A Course In Miracles
Quotes To Live By
Encaustic artwork by Sandra Reeves
A Course In Miracles is a book that comprises of 650 pages of text, a 500 page workbook, 365 daily meditations and a 90 page manual for teachers. Published in 1975 it is a self-study course on living a spiritual way of life. Although it would seem to be Christian in language, it is more aligned with Eastern mysticism than Western religion. The Course teaches a reversal of ordinary perception in that the physical world is illusionary and the world of spirit is the only reality.
A Course In Miracles took seven years to be written by Helen Schucman (a research psychologist at Columbia University) who dictated it to her supervisor Dr William Thetford who typed it. The 'unusual' thing about the writing of this book was that Helen, an agnostic, was taking notes from a voice that she heard, the voice identified itself as Jesus. Helen never claimed authorship for the book and always remained resistant to its teachings.
Over the years A Course In Miracles has become a worldwide phenomena aimed at self learning through experiencing contact with your inner teacher, the Holy Spirit. Many of today's well-known spiritual authors have studied or mention The Course in their teachings.
A Course In Miracles
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 select what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
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A Course In Miracles is a constant affirmation that you are created by an unconditional thought of love that appears to have lost itself in a world of fear. Freedom, joy and peace of mind are yours again, when you remember and re-connect to your unconditional self.
A Course In Miracles quotes are listed alphabetically
A Course In Miracles: A
A Voice will answer every question you ask, and a vision will correct the perception of everything you see. For what you have made invisible is the only truth, and what you have not heard is the only Answer.
All power is of God.
What is not of Him has no power to do anything.
All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left but a Blessing.
Alone we are all lowly, but together we shine with brightness so intense that none of us alone can even think of it.
As forgiveness allows love to return to my awareness, I will see a world of peace and safety and joy.
A Course In Miracles: B
Besides your recognizing that thoughts are never idle, salvation requires that you also recognize that every thought you have brings either peace or war; either love or fear.
By giving you receive. But to receive is to accept, not to get.
It is impossible not to have, but it is possible not to know you have.
A Course In Miracles: C
Christ's vision has one law. It does not look upon a body and mistake it for the Son whom God created. It looks on everyone, on every circumstance, all happenings and events, without the slightest fading of the Light it sees.
A Course In Miracles: E
Each lily of forgiveness offers all the world the silent miracle of love.
Every decision you make stems from what you think you are, and represents the value that you put upon yourself.
Every loving thought is true. Everything else is an appeal for healing and help, regardless of the form it takes.
Every thought you have makes up some segment of the world you see. It is with your thoughts then, that we must work, if your perception of the world is to be changed.
Every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether or not to be happy.
Everything you perceive is a witness to the thought systems you want to be true.
A Course In Miracles: F
Freedom is creation, because it is love.
Whom you seek to imprison you do not love.
A Course In Miracles: G
Give truth its due, and it will give you yours.
You were not meant to suffer and to die.
Your Father wills these dreams gone.
Let truth correct them all.
God gives you only happiness. Therefore, the function He gave you must be happiness, even if it appears to be different.
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
God is in everything I see.
This explains why nothing is separate, by itself or in itself.
God is the Light in which I see.
God is the mind with which I think.
God is the Love in which I forgive.
God is the strength in which I trust.
There is nothing to fear.
God is very quiet, for there is no conflict in Him.
God's Will for you is perfect happiness.
Why should you choose to go against His Will?
God will never decide against you or He would be deciding against Himself.
A Course In Miracles: H
Happiness is an attribute of love.
It cannot be apart from it.
Nor can it be experienced where love is not.
Love has no limits, being everywhere.
Have you really considered how many opportunities you have had to gladden yourself, and how many of them you have refused?
He who has escaped all fear of future pain has found his way to present peace. Place then, your future in the Hands of God.
Healing is accomplished the instant the sufferer no longer sees any value in pain.
Health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly.
