The Conspiracy Hypothesis*
(Passed away in December 2004.)
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ACIM: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas!
The MKULTRA Milieu Surrounding the "Scribing" of A Course In Miracles
Professional publication data and other material links show the channeling of A Course in Miracles to be covered with the fingerprints of the CIA's mind control program, MKULTRA
It has become undeniably obvious that Helen Schucman, the woman who "channeled" or "scribed" A Course in Miracles (ACIM) was very likely unwittingly deeply immersed in the CIA's MKULTRA activity during the years she "scribed" ("channeled") the Course.
Most of the information in the "ACIM/MKULTRA Timeline" below can be found on http://www.pasf.org/print_bibliog.htm, a Gittinger PAS bibliography. This bibliographical information reveals that there were ongoing professional contacts between the people involved during the years surrounding the "channeling" ("scribing") of A Course in Miracles.
J.W. Gittinger (see, http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/lsd/marks.htm Chapter 10) was the primary personality assessor for MKULTRA. He pioneered scientific methods to enable him to identify the most susceptible types of personalities for Dr. Gottlieb's nefarious, amoral, and often harmful U.S. government-sponsored exploitations. Gittinger's work there eventually surfaced as his "Personality Assessment System" (PAS), which both is studied and has been used by legitimate scientists for non-exploitative purposes.
Two years after Schucman went to work for William Thetford (who had a previous history as a spy, according to Thetford's friend and student, Fr. Benedict Groeschel) at the Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons Psychology Department, they co-authored a paper on Gittinger's PAS.
D. R. Saunders is also mentioned in the same chapter of John Marks' book at the link above as having carried out personality assessment work for MKULTRA. It is possible (but I have not absolutely confirmed this) that he is the same D.R. Saunders who was the chief investigator for the Condon Report, an early UFO study which is considered by many ufologists to be essentially CIA disinformation.
Thetman and Saunders worked together on the secret MKULTRA Subproject 130 (Psychology "Personality Theory") research (see timeline below, 1971 - 1978). Saunders -- apparently something of an MKULTRA protégé of Gittinger's -- was co-authoring papers at that time with both Schucman and Thetford.
Three years after Schucman, Thetford, and Saunders jointly authored a paper with a "specific, explicit mention of [Gittinger's] PAS", Schucman (1965) began having strange "visions", and shortly she was hearing an inner "voice" which identified itself as Jesus. [Schucman described it as actually being nearly sub-audible, thus it was apparently identical with the type of "contact" that forms the basis for Teaching Mission, or TeaM, "channeling". TeaM is a fringe cult associated with The URANTIA Book].
Although I have no evidence directly connecting him with any intelligence agency, another of Helen Schucman's Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Psychology Department "colleagues" around this time was Herbert Spiegel, a recognized expert in hypnotism and brainwashing, who was then teaching courses in hypnosis. He had been involved in brainwashing since the early 1950s when he studied the Chinese techniques used upon Korean War POWs for the U.S. Army. Spiegal was perfectly capable -- if anyone was -- of making Schucman have "visions" and to hear a "voice" claiming to be that of Jesus.
When Schucman, who was culturally Jewish and an atheist or agnostic, hesitated to accept that the voice was genuinely "Jesus", she was talked into believing it by her boss and then close friend, Bill Thetman. Thetman also "encouraged" her to keep going during the seven years that she was "channeling" the Course.
During the time when Helen Schucman was still in the process of "channeling" ACIM, her previous co-author, Saunders, also co-authored a paper with Gittinger himself. Later, but still during the "scribing", Thetman and Saunders together contracted to do a secret personality study for MKULTRA.
Admittedly there is nothing sinister in authoring or co-authoring papers to be published openly in scientific journals, but my GUESS is that Schucman had no idea about the MKULTRA connections of her friends and colleagues, and that had she known, and had she realized what MKULTRA was up to during those years (however that would not be exposed until a few years after Schucman's "channeling" experience was over) NOTHING Thetman could have said to her would have made her believe that she was actually in contact with Jesus!
Schucman likely had no idea that she was lying down with dogs, but she got up with fleas, nevertheless!
[NOTE: For more information on the possible use in and on certain cults of what has come to be known as "synthetic telepathy" (the artificial induction of intra-cerebral voices to influence or control the behavior of unwitting subjects) please go to: Conspiracy In The Urantia Movement]
1958 -- Schucman goes to work for Thetford in the Psychology Department at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
1962 -- Schucman AND Thetford (Publish paper together on "The personality theory of John Gittinger").
1962 -- Saunders AND Schucman (Sept. Paper).
1962 -- Saunders AND Schucman AND Thetford (Sept. Paper).
