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 applied to daily life. Curiously, nowhere does the book have an author (and it’s so listed with no author’s name by the U.S. Library of Congress). However, the text was published by Helen Schucman (deceased) and William Thetford; Schucman has related that the book’s material is founded 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 training 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 could be traced back once again to early 1970s; Helen Schucman first experiences with the “inner voice” resulted in 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. At the time of the introduction, Wapnick was clinical psychologist. After meeting, Schucman and Wapnik spent over per year editing and revising the material un curso de milagros videos. Another introduction, now of Schucman, Wapnik, and Thetford to Robert Skutch and Judith Skutch Whitson, of the Foundation for Inner Peace. The first 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 information of the initial edition is in the general public domain.
A Course in Miracles is a training device; the course has 3 books, a 622-page text, a 478-page student workbook, and an 88-page teachers manual. The materials could be studied in the order chosen by readers. This content of A Course in Miracles addresses the theoretical and the practical, although application of the book’s material is emphasized. The writing is mainly theoretical, and is a cause for the workbook’s lessons, which are practical applications. The workbook has 365 lessons, one for each day of the year, though they don’t have to be done at a pace of just one lesson per day. Perhaps most such as the workbooks which can be familiar to the common 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 believe 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 are a start.
A Course in Miracles distinguishes between knowledge and perception; the fact is unalterable and eternal, while perception is the world of time, change, and interpretation. The world of perception reinforces the dominant ideas in our minds, and keeps us separate from the truth, and separate from God. Perception is bound by your body’s limitations in the physical world, thus limiting awareness. A lot of the knowledge 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.