2013 ACIM Conference ~ CHICAGO

This is your INVITATION to join
“Course in Miracles Society”
at the 2013 ACIM Chicago Conference

APRIL 26, 27, 28 ~ 2013

“A Gift of Lilies”


This gathering of Miracle Workers in Chicago will be a seminal event
in the A Course In Miracles movement. It will be a huge game changer.
To be there will mean you are a part of the future of the ACIM movement.”
– Rev. Tony Ponticello

Conference Location

“The Congress Plaza Hotel is a living and breathing Chicago landmark that has played host to presidents, celebrities, performers and foreign dignitaries for more than a century. Guests at the Congress Plaza Hotel can explore the best downtown Chicago has to offer just by stepping outside our front doors. Situated adjacent to Grant Park, our 14-story property is located along Michigan Avenue, providing unlimited access to the city’s finest retail stores, the bustling business district and Chicago attractions.” 
~Excerpt from hotel website

2013 ACIM Conference Chicago – “A Gift of Lilies”

“Offer each other the gift of lilies, not the crown of thorns;
the gift of love and not the gift of fear.”
. (ACIM-OE CH20.2)

There are 19 presenters scheduled to participate, giving very unique presentations. All of our presenters will be available to meet people and talk with them informally at their information tables, during meals and at breaks for the entire three days.

Purchase your registration now to enjoy the lowest price.
The greatest savings go to the earliest registrants.
Registrations are transferable, so you can sell it if your plans change.

Only $499 if full payment is received by August 31, 2012. This is a 23% savings ($150) from the “At the Door” price of $649.

Jan.  1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2012 – $499 – 23% savings
Sep. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012 – $549 – 15% savings
Jan.  1, 2013 to Apr. 12, 2013 – $599 – 8% savings

On and after Apr. 13, 2013 tickets may be purchased for the “At the Door” price – $649

When you register please tell them that you were referred by
Course In Miracles Society (CIMS).
A portion of the proceeds will be awarded to CIMS
to continue its extension of Love.

The first five people to register for the Conference
and indicate they are a referral from Course in Miracles Society
will receive a FREE ACIM Quote Calendar from CIMS.
We love you and bless you!

Gabrielle Bernstein

[The NEW Marianne Williamson]

At 25, Gabrielle Bernstein was addicted to cocaine and weighed under 100 pounds. Today she’s a bestselling author and inspiration to legions of admiring women. How did she get from there to here?

Come and meet Gabrielle Bernstein, author of *Add More ~ing to Your Life* and *Spirit Junkie*. Read some beautiful TESTIMONIALS from Gabby’s fans:

As Rev Tony Ponticello says:

“She likes to photograph herself in the middle of a New York City street. She’s a “city girl!” We are so excited about her ‘exclusive’ appearance at the 2013 ACIM Conference “A Gift of Lilies” in Chicago.”

Founder of HER FUTURE, Social Network to connect women with their mentors.COME MEET GABBY!




A CENTER FOR INNER PEACE, Marin County, CA ~ Sharon Sherrard

ACIM GATHER, Hasting-On-Hudson, NY ~ David Fishman & Regina Dawn Akers

ACIM INTERNATIONAL, Lake Delton, WI ~ Jubi Onyeama & Clare Lamanna

COMMUNITY MIRACLES CENTER ** Host Organization **, San Francisco, CA ~ Rev. Tony Ponticello

COURSE IN MIRACLES SOCIETY, Omaha, NE ~ Tom Whitmore & Carmen Cameron

MIRACLES MAGAZINE, Washingtonville, NY ~ Jon Mundy Ph.D.

MIRACLESONE FOUNDATION, Madison, WI ~ Rev. Paul Phelps & Rev. Deborah Phelps

PATHWAYS OF LIGHT, Sanford, FL ~ Rev. Myron Jones & Rev. Larry Glenz


UNITY CENTER OF THE HEIGHTS, Cleveland Heights, OH ~ Rev. Tony Senf


DONNA MARIE CARY ~ Recording Artist,: Eye of the Hurricane, No Solid Ground, & Real Love

DAVIDPAUL and CANDACE DOYLE ~ Authors: The Voice For Love, & When God Spoke To Me

MARY GERARD LENIHAN ~ Author: The Mentor Within, Visions of Illumination, & WNYHOO-NOW

REV. JENNIFER HADLEY ~ Teacher / Counselor: Living ACIM Tele-class, & Finding Freedom – 7 Week Spiritual Boot Camp

DAVID HOFFMEISTER ~ Author: Awakening Through ACIM, & Healing In Mind

EARL PURDY ~ ACIM Lecturer: Workshop Leader, Associate Minister of Unity Temple Church, Denver, CO

CINDY LORA-RENARD & GARY RENARD ~ Author: The Disappearance Of The Universe & Your Immortal Reality; Cindy & Gary: Musical Recording Artists

REV. JERRY STEFANIAK ~ Author: Intimacy In Action & Compassionate Living

JOE WOLFE ~ Author: Letter to a Prisoner


The hotel property is adjacent to Grant Park, and just a short walk away is the iconic Buckingham Fountain and Lincoln Statue.Millennium Park and Lurie Garden adjoin Grant Park on one end while Lakefront Trail offers a clear view of Lake Michigan harbor.

