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A Course in Miracles

Original Edition

This is the first edit of ACIM as originally dictated to Helen Schucman, and edited in collaboration with Bill Thetford.

My Experience:

I've read all the edits of ACIM and find this edition easier to read and understand than the Foundation for Inner Peace's (FIP) version, especially the first five chapters. In the FIP edition, 1/5 of the material dictated to Helen Schucman was edited out, which makes these early chapters very choppy to read with several large sections of material missing. I spent years trying to make sense of them before I finally got a copy of this version.

This Original Edition also preserves the dictation to Helen of Chapters 17-22 on the Holy Relationship, which were addressed to both Helen and Bill. Later editing changed the focus to a solitary reader, removing the mutuality that is explicit in the original dictated material, and an important element of the Course's teachings on the power of Holy Relationships.

 
   

 

A Course in Miracles - Workbook For Students & Manual For Teachers

Pocket Edition

This pocket edition is small enough to go anywhere, so you always have today's lesson at hand.

Workbook For Students

The purpose of these workbook exercises is to train your mind to a different perception of everything in the world.

The exercises are very simple. Some of the ideas you will find hard to believe, and others will seem quite startling. It does not matter. You are merely asked to apply them to what you see.

You are not asked to judge them nor even to believe them. You are asked only to use them. It is their use which will give them meaning to you and show you they are true.

"A theoretical foundation, such as the text, is necessary as a background to make the evercises meaningful. Yet it is the exercises which will make the goal possible."

Manual For Teachers

This manual is not intended to answer all questions. It covers a brief summary of some of the major concepts in the text and workbook.

"This is a manual for the teachers of God. They are not perfect or they would not be here. Yet it is their mission to become perfect here, and so they teach perfection over and over in many, many ways until they have learned it."
 

ACIM LESSONS:

14 God did not create
23 I can escape
50 I am sustained
61 I am the light
79 Let me recognize
91 Miracles are seen
93 Light & Joy
94 I am as God...
100 My part is...
101 God's Will...
102 Share God's Will
108 To give & receive
110 I am as God...
121 Forgiveness
126 All that I give...
134 Let me perceive
136 Sickness is
137 When I am healed
139 I will accept
153 Defenselessness
155 I will step back...
162 I am as God...
163 There is no death
193 All are lessons
199 I am not a body
 

Workbook For Students Special Topics - Part 2

   

Return to Love

Marianne Williamson

Return to Love presents the principles of A Course in Miracles with simplicity and clarity. The Course, a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy contained in three books, claims no monopoly on God. It is a statement of a universal spiritual curriculum.

There’s only one truth, spoken different ways, and the Course is just one path to it out of many. If it's your path, however, you know it. For me, the Course was a break-through experience intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically.

If it's your path, however, you know it. For me, the Course was a break-through experience intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically. It freed me from terrible emotional pain.

 
   

 

Understanding A Course in Miracles

D. Patrick Miller

With over a million copies in print, A Course in Miracles has become one of the most popular and provocative teachings in contemporary spirituality. In the Complete Story of The Course, veteran journalist D. Patrick Miller combines thorough reportage and experienced insight in his accurate account of the important and controversial matters surrounding A Course in Miracles. A few of the questions answered in the book:

What exactly is A Course in Miracles and where did it come from?
Is it really a message from Jesus Christ for the modern world?
Is the Course Christian, Buddhist, New Age, or something else entirely?
 
   

The Gift of Change

Marianne Williamson

In the Bible, it says Adam fell asleep—and nowhere does it say that he woke up. It’s as though the human race has been asleep for ages, not metaphorically but in a certain way literally. In our sleep, we have begun to dream. And some of our dreams have turned into nightmares. We have been asleep without knowing it, taking part in a great forgetting—of who we are, what our power is, where we come from, and what we truly need. It’s no accident that enlightened masters are called the “awakened ones.”

