A Course in Miracles
A Course in Miracles is a self-study book of spiritual psychotherapy that was scribed by Helen Schucman between 1965 and 1972 through a process of inner dictation. The book is composed of a 669-page Text, which sets forth the theory, a 488-page Workbook for Students, which sets the theory in motion, and a 92-page Manual for Teachers, which is a short FAQ answering questions commonly asked by students. The Course, as referred to by its students, was first published in 1976 but was later revised to have neater chapter structure and subtitles and was republished in 1992. There are currently over one and a half million copies of the Course in circulation worldwide, and in over 16 different languages.
- This is a course in miracles. It is a required course.
- This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way: "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists." Herein lies the peace of God.
- There is no order of difficulty in miracles. One is not 'harder' or 'bigger' than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal.
- Each day should be devoted to miracles. The purpose of time is to enable you to learn how to use time constructively. It is thus a teaching device and a means to an end.
- Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed.
- This is a course in mind training.
- Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation.
- Text, Chapter 3
- The body is the ego's idol; the belief in sin made flesh and then projected outward.
- Text, Chapter 20
- This course is easy just because it makes no compromise. Yet it seems difficult to those who still believe that compromise is possible.
- Text, Chapter 23
- ...you must realize that your hatred is in your mind and not outside it before you can get rid of it; and why you must get rid of it before you can perceive the world as it really is.
- Text, Chapter 12
- This is an insane world, and do not underestimate the extent of its insanity.
- Text, Chapter 13
- You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brother totally without judgement.
- Text, Chapter 3
- I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace.
I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise.
I want to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace.
I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the
consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him.
I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.
- Text, Chapter 5
- This passage is sometimes called "the Course in miniature"
Workbook for Students
- The theoretical foundation such as the text provides is necessary as a framework to make the exercises in this workbook meaningful.
- I am never upset for the reason I think.
- There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.
- Very few have realized what is actually entailed in picturing the past or anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this, because it is not really thinking about anything.
- These exercises are concerned with practice, not with understanding. You do not need to practice what you already understand. It would indeed be circular to aim at understanding, and assume that you already have it.
- You think that what upsets you is a frightening world, or a sad world, or a violent world, or an insane world. All these attributes are given it by you. The world is meaningless in itself.
- Purpose is meaning.
- God is in that waste basket.
- I could see peace instead of this.
- Lesson 34
- There is a place in you where there is perfect peace.
- Lesson 47
- Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.
- Lesson 62
- A mind and body cannot both exist.
- Lesson 96
- God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
- Lesson 171
- Let miracles replace all grievances.
- Lesson 342
Manual for Teachers
- This is a manual for the teachers of God.
- The world of time is an illusion.
- There are no accidents in salvation.
- There is nothing you say that contradicts what you think or do; no thought opposes any other thought; no act belies your word; and no word lacks agreement with another. Such are the truly honest.
- Healing is accomplished when the sufferer no longer sees any value in pain.
- Healing must occur in the exact proportion to which the valuelessness of sickness is recognized.
- Healing is always certain.
- Doubt is the result of conflicted wishes. Be sure of what you want, and doubt becomes impossible.
- Heaven is here. There is nowhere else. Heaven is now. There is no other time.
Sourced to 1976 edition
- Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
- 1976 edition: Ch. 16 The Forgiveness of Illusions, p. 315.
- To compare the patronizing pedantry of A Course in Miracles with any line or two from the New Testament gospels is like comparing a washing machine repair manual with Shakespeare.
- Robert M. Price, Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms (2008), p. 133