A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple

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Third Edition of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace.

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Preface & Introduction

How It Came

Why was “a little willingness” so important to Helen and Bill?

A key idea that stands out in this section is the fact that the Course came to Helen and Bill because of their “little willingness” to open to a better way of living their lives without the constant squabbling and conflict they were currently experiencing.

It is most likely that each one of us who is guided to the Course has at least some openness and readiness to receive the higher perspectives found in the content of the Course. The Course reflects a thought system that is the opposite in every way to the thinking of the world. If we already think we know it all and think we already have all the answers, we will not be open to these remarkable healing perspectives.

What is the purpose of A Course in Miracles?

The whole purpose of A Course in Miracles is to help us find our own internal Teacher.

In the Epilogue of the Workbook for Students we are told that the Course is a beginning and not the end of our mind training. We are encouraged to spend the rest of our ‘life’ following the lead of our internal Teacher. “He will direct your efforts, telling you exactly what to do, how to direct your mind, and when to come to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word.” (W-pII.Epilogue.3:3)

What do we have in common with Helen and Bill?

We all are like Helen and Bill, who forgot their true Identity and were lost in dreams of separation from their Source. Like Helen and Bill, we all need to reconnect with our Source through strengthening our connection with our internal Teacher, Who will lead us Home where we belong.

The Course was brought to us because we all have one common problem, and that is the problem of thinking that we really did separate from universal Love, our Source. We have thought that we really did make up a world of separation, where we are able to decide on our own what we are and where we are. We have believed that this world of separate bodies and separate things is real and that we are really here in this ‘real’ world of separation. Because of our mistaken beliefs, we are hallucinating a world that is not there and we need help from a Source outside our mistaken ego thought system. One form of help is A Course in Miracles, which brings us a mind training curriculum. As the Course helps us strengthen the habit of taking all our mistaken ideas to the Holy Spirit to be undone, we receive a gradual thought reversal in what we think is real.

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Reference Keys for
A Course in Miracles Quotes

How to Read References for Quotes from A Course in Miracles

Below are example references to specific sentences using the notation of the Second & Third Editions of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace:

T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.

W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.

M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.

C-6.4:6 = Clarification of Terms, Term 6, paragraph 4, sentence 6

The above numbering system of the Second & Third Editions is © Copyright 1992, The Foundation for A Course in Miracles.

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