A Course In Miracles: I
I am as God created me. - In this one thought is all the past undone; the present saved to quietly extend into a timeless future.
I am in the likeness of my Creator.
I cannot suffer
I cannot experience loss and I cannot die.
I am not a body.
Love created me like Itself.
I am not a body. I am free, for I am still as God created me.
All that I do, I do unto myself.
If I attack, I suffer. But if I forgive, salvation will be given me.
"I want the peace of God." To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything. No one can mean these words and not be healed.
I will direct you to wherever you can be truly helpful, and to whoever can follow my guidance through you.
Ideas leave not their source.
If this be true, how can you be apart from God?
How could you walk the world alone and separate from your Source?
If it helps you, think of me holding your hand and leading you.
And I assure you this will be no idle fantasy.
If you want to be like me...
I will help you, knowing that we are alike.
If you want to be different...
I will wait until you change your mind.
Illness is some form of external searching. Health is inner peace.
It is impossible to remember God in secret and alone. For remembering Him means you are not alone and are willing to remember it.
It is impossible to see what you do not believe.
It is not up to you to change your brother, but merely to accept him as he is.
It is quite possible to reach God. In fact it is very easy because it is the most natural thing in the world.
Watercolour by Sandra Reeves
It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful.
A Course In Miracles: L
"Lead us not into temptation" means: Recognise your errors and choose to abandon them by following my guidance.
Learn to be quiet in the midst of turmoil, for quietness is the end of strife, and this is the journey to peace.
Let me recognize my problems have been solved.
Let me remember I am one with God.
Our shining footprints point the way to truth, for God is our Companion as we walk the world a little while.
Lift up your eyes and look on one another in innocence, born of complete forgiveness of each other's illusions.
Look with peace upon your brothers and God will come rushing into your heart in gratitude for your gift to Him.
William, Bryan & Robert (approx 1951)
Love cannot judge. As it is one itself, it looks on all as one. Its meaning lies in oneness.There is no love but God's and all of love is His.
Love is a law without an opposite. There is no love but God's, and what He is, is everything there is.
Love waits on welcome, not on time.
A Course In Miracles: M
"Many are called but few are chosen" should be...
"All are called but few choose to listen."
A Course In Miracles: N
Never forget, you but give to yourself.
Who understands what giving means, must laugh at the idea of sacrifice.
No miracle can ever be denied to those who know that they are one with God.
No one can grieve, nor fear, nor think him sick, unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish and nothing is omitted that you choose.
Nothing beyond yourself can make you fearful or loving because nothing is beyond you.
Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.
Nothing outside yourself can save you; nothing outside yourself can give you peace. But this also means that nothing outside yourself can hurt you or disturb your peace or upset you in anyway.
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
A Course In Miracles: O
Once your mind is healed it radiates health, and thereby teaches healing.
Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.
Only love is strong because it is undivided.
A Course In Miracles: P
Peace is an attribute IN you. You cannot find it outside.
Peace is yours because God created you.
Perception is consistent. What you see reflects your thinking.
And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see.
A Course In Miracles: R
Realize that your part (in God's plan) is to be happy. Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among God's messengers.
Remember that no one is where he is by accident and chance plays no part in God's plan.
A Course In Miracles: S
See no one as a body. Greet him as the Son of God he is, acknowledging that he is one with you in Holiness.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. What you see reflects your thinking. And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see.
Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath in every action and in every thought.
A Course In Miracles: T
Teach only love, for that is what you are.
The acceptance of peace is the denial of illusion, and sickness is an illusion.
The body does not exist except as a learning device for the mind.
The body is the symbol of what you think you are.
The ego always seeks to divide and separate.
The Holy Spirit always seeks to unify and heal.
The fact that God is Love does not require belief, but it does require acceptance.
The Golden Rule asks you to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This means that the perception of both must be accurate.
The Holy Spirit guides you into life eternal, but you must relinquish your investment in death, or you will not see life though it is all around you.