1965 -- Helen Schucman's pre-ACIM visions and experiences.
1965 - 1968 -- Helen Schucman (w/William Thetford): Scribing of "A Course In Miracles" (ACIM).
1968 -- Gittinger AND Saunders (Article/Paper, apparently published as part of a compendium).
1969 - 1971 -- Helen Schucman (w/William Thetford): Scribing of ACIM: "Workbook".
1970 -- Schucman AND Thetford (Article).
1971 - 1978 -- Saunders AND Thetford (MKULTRA Subproject 130).
1972 -- Helen Schucman (w/William Thetford): Scribing of ACIM: "Manual".
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I've come to realize that 'truth' boils down to what we 'believe' the facts we've gathered point to. We only 'know' what we've 'experienced' firsthand. Everything else - what we read, what we watch, what we hear - is what someone else's gathered facts point to and 'they' 'believe' is 'truth', so that 'truth' seems to change in direct proportion to newly gathered facts divided by applied plausibility. Though I believe there is 'truth', until someone celestial who 'knows' all the facts parts the heavens and throws us a scroll titled "Here Are ALL The Facts And Lies In The Order They Happened," I can't know for sure exactly what "the whole truth' on any given subject is, and what applies to me applies to everyone.
~Gail Bird Allen
Never in your long ascendancy will you lose the power to recognize your associates of former existences. Always, as you ascend inward in the scale of life, will you retain the ability to recognize and fraternize with the fellow beings of your previous and lower levels of experience. Each new translation or resurrection will add one more group of spirit beings to your vision range without in the least depriving you of the ability to recognize your friends and fellows of former estates.
Princess Bride 1987 Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya)
Vizzini: HE DIDN'T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
And here is mystery: The more closely man approaches God through love, the greater the reality -- actuality -- of that man. The more man withdraws from God, the more nearly he approaches nonreality -- cessation of existence. When man consecrates his will to the doing of the Father's will, when man gives God all that he has, then does God make that man more than he is.
"And do you not remember that I said to you once before that, if you had your spiritual eyes anointed, you would then see the heavens opened and behold the angels of God ascending and descending? It is by the ministry of the angels that one world may be kept in touch with other worlds, for have I not repeatedly told you that I have other sheep not of this fold?"
But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious experience—God-consciousness.
When you are through down here, when your course has been run in temporary form on earth, when your trial trip in the flesh is finished, when the dust that composes the mortal tabernacle "returns to the earth whence it came"; then, it is revealed, the indwelling "Spirit shall return to God who gave it." There sojourns within each moral being of this planet a fragment of God, a part and parcel of divinity. It is not yet yours by right of possession, but it is designedly intended to be one with you if you survive the mortal existence.
And the greatest of all the unfathomable mysteries of God is the phenomenon of the divine indwelling of mortal minds. The manner in which the Universal Father sojourns with the creatures of time is the most profound of all universe mysteries; the divine presence in the mind of man is the mystery of mysteries.
To every spirit being and to every mortal creature in every sphere and on every world of the universe of universes, the Universal Father reveals all of his gracious and divine self that can be discerned or comprehended by such spirit beings and by such mortal creatures. God is no respecter of persons, either spiritual or material. The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world.
Paradise is the eternal center of the universe of universes and the abiding place of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, the Infinite Spirit, and their divine co-ordinates and associates. This central Isle is the most gigantic organized body of cosmic reality in all the master universe. Paradise is a material sphere as well as a spiritual abode. All of the intelligent creation of the Universal Father is domiciled on material abodes; hence must the absolute controlling center also be material, literal. And again it should be reiterated that spirit things and spiritual beings are real.
Culture presupposes quality of mind; culture cannot be enhanced unless mind is elevated. Superior intellect will seek a noble culture and find some way to attain such a goal. Inferior minds will spurn the highest culture even when presented to them ready-made.
True liberty is the associate of genuine self-respect; false liberty is the consort of self-admiration. True liberty is the fruit of self-control; false liberty, the assumption of self-assertion. Self-control leads to altruistic service; self-admiration tends towards the exploitation of others for the selfish aggrandizement of such a mistaken individual as is willing to sacrifice righteous attainment for the sake of possessing unjust power over his fellow beings.
How dare the self-willed creature encroach upon the rights of his fellows in the name of personal liberty when the Supreme Rulers of the universe stand back in merciful respect for these prerogatives of will and potentials of personality! No being, in the exercise of his supposed personal liberty, has a right to deprive any other being of those privileges of existence conferred by the Creators and duly respected by all their loyal associates, subordinates, and subjects.
There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness.