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 lacking any author’s name by the U.S. Library of Congress). However, the writing 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. The main content is a training manual, and students workbook. Since the first edition, the book has sold several million copies, with translations into nearly two-dozen languages.
The book’s origins can be traced back again to early 1970s; Helen Schucman first experiences with the “inner voice” resulted in her then best acim podcast 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 clinical psychologist. After meeting, Schucman and Wapnik spent over annually 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. The very 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 content of the first 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 can be studied in the order chosen by readers. The information of A Course in Miracles addresses both theoretical and the practical, although application of the book’s material is emphasized. The text is certainly caused by theoretical, and is a basis for the workbook’s lessons, which are practical applications. The workbook has 365 lessons, one for each day of the season, though they don’t really need to be done at a speed of one lesson per day. Perhaps most such as the workbooks that are familiar to the common reader from previous experience, you’re asked to use the material as directed. However, in a departure from the “normal”, the reader isn’t required to trust what’s in the workbook, or even accept it. Neither the workbook nor the Course in Miracles is designed to complete the reader’s learning; simply, the materials certainly 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 planet of perception reinforces the dominant ideas in our minds, and keeps us separate from the reality, 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 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.
Thus, A Course in Miracles helps the reader find a method to God through undoing guilt, by both forgiving oneself and others. So, healing occurs, and happiness and peace are found.