"This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance." -- From the Introduction to A Course In Miracles
In the mid-70's, two Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons came together for a shared purpose. Frustrated by aggressive and angry feelings, they concluded "there must be another way". Helen Shucman and William Thetford then began the journey which resulted in A Course In Miracles. Helen began writing down her highly symbolic dreams at Bill's suggestion. When she wrote down the description of the dreams, she was surprised to have written down this is a course in miracles. A Voice, believed to be that of Jesus, began to speak to her in a rapid, inner dictation which she took down in a shorthand notebook. It wasn't "automatic writing"; rather, she could walk away and do other tasks, and then resume taking dictation at a later time. Although it made her uncomforable at first, it neve occurred to her to stop.
In June of 1976, three volumes of A Course in Miracles were published, which included the 669-page Text, the 488-page Workbook For Students, and the 92-page Manual for Teachers. At present, all three volumes are included in one book. The Miracle Distribution Center has recently released Wisdom From A Course In Miracles, which is a box containing over 200 quotes from A Course In Miracles. Each card measures 2 1/2 by 3 3/4 inches and is printed on lovely, lavender card stock. Each quotation is referenced by page numbers from both the first and second editions, respectively, of ACIM. "T"=Text, "W"=Workbook For Students, and "M"=Manual For Teachers.
You can pick a card a day to meditate upon, regardless of whether you are a student of the Course or not. You could also tuck a card into a letter to a friend, place them in a prominent place such as the refrigerator or a mirror, or select one at random when you need inspiration and guidance.
In this world you can become a spotless mirror, in which the holiness of your Creator shines forth from you to all around you. You can reflect Heaven here. (T271/292)
Miracles are natural. When they do not occur, something has gone wrong. (T1/3)
Peace is a natural heritage of spirit. Everyone is free to refuse to accept his inheritance, but he is not free to establish what his inheritance is. (T44/49)
The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. (W77/77)
It is not up to you to change your brother, but merely to accept him as he is...Any attempt you make to correct a brother means that you believe correction by you is possible, and this can only be the arrogance of the ego. (T156/167-168)
The Holy Spirit's Voice is a loud as your willingness to listen. (T145/157)
This box of cards, in addition to Marianne Williamson's books, has encouraged me to begin A Course In Miracles. I find the messages uplifting and challenging, and I'm grateful for the wisdom of the Course. "Perfect love casts out all fear", and the insights printed on these cards can help you transcend ego, welcome love, and be a conduit for miracles.
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