Are you ready to find out what Love feels like as A FORCE?Are you ready to move from thinking and talking about spiritual ideas to living them, practicing them and seeing results?
The beginning... the discovery...
Their feet in the sand, the sun on their faces, the Teachers of God Foundation began as conversation between Bill Free and Lisa Natoli as they sat near the ocean in Maine in the summer of 2012.
Both Lisa and Bill were already dedicated teachers of A Course in Miracles, both passionate about the message contained in the book, but they discovered that a lot of people (themselves included) were stuck in ideas and concepts, living more at the intellectual head level and not so much at the heart level.
Are These Ideas Even Spiritual?
Moving out of the old model
They talked about their desire to create a space that was totally uncompromising to the message of A Course in Miracles and bring the conceptual teachings to the specifics of daily living – to be in the world but not of the world – and how this isn’t mountain-top teaching but is practical and relevant in our lives.
They talked about how much they wanted to move out of the old model of “sitting around and discussing the Course” into the practical application of the ideas, really LIVING these ideas, practicing forgiveness, finding the blocks and obstacles to Love’s Presence and doing something about them. They wanted to help people to actually have the direct experience of peace and happiness that the Course promises.
Fast forward 10 years
Bill and Lisa discovered they found the peace and happiness they were seeking, but it wasn’t permanent or lasting for them or most Course in Miracles students or teachers they knew.
This led Bill to begin looking into the direct nondual path of Advaita. Although many ACIM teachers say the Course is nondual, his experience of this is that it’s a dualistic approach, and it was keeping him stuck. Bill was guided to Advaita teachers Mooji, Rupert Spira and others over the past 10 years, and when he met Rupert, he knew his search was over. He discovered that what he really is is Awareness, the missing piece hidden in plain sight and the piece that leads to lasting peace, happiness, and Self-realization.
For Lisa, she experienced a lot of resistance to look at any other teaching other than A Course in Miracles. She’d been studying and living ACIM principles since 1992 (almost 30 years) and had devoted her life to Jesus and the message. So when Bill began following the nondual path, Lisa didn’t want to hear about it. Until, that is, she reached a place in 2018 where she knew she had gone as far as she could with A Course in Miracles. She had studiously done the workbook lessons 20 times in 20 years, in an uncompromising way. She knew every word in the text, in every edition ever published. And she still wasn’t understanding what it meant to “know thyself.” So with an open mind, she began to look at the teachings of Rupert Spira, Francis Lucille, Ellen Emmet and Jean Klein – which uses non-Christian language – words like awareness, knowing, consciousness and Being to describe “I Am” and Self-realization. With this new way of seeing from a different perspective with non-religious language, the understanding of Self was suddenly clear.
Lisa then returned to A Course in Miracles (which she loves) and found that the message of awakening and oneness was always there and available to all, but she needed to hear it in a different way (from a nondual perspective) to see the simplicity of knowing the Self, our true nature.
It was in March of 2020 right at the beginning of the world’s attention on COVID-19, Bill had just returned from a two-month Journey of trust traveling with no customary means of support (no $ or credit cards) across the United States with his friend James Twyman, that Bill intuited to read each of the workbook lessons on a live broadcast every day for the next year in a retranslation from the dualistic language of the Course to a more nondual understanding from the direct path. It started with only a few people interested, and then within a couple of months there were hundreds of people following every day to watch and hear the retranslation into more nondual wording and clarity.
From here Bill knew he was onto something that was helping Course and non-Course students have a more direct experience (a revelation even) of knowing the Self they had been seeking and he himself Self-realized his true nature. He had discovered a bridge to understanding and having the direct experience of what he was always looking for, hidden in plain sight.
Bill loves the Course, and the nondual understanding helped him to see its deeper pointing by cutting through the dualistic and religious language to a nondual direct experience of knowing, This is where God takes the last step, mentioned in the Course and sought after by many dedicated Course Students. Heaven is known and the Self is realized at last. This is Not the goal of A Course in Miracles, but it is its purpose to lead one beyond itself to a direct experience of Awakening: “The Real World,” “The Borderland,” “The Resurrection.”
The Teachers of God Foundation (TGF)
The Foundation, which originally began with a focus on the progressive path of A Course in Miracles has naturally evolved to include an integration with the nondual direct path. Our joint venture work through Pure Presence Conferences is a graceful example of bringing these two paths together for a more direct experience of awakening.
This is the new direction of the Teachers of God Foundation as we continue our mission and vision in the world to support people in the Great Awakening and help them realize they don’t have to suffer and what A Course in Miracles points to is available NOW.
To reflect our mission of providing space for those on the path of recognizing their true being as Awareness, pure Presence, and integrating this as a way of life by being a bridge from a progressive approach as in A Course in Miracles and the nondual direct approach of knowing this as a direct experience, we’ll continue to be known as The Teachers of God Foundation and IntegratedAwakening.org. Our partnership with Pure Presence Productions LLC, founded by Bill Free in 2020, will continue as a vehicle for bringing truth seekers and teachers of the progressive paths and nondual traditions together through conferences and online offerings for the direct experience of awakening and knowing the truth of our shared Being.
OUR MISSION: Our mission is to inspire, encourage and support individuals to realize the Self in this lifetime, and then take it one step further and TO LIVE this understanding in all they do. We provide a space for those on the path of recognizing their true being as Awareness, pure Presence, and integrating this as a way of life by being a bridge from a progressive approach as in A Course in Miracles and the nondual direct approach of knowing this as a direct experience.
WHO WE ARE: We are individuals from around the world who have had an awakening experience through the practice of A Course in Miracles. We have dedicated our lives to God and to teach only love and to be a healing presence in the world.
WHAT WE DO: We encourage, inspire and support individuals to undergo a transformation from fear to love. We are devoted to supporting people in their awakening to Love’s Presence – your natural inheritance – through the practice of A Course in Miracles.
TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS: Teachers of God Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax–exempt organization. All donations to Teachers of God Foundation are tax-deductible. We are grateful for your support – thank you!
Our deepest intention and vision is that all beings awaken to the knowing of their true Self, live as an expression of this, and realize there is an immediate way out of suffering and confusion through the simple recognition of the Awareness of Love's Presence, our essential nature.
What was most exciting to Bill and Lisa was for people to begin witnessing miracles and RESULTS, due to their putting these principles into practice and into action.
They heard from a lot of serious dedicated teachers that they were still experiencing doubt and conflict, still judging themselves, still feeling guilty, still feeling stuck, still angry, still confused about money, still having difficulties with health issues, paying bills.
It was like everyone was secretly thinking about (and wanting) abundance, vibrant health and miracles, but many were only quoting the Course with ideas like “I’m not a body” and “I need do nothing.” And “I have everything” (meanwhile experiencing sickness, lack, loneliness, and frustration).
Thