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What is A Course in Miracles?

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a path of spiritual development that takes the form of an educational course consisting of a Text, a Workbook for Students, and a Manual for Teachers. Its aim is to reeducate our basic perception of reality and teach us to extend this new perception to others, so that we can both give happiness and find happiness. In this process, we learn to accept into our minds and extend to others what the Course calls miracles, which heal the perception of the one receiving them. Each of the Course’s three volumes signifies a different phase in this overall process.

​The Text is the first, longest, and most important volume. It provides the “theoretical foundation” of the Course. It guides us through hundreds of topics, the meanings we have assigned the world begin to fall away, revealing a new meaning in everything. With the Text, we will experience our old worldview being slowly dismantled and a new worldview arising in its place.

The second volume, the Workbook, contains 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. In each lesson (with the exception of review lessons), we take a single Course idea and practice it in specified ways throughout the day. The Workbook is really a training program in the Course’s system of spiritual practice. Even though it is designed as a one-year program, it is meant to ground in us a lifelong habit of spiritual practice, to usher us into a new internal way of life.


Practice of the Workbook is the second phase in the Course’s curriculum. Through practice, the same ideas that we learned in the Text become more deeply internalized. They increasingly become the lens through which we see and the source of what we feel.

The third volume is the Manual for Teachers, while it can be read by any student, is written to those who have completed the Text and Workbook and will now extend the Course’s thought system to others. 

A Course in Miracles offers a unique perspective on reality, the human condition, and the path to happiness. 

Taken from - A Course in Miracles - Complete and Annotated Edition

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