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         In this time of witnessing the drawing in of nature in preparation for the renewal of Spring, we realize again and again that only what does not change is of value and is REAL.

The Guest Article this month is from Manuela Tornow, a new CIMS member, who resides in Germany with her Husband, Rainer. Manuela's article is from her BLOG and is titled: "There is No Death".

          We are also continuing to publish the article regarding  Original Edition Translations by Martin Weber-Caspers [maz] which gives an insight into the history and process of these translations and an update on its progress. To give a tax deductible contribution to these efforts please click here.         


        "Love Song" by Helen Schucman is our POEM for this issue. It is one of the poems in Helen's book, "The Gifts of God" and is set to music by martin weber-caspers. "Love Song" is set to music here  by martin weber-caspers. 


         This month we are also announcing the birth of a  New Daily Lesson Conference Call, available to all, as we begin the study of the Daily Lessons once again in the New Year.

Two Community Miracles Center ministerial candidates [Pamela Whitman and Reja Janaki Joy Green], receiving their ordination in the Spring of 2013, are hosting a DAILY LESSON CONFERENCE CALL open to the public.  


          Robert [Bob] Sears addresses the question this month of 

"Why do I sometimes feel so lonely" and introduces the book: "The Universe Is A Dream", by Alexander Marchand.     


          GUIDANCE from ELDER BROTHER, scribed by Sun~Rose, answers the question "Why Do 'Spiritual' Teachers Die". Sun~Rose will also be one of the Guest Speakers on the New Daily Lesson Conference Call.  


          As a REMINDER, we have DAILY scribing by Sun~Rose of GUIDANCE from Elder Brother on each and every DAILY LESSON, appearing on our Web Site and emailed each day to Course students who have joined our email list.  This year there are two Lesson Lists to choose from depending on which part of the planet you are on. Did you know that when it's afternoon in New York, it's the next morning in Australia!  


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There is no Death
 By Manuela Tornow*

  There is only Life  

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         When watching disaster scenarios, which come in quite regularly these days through the media it�s good to remember there is no death. If you don�t believe that, then only because you haven�t opened yourself for this experience yet. If you�ve experienced yourself only once as independent of your body (and you don�t have to go as far as having a near death experience) - you never stick to your body as much as before. There is no death, but there is a belief in death.


         Your nightmare essentially consists of you trying to make the idea of death real for you. The deeper psychological dynamic of your being in this world is the fact that you felt guilty and separate and the ego concluded you�d have to pay" for this by losing your life. The ego is not your friend, and it doesn't have any good intentions for you.


74 Remember, then, that whenever you look without and react unfavorably to what you see, you have judged yourself unworthy and have condemned yourself to death. The death penalty is the ego's ultimate goal, for it fully believes that you are a criminal, as deserving of death as God knows you are deserving of life. The death penalty never leaves the ego's mind, for that is what it always reserves for you in the end. Wanting to kill you as the final expression of its feeling for you, it lets you live but to await death. It will torment you while you live, but its hatred is not satisfied until you die. For your destruction is the one end toward which it works, and the only end with which it will be satisfied.


75 The ego is not a traitor to God to Whom treachery is impossible, but it is a traitor to you who believe you have been treacherous to your Father. That is why the undoing of guilt is an essential part of the Holy Spirit's teaching. For as long as you feel guilty, you are listening to the voice of the ego, which tells you that you have been treacherous to God and therefore deserve death. You will think that death comes from God and not from the ego because, by confusing yourself with the ego, you believe that you want death. And from what you want, God does not save you." (OrEd.Tx.11.VIII)


         We don�t like to hear sentences like this, but we see them on TV and sense the ego reaching for us, fear and rage reaching for our heart. A while ago I had symptoms in my body that felt like I was dying. At first I wondered what I could do to prevent this from happening, then I just surrendered: "Ok. So I�m going to die now." The next thought was: "This is impossible, I can�t die!" And I realized that at most, it would be some kind of transition.

When I woke up the next morning, I noticed I was glad and happy.  


         It dawned on me, that I had believed the disaster pictures too much. Just for a second in the force of the onslaught of the illusions on my system I had forgotten: "There is no death. Gods Son is free." The media pictures have become much less of a threat. On the other hand this doesn't mean that the intensive impulses from the disasters don�t move me, but where they move me to has changed.


