

    I will ask, have you read the Emmanuel Books (Emmanuel’s I, II & III) Which I feel teaches the same message but in an amazing loving manner. I recommend them to lots of people.

    Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts

    Love Julie

    • kenbok says:

      Dear Julie,

      Yes I understand what you are saying. :)

      Interestingly, I picked up Emmanuel I at a book swap somewhere.. (But haven’t read it yet) Thanks for the nudge!

      Love
      Ken

      • Julie Tang says:

        Hi Ken,

        Thank you so much for your kind response. I have been slapped around many times for daring to share my thoughts.

        Please read your Emmanuel book, if like me, you will not be able to put it down.

        Much Love,
        Julie

  • Robin Evans (Bodhi) says:

    Thank you bro!

  • Andrew Sercombe says:

    The nice thing for me is that millions of people around the world have found
    God, inner peace, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ and a life of love and joy centuries before ACIM was written – and are still doing so. Each of us can go ourselves to the Source of all Wisdom, bow before Him and listen through meditation to what He has to whisper to us. Great, isn’t it? I’m sure Helen would say “Be like me. You do it too.”

  • tim says:

    My egoic journey has taken me away from everything I love, I just can’t surrender it, I say I do and I think I do but it’s the ego talking to the ego. I lost my family, moved to another country, started over, wife, baby, and here I sit again alone, I keep repeating the same life over and over, alone, as alone as a man can get, on an island, don’t speak the language, left behind. A lesson to be learned is calling, I just don’t know what it is or how to start. I read a lot, reading acim, it’s a tough read, then the youtube video on this book, ahh, they say she was sexually interested in her work partner that started this book, makes me doubt everything, was she doing this for his attention? sorry but I’m not a sheep. You look at the video, it’s in the first 10 mins. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2ezG7xtSWM I don’t know why that puts me off, she wanted him and he didn’t want her, she was 14 years older and she was married, they freely admit it themselves, so it’s not second hand info. so far I stick to Chopra, tolle, holmes, emerson.

  • Gerard Tretton says:

    Ken – Thank you so much for an excellent summary. I would suggest getting rid of the picture of Jesus on a cross, it doesn’t fit. Thanks. – Gerard
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