A Course in Miracles is a couple of self-study materials published by the Foundation for Inner Peace. The book’s content is metaphysical, and explains forgiveness as applied to daily life. Curiously, nowhere does the book have an author (and it’s so listed without an author’s name by the U.S. Library of Congress). However, the writing was compiled by Helen Schucman (deceased) and William Thetford; Schucman has related that the book’s material is dependant on communications to her from an “inner voice” she claimed was Jesus. The initial version of the book was published in 1976, with a revised edition published in 1996. Part of the content is a teaching manual, and students workbook. Since the very first edition, the book has sold several million copies, with translations into nearly two-dozen languages.
The book’s origins can be traced back once again to the early 1970s; Helen Schucman first experiences with the “inner voice” resulted in her then supervisor, William Thetford, to get hold of Hugh Cayce at the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Subsequently, an introduction to Kenneth Wapnick (later the book’s editor) occurred. At the time of the introduction, Wapnick was clinical psychologist. After meeting, Schucman and Wapnik spent over a year editing and revising the material. Another introduction, this time around of Schucman, Wapnik, and Thetford to Robert Skutch and Judith Skutch Whitson, of the Foundation for Inner Peace. The initial printings of the book for distribution were in 1975. Since that time, copyright litigation by the Foundation for Inner Peace, and Penguin Books, has established that the content of the very first edition is in the general public domain.
A Course in Miracles is a teaching device; the course has 3 books, a 622-page text, a 478-page student workbook, and an 88-page teachers manual. The materials can be studied in the order chosen by readers. The content of A Course in Miracles addresses both the theoretical and the practical, although application of the book’s material is emphasized. The writing is mostly theoretical, and is a basis for the workbook’s lessons, which are practical applications. The workbook has 365 lessons, one for every single day of the year, though they don’t really have to be done at a rate of one lesson per day. Perhaps most like the workbooks that are familiar to the common reader from previous experience acim david hoffmeister audio, you’re asked to use the material as directed. However, in a departure from the “normal”, the reader isn’t required to trust what’s in the workbook, or even accept it. Neither the workbook nor the Course in Miracles is meant to complete the reader’s learning; simply, the materials are a start.
A Course in Miracles distinguishes between knowledge and perception; truth is unalterable and eternal, while perception is the world of time, change, and interpretation. The entire world of perception reinforces the dominant ideas inside our minds, and keeps us separate from the reality, and separate from God. Perception is bound by the body’s limitations in the physical world, thus limiting awareness. A lot of the experience of the world reinforces the ego, and the individual’s separation from God. But, by accepting the vision of Christ, and the voice of the Holy Spirit, one learns forgiveness, both for oneself and others.