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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.)
28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
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