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I heard Ken Wapnick quip that the Course is not for 17 year olds, not for 27 year olds and arguably not even for 37 year olds.
I understand what he's getting at I think....while we're young we're often wrapped up in our ego's and too attached to our illusions.
What do you guys think?
I was 19 when I started the Course and it was exactly what I needed. I agree with what Patri said - it is all about when you're ready. Age doesn't matter. :)
Totally agree Corinne. It's more about when you are mentally and spiritually ready than a number. It's a person to person thing.
I think that if he said that, then it makes me think his opinions may be wrong.
I agree that you'll find it when you're ready. I mean, I'm only 21! I've read a lot of books about the Course, including some of Wapnick's books, which have given me a great foundation for studying. If you're determined to figure it out, you will. It surprises me that Wapnick would say that and "buy into" the illusions of bodies. I mean, age is an illusion too, right? But still, no teacher is perfect.
You rock the Course Carly! And you're a spring chicken! :)
Thanks Corinne! It's so funny, after I wrote that comment I read a chapter of Wapnick's Few Choose to Listen and encountered his discussion of humility vs. arrogance (humility=right-mindedness and arrogance=ego). In it, he gives an example of his arrogance when he read Goethe's Faust in college. He felt that the second half of Faust was hard to understand and boring. He explained "learned critique" to his college professor, and his professor simply said "Read it again." This, to me, gives an example of why Wapnick would say that the Course isn't for young people, though I feel anyone can be susceptible to these feelings of having figured it all out and knowing it all. After reading this I realized that I have definitely experienced these types of feelings with the Course.
Wapnick says "Humility would have students recognize that A Course in Miracles is unlike any other spirituality they have seen, and therefore what is required of them is the openness to being taught by it, rather than their unconsciously teaching the Course what it is saying."
It always comes back to openness/willingness, doesn't it? :)
It sure does come back to willingness. That was a beautiful example - thank you so much for sharing!! :) xoxo
So great to meet you Carly!
I should mention that he said this in response to a father who was thinking of telling his teenage daughter about the Course. It's one thing to be a young person and be open to the ideas of the Course, but it's another to be a Course student wanting to share it with someone who is younger and perhaps not yet ready for it. :)
This is beautiful Suzanne! Teaching by example :)