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83"The secret of salvation is but this: that you are doing this unto yourself. No matter what the form of the attack, this still is true. Whoever takes the role of enemy and of attacker, still is this the truth. Whatever seems to be the cause of any pain and suffering you feel, this is still true. For you would not react at all to figures in a dream you knew that you were dreaming. Let them be as hateful and as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on you unless you failed to recognize it is your dream. This single lesson learned will set you free from suffering, whatever form it takes." 
A Course in Miracles ~ Original Edition Chapter 27
THE BODY AND THE DREAM  IX The Hero of the Dream      
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           All of the Bi-Monthly eMagazines are a collaborative effort by the students of A Course in Miracles as they share their articles, poems, music, artwork, Guidance and answers to those questions we all seem to have.

           On December 27, 2013 the Course Community felt the loss of a mighty Soul on learning that Kenneth Wapnick had passed into the Light. Susan Dugan, a long-time student of Ken Wapnick's, shares her condolences and has offered some of his videos In Loving Memory.
             In the coming year, the DAILY LESSON CONFERENCE CALL will be facilitated by Reverend Pamela Whitman and will continue to offer support to all those students doing the lessons daily.  Each call is opened with a 'Guided Centering', one of which, during this past year, was a powerful Amplification of Love. For more information on the upcoming  Conference calls for 2014 please visit
             It might take a few viewings of "What Dreams May Come", the Spiritually Minded Movie" selection in this issue, before becoming comfortable enough to receive its message. It is such a beautiful illustration that when all is released, all is received.  

             As we begin this New Year, Master Reiki Teacher and Counselor, as well as ACIM student, Amy M. Salmen Thomas shares her insights on the gifts of letting go of the old and embracing the new in her exquisite article, "Love Is When We...


              The Question in the Q & A section is: "What is Iambic Pentameter and where does it occur in A Course in Miracles?" To answer the question we are taken to a book by Steve Michael Russell called, "The Rhythm and the Reason of Reality:Prose and Poetry in A Course in Miracles".    


            ELDER BROTHER guides all of us on "What is the Holy Spirit" in the article: GUIDANCE from ELDER BROTHER  scribed by Sun~Rose.  


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In Loving Memory of
Kenneth Wapnick
By Susan Dugan*
Kenneth Wapnick

December 2013 by Susan Dugan


Below is the announcement from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles about our beloved Teacher Ken Wapnick's passing. Ken was the most beautiful, kind, generous-to-all person I have ever known. With deep sadness as well as infinite Love and gratitude for all he has  given us that lives on to lead us home, I offer these interviews I did with him over the last several years. May we all grow into the certainty (through moment-to-moment practice) that our all-loving, forgiven connection has never, and can never, be broken!


Kenneth Wapnick

 It is with the utmost sorrow that we inform you of the death of Dr. Kenneth Wapnick on Friday December 27, 2013. He died peacefully at home with his beloved wife Gloria and family at his side. The family will have a private service and plans are being made for a forthcoming public memorial.


"There is no death. The Son of God is free." (W-pI.163)
"Teach not that I died in vain. Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you." (T-11.VI.7:3-4)


*Susan Dugan, author of Forgiveness Offers Everything I Want, a collection of humorous, heartfelt essays about juggling work, family, and A Course in Miracles' extraordinary forgiveness in an ordinary life, practices, teaches, writes, and forgives iSusan Dugann Denver, Colorado. She continues to blog about her ongoing forgiveness journey and share Course teachings on her popular website:  Her first book, Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness, was named a finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards.

A devoted student of Kenneth Wapnick, she is a co-founder of the School of Reason and a graduate of its Course Immersion program for A Course in Miracles students and teachers.

Love Amplified  

   The AUDIO above is a very beautiful 'Guided Centering' that was part of the Conference Calls hosted in 2013 by Rev Pamela Whitman and Rev Reja Joy Green called "Love Amplified".

    This coming year the Daily Lesson Conference Call will continue to be at 9 am EST every morning and will be facilitated by Rev. Pamela Whitman.