The mind which serves the spirit is at peace and filled with joy.
Its power comes from spirit.
The one wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions.
The peace of God is shining in you now and from your heart extends around the world. It pauses to caress each living thing, and leaves a Blessing with it that remains forever and forever.
Watercolour landscape by Sandra Reeves
The sick are healed as you let go of all thoughts of sickness, and the dead are raised when you let thoughts of life replace all thoughts you ever held of death.
There is no death because what God created shares His Life.
There is no death because an opposite to God does not exist.
There is no fear in perfect love.
There is no one from whom a teacher of God cannot learn, so there is no one whom he cannot teach.
There is no order of difficulty in miracles because all of God's Sons are of equal value, and their equality is their oneness.
There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see and all the world must change accordingly. Ideas leave not their source.
There is not a moment in which His Voice fails to direct my thoughts, guide my actions and lead my feet. I am walking steadily on toward truth.
There is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your Holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems.
Those who are healed become instruments of healing.
Those who forgive are releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.
Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.
Thoughts increase by being given away. The more who believe in them, the stronger they become. Everything is an idea. How then, can giving and losing be associated?
To create is to love. Love extends outward, simply because it cannot be contained.
To forgive is to overlook.
To have.. give all to all.
To have peace, teach peace to learn it.
To know reality must involve the willingness to judge unreality for what it is.
To think like God is to share his certainty of what you are, and to create like Him is to share the perfect love He shared with you.
Trials are but lessons you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you now can make a better one. In every difficulty Christ calls to you and gently says, "My brother, choose again."
Truth is always abundant. Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything, have no needs of any kind.
A Course In Miracles: W
What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?
What shares the purpose of the Universe shares the purpose of its Creator. Try then to begin to learn to look on all things with love, appreciation and open-mindness.
What you acknowledge in your brother you are acknowledging in yourself, and what you share you strengthen.
What you perceive in others you are strengthening in yourself.
When you are sad know this need not be. Depression comes from a sense of being deprived of something you want and do not have. Remember that you are deprived of nothing except by your own decision and then decide otherwise.
When you have learned how to decide with God, all decisions become easy and as right as breathing.
When you meet anyone, remember it is a Holy encounter.
As you see him you will see yourself.
As you treat him you will treat yourself.
As you think of him you will think of yourself.
Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself, or lose yourself.
Whenever you are afraid it is a sure sign that you have allowed your mind to mis-create, and have not allowed Me to guide it.
Whenever you are not wholly joyous it is because you have reacted with a lack of love to one of God's creations.
Whenever you question your value, say: "God Himself is incomplete without me."
Why wait for Heaven? Those who seek the Light are merely covering their eyes. The Light is in them now. Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all.
A Course In Miracles: Y
You are entitled to miracles because of what you are.
You will receive miracles because of what God is.
And you will offer miracles because you are one with God.
You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it.
You can give it up as easily as you made it up.
You are the Light of the world.
God has built His plan for the salvation of His Son on you.
You are the Will of God because that is how you were created. Because your Creator creates only like Himself you are like Him. You are part of Him who is all power and glory and are therefore as unlimited as He is.
You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. This is how a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he is.
You cannot know your own perfection until you have honoured all those who were created like you.
You cannot understand how much your Father loves you, for there is no parallel in your experience of the world to help you understand it.
You consider it "natural" to use your past experience as the reference point from which to judge the present. Yet this is unnatural because it is delusional.
You do not walk alone. God's Angels hover near and all about. His love surrounds you, and of this be sure: that I will never leave you comfortless.
You who perceive yourself as weak and frail, born but to die, to weep and suffer pain, hear this: All power is given unto you in Earth and Heaven. There is nothing you cannot do.
You will be told exactly what God wills for you each time there is a choice to make.
Your passage through time and space is not at random. You cannot but be in the right place at the right time. Such is the strength of God.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have build against it.