Kenneth Wapnick Memorial Tributes

"From the heart, may it go to the heart."

The following tributes and expressions of gratitude were submitted to the Foundation following the death of Dr. Kenneth Wapnick. While Kenneth's physical presence is no longer with us, his wise, gentle, and loving spirit will forever remain with the Foundation, and with all those whose lives he touched.

February 22, 1942 – December 27, 2013

Memorial Tribute by

Kirk

Dear Ken,


I said that I wasn't going to write this, because you're gone. You're dead. But I'm writing it anyway because my thoughts about you continue to plague me, and ever since you were in Roscoe I would write to you when I was intensely disturbed, and you would always answer. Maybe that will happen again, but differently; maybe not.


I had gone to your website to check on the progress of your recovery and there was the announcement, "It is with utmost sorrow..." My initial reaction, like so many others, was shock. I was stunned and could only ask "How can this be? The newsletter said that he was getting better and would be holding the Academy in March. How could they all be that wrong?" Then came the pain of your loss—that my friend, my mentor, my teacher, my answerer of questions was dead! There was nothing but tears of devastation, abandonment and despair. Being in North Carolina I felt so alone, and reached out to other students, trying to make sense of it all. One said that you were never really connected to your body and just didn't know what was happening. That sounded absurd and I became angry at you. How could you leave us like that, insisting that you weren't dying? Surely you knew that you were, and that we loved you and what our reaction would be! You taught us about living in the world as students, that students act normally; how normal is this? Were you delusional?


The anger passed, to be replaced by quiet grieving. Yet sometimes, that also recedes and I remember what you taught us repeatedly over the years, that there is no death. You said "Do you know what happens at death? Nothing." And when I am in my right mind, however briefly, I accept that thought and I'm at peace.


In your last letter to me, you told me to do my practice "with Jesus (and me) standing by you." When I do that, I know that you are both there in my mind, that that's where you really were all along, and that you are with me now. In Helen's poem, "The Second Easter," I saw these words which I will try to take with me as I say goodbye to your body:


"For those who grieve cannot behold the light
Through veils of sorrow. They forget the Word
That promised to redeem their failing sight."


I love you,


Kirk

Memorial Tribute by

Bernard Groom

LINGERING LIGHT


During my first trip to the Foundation (Roscoe) I remember now being very excited, and at the same time a little wary. There was definitely some of that desire in me to prove this great teacher wrong, not that I recognized the feeling at the time. But as the week-long academy progressed it seemed that Kenneth wove a spell in which my doubts were put further and further to the side. I continued to try to see that he was not right on all accounts, but the effort seemed tiring and pointless. Then I asked to see him for a personal interview, to which he agreed. As I approached the door to the little meeting room on the set time and day, I remember feeling a wave of apprehension. Something was about to happen.


As I sat before him I knew somehow that this was no ordinary encounter. I tried discussing a couple of questions, but there was no commitment or clarity behind my words. I found it very difficult to concentrate and soon became totally lost. I hoped he didn't see, and it appeared that he wasn't bothered. As I looked at him, I couldn't take my attention off his eyes. Or at least, that was the spot where I was focusing, but my sight went far past that place on his kind and smiling face. To say that I seemed to enter a different world would be putting it mildly. Nothing seemed to matter except that experience of pure gentleness and knowing. He saw all my faults and intentions, and brushed them away to lead me as if by the hand to a far more peaceful, happy place. I seemed to stay there a while, just a few minutes, in that land of freedom to which he had invited me, and my life has not been the same since.


I write this tribute to the one who has led me, and so many others, to that happy and peaceful place,far beyond this world. That place is there; it has not passed. That's where we first met him, and where he waits for us. He lives permanently now in that special, timeless place, the memory of which he brought to us, as these lines from A Course in Miracles capture so beautifully:


It is here that miracles are laid; to be returned by you from holy instants you receive, through grace in your experience, to all who see the light that lingers in your face. What is the face of Christ but his who went a moment into timelessness, and brought a clear reflection of the unity he felt an instant back to bless the world? (W-pI.169. 13:2-3)


His light still lingers and shall certainly never fade nor die.

Memorial Tribute by

Judy Voth

A tribute to you Kenneth for being the loving teacher, so willing to repeat and teach A Course in Miracles by repeating the same thing over and over and over to my defended and resistant mind, and to do it willingly, with so much love that is tribute-authoritative yet kind and non judgmental. You have made your teaching available in books and articles and commentary and on tapes, CDs, MP3s and even on YouTube, as well as in person. You have touched the world as much of this work has been translated into many foreign languages with your guidance to keep the message pure. This teaching and modeling extends through your demonstration of your love for your wife Gloria and the loving staff who continue to carry the message of A Course in Miracles. You have been and modeled the walking ever presence of love, never excluding anyone, always finding time for loving interaction for everyone in whatever form is needed. Thank you for making teaching and demonstrating A Course in Miracles your life's work for all those who know you and those yet to meet you as they join us all in opening our mind to the presence of Love with the help of your gentle guidance and life's work. I feel so fortunate to have you as a teacher. You have left us everything we need and now I know it is up to me to live and practice A Course in Miracles.


