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A Course In Miracles (ACIM) is a step‐by‐step system of spiritual thought that consists of a three‐volume
set of channeled literature. It includes a 622‐page Text, a 478‐page Workbook For Students, and an 88‐page
Manual For Teachers. Students may decide themselves how they choose to read and study these texts. The
workbook is comprised of 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. Students may complete the lessons at their
own pace, sometimes staying with one lesson for more than just one day. It is recommended not to attempt more
than one lesson a day in order to fully be present with it. The Teacher’s Manual is written in question and answer
form and includes a Clarification of Terms for specific terms used in the Text.
Even though ACIM uses Christian terms and language, it is focused more on universal spiritual themes.
It is a teaching device at both the theoretical and practical levels. It emphasizes experience instead of theology and
application instead of theory. ACIM expresses a non‐sectarian, non‐denominational spirituality. ACIM teaches
surrender to God, finding God within the self, owning our feelings and thoughts and releasing others from
blame. ACIM teaches us to take control of our perspective and outlook and change it, no matter what is
happening, since our inner landscape is the only thing we have control over.
The names of the collaborators who channeled and recorded ACIM do not appear on the covers of any of
the books because it was their intention for this work to stand on its own and not to become the foundation for
another cult. The purpose of this work was to provide a way for people to explore and find their inner‐self and
the teacher within, in other words, their personal ʺSpirit Guide.ʺ
Three months before any of the actual writing of ACIM commenced, Helen Schuckman (1909‐1981), a
Jewish, atheistic professor of medical psychology at Columbia University, started to experience highly symbolic
dreams. She began to document them with the encouragement of one of her colleagues, William Thetford (1923‐
1983). These professors were anything but spiritual and shared a difficult and strained relationship. Their lives were
highly invested in the values of the world and were far from mirroring anything that the Course imparts. As their
relationship worsened they sought solutions to mend their differences and agreed, “There must be another way.”
In 1965, Helen began hearing an inner voice, which would later identify itself as Jesus, and decided to
start taking notes. With the support and encouragement of William Thetford, they continued over a period of
seven years to document and assemble the information that came to Helen. It is called “A Course In Miracles”
because the voice first started by saying, “This is a course in miracles, please take notes.”
Schuckman and Thetford met Dr. Kenneth Wapnick who helped them edit and publish the three‐volume
set through the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) in 1975. The copyrights to the material were turned over to FIP
and it was published in 1976. The original collaborators wanted to remain anonymous because they did not want
to be made into gurus or cult figures. They also feared losing their jobs. They never truly identified with the
message of this work and Helen openly claimed she was unable to “integrate the teachings into her own life.” Her
own failure with The Course has led many people to doubt its relevance. However, over one and a half million
copies have been sold and over 2,200 study groups now meet worldwide on a regular basis. The Course has been
translated into several languages. The first two translations were Spanish and Portuguese, followed by German
and Hebrew. In 1999 the Russian, Chinese, Dutch and Italian translations were released and there are many other
translations in progress.
From the FIP the Foundation For A Course In Miracles (FACIM) was formed by Kenneth Wapnick in
1983. FACIM focused on teaching the materi
A Course In Miracles (ACIM) is a step‐by‐step system of spiritual thought that consists of a three‐volume
set of channeled literature. It includes a 622‐page Text, a 478‐page Workbook For Students, and an 88‐page
Manual For Teachers. Students may decide themselves how they choose to read and study these texts. The
workbook is comprised of 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. Students may complete the lessons at their
own pace, sometimes staying with one lesson for more than just one day. It is recommended not to attempt more
than one lesson a day in order to fully be present with it. The Teacher’s Manual is written in question and answer
form and includes a Clarification of Terms for specific terms used in the Text.
Even though ACIM uses Christian terms and language, it is focused more on universal spiritual themes.
It is a teaching device at both the theoretical and practical levels. It emphasizes experience instead of theology and
application instead of theory. ACIM expresses a non‐sectarian, non‐denominational spirituality. ACIM teaches
surrender to God, finding God within the self, owning our feelings and thoughts and releasing others from
blame. ACIM teaches us to take control of our perspective and outlook and change it, no matter what is
happening, since our inner landscape is the only thing we have control over.
The names of the collaborators who channeled and recorded ACIM do not appear on the covers of any of
the books because it was their intention for this work to stand on its own and not to become the foundation for
another cult. The purpose of this work was to provide a way for people to explore and find their inner‐self and
the teacher within, in other words, their personal ʺSpirit Guide.ʺ
Three months before any of the actual writing of ACIM commenced, Helen Schuckman (1909‐1981), a
Jewish, atheistic professor of medical psychology at Columbia University, started to experience highly symbolic
dreams. She began to document them with the encouragement of one of her colleagues, William Thetford (1923‐
1983). These professors were anything but spiritual and shared a difficult and strained relationship. Their lives were
highly invested in the values of the world and were far from mirroring anything that the Course imparts. As their
relationship worsened they sought solutions to mend their differences and agreed, “There must be another way.”
In 1965, Helen began hearing an inner voice, which would later identify itself as Jesus, and decided to
start taking notes. With the support and encouragement of William Thetford, they continued over a period of
seven years to document and assemble the information that came to Helen. It is called “A Course In Miracles”
because the voice first started by saying, “This is a course in miracles, please take notes.”
Schuckman and Thetford met Dr. Kenneth Wapnick who helped them edit and publish the three‐volume
set through the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) in 1975. The copyrights to the material were turned over to FIP
and it was published in 1976. The original collaborators wanted to remain anonymous because they did not want
to be made into gurus or cult figures. They also feared losing their jobs. They never truly identified with the
message of this work and Helen openly claimed she was unable to “integrate the teachings into her own life.” Her
own failure with The Course has led many people to doubt its relevance. However, over one and a half million
copies have been sold and over 2,200 study groups now meet worldwide on a regular basis. The Course has been
translated into several languages. The first two translations were Spanish and Portuguese, followed by German
and Hebrew. In 1999 the Russian, Chinese, Dutch and Italian translations were released and there are many other
translations in progress.
From the FIP the Foundation For A Course In Miracles (FACIM) was formed by Kenneth Wapnick in
1983. FACIM focused on teaching the materi

