Tony Bernardi

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In Pursuit of Understanding

Studying the Original Text of A Course in Miracles with Tony Bernardi

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

 Location: Bethesda, Maryland

 Cost: $30 per class session

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Click here to purchase the required text book for this class: A Course in Miracles Urtext Manuscripts Complete Seven Volume Combined Edition Compiled and annotated by Doug Thompson

Syllabus & Description

The purpose of this class is to present the insights and teachings of the Course and provide a clear and in depth understanding of its ideas as a means to enhance the experience of the new and experienced Course student.  These classes aim to go beyond the superficial reading and personal interpretation of the Course material by providing the student a diligent and scholarly study discipline.  The main text used in this class is the original version (Ur-Text) of the Course and is presented in the order it was received and scribed by Helen Schucman, line by line, and word for word highlighting every idea in context.  Other works are incorporated in class as they are referenced in the Course or become relevant to the understanding of its text. 

The main difference between this class and other typical ACIM groups or classes is that this class makes the primary focal point of its study the original text and treats it as a conversation and does not emphasize the workbook or its use at this time.  The workbook and other material came later and were perhaps intended to expand the fundamentals of the Course.  These classes aim at building a formidable foundation for the ideas in the Course upon which all other related material can be better understood.

This in depth method of study benefits the new student as well as the experienced student equally.  The imperative prerequisites for this class are the diligence and commitment of the Course student to be present in mind and open in heart in order to fully understand and incorporate this material.

The presentation segment of every class is recorded and available for purchase. Although it is recommended to attend all classes, students can attend classes intermittently knowing they can purchase  previously recorded lectures.

Class Structure

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm   Meditation & Opening (30 min)

7:30 pm – 8:15 pm   Presentation of Text (45 min)

8:15 pm – 8:30 pm   Break (15 min)

8:30 pm – 9:15 pm   Interactive Group Discussion & Review (45 min)

9:15 pm – 9:30 pm   Closing (15 min)


Every class session begins with 30 minutes allotted for student arrival, meditation and stillness of mind.  All students are encouraged to take advantage of this time and space in order to quiet their mind before the main lecture.  The presentation can not be interrupted while in session.  When late, the students are asked to wait until the break period before entering the class to minimize interruption. 

The presentation segment of the class promptly begins at 7:30 pm.  Presented in every class are approximately 5 ideas.  The emphasis of the presentation is specifically highlighting the text without much interpretation.  The material is given its due respect by thoroughly and carefully presenting, relating, and referencing the text.  Other edited versions might be consulted when they enhance understanding, but are never the focal point.  The students are asked to record their questions and present them to the group in the interactive portion of the class.  A short break follows this segment.

The interactive segment of the class consists of relevant group discussions about the material presented and addresses pending student questions.  This segment is far from a group therapy session and focuses on understanding the material without overly personalizing any idea.  The class ends with a short closing period promptly at 9:30 pm.

Interested students are required to register above to ensure receipt of class session updates.  A one time registration is mandatory to reserve a student seat.

Advanced student optional class work:

  • Create summary notes and teach aids for self use
  • Investigate spiritual texts related to the Course and give comparison/contrast presentations
  • Present specific Course topics and learn how to teach Course concepts and ideas
  • Create and take tests to demonstrate understanding of the Course
  • Create a personal edited version of the Course with personal annotations and chapter headings
  • Write essays on personal understandings of the Course