There are links to all of these Attractions here:

Cultural Venues
Golf Courses
Historic Sites
Performing Arts
Private Golf Courses
Public Golf Courses

Take a ride on a 17-story ferris wheel at Navy Pier, visit the Children’s Museum, shops, live music stages and fantastic restaurants.

Nearby you’ll find the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum.

“The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center is the perfect place to spend your exciting vacation or business trip in the heart of Chicago.” ~ Congress Plaza Website


Reja Joy Green, one of the founding members of CIMS, shares her experiences at two of the CMC Biannual Conferences:The very first ACIM Conference I attended was back in 2000. That was the year Course in Miracles Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization and the year Jesus’ Course in Miracles was published. In fact, copies were just finishing up at the printers as Tom Whitmore and I were attending the conference.

What a blessing to meet so many amazing Course students from around the world! It was 3 days of pure sharing! And now so much has changed since then especially in the area of Social Media! Now most of us have Facebook and Twitter accounts, LinkedIn and blog accounts and our ‘Connections’ are growing at warp speed. It certainly seems as though we are now experiencing the ‘Celestial Speedup’ that the Course spoke of.

This year I had the opportunity to once again attend the biannual “2011 ACIM Conference” which gave me the chance to finally meet in person many of those Course students I had only known by username. The VIRTUAL ACIM world had suddenly filled in for me! How wondrous!

The Course tells us: “Sharing is God’s way of creating and also yours.” acim-oe CH 5 50

Let’s come together to share and Celebrate in our BEING! We are whole and complete and still as God created us!

I hope everyone here at CIMS has the opportunity to meet all of you. We’d love to join with you and so many of our ACIM brothers and sisters at this inspiring festival of SHARING! ♥

~ Reja Janaki Joy Green

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 throughout the world by our words, by our deeds and by the example of our lives.Blessings of peace,

Course in Miracles Society

phone: 800-771-5056

Please be sure to Let Community Miracles Center know that you were referred by Course in Miracles Society [CIMS] either by clicking the down arrow and selecting CIMS on the CMC website or if you are calling in your registrations you will just need to tell them that Course in Miracles Society [CIMS] is your sponsor. Part of the proceeds will be awarded to CIMS to continue its extension of Love. ♥

Alisa Amor ~ Music

Music of Alisa Amor


[as it appeared in the November 2011 Newsletter ]

Hi, My name is Alisa Amor. I am a singer/songerwriter with a deep interest in healing and matters of the heart. I just finished my new CD, Comfort, when there can be no comfort!

I’ve been working on this for a long time now and I’m so happy to be able to present this to you!
Since it’s sooooo important to me that everyone have my music no matter what their situation, I have decided to offer it by donation.

My last project was a set of musical mediations based on lessons from “A Course in Miracles”, some of my favorite spirtual writings.

I live in Westchester County, NY, about 30 miles north of Manhattan. I am available to perform throughout the NYC area; contact me for details.

~ Alisa Amor



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This album is composed of musical settings of lessons from the workbook of A Course in Miracles. The lessons are unchanged except for adding small repetitions. This album is a lively and hip introduction to “A Course in Miracles” If you are a new student, it will help you understand and integrate the material by making it accessible and fun. If you’re a veteran of the Course, this enjoyable music provides new perspectives on the lessons and emotional experiences that are conducive to love, joy, peace, and power. It also comes in handy when you don’t have enough time to do your workbook lesson!

In Every Heartbeat, Lessons from A Course in Miracles

1 God in His mercy wills that I be saved (Lesson 235)
2 I rule my mind which I alone must rule (Lesson 236)
3 Now would I be as God created me (Lesson 237)
4 On my decision all salvation rests (Lesson 238)
5 This holy instant is salvation come (Lesson 241)
6 Without forgiveness I will still be blind (Lesson 247)
7 I am in need of nothing but the truth (Lesson 251)
8 My self is ruler of the universe (Lesson 235)
9 My heart is beating in the peace of God (Lesson 267)
10 Let all things be exactly as they are (Lesson 268)
11 Only an instant does this world endure (Lesson 300)



(1) Musical setting of a Lesson from the A Course in Miracles workbook

“Without forgiveness I will still be blind”

Sin is the symbol of attack. Behold it anywhere, and I will suffer. For forgiveness is the only means whereby Christ’s vision comes to me. Let me accept what His sight shows me as the simple truth, and I am healed completely. Brother, come and let me look on you. Your loveliness reflects my own. Your sinlessness is mine. You stand forgiven, and I stand with you.