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A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
©2005
 
University
 
Of 
 
 Metaphysical
 
Sciences
 
1
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
An
 
Introduction
 
To
 
ACIM
 
Written
 
 by
 
Nicole
 
Reith
 
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
(ACIM)
 
is
 
a
 
step
 by
step
 
system
 
of
 
spiritual
 
thought
 
that
 
consists
 
of
 
a
 
three
volume
 
set
 
of
 
channeled
 
literature.
 
It
 
includes
 
a
 
622
page
 
Text,
 
a
 
478
page
 
Workbook
 
For
 
Students,
 
and
 
an
 
88
page
 
Manual
 
For
 
Teachers.
 
Students
 
may
 
decide
 
themselves
 
how
 
they
 
choose
 
to
 
read
 
and
 
study
 
these
 
texts.
 
The
 
workbook
 
is
 
comprised
 
of
 
365
 
lessons,
 
one
 
for
 
each
 
day
 
of
 
the
 
year.
 
Students
 
may
 
complete
 
the
 
lessons
 
at
 
their
 
own
 
pace,
 
sometimes
 
staying
 
with
 
one
 
lesson
 
for
 
more
 
than
 
 just
 
one
 
day.
 
It
 
is
 
recommended
 
not
 
to
 
attempt
 
more
 
than
 
one
 
lesson
 
a
 
day
 
in
 
order
 
to
 
fully
 
 be
 
present
 
with
 
it.
 
The
 
Teacher’s
 
Manual
 
is
 
written
 
in
 
question
 
and
 
answer
 
form
 
and
 
includes
 
a
 
Clarification
 
of
 
Terms
 
for
 
specific
 
terms
 
used
 
in
 
the
 
Text.
 
Even
 
though
 
ACIM
 
uses
 
Christian
 
terms
 
and
 
language,
 
it
 
is
 
focused
 
more
 
on
 
universal
 
spiritual
 
themes.
 
It
 
is
 
a
 
teaching
 
device
 
at
 
 both
 
the
 
theoretical
 
and
 
practical
 
levels.
 
It
 
emphasizes
 
experience
 
instead
 
of
 
theology
 
and
 
application
 
instead
 
of
 
theory.
 
ACIM
 
expresses
 
a
 
non
sectarian,
 
non
denominational
 
spirituality.
 
