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We are very pleased to be able to offer you another chance to join us in our Foundation Study Program! The response from students who have taken the class has been overwhelmingly positive. We hope you will take a moment to read some of their comments about their experience this year.
The Text is the foundation of A Course in Miracles. Doing the Course is simply a process of learning and internalizing its thought system, and the Text is where that thought system is laid out. It is an unparalleled spiritual tour de force. Careful study of it will change your outlook in ways that perhaps nothing else can.
Many students, however, find the Text to be very hard going. Many do not finish it, and even those who make it through, perhaps repeatedly, wish they had a deeper grasp of what they were reading.
The Text Reading Program is designed to guide you, in detail, through the Text in one year, so that you can finally get a deep grasp on this spiritual masterpiece. Your year can begin at any time—whenever you choose to sign up. The Text has been divided up into a daily reading schedule for weekdays only (there are no reading assignments on the weekends).
Note: Those who purchase the program between November 15 and December 29 will start January 1 of the following year. If you want to start sooner, call us at 928-282-0790.
Once you sign up, here is what you will receive:
The night before each weekday you will receive, via e-mail, your reading material for that weekday. This reading will usually be a single section from the Text, accompanied by commentary after each paragraph, written by Robert Perry or Greg Mackie. The commentary for each section will also include several exercises for practical application of the material.
In the early chapters of the Text, Robert and Greg have filled out the sections with material from the Course's original typescript, the Urtext, as this often adds clarity, enrichment, and specificity to the material in the familiar blue book. Later in the Text, they have indicated the words that were originally emphasized in the Urtext. This too often adds clarity and meaning.
On Wednesday of each week of reading, you will receive via e-mail a link to a one-hour class recording, in which you can hear Robert and Greg review the major themes of that week's readings and field questions.
Additionally, you will also receive a number of extra, optional readings to fill out your understanding of particular Text sections.
You will be given a page on our website which contains an archive of all the commentaries that have been sent to you, the related readings, and all the class recordings. Once you have completed the class, this page will be your permanent archive of the class materials.
Finally, you will have the ability to “pause” the e-mails coming to you. This means that you won't fall behind if you go away for a few days—you simply pause the program, and restart it when you return!
As you can see, there is a huge amount of material for the year's program. Based on the experience of those who have gone through it, we guarantee that it will keep you immersed in your study for the whole year! Also, please know that this material is not currently available anywhere else. This material is only available to students of our one year Foundation Study program.
We first offered this program in 2006 (which is when the commentaries were written and the classes recorded). The feedback we received from those who participated was extremely positive, and we have come to believe that this is one of the most valuable services we have ever offered.
Sign up now for a program that will profoundly change your understanding of and relationship with A Course in Miracles. We hope you will join us on this adventure of the mind!
$300 for the full year if you pay up front. (The page you are now reading is the page for this option.) You can also choose our monthly payment plan, in which you can pay 12 payments of $27 per month. You can also choose to purchase the commentaries one quarter at a time. (You must start with the first quarter and get the quarters consecutively.)
We believe this is incredible value for a program that will fill your year with in-depth study of the Course. However, if you are unable to afford this amount, please let us know. We will not turn anyone away for lack of ability to pay, and we just ask that you pay what you can. We also ask that, for those of you who can easily afford the program, you consider giving an amount above the figure we ask, so that others with less ability to pay are supported in being able to do this program.
Please Note: These Text commentaries are a paid subscription service. If you would like to use them in a study group, or have interested friends or family members, we ask that these individuals sign up for the program directly, rather than copies being distributed to them free of charge. We do offer a group discount of 30% off for 3 or more people. Interested parties can contact us for details. We try to be very generous with our materials, but our livelihood does depend on sales of materials like the Text commentaries. Thank you for your consideration.
During the first ten days of reading (two weeks worth) you may cancel your subscription at any time. This is to give you every opportunity to fully sample the program before making a final commitment to the program. If, during the first 10 days, you wish to cancel your subscription, send an email to email@example.com saying you wish to do so, and you will be given a full refund.
For more information, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at the number above. We hope that you will join us for this truly enlightening program.
What is the difference between Allen Watson's Text commentaries and the Circle's Text Reading Program?
