A Course in Miracles began with the unexpected choice of two people to join in a mutual goal. Their names were William Thetford and Helen Schucman, Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. They were everything but spiritual. Their connection with each other was tough and often tense, and they were worried with professional and personal status and acceptance. In over-all, they had significant outlay in the values of the world.
Over the previous 34 years, a course in miracles lessons David has travelled to 44 countries across 6 continents to spread the message that reality is available for everybody. His experiences that are founded on A Course in Miracles have been translated into 13 languages and engaged into the hearts and minds of millions through the friendly style of his books, audios, and videos.
What is ACIM:
ACIM makes a fundamental difference between the unreal and the real; between facts and perception. Knowledge is truth, under one law, the law of love or God. Truth is unchangeable, everlasting and unmistakable. It can be unrecognized, but it cannot be changed. It applies to all that God created, and only what He created is real. It is past learning since it is beyond time and process. It has no contrary; no beginning and no end. It purely is. The world of insight, on the other hand, is the world of time, of revolution, of development and conclusions. It is based on understanding, not on evidences. It is the world of birth and death, founded on the belief in scarcity, loss, separation and death. It is learned rather than given, selective in its perceptual importance, inaccurate in its interpretations and unstable in its functioning. From facts and insight respectively, two separate thought systems ascend which are contrary in every respect. In the empire of knowledge, no opinions exist apart from God, as God and His Creation share one Will.
The world of insight, however, is made by the acceptance in opposites and distinct wills, in perpetual battle with one another and with God. What insight hears and sees appears to be actual because it allows into mindfulness only what conforms to the desires of the perceiver. This leads to a world of delusions, a world which needs continuous defence quite because it is not real. When you have been wedged in the world of awareness you are trapped in a dream. You cannot escape without aid, because all your senses show only witnesses to the genuineness of the dream. God has provided the Answer, the only Way out, the true Helper. It is the purpose of His Voice, His Holy Spirit, to facilitate amongst the two worlds. He can do this for, while on the one hand He knows the truth, on the other He also knows our delusions, but without believing in them. It is the Holy Spirit's goal to support us escape from the dream world by coaching us how to inverse our thinking and unlearn our faults.
Mercy is the Holy Spirit's great learning aid in carrying this thought reversal about. However, the Course has its own definition of what forgiveness really is just as it describes the world in its own way. The world we see only reflects our own inner frame of reference-the leading ideas, wishes and feelings in our thoughts. We look inside first, choose the kind of world we want to see and then plan that world outside, making it the reality as we see it. We make it right by our understandings of what it is we are seeing. If we are using awareness to defend our own mistakes-our anger, our desires to attack, our absence of love in whatsoever form it may take-we will see a world of sinful, destruction, hatred, jealousy and anguish. All this we must absorb to forgive, not as we are being "decent" and "generous," but because what we are seeing is not accurate. We have distorted the world by our bitter defences, and are consequently seeing what is not around. As we learn to recognize our perceptual mistakes, we also learn to look past them or "forgive." At the same time, we are forbearing ourselves, looking past our partial self-concepts to the Self That God created in us and as us. Sin is defined as "absence of love".
Meanwhile love is all there is, sin in the vision of the Holy Spirit is a fault to be corrected, rather than an evil to be penalized. Our intellect of insufficiency, softness and incompletion comes from the sturdy investment in the "scarcity principle" that rules the entire world of delusions. From that point of view, we hunt for in others what we sense is inadequate in ourselves. We "love" another in order to get something ourselves. That, in fact, is what passes for love in the reverie world. There can be no larger mistake than that, for love is incapable of asking for everything. Only minds can really unite, and whom God has united no man can put apart. It is, however, only at the level of Christ Mind that true union is possible, and has, in fact, never been missing. The "little I" seeks to develop itself by external consent, external belongings and peripheral "love." The Self That God created needs nothing. It is continually complete, harmless, loved and loving. It seeks to share rather than to get; to extend rather than project. It has no needs and wants to join with others out of their shared awareness of wealth.
The superior relationships of the world are critical, self-centred and immaturely egocentric. Yet, if given to the Holy Spirit, these relationships can convert the holiest things on earth-the miracles that point the way to the return to Heaven. The world uses its special relationships as an ultimate weapon of exclusion and a demonstration of separateness. The Holy Spirit converts them into flawless lessons in mercy and in arising from the dream. Each one is a chance to let insights be cured and mistakes corrected. Each one is another chance to forgive oneself by forgiving the other. And each one becomes still another invite to the Holy Spirit and to the remembrance of God. Awareness is a function of the body, and consequently denotes a limit on mindfulness. Insight sees through the body's eyes and hears through the body's ears. It arouses the partial responses which the body makes. The body appears to be mostly self-motivated and self-governing, yet it truly answers only to the goals of the mind. If the mind wants to use it for attack in any form, it becomes victim to illness, age and decline. If the mind admits the Holy Spirit's purpose for it as an alternative, it turns into a useful way of collaborating with others, safe as long as it is required, and to be gently left by when its use is over. Of itself it is impartial, as is everything in the world of perception.
Whether it is used for the goals of the character or the Holy Spirit rest on entirely on what the mind wishes. The opposite of seeing through the body's eyes is the idea of Christ, which reflects forte rather than weakness, harmony rather than separation, and love rather than terror. The opposite of hearing through the body's ears is communication through the Voice for God, the Holy Spirit, which stands in each of us. His Voice appears distant and hard to hear as the ego, which expresses for the little, separated self, seems to be much louder. This is actually inverted. The Holy Spirit speaks with distinctive simplicity and irresistible appeal. No one who does not choose to recognize with the body could perhaps be deaf to His messages of release and courage, nor could he fail to take joyously the vision of Christ in willing exchange for his miserable image of himself.