ACIM
 
teaches
 
surrender
 
to
 
God,
 
finding
 
God
 
within
 
the
 
self,
 
owning
 
our
 
feelings
 
and
 
thoughts
 
and
 
releasing
 
others
 
from
 
 blame.
 
ACIM
 
teaches
 
us
 
to
 
take
 
control
 
of
 
our
 
perspective
 
and
 
outlook
 
and
 
change
 
it,
 
no
 
matter
 
what
 
is
 
happening,
 
since
 
our
 
inner
 
landscape
 
is
 
the
 
only
 
thing
 
we
 
have
 
control
 
over.
 
The
 
names
 
of
 
the
 
collaborators
 
who
 
channeled
 
and
 
recorded
 
ACIM
 
do
 
not
 
appear
 
on
 
the
 
covers
 
of
 
any
 
of
 
the
 
 books
 
 because
 
it
 
was
 
their
 
intention
 
for
 
this
 
work
 
to
 
stand
 
on
 
its
 
own
 
and
 
not
 
to
 
 become
 
the
 
foundation
 
for
 
another
 
cult.
 
The
 
purpose
 
of
 
this
 
work
 
was
 
to
 
provide
 
a
 
way
 
for
 
people
 
to
 
explore
 
and
 
find
 
their
 
inner
self
 
and
 
the
 
teacher
 
within,
 
in
 
other
 
words,
 
their
 
personal
ʺ
Spirit
 
Guide.
ʺ
Three
 
months
 
 before
 
any
 
of
 
the
 
actual
 
writing
 
of
 
ACIM
 
commenced,
 
Helen
 
Schuckman
 
(1909
1981),
 
a
 
 Jewish,
 
atheistic
 
professor
 
of
 
medical
 
psychology
 
at
 
Columbia
 
University,
 
started
 
to
 
experience
 
highly
 
symbolic
 
dreams.
 
She
 
 began
 
to
 
document
 
them
 
with
 
the
 
encouragement
 
of
 
one
 
of
 
her
 
colleagues,
 
William
 
Thetford
 
(1923
1983).
 
These
 
professors
 
were
 
anything
 
 but
 
spiritual
 
and
 
shared
 
a
 
difficult
 
and
 
strained
 
relationship.
 
Their
 
lives
 
were
 
highly
 
invested
 
in
 
the
 
values
 
of
 
the
 
world
 
and
 
were
 
far
 
from
 
mirroring
 
anything
 
that
 
the
 
Course
 
imparts.
 
As
 
their
 
relationship
 
worsened
 
they
 
sought
 
solutions
 
to
 
mend
 
their
 
differences
 
and
 
agreed,
 
“There
 
must
 
 be
 
another
 
way.”
 
In
 
1965,
 
Helen
 
 began
 
hearing
 
an
 
inner
 
voice,
 
which
 
would
 
later
 
identify
 
itself
 
as
 
 Jesus,
 
and
 
decided
 
to
 
start
 
taking
 
notes.
 
With
 
the
 
support
 
and
 
encouragement
 
of
 
William
 
Thetford,
 
they
 
continued
 
over
 
a
 
period
 
of
 
seven
 
years
 
to
 
document
 
and
 
assemble
 
the
 
information
 
that
 
came
 
to
 
Helen.
 
It
 
is
 
called
 
“A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles”
 
 because
 
the
 
voice
 
first
 
started
 
 by
 
saying,
 
“This
 
is
 
a
 
course
 
in
 
miracles,
 
please
 
take
 
notes.”
 
Schuckman
 
and
 
Thetford
 
met
 
Dr.
 
Kenneth
 
Wapnick
 
who
 
helped
 
them
 
edit
 
and
 
publish
 
the
 
three
volume
 
set
 
through
 
the
 
Foundation
 
for
 
Inner
 
Peace
 
(FIP)
 
in
 
1975.
 
The
 
copyrights
 
to
 
the
 
material
 
were
 
turned
 
over
 
to
 
FIP
 
and
 
it
 
was
 
published
 
in
 
1976.
 
The
 
original
 
collaborators
 
wanted
 
to
 
remain
 
anonymous
 
 because
 
they
 
did
 
not
 
want
 
to
 
 be
 
made
 
into
 
gurus
 
or
 
cult
 
figures.
 
They
 
also
 
feared
 
losing
 
their
 
 jobs.
 
