The purpose of this
class is to present the insights and teachings of the Course and provide a
clear and in depth understanding of its ideas as a means to enhance the
experience of the new and experienced Course student. These classes aim
to go beyond the superficial reading and personal interpretation of the Course
material by providing the student a diligent and scholarly study
discipline. The main text used in this class is the original version
(Ur-Text) of the Course and is presented in the order it was received and
scribed by Helen Schucman, line by line, and word for word highlighting every
idea in context. Other works are incorporated in class as they are
referenced in the Course or become relevant to the understanding of its text.
between this class and other typical ACIM groups or classes is that this class
makes the primary focal point of its study the original text and treats it as a
conversation and does not emphasize the workbook or its use at this time.
The workbook and other material came later and were perhaps intended to expand
the fundamentals of the Course. These classes aim at building a formidable
foundation for the ideas in the Course upon which all other related material can
be better understood.
in depth method
of study benefits the new student as well as the experienced student
equally. The imperative prerequisites for this class are the diligence
and commitment of the Course student to be present in mind and open in heart in
order to fully understand and incorporate this material.
The presentation segment of every class is
recorded and available for purchase. Although it is recommended to attend all classes, students can attend classes intermittently
knowing they can purchase previously recorded lectures.
pm – 7:30 pm
Meditation & Opening (30 min)
pm – 8:15 pm
Presentation of Text (45 min)
pm – 8:30 pm
Break (15 min)
pm – 9:15 pm
Interactive Group Discussion & Review (45 min)
pm – 9:30 pm
Closing (15 min)
begins with 30 minutes allotted for student
arrival, meditation and stillness of mind. All students are encouraged to
take advantage of this time and space in order to quiet their mind before the
main lecture. The presentation can not be interrupted while in session.
When late, the students are asked to wait until the break period before
entering the class to minimize interruption.
segment of the class promptly begins at 7:30 pm. Presented in
every class are approximately 5 ideas. The emphasis of the presentation
is specifically highlighting the text without much interpretation. The
material is given its due respect by thoroughly and carefully presenting,
relating, and referencing the text. Other edited versions might be
consulted when they enhance understanding, but are never the focal point.
The students are asked to record their questions and present them to the group
in the interactive portion of the class. A short break follows this
of the class consists of relevant group discussions about the
material presented and addresses pending student questions. This segment
is far from a group therapy session and focuses on understanding the material
without overly personalizing any idea. The
class ends with a short closing period promptly at 9:30 pm.
are required to register above to ensure receipt of class session
updates. A one time registration is mandatory to reserve a student seat.
student optional class work:
- Create summary notes and teach aids for self use
spiritual texts related to the Course and give comparison/contrast presentations
- Present specific
Course topics and learn how to teach Course concepts and ideas
- Create and take tests to demonstrate
understanding of the Course
- Create a personal edited version of the Course
with personal annotations and chapter headings
- Write essays on personal understandings of the Course