    There will also be a Daily Text Conference Call facilitated by Carl Lammers from 7:30 to 830 am EST [M-F]

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*Reverend Pamela Whitman - Listeners in 113 countries have tuned in to Rev. Pamela Whitman's Course in Miracles radio program
The Miracle Revolution in live, pre-recorded, webcast and remote live broadcasts for over nine years. Whether broadcasting live froRev Pamela Whitmanm the Rainforest in Costa Rica on Unity.FM, over the air from the Himalayan Broadcasting Company in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 91.7 F  M WFLR Pomona 
in New Jersey, or in lecture or class settings, Rev. Pamela Whitman shares a message of peace, incorporating music, guided meditation and love. Her award-winning, interfaith peace concerts have illuminated audiences in Asia, Central America, Europe and America since 1989. Rev. Pamela was recently ordained as a Community Miracles Center minister.  
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When I first saw this film in 1998 I remember feeling ill at ease. I'm sure what made me feel so disquieted was the reminder that someday I would leave my body. The viewer realizes almost right away that the film is centered on the challenge of incredible loss and death. Many years later I watched it again with my husband, who had also initially felt ill at ease on the first viewing. We had a totally different experience. Where we once saw only loss, we now were able to see the beauty of knowing how much we are responsible for our 'dream' and how this knowing can open us up to choosing again - with Love. 


A physician Chris Nielsen [Robin Williams]meets an artist Annie [Annabella Sciorra] while vacationing in Switzerland. They both feel as though they have known each other forever. They marry and have two children, Ian and Marie.

We are taught in the Course that there are no accidents, and that we meet those we are ready to join with in a potentially holy relationship:

There is no one from whom a teacher of God cannot learn, so there is no one whom he cannot teach. However, from a practical point of view, he cannot meet everyone, nor can everyone find him. Therefore, the plan includes very specific contacts to be made for each teacher of God. There are no accidents in salvation. Those who are to meet will meet because together they have the potential for a holy relationship. They are ready for each other. ACIM.OE.MNL.3.1 

We see this illustrated so poignantly here, as these two Soul mates have come together to awaken to the truth of Who they are.

Their life was good and happy until one day both of their children perished in an auto accident. Afterwards, Annie, their mother, plunges into a severe mental breakdown, blaming herself totally for the accident.

In addition to their being no accidents, we are also taught in A Course in Miracles that death is a decision that we make:

No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose. Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for you. And it is only here salvation is. ACIM Lesson 152.1 

However, these ideas were very far from how Annie and Chris were thinking or believing.

It is almost unbelievable but on the anniversary of their children's' death, Chris, their father, 'dies' in a horrific car accident. One wonders how much pain could this mother endure.

I have witnessed many times the synchronicity between major occurrences in my life and others' and the dates on which they happened. I had often spoken with my mother about our having a choice on which auspicious day we will die. Several years later, she chose to leave her body, from a massive brain hemorrhage, on the morning of her 56th Wedding Anniversary. Two years later after her passing, a clairvoyant brought me a ROSE from my Mother, which was our 'plan'. My Mother was to bring me a rose through an Intuitive. What was amazing is I had forgotten about the 'plan' and was there to ask about Romance. After receiving the message from my Mother, I cried and then cried even more when I realized what day it was. It was May 5th. The day my Mother passed away!

Remember that no one is where he is by accident, and chance plays no part in God's plan. ACIM.OE.MNL.9.1 

In the movie, after his death, Chris' Soul remains close to his wife's on earth and he tries desperately to communicate with her. During these attempts, he begins to feel the presence of a Spirit Guide, who tells him that these attempts at communication with Annie will only confuse her more.

As Chris decides to move on, he awakens into HEAVEN - A world which is quite literally and immediately of his own making.

This is described in the following Spirituality and Practice Film Review of What Dreams May Come:

"This afterlife reflects the idea that 'belief creates experience' or 'thinking makes it so' common in today's pop psychology circles. To move through the heavenly realm, all Chris needs to do is see those desired images. This may seem strange to rationalists, but such movement will be quite familiar to those who have practiced waking dreams, lucid dreaming, shamanistic traveling, and other experiences in the imaginary realm."

And this concept of 'seeing what we believe' is also a major principle in the Course.

LESSON 17 I see no neutral things.

1 This idea is another step in the direction of identifying cause and effect as it really operates. You see no neutral things because you have no neutral thoughts. It is always the thought that comes first, despite the temptation to believe that it is really the other way around. This is not the way the world thinks, but you must learn that it is the way you think. If it were not so, perception would have no cause and would itself be the cause of reality. In view of its highly variable nature, this is hardly likely.

We are learning that 'thought' precedes perception. I see what I believe is there.

In the film, Chris learns how to navigate in this new 'imaginary' world, with the help of his 'guide' who Chris thinks he recognizes as his mentor 'Albert' from his days in medical residency. In this new world, whatever he 'imagines' becomes real.