They
 
never
 
truly
 
identified
 
with
 
the
 
message
 
of
 
this
 
work
 
and
 
Helen
 
openly
 
claimed
 
she
 
was
 
unable
 
to
 
“integrate
 
the
 
teachings
 
into
 
her
 
own
 
life.”
 
Her
 
own
 
failure
 
with
 
The
 
Course
 
has
 
led
 
many
 
people
 
to
 
doubt
 
its
 
relevance.
 
However,
 
over
 
one
 
and
 
a
 
half
 
million
 
copies
 
have
 
 been
 
sold
 
and
 
over
 
2,200
 
study
 
groups
 
now
 
meet
 
worldwide
 
on
 
a
 
regular
 
 basis.
 
The
 
Course
 
has
 
 been
 
translated
 
into
 
several
 
languages.
 
The
 
first
 
two
 
translations
 
were
 
Spanish
 
and
 
Portuguese,
 
followed
 
 by
 
German
 
and
 
Hebrew.
 
In
 
1999
 
the
 
Russian,
 
Chinese,
 
Dutch
 
and
 
Italian
 
translations
 
were
 
released
 
and
 
there
 
are
 
many
 
other
 
translations
 
in
 
progress.
 
From
 
the
 
FIP
 
the
 
Foundation
 
For
 
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
(FACIM)
 
was
 
formed
 
 by
 
Kenneth
 
Wapnick
 
in
 
1983.
 
FACIM
 
focused
 
on
 
teaching
 
the
 
material
 
while
 
FIP
 
published
 
it.
 
FACIM
 
founded
 
the
 
Institute
 
For
 
Teaching
 
Inner
 
Peace
 
Through
 
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
(ITIP
ACIM),
 
which
 
is
 
an
 
accredited
 
teaching
 
institution
 
chartered
 
 by
 
the
 
New
 
York
 
State
 
Department
 
of
 
Education.
 
It
 
focuses
 
on
 
the
 
study
 
and
 
application
 
of
 
the
 
teachings
 
to
 
reach
 
a
 
deeper
 
understanding
 
of
 
The
 
Course.
 
Recently
 
there
 
have
 
 been
 
court
 
cases
 
over
 
who
 
owns
 
the
 
rights
 
to
 
ACIM.
 
Since
 
the
 
authors
 
claimed
 
that
 
the
 
writer
 
was
 
divine
 
and
 
that
 
they
 
did
 
not
 
write
 
it,
 
it
 
has
 
 been
 
decided
 
in
 
a
 
court
 
of
 
law
 
that
 
no
 
one
 
has
 
the
 
rights
 
to
 
this
 
material
 
and
 
people
 
are
 
free
 
now
 
to
 
quote
 
it
 
 just
 
like
 
other
 
religious
 
texts
 
such
 
as
 
the
 
Bible.
 
 
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
©2005
 
University
 
Of 
 
 Metaphysical
 
Sciences
 
2
“ACIM
 
teaches
 
that
 
the
 
way
 
to
 
universal
 
Love
 
and
 
peace
 
is
 
 by
 
undoing
 
guilt
 
through
 
forgiving
 
others.
 
The
 
Course
 
focuses
 
on
 
the
 
healing
 
of
 
relationships
 
and
 
making
 
them
 
holy.
 
It
 
also
 
emphasizes
 
that
 
it
 
is
 
 but
 
one
 
version
 
of
 
the
 
universal
 
curriculum,
 
of
 
which
 
there
 
are
 
‘many
 
thousands.’”
 
(http://64.77.6.149/about_acim_section/intro_to_acim.html)
 
“Essentially,
 
in
 
ACIM,
 
the
 
term
 
‘miracle’
 
refers
 
to
 
that
 
change
 
of
 
mind
 
that
 
makes
 
it
 
possible
 
for
 
the
 
Love
 
of
 
God
 
to
 
 be
 
somehow
 
expressed
 
in
 
the
 
world.
 
This
 
expression
 
of
 
Love
 
is
 
referred
 
to
 
as
 
forgiveness
 
in
 
The
 
Course
 
and
 
it
 
is
 
reasonably
 
accurate
 
to
 
say
 
that
 
the
 
miracle
 
spoken
 
of
 
in
 
The
 
Course
 
(and
 
indicated
 
in
 
its
 
title)
 
is
 
forgiveness.”
 
