The Text is Book 1 of 4 (three books and one supplement) of the A Course in Miracles series. A Course in Miracles, also known as "the Course" or ACIM, was scribed by Dr. Helen Schucman. It is a self-study course that aims to assist listeners, readers, and students in achieving spiritual transformation. ACIM presents a purely non-dualistic philosophy of forgiveness and includes practical lessons and applications for the practice of forgiveness in one's daily life.
As its title implies, A Course in Miracles is arranged throughout as a teaching device. It consists of three books: Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers. The order in which students choose to use the books, and the ways in which they study them, depends on their particular needs and preferences. Two supplements to the Course: "Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process, Practice" and "The Song of Prayer", are also included as part of ACIM.
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 intended to bring the student's learning to completion. At the end, the reader 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 H.JERAM-CROFT on 28-11-12

Well... far as i am able to say, a true teaching. Even those working other paths back home might be fascinated and uplifted. i cannot compliment the narrator enough, Jim Stewart, who speaks in a clear voice intoning the words as only someone could who understands them, at a steady pace helping the listener with the flow of ideas. I far prefer to listen to ACIM now, to reading the text.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. A. Contreras on 13-04-13

The most powerful voice of truth

This audio version of A Course in Miracles is so powerful that I can only listen to it a bit a time. The teachings and principles are so deep that it drops down into my awareness and learning and resonnates the sound of truth.

Who could have the depth of maturity and mastery of understanding of the material and make such a magnificent job of it but for Jim Stewart? He reads the book with such a sense of embodied knowledge. It makes me feel fully connected to the work.

A Course in Miracles is a large volume of text to read and to digest and for me p be able to listen to it be shared in such a calm and peaceful way is a real gift.

I recommend this audio book to anyone interested in A Course in Miracles even if you have the book I suggest it goes into different channels of learning in the listening format.

Wonderful piece of work - thank you.

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By sirjulianmontague on 17-05-13

Finally a way out of the mind created labyrinth

Where does A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Have to rate this audio book pretty high. How is it possible for a channeled book to articulate such a mind purified message. I get that the scribe was a very articulate and brilliant thinker; was it really channeled well to tell the truth i actually dont care, One is amused however by the audio's delicate omission of the scribes obvious allusions to modern psychology and especially the name freud tell the truth i find the entire text rather spellbinding, it was as if i had entered some alternative universe where the things i imagined as real were now almost absurd. At last i thought a way out of the labyrinth can this really be possible? as a beginner i am still struggling to following the various threads. I read with awe that the cause of all my suffering has been this wrong mindedness. what then is a pure mind i ask a non perceptual reality or mind really possible.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book begins with an amazing premise. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. and so what is real and what is dream. We are informed very early on that in the genesis account of creation Adam was put to sleep by god and yet no where is it ever mentioned that he ever woke up. Now this notion of dreaming is a fundamental eastern philosophy and yet in the course one is excited to discover that man is not abandoned in his dream or trance like state. The buddhist concept of this maya is that the mind from begingless time to eternity is enslaved by the same or similar false perception..... in the course we have this disembodied voice of jesus the awakened one saying not so much wake up but to realise that none of this weaking or dreaming is really happening..... so i ask why would we not just run amok and do as we please; well maybe thats what we have been doing for eternity, are we happy with this mere eternity or is it actually possible to walk off the stage into a non or acasual other reality? i am rambling thinking aloud suffice to say that the course why sstill beyond my puny mind alludes to possibilities that i could not have imagined and thats sweet.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kalen on 12-08-12

Not useful for real course students

What disappointed you about A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1?

This is NOT a review of A Course in Miracles. It is a review of the Audible rendition of it. The chapter list in the Audible content does not correspond to the chapter in ACIM so there is no way to go to a particular chapter that you are studying. The voice does not announce what chapter it is at the start of each section, so I can't even use that to go back or forth and find the right place. This Audible book is basically useless to me.

Would you be willing to try another book from Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)? Why or why not?

Yes of course, but not in Audible format unless the fix the chapter list.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I LOVE The book, in printed form, just not the Audible version.

Any additional comments?

It would be awesome if they would redo this with real chapters.

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