Shamanism vs. “A Course in Miracles”

I read A Course in Miracles (ACIM) book a year ago in August, because I wanted to compare the beliefs in this book against shamanism. The writings were channeled by Helen Schucman and put into words by William Thetford, both professors at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. The channeling was a strange occurrence to have happened to an atheist professor who had never practiced metaphysical activities.

Last August, my family and I were about to take a two week road trip from Florida to Michigan to visit family, and I knew I would have a lot of time to read. My father had given me the A Course in Miracles book several years earlier, but I had only read the first page to where it stated, “All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life…” when I saw the word God I had stopped reading. The book had sat in my bookshelf ever since. But I had changed my viewpoint on God since then, although not religion. I wanted to read A Course in Miracles to see how it claimed miracles occurred and whether it was a different thought process than shamanic healing.

The ACIM book is written in a biblical style and is difficult to read. To be able to read as much as possible and utilize my time on the road, I would read a paragraph or page at a time and set it aside for a few minutes. Once the words sunk in, I would resume reading. In the several days it took to reach Michigan, a week visiting family, and the travel back to Florida, I managed to read the entire book except for the daily lessons.

I was surprised that I could not find anything in A Course in Miracles that contradicted shamanism. In fact, it added valuable insight into how shamanic healing occurs. ACIM talks of how there are teachers of teachers (teachers in spirit form) such as Jesus and others. In shamanism, the others would be called spirit guides. In a religious context, they might be called saints, angels and the Holy Spirit. In my shamanic journeys, I work with spirit guides, Jesus and angels, as well as nature spirits, ancestors, and animal totems.

ACIM talks of how miracles alter space and time to undo the perception of illness. I have seen for myself how a past life healing can cut the karmic ties between a past and present life. And, a soul retrieval can release the negative effects of a past trauma through acknowledgement and forgiveness.

Shamanism is the oldest known spiritual practice and has endured because it follows truths that have stood the span of time. The book, A Course in Miracles, although a much more recent revelation, offers ancient truths and is a perfect companion to my shamanic practice.

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7 thoughts on “Shamanism vs. “A Course in Miracles”

  1. Most “Organized Religions” have a very strong, and documented, connection to the Spirit realm for which they discover their divine guidance, requested clarification, support and also a method of “transference” upon which their followers departure from this Earthly plain of existence.

    I have always believed that this may be the perfect example of how if people would look for that which is similar in their beliefs instead of why theirs is “better”, this world would be a far more peaceful place for all of us.

  2. Once again I am drawen to your wisdom . I have said that I was of the christian faith ,but yet my fore father s having been of the Cheney tribe I have all always belived in the earth sea air have spirits ,and I have prayed to my ancestors for guidence . I find as I learn more about your teaching s and beliefs my minds begins to open more widely. I belief that what ever belief s people have we are all guided by forms of spirits and guardians . I would like to know more about what you mean how miracles alter space and time . I know I will try to get a copy of this book and read it . Thank you again for wisdom and insight .

  3. “how miracles alter space and time. ” The “human” conceptual mind thinks in terms of past ,present and future. A Course In Miracles describes the miracle/time association : ” A miracle is a beginning and an ending. It thus abolishes time. It is always an affirmation of re-birth, which seems to go back, but really goes forward. It undoes the past in the present, and thus releases the future.”
    read more here:
    http://courseinmiracles.com/urtext/chapter_1/section_1.htm
    you can also get a copy online here:
    http://www.themasterteacher.tv/acourseinmiracles.htm

    God Bless

  4. I am a trance channel for a Seraphim Angel by the name of Saron. His purpose is to put people on or keep people on the pathway to ascension or enlightenment. I channel publicly weekly at the Ganesha Center in Las Vegas, NV. You can find my blog at:
    http://saronguardian.wordpress.com

    I love your blog!
    Thank you for doing what you do!

    Erik

  5. Awesome! I am knee deep in non-dualism philosophy at this point in my life – having gone from a WASPy upbringing to general mysticism, ACIM, Vedanta Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, and now into Shamanism and dream states in general. I have had an incredible experience discovering for myself the synchronicity that undeniably runs through these different schools of thought! 🙂 I was looking for just such a comparison today and was pleased as punch to find your blog post – Thank you much for your insights and for sharing your path! 🙂 p.s. my own wordpress page was started recently and is predominantly experimental sound and performance- mine and my husband’s and other local wierdos. 🙂 Playing with sound has become a very fun dissociation tool for us- :).

    • I have begun to see that truth runs through everything, everyone, every thought. Some “paths” are longer than others, but all are headed in the same direction. Even those deemed “sinful” or “bad.” Within each is buried the truth, waiting to be discovered.

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