So would I look on everyone today. My brothers are Your Sons. Your Fatherhood created them, and gave them all to me as part of You, and my own Self as well. Today I honor You through them, and thus I hope this day to recognize my Self.

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(2) Musical setting of a Lesson from the A Course in Miracles workbook.

On my decision all salvation rests.”

Father, Your trust in me has been so great, I must be worthy. You created me, and know me as I am. And yet You placed Your Son’s salvation in my hands, and let it rest on my decision. I must be beloved of You indeed. And I must be steadfast in holiness as well, that You would give Your Son to me in certainty that he is safe Who still is part of You, and yet is mine, because He is my Self.

And so, again today, we pause to think how much our Father loves us. And how dear His Son, created by His Love, remains to Him Whose Love is made complete in him.

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This album is about my search to find comfort in a world that often seems horribly un-comfortable. I want to take you on a healing journey through the terrain of a soul in difficult times. Through inner and outer deserts, oceans and forests. I’m hoping that you will feel that you have a friend and experience a small taste of comfort…..when there can be no comfort.–Alisa Amor

Comfort, when there can be no comfort

1 Intro
2 Explain
3 Child of the desert
4 Sick and Tired
6 This child
7 The mill
8 Star Dive
9 Fear
10 Legend
11 Comfort, when there can be no comfort



(1)”Child of the Desert” from Alisa Amor’s “Comfort, When There Can Be No Comfort”

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This album is about my search to find comfort in a world that often seems horribly un-comfortable. I want to take you on a healing journey through the terrain of a soul in difficult times. Through inner and outer deserts, oceans and forests. I’m hoping that you will feel that you have a friend and experience a small taste of comfort…..when there can be no comfort.–Alisa Amor


(2) Hypnotic music perfect to fall asleep to. “Sweet sleep” by Alisa Amor

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This new age track was engineered to guide you gently from an awake state to a deep state of healing sleep.


*EXCERPT FROM WEBSITE: Alisa Amor has been writing, singing music and poetry, and creating stories about how the universe began as long as she can remember. As a child, her audiences were often forests and lakes. A desire to learn music composition took her to Oberlin College, then a desire for something completely different took her to PuertoVallarta, Mexico. There she spent 15 years, living in the city and later a jungle home, working as a landscape artist and muralist, and playing music in bars and around campfires. Wanting to reconnect with her roots, she headed back to her birthplace in New York’s Westchester county where she now lives and creates.

Her new album “Comfort, when there can be no comfort” represents and presents metaphorically inner tools that came out of a long series of health challenges. She is one of the few people who have had PET, a rare ear disease and overcome it completely. During and after years of limited speaking and hearing, she has composed, performed and produced this album. She hopes it will be useful to others who feel like there can be no comfort or cure for them. It is about a long journey out of despair to being more fully human and resourceful. It captures the depths and heights, the deep doubts and the gentle knowing of that process.

Lately her interests have turned to hypnosis for healing and recreation and her songs are beginning to reflect that in new exploratory ways.

Her study of “A Course in Miracles” over the past 10 years has led her to set the lessons to music so that they can be easily assimilated, memorized and enjoyed. She continues to write original poetry and music both in Spanish and in English.”


Scott Kalechstein Grace ~ Teach Me How To Love

Teach Me How To Love

A True Story  that Touches Hearts and
Helps with the Laundry

[Song on YouTube]

TeachMeHowToLove[For more information on this book, just CLICK the picture above]

Oh my! What an experience. There I am on my  porch-deck, crying – then laughing – then laughing – then crying. There was so  much I resonated with in Scott Kalechstein Grace’s book “Teach Me HOW TO  LOVE” Teach Me How to Love: A True Story That Touches Hearts & Helps With The Laundry.  I absolutely loved it!!

Not only did I also live in New York City around the same time as Scott did,
but I also went through a very similar search for meaning. I bookmarked some
places that intrigued me like when Scott “focused like a laser beam on the
here and now”. It was during that time when Scott was a struggling artist
selling laundry bags on the street’s of the NYC boroughs and had to vigilantly
be on the watch for the police. Scott wrote, “Perhaps the finest moments
of connection happen when we are willing to abandon the popular script and
improvise our own”, speaking of when he handed a funny permission slip
from his Mom to the police who came back later and wanted a copy of it since
their cronies hadn’t believe them.

