Helen Schucman was a psychologist who is primarily responsible for scribing A Course in Miracles between the mid-1960s and early 1970s. She worked closely with Bill Thetford bringing the material forth and later with Ken Wapnick bringing the material to a publicly-accessible state. Schucman’s relationship with the material she scribed was complicated. Neither she nor Thetford sought credit for it. She did not teach it publicly (though some teachers, like Tara Singh, clearly considered her a spiritual mentor). Stories of the scribing process – and later the extensive publishing/sharing the material – evoke the cultural zeitgeist of the sixties, even though Schucman was by all accounts basically conservative. The material reflects her lifelong interest in spiritual concerns (especially Christian Science and Catholicism). Her subsequent writing – notably the poems in The Gifts from God – are similar in tone, style and content to A Course in Miracles.
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