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 that the source is Jesus . Putting aside my doubts about channelling, I took the Course as instructed and have found it to be the most truthful spiritual book, including The Bible and The Koran .
The book can be summed up 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, wishes 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 it 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 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 amongst many and is mainly aimed at the Christian world . Don’t be put off by whether Jesus is the source, as it is the teachings that are important . If you are offered the choice of taking “A Course in Miracles” I would definitely recommend it but would add a rider to this advice – It won’t be easy, but you will find it very worth while .
PS: it is not a course like Scientology, which will cost you a lot of money . The only cost is the price of a book – in Britain it cost me £30- .