It is claimed that “A Course in Miracles”(ACIM) was “scribed” by Helen Schucman between 1965 and 1972 through a process of inner dictation. She experienced the process as one of a distinct and clear dictation from an inner voice, which earlier had identified itself to her as Jesus. Schucman’s scribing of “A Course in Miracles” began with these words: “This is a course in miracles, please take notes.” (from:

The aforementioned information was quite off-putting for me when I first started looking into the “course”. The idea of Jesus channeling through anyone, much less an atheist, to speak to humanity was a totally remarkable concept; too much so for me to grasp at first. However, I began asking myself if this was any more bizarre than the burning bush or the parting of the Red Sea or even Jesus raising the dead. So, regardless of my discomfort over the origin of the work, I began to study the content. For someone who enjoys reading the likes of Tom Clancy, Stephen King and Robert Jordan, “A Course in Miracles” was a hard pill to swallow. I had heard or read somewhere that the text of the course was written in iambic pentameter (Shakespearean prose) and, although I love Shakespeare, it didn’t seem to help matters, so I resigned myself to simply settle in to the study of the workbook lessons. Perhaps Jesus understood that the concepts of the course were so foreign to the average person that he dictated the workbook lessons to prepare us for the advanced concepts of the text.

Since beginning the study of “A Course in Miracles”, I have found that the more I study the work, the better I obviously understand its teachings, although, at times, I still find things to be pretty hard to grasp. I often think to myself – “If these are truly the words of Jesus, why is it so difficult to decipher?” The only answer I can fathom is that the concepts are so out of the ordinary and so different from the usual way of thinking that it seems somewhat difficult. (Perhaps our usual way of thinking is contrary to the manner in which we should be thinking.) I’m not inferring that it is complicated – just not ordinary.

I have also discovered that “A Course in Miracles” is quite a profound work. It would be very hard to imagine someone writing this manuscript from their imagination. So, I am, although still a bit cynical, beginning to become more accustomed to thinking that it may possibly have been channeled. After all, some of the great thinkers of our time, such as Ernest Holmes and Joseph Murphy, will tell us that there is really only one mind. It very well could be that Helen Schucman had indeed tapped into that one mind.

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by: Larry Slater

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