I will clarify briefly these different editions:
1. UR Text (Original Edition)
2. Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP)
3. A Course in Miracles (CIMS) with pearls
4. The Thetford Edition of A Course in Miracles (Sparkly)
5. Hugh-Lynn Cayce (HLC)
There are recorded talks from the publishers to discuss more details about FIP & Sparkly.
Prior to their 7 year experience together, Dr. William Thetford made his now famous and impassioned statement to Dr. Helen Schucman: “There must be another way!” Bill was specifically addressing the ongoing conflicts that he and Helen experienced between themselves, as well as with other colleagues and professional associates, at the prestigious Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Helen began, shortly after they agreed together to find "the other way" she began to have dreams and hear and inner voice communicate to her. This inner voice presented himself as Jesus and said to her "This is A Course in Miracles. Please take notes". And so she did, every day for 7 years. In the mornings Helen would join Bill where they both worked together, and he would type up what she received. Helen often doubted the voice, but wrote exactly what she heard. It was with Bill's assistance and encouragement, that they were both able to fulfill their promise to each other, and a new way for Peace was given them to give.
Bill was Director of the Psychology Department while at the same time holding a faculty appointment as Professor of Medical Psychology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Helen began her professional career at the Medical Center as Bill's research associate, later also to become a tenured Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. 1.
All "changes" to the A Course in Miracles happened through later editing process's by various people & groups that did not necessarily involve the input of Helen & Bill or Jesus. Some people/groups say they were guided by Jesus to edit ACIM, others do not proclaim such things. Either way, those changes and people/groups are listed below.
The Thetford Edition is published through Diamond Clear Vision Publishing in California. This version is the Text from the HLC* version that was found in the ARE (Association of Research and Enlightenment) Library in 1999, with the nearly untouched Workbook and Manual from the URText to make the "Sparkly/Sparkle/ Thetford Edition" of A Course in Miracles in 2002. It is seen as a gift to the world that everyone should be able to have. You can order one here or contact Ted to make arrangements to get you a copy.
This is the version I currently use and love. It has Soul reinstated, proper and easy type setting, the numbers are taken out that FIP added so it no longer resembles the "bible", it has more depth to the principals of miracles as well as the first 8 chapters from the Text are reinstated with deeper content as its intended to be, and much much more. The Workbook and Manual were taken straight from the UR Text with little to no editing needed to be done with them.
This version is called Sparkly because of its shining blue Sparkly book cover. It is also referenced as the Thetford edition for it was taken from the editing Bill Thetford had assisted Helen Schucman with, before Ken was able to edit it. Sparkly is the most accurate printed edition of ACIM at this time and I currently use this one myself. I am on my 3rd one actually from using it so much. It is cleaner in its font, more whole in its principals and first 8 chapters, and really brings to the surface the voice of Love we can tune into with Jesus.
It is however in my opinion, still missing some key and integral components from the URText that could assist new users of ACIM with its understanding beyond the intellectual,. But that could just be an added edition, who knows. Anyways, Sparkly is still extremely well put together and even the feel of it more accurately depicts "Christ's guidance".
Ted Poppe is the publisher of this version and claims to have had a revelatory experience whereby he was taught who he is, before he was given the physical A Course in Miracles. He says he was told by Jesus that he would receive directions and a few weeks later when some one handed him the Course he knew those were the directions Jesus had promised. After working with ACIM for three months and learning how to HEAR Jesus teach him, he found out there were other words NOT included in the book and when he asked Jesus about that, He said, "Don't worry, all the material will be made available to you." About 10 years later during FIP/FACIM/Penguin bringing a lawsuit against him for copyright violation of ACIM, he was sitting on his deck in Australia and a box arrived with all the notes Helen had received from Jesus. After which 5 others were all given independent from each other on the same day, the guidance to put the SPARKLY together. And so they did. Later they were again sued for the same copyright laws in Australia.
I would recommend this version to any one looking for the "most authentic and accurate" version of ACIM at this time.
