25 Jan 2017 Comments Off on Which Version of ACIM Is Legit?
People feel strongly about the different versions* of A Course in Miracles, about what was edited or left out. What amazes me, although I guess it shouldn’t given the divisive nature of the ego, is the lack of empathy in seeing the best in their brothers.
It should be obvious that everyone involved with the original preparation and publication of A Course in Miracles was motivated by Love. Not human love, but the inner grace that guided them and they chose to follow. Everyone followed the best they could. What we see in our brother is what we see in ourself.
Vision reveals everyone is Innocent. Of what could anyone involved in delivering A Course in Miracles be guilty? “You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgment.” (T-3.VI.3:1)
Over the years, I’ve bought every version of the Course to see for myself if the differences are significant and concluded that any version of A Course in Miracles can heal the split mind. How can that be? Because I’m following the Author, not the editor.
“All fear comes ultimately, and sometimes by way of very devious routes, from the denial of Authorship. The offense is never to God, but only to those who deny Him. To deny His Authorship is to deny yourself the reason for your peace, so that you see yourself only in segments. This strange perception is the authority problem.” (T-3.VI.10:4-7)
Jesus guides us all throughout the Course to ask, “What is the purpose?” of every decision. He doesn’t leave us hanging. Over and over, in various ways, he tells us, “The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself.” (T-2.V.5:1) Atonement is waking up! Atonement is the end of ego interference and the recognition that separation never occurred. Forgiveness, complete non-judgment, is another way of describing meaningful purpose.
Both Atonement and forgiveness release the belief in false identity — the ego — and it is recognized that we are not bodies, we are free, for we are still as God created us: Being. Debates and arguments are for doers. Doers are people who want to maintain identification with the ego and avoid undifferentiated Being at all costs.
There are those who state that crucial material was left out of ACIM, without explanation. But anyone who is truly interested can read Absence from Felicity by Ken Wapnick, Journey Without Distance by Rob Skutch and Understanding A Course in Miracles by D. Patrick Miller, to name a few books that give background on the subject. Click here to read what Gary Renard has to say. And here for Rev Tony Ponticello’s view and his response to Gary.
But don’t get caught up in a “camp” — that’s schismatic, which is exactly what the ego wants, misses the point of ACIM entirely, and is just plain silly. Anyway, do you want to read about A Course in Miracles, or do you want to follow the guidance of A Course in Miracles?
It seems to me that Helen Schucman became a clearer transmitter for the Voice from God as she became more comfortable with the scribing process. Personally, I have no problem with early distortions of Jesus’ Message and personal material meant for her and Bill Thetford being kept private. We still have over 1200 pages of wisdom repeating the same idea simply because we are too deaf, dumb and blind to get it the first time!
Read the Introduction to the Text: “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Read (even better, practice) Lesson 189: I feel the Love of God within me now. It says, “Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God.”
Isn’t it obvious that wasting time on which version is “right” is an ego ploy? What an ironic distraction! Any Course student worth his or her salt would recognize that in a heartbeat. A Course in Miracles isn’t important! The versions aren’t important! Read any version you prefer. They are all part of the illusion.
The worthy thing about the Course is its Message of Generalization — we are all the Same One – and ACIM offers us the method of forgiveness for finding that out. If you have any questions, and you are a true Course student, how about bringing them to the Holy Spirit and getting the Answer you need Directly?
And remember, the Holy Spirit’s Answer is a silent Love, a still Peace, a unified Oneness. There is no specific information. Specifics and information are not of the Abstract Mind of God.
I write this to get it off my chest. I would hope we can have a respectful conversation about this subject — and about any and every subject, for that matter. Anyone who attacks, points a finger or assigns blame is totally missing the point of A Course in Miracles. Okay, I’ve said it. Now let’s all choose again and go Home together. Namaste.
*Different versions of ACIM include the originally published books from the Foundation for Inner Peace, the publishing arm founded by Judith Skutch; editing done by Helen Schucman and Ken Wapnick (at first there were three separate books: the Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers; eventually they were bound under one cover), the Urtext, the original version, the sparkly edition, and now, A New Edition, compiled by Robert Perry and published by his organization, the Circle of Atonement, among others.