Scott wrote of his laundry bag performance as a “ministry” which it
truly was. Throughout the book we witness Scott’s ability to be HERE and NOW no
matter what he is doing and to transform day to day interactions into moments
of “connection”. My husband is a mainframe programmer and works in
various cities but he always sees it truly as a venue to extend his love. My
husband goes to work, much as Scott describes his work in this book:
“excited and eager to make a small difference in people’s lives, to bring
a little levity to their gravity.” People end up realizing that there’s
been a shift in their lives and they are just not the same as before and that’s
because their hearts have been touched by the extension of Love.

That’s the gift Scott has and it’s a gift he has now developed to the point of
being able to transform his connection with others into an instant “Song
Portrait”.[He shared this talent recently on Facebook!]

AH, and Scott shared so many synchronicities in his book! I love
synchronicities! They are incredible, like when Scott “heard” to play
“AMAZING GRACE” in the airport and a man in the crowd shared that he
had just buried his Mom and that song was her favorite and how he felt it was a
message from her. The man said, with tears in his eyes: “I felt her
presence. I heard her telling me she was quite all right, and that she would
always be with me.”

Another time Scott was guided to pick up a little pamphlet at a workshop, just
after asking for guidance in healing the relationship between himself and his
mother and discovered that the pamphlet contained a conversation between the
workshop leader and an unidentified person which was actually SCOTT! The
conversation had occurred four years earlier at another workshop in which Scott
was working out his relationship with his Mom!! Afterwards Scott got a chance
to share the pamphlet with his Mom which began the healing of their

Throughout the book Scott shares his breakthroughs which are incredibly genuine
and heartfelt. There was the time Scott got his white pants dirty just before
having to stand up and give a talk and he was quite upset until he finally
realized, “Is there ever a moment or place where the opportunity to
express love doesn’t exist?” NO!! Now is the only time there is and LOVE
can always be expressed. Love waits on welcome, not on time.

Regarding Soulmates, Scott wrote: “I imagine if Jesus were preaching to
today’s crowd on the Soulmate subject that he might say: ‘Seek ye first the
Kingdom of your own soul, and your Soulmate will be added unto you.'” That
was my experience. I had finally given up and said, OK God. I am here only to
be truly helpful. If that means I will be alone, so be it. I am here only to
heal, to be healed and to love. I decided to stay in NE and shortly afterwards
met and married my Soulmate!!

Scott wrote: “Music had always been a source of great joy for me, but it
was beginning to show up as something I never knew it could be: a delivery
system for guidance, healing and transformation.”

That’s what this book is. It’s a delivery system for Guidance, Healing and
Transformation. It gives us a wonderful glimpse into Scott’s journey, which is
our own, as he opens up his heart and lets himself be Guided. I’m blessed to
have read it and now I’m blessed to be sharing it with you. As the sub-title
says: It’s “A True Story that touches hearts and Helps with the

Reja Janaki Joy Green
Omaha, NE
[More of Scott’s music in CIMS October Newsletter]


*Scott Kalechstein Grace lives in Marin California with his lovely partner Venus, and their darling daughter Aysia. He is a Writer / Coach / Comedian / Speaker, as well as a Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist / Minister and Workshop Leader.

Donna Marie Cary ~ Music

Music of
Donna Marie Cary


[as it appeared in the  August 2011 Newsletter]

“Throughout the years of studying A Course In Miracles, I have come to more honesty about looking at the unhealed places in my mind. I continue with the process of learning how to forgive myself and others from past beliefs that block the awareness of the Truth; the Truth that we are all the sinless Children of God. The world seems to be in greater distress than ever before. I hope the message of Real Love, which is offered through my songs,
brings comfort to tired hearts and peace to fearful minds.”

~ Donna Marie Cary

[Presenter at 2013 ACIM CONFERENCE]


PREVIEW Songs [Folk Genre]

In this ALBUM, Donna Marie Cary sings one of her songs acapella which means, as you may know, ‘without instrumental accompaniment’. It’s called, “Echoes of Silence” and it’s incredibly exquisite. Here is a short clip of that song.



The No Solid Ground

PREVIEW Songs [Folk Genre]

The No Solid Ground album has one song after another of soulful expression of angnst and courage and resolution resulting in a very moving montage. “There is no Solid Ground but the one my hearts stands on…”; “Everything is really ok, it’s just changin’ again….”; “Hands of love will pick me up out of the deep dark night”; One song that always brings tears to many eyes is “I’m Ready”. The following is a short clip of that song.