3. A Course in Miracles (CIMS) with Pearls.
This edition was published by the Course in Miracles Society in 2000, and was edited from the HLC* version. It is often listed as the "original edition" or "Jesus' edition" or the "one with the pearls", yet it is still a highly edited version of ACIM. This version is still, to this day, under going constant changes and revisions as there are continual errors that are found, or missing parts added within it.
"An organization formed named Course In Miracles Society (CIMS)*3 and CIMS published the HLC and titled it Jesus’ Course In Miracles (JCIM) in 2000. The words “A Course In Miracles” were controlled as a legal service mark at that time, so they couldn’t be used. Tom Whitmore is the president of CIMS, and one of its founders. CIMS was legally blocked from distributing the book shortly after it was released, but they eventually were able to legally distribute after FIP lost the primary copyright by a decision of the United States District Court in 2003 by Judge Sweet. The official court order, declaring the original copyright null and void, happened in 2004 and CIMS started redistributing JCIM shortly after in 2004. When CIMS published again in 2006, it added a Workbook and a Manual it took from the Urtext version to it’s JCIM and titled the new edition, A Course In Miracles Original Edition. (CIMS could now use the name “A Course In Miracles” because in 2004 the service marks held by FIP were declared null and void.) CIMS continues to edit and refine its book with subsequent printings. CIMS corrects for grammar and sometimes it adds passages back from the Urtext CIMS feels were taken out in error". 2.
2. Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP)
This is the edition mostly widely know at this time. Its the blue book published by the Foundation for Inner Peace, whereby Ken Wapnick referenced not the UR Text but the HLC* version of A Course in Miracles in his editing process. What this means, is that Ken edited what was already a HIGHLY edited text. Ken showed up on the scene after ACIM was complete, for he, like many people, were given a copy of ACIM to check for editing/grammer errors that Bill may have missed. The difference with Ken, was that he said he wanted to help them further edit it. So in 1973 after Helen and Bill took out everything personal from the URText as well as anything referencing literal miracles they had experienced, Ken began the editing process along side Helen (he did not get along with Bill very well, so Bill eventually stepped aside).
Ken never took the Course or applied the lessons to himself, thus there was not an experience that he had- like Bill and Helen shared together- to give him any conviction and understanding of what ACIM is about. Ken looked at ACIM and edited ACIM purely intellectually. He was correct in that it needed editing, and so he proceeded to do just that. At this time, I would presume both Helen and Bill were exhausted after 10 years of working on this project and so it was helpful to have new eyes. The "problems" found in ACIM was, from here on out, anything Ken or the others did not understand, instead of choosing through prayer what should be done, they just took it out! This developed more "problems" as they continued to cut integral parts of ACIM out, thus this resulted in a very limited ACIM compared to its original dictation. In fact the FIP version is 60,000 words shorter then the UR Text.
This FIP version was printed in 1976 and the only one available to the world until the HLC version was discovered in the ARE Library in 1999 and the UR Text was not found until 2000. All was kept hidden, by Ken and the Foundation for Inner Peace, and continued to be hidden through suing everyone who tried to use the Course or the name "A Course in Miracles" with out "his" FIP copyright. There was alot of effort in this edition to keep things "hidden."
SO in truth, it was AMAZING and a MIRACLE that ACIM was even able to be printed in 1976 through the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP), so for that reason it was perfect. But there is also alot missing from it, (including the reference to us as Souls, the proper use of extension/projection, and some key sections of the Text changed around) that many people do not know about and are crucial to the experiential understanding of miracles and an intimate direct relationship with our true teacher and author of ACIM, Jesus.
1. URtext ("UR" meaning original).
The URtext is the earliest version of ACIM available, yet has not been edited for easy reading/study. It consists of the text, workbook and teachers manual, but it also has added material that was taken out of all other edited editions.
