Foundation for Inner Peace Frequently Asked Questions
The third edition of A Course in Miracles (Combined Volume) which contains:
- Workbook for Students
- Manual for Teachers
- Clarification of Terms
- “Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice.”
- “The Song of Prayer: Prayer, Forgiveness, Healing”
- A comprehensive numbering system for easy referencing
- Over two dozen translations of the Course
- E-books of the Course in English and other languages
- The Gifts of God, a collection of inspired poetry by Helen Schucman
- MP3 Audio recordings of the entire Course on CD and USB Flash Drive
- Apple and Android Workbook Lesson Apps with reminders
- A Daily Lessons page on our website with the Workbook lessons in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish
- CDs: ACIM excerpts Read by Bill Thetford and Gerald Jampolsky, Readings from A Course in Miracles, What It Says
- DVDs: The Cave Vision, Memories of Helen & Bill, Rare Interview with Helen Schucman, Recollections About Dr. Helen Schucman, What It Says
- A comprehensive ACIM search program (EACIM)
Other related materials, such as:
- Journey Without Distance by Robert Skutch
- The Story of A Course in Miracles (DVD video)
- Choose Once Again, Selections from A Course in Miracles in blank verse form, compiled by Dr. William Thetford
“Psychologist, educator, conservative in theory and atheistic in belief, I was working in a prestigious and highly academic setting. And then something happened that triggered a chain of events I could never have predicted. The head of my department unexpectedly announced that he was tired of the angry and aggressive feelings our attitudes reflected, and concluded that, ‘there must be another way.’ As if on cue I agreed to help him find it. Apparently this Course is the other way.”Although their intention was serious, they had great difficulty in starting out on their joint venture. But they had given the Holy Spirit the “little willingness” that, as the Course itself was to emphasize, again and again, is sufficient to enable Him to use any situation for His purposes and provide it with His power. To continue Helen’s first-person account:
“Three startling months preceded the actual writing, during which time Bill suggested that I write down the highly symbolic dreams and descriptions of the strange images that were coming to me. Although I had grown more accustomed to the unexpected by that time, I was still very surprised when I wrote, “This is a course in miracles.” That was my introduction to the Voice. It made no sound, but seemed to be giving me a kind of rapid, inner dictation, which I took down in a shorthand notebook. The writing was never automatic. It could be interrupted at any time and later picked up again. It made me very uncomfortable, but it never seriously occurred to me to stop. It seemed to be a special assignment I had somehow, somewhere agreed to complete. It represented a truly collaborative venture between Bill and myself, and much of its significance, I am sure, lies in that. I would take down what the Voice “said” and read it to him the next day, and he typed it from my dictation. I expect he had his special assignment, too. Without his encouragement and support I would never have been able to fulfill mine. The whole process took about seven years. The Text came first, then the Workbook for Students, and finally the Manual for Teachers. Chapter titles and subheadings have been inserted in the Text, and some of the more personal references that occurred at the beginning have been omitted. Otherwise, the material is substantially unchanged.”The names of the collaborators in the recording of the Course do not appear on the cover because the Course can and should stand on its own. It is not intended to become the basis for another religion or cult.
“You will first dream of peace, and then awaken to it.” (T-13.VII.9:1)
T = Text
13 = Chapter 13
VII = Section
VII (of Chapter 13)
9 = Paragraph 9 (in Section VII)
1 = Line 1 (of Paragraph 9)Another example:
“We say ‘God is,’ and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless.” (W-pI.169.5:4)
W = Workbook
pI = part I (of the Workbook)
169 = Lesson 169
5 = Paragraph 5
4 = Line 4 (of Paragraph 5)Another example:
“Forgiveness is the final goal of the curriculum.” (M-4.X.2:9)
M = Manual for Teachers
4 = Section 4
X = Part X (of Section 4)
2 = Paragraph 2 (of Part X)
9 = Line 9 (of Paragraph 2)Additional abbreviations:
In = introduction(s)
r = Review (workbook)
FL = Final Lessons (workbook)
C = Clarification of Terms (in the Manual for Teachers)
Ep = Epilogues (end of Workbok and Clarification of Terms)
P = Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice
S = The Song of Prayer
Why does the Course use masculine gender pronouns, such as referring to God as ‘He’ and to other people as ‘brothers’ and ‘Son of God’?
Can I become certified as a teacher or minister of A Course in Miracles through the Foundation for Inner Peace?
“The question is not whether you will teach, for in that there is no choice. The purpose of the Course might be said to provide you with a means of choosing what you want to teach on the basis of what you want to learn.” (M-in.2:4-5)
Our Own Frequently Asked Questions
♥ Teach: To teach is to demonstrate (M-in.2). Not defined in the same way the world uses it.
♥ Teacher: Everything I think or say or do teaches all the universe. (W-54.4.3). We are all teachers and learning all the time. We do not call "teachers" to refer to brothers who freely have chosen to be UCDM public personalities.
♥ Give: Everything I give I give myself. (W-297.1.2).
♥ Just do it: Each contains the whole curriculum if understood, practiced, accepted, and applied to all the seeming happenings throughout the day. (W-rVI.in.2.2). Bill did it. We feel great admiration towards students who, simply try to apply UCDM to everyone, everything, every time, in whatever circumstance they find themselves.
♥ UCDM, a self-study course, and its value proposal is Inner Peace. Our hearts, our minds are joined with those who just do it, and freely may choose not to become an ACIM public personality.
♥ Rituals are not our aim, and would defeat our goal. (W-rIII.in.2.4). Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you. (W37.3.2). UCDM, "it is not intended to become the basis for another cult." (Helen, Preface, How it Came). Community: this word is not found within UCDM.
♥ Keep it simple: The course is simple. (C-In.3.8)
♥ Our Leader: “More important than that though, Bill said, is the fact that this material stands completely on its own. It doesn´t need any personalities connected with it. There are enough personality cults around already and this Course doesn’t need to be the basis for another one. Helen and I don’t feel we can represent this material since we don’t adequately demonstrate it. (To teach is to demonstrate. M-in.2.1). As you’ll see, Judy, the material is a self-study course, and Helen and I are no more than students.” (Quote from Journey withouth distance by Robert Skutch).