My purpose in writing this Blog is to offer ideas from A Course in Miracles which I hope will help us to cope with our everyday lives. Discussing here Foundation for A Course In Miracles Founder and Director Ken Wapnick’s unexpected passing may seem contrary to that goal. Nevertheless, I feel the following discussion will help by viewing death in a way that eases grief and sadness.
After I heard that Ken Wapnick had passed away I was deeply saddened. A great teacher and friend was gone. Further, I wondered how Ken, who was more involved with and knew the Course better than any of us, could succumb to illness.
So here I offer an added thought, a question, about Ken’s passing. In my previous blog I wrote that I believe that he decided to go home to God because he knew that he had done everything he could here as a teacher of God.
My question is, did Ken forsake the teaching of A Course in Miracles about sickness and healing? Which is, briefly, sickness is of the mind, a condition which for many reasons we impose on our body. I first thought, “perhaps,” but after re-reading several passages from the Text and Workbook and those in the Physiotherapy Pamphlet I now feel that Ken would answer: certainly not.
I focused on the “Psychotherapy” pamphlet because Ken was a skilled psychologist, so I wanted to review what Jesus teaches about Psychotherapy. The passage which helped me the most was Part II, Section VI, The Definition of Healing. The content of the section is that sickness comes from an unforgiving mind. Yet Ken Wapnick was the most forgiving person I have ever known, and I am sure that many other people feel the same way. How could he then accept sickness when he so thoroughly knew and accepted Jesus’ teaching in that section? My conclusion is that with his unexpected passing Ken wanted, indeed expected us, on our own, to consider seriously passages in the Course about sickness and healing.
The Definition of Healing section from the Psychotherapy Pamphlet is one among many such passage, especially sentences 1 and 2;
No one is healed alone. Thus is the joyous song salvation sings to all who hear its Voice. (the Holy spirit)
and the final sentence,
Yet will the proof of sinlessness, seen in the patient and accepted in the therapist, offer the mind both a covenant in which they meet and join and are as one.
I surmise therefore — Ken’s final Seminar is: continue your study. Consider my passing a jolt for you to study and further your understanding of Jesus’ message.
Now for daily help, consider what the FACIM Staff posted on their announcement of Ken’s passing.
“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)