♪ ♫ I’M READY [clip] ♪ ♫


Eye of the Hurricane

PREVIEW Songs [Rock Genre]

The No Solid Ground album has one song after another of soulful expression of angst and courage and resolution resulting in a very moving montage. “There is no Solid Ground but the one my hearts stands on…”; “Everything is really ok, it’s just changin’ again….”; “Hands of love will pick me up out of the deep dark night”; One song that always brings tears to many eyes is “I’m Ready”. The following is a short clip of that song.

♪ ♫ OUR FATHER [clip] ♪ ♫


*EXCERPT: “Not only is Donna Marie Cary a singer/songwriter, but also a minister, teacher and messenger of love. Her inspirational music and lyrics have uplifted and deeply moved thousands at retreats, churches, prisons and schools for over twenty years. Her innate gift of bringing people together in love, peace and forgiveness, through her dynamic voice and presence, is truly an unforgettable and most joyful experience.”


What Exactly IS the ‘Original Edition’?

We were asked recently to clearly explain what exactly is the ‘Original Edition’ and how does it compare to the early xeroxed copies of the manuscript made before formal publication.
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 In 1969 the scribing of the Text and Workbook was finished by Helen Schucman and co-scribe Bill Thetford. This resulted in what is referred to as the ‘Urtext’. The pages stand about 2 feet high when placed in a stack. At this time a lengthy process of retyping the Course began. Bill Thetford was adamant that no changes be made other than correcting the typing errors and removing specifically personal material. Jesus designated Bill to be the one in charge of all changes.

In the Spring of 1972 the dictation of the third volume, Manual for Teachers, began. In September 1972 the retyping of the text was completed. The transcribing of the third and final volume, the Manual for Teachers, was completed.

When Helen and Bill finished the manuscript in 1972, they made about 12 copies and put them in their closet. [Bill Thetford mentions this in one of the Course videos]. The movie implies, however, that these copies were the copies created when all of the edits were finished in 1975, but they are not, as you will see in this discussion.

The copies in their closet were actually of the ‘original edition’ which has now been published by Course in Miracles Society [CIMS]. Helen Schucman and Bill allegedly gave unrestricted copies of their finished work to a few people. The ones we know of are: Cal Thatcher, a close friend of Helen’s; Fr. Benedict Groeshel, CFR, student of Helen’s; Hugh Lynn Cayce, son of psychic Edgar Cayce and Kenneth Wapnick, a clinical psychologist, who had recently converted to Catholicism and is informed of Bill and Helen through Father Groeshel. [It should be noted that it had been sent to Hugh Lynn Cayce in the hopes that his association might publish it, according to letters between Hugh Lynn Cayce and the scribes.]

As noted, Ken Wapnick was included in the group of six people receiving one of the 12 copies of the 1972 manuscript. We know from his statements on various Course videos that he was thoroughly intrigued by this manuscript when he had heard about it from his friend Father Groeshel. When Ken returned from Israel in the early part of 1973 he came to see Helen and asked to see the manuscript. In approximately six months, after becoming a close friend of Helen’s, at the end of 1973, Ken encouraged her to work with him to edit the document in order to make it more ‘printer ready’. Ken describes, in his own words what transpired at this time:

“I commented to Helen and Bill that I thought the manuscript needed some additional editing. Some of the personal and professional material still remained, and seemed inappropriate for a published edition.” Absence From Felicity” CH 12 “The Editing”.

This was the editing project which Ken and Helen finished in a little over a year, i.e. in the spring of 1975. Full copyright timeline is here: Copyright TimeLine

Therefore, the xerox copies that Judith Skutch Whitson made and distributed were not the ‘original edition’. Judith Skutch met Helen, Bill and Ken in 1975, after the editing project had been completed. The manuscript was typed one final time by an elderly Maryknoll Sister and was ready for its journey into the public arena as a trimmed down and publication ready A COURSE IN MIRACLES.

However, the 1972 manuscript was only ever seen by those few people mentioned earlier. As many of you may know, eventually in 1996 there was a law suit brought against Endeavor Academy by the copyright holders of ACIM. The Endeavor Academy lawyers needed to prove pre-copyright distribution. No one knew that the ‘original edition’ existed until it was located at the Association for Research and Enlightenment [A.R.E.] Library during the ‘discovery phase’ of the litigation, in 1999. As we mentioned previously, by some miracle, Helen and Bill had sent Hugh Lynn Cayce a copy of the manuscript when it was finished in 1972, before meeting Ken Wapnick. Some say the manuscript was stolen from the A.R.E. Library and some say they were given permission to make a copy. [This copy of the early 1972 manuscript has been named the Hugh Lynn Cayce or HLC manuscript.]

