A Course in Miracles is a set of self-study materials published by the Foundation for Inner Peace. The book’s content is metaphysical, and explains forgiveness as placed 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 initial version of the book was published in 1976, with a revised edition published in 1996. Area of the content is a teaching manual, and a student workbook. Since the initial edition, the book has sold several million copies, with translations into nearly two-dozen languages.
The book’s origins may be traced back to the early 1970s; Helen Schucman first experiences with the “inner voice” generated her then supervisor, William Thetford, to make contact with Hugh Cayce at the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Subsequently, an introduction to Kenneth Wapnick (later the book’s editor) occurred. During the time of the introduction, Wapnick was clinical psychologist. After meeting, Schucman and Wapnik spent over per 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 ucdm. The first 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 information of the initial edition is in people 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 may be studied in the order chosen by readers. This content of A Course in Miracles addresses both the theoretical and the practical, although application of the book’s material is emphasized. The text is mainly theoretical, and is a basis for the workbook’s lessons, which are practical applications. The workbook has 365 lessons, one for every day of the entire year, though they don’t really need to be done at a pace of one lesson per day. Perhaps most such as the workbooks which are familiar to the typical reader from previous experience, you are asked to use the material as directed. However, in a departure from the “normal”, the reader is not required to think what is in the workbook, or even accept it. Neither the workbook nor the Course in Miracles is intended to complete the reader’s learning; simply, the materials certainly are a start.
A Course in Miracles distinguishes between knowledge and perception; 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 reality, and separate from God. Perception is restricted by the body’s limitations in the physical world, thus limiting awareness. A lot of the ability 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.