This is a course in mind training. All learning involves attention and study at some level. Some of the later parts of the course rest too heavily on these earlier sections not to require their careful study. You will also need them for preparation. Without this, you may become much too fearful of what is to come to make constructive use of it. However, as you study these earlier sections, you will begin to see some of the implications that will be amplified later on. T-1.VII.4:1-6
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace.
Most people find A Course In Miracles difficult. It seems over their heads. They complain that they don’t know what the Course is talking about. This difficulty is because the Course is based on a metaphysical philosophy that is very foreign to the everyday life that we have been conditioned to believe in and follow. It takes a while to understand the Course’s frame of reference, its vocabulary, its values, its suggested practices in mind control and decision making. Basically, the Course is suggesting that we do God’s will and not our own. The only spiritual program in the world that teaches the same thing within the experience of most people is Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve step programs.
While twelve step programs are used to change bad habits they are, in their essence, spiritual programs. Many people may change their bad habits by giving up their drug of choice but they never work and don’t get the program. Abstinence is one thing, spiritual growth is another.
In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested that people find a home group, find a sponsor and work the steps. If people do this they experience a miraculous change in the quality of their lives.
In Unitarian Universalism people join together to affirm and promote the acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth. The paths that facilitate spiritual growth are many of which A Course In Miracles is only one. ACIM is not for everybody, but for those who are drawn to it, it is, indeed, a miracle because of the mind training it provides.
Today, it is suggested that we consider whether A Course In Miracles is something that can facilitate our spiritual growth. If it is, then we are asked to consider making a commitment to long term study and practice. As is written in the introduction to ACIM “This is a course in miracles. It is a required course, Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.”
We are born for a purpose which is to become consciously aware of our Oneness with God (Life.) Our incarnation was a separation from the Oneness which was unconscious and now the purpose of life is to achieve a consciousness of God as we work to become once again a conscious part of the Whole..