As I review this part of the movie, I think of the world I have 'imagined' here, in this 3-dimentional world I am experiencing, and I recall what I have read in the Course:

Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny mad idea at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea and possible of both accomplishment and real effects. Together, we can laugh them both away and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which means there is no time. ACIM.CH.27.79 

As Chris becomes more and more familiar with 'making' his world, suddenly ...

  • Starring: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Annabella Sciorra
  • Directed by: Vincent Ward 
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Release year: 1998
Reviewed by Rev Reja Joy Green ~ editor 
Love is When We
By Amy M. Salmen Thomas*
Love is When We
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There is so much 'emotional' attachment with HEALING. We tend to focus on the 'physical' changes because that is what we can 'see' and 'feel' with our hands and eyes. Yet, when we step toward what causes the 'physical', the invisible . . . our thoughts (thinking), emotions (feelings), and the divine (spiritual), we are able to release the OLD and welcome the NEW (the TRUTH).


Love is when we...


Release the OLD, the past, by openly looking at and changing our BELIEFS. The idea is to take the focus away from the 'physical' and face the emotional, mental, and spiritual. The OLD patterns within us need to be released to create space for the NEW. Either we stay with the insanity (keep doing the same things over again expecting different results) or welcome the NEW.


Release the SIN by changing our BELIEFS. ACIM defines SIN as a lack of love and correcting our mistakes. We are able to welcome SINLESSNESS, our innocence, while here on Mother Earth. Whenever our children hear "evil, devil, or satan", they respond with, "there is no such thing as evil, the devil, or satan." How wise to accept only LOVE and see the light in all we meet.


Release our old BELIEFS to welcome the experience of HEALING. We are free to choose either hell or heaven here on Mother Earth. The choice is ours... suffering or bliss? Every moment of our lives we are free to choose! How divine! Thank you Universe!


Release the JUDGMENT we hold toward ourselves and all brothers and sisters. When we look at ourselves, we project what is going on within us to all those we meet. The challenge is to project LOVE instead of JUDGMENT. When we are freed from JUDGMENT, we have the unlimited ability to open our hearts to welcome the ANSWERS the divinity has for us.


Release the FORGIVENESS. FORGIVENESS is the Course! Yet, I see many get stuck on FORGIVENESS. It is necessary to FORGIVE ourselves and all others and then welcome the FORGETFULNESS.


Release the FORGETFULNESS. Most of my life I have heard the statement, "It is important to forgive, yet never forget." Is this of TRUTH? When we practice FORGETFULNESS, we see ourselves, our brothers, and our sisters differently. Thus, how do we FORGIVE and FORGET without creating the same experience all over again? Wow, how powerful! FORGETFULNESS allows us to re-frame the memories, our emotions and pictures. By taking the focus off of the past experiences, we welcome RE-MEMBERING the TRUTH we are, LOVE. I have heard that LOVE has no opposite. By RE-MEMBERING our TRUTH we are able to change our programming and conditioning, our BELIEFS.


Release the HEALING. How do we release the HEALING when that is what we want! How profound! We release the HEALING to welcome the TRUTH. By taking the action to change our BELIEFS about ourselves, our brothers, and our sisters, we are able to experience the TRUTH. The choice is ours. The OLD disappears and miracles appear as the NEW. 


We then create and attract the NEW. We experience the NEW. A NEW picture.


We then choose from a place of LOVE... "I want what God wants." I am the LOVE.


Thus, LOVE is When We...


...Release the OLD and welcome the NEW!



*Amy guides and inspires YOU to Relax! She holds people to their greatness! Her Treasure Chest of methods, tools, and techniques improves your every new day. She motivates you to get started and inspires you to create habits to keep you moving. She invites you to Experience the Difference... RELAXATION can make in your life!
May you enjoy the love and energy you are! (


Amy, her husband, and 3 children practice and experience the lessons of ACIM daily! They create Amy M. Salmen Thomas audios, blog, and have sessions to help families experience peace ( and

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The Music of Words
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The Wikipedia explains "Iambic Pentameter" as:


".... the particular rhythm that the words establish in that line. That rhythm is measured in small groups of syllables; these small groups of syllables are called 'feet'. The word "iambic" describes the type of foot that is used (in English, an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable). The word "pentameter" indicates that a line has five of these 'feet.' "  

QUESTION: "What is IAMBIC PENTAMETER and where does it appear in A Course in Miracles? " 

ANSWERThat's a great question since more and more students are discovering that the a large portion of the Course was written in "Iambic Pentameter."