While both contain commentary on each paragraph in the Text, along with the Text paragraphs themselves, Allen's Text commentaries are longer and more in-depth. They are obtained by ordering a chapter at a time, and then downloading it from our website.
The commentaries in the Text Reading Program, written by Robert Perry and Greg Mackie, are shorter than Allen's. Their commentary on a paragraph is usually about 1 1/2 times the length of the paragraph itself. They are kept short because of another difference: The Text Reading Program is designed to get you through the Text in one year. This includes e-mails sent to your inbox each weekday, containing both the Text section itself and commentary on it. The Text Reading Program also includes weekly recorded teleclasses summarizing that week's sections. And it contains optional reading to fill out one's appreciation of particular Text sections.
The Reading program has been a wonderful experience. I know I have a lifetime of study ahead of me and this was a great way to start. It was amazing how I would be strugging with some situation and the reading for that day would contain the answer! Thank you so much for an outstanding experience.
This course is a priceless gift to anyone who wants to fully understand the awesome teachings of A Course in Miracles. Robert and Greg are experts at bringing the ideas to life and making the sometimes challenging Text not just understandable, but rich with meaning and poignancy. They are like lantern bearers lighting up the path and making it so much easier to follow. With their guidance I feel that I have been able to appreciate and integrate the Course at a whole new level in my life. This, in turn, is having very noticeable results for the better in my personal and working life. I love the way they work together, and how they bring insight, humor, and wisdom to their classes and commentaries. If you've been "flirting" with A Course In Miracles and are now ready for a "meaningful relationship" I can think of no better course to take!
To the Course students who have had trouble deciphering the text or staying committed to the Course, this is the class for you. Robert and Greg do an amazing job of explaining every paragraph and after a while everything just clicks. I have an understanding of the Course now that I know would have taken me years to accomplish on my own. Listening to them talk each week was inspiring and uplifting and their great sense of humor only added to the enjoyment. It is challenging to put into words exactly how grateful I am for this life-changing class. Thank you Robert and Greg!
—Donna Farrell Hendrzak
I am in love with the Course again and I am so grateful to Robert and Greg. I have been reading A Course in Miracles off and on for many years. This year I studied it. Like many others, I'm irrevocably drawn to this book, but on my own I've stumbled over parts I didn't understand and drifted off when my busy life took priority over consistency. In retrospect I can see that I was just skimming the surface. This year, prodded by the Holy Spirit, I took the Text class offered by Robert Perry and Greg Mackie and found myself immersed like never before. Daily readings with insightful explanations and applications by two of the best Course scholars available, and weekly classes of the material—an hour chock full of fascinating information and personal questions answered with kindness, humor, and directness—have given me a new appreciation for this same Course I've loved for years. With Robert and Greg as tour guides it's been an amazing journey into the genius and magnitude of this material. Along the way errors have been shed, personal ego-traps were identified, and inspiration lightened my heart. If you feel guided, don't miss this opportunity.
Robert Perry and Greg Mackie's Text Reading Program translates the beautiful poetry of each paragraph into everyday common language, making the valuable meaning of each sentence easily understood. I would read a passage and not understand it at all and then after reading their commentary it would be crystal clear and I couldn't imagine how I didn't understand it previously! I am able to apply the teachings to daily life.
I would recommend that anyone who feels drawn to the Text reading program offered by the Circle of Atonement go ahead and take the plunge without hesitation. Previously, I had never succeeded in completely reading the Text. This program kept me moving forward, made me accountable, and helped me to grow in so many ways. Participating in the Text reading program in 2006 was definitely the best thing that I did for myself this year.
The Text Reading Program has been an absolutely invaluable tool in my attempts to understand and implement in my daily life the teachings of A Course in Miracles. There is nothing else in my years of studying the Course that has helped me so much!
It's like a global spiritual community where like minded people come together to explore the Text of ACIM. The Wednesday teleclass is like a midweek infusion of Truth that feels like what I would like church to feel like: a grounding yet exalting remembrance of who we really are.
Robert and Greg's sustained and contagious enthusiasm, along with their intelligence, insight, and wit create a fun climate of Spiritual scholarship that helps to make the text more intelligible and alive. They're extraordinarily gifted and I feel grateful to have been able to experience their gifts.