In any case, after the HLC manuscript was discovered it essentially blew everyone’s mind! That was in 1999. The Course community was previously told for 24 years that only minor changes in punctuation and title headings had been made during the editing project in 1975. They had no idea, until this discovery, that 25% of the first 5 chapters were removed when Helen and Ken edited the manuscript in 1973; most of all the capitalized words were changed to lower case, and replaced  with italicized in only a few cases; 53 principles went to 50; sections were rearranged and major portions were deleted. 127 references to “Soul” were changed to 12. The word “Soul” was either deleted or changed to another word such as: creations, you, spirit. Here is a side by side comparison of the changes: http://bit.ly/n0gNgh

It should also be noted that the Urtext [rough, original typing from shorthand notes] was obtained legally from the Library of Congress by the parties being sued: Endeavor Academy and CIMS. A copy was illegally leaked from Endeavor Academy.

COPYRIGHT LITIGATION OUTCOME http://www.enotes.com/topic/A_Course_in_Miracles

“Beginning in June, 1996, and ending in April, 2003, a copyright lawsuit initiated by Penguin Books and FIP* was brought against the New Christian Church of Full Endeavor for their unlimited independent publication of substantial portions of A Course in Miracles. It was found that the contents of the FIP first edition, published from 1976 through 1992, are in the public domain. However, copyright in all of the changes introduced in the Second Edition remains intact, as does the copyright for the Text Preface and the two supplementary pamphlets, Psychotherapy and Song of Prayer, as well as Schucman’s poetry, The Gifts of God.” [end of excerpt]

This means that the urtext, HLC, special messages, Helen’s unpublished works and all prior renditions of the work were deemed to be included in its copyright which was now overturned in this judgment. When the Course was found to have been placed in the public domain, that ruling also applied to the predecessor renditions.

After Judge Sweet overturned the copyright in 2003 Robert Perry of the Circle of Atonement wrote a very informative article. Robert Perry’s full article is here: http://bit.ly/pB1Shw  This is an EXCERPT from Robert Perry’s article:

“The judge categorically sided with the original version of the story. According to him, this is what happened: Helen “Schucman was embarrassed by her scribing and considered it her ‘guilty secret.’” Fearing for their professional reputations at Columbia University, she and Bill Thetford originally “chose to keep [the Course] a secret.” That is why they didn’t put a copyright notice on it, even though they were accustomed to copyrighting their professional articles.” [end of excerpt]

It’s interesting that in Robert Perry’s article there is a bit of history left out between the paragraph that starts with, “The judge categorically sided with the original version of the story…” and the next paragraph “Shortly after receiving the manuscript, Judy then took the Course to California, in two key trips that took place in June and July of 1975.”

What is left out is that In between the manuscript being given to several people by Helen and Bill in 1972 and when it was distributed in 1975, there was the completion of the editing project undertaken by Helen and Ken Wapnick. No wonder people are confused. Bill Thetford had chosen not to take part in this editing project, eventually moving to California in 1980.

We are just happy that we have the freedom NOW to read any version that we choose. When “Absence from Felicity” was published by Kenneth Wapnick we longed to read the special messages and the original manuscript and the Urtext [very first typing before HLC] and now we can!

We hope that this answers a lot of your questions and if you have any further questions, please post them here. ♥

~ Course in Miracles Society

*FIP – Foundation for Inner Peace

FINAL Court Ruling: http://www.jcim.net/Images/Copyright/Penguin BooksUSAvNew ChristianChurch288FSupp2d544-Dist.pdf

COMPARISON of Various Versions of the Course: https://cimsmiracles.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/acim-comparisons/

MORE Information here: https://cimsmiracles.wordpress.com/

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maz weber-caspers ~ Musical Love Letters

Musical Love Letters Inside the Sound
MUSIC by maz weber-caspers


[As it appears in the July 2011 Newsletter]

Dear Family!

We are grateful for this communication and space. On our shared journey with A Course in Miracles, in which co-healing on earth is central, we have learned to regard everything through the Spiritual Eye of Divine Orchestration.

Music and Painting is our way to channelize and access our Soul’s very essence, express co-creatively and share on a more abstract level than words or language could do. Language, however, is music too although its content points more easily to specifics.

For this newsletter we are guided to share some jewels from our co-creative endeavors. We have noticed there is an experiential knowledge of what we had first grasped as concepts and specific methods, and it is taking place more frequently. Driven by the desire to deepen our understanding of the Holy Instant, of non-reciprocal Revelations and the workings of the Spiritual Eye, we want to share some of our music and paintings in that order. We are mightily blessed in sharing and increasing the awareness of fearless Atonement in these times of massive celestial-speed-up.


