A Course in Miracles, published in 1975, is a book considered by its students to be their “spiritual path” – some have labelled it the “New Age Bible”. It has sold millions of copies. But could it have been part of a CIA mind control experiment? One of its authors was definitely a key MKULTRA scientist. …
Schucman dreamt that Jesus spoke to her and revealed a new teaching. Schucman reported that she clearly heard from the voice the words, “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes.” Schucman did as she was told, and for the next seven years, via a process she described as “rapid inner dictation”, she produced nearly thirty notebooks of Jesus messages. With the assistance of her employer, Prof William Thetford, she later collated this into a text which formed the basis of the Course.
From Mind Control to New Age
For five years after his graduation in 1949, Thetford had worked as a research psychologist in both Chicago, and later in Washington, DC. According to Dr Colin Ross, Thetford worked on Project BLUEBIRD, an early CIA mind control program, from 1951 to 1953. He spent 1954 and 1955 as the director of clinical psychology at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. From 1955 to 1957 he was an assistant professor of psychology at Cornell University’s CIA-funded Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology (a euphemism for social ‘mind control’). In 1958 he accepted an assistant professorship, which later developed into a full professorship, at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During a portion of this same period he also served as the director of clinical psychology at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. It was here that he would stay for the next twenty years, during which he received funding from the CIA’s MKULTRA program for research into personality structures, and it was here that he first met and hired Dr. Helen Schucman, hiring her as a research psychologist and assistant.
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I don’t know much about MKUltra, just what is on wikipedia, but I have grown up around New Age thinking people. It’s an interesting religion to me, because the “New Ager’s”, as I call them, often don’t recognize that they are part of a group with shared beliefs and values.
The New Age is definitely a heterogeneous movement of individuals; most graft some new age beliefs onto their regular religious affiliation. Recent surveys of US adults (2) indicate that many Americans hold at least some new age beliefs:
8% believe in astrology as a method of foretelling the future
7% believe that crystals are a source of healing or energizing power
9% believe that Tarot Cards are a reliable base for life decisions
about 1 in 4 believe in a non-traditional concept of the nature of God which are often associated with New Age thinking:
11% believe that God is “a state of higher consciousness that a person may reach”
8% define God as “the total realization of personal, human potential”
3% believe that each person is God. – sullivan
Why would the CIA want to start a religious movement? I don’t see the benefit. From what I have experienced around the New Agers, I don’t see a group of government super brains is orchestrating their beliefs that crystals have special powers. Rather, it seems like people love to pass on positive stories, to feel like they belong, and to feel they have value and special knowledge.
The same drives that lead some to accumulate scientific knowledge in a University also exist in those who follow the New Age life path. The detailed knowledge some of these people have about crystals, Tarot and the like is quite impressive. Their “knowledge” is, however, not probed by scientific method. It is deemed correct simply because the person they heard it from said other things they had also heard, and because they liked the message. I find it as credible as astrology: mostly harmless, somewhat fun and at times highly entertaining. The CIA did not create astrology.