I have been fortunate to be a part of the Circle of Atonement's yearlong Text program. Receiving daily assigned readings, complete with Urtext discrepancies and commentary by Robert Perry and Greg Mackie, helped me better understand the Course in so many ways. The daily e-mails gave me a structure that was lacking when I tried to read through the Course on my own. And Robert and Greg's insights helped me understand and assimilate the Course's otherwise complex and difficult passages. Finally, the weekly Text discussions between Greg and Robert brought the meaning of Jesus' messages even closer to home. And if I couldn't join the discussion group live, I could always listen to the recording on my own time.
I will do this again next year, and the next, and the next. This program is amazing.
I would like to say that this year has been too amazing to actually put into words. I have felt enveloped in the love of you two for the last eleven months and worry about how I will feel at the end of December when this all comes to an end. Being a relative newcomer to the Course, I started studying about three years ago, I worried about how I would manage with so many who have studied it for much longer. You always made us feel that no question was too imposing although I have to admit I was too shy to ask any! Even when so many of us fell behind you treated us as kind older brothers would and encouraged us in a way that was totally gentle and loving. The sheer magnitude of your commitment astounds me.
Robert and Greg did a beautiful and creative piece of work in making A Course in Miracles accessible. Even though I've attended many study groups, I loved having the course delivered daily to my doorstep—well, okay, e-mail box. The e-mail approach has kept me better focused. I can honestly say I'll finally complete the reading of the entire text and I've been at this for twenty years!
It was fascinating to see the Urtext inserted alongside the published/official version of the Course and to have Robert and Greg's comments. Both guys give superb commentary on all parts of the text, which helps move the insights deeper. Their fresh approach and their willingness to answer individual follow up questions was greatly appreciated and helpful. Thank you so much.
The yearlong study of the Text (with its readings and teleconference) is an incredible way to gain a better understanding of ACIM theory. Individual sentences, paragraphs, and sections come alive with their essential meaning and in context to the whole. The inclusion of Urtext and commentary was enlightening and brought new insight to many areas that are difficult to understand on their own. Robert and Greg have a tremendous comprehension of the Course and provide down-to-earth explanations. I know of no better way to learn the message of the Text than this course offered by Robert and Greg.
Robert and Greg have a way of putting the language of the Text into simple, concrete terms that makes it both easier to understand and easier to apply to everyday life. To me their personal stories and insights "hit home" and illuminate Text principles like never before. I am most grateful for their ministry to me through this work.
—Loretta M. Siani, Ph.D.
This was a wonderful experience going through the Text with the commentary. It motivated me to have the structure, and many times the commentary helped me to gain a deeper or clearer understanding of the Text. I found it very helpful to have the Urtext differences included and commented on. I especially appreciated the application sections. These encouraged me to slow down and have an experience of letting the teachings of the Course really sink in. I also enjoyed knowing that I was part of a community of Course students taking this journey together for the year.
Thank you to both of you for all of your labor of love. What a gift to the Course community! I will recommend it to others.
The profound teachings of the Course are so much easier to comprehend through each commentary's analogies and examples of everyday life situations. The applications of the concepts asking us not only to think of a person or situation but to use a specific name in the exercise make it increasingly difficult to justify our ego's thought system. The teachings are like standing on a chair seeing over the hedges of a garden maze, seeing the way out. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience the Course on such a practical basis.
I have never found material more profound and life changing. Up to now I thought my ego served me well. It now seems like a abusive parent and me the child that didn't know better. I just trusted it and stuck by it even though it kept dishing out conflict. Thanks Robert and Greg
The class has helped me connect with the Text as never before. The clear and down-to-earth commentary on the daily reading as well as the weekly phone summary have been invaluable. Besides the clarity, the common sense and humor just lighten up the journey that's already been made. So glad to connect with all "the mighty companions"—hearing others on the phone conference calls makes tangible the Circle.
A Course in Miracles found me in 1990. Since then I have read and studied the Text through at least once a year. I thought I knew it pretty well. However this year has been a real eye-opener. Studying the Course with your day-by-day guidance has given me so many new insights into that wonderful book. With better understanding I see myself using more of the Course teachings in my daily life. Best of all-many of those little question marks I made in the margins have been erased. I shall be forever grateful for this year of Text study.
