A Course In Miracles
A Course in Miracles was created as a means to provide individuals with their own Internal Teacher. The program, now studied by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe began as a decision between two people to join in a common goal. Helen Schucman and William Thetford were Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. They were anything but spiritual. Their relationship was often strained and difficult at times, like everyone else. Similarly, they were concerned with personal goals and professional status. Contrary to anything that is advocated in A Course in Miracles, Their lives were hardly in accord with anything that the Course advocates,they supported, agreed with and strove for the general values of the world. But then something happened.
Helen and William had difficulty starting out on their joint venture. Their intention was sincere and serious. They gave the Holy Spirit that “little willingness” that the Course emphasizes over and over again as being all that is needed for Him to work through someone. Atheist or not.
Here is a bit of Helen’s first-person account of how A Course in Miracles was born.
Psychologist, educator, conservative in theory and atheistic in belief, I was working in a prestigious and highly academic setting. And then something happened that triggered a chain of events I could never have predicted. The head of my department unexpectedly announced that he was tired of the angry and aggressive feelings our attitudes reflected, and concluded that, “there must be another way.” As if on cue I agreed to help him find it. Apparently this Course is the other way.
Three startling months preceded the actual writing, during which time Bill suggested that I write down the highly symbolic dreams and descriptions of the strange images that were coming to me. Although I had grown more accustomed to the unexpected by that time, I was still very surprised when I wrote, “This is a course in miracles.” That was my introduction to the Voice. It made no sound, but seemed to be giving me a kind of rapid, inner dictation which I took down in a shorthand notebook. The writing was never automatic. It could be interrupted at any time and later picked up again. It made me very uncomfortable, but it never seriously occurred to me to stop. It seemed to be a special assignment I had somehow, somewhere agreed to complete. It represented a truly collaborative venture between Bill and myself, and much of its significance, I am sure, lies in that. I would take down what the Voice “said” and read it to him the next day, and he typed it from my dictation. I expect he had his special assignment, too. Without his encouragement and support I would never have been able to fulfill mine. The whole process took about seven years. The Text came first, then the Workbook for Students, and finally the Manual for Teachers. Only a few minor changes have been made. Chapter titles and subheadings have been inserted in the Text, and some of the more personal references that occurred at the beginning have been omitted. Otherwise the material is substantially unchanged.
The only purpose of the Course is to provide a way in which people may find their own Internal Teacher.
Many of us have studied the spiritual masterpiece that is A Course in Miracles, but maybe you’re feeling like you’ve just scratched the surface. How can you get a deeper experience of the love and peace that this teaching promises you? Barret incorporates teachings from the Course into his work to help you move from the shallows into the depth of your Inner Being. This teaching holds value to those at every level of their spiritual journey.
Through meditation, discussion, and group healing exercises, you will be heard and seen in ways that maybe you haven’t yet. Barret helps simplify the often complex-seeming teachings of A Course in Miracles to help provide you with a practical strategy for experiencing more peace in your life.