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

Trish Lawson

I met Ken in 1986 at the Foundation in Roscoe, New York. At that time I had been ostracized by my entire family as I formally disassociated myself from the fundamental religion I was brought up in. As many have experienced, I had only known a God of fear and judgment. The teachings left me feeling totally unworthy of God's love and I would never survive his wrath. I felt I had no one in the entire world but was vigilant searching for a loving God.

One day, the Course in Miracles book was handed to me and the words embossed on the bottom of the book "Foundation For Inner Peace" pulsated and the words spoke volumes to me. I "knew" this was my path.


I had visited the Foundation in Roscoe for a weekend workshop in 1986. There I met Ken as he was walking across the dining room. When I was introduced to Ken, his love and kindness overcame me and I began to cry as I saw the "light" in Ken and was happy to know I'd found my way or at least I was on the path. Ken's presence during the years I attended his lectures and workshops always gave me strength and I would remember Lesson 70 that he referred to often "My Salvation Comes from me."

Ken's passing, leaving his body, at first made me very sad. I knew he would want me to see him as a mind. About two weeks after he passed, I had an out of body experience. I remember going up and up and passed through some darkness before I arrived into the light. There was beautiful bright, bright shimmering light and melodious sounds and then .... I joined with Ken for what seemed to be a short time and then came back to my body.


"Thank you Ken for showing me how to trust and experience the Love of God."

Memorial Tribute by

Rod Smith

I often learn best not so much through words but by example—and Ken has been that very perfect example for me, and probably will be for a long time to come. No one demonstrated peace more convincingly and more thoroughly to me than he. I'd never have believed someone like him— and the peace and kindness he extended—could actually grace this planet had I not met him myself. If Ken's only purpose was to help us wake up, then I imagine the only purpose of his death is to help us wake up. He did everything for us.

Memorial Tribute by

Anonymous

Kenneth Wapnick taught us terrifying concepts, such as that we're not here at all—yet we flocked to hear him say it again and again. He taught us to be kind and we waited in throngs for a smile from him, perhaps a hug or a three-word answer to a question asked years ago but not forgotten. He taught from A Course in Miracles, Plato and Shakespeare and other great minds and advised us to read for the silence between their words. And just when we thought we knew what to expect, Kenneth changed into a capricious child, dunking a pair of spectacles from a hapless admirer's face into coffee light and sweet. He demonstrated universal love. He taught us well and thoroughly. He left us in our own hands, to accept the Holy Spirit within us as our right-minded selves to lead us home.

Memorial Tribute by

Maurice Shilling

Ken


High above the sky the
arc of Ken's rainbow shines in all its glory
robbing Death of its darkness


Ken's light forever illuminates the splendors of his gardens
His sunlight welcomes the budding flowers
As bees gather the love nectar for honey


Ken's flowers are perennials that blossom everlastingly
our work is to tend his garden's flowers that grow from Ken's loving seeds


Inspired by his love we will care for his gardens as he smiles from Heaven
above


Music


When all is silent
His voice can be heard
Everyday noise and chatter
Makes his voice inaudible


Try to quiet your mind
Focus on the space between thoughts
Breathe deeply
But listen intently


Stop trying to understand the words
It's the music he wants you to hear


Avian Pun


He taught his bird to sing
I asked him why
With a wink and a smile
He said I did it just for you
Really, it was a Lark


Requiem


There are many stars in the sky
Some twinkle fade and disappear
Others stay bright and guide the mariners on their perilous journey across
uncharted seas

Ken is forever our bright guiding star on our voyages
The clouds of seeming death at times block our vision but when we dissipate
the Illusion of death the shining light of Ken's star once again guides us to our
safe harbor

A tribute to his everlasting and deathless love.


Saint Teresa


I found myself in Avila, Saint Teresa's home
Ken was also living there
They invited me in for tapas and sangria
They asked me why I was so late
I had forgotten that I lived there too.


Ken's Spirit


I hear his song in the wind
I feel the rain on my face
I see the clouds hiding the sun
I look to the sky for guidance
But I can't find him
Where has he gone

He's the smile on your face
He's the sparkle in your spirit
He's the giggle in your voice
He's the chuckle in your chest
He's the twinkle in your eyes
He's love everlasting that lives in your heart and shines in your soul
We dance to his music
Which fills us with joy forever and ever

Memorial Tribute by

Maureen Doherty

When the Course in Miracles found me over 20 years ago, I recognized it as my ticket out of hell. If the Course symbolizes the lighthouse to me then Dr Wapnick's voice is the foghorn calling me home. Over and over and over again. Patiently, steadfastly it calls, explaining the thought system so alien to my ego world of torment.