For a deeper and more meaningful experience with the Text, I highly recommend the Long Distance Learning Program offered by the Circle of Atonement. Sharing with so many like-minded students from around the globe triggers new questions and brings the richness of many points of view. The most important learning experience for me was seeing the Urtext version juxtaposed with the published version. While they are not substantially different in meaning, the nuances in the Urtext presented by the wide use of italics for emphasis on key words helps make the original intent of nearly all the passages so much clearer for me. Any Course student would benefit by this yearlong study.
The Text Reading Program has been a godsend to me. I wouldn't have gotten through the Course Text within a year without it, much less understood what I was reading.
After twenty years with the Course, this year with the Text study group has made me understand the Text in a way I have never understood it before. I understand on a much different level (it seems)—I'm sooooo grateful! The Text study group has been so important. I have a much deeper "contact" with the Holy Spirit today—I understand in a different way my deep need of the Holy Spirit. I could give you a thousand reasons for joining up—it has been an amazing revelation. The other day I was caught by a feeling of anguish—what am I going to do when this year has come to an end? This has been my "morning paper," reminding me, encouraging me, supporting me, loving me. I'm so grateful.
If it were not for your enlightening Text class, we would still be floundering in an intellectual soup. The soup was mighty tasty, but was difficult to get our teeth into without your brilliant observations, comparisons, and analogies. We especially appreciate that the explanations are downloadable, printable, and the fifty-two conference calls are recordable. All can be used over and over again.
We appreciated your unbiased and open-minded approach to our questions and your quick response to those questions. We know this is a vast body of work that you have given us and we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts.
—Sylvia and Cap Lyons
Brenda and I have gained so much from your Text reading notes. Our understanding and appreciation of the Course has plumbed new depths.
Although the Course has been in my life since 1992, for most of the intervening years I would classify myself as virtually a "Course Text dyslexic." My resistance to understanding the words of the Text has been extraordinary. The personal agony and frustration I've put myself through beggars description. And yet, by and large, I haven't experienced the same problems with the Workbook or Manual.
Then, in answer to my prayers, you guys commenced the Text reading program. This has helped me tremendously. Quite often I still try to make sense of a seemingly incomprehensible paragraph, read your interpretation of its substance, reread the paragraph, and invariably have a light-bulb moment.
Brenda and I have rarely missed a beat following the program—it has been a revelation for both of us.
—Don De Lene
Having studied the Course faithfully for twenty-eight years, I never imagined the insights and miracles I would receive from your commentaries on the Text!
The daily e-mails are always looked forward to and your comments on each paragraph have made the Course a lot easier to understand. I can truly say that this course has made an incredible difference to my life. I had purchased ACIM some several years previously, but found it very difficult to get through. Getting your e-mails daily gave me the chance to take the Course in acceptable bite size chunks and dwell on each email for at least twenty-four hours before reading the next.
I wholeheartedly recommend anyone investing what is a small amount in order to see the world from the perspective of what is real, and have the opportunity to change their lives together with those who are close to them.
The Text Reading program from the Circle of Atonement is like everything else which comes from the Circle: nothing less than totally inspiring. The fact that Robert and Greg share of themselves so intimately and how they relate their own thinking and feelings to the Course makes the readings so alive! I use them in my class at church each week, where all the participants agree the readings give greater and more clear perspective of the Course.
—Rev. Jerry Cusimano
I would like to send encouragement to anyone thinking about taking this course. When I heard about it last January, I had just joined a small discussion group in Charlottesville, Virginia, after trying to read the ACIM texts on my own. Your course has been a very powerful tool to keep me on track, reading and absorbing just a few pages each day. This process has been an invaluable source of inner peace during this past year. Thanks for all you do to spread the wonderful messages of hope in these texts.
I do want to thank both Greg and you for the Text Reading Program. It has been a wonderful experience. It has allowed me to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. My journey on my path could not have taken place without the Circle's work!
The Text class offers insights I never had alone and could not have, because of the deep understanding you have and share.