Frequent Questions about A Course in Miracles
WHERE DID ACIM COME FROM?
The answer to this question depends on who you ask. According to the writing in the three volumes, the author was Jesus, speaking through Helen Schucman. Some people believe the book came from her subconscious and others believe that Jesus wrote it directly through her. The nice thing about A Course in Miracles is that you don’t need to believe in Jesus, or believe that he wrote it, in order to benefit from it. There are many people who ignore the claim that Jesus was involved altogether, and still experience the peace that A Course in Miracles promises. Like all spiritual paths, A Course in Miracles should be evaluated based on its effectiveness. Like all thought systems, it should be free of contradictions. Where it came from or how it was inspired is of little consequence either way when you judge the material on its other merits.
IS ACIM RIGHT FOR ME?
A Course in Miracles is a great path for a lot of people, but it is not for everyone. I recommend that you read A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, or Path of Light by Robert Perry. They are both easy to read, and they both outline the basic tenets of A Course in Miracles. Also, you may want to find a study group in your area or join one of my online groups. Many people find that joining a study group helps them understand the material more easily. A list of study groups throughout the world can be found through The Miracle Distribution Center. If, after doing these things, you feel like A Course in Miracles is going to be a part of your life, I recommend you purchase a copy of the book and begin to study it on a daily basis.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ACIM?
I have been a student of A Course in Miracles since 1991. Like yoga and meditation, it has become a fundamental part of my spiritual life. Not only has it has helped me to move beyond much of the bitterness I once held toward Christianity, it has helped me look at the world in a new way. I read from A Course in Miracles almost every day and use it a great deal in my spiritual couching work. I have also found it is a wonderful bridge between Eastern and Western philosophy.