(www.skepdic.com/cim.html)
 
There
 
was
 
a
 
revival
 
of
 
interest
 
in
 
ACIM
 
in
 
the
 
1990’s
 
when
 
Marianne
 
Williamson,
 
one
 
of
 
America’s
 
most
 
popular
 
New
 
Age
 
authors
 
and
 
inspirational
 
speakers,
 
published
 
her
 
 book,
 
 A
 
Return
 
To
 
Love:
 
Reflections
 
On
 
The
 
Principles
 
Of 
 
 A
 
Course
 
In
 
 Miracles
 
(1992).
 
This
 
 book
 
was
 
number
 
one
 
on
 
the
 
Publishers
 
Weekly
 
non
fiction
 
 best
sellers
 
list
 
for
 
eleven
 
weeks.
 
She
 
appeared
 
on
 
the
 
Oprah
 
Winfrey
 
Show
 
and
 
was
 
interviewed
 
 by
 
Barbara
 
Walters
 
on
 
the
 
ABC
 
television
 
news
 
show
 
20/20.
 
She
 
promoted
 
her
 
 book
 
and
 
ACIM
 
explaining
 
the
 
message
 
that
 
Love
 
and
 
prayer
 
heals
 
all
 
pain.
 
She
 
also
 
tells
 
her
 
followers,
ʺ
Align
 
your
 
mind
 
with
 
God
 
and
 
watch
 
the
 
miracles
 
happen.
ʺ
Williamson
 
 believes
 
the
 
core
 
teaching
 
of
 
 ACIM
 ,
ʺ
is
 
simply
 
that
 
God
 
is
 
love.
ʺ
(http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/course.html)
 
Another
 
high
 
profile
 
individual,
 
well
 
known
 
in
 
New
 
Age
 
circles,
 
is
 
Gerald
 
 Jampolsky,
 
M.D.
 
He
 
is
 
a
 
psychiatrist,
 
formerly
 
on
 
the
 
faculty
 
of
 
the
 
University
 
of
 
California
 
Medical
 
Center
 
in
 
San
 
Francisco
 
and
 
founder
 
of
 
the
 
Center
 
For
 
Attitudinal
 
Healing
 
in
 
1975.
 
He
 
has
 
written
 
several
 
 books
 
 based
 
on
 
what
 
he
 
has
 
gathered
 
from
 
The
 
Course.
 
In
 
his
 
influential
 
 book,
 
Good
Bye
 
To
 
Guilt,
 
 Jampolsky
 
describes
 
his
 
conversion
 
to
 
The
 
Course
.
 
“I
 
 began
 
to
 
change
 
my
 
way
 
of
 
looking
 
at
 
the
 
world
 
in
 
1975.
 
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
 
Course
 
In
 
 Miracles...
 
My
 
resistance
 
was
 
immediate...
 
Nevertheless,
 
after
 
reading
 
 just
 
one
 
page,
 
I
 
had
 
a
 
sudden
 
and
 
dramatic
 
experience.
 
There
 
was
 
an
 
instantaneous
 
memory
 
of
 
God,
 
a
 
feeling
 
of
 
oneness
 
with
 
everyone
 
in
 
the
 
world,
 
and
 
the
 
 belief
 
that
 
my
 
only
 
function
 
on
 
earth
 
was
 
to
 
serve
 
God.”
 
Over
 
the
 
decades,
 
The
 
Course
 
has
 
attracted
 
 both
 
positive
 
and
 
negative
 
commentary
 
from
 
different
 
religious
 
groups
 
and
 
individuals.
 
There
 
are
 
several
 
Christian
 
groups
 
who
 
oppose
 
the
 
teachings
 
of
 
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
and
 
 believe
 
it
 
is
 
not
 
in
 
alignment
 
with
 
pure
 
Christianity.
 
Russ
 
Wise
 
who
 
wrote,
 
 A
 
Course
 
In
 
 Miracles:
 
 A
 
Biblical
 
Evaluation
 
states,
 
“As
 
a
 
result
 
of
 
the
 
moral
 
and
 
spiritual
 
 bankruptcy
 
of
 
our
 
society,
 
namely
 
the
 
 baby
 
 boomer
 
generation,
 
there
 
is
 
a
 
ready
made
 
market
 
for
 
the
 
‘feel
 
good’
 
spirituality
 
of
 
The
 
Course.
 
