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 put on daily life. Curiously, nowhere does the book have an author (and it is 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 first version of the book was published in 1976, with a revised edition published in 1996. Area of the content is a teaching manual and students workbook. Since the initial edition, the book has sold several million copies, with translations into nearly two-dozen languages.
The book’s origins can be traced back to the early 1970s; Helen Schucman’s first experiences with the “inner voice” led to her then supervisor, William Thetford, to contact 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 a scientific psychologist. After meeting, Schucman and Wapnik spent over per 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 a course in miracles spotify. The initial printings of the book for distribution were in 1975. Ever since then, copyright litigation by the Foundation for Inner Peace, and Penguin Books, has established that the content of the initial 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 teacher manual. The materials can be studied in the order chosen by readers. This content of A Course in Miracles addresses both theoretical and the practical, although the applying of the book’s material is emphasized. The text is certainly caused by theoretical and is a cause 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 have to be done at a rate of one lesson per day. Perhaps most like the workbooks which are familiar to the average reader from previous experience, you are asked to utilize the material as directed. However, in a departure from the “normal”, the reader is not required to think what’s in the workbook, as well as accept it. Neither the workbook nor the Course in Miracles is intended to complete the reader’s learning; simply, the materials really are a start.
A Course in Miracles distinguishes between knowledge and perception; the truth is unalterable and eternal, while perception is the entire world of time, change, and interpretation. The world of perception reinforces the dominant ideas in our minds and keeps us separate from the facts, and separate from God. Perception is bound by your body’s limitations in the physical world, thus limiting awareness. Much of the knowledge of the entire 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.