~ The Story of the First Four ~

In the spirit of collaboration may we honor our path together, and share our gratitude for those who have been instrumental in bringing A Course in Miracles to the world.

Since 1975 the Trustees of the Foundation for Inner Peace have prayerfully overseen the translation and dissemination of 3 million Course books into 26 languages around the world. With great joy, we celebrate the life’s work of Helen, Bill, Ken, and Judy joined by Bob and Whit .

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Complimentary Ego Dynamics

Helen Cohn Schucman (born Helen Dora Cohn, July 14, 1909 – February 9, 1981) was an American clinical psychologist and research psychologist. She was a professor of medical psychology at Columbia University in New York from 1958 until her retirement in 1976. Schucman is best known for having "scribed" with the help of colleague William Thetford the book A Course in Miracles (1st edition, 1975),[1][2] the contents of which she claimed had been given to her by an inner voice she identified as Jesus. However, at her request, her role as its "writer" was not revealed to the general public until after her death.[3]

William Thetford (April 25, 1923 – July 4, 1988) was an American psychologist, medical psychologist and professor. He is best known for his collaboration with
Helen Schucman
in typing the original manuscript and being on the editing team for A Course in Miracles (ACIM), a self-study curriculum in spiritual psychology.[1] He died in 1988, aged 65, in Tiburon, California, after having made his involvement with the ACIM material and its study the most central focus of his life..

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A Course in Miracles ~ Answer to a Call for Help

The story is often retold that it was into this environment of inter-relational strain between Thetford and Schucman that the ACIM material was in a sense first “invited” into this world. Thetford exclaimed, “There must be another way!” Expecting a typically condescending response from Schucman, the studied silence that followed his speech was then followed by a most surprising "Yes Bill and I'll help you find it."