Through
 
the
 
influence
 
of
 
Williamson,
 
 Jampolsky,
 
and
 
others,
 
a
 
growing
 
number
 
of
 
Christians
 
are
 
 being
 
sucked
 
into
 
this
 
whirlpool
 
of
 
spiritual
 
confusion
 
in
 
which
 
they
 
exchange
 
the
 
truth
 
for
 
a
 
lie.”
 
(http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/thcourse.html)
 
The
 
content
 
is
 
well
 
written
 
in
 
a
 
contemporary
 
esoteric
 
style
 
and
 
can
 
 be
 
interpreted
 
 by
 
its
 
readers
 
of
 
different
 
faiths
 
in
 
several
 
ways.
 
It
 
embodies
 
noble
 
ideals
 
and
 
even
 
though
 
it
 
uses
 
Christian
 
terminology,
 
it
 
contradicts
 
some
 
fundamental
 
historical
 
Christian
 
 beliefs.
 
ACIM’s
 
view
 
of
 
 Jesus
 
greatly
 
contradicts
 
the
 
Christian
 
view
 
of
 
 Jesus’
 
role
 
as
 
God’s
 
one
 
and
 
only
 
son
 
and
 
sacrifice,
 
and
 
therefore
 
gave
 
our
 
salvation
 
 by
 
his
 
name
 
above
 
all
 
names.
 
The
 
Course
 
states,
 
“The
 
name
 
of
 
 Jesus
 
is
 
 but
 
a
 
symbol.
 
It
 
stands
 
for
 
the
 
Love
 
that
 
is
 
not
 
of
 
this
 
world.
 
It
 
is
 
a
 
symbol
 
that
 
is
 
safely
 
used
 
as
 
a
 
replacement
 
for
 
all
 
of
 
the
 
gods
 
to
 
which
 
you
 
pray.”
 
There
 
is
 
also
 
the
 
issue
 
of
 
reincarnation.
 
The
 
 bible
 
does
 
not
 
support
 
the
 
concept
 
of
 
reincarnation.
 
Hebrews
 
9:27
 
states
 
that,
 
“It
 
is
 
appointed
 
unto
 
men
 
to
 
die
 
once
,
 
and
 
after
 
that,
 
the
 
 judgment.”
 
ACIM
 
does
 
not
 
take
 
an
 
official
 
stand
 
about
 
the
 
subject.
 
ACIM
 
 brings
 
all
 
subjects
 
into
 
the
 
present
 
moment
 
and
 
since
 
there
 
is
 
nothing
 
else
 
 but
 
here
 
and
 
now,
 
no
 
past
 
or
 
future,
 
this
 
makes
 
reincarnation
 
impossible.
 
However,
 
ACIM
 
does
 
not
 
deny
 
the
 
concept
 
to
 
those
 
who
 
already
 
 believe
 
it
 
 because
 
“All
 
 beliefs
 
that
 
lead
 
to
 
progress
 
should
 
 be
 
honored.”(See
 
 Manual
 
For
 
Teachers
 ,
 
pg.
 
57,
 
58.)
 
Helen
 
and
 
Bill
 
did
 
 believe
 
they
 
had
 
several
 
past
 
lives
 
together.
 
The
 
course
 
does
 
teach
 
that
 
 birth
 
is
 
not
 
the
 
 beginning
 
and
 
death
 
is
 
not
 
the
 
end.
 
ACIM
 
also
 
stresses
 
that
 
Heaven
 
is
 
now
 
and
 
that
 
there
 
is
 
no
 
other
 
time.
 
The
 
subject
 
of
 
atonement
 
is
 
another
 
controversial
 
subject
 
 between
 
ACIM
 
and
 
traditional
 
Christian
 
ideals.
 
ACIM
 
clearly
 
states
 
repeatedly
 
that
 
our
 
Self
 
is
 
truly
 
God.
 
This
 
is
 
the
 
most
 
prominent
 
core
 
 belief
 
of
 
the
 
text.
 
It
 
refers
 
to
 
everyone’s
 
complete
 
perpetual
 
innocence
 
with
 
the
 
statement,
 
“God
 
is
 
no
 
more
 
holy
 
than
 
your
 
Self.”
 
