The Journey Back

The Journey Back

Based on the teachings of
A Course in Miracles – Original Edition

Ours is simply the journey back to God, Who is our home. Whenever fear intrudes anywhere along the road to peace, it is always because the ego has attempted to join the journey with us and cannot do so. ACIM TEXT CH 8 V par 40


This is such a transformative time to be alive. So much is happening and it is happening at lightning speed! The problems we thought we had a decade ago, and thought we had time to solve, have accelerated to the point where our solutions are outdated and no longer viable.

And yet our journey may not be as it seems. Many of us see the journey to this moment as linear, progressing from a BIG BANG and evolving continuously in Time and Space to culminate in this moment of NOW.

However, there are many people today who have crossed the veil of death and have been revived to share with all of us their experience of “timelessness.” They describe their experiences as a million times more “Real” than what we experience here in our bodies, in Time and Space.

What if everything we ever thought were true is not quite the way we thought. In fact, what if we have everything upside down and backward?

It turns out that these are the very same thoughts Dr. William Thetford had as he began to transcribe the shorthand notes of A Course in Miracles brought to him from his colleague Helen Schucman when he was Professor of Medical Psychology at Colombia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Director of the Psychology Department at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and she was Associate Professor of Medical Psychology and his assistant.

From New Realities Magazine, October 1984 (Interview conducted by James Bolen)

THETFORD: It has changed my life totally.  I recall typing … and realized that if this material was true then absolutely everything I believed would have to be challenged – that I would have to reconstruct my whole belief system.

Dr. Helen Schucman, who was a hesitant scribe and self-described militant atheist, began to give more credence to an internal Voice she had heard for most of her life. Lately, it had been a bit more insistent, asking her to “take notes.” Eventually she learned, and somewhat to her consternation, that the Voice was that of Jesus.

The persistence of the Voice was most likely related to a new concept of a “Celestial Speedup.” Things were speeding up and we needed to make better choices now.

The “chosen ones” are merely those who choose right sooner. This is the real meaning of the celestial speed-up. Strong wills can do this now, and you will find rest for your Souls. God knows you only in peace, and this is your reality. ACIM OE TEXT CH 3 VI par 60

Taking these “Notes,” and bringing them to Bill to be typed, marked the beginning of their mutual journey back through the projection, misperception, and condemnation, toward the sanity of the Peace of God. This culminated in the creation of A Course in Miracles and also the beginning of the Journey Back for millions of people around the globe.

For perhaps the first time in our joint Journey on this planet, more and more people are shifting their view of this 3D experience and opening to the idea that there might be more, right here and right now. They are opening to the idea that the survival mechanism of the body has perhaps blinded them to the peace that comes from Knowing themSelves as Eternal, Sinless, and Guiltless Children of God — which is the message of A Course in Miracles.

Another intriguing concept in A Course in Miracles, and from other channeled entities, is that of simultaneous time. Instead of a horizontal continuum of past, present, and future, time can be seen as, indeed, a vertical INSTANT of Now and in that Holy Instant is your Reality. Everything is happening in this moment of Now. It has never begun and it will never cease.

We have repeatedly emphasized that one level of the mind is not understandable to another. So it is with the ego and the Soul, with time and eternity. Eternity is an idea of God, so the Soul understands it perfectly. Time is a belief of the ego, so the lower mind, which is the ego’s domain, accepts it without question. The only aspect of time which is really eternal is now. That is what we really mean when we say that “now is the only time.” ACIM OE TEXT CH 5 V par 37

This would mean that the Journey back to God would truly be a Journey into the experience of NOW where all eternity resides and where all is well and has always been.

The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. ACIM OE TEXT CH 8 VI par 51


*Reverend Reja Joy Green is one of the founding members of the Course in Miracles Society [CIMS] publishers of A Course in Miracles – Original Edition; She is the CIMS webmaster, produces & distributes the Daily Lesson & Text mailing, and facilitates the Course in Miracles study group in Omaha, NE Rev Reja Joy was ordained by Community Miracles Center and was a presenter, with her husband Chris, at the 2018 Annual ACIM International Conference in San Francisco.

As a registered Yoga Instructor, Rev. Reja Joy teaches Yoga from the perspective of A Course in Miracles. She also initiated a Daily Conference Call Study Group that began in 2013 and hosts several social media groups for those who wish to share this journey.

Course in Miracles Society (CIMS) is an international group of Course students and teachers organized to discover, authenticate, and propagate the divine teachings of A Course in Miracles. As students, we seek to increase our knowledge of Jesus’ words and to deepen our experience of his teaching. As teachers, we work to circulate the message of A Course in Miracles throughout the world by our words, by our deeds and by the example of our lives.