David Hoffmeister of ACIM says, “A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a pathway of forgiveness in the deepest sense of the word. In the terms of Jesus, Bible is referred to as “Kingdom of Heaven”, the east calls it ‘Nirvana’ and so it could be anything that talks about love and oneness. It is very much practical.”
According to him, the gospels from 2000 years back talked about forgiveness and love – loving god and loving your neighbor. Today, we have got some new words and fields of study that we didn’t know about 2000 years ago. We didn’t have much knowledge about psychology, ego, defense mechanism, education and unconscious skills. A Course in Miracles is a combination of psychology, education and Christian terminology.
The teachings of ACIM start with text and then comes the Course in Miracles Workbook followed by a Manual for the Teachers. Let us know more about the Course in Miracles Workbook.
The Course in Miracles Workbook
The Course in Miracles Workbook is a practical framework for you to understand up to what extent you have imbibed the theoretical foundation offered in the text. The workbook consists of 365 lessons, one lesson per day of the year. Your goal of taking this course can only be reached once you complete the workbook exercises. It trains your mind to think the way the text motivates you to take.
The exercises in the textbook are simple and don’t ask for a lot of your time and the place where you do them is also not a concern.
Note: Do not try doing more than one lesson in a day.
Content of the Workbook
The workbook is categorized into two major sections, in which the first deals with undoing the way you see things now and the next deals with acquisition of the pure perception (real perception of life). Each exercise revolves around a central idea. It has a description of some particular procedures through which you will apply the idea for the day.
Purpose of A Course in Miracles Workbook
The main purpose of the workbook is training your mind in a way so that you can understand the varying perception of everything and everyone that exists in the world. The exercises are the key for generalizing the lessons, they make you understand that everything and everyone you come across is relatable to the theory of ACIM.
When using the ACIM Workbook
There are some general rules you should keep in mind while doing the workbook. Firstly, practice the exercises with great mindfulness and specificity. It helps you generalize all the ideas to every situation or person you come across and to anything and everything existing in the world. Secondly, Make sure that you do not decide that there are some things or people in your life to which these ideas don’t apply. Note: Doing this will be interference in the transfer of training. True perception has no limits and it is completely opposite to the way you see life now.
The main aim of the practical exercises in A Course in Miracles workbook is to improve the ability of people in extending these ideas to a larger group, making them believe that true perception treats everyone and everything equally. This transfer of training doesn’t need any special part from your end, it automatically meets the conditions through the exercises in the workbook.
There can be some exercises that you do not wish to believe or find startling, but it doesn’t matter. It is because you are not mandatorily asked to apply these ideas but only to use them. Their right use will give its true meaning to you, making you believe their true existence.