What is A Course in Miracles?

"The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever."


According to Jerry Jampolsky, A Course in Miracles is a self-study program for personal and spiritual transformation that emphasizes the necessity of relying on our own internal teacher for guidance, rather than looking for teachers outside ourselves. The Course stresses that as long as we identify with our ego, and believe we are limited by the boundaries of what we perceive in the physical world, we cannot experience our true reality.

Acording to Bill Thetford, the Course's purpose is "to help us change our minds about who we are and what God is, and to help us let go, through forgiveness, our belief in the reality of our separation from God. The Course teaches us how to know ourselves and how to unlearn all of those things which interfere with our recognition of who we are and always have been."


This Edit of A Course in Miracles is the original transcript as dictated to Helen Schucman and edited in collaboration with Bill Thetford.
Marianne Williamson

According to Marianne Williamson, A Course in Miracles is a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy contained in three books. It is not a religion, but rather a psychological mind-training based on universal spiritual themes. There’s only one truth, spoken different ways, and the Course is just one path to it out of many.

It is time for a huge revolution in our understanding of Christic philosophy, and most particularly in our understanding of Jesus. The Christian religion has no monopoly on the Christ, or on Jesus himself.

Fairy tales like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are stories of transformation. They are metaphors for the relationship between the ego and the divine mind. The wicked stepmother, which is the ego, can put the beauty or Christ within us to sleep, but she can never destroy it. In every fairy tale, the Prince arrives. His kiss reminds us who we are, and why we came here. Prince charming is the Holy Spirit, and He comes to awaken us with His love.

The word ego is used differently here than the way in which it is often used in modern psychology. It is being used as the ancient Greeks used it, as the notion of a small, separated self. It is a false belief about ourselves, a lie about who we really are.

The truth of who we really are doesn't change; we just forget it. We identify with the notion of a small, separate self, instead of the idea of a reality we share with everyone. You aren’t who you think you are. Aren’t you glad?



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Eckhart Tolle

In The Power of Now, Eckhart writes, "When I occasionally quote the words of Jesus or the Buddha…or from other teachings, I do so not in order to compare, but to draw your attention to the fact that in essence there is and always has been only one spiritual teaching, although it comes in many forms.

Some of these forms, such as the ancient religions, have become so overlaid with extraneous matter that their spiritual essence has become almost completely obscured by it. To a large extent, therefore, their deeper meaning is no longer recognized and their transformative power lost."

The word God has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. I use it sometimes, but I do so sparingly. By misuse, I mean that people who have never glimpsed the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction, as if they knew what they are talking about. Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions, such as

"My or our God is the only true God, and your God is false," or Nietzsche's famous statement "God is dead."


In his insightful look into humanity's ego-based thinking, Eckhart Tolle provides practical teachings for waking up to a new, enlightened mind-set. This involves a radical inner leap from the current identification with our ego to an new way of thinking about who we are.


Gerald Jampolsky

In Goodbye to Guilt Gerald Jamplsky writes: "As I look back, I realize that my life has been one of intense seeking without knowing what it was I was looking for.

At times I sought after such things as health, self-esteem, money, material possessions, prestige, social status, professional recognition, security for the future, and friends I could trust and love. Despite my success in pursuing most of these, I never experienced the happiness they were supposed to bring. It never occurred to me that I had the wrong goal, and that by searching for happiness outside myself, I was looking in the wrong place. I had absolutely no conscious awareness that I was suffering from a self-imposed state of spiritual deprivation.

I began to change my way of looking at the world in l975. Until then I had considered myself a militant atheist, and the last thing I was consciously interested in was being on a spiritual pathway that would lead to God. In that year I was introduced to a set of three books, a self-taught course in spiritual transformation, titled A Course in Miracles."



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Diane Berke

According to Diane Berke, "The Course is not a new religion, although it is based upon a comprehensive, consistent, and profound theological and metaphysical system of thought. It claims to have no corner on the truth. Rather it indicates that it is only one path among many thousands. Moreover, it states,

"Theological considerations as such are necessarily controversial, since they depend on belief and can therefore be accepted or rejected. 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."

The emphasis of the Course is very much on experience, the experience of healing our suffering at its source, which according to the Course is our belief in separation and feeling of estrangement from God and our true Self.

The Course has been described, accurately I believe, as a system of spiritual psychotherapy. For myself, I think of it as a spiritual path of healing and awakening, whose core practices are forgiveness and developing a relationship with our Inner Teacher, Whom the Course calls the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who teaches us the true meaning of forgiveness, guides us through it, and directs the course of our healing.

The inspiration or impetus to undertake the spiritual journey comes many different ways. Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, teachers of Insight Meditation, writes in Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: "For some of us, this (inspiration) will come as a sense of the great possibility of living in an awake and free way. Others of us are brought to practice as a way to come to terms with the power of suffering in our life. Some are inspired to seek understanding through a practice of discovery and inquiry, while some intuitively sense a connection with the divine or are inspired to practice as a way to open the heart more fully. Whatever brings us to spiritual practice can become a flame in our heart that guides and protects us and brings us to true understanding."

As I reflect on my own life and searching, it is clear that the strongest force in my coming to this journey was the need to face and come to terms with the experience of suffering—in my own life, in the lives of people I cared about, in the world around me. Perhaps that is why I have been so drawn, in addition to the teachings of my chosen path, to the teachings of the Buddha as well. For it is there, with the experience of suffering in this world, that his teachings begin.

The Course states, "Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning-point.


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