The 12 Core Teachings of A Course in Miracles | By: Dr. Bill Thetford

Dr. Bill Thetford was a Psychology Professor and Director at Columbia University Medical Center and co-scribe of A Course in Miracles. He was also a powerful demonstrator of the Course Principles and really lived its fruits of joy and peace in his relationships and everyday life.

Carol Howe, Bill’s long term friend and author of his biography “Forget Not to Laugh” said that:

“Bill was a walking miracle, innocently loving, exerting an enormously powerful healing influence. His gift was innocence, not specialness, and that came from being willing to change his mind. What more need be said about the unutterable power of perceiving one another, and ourselves, as innocent at our very core, despite what our senses observe? The choice is universally available to everyone. Thus, despite his ambivalence about teaching, for many Bill was the greatest teacher they had ever known.”

Jack Luckett was a dear friend of Bill. Bill lived with Jack alongside his wife Leah, for the last 2 years of his life in La Jolla California. It is with them that Bill did some marvelous things. Jack recalls what Bill was like.

“Bill took the Course, turned his life around, and became the humble, modest, perfect, enlightened teacher of the Course by his conduct, by his being, and by his grace, gentleness, and love. Even if he had never helped bring us with the Course, and I had just met this man, I would still honor his most beautiful life.”

Bill left us with some important gifts. One of which was the Course, of Course, but another was his inspiring demonstration, and another still was the 12 Core Teachings of A Course in Miracles.

I made a YouTube Video on the 12 CORE TEACHINGS OF A COURSE IN MIRACLES, according to Bill Thetford. Watch Video Here.

Below is the PDF of these 12 teachings.

PDF: 12 Teachings of A Course in Miracles

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Kaye McAuley
Kaye McAuley
8 months ago

Wow! What a gold mine you’ve put together, Britney!! I love the story of how this book came into your hands and you reading the list with love and excitement! (Love that your daughter hung out for a bit!) I have been a student for a number of years, have attended 3 ACIM conferences but have stepped away from studying it regularly recently but “it” is always with me. I take this a a sign to get back to it. Thank you for sharing this vlog post in the video comments!
Sending you so much Love and Joy from my heart to yours.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kaye McAuley
Kaye McAuley
Kaye McAuley
Reply to  Britney Shawley
8 months ago

Hi again! Just checked back in for the content. Thanks for your message, Britney!
I learned about the Sparkly version a few months back and have been drawn to it but hadn’t placed an order yet. This could be my sign to get it! Have a beautiful weekend!????

Kaye McAuley
Kaye McAuley
Reply to  Kaye McAuley
8 months ago

Oh,dear. The end of the last sentence was suppose to be a pretty autumn leaf.

Reply to  Kaye McAuley
8 months ago

Oh yay! I love that this is a sign for you. Whenever the spirit moves you….you can go to: and you can order one for free if you pay for shipping :)) I love that you used a pretty autumn leaf, even if it didn’t shoe up haha. Much love to you!

Welcome to my blog. My name is Britney Shawley. I write and make videos to help  people to choose peace in every situation. I aim to demonstrate the practicality of Love and miracles in my everyday life and work, so that you can do so too. Thank You for being here. 



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