Who is the author of A Course in Miracles?

Helen normally referred to the Voice with a capital 'V.' In this way she acknowledged the authority of the source of the material which was dictated to her. She was often deeply moved by the gentleness and patience of the Voice.

It was clear to those who knew her that, on one level, Helen had no doubt that Jesus was the author of the Course. Yet she also had a desire to deny this, which allowed her to dismiss the impact which the material could have had on her personal life.

It is quite possible to read A Course in Miracles without believing you are hearing Jesus speak, although this may involve some "mental gymnastics," as Ken Wapnick calls them. The Manual for Teachers says:

"It is possible to read his words and benefit from them without accepting him into your life. Yet he would help you yet a little more if you will share your pains and joys with him, and leave them both to find the peace of God." (C-5.6:6-7)

For the many students of the Course who came to these books from a Christian background, accepting Jesus as the author has been a major turning-point in their lives. Through the centuries, Jesus has been used by churches and individuals to serve their own means.

When reading his message in the Course, one is often deeply touched by the feeling of love for us which his words convey. This love is extended to all his brothers and sisters, not just the 'chosen few.' Accepting him as our older, wiser brother who will show us the way home, can give our spiritual life renewed hope and direction.

Doing the daily lessons then becomes a gift to ourselves, as well as to Jesus. The salvation of the world requires our full co-operation, and is an on-going process which has already begun. Jesus makes it clear that he needs us, just as much as we need him. He says in this moving quotation from the Workbook:

"For this alone I need; that you will hear the words I speak, and give them to the world. You are my voice, my eyes, my feet, my hands through which I save the world." (W-Review V.9:2-3)

If we have difficulty believing that it is Jesus who speaks in the Course, it may be helpful to know that the Course itself considers Jesus to be a symbol of love. What matters is not whether this is the 'historical Jesus' but, more importantly, whether we can accept the message of love and forgiveness, which transcends all symbols, as well as any limitations of space and time.