How to Meditate According to A Course in Miracles

Hosted by Robert Perry & Emily Bennington
Circle of Atonement

Sunday, September 19th | 10am - 2pm Eastern


Before mindfulness took the world by storm, before an avalanche of scientific studies demonstrated the benefits of meditation, before the Beatles went to India to study Transcendental Meditation, Jesus was teaching Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford how to meditate.

Although this is virtually unknown, meditation plays an extremely important role in A Course in Miracles. It appears in all three volumes of the Course but meditation is a particular focus of the Workbook, where it is called “a major goal of mind training” (W-44.3:3).

In fact, did you know…

  • The night before the Course began coming through, Jesus gave Bill a specific meditation technique.
  • Jesus counseled Helen twice on how to deal with the fear that was arising in her meditations.
  • The famous line “Salvation is a collaborative venture” originally read “Meditation is a collaborative venture.”
  • “Meditation” is mentioned six times in the early chapters of the Course, always positively.
  • The Workbook teaches meditation in great detail beginning with Lesson 41.
  • There are three overall methods of meditation presented in the Workbook.

The enormous focus placed on meditation in the Workbook leads to an inescapable conclusion: Every student of the Course should be practicing meditation as a basic component of walking this path.

In this workshop, Circle founder Robert Perry and executive director Emily Bennington will introduce you to Course-based meditation and offer practical instruction on how to meditate successfully. You will learn specific Course techniques that cover:

  • How to begin and end your meditation
  • What to focus your mind on in meditation
  • When should we meditate and for how long
  • How to deal with distraction and wandering thoughts
  • How flexible or rigid to be with following the instructions
  • How to handle drowsiness
  • How to deal with fear in meditation
  • How to know if your meditation practice is succeeding

We will trust God’s Voice to speak as He sees fit today, certain He will not fail. Abide with Him this half an hour. He will do the rest.

In addition, Robert and Emily will walk you through each of the three meditation methods presented in the Workbook – Name of God, open mind, and down and inward - and you’ll receive a guided meditation for each.

The guided meditations are professionally recorded and are approximately 15 minutes each in length. These guided meditations are free with your workshop registration.

Sample a Guided Meditation

The Course teaches that, through the practice of meditation, we can reach the light in us, find peace, acquire vision, and most importantly of all, “reach God” (W-41.7:1) We hope you will join us for this important exploration of meditation in A Course in Miracles.

About Your Hosts

Robert Perry


Robert Perry has been studying, writing about, and practicing the Workbook’s meditation instructions for almost 40 years. Throughout this time, he has been trying to raise awareness of meditation’s place in the Course. His primary effort has been to gain an accurate understanding of the instructions and then translate them into successful meditation, both for himself and others.  

Robert is the founder of the Circle of Atonement and the lead editor of the Complete and Annotated Edition (CE) of A Course in Miracles, based on the original handwritten notes of Helen Schucman.

Emily Bennington

Executive Director

Emily Bennington is executive director of the Circle of Atonement where she leads initiatives – including the Course Companions global online learning community – that bridge the Course’s unparalleled wisdom with practical application. 

Prior to joining the Circle, Emily led training programs on spiritual intelligence and mindful leadership for numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Emily is the author of three books, including Miracles at Work: Turning Inner Guidance into Outer Influence (Sounds True), which features a foreword by Marianne Williamson.

When you register for this workshop, you will receive:

  • Access to the live event on Sunday, September 19th from 10am-2pm Eastern. (Includes a 30 minute break between sessions.)
  • 3.5 hour recording for your records.
  • Handout covering major themes and teaching notes. (Recording and handout will be sent afterwards.)
  • Three guided audio meditations on each of the Course's three major meditation methods: Name of God, down and inward, and open mind.


No one is turned away from Circle programming for an inability to pay. For partial or full scholarship information, please email

From our origin in 1993, the purpose of the Circle of Atonement has been to be a bridge into the profound and unparalleled wisdom of A Course in Miracles. We clarify the Course’s sometimes difficult language in order to make possible a deeper understanding of its teachings. We then help you put those teachings into practice, explaining how to apply them in your everyday life. Our work grows out of our commitment to be as faithful as possible to what A Course in Miracles says. It also grows out of our years of dedication to walking this path ourselves and our desire to see the Course’s purpose realized in the lives of students and in the world. For more information, please visit