ACIM History & Issues

  • The Earlier Versions and the Editing of A Course in Miracles This article details the long and complicated process by which Helen Schucman's original notes became the published Course we are all familiar with. Essential reading for any Course student.
  • Court Transcript of Judge Sweet's Verdict Court Transcript of Judge Sweet's Verdict concerning voiding the copyright of A Course in Miracles
  • This Baby is too Precious to Throw Out This article addresses the idea that maybe all the mess over the Course's copyright means that we should dispense with the book and its words.
  • And Now It Belongs to the World On May 28, 2004, the copyright on A Course in Miracles passed away forever. Robert has written an opinion piece on this important event. It begins with the latest details on the copyright situation and moves into an exploration of what freedom from copyright means for the future of the Course.
  • Copyright Decision: What Does the Verdict Mean? On October 24, 2003, the copyright on A Course in Miracles was ruled to be invalid. This article explains the reasons given by the judge in rendering that verdict.
  • The Copyright Infrastructure This article is a brief but excellent summary of the history of the Course copyright controversy from 1992 to January of 2004.
  • On the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Scribing of A Course in Miracles Fifty years ago today, on October 21, 1965, the scribing of A Course in Miracles began. Students of the Course know the familiar story: one evening, while recording some her thoughts in a notebook, the voice that Helen Schucman had been hearing sporadically since that summer gave her a definite instruction: "This is a course in miracles. Please take notes." Helen then called Bill Thetford in a panic, wondering what she should do. Bill wisely suggested she try to write more and see what happened. Helen then received a mental explanation in which she was told that she had agreed before coming into this life to take down A Course in Miracles as part of a larger "celestial speed-up." Still not satisfied, she asked the voice, "Why me?...I'm just about as poor a choice as you could make." The voice replied, "On the contrary, you are an excellent choice, and for a very simple reason. You will do it."
  • What If Jesus Really Did Write This? This is a lightly edited version of a talk Robert gave at the 2007 ACIM Conference in San Francisco. Robert presents his reasons for believing that Jesus really did write A Course in Miracles, and explores the huge implications of that amazing claim.
  • Three Aspects of Our Relationship With God Robert explores Helen Schucman's subway vision, which he says contains three aspects of our relationship with God, aspects which we all long for, but which often seem incompatible with each other.
  • Helen and Bill's Joining: A Window onto the Heart of A Course in Miracles What is the heart of the Course? What is the point at which it all comes together. This article views Helen and Bill's joining in "a better way" as that point, as the example of what the Course is trying to have happen in the lives of all of its students.
  • "This Is My True Church" Are we supposed to actually go out and help people, or does that go against the nature of the Course? To answer that question, this article draws on specific examples where the author of the Course told Helen and Bill how to apply his teachings in real-life situations.
  • Being Truly Helpful Robert draws out the meaning of the famous prayer which begins "I am here only to be truly helpful," by looking at its original context. The prayer was initially given to Bill Thetford to use at a conference on rehabilitation.
  • Who Wrote A Course in Miracles? Part I The first part of a two-part series in which Robert Perry presents his case for Jesus' authorship of the Course, based on what the Course itself says as well as on personal guidance to Helen and Bill documented in Ken Wapnick's Absence from Felicity. Part I covers the relevance of the issue of the Course's authorship, and discusses the role of Jesus in its scribing.
  • Who Wrote A Course in Miracles? Part II The second part of a two-part series in which Robert Perry presents his case for Jesus' authorship of the Course, based on what the Course itself says as well as on personal guidance to Helen and Bill documented in Ken Wapnick's Absence from Felicity. Part I covers the relevance of the issue of the Course's authorship, and discusses the role of Jesus in its scribing.
  • Here I Am, Lord In this article Robert looks at Jesus giving Bill Thetford the prayer "Here I am, Lord," and shows how this prayer was specifically designed to counteract Bill's particular defenses, with intended miraculous results.

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  • Please Take What? Course students often believe that if the Divine did anything in this world, it would make the world real. In this humorous hypothetical dialogue, Jesus asks Helen Schucman to take down the Course, only to find that she is already a metaphysically-savvy Course student.
  • Does God Know We Are Here? It has become an article of faith in Course circles that God does not know we are here in this world, and does not even know that we think we are here. But what does the Course actually say about this topic? The answer, discussed at length in this article, may surprise you.
  • Helping Others in the World Makes the Error Real: Does the Course Really Say This? It is a truism in Course circles that placing an emphasis on helping others "out there" makes the error real. After all, "Seek not to change the world." But does the Course really have such a dim view of helping others in the world? Does it ever really say that doing so "makes the error real"? The answer, in a word, is no.
  • Are Miracles Only in Our Minds? Robert responds to a reader who claims that miracles occur only in our minds and that "any discussion of extending help or healing to people who are suffering 'out there' merely perpetuates separation [since] there is no 'out there.'"
  • The Ark of Peace Is Entered Two by Two Many Course students don't believe that a holy relationship takes two. Robert explains how a relationship in which two people are truly joined in a common goal is a powerful way of learning that oneness is not a theory, but a fact.

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  • Above the battleground: Applying the Course to the Iraq War Greg says, "Forgiveness entails looking upon all of the conflict in our world from a higher vantage point: a place above the battleground. With the Holy Spirit's help, we can look upon the Iraq war with Christ's vision." The article includes a lengthy visualization for rising above the battleground, written by Robert Perry.
  • Above the battleground: Our thoughts on the September 11 terrorist attack We at the Circle have, like everyone else, been deeply shocked and disturbed by the events of September 11. Just as others are, we are striving to see these events from the perspective of our particular spiritual tradition. As we reflect on how our path would ask us to respond, one thing keeps recurring to us: peace. We can have peace in our minds, even while our eyes look on tragedy in the world. It is possible to lift our minds above the battleground, into the peace of God, and look on the situation from that serene vantage point. The Course may provide its own philosophical justification for being at peace in the face of adversity, but it is part of our common religious heritage to believe in the peace of God which passeth understanding. Surely that peace is available to us now, even if our understanding may not see how that can be.