With Love and Gratitude,


Judy Voth

Memorial Tribute by

Anonymous

I found the Course in 1986 through one of Gerald Jampolsky's books. I found a study group and someone had cassette tapes entitled "The Simplicity of Salvation." by Kenneth Wapnick. I made copies for myself and friends. (Full disclosure) Lots of book sharing went on in those years, too.


In 2007, I wrote a lullaby. Like most of the hymns in my fundamentalist upbringing, it contained a few too many verses. I sent Ken a CD of the lullaby, with a letter about how it came to be, and also telling him how his voice was a very calming influence to me. I was very touched when I received a reply from him, telling me which verses he liked. (so I could tell he actually listened to it) I was even more touched when he closed his letter by saying "Now I have your voice, too."


Soon after that, I was at the Apple store, learning how to download/upload music to an iPod nano. I brought along some CD sets which a friend bought for me in Temecula. My trainer located the FACIM website and said "Wow, this guy has a LOT of content!" (the trainer's word, I swear) I replied something like "Yes, he is the real deal. He has almost single handedly morphed western thought to a new level." This was a random teachable moment for both of us.


When my iPhone 5 arrived, (after driving over my iPhone 4 at a gas station) all of Ken's audio mp3s were re-synced to it, so his voice still calms me, in traffic or even when I am walking my dog.

Memorial Tribute by

Dieter Shoop

Dear Ken,


I would like to express my deep gratitude for all you have done for us Course students. When ACIM fell into my lap—literally!—I felt that it will be my book even though I wasn't quite clear what it's all about. Then I discovered you, and you were a godsend to me for translating the meaning of the Course, both in Roscoe and in Switzerland.


In the past 20 years I have listened to innumerable tapes and videos you and your team made, and the YouTube video I'm always coming back to is entitled "Q & A: Transforming Darkness and Despair." It's so helpful.


You will always be my teacher as long as I'm identifying with this body of mine. Thank you so much,


Love,


Dieter Shoop

Memorial Tribute by

John Witzig

What an egoless presence,
still shining in my mind.


Thank you Ken.

Memorial Tribute by

Nancy West

Dear Ken,


When I first heard of your passing, my heart grieved and I shed my tears. I came to realize just how much a part of my life you are. I was privileged to have many visits to Roscoe, NY, and I loved the one trip I made to Temecula. When I began an ACIM study group in Syracuse, NY, I started with the "Manual for Teachers," and utilized your "Journey through the Manual." I have read your books, listened to your talks, and have been nurtured by your kind and loving presence. This year I began the workbook again for the eighth time, and your "Journey through the Workbook" is my companion. You will continue to be a significant part of my life.


Thank you for all you have given us, my teacher. I am one student of many, but happy to be among those who filled a small place in your life.


May we meet again in the Light, where you surely now reside.

Memorial Tribute by

Steven Millette

When I first heard that Ken had passed away, it was like someone pulled the rug out from underneath me. My guide, my teacher, my foundation (excuse the pun) for the past twenty-five years was gone. What was I to do? What am I to do? I am sure Ken would tell me it is not about him, but Him. And, of Course, he would be right. I will be forever humble and grateful for Ken's presence and influence in my life.


In loving memory,


Steven Millette

Memorial Tribute by

Joyce E. Storms

Dr. Kenneth Wapnick was a wonderful teacher of A Course in Miracles. Ken taught with great clarity, love and humor...brought the scholarship of a well trained mind and psychological insights of a therapist to his teachings and writings on ACIM.


In the early 90's I attended many workshops at FACIM, then located in Roscoe, NY. FACIM was established to teach a deeper understanding and appreciation of the theology of the Course...and Ken was a master teacher.


Through Ken's teaching of ACIM my way thinking has been forever changed. As a fellow student once said...attending a workshop at Roscoe brought memories of ancient worlds where the great philosophers played with ideas.


But Ken was not only a master teacher, he was a perpetual student of ACIM. Through his daily practice he brought new insights into his teaching.


Thank you Ken for your dedication to and teaching of ACIM.


With love and gratitude,


Joyce E. Storms

Memorial Tribute by

Kent


Lesson 185, "I want the peace of God"


When I first heard Ken had passed away I felt a great loss. Why do I feel a hole suddenly open up in me? Who will lead us now? Who will continue to interrupt what Jesus has given us in the course?


The answer that eventually came to me was "we must carry on". I can take solace in knowing Ken has left US with many invaluable, uncluttered, straight-forward insights to help us "carry on" along our path. I think of us all as budding teachers of God with many lessons to learn and understand as students, thanks to Ken, we had our first teacher of God.


I have never looked back. My wondering days as a seeker of truth ended in 2007 when through a process of circumstances I found ACIM and Ken. Ken's clarity of explaining what Jesus is teaching us in the course has led me farther along the path than I could have ever done on my own.


I feel truly honored, blessed and grateful to be around at this point in time to have seen the beginnings of ACIM and Ken. Thank you Ken and everyone involved who have unselfishly given their time and insight and love to advancing this course to everyone.


Ken, you have brought us closer to our wish of lesson 185, may it someday become our will.


Grace and peace be with all.

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