My resistance has always been strong. I once ejected a cassette tape of one of his workshops and threw it over my head while driving my car. It landed on the back windshield where it stayed for about 3 months. I retrieved it when I could take my pain no longer and it called patiently from the back of the car.


Now I actually fall asleep every night listening to one of more than 60 workshops on my iPOD which I place under my pillow. A friend of mine recently shared that some women buy shoes, we buy Ken's workshops. And it is pretty amazing how I sleep quite comfortably with this sound in my ears until something someone says wakes me up. One night I woke to hear Ken say that you can't learn this by putting it under your pillow and expecting to learn it by osmosis. I laughed. Maybe that is what I expected. My greatest learning and also my greatest resistance is just to practice, practice, practice.


Although I did not know him personally, I cannot help but feel an enormous sense of love and gratitude for his brilliance, his generosity and his dedication to the teaching of this life saving work of art. Thank you Kenneth, Gloria and staff of the Foundation for your dedication to this work of love.


Sincerely,


Maureen Doherty

Memorial Tribute by

David Parrish, M.D.

The noble shepherd of the unconscious mind Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.


'Delay does not matter in eternity, but it is tragic in time." (T-5.VI.3)


"In you is all of Heaven. Every leaf that falls is given life in you. Each bird that ever sang will sing again in you. And every flower that ever bloomed has saved its perfume and its loveliness for you." (T-25. IV.5)

Memorial Tribute by

Annie Simone

Dearest Ken,


I never did come up with a question I felt worthy of your time to ask you. Looking back, I should have just made the appointment and sat in silence with you for those few minutes.


Nevertheless, I do consider myself one of the lucky few to have met you and to have received a hug and a welcome from you at the Temecula Foundation. What you and Gloria have created along with your dedicated staff is a gift beyond measure.


Since all minds and hearts are joined I haven't a doubt that you know the depth of my gratitude for your contribution and devotion to being the Teacher of Teachers.


And as I strive to comprehend and live the Course you will never be far from my thoughts and for that I am eternally grateful.


Still, I want you to know I miss you so.

Memorial Tribute by

Pamir Kabob House

We are always saddened by the death of a good person. It is from sadness that a feeling of gratitude emerges. We feel honored to have known him and blessed that his passing serves as a reminder to us that our time on this beautiful earth is limited and that we should seize the opportunity we have to forgive, share, explore, and love. we can think of no greater way to honor Kenneth Wapnick than to live this way.

Memorial Tribute by

Ruth Groeneveld

Thank You Kenneth,


For your Priesthood,
For showing us the way through
A Course in Miracles


Thank you for your patience
With all our questions through the years.
Although you understood the mystery so well
You helped us grow, from child, to man, to Spirit ...


Thank you for your never ending love
To use the symbols, and more symbols
Over and over again to give us understanding
In revealing the veils to our hidden Love
So that we could learn to rise and shine
In our Glory and Oneness.


Thank you for being one of us
A brother and a friend
So that we could feel the love of Jesus
In our hearts through you.


Thank you for showing me the Light
In teaching me forgiveness
So that finally I could recognize
"Who walks with me" ...


In this dream I will miss you,
always, and every day ...
But in Oneness I will rejoice with you,
and all my brothers One with me:
"There is no death, the Son of God is free."


In love and Light


Thank you,


Ruth Groeneveld

Memorial Tribute by

Barbara Leonard

When I was first introduced to A Course in Miracles in the 1980's, I was thrilled to find a body of work that integrated psychology and spirituality. I soon learned of Ken Wapnick, his relationship with Helen and Bill and his role in assisting to organize the material. It was only after I began to read his books and listen to his CDs that I realized what an absolute treasure this man was. Here was a person that had been on a spiritual quest for much of his life, was trained in psychotherapy and was a gifted and inspirational teacher. His understanding of the Course and his expertise in explaining it bring a clarification that is helpful beyond anything or anyone I have ever encountered.


I very much wanted to meet Ken in person and signed up for his week long workshop to be held in March of2014. Now that meeting is not to be but I actually feel like I already know him. I listen to or read his works almost daily and know I will continue to tum to him for clarification. His teachings are consistent and truthful. One feels that he really "got it". He inspired us all to try to practice forgiveness every moment of every day, to be kind to each other. He was a perfect example of principle #8 in Chapter 2 of the Text, "Special Principles of Miracle Workers"; "I am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent Him Who sent me."


The Course says that we do not die because we are not bodies and I know that Ken fully believed that. We are only spirit. And so I say to you, Ken, thank you for all your hard work, dedication and shining example. You were, and will continue to be, immensely helpful to me and countless others as we continue along our journeys.


In love and gratitude,


Barbara Leonard

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