 
   

 

Love Always Answers

Diane Berke

The core practices of A Course in Miracles are forgiveness and listening to the Holy Spirit, our inner teacher, the voice for God within us. This book is offered as a simple sharing from my heart, to give readers new to the Course some feeling for what this path of healing is like, and readers already working with the Course some feeling of companionship on the journey. What has been sustaining me and giving me the courage to travel through the darkness toward light, through fear and pain toward love, is the foundation of faith I've developed to this point on my journey. And through this experience, I continue to learn, in an ever deeper way, that Love does answer us—Love always answers.

 
   

 

The New Earth

Eckhart Tolle

In his insightful look into humanity's ego-based thinking, Eckhart Tolle provides practical teachings for waking up to a new, enlightened mind-set. An essential part of the awakening is the recognition of the unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks, and acts, as well as the recognition of the collectively conditioned mental processes that perpetuate the unawakened state. That is why this book shows the main aspects of the ego and how they operate in the individual as well as in the collective. This is important for two related reasons:

The first is that unless you know the basic mechanics behind the workings of the ego, you won’t recognize it, and it will trick you into identifying with it again and again. This means it takes you over, an imposter pretending to be you.

The second reason is that the act of recognition itself is one of the ways in which awakening happens. When you recognize the unconsciousness in you, that which makes the recognition possible is the arising consciousness, is awakening. You cannot fight against the ego and win, just as you cannot fight against darkness. The light of consciousness is all that is necessary. You are that light.

 
   

 

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle

This book can be seen as a restatement for our time of that one timeless spiritual teaching, the essence of all religions. I speak from inner experience, and if at times I speak forcefully, it is to cut through heavy layers of mental resistance and to reach that place within you where you already know, just as I know, and where the truth is recognized when it is heard. There is then a feeling of exaltation and heightened aliveness, as something within you says: "Yes. I know this is true."

 
   

 

Goodbye to Guilt

Jerry Jampolsky, M.D.

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.

 
   

 

Return From Tomorrow

George Ritchie

At the age of twenty, George Ritchie died in an army hospital. Nine minutes later, he returned to life. What happened to him during those nine minutes was so compelling it changed his life forever. This is one of the most startling and hopeful descriptions of the realm beyond ever written.

 
   

 

Alter Your Life

Dr. Emmet Fox

Emmet Fox was one of the outstanding spiritual teachers of his time. He is considered the most influential New Thought author of the 20th Century. While he lived he addressed some of the largest audiences ever gathered to hear one man's thoughts on the spiritual meaning of life.

 
   

 

Seat of the Soul

Gary Zukav

Gary Zukav explains that we are evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the five senses, external power, into a species that pursues authentic power—power that is based upon the perceptions and values of the spirit. Using his scientist's eye and philosopher's heart, Zukav illustrates how the emerging values of the spirit are changing marriages into spiritual partnerships, psychology into spiritual psychology, and transforming our everyday lives.

 
   

 

What Really Matters

Tony Schwartz

In 1988, at the height of his career as a journalist and co-author of a #1 bestseller Donald Trump’s, The Art of the Deal, Tony Shwartz hit an unexpected wall. Why did the success he’d sought for so long suddenly feel empty? What was a truly meaningful and complete life? His search for answers took him from a meditation retreat in the mountains of Utah to a biofeedback laboratory in Kansas.

"Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness, as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different." -William James

"It is because we don't know Who we are, because we are unaware that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, that we behave in the generally silly, the often insane, the sometimes criminal ways that are so characteristically human." -Aldous Huxley

 
   

 

Messages From The Masters

Dr. Brian Weiss

In Dr. Weiss's bestseller, Many Lives, Many Masters, nearly one and a half million readers met Catherine. In a hypnotic trance, Dr. Weiss's young patient summoned memories of many past lifetimes and demonstrated an astonishing ability to transmit messages from the Masters.   Now, drawing on the wisdom of the Masters, the spirit guides who shape our destinies, bestselling author Brian Weiss gives us his most outstanding achievement to date. He reveals the essential life force in the universe and the ultimate healing energy. Its name is love.