~ A Little Song of Gratitude to Him
Who Leads the Sonship ~

Our journey began with Jesus appearing to us in numerous ways. The most profound encounter was his portrait appearing on a blue summer sky, in the volcanic area of the Eifel in West Germany. The Bible and also other transmissions before the Course, i.e. through Jacob Lorber, mentioned such an event and Ankie captured his appearance very accurately. This painting will soon be available as a print, in limited quantities. The Song’s lyrics are written by the late Michael Garneaud from London, called “His Face.” Thanks to Kemal Sumer for his gift of a guitar to play this on.

Yoshua by Ankie Caspers


~The Glorious Re-entry into Full Communion
with the Creator~

After years of practicing the Course, with its practical down to earth instructions for miracles and for healing, listening, learning and doing, the aspect of the involuntary experience of Grace as Revelation dawned in our lives. Jesus says that the time is already set by each of us. This composition is given me to share in the spirit of readiness. It reflects the experience in a way that I could relate to it from stillness, joy and devotion. It is a meditational but ecstatic “ticket” and invitation to that state. May “Sunlit” join us by miracles and gladden our Souls in either glad anticipation or gratitude of preparation.

“SunLit” by Ankie Caspers


~ Honoring Our Ancestors and Healing the Residues
of the Unforgiving Mind~

This album was recorded at the place of baptism for my brothers, my sisters and myself, on a spot that was sanctified by the old Celts around three to five thousand years ago, in the Rheinland. I was guided to spend some time there to be a channel on the new organ. Much of family history is associated with this very attractive and modest catholic church. Walburga was a daring missionary from England who came to Europe and is famous for building a nun’s monastery right next to a monk’s monastery. Now, how about that for a co-creative communal closeness! For those who enjoy organ improvisations, and for all loved ones who went before us, I was very much inspired and moved during the recording and felt time collapse and the pipes represent the inner emptiness so God could play His Themes through form; His Call for all of us as One, as a Sonship to be restored. Also, it represents total integration of past and an influence to live fully in the Present.

As the Sonship evolves in learning and returns within with a process called “restoration”, we learn a lot about the unified purpose and the universal curriculum. We think to have understood that for all times, mankind has understood one thought as the central and timeless guide for behavior. Now that the ancient prophecies of homecoming come into fruition it is good to review the scriptures of the world and find in them all, the Golden Rule. The composition of “FlevoART Ambassy” and accompanying instrumental, meditative compositions invite you to listen to the Golden rule. This composition features music from 14 World traditions whose scriptures all contain the Golden Rule which is so basic, so powerful and so needed as a guide for human interaction.


*Maz is currently the voice for the Original Edition [OE] of A Course In Miracles, produced by SonShipRadio. A Course in Miracles Workbook AUDIOBOOK is due to be released on CD soon. As a translator, Maz serves the OE so that it can be shared globally; and as chairman of the Curtis Knight Foundation he produces local radio programs, internet radio shows and other endeavors to promote and support co-creativity on a broader scale. He was given the title of honor ‘Ambassador of Multi-Cultural Flevoland’ for his many years of creative services to the global and local community. A renewed web presence for SonShipRadio is envisioned in the near future. For now, his work is accessible  through direct contact and personal connection rather than wide-spread viral web  services. SonShipRadio welcomes the joining with those with creative skills so that together SonShipRadio may expand its range of services.

Dancing Dolphins by Ankie Caspers

ACIM in Iambic Pentameter

In Lesson 100, the full transition to blank verse in the Transmission from Whole Mind to human mind has been accomplished. From here on, the entire workbook has been dictated in fluent iambic pentameter.

The following article is an adaptation from the MIRACLES HEALING CENTER FULL Article “The Rhythm & Reason of Reality ~ Prose and Poetry in A Course in Miracles located here:  http://bitly.com/HealingMiraclesCenter_SiteMap


Those of you who have discovered the unearthly masterpiece,
A Course in Miracles, will no doubt be aware of, and grateful
for, its divine message of the remembrance of God and reality
through love and forgiveness, that are only made possible in
the realization that this world is a dream of your own making.
You may remember reading, amongst the literature concerning the
scribing of the Course, references to the use of a poetic form
called iambic pentameter.

The purpose of this volume is to present the poetry of the
Course in a totally accessible manner. You need know nothing
about poetic forms and meters to begin enjoying immediately.
You may, however, wish to read this introduction, as a search
to ascertain the extent of the poetic form within the Course
reveals another astounding dimension in its structural

Iambic pentameter is usually described as “lines consisting of
five iambs”, which in turn are described as “metric feet of two
syllables each, the second syllable being the stronger”. Put
simply, a line of iambic pentameter sounds like this:

|Da-DUM |Da-DUM |Da-DUM |Da-DUM| Da-DUM | — |

This form is also called “blank verse”, a more general term
denoting even rhythm without rhyming. Because the Course is
presented entirely as prose the extent to which this form is
used is a surprising and exciting discovery.