Atonement
 
according
 
to
 
the
 
text
 
means
 
that
 
we
 
are
 
truly
 
as
 
perfect
 
as
 
God.
 
It
 
may
 
 be
 
challenging
 
for
 
the
 
Christian
 
mind
 
to
 
accept
 
that
 
he
 
himself
 
may
 
 be
 
as
 
pure
 
and
 
holy
 
as
 
the
 
Creator.
 
ACIM
 
insists
 
that
 
our
 
failure
 
to
 
recognize
 
 
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
©2005
 
University
 
Of 
 
 Metaphysical
 
Sciences
 
3
our
 
own
 
Identity
 
as
 
God
 
is
 
the
 
source
 
of
 
all
 
errors.
 
According
 
to
 
the
 
Bible
 
we
 
can
 
have
 
a
 
spiritual
 
union
 
with
 
God
 
and
 
can
 
 be
 
recognized
 
 by
 
Him
 
 but
 
we
 
can
 
never
 
 be
 
identified
 
as
 
God.
 
Christian
 
skeptics
 
claim
 
that
 
the
 
voice
 
Helen
 
heard
 
must
 
have
 
 been
 
that
 
of
 
Satan’s
 
posing
 
as
 
 Jesus.
 
They
 
urge
 
people
 
not
 
to
 
 become
 
involved
 
with
 
these
 
occult
 
spiritual
 
studies.
 
There
 
exist
 
however
 
some
 
Christian
 
churches
 
that
 
actually
 
do
 
use
 
ACIM
 
to
 
compliment
 
their
 
Bible
study
 
curriculum.
 
All
 
of
 
this
 
said,
 
many
 
people
 
have
 
had
 
profound
 
spiritual
 
experiences
 
of
 
peace
 
and
 
acceptance
 
around
 
their
 
studies
 
of
 
ACIM.
 
The
 
proof
 
that
 
ACIM
 
has
 
helped
 
people
 
make
 
sense
 
of
 
life
 
and
 
has
 
 brought
 
 balance
 
to
 
their
 
lives
 
is
 
what
 
gives
 
ACIM
 
its
 
true
 
validity.
 
It
 
is
 
widely
 
studied
 
and
 
has
 
earned
 
its
 
place
 
in
 
the
 
field
 
of
 
metaphysics
 
and
 
mystical
 
Christianity.
 
How
 
To
 
Facilitate
 
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
Study
 
Group
 
There
 
are
 
several
 
ways
 
to
 
conduct
 
ACIM
 
study
 
groups.
 
One
 
way
 
uses
 
the
 
Workbook
 
as
 
a
 
guide
 
and
 
another
 
way
 
is
 
to
 
focus
 
 by
 
using
 
the
 
Textbook.
 
You
 
can
 
offer
 
tea
 
and
 
snacks
 
to
 
help
 
make
 
people
 
feel
 
more
 
comfortable
 
and
 
cozy.
 
It
 
is
 
common
 
to
 
open
 
the
 
circle
 
 by
 
chanting
 
“AUM”
 
together.
 
Each
 
group
 
can
 
use
 
the
 
same
 
opening
 
and
 
closing
 
statements
 
as
 
follows.
 
The
 
opening
 
statement
 
reads:
 
“I 
 
am
 
here
 
only
 
to
 
be
 
helpful,
 
 Make
 
no
 
 judgment,
 
and
 
listen
 
with
 
an
 
open
 
heart.
 
In
 
essence
 
we
 
are
 
all
 
the
 
same,
 
and
 
we
 
are
 
each
 
the
 
Love
 
and
 
light
 
of 
 
God.”
 
The
 
closing
 
statement
 
reads:
 
(from
 
the
 
Text,
 
Chapter
 
21
 
section
 
2)
 
“I 
 
am
 
responsible
 
 for
 
what
 
 
see.
 
 
choose
 
the
 
 feelings
 
 
experience,
 
and
 
 
decide
 
upon
 
the
 
 goal
 
 
would
 
achieve.
 
 And
 
everything
 
that
 
seems
 
to
 
happen
 
to
 
me
 
 
ask
 
 for,
 
and
 
receive
 
as
 
 
have
 
asked.”
 
