Course in Miracles-Striking Self-Help for Strength, Spiritual Growth and Inner Healing

The self-psychotherapy for the mind of A Course in Miracles has helped me look at the past differently. As you look back on your life you may notice points where you think some groundwork was laid for you, and that you might have missed out. 

Or maybe you did see the welcome signs and you climbed aboard with your heart in what it had to offer you. 

Either way, you are where you are now for a reason that is meant to be.

To use myself as an example:

All my life I had inner feelings and thoughts that in time had convinced me they were spiritual, but also controversial—beyond the religious dogma I was taught to believe in. 

Don’t get me wrong.  My youth gave me a strong foundation I’m thankful for.  But what I was truly feeling was not endorsed by much of the world. 

Not until my early thirties would I be brave enough to open up to miracle mindfulness and begin expressing my thoughts, perceptions, and attitudes, by sharing them only with certain friends. 

I was ridiculed as foolish.

I was still uncertain and plagued with questions I could not get answers to, leaving myself hopeless.  But one thing for certain: my unconventional thinking was growing, and it was flowing from an inspiration I knew was real and true, regardless of what the world was telling me. 

I did not doubt this voice that urged my sprouting thoughts.

(By the way when you’re done here I suggest this related article on Here’s how to always feel excellent with 3 fun ways to feel happy leading to your success in life.) 

Inner Feelings

I began to browse the self-help section in bookstores.  As I researched and read the ideas of authors who had already been where I was, and had broken through their own fears, I found they all had one common theme. 

They were excited and elated about their discovery, and wanted to pass along their views to seekers like me, with no strings attached. 

A good example is Wayne W. Dyer, who wrote a book called Pulling Your Own Strings—a concept I was able to tap into.

Some of the authors I agreed with; and many I did not. 

Of the ones I agreed with, I often noticed they would occasionally refer to a publication with which I was unfamiliar, called A Course in Miracles

Each time I would wonder, “What is this Course in Miracles?”

However, with my hectic lifestyle and fast track as a “thirty-something,” I never seemed to take the time to investigate what this spiritual subject matter called A Course in Miracles was all about.

 Spiritual Growth

I always intended to look further, but I never did. 

As it happens, it was totally unlike me to procrastinate on anything, but for some unknown reason I continued to put it off as a “one of these days” type of reminder to myself.

As I describe in detail in book 1 of my ever-developing series, several years later I made some wrong-minded choices as a financial advisor.

This eventually sent me to prison over a foolish securities violation, where of all places, during my despair and turmoil, and at age fifty, I literally stumbled into A Course in Miracles


Keep in mind that while I was in prison there were holy books and religious material, such as the Bible, lying around everywhere.  But for the entire eight long years I had spent in prison I had not ever, seen another single copy of the Course in Miracles.

After my unexpected and unsearched-for “find” of this Godsend, I discreetly asked other inmates, as well as prison employees, including a librarian, if they had ever heard of ACIM, and their answers have always been a quick “No.” 

But the librarian did offer a comment after she replied, “A course in what?”  She went on to add sarcastically that “a miracle was not going to release me from prison.” 

My mission was to prove otherwise.

Here’s an enlightening related article about your purpose in life and HOW it’s easily accomplished through the power of self-forgiveness:

To your spiritual growth and inner strength,

James Nussbaumer

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