The Text of A Course In Miracles can be seen as three distinct
parts, two of twelve chapters each, and the last of seven
chapters, each differentiated from the other by the use of
meter. Within this structure, a gradual transition is made
from prose to blank verse.

The first twelve chapters of the Course are written in a
rhythmic prose, and the portrait of the human condition given
is prosaic indeed. The very last sentence of Chapter 12 is the
first glimpse of what, metrically speaking, is to come: “Your
Father could not cease to love His Son. (a line of iambic

The second part begins with the first seven sections of Chapter
13 becoming increasingly iambic, until in section seven, “The
Attainment of the Real World”, each paragraph contains on
average only three of four arhythmic lines, non-iambic lines.
This is the metric characteristic of the second twelve chapters.
Occasionally, paragraphs begin with emphatic statements of
light reality, given in iambic pentameter: “There is a light
that this world cannot give;” is the first such occurrence. “You
do not really want the world you see;” “We cannot sing
redemption’s hymn alone;” “Your faith in nothing is deceiving
you.” These glorious statements are each elucidated
conceptually in the paragraphs that follow from them, but each
also offers an opportunity to enter into real communication….
You are being prepared for a new mode of data

Deeper into the second part, increasingly strong “insertions”
of iambic pentameter occur; longer passages that persist
further into the paragraphs. For instance, in Chapter 21:

Thus they define their life and where they live,
adjusting to it as they think they must,
afraid to lose the little that they have.
And so it is with all who see the body
as all they have and all their brothers have.
and fail again.

Coincident with the approach of total iambic pentameter, (the
last seven chapters), Jesus makes this statement (in Chapter
22): “This is a crucial period in this course, for here the
separation of you and the ego must be made complete.”
And this:

This course will be believed entirely
or not at all.
For it is wholly true or wholly false,
and cannot be but partially believed.

Chapter 25 is the beginning of the final part. In Chapters 25
and 26 the final transition is made into perfect iambic
pentameter, making feasible the presentation as poetry in the
two same manner as the works of Shakespeare are presented,
with columns of the short blank verse lines to a page. It is at
this final part that this volume of transformative rhythm and
poetry takes up the Text. Encoded into the ongoing
presentation of conceptual ideas is the true communication the
Course aims to teach. Each line is a perfectly whole package
of information.

Some parts of these two chapters are still not regular enough
to allow breakdown into lines of iambic pentameter and so are
presented (in Russell’s book) as prose. Also, the regular
iambic pentameter in these two chapters and early in Chapter
27, often contains idiosyncrasies, such as lines that contain
one extra syllable, or short lines of only four or six
syllables. These discrepancies are used to emphasize ideas in
the same manner that the iambic pentameter was used in the
middle chapters of the text, only rather than lifting you into
communication, they drop you out momentarily, the aim being
to teach you to recognize the difference.

In the last five chapters of the text the iambic pentameter is
perfect. Jesus never abbreviates words to achieve this, but it
does account for what seemed to be occasionally unusual syntax
– but which now makes perfect sense, read as poetry.

A transition from prose to poetry also occurs in the Workbook,
but it is much simpler, and quicker. The first ninety lessons
are plain prose, with the exception of Lesson 78, which is
totally poetic (iambic pentameter). The transition occurs
entirely with ten lessons. Lesson 91 is prose. The following
lessons have increasing percentages of verse, but the
distinction is kept very clear. Any paragraph will either be
entirely prose, or entirely poetry. It is astonishing to
discover that everything in the Workbook from lesson 100 on is
in iambic pentameter ~ the introductions to Reviews, the
“instructions on themes of special relevance,” such as ‘What is
Forgiveness’, the prayers and the Epilogue.

Attempts to read the poetic form directly from the original
prose layout often result in diminished comprehension.
Conversely, the presentation as blank verse guarantees placing
correct emphasis for understanding, (though not understanding
itself), and the elegance and eloquence of Jesus’ poetry and
the regular rhythmic lope offer an expanded experience of the
Course to the musical mind.

The magnitude and beauty of the Course, simply as a work of
literature and without regard to its miraculous content,
adequately belie any notion of its human authorship. The
divinity of the ideas expressed is beyond question. Certainly
the poetic and prosaic forms contained in A Course in Miracles
are there because that was necessary for the healing of God’s
Son, since this is the Holy Spirit’s only purpose.

Full Manuscript is here: http://www.throughamirrorbrightly.com/The_Rhythm_&_Reason_of_Reality_from_A_Course_In_Miracles.pdf

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