In early 1965, William Thetford, a psychologist and professor at the Columbia University, in frustration, one day after a rather difficult meeting with uncooperative colleagues, exclaimed to Helen Schucman, another psychologist: “There must be another way !" Helen agreed to help him find this other way. They had given the Holy Spirit the "little willingness" necessary. Following this, in October of that year, Helen heard a voice which she identified as Jesus saying: “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes”. Eventually, Helen encouraged by Bill wrote what the voice said in shorthand and in this way “A Course in Miracles” began.
“A Course in Miracles” was eventually published by the Foundation for Inner Peace in 1975 as instructed by Dr Helen Schucman and her co-scribe, Dr William Thetford. A universal, self-study spiritual thought system, "A Course in Miracles” is a unique process for teaching forgiveness and how to remove barriers in the reader's mind to the awareness of Love's abiding presence.
The names of the collaborators do not appear on the cover of "A Course in Miracles" because the scribes wanted that the teachings of “A Course in Miracles” stand on its own. The intention was to provide a way in which the reader will find their own Internal Spiritual Teacher.
"The Course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance." (ACIM, Introduction)
"The goal of the Course is happiness and peace. It will set you free." ACIM, T-13.II.7
"This Course is a beginning, not an end. Your Friend goes with you. You are not alone. No one who calls on Him can call in vain. Whatever troubles you, be certain that He has the answer and will gladly give it to you if you simply turn to Him and ask it of Him. He will not withhold all answers that you need for anything that seems to trouble you. He knows the way to solve all problems and resolve all doubts. His certainty is yours. You need but ask it of Him, and it will be given you. (ACIM- Workbook Epilogue)
"A Course in Miracles" is a unique extensive and radical program in mind training and spiritual healing. Millions of people all over the world have read it, and many have adopted it as their spiritual path. Although "A Course in Miracles" uses a Christian vocabulary, it is not religious, but rather metaphysical and non-dualistic. The teachings are experiential, practical, simple and yet challenging, requiring a radical shift in the way of perceiving our self, others and the world. The gift is in its applications to our everyday life leading to more ease and well-being. A Course In Miracles encourages us to awaken, to transcend our thinking, to release the causes of our suffering, to experience more peace, love and joy in our everyday life. Forgiveness is the main practice, by which we can heal and strengthen ourselves to eventually awaken to our True Self. "A Course in Miracles" is a spiritual thought system which enables us to hear more clearly our inner Teacher. "A Course in Miracles" is for those who want to heal, and re-awaken to the Truth within.
What is A Course in Miracles? 7 min video
-Excerpt from ACIM documentary "Enlightenment or Bust!"
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