It
 
is
 
good
 
to
 
do
 
a
 
 brief
 
recap
 
on
 
the
 
previous
 
lesson
 
and
 
to
 
ask
 
if
 
anyone
 
wishes
 
to
 
share
 
relevant
 
experiences
 
they
 
may
 
have
 
had
 
regarding
 
that
 
lesson
 
during
 
the
 
past
 
week.
 
In
 
the
 
Text
 
group,
 
each
 
person
 
reads
 
a
 
paragraph
 
from
 
the
 
Lesson
 
in
 
rotations.
 
There
 
is
 
a
 
discussion
 
of
 
the
 
Lesson
 
after
 
it
 
has
 
 been
 
read,
 
or
 
perhaps
 
a
 
discussion
 
after
 
each
 
paragraph
 
or
 
section.
 
Common
 
questions
 
asked
 
are:
 
“What
 
does
 
this
 
mean
 
to
 
you?”
 
“How
 
does
 
this
 
message
 
show
 
up
 
in
 
your
 
life?”
 
“Any
 
stories,
 
experiences,
 
or
 
insights
 
about
 
the
 
various
 
topics?”
 
In
 
the
 
Workbook
 
group,
 
students
 
might
 
decide
 
to
 
go
 
through
 
one
 
consecutive
 
lesson
 
each
 
week.
 
Some
 
groups
 
have
 
chosen
 
to
 
focus
 
on
 
one
 
lesson
 
and
 
skip
 
(or
 
self
 
study
 
at
 
home
 
during
 
the
 
week)
 
the
 
next
 
6
 
lessons
 
to
 
stay
 
in
 
accordance
 
with
 
the
 
idea
 
of
 
one
 
lesson
 
for
 
each
 
day
 
of
 
the
 
year.
 
Study
 
groups
 
usually
 
meet
 
for
 
60
90
 
minutes
 
on
 
a
 
weekly
 
 basis.
 
Sometimes
 
donations
 
or
 
a
 
fixed
 
price
 
are
 
asked
 
perhaps
 
to
 
cover
 
possible
 
costs
 
of
 
renting
 
a
 
meeting
 
space.
 
Conclusion
 
I
 
could
 
say
 
a
 
lot
 
more
 
about
 
ACIM,
 
 but
 
nothing
 
will
 
describe
 
ACIM
 
 better
 
than
 
letting
 
it
 
speak
 
for
 
itself.
 
In
 
the
 
following
 
pages
 
you
 
will
 
find
 
that
 
each
 
lesson
 
is
 
 briefly
 
described
 
as
 
to
 
its
 
content.
 
This
 
will
 
give
 
you
 
an
 
idea
 
as
 
to
 
whether
 
ACIM
 
is
 
right
 
for
 
you,
 
or
 
for
 
your
 
clients
 
or
 
students.
 
If
 
you
 
plan
 
on
 
teaching
 
A
 
Course
 
In
 
Miracles
 
study
 
group,
 
you
 
need
 
to
 
purchase
 
the
 
actual
 
Text,
 
Workbook
 
and
 
Teacher’s
 
Manual.
 
This
 
UMS
 
course
 
is
 
not
 
meant
 
to
 
replace
 
them.
 
Rather,
 
this
 
course
 
is
 
an
 
introduction
 
to
 
ACIM
 
and
 
gives
 
you
 
an
 
idea
 
of
 
its
 
essence,
 
since
 
it
 
is
 
so
 
widely
 
studied
 
in
 
metaphysical
 
circles.
 
It
 
is
 
important
 
for
 
any
 
metaphysician
 
to
 
 be
 
familiar
 
with
 
ACIM
 
and
 
its
 
contents.
 
You
 
can
 
use
 
this
 
outline
 
to
 
take
 
a
 
crash
 
course
 
in
 
ACIM
 
for
 
yourself.
 
Please
 
use
 
the
 
daily
 
lesson
 
guides
 
as
 
“thoughts
 
for
 
the
 
day”
 
throughout
 
your
 
education
 
at
 
UMS,
 
and
 
revisit
 
this
 
reference
 
guide
 
every
 
day.
 
Enjoy
 
reading
 
the
 
outlines
 
of
 
the
 
365
 
lesson
 
plans
 
and
 
see
 
if
 
there
 
are
 
some
 
new
 
thoughts
 
that
 
stand
 
out
 
to
 
you!
 
(Exam
 
is
 
at
 
the
 
end
 
of
 
the
 
reference
 
section,
 
pgs.
 
101
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