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Tips for Beginners undertaking study of A COURSE IN MIRACLES

My congratulations on your beginning a great journey!

1. Familiarize yourself with a textbook (T), a Workbook for Students (365 lessons) (WB), and a Manual for Teachers (TM).

2. Read the INTRODUCTION, the famous paragraph beginning, "This is a course in Miracles", found just behind the table of contents in the T, over several times. Review it frequently until its profundity begins to penetrate your being.  One study group I have attended reads it at the start of each meeting.

3. Turn to the end of the volume, TM page 73, entitled CLARIFICATION OF TERMS. Read the Introduction and the six essential small essays and the EPILOGUE in this section. These should be read over several times because they contain terms and concepts that are the basis for ACIM and do not mean what you might expect by common usage.  You need not read all these in one sitting, nor is it recommended, because there is so much critically important information in them and you want to give yourself time to assimilate them.

4. Turn to the WB, (about the middle of the book) and read the INTRODUCTION over carefully. The author is very specific about how to undertake the lessons.

5. Start with lesson #1 and try to do a lesson every day, sequentially. Do not be discouraged with the fact that the first 40 lessons seem to negate everything you hold true. This is a "divine software program" for your mind and you will come to see the value in "deactivating" the "old program" prior to installing the new one.

6. Read the first article in the Textbook (TB) , "Fifty Characteristics of Miracles". This will give you an idea of what a miracle is and further clarify what Course is about.

7. Do the lessons as close to daily as suits you.

8. Try to read a few paragraphs or a few sections in the TB as frequently as you are moved to, beginning with Chapter 1. There is no rush. Reading and reflecting lets it sink in. Only every other sentence is profound. The other ones are just important.

9. Any time you wish, feel free to read sequentially in the TM, especially if you want to see where ACIM is going. In fact, The Teachers Manual is easier reading than the Text.

10. The idea of the course is not scholarship. It is forgiveness, peace and happiness.

Lovingly,
Philip B. Rothenberg, MD

Philip B. Rothenberg, M.D., is a retired plastic surgeon, practicing in Houston for over 20 years, he has enjoyed long-standing interests in spirituality, alternative medicine, healing, archeology and comparative religions. He is a devoted student of A Course in Miracles and facilitates Carmel's ongoing ACIM study group every Monday night at 7:30 P.M. in the Carmel Temple Annex.

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