William T. Thetford and Helen Schucman
The story of the Course began when, in the midst of an environment of intense competition and negative attitudes, Columbia University clinical psychologist Dr. William T. Thetford decided he had had enough and declared to his colleague, Dr. Helen Schucman, “There must be another way, and I’m determined to find it.” Dr. Schucman vowed to help him.
With Thetford’s support and assistance in transcribing her shorthand notes, Schucman took down some fifteen hundred typewritten pages of A Course in Miracles over a period of seven years. Schucman did not claim to be the author of the material herself. As she often explained, she heard a kind of inner dictation and she felt compelled to write it down, even though at times she disagreed with the content and resisted the process.
The dictation of A Course in Miracles was completed in September 1972 and resulted in three volumes—the Text, the Workbook for Students, and the Manual for Teachers. As the development of the material progressed, Schucman and Thetford faced the formidable task of organizing the original typescript (often called the “Urtext”) into what would become A Course in Miracles. They divided the Text into chapters and sections and gave titles to each, and they removed a great deal of material from the early chapters, material they believed was meant for them personally, not for the Course. The edition that resulted from those efforts is A Course in Miracles - Original Edition, published by Course in Miracles Society.
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A Course in Miracles - Original Edition Workbook for Students
Workbook For Students, from the original manuscript of ACIM, is the companion to ACIM Original Edition Text and Manual For Teachers. The Workbook contains a series of 365 Lessons to be practiced daily for the purpose of retraining the mind and healing perception. The goal of the curriculum is to awaken our peaceful mind.
A Course in Miracles - Original Edition Text
ACIM Original Edition Text contains the unabridged Text volume of A Course in Miracles as it was completed by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford in 1972. The conversational tone of this edition invites the novice student into conversation with the Author, and even advanced students of ACIM find a new clarity and deeper understanding. Does not include Workbook for Students or Manual for Teachers.