80 Your kingdom is not of this world because it was given you from beyond this world. Only in this world is the idea of an authority problem meaningful. The world is not left by death but by truth, and truth can be known by all those for whom the Kingdom was created and for whom it waits." (OrEd.Tx.3.IX)


61 When your body and your ego and your dreams are gone, you will know that you will last forever. Many think this is accomplished through death, but nothing is accomplished through death because death is nothing. Everything is accomplished through life, and life is of the mind and in the Mind." (OrEd.Tx.6Va)


         If human beings would hear these messages, they could stop creating death scenarios for themselves as salvation attempts. Nothing is accomplished by death. We are saved by the Truth, the Light and the Forgiveness in our minds.




Manuela Tornow  

*Manuela Tornow is a new CIMS member, supporting the German translation of the OE. Manuela and her husband Rainer, founded the Miracle School 2006 near Nuremberg, Germany. Their mission is to empower Course students to become Teachers of God - and this is a full-time job! Today the 15 teachers in the Miracle School already facilitate around 6 - 8 workshops per month in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Many local ACIM groups have sprung into life, ensuring that Jesus' message be heard and experienced ( Join Manuela and other ACIM teachers at the The 2013 International ACIM Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2013 or in the first German ACIM conference in Dortmund, Germany in July, 2013. Her website is:     

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          The history of the reception of A Course In Miracles by members of the Sonship has shown that quite a few students have been guided or drawn to using the Original Edition of The Course. It allows us to deepen our study and understanding and to enjoy the depth and beauty contained in the first historic compendium of The Course' content. It had been prepared for all of us by the author and scribes' team in the year 1972. This document which is known as the third in the 'trilogy' of the three cardinal versions of The Course, had only been seen by a rather small group of students until divine orchestration provided for its discovery in the Association for Research and Enlightenment [A.R.E] library on November 29th, 1999, and its subsequent sharing among Course students. What a glorious gift in the very beginning of the new millennium, and what timing!


          The commonly acknowledged importance of the Trinitarian ontology which is so central to The Course's thought system, once again becomes apparent to the vigilant observer in the smallest detail. With the ur-handscript and the ur-typescript as the first two cardinal versions, the third cardinal version completes the fruit of the co-creative collaboration which was to bring the contemporary teachings of Christ Jesus, faithful to its initial transmission's content from Whole Mind to humanity, into the world.  


          The Course in Miracles Society CIMS has been instrumental in sharing the original Course ever since. The time had also come for translations into various languages, in order to provide more miracle workers worldwide with this beautiful compendium of essential Course teachings in their own respective native tongue. Quickly, the legal modalities for its distribution had also been taken care of, so that its popularity and therefore its usefulness is constantly increasing.


          Meanwhile, the work of scholars and instructors had helped many to find detailed information about the profound differences in form, and therefore in underlying content, when a line-by-line comparison with earlier presentations of The Course were conducted. At the same time the many testimonials shared among students spoke for the tremendous impact the Original Edition has had on the student's development regarding study and application. During my talks to groups of interested Course students in Germany, where we have started to share the translation and audio-book in an interactive manner, Guidance prompts me to cite from the Original Edition, chapter twenty-two, paragraph 22, in order to illustrate my personal, irresistible attraction to the third cardinal version and its content. Philosophically speaking, the author makes one of his unambiguous statements in the context of the underlying 'radical idealism' which, by the way, has been quite challenging for me for years:


"This course will be believed entirely or not at all.
For it is wholly true or wholly false
and cannot be but partially believed." (OrEd.Tx.22.22)


          Surely, as a student I would only be pretending to have reached a more advanced level of mind training than I have actually attained so far if I implied that I truly experience, already, absolutely everything the Course contains. Honesty obliges me to make this clear, yet what is also clear is that once I embark on a course and see its results, then gradual learning and step by step instructions are all geared towards some point of graduation. Hurdles and temporary learning failures are obviously part of the training, and also sufficiently and individually addressed.  


          A course which is honoring "beliefs that lead to progress" also requires solid faith in what is announced and yet to come. (i.e. OrEd.Mn.24.6). The point of graduation in time is also summarized in OrEd.Tx.4.11, where it is said: "Every good teacher hopes to give his students so much of his own thinking that they will one day no longer need him. This is the one real goal of the parent, teacher, and therapist."


          It always made a lot of sense to me to study and use The Course in its entirety and exactly as it has been prepared for us by the author and the scribes' team. This very much seems to be a necessary prerequisite for believing it entirely: learning what it truly says. When this realization had occurred, the next natural development to be observed was that I was not alone in this realization, and others had come to the same conclusion independently.  


