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The curriculum the Course presents is carefully conceived and is explained, step by step, at both the theoretical and practical levels. It emphasizes application rather than theory, and experience rather than theology. Although Christian in statement, the Course deals with universal spiritual themes. It emphasizes that it is but one version of the universal curriculum. There are many others, this one differing from them only in form. They all lead to God in the end.
Book 1: Text is largely theoretical, and sets forth the concepts on which the Course's thought system is based. Its ideas contain the foundation for the lessons in Book 2, the Workbook for Students. Without the practical application the Workbook provides, the Text would remain largely a series of abstractions which would hardly suffice to bring about the thought reversal at which the Course aims.
Book 2: Workbook for Students includes 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. It is not necessary, however, to do the lessons at that tempo, and one might want to remain with a particularly appealing lesson for more than one day. The practical nature of the Workbook is underscored by the introduction to its lessons, which emphasizes experience through application rather than a prior commitment to a spiritual goal.
Some of the ideas the Workbook presents you will find hard to believe, and others may seem to be quite startling. This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all. You are asked only to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and will show you that they are true.
Book 3: Manual for Teachers is written in question and answer form, and provides answers to some of the more likely questions a student might ask. It also includes a clarification of a number of the terms the Course uses, explaining them within the theoretical framework of the Text. The Course makes no claim to finality, nor are the lessons in its Workbook for Students intended to bring the student's learning to completion. At the end, the listener is left in the hands of his or her own Internal Teacher, Who will direct all subsequent learning as He sees fit.
Supplements to ACIM, "Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process, Practice" and "The Song of Prayer," were scribed by Dr. Helen Schucman, as was A Course in Miracles, and are extensions of its principles.
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By Rev Gary Konigsberg on 01-13-15
Deeply moving transformational fantastic
The text is finally and for once the word of God it does not offer ultimate truth it is the way home to ultimate truth that we can understand at this level.
The narrator is at once impassioned and sublime and I don't believe that his job could have been done better than he did it
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By wealthiestforever on 01-22-18
Could be better
Really difficult to listen to due to the voice tone and general rhythm.
I’m an avid listener but for some reason cannot remain focused on this. Can’t even fall asleep with it playing n that’s saying something !
Get Eckhart Tolle to read it next time