Helen Schucman and William Thetford – A Course In Mirades
A Course in Miracles (also referred to as ACIM or “the Course”) is a book considered by its students to be their “spiritual path”. According to psychologist Helen Schucman, she and psychologist William Thetford “scribed” the book by means of a process coming from a divine source through a form which Schucman referred to as “inner dictation”. Schucman said the source of her channeling was Jesus Christ. The teachings of the Course have been compared to the fundamental premises of Eastern religion. While the message of The Course uses traditional Judeo-Christian terminology, it is not aligned to the doctrines of those religions. J. Gordon Melton notes that it has been most popular among those who have been disillusioned by organized Christianity. Melton and Wouter Hanegraaff have called it the most obvious choice for the single text that is “sacred scripture” in the New Age movement. Since it first became available for sale in 1976, over 1.5 million copies have sold worldwide in sixteen different languages.
The acim (“A Course in Miracles”) is a unique metaphysical course. I have a few pointers and ideas here to consider. I do not attempt to alter or miscreate the “course” in any way but to offer a spin on it. Know this; the course is not that revolutionary as it borrows most of its concepts and ideas from Hindu and possibly Zoroastrian thought systems. These are the main issues I have with the “course”; The cause of the separation just does not make sense to me as presented by the “course”. The solution is also seemingly single minded, aka “silver bullet” theory that Americans are so fond of. The problem for me is the ever present philosophical issue is whether to accept or reject the “reality” we dream? This is the million dollar question that faces philosophers and thinkers. The intellectual notion is to reject it but there is a big problem lies therein too. So the actual answer to me at least is to accept life and live it knowing that it is a dream. Personally, I do not have a problem of rebirth and live a life of a child or 20-year old unless the circumstances are just too hard. Who knows that ahead of the time? You cannot fight the dream only gradually accept and realize that taking it seriously is unwise. I know many people who ended up cracking up because they “fight” the ego too hard. As for the cause of the separation, I have learned it differently in Yoga and it makes more sense, at least to me. What I have learned as the “first cause” as it was a “desire of expression” that “made” the Universe as is. The problem is mainly the separation but there are other issues too. But even since it is not created but emanated from Infinity. (A perfect god (infinity) cannot “create” the imperfect Universe, hence the emanation.) The “course” also lacks addressing issues of importance; i.e. how do we handle injustice, corruption and political issues in the “dream”? Do we even bother voting? Lot of people might misunderstand the “course” and apply it rather single mindedly, I am afraid. I do believe in forgiveness as the key, but there might be other facets too, like “service”. I do not believe or like any “silver bullet” theory that “western” esoterism is so fond of. These seeming inconsistencies had stemmed the birth of a cottage industry, writing about a book, teaching the course and of course reinterpreting some of the ideas presented in the over 1000 page of material. Gary Renard is one author, teacher whose interpretation attempts to plug these logical potholes. He, however does not go far enough. Gary had a 9-year long interaction with two ascended masters who rephrased and reinterpreted the main ideas of the “course”. My advise is use your intelligence and common sense to understand these important yet unsettling ideas and keep one important fact in mind. The Hindu Vedas had described “acim” long before Jesus ever walked the earth. –Editors’ Review (Murine Press)