          So, one of the shared aspects of the unified purpose in the Atonement had become to join efforts and talents in order to make the Original Edition more widely available, and in other languages for those who are not in a position to read and study it in its originally English language. The author's instruction to always 'listen, learn and do' applied also here.


          What was to be understood before taking on such a task? In chapter seven, paragraph 15 of the Text we are given a clear description of a translators' responsibilities:




*Maz is Martin G Weber-caspers [maz] currently the voice in the AUDIO and VIDEO SonShipRadio productions of the Daily Lessons of A Course In Miracles, Original Edition [OE]. Maz is also project lead on the current translations, ensuring that the OE will be shared globally; 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.  








Love Song
By Helen Schucman*

My Lord, my Love, my Life, I live in you.   

There is no life apart from what you are. 

I breathe your words, I rest upon your arms. 

My sight is hallowed by your single star.


I do not always recognize your face,

Or hear your Voice. I do not always see 

The strangers whom you send are messengers
You choose to bring your holy Word to me. 


You are the stranger then. And I am dead 

To holy things that Heaven's light shines through. 

The world I see is enemy to me

When I forget my lovely Love is you.


Forgetting you is to forget myself,
Why I have come and where it is I go.
My Lord, my Love, my Life, let me forget
All things except the loveliness you know.




"Love Song" is set to music here by martin weber-caspers. 

Spirit - AM I

*Helen Schucman, scribe of A Course in Miracles, was also a poet wrote several poems even while she was scribing A Course The Gifts of God in Miracles. This poem, "LOVE SONG", was dated January 8, 1977 and is located in the section called: "Personal Poems" in a book of Helen's poems titled, "The Gifts of God" published by the Foundation for Inner Peace [FIP]. The book is available through FIP, through the Community Miracles Center CMC and through Course in Miracles Society CIMS






*Maz is currently the voice for the Original Edition [OE] of A Course In Miracles, produced by SonShipRadio. 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.                        More MUSIC from MAZ 


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Pamela and RejaJoy experienced incredible insights while participating in the Community Miracles Center [CMC] Ministerial Program. Each day for a year they met with a lesson partner to practice the lessons together. 

The experience was so helpful and was such a powerful way of integrating the A Course in Miracles Lessons, that they decided to continue into the New Year. In order to do this, they developed a way of not only continuing but of sharing it with anyone who would like to join them.

Pamela and Reja are facilitating a Daily Lesson Conference Call beginning January 1, 2013.

The Call will be at 9 am EST every morning. Pamela and/or Reja will be on the call Monday through Saturday; Sundays are left open for whomever would like to facilitate


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GUEST Speakers will be invited to attend and all participants will be encouraged to share their favorite commentary.   


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Reja *Pamela Whitman - Listeners in 113 countries have tuned in to 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 from the Rainforest in Costa Rica on Unity.FM, over the air from the Himalayan Broadcasting Company in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 91.7 FM WFLR Pomona in New Jersey, or in lecture or class settings, 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.    



Reja Joy Green*Reja Janaki Joy Green [Reja_CIMS] is one of the founding members of the Course in Miracles Society [CIMS]; She is the CIMS webmaster, newsletter editor and producer of the Daily Lesson Mailings. Reja facilitates the Course in Miracles study group in Omaha. 

As a registered Yoga Instructor, Reja teaches Hatha Yoga from the perspective of A Course in Miracles and hosts several social media groups for those who share this journey. Reja currently resides with her loving husband Chris Green in Omaha, NE.     




Both Pamela Whitman and RejaJoy Green will have completed the CMC Ministerial program, and will be ordained ministers, in the Spring of 2013  



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QUESTION:   "Why do I sometimes feel so lonely" 

This article will really serve two very good purposes: first, to hopefully answer the question, "Why am I lonely?", and second, to introduce a book that really should be required reading for any student of the Course.  The book is called, "The Universe Is A Dream", by Alexander Marchand.  Alex has done a brilliant job of taking the essence of "A Course in Miracles" and put it into comic book format.  It can easily be read in about 4 hours, but I assure you, one reading will not be enough.  I suggest it as supportive reading for new people in the Course because the ideas are the same, but the comic book format makes it a bit more digestible than Elizabethan English and iambic pentameter.

