Have you ever wondered just what it would take to experience miracles as everyday occurrences in your life? In Living A Course in Miracles: Applying the Course's Messages of Wisdom, Courage, and Forgiveness, renowned Course expert Kenneth Wapnick takes you on an extraordinary journey of spiritual transformation. As he shares his insights, you may discover that shifting the way you perceive your life may open doors that you weren't even aware existed. Whether you are a long-time student of A Course in Miracles or new to the vast insights of this powerful document, you are, no doubt, on a great journey of spiritual awakening. Gaining a deeper understanding of the lessons of the Course and making the transformations that it suggests can be daunting. This program will aid you in making that transformation as easy as possible. It not only illuminates the meanings intended in the great poetic text, but it also provides you with practical, real life applications. In this distinctive program, Ken shares his insights on:
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This is an excellent series of lectures given by the late Dr. Kenneth Wapnick, a man widely (though not universally) regarded as the most advanced and knowledgeable teacher of ACIM, variously introduced and summarized at intervals by someone from the program's publisher who does not appear to have the depth of knowledge necessary for the task at hand.
Personally, I don't believe a student of ACIM can do better than Dr. Wapnick in terms of learning what the Course really says and how to practice it in the everyday world. One of the crucial areas that Dr. Wapnick excelled in was pointing out the many pitfalls and errors students make in applying the Course's teachings in daily life, most of which are due to "level confusion", i.e. trying to apply the Course's many macro-level pronouncements about the ultimate nature of reality (and our place in it) to micro-level, "within the Illusion" everyday life situations. Another important area Wapnick lectured about frequently was the way students misuse Course teachings to avoid looking at their personal darkness and difficult emotions (a.k.a. shadow), an endemic problem among contemporary spiritual seekers of all stripes that some teachers refer to as "spiritual bypassing".
Ironically, even though this lecture series opens with a prolonged discussion of the above pitfalls to studying and living A Course in Miracles, the series narrator (who another reviewer jokingly referred to as Barney the Dinosaur) makes these very same errors in summarizing the some of the sections. For example, in the section in which Dr. Wapnick discusses the origins and functions of our shared sense of victimization (as per Course teaching), the narrator's summary reduces this macro-level, ontological/metaphysical explanation down into a rather superficial, new age, personal development context, i.e. "don't be a victim". (Anyone who studies and understands what ACIM is really saying knows it's about as NON-new age a spiritual teaching as you can get.)
Bottom line, this is an excellent program with some very well-selected lectures from Dr. Wapnick's extensive body of work, but do yourself a favor and skip the narration...overall, it will confuse you more than it will help you. (If you want further instruction, Wapnick's Foundation for A Course in Miracles has many wonderful programs available for download.)
This is a very valuable audio-document of Kenneth Wapnick's teachings on A Course in Miracles. It is wonderful that Audible has made it available, and I recommend it whole-heartedly. You will not be disappointed.
I bought this after watching some YouTube videos of Ken Wapnick. He seemed to have a rye sense of humor and insights into A Course in Miracles. And if this audio had just been Wapnick it might have been okay. But there is a un-credited narrator who comes on between segments to tell you either what Wapnick is going to say or what he has said. This narrator sounds like a car salesman. Then in the final third of the program, a woman named Gloria comes on to add her two-cents worth. Gloria seems to have suffered through the Course and seems determined to make the listener suffer, too. She takes what Wapnick keeps referring to as a simple spiritual program and turns it into a staggering complicated ordeal. There are steps on a ladder that "students" of the course must climb. There are stages, some of them painful, which "students" must go through. Gloria's experience with the Course is hard to listen to. If she were a Christian missionary, there would be very few Christians because she makes this "spiritual program" seem like a death march. Perhaps a young masochist would find Gloria's version of the Course attractive as she invites listeners to embark on a lifetime struggle that does not appear to have made her a happier person. Wapnick's parts are interesting and sometimes amusing but between the syrupy narrator and Gloria's suffering, the end result of listening to this workshop is pretty much a complete turn off.
A not so great representation of ACIM. If this had been my first glimpse of the course, I'd have run and never looked back. With so many inspiring and beautiful messages throughout the course's text to expound upon, this presentation seemed a bit dogmatic and singularly focused on humankind's error in choice -- over and over and over again. I found myself thinking if I were depressed or suicidal, this discussion would affirm any desire to end my physical existence and return home to reverse that error in judgement. Wapnick sounded aggressive and dogmatic at times. Passages were read, re-read, re-worded and hyper-dissected, with few comprehensible interpretations or examples for real-life application. The Wapnicks may be experts on this material, but they are challenging orators to listen to for any length of time and completely uninspiring (perhaps I'm projecting here?).. As others have noted in these reviews, I'll assume that the production choices are the culprit and would encourage anyone interested in experiencing the true beauty and inspiration of this course to seek elsewhere.
kenneth wapnicks ny accent, his spirit, his grounded way of breaking down deep difficult metaphysical and esoteric levels of ACIM.
You think you knew what was happening and BAM! Turn another corner.
the duality comparisons and the SYMBOLIC MYTH about The new definition of forgiveness.
The Poem read at the end about stranger on the road by Helen Shucman
its easy to follow. Funny. Simple to follow. A wake
Up call about the wake up call.
I enjoyed it very much. The insightfulness that is demonstrated through the course of this seminar is wonderful to listen to. I took a star away for the performance because of the music that was intersected into the book over the course of the seminar, often over Kenneth's voice. It was distracting. I really wish they would not have done that. Overall I loved it.
I found this audio book mind blowing. At the end of the audio book I had such a deep peace, unlike anything I've ever experienced.
Anyone who reads ACIM and has a hard time understanding it or even doesn't have a hard time understanding it ... will receive a lot of help with these lectures given by Kenneth Wapnick and Gloria. I want more.....:)
"Ken is the best ACIM teacher ever!"
This is the book to have and revisit regularly. Ken has the deepest understanding of ACIM and he is so articulate in his messages. A wonderful programme!
Although the recording is at times not of brilliant quality, it's still OK as the message is what matters most.
"Must Have For Course Students"
Absolutely brilliant addition to any Course students study material. The guy narrating inbetween Ken segments wasn't completely necessary, but after listening to him, he was making some good points and gave me some food for thought. If he bothers you too much you could always see him as a built in forgiveness lesson lol. Gloria's description of the three lights is amazing and this audio book will get listened to on a daily basis. My only wish is that there was more content on Audible from Ken and or Gloria. 5 stars.
"Excellent lecture series"
Excellent sequence of "live" lectures by Ken, although they are rather oddly presented by Barney the Talking Dinosaur. So far I've been unable to download the accompanying work book, but I don't think it's going to contain many surprises.
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