"Remember," the voice said. "Remember that you are always loved. You are always protected, and you are never alone . . .You also are a being of light, of wisdom, of love. And you can never be forgotten. You can never be overlooked or ignored. You are not your body; you are not your brain, not even your mind. You are spirit. All you have to do is reawaken to the memory, to remember. Spirit has no limits, not the limit of the physical body nor of the reaches of the intellect or the mind."

 
MESSAGES FROM THE MASTERS
   

 

Deepak Chopra

"Jesus Christ left behind a riddle that two thousand years of worship haven't solved. The riddle can be stated in one sentence: Why are Jesus's teachings impossible to live by?"

"In this book, a man shaped by the religions of the East introduces the West to a Jesus we have either lost or have never known. He explores what he calls the 'Christ Consciousness,' which can be identified neither with the Jesus of history nor with the Jesus of the creeds, the doctrines and the dogmas of the ecclesiastical institution. This 'Third Jesus' can be seen only when we move into a new human awareness that will carry us beyond tribe, prejudice and even beyond our religious systems."

John Shelby Spong, Retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Author, Jesus for the Non-Religious

 

 

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra

What Jesus actually taught is more radical and at the same time mystical than commonly believed by millions of Christians.

   

Jill Bolte Taylor

She was a 37-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist when a blood vessel exploded in her brain. Jill Bolte Taylor talks about how she watched her own mind completely deteriorate, and about the spiritual and medical metamorphosis she experienced after.

"The Holy Spirit is nothing more than your own right mind."
 

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Tayler

   

 

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond

Ajahn Brahm

"Better than sex!" That's how Ajahn Brahm describes meditation, and his enthusiasm is contagious. A self-described meditation junkie, Brahm, shares his recipe for inconceivable bliss in his practical, energizing book.

"Meditation is the way of letting go. In meditation you let go of the complex world outside in order to reach a powerful peace within. In all types of mysticism and in many spiritual traditions, meditation is the path to a pure and empowered mind. The experience of this pure mind, released from the world, is incredibly blissful. It is a bliss better than sex. In practicing meditation there will be some hard work, especially at the beginning, but if you are persistent, meditation will lead you to some very beautiful and meaningful states.

The deepest and most elusive insight is into who you really are. This insight is gained not through belief or thinking but only by meditation, by becoming absolutely still, releasing the mind, and then knowing the mind. The Buddha compared the mind to the full moon at night hidden behind clouds. The clouds stand for the activity of the five senses and thought. In deep meditation, the five senses recede to reveal the pure radiant mind."

 
   

 

One Course, Two Visions

Robert Perry--Circle of Atonement

A Course in Miracles has emerged within our lifetime as an authoritative spiritual text. Yet what does it really say? In the Course' brief history, two comprehensive visions have been offered, each by respected teachers and organizations, each based on many years of personal dedication and scholarly investigation. One vision comes from Ken Wapnick and the Foundation for A Course in Miracles. The other comes from Robert Perry and his colleagues at the Circle of Atonement.

One might assume that these visions would differ only in the details, yet in fact they diverge dramatically, leading to different ways of approaching, understanding, and living the Course. These differences have naturally led to confusion for Course students. The purpose of this book is to clear up that confusion. It addresses how the two visions relate to each other, delineating both their similarities and their differences. It then goes on to explore the key differences, and how they impact the Course student's life.

 
   

Quantum Questions
Mystical Writings of the World's Greatest Physicists

Edited by Ken Wilber

Here is collection of writings that bridges the gap between science and religion. Quantum Questions collects the mystical writings of each of the major physicists involved in the discovery of quantum physics and relativity, including Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, and Max Planck. The selections are written in nontechnical language and will be of interest to scientists and nonscientists alike.

Bill Thetford describes this book, "Wilber points out that all of these remarkable scientists developed a transcendental or mystical view of the world. While modern physics does not prove that mysticism is true, it does remove any major theoretical blocks to the possibility of spiritual reality. In effect, the solid material universe has dissolved into a series of abstract mathematical equations.

The point here is that many physicists view the material world in the same way that the Course does; that this world is illusory since physical matter is no longer understandable in terms of our sensory awareness. Somehow we are perceiving something that isn’t there, and it is our perception of it which gives it reality."

 
   
 

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