How and when was the Course written?

An inner Voice, identified as Jesus, dictated all three volumes to Helen Schucman (1909-1981), a Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. The dictation began on October 21, 1965 and ended around September 14, 1972. William ("Bill") Thetford (1919-1988), another Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia, assisted Helen with encouragement, typing, and friendship. The Course came in response to an agreement Helen had made with Bill several months earlier: to help him find "another way" in which to conduct their personal and professional relationships.

The Course was first published (in notebook form) in 1975; the first printed edition appeared in June 1976. The Second Edition was published in 1992.

For a longer version of the story of the scribing of the Course, see Allen Watson's article The Story of the Course.

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