A Course in Miracles by The Foundation for Inner Peace
A Course in Miracles is a set of self-study components published by the Foundation for Inner Peace. The book’s content is metaphysical, and explains forgiveness as applied to everyday life. Curiously, nowhere does the book have an author (and it is so listed without having an author’s name by the U.S. acim of Congress). Even so, the text was written by Helen Schucman (deceased) and William Thetford Schucman has connected that the book’s material is based on communications to her from an “inner voice” she claimed was Jesus. The original version of the book was published in 1976, with a revised edition published in 1996. Part of the content material is a teaching manual, and a student workbook. Because the very first edition, the book has sold many million copies, with translations into almost two-dozen languages.
The book’s origins can be traced back to the early 1970s Helen Schucman very first experiences with the “inner voice” led to her then supervisor, William Thetford, to get in touch with Hugh Cayce at the Association for Study and Enlightenment. In turn, 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 more than a year editing and revising the material. Another introduction, this time 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 have been in 1975. Because then, copyright litigation by the Foundation for Inner Peace, and Penguin Books, has established that the content material of the 1st edition is in the public domain.
A Course in Miracles is a teaching device the course has 3 books, a 622-web page text, a 478-web page student workbook, and an 88-page teachers manual. The materials can be studied in the order selected by readers. The content of A Course in Miracles addresses both the theoretical and the practical, despite the fact that application of the book’s material is emphasized. The text is mostly theoretical, and is a basis for the workbook’s lessons, which are sensible applications. The workbook has 365 lessons, a single for each day of the year, though they do not have to be done at a pace of 1 lesson per day. Perhaps most like the workbooks that are familiar to the typical reader from preceding encounter, you are asked to use the material as directed. Even so, in a departure from the “typical”, the reader is not required to believe what is in the workbook, or even accept it. Neither the workbook nor the Course in Miracles is intended to total the reader’s studying merely, the supplies are a start.
A Course in Miracles distinguishes between information and perception truth is unalterable and eternal, although perception is the world of time, alter, and interpretation. The globe of perception reinforces the dominant tips in our minds, and keeps us separate from the truth, and separate from God. Perception is limited by the body’s limitations in the physical globe, as a result limiting awareness. Significantly 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 particular learns forgiveness, each for oneself and other folks.