Urtext was written by Dr. Helen Schucman as the Scribe of Jesus, and typed up by Dr. Bill Thetford the appointed editor, in June 1965 until 1972.
The UR Text was hidden and completely unknown to the world until it was discovered in June of 2000 and made it onto the internet by August of 2000. It includes dialog between Helen and Jesus and Jesus answering her questions and curiosities. It discusses sex, politics, psychology, the world, it includes Soul, and the proper use of extension/projection; as well as includes many detailed miracles that occurred in the lives of the scribes. Its content is generally the same as the other texts, but with more information that adds immensely to the understanding of ACIM as a whole (especially with new students).
UrText IS still in need of further editing to have a version published in a way that is easy to read by all students and teachers. The edited version of this edition I am sure will be presented in time, when the right ACIM scholars come together, with Jesus as their guide, to help them facilitate the literal authentic version of ACIM to be made available to all the world. It would be helpful to also make Helen's Notes and The Authentic Original Manuscripts, for Helen took many notes and had many conversations with Jesus during her almost 10 year scribing process.
If you feel interested in this in any regard contact me. Its fascinating for me to learn about and see the immense changes made to all editions and the journey this text has taken to find its way into the hands of the people with whom it is for.
The UR Text and the Authentic Original Manuscripts are currently in Doug Thompson's care as he has been working with it since 2000 through the Miracles in Action Press. UR Text can be ordered online at the link below, if one would like to receive it "as is".
** Hugh Lynn Cayce Version (HLC)
Both Helen and Bill went through the UR(Original) Text and took out EVERYTHING that was personal, referenced them or mentioned literal experiential miracles in any way. They did this in order to protect their own "privacy". It was as if they took it into their own hands to make sure the text never referenced back to them in any way so much, that it could be easy to cut too much. Thus, many edits later, with over 200,000 parts taken out, there was the Hugh Lynn Cayce (HLC) version. (Hugh Lynn Cayce is Edgar Cayce's son and apparently this version was edited for His eyes and examination.)
This version was kept hidden in the ARE (Association of Research and Enlightenment library) until the year 1999 when many people around the world were being sued by Ken Wapnick for using A Course in Miracles in any form with out his(Ken's) copy right. People began to investigate where the "original" ACIM ended up and found it at the ARE Library. Once it was found, it was clear and shocking how much was actually edited out in the FIP. From this awareness, many people, such as stated above, took this version of the HLC and began to edit it for print and publication.
"The Urtext Text contains 337,372 words. The Hugh Lynn Cayce (HLC) Text contains 299,189 words or 38,184 words fewer than the Urtext. The Foundation for Inner Peace ACIM Text version contains 288,968 words or 48,405 fewer words than the Urtext (10,221 words less that the HLC). This means that over 14% of the words dictated to Helen Schucman by “the Voice” never made it into the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) version. Seventy-nine percent of the words removed were removed when the Urtext was edited to create the Hugh Lynn Cayce. This lends weight to the idea that it was Helen Schucman herself, or Helen Schucman and William Thetford, that eliminated the vast majority of the words from the final 1976 version of A Course In Miracles published by FIP." 3.
Visit Websites for All Available Versions of ACIM
Order a Sparkly A Course in Miracles
Online Search for ACIM Sparkly
Videos and Recordings of FIP & Sparkly Versions of ACIM
Ted Poppe, publisher of the Sparkly Thetford Edition shares an extended story of why there is a Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) version and Thetford Edition (Sparkly) version of ACIM.
Absence from Felicity: The Story of Helen Schucman and Her Scribing of A Course in Miracles, by Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D., © 1991, 1999, Foundation for A Course in Miracles, Temecula, CA, 92590
What are the different versions of ACIM people study: The four major versions, by Pontinacello, Tony, © 2012, 2016, Miracles in Action Press, San Fransisco, CA, 94114
A Course In Miracles The Hugh Lynn Cayce Manuscript, editted by Thompson, Doug. © 2000 Miracles In Action Press, Canada.