We begin with an excerpt from "The Rhythm and Reason of Reality: Prose and Poetry in A Course in Miracles:  written by Steve Michael Russell.  The excerpt is actually from the Preface, written by Ray Comeau who has himself written a book, "There Must Be Another Way: Reflections of a Mind Illuminated through A Course in Miracles. 


"I have so much gratitude for Steve Michael Russell. With his musician's ear, he heard the underlying rhythm running through the prose paragraphs of Jesus' unworldly masterpiece, A Course in Miracles, and with his poetic sensibilities he saw the blank verse emerging from the prose of the Course."

"While sitting at his computer in the early 90's, reading the Course on his computer screen, he heard the rhythm in the lines, recognized the iambic pattern in the syllables of slack STRESS, slack STRESS, and realized the pattern of five sets of iambs per line. This is iambic pentameter, a poetic convention that appeared in the time of Shakespeare."

~Ray Comeau 

This is an example of iambic pentameter in the Course and illustrated in Steve Michael Russell's book: 

Iambic Pentameter in ACIM

Lee Flynn, a Course in Miracles Society [CIMS] member, has also devoted many years to the study of this meter as it occurs in the Course. It is because of Lee's keen eye and sense of meter that CIMS has been able to include the Lessons from 100 onward in the Daily Lesson Mailing formatted in iambic Pentameter.

Here is an example of the iambic formatted by Lee Flynn:

  This world you seem to live in is not home 

   to you. And somewhere in your mind you know 

   that this is true. A memory of home

   keeps haunting you, as if there were a place

   which calls you to return although you do

   not recognize the Voice, nor what it is

   the Voice reminds you of. Yet still you feel

   an alien here, from somewhere all unknown.

   Nowhere so definite that you could say

   with certainty you are an exile here:

   just a persistent feeling, sometimes not

   more than a tiny throb, at other times

   hardly remembered, actively dismissed,

   but surely to return to mind again.


This lesson has also been set to Music by another CIMS member,


Martin Weber-Caspers:



So in summary, A Course in Miracles is written in Iambic Pentameter from Chapters 27 through 31 and Lesson 100 through 365.

How miraculous is this incredible feat!

As Steve Michael Russell states in his book,

"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." 

The Rhythm and Reason of Reality: Prose and Poetry in A Course in Miracles                            

   Composed by Rev Reja Joy Green ~ editor 
Guidance from Elder Brother
"What Is the Holy Spirit?"
As Received and Transcribed by Sun~Rose
Shining Rays

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TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE:  In His Guidance, He has asked Me to capitalize the pronouns You and We as an acknowledgement of the Divinity of All of Us, an acknowledgement of Equality, an expression of His Love and respect for You.  




Tell Me what You are, expressing so I will not forget, please!


BROTHER. There is a need to turn wholeheartedly to Holy Spirit, for the goal is Your re-Union with the Rest of You, the Holy Spirit, of which I am also Part.


I am not leaving; We'll still be as One. We do not ... join - as in become part of - each Other, for We are already part of one stupendous and Holy Whole; joined at Our Source, God.  Yes, just as all the Rays are One with the Sun. 


Yet have We foolishly absented Ourselves from that Reality, standing mentally outside of - or apart - from it. Here I do speak for all of Us as One.


I said in Revelation: "Behold, I have set before You an open door, and no One can shut it."  I actually said/say: I stand before You as an open door, My Consciousness; it is through My Consciousness, which is God, Divine Mind, that You must come for Your re-Union with, and as, Holy Spirit.


Why Mine?  My Consciousness is open, undefended against All Others, and It is quite inviting.


Why is it so? Because I have already accomplished this, and therefore, that is why I am the way.  The link, as it were, connecting - not connecting, but, rather, engaging the material thought, capturing its attention, drawing it Homeward - to Spirit's Thought.   


(Picture an unplugged electric cord.  I'm plugging You in! Although You can't really 'unplug' Yourself from Reality, the experience is as if You had.)


The vestibule, that step before the "last step" that God takes, is the "journey without distance" - journey We take together - and I'll go with You now, if You are willing. 


You see this process is natural, easy, peaceful; not frightening at all.  Just two Friends walking quietly together.







*Sun~Rose is the scribe of the book,"YOU ARE LOVED AND SAFE: PREP NOTES FOR EXPERIENCING GOD'S LOVE."    






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