The image to the right is a cell taken from the book, and I believe it is the entire reason for our sense of loneliness, but what it does not explain is, why?  I will make an attempt to fill in that blank,
using and expanding on, certain ideas from the Course. (as usual, in blue Italics)

The first question we need to ask is, "What is loneliness?"   I think we might all agree with our friend in the image, that our loneliness comes from not having others around...and to use her words...other bodies.  My presentation was mainly geared toward the idea of body separation, but my proofreader brought up another possibility that I had not originally considered.  

Another form of loneliness, is one that can be experienced even in a crowd.  It comes from the feeling of something lacking in a relationship.   That relationship can be a romantic relationship with another person, or with a group like family, friends, co-workers, etc.  I think the common thread for these situations is a recurring sense of lack...of something.   While the form may be significantly different, content is still the same...a lack of connection in some form or another...physical, emotional or spiritual.  Put more simply...the idea of separation.  But let me continue in the original direction, which will clearly join with the revised thinking as the article progresses.

We may now consider, in addition to the physical loneliness expressed by our female subject, the idea that Alex is trying to convey in his editorial comments on the cell.  Our erroneous thinking starts with where we think we are, and what we think we are...and at this point, we think we are bodies seeing other bodies, and that we actually live in a physical world.  And as long as we hold those beliefs, both will remain real to us

Therefore, without another body around, or from any sense of separateness, we feel "lonely"... which brings us to the conclusion that loneliness is a feeling.  And as far as I can see, feelings are just an emotion subdivided and defined, but an emotion just the same.  (Form, not content.)

But wait!   The Course tells us there are only two emotions; Love and Fear. (b)   And the Course further clearly states that one one of these two alleged emotions is real...Love. (c) So what is really going on when we are feeling lonely is but a sense of fear.   This fear can be generated by several underlying subtle and likely subconscious ideas,
  • When I am lonely, I cannot experience love.
  • When I am lonely, I cannot experience my connection to my brothers.
  • When I am lonely, I cannot experience my connection to "all that is".

(For the above examples, consider replacing the word lonely with, separate, disconnected, or any other word that creates a similar negative feeling.)

But what if..............  

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Once led to engage in full time ministry  Robert (Bob) Sears
as a Course teacher, Bob opted to become an   independent non-denominational minister so that he could teach a pure version of ACIM without the need to satisfy any particular denominational tenets.  Bob, originally from NY, now reside s in Southern California where he teaches in churches and home settings.  


Guidance from Elder Brother
"Why Do 'Spiritual' Teachers Die"
As Received and Transcribed by Sun~Rose
Love's Sunrise
ARTWORK by Ankie Caspers

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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.  


QUESTIONER: The Course says that there is no need to die, so why do 'spiritual' teachers 'die'.  


ELDER BROTHER: The key is in the word 'spiritual' - and the mindset behind it.  As We have discussed before: If One is using that adjective, then it must be modifying something other than Spirit, as no-one would say: 'spiritual Spirit', would They?

No matter how often I emphasize this: that right Now You are Spirit, right Here is the Kingdom, and that this can be accessed - experienced - at any time - ... the identification with the mind - the little 'm' mind - the one that is 'living' in the body - is so total, so great, that there is virtually no room for Truth to enter. In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy commented on this when saying that a mind filled with error has no room for Truth.

As I often point out to You, correct the Bible, correct Science and Health, correct the Course, from the future to the Present. Get rid of all those 'wills' and "shalls'.  They keep You in the dream.

God will not lift You up sometime in the future. You are lifted right now.  Putting it all in the future, is not having it happen Now.  That's for sure.

None of the 'spiritual' leaders have quite gotten that.  I did.  As I have said, the only point of the crucifixion was the Resurrection.

When You make commitment not to die, it is imperative to move into the Now and stay Here!  As We spoke of recently, that is the antidote for 'aging': giving up the past and the future.

The other thing that binds those who choose to dream to 'death' is the addiction to this bizarre experience.  To 'die' is the only way to repeat the dream again .. and again ... and again ... and again, ad nauseum.

So the willingness to give up dreaming -- and the self-will that bases it -- is the prerequisite to giving up dying.

Suffice it to say that each One who chooses to 'die' -- and choice it is --has an addictive attachment to some facet of the Dream.

This is a crucial subject.


ELDER BROTHER: My pleasure. Thank You for bringing it up. It is My favorite topic.  You might even call it My theme song. (grinning)





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







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