In the scientific community, it’s a big deal when new planets are discovered. You may have recently heard about seven new, earth-like planets way, way out in space that were located by one of NASA’s telescopes. But, did you know that last year a new planet in our own solar system was discovered only by its effects? That’s right! Scientists know the planet is there by its effects, even though they can’t see it. Experienced, but not seen – it sounds sort of like the power of love. We can’t measure love under a microscope or draw a picture of it, but we can feel its effects, and we know it is there . . .
We are delighted to announce the addition of Bettman and Halpin as musical guests at our 2017 International Conference in August. Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin are Americana/folk artists who perform across the country. Interspersed between their songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. Stephanie attended our Holy Encounter Retreat in February and captivated the audience with an a cappella rendition of one of her songs.
Professor Ann Taves looks at Mormonism, Alcoholics Anonymous, and A Course in Miracles — three cases in which insiders claimed that a spiritual presence guided the emergence of a new spiritual path. In each case, Taves argues, the sense of a guiding presence emerged through a complex, creative interaction between a founding figure with unusual mental abilities and an initial set of collaborators who were drawn into the process by diverse motives of their own. Revelatory Events provides fresh insights into what is perhaps the bedrock of all religious belief — the claim that otherworldly powers are active in human affairs.
Our February retreat brought together an amazing group of people from across the United States. Catch a glimpse of the healing weekend we shared in this moving video prepared by Bill Kasal.
This new book contains a collection of previously unpublished writings by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick. Two included autobiographies were written at different times in his life. Helen Schucman asked Ken to write the first autobiography and his wife, Gloria, asked him to write the second. The book also contains poetry, short stories, and articles by Ken.
The Ark of Peace was released thirty years ago, in 1987, by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff and Steven Halpern. This recording’s calming, synthesized musical score forms the background for passages on relationships from A Course in Miracles. Now, in celebration of its thirtieth anniversary, we are offering the CD and mp3 versions at 50% off. That’s only $5 for the CD and $4 for the mp3! Visit our online store to listen to a sample from this powerful recording.
Editor’s Note: Our viewing/listening family extends around the world! Here’s a timely story from Debbie Rubin, a member in Florida. She was inspired to share this story, with a little political healing, after watching last week’s meeting. No matter on which side of the political spectrum you may fall, we can still find unity in kindness…
I just loved the lesson you (Beverly) did on “Christ’s vision is the one I will use” and it’s thru using it I wanted to share this miracle with you and the MDC family.
Back in the Stone Age when I was a teenager in college, I was star crazy. I would mail out letters to every known star and often received in return a pre-printed, autograph-stamped photo which I would cherish. I even had the opportunity, through non-stop persistence, to meet a few of these celebrities. One of the stars I’d written was Jon Voight, who at the time was at the height of his career with Midnight Cowboy having just come out.
I vividly remember standing in line in my college dorm cafeteria and opening up a hand-written (in red felt pen) two-page letter from Jon. I also remember embarrassing all my friends with my shrieks of surprise and awe. He basically wrote that just because he was in the limelight, that was not a reason for me to envy him. He explained how much harder it had become for him to know who his true friends were and those who wanted to be with him due to his celebrity status. The letter went on to wish me great success in life, to know that fame is not a means to happiness and that I am as important as any celebrity. Wow, what that meant to me.
Recently I felt an inward urge to write once again to Jon. I know it came from the Course’s teaching that we are all One, all the same, and the differences we see only lead to separation and despair. With all the political distractions, and knowing Jon is at the polar opposite of me, did not deter me from writing him. When I wrote him I told him the letter was a way of thanking him for taking the time forty years ago to handwrite me a letter and how much it meant. I alluded to our political differences, but the emphasis was on acknowledging his kindness. Lo and behold I just received today a handwritten (this time in blue felt pen) the loveliest letter from Jon. He shared how grateful he was to know I remembered his letter and what it meant for me, and how touched he was to hear from me and mentioned his politics in a few words only. Like my letter to him, in return his was filled with love and how we are all inter-connected, all the same in our love, and how we can truly see through Christ’s vision when we see each other as our beloved brother.
Thanks as always, Bev, for your marvelous, humorous and joyous weekly presentations. Hugs to the fabulous MDC family.
The dates of our 2017 International Conference on A Course in Miracles have been set! Mark your calendars for the weekend of August 19th and 20th and plan to join us, either in person or via live streaming video, for this miraculous gathering.
New from Karen Casey: 52 Ways to Live the Course in Miracles takes readers on a journey through simple ideas and affirmations for meditation. Casey not only offers an explanation of the ideas, but also shares her own experiences with them — stumbles and all — offering proof of how helpful and practical they really are and showing that the goal isn’t perfection, but rather progress toward creating a life of love and peace. Karen will be a presenter at our 2017 Conference on A Course in Miracles in August.
Through wills and trusts, supporters of our Center are able to have a lasting impact on the dissemination of the principles of A Course in Miracles. Watch our new video to see how you can become a member of our Legacy Community by adding Miracle Distribution Center to your estate plans.