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What is the goal of the Course?

The goal of the Course can be expressed in a number of different ways. The Course's ultimate goal for us is full awakening to the awareness of God. To pave the way to this ultimate goal, the actual learning goal of the Course is the attainment of true perception through forgiveness: the perception of everyone […]

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What are the benefits of taking the Course?

The Course promises that countless benefits will result from walking its path, benefits it often portrays as gifts from God's infinite treasure house. Among those gifts are the following: The gift of a deep and profound sense of inner peace The gift of releasing our grievances through forgiveness The gift of relationships transformed from contentious […]

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Why is it called "A Course in Miracles"?

In short, because it is a course whose purpose is to train us to be miracle workers. The author chose the title, and began with these words: "This is a course in miracles, please take notes." The individual words of the title are significant: A The Course presents a teaching which lights a pathway for […]

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What is a miracle?

In traditional usage, the term "miracle" refers to a divine healing of the physical world or the body, in which the normal physical laws are momentarily suspended. In Course usage, the term "miracle" refers to a divine healing of human perception, in which the "laws" that normally govern ego-based thinking are momentarily suspended. This healing […]

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What, exactly, is A Course in Miracles?

A Course in Miracles is a spiritual path in the form of a book. Its purpose is to train us to work miracles—to accept and extend to others the healed perception that awakens us to God. The Course consists of three volumes (usually bound together in one book), which follow the model of a college […]

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What are the similarities and differences between the teachings of Ken Wapnick and those of the Circle of Atonement?

We were asked this question so frequently that we finally decided to publish a book about it. For a short account of the the similarities and differences between Wapnick's and the Circle's perspectives, read the article by Robert Perry, Greg Mackie, and Allen Watson entitled The Relationship between the Circle's Teachings and the Teachings of […]

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What happened in the controversy surrounding the Course's copyright?

To make a very long story short: Beginning in the early 1990's, the enforcement of the copyright of A Course in Miracles grew increasingly restrictive. This led to a number of lawsuits. One of these lawsuits was filed in 1996 by the copyright holders of A Course in Miracles (the Foundation for Inner Peace, the […]

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How can I find an ACIM study group?

The Miracle Distribution Center has a large listing of study groups. See their website for study group information. The Community Miracles Center also maintains an on-line listing of study groups which, although less complete than the MDC listing, is very quickly available.

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How is the Course community organized? Is it a church?

A Course in Miracles is not a church; it is simply a book that lays out a spiritual path. There is a publisher (the Foundation for Inner Peace), but no central organization or heirarchy. However, there are a number of independent organizations, such as the Circle of Atonement, who are dedicated to teaching and disseminating […]

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What are the earlier versions of the Course that have emerged recently?

A couple of earlier versions of the Course have emerged recently: The Hugh Lynn Cayce Version: This version was an attempt by Helen and Bill to turn the very rough original dictation of the Urtext (see below) into a clean and readable manuscript. It is called the "Hugh Lynn Cayce Version" because it was the […]

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