The major influence on my ‘ spiritual ‘ journey has been ” A Course in Miracles ” . This book was channelled by an American Jewish psychologist called Helen Schucman and was assisted in this work by a colleague, William Thetford . Even though it is never made clear it is assumed the source is Jesus . Putting aside my doubts concerning channelling I took the Course as instructed and found it to be the most truthful and powerful spiritual book, including the Bible and the Koran .
The book can be summed by the phrase found on the first page :
Nothing real can be threatened .
Nothing unreal exists .
Herein lies the peace of God .
Its main theme is that our physical World is not real and is actually a defence to prolong our separation from God . It claims our World is an attack on God and our egotistical Mind has set up various strategies to continue this separation . Through my own experiences and insights, I have found this to be true . In the preface it explains :
The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference – the dominant ideas and emotions in our minds . ” Projection makes perception ” . We look inside first, decide the kind of world we want to see and then project that world outside, making the truth as we see it . We make it true by our own interpretations of what it is we are seeing . If we are using perception to justify our own mistakes – our anger, our impulses to attack, our lack of love in whatever form it takes – we will see a world of evil, destruction, malice, envy and despair .
All this we must learn to forgive, not because we are being ” good ” and ” charitable ” but because what we are seeing is not true . We have distorted the world by our twisted defences, and are therefore seeing what is not there . As we learn to recognise our perceptual errors, we also learn to look past them or ” forgive “. At the same time we are forgiving ourselves, looking past our distorted self concepts to the Self that God created in us and as us .
As the Course says, it is only one path among many and is mainly aimed at the Christian world . Don’t put be put off by whether Jesus is the source as it is the teachings that are important . If you are able to take ” A Course in Miracles ” I would definitely recommend it but would add a rider to this advice – it won’t be easy .
PS : it is not an organised course like Scientology which will cost you a lot of money . The Course is actually within a book – the only cost is the price of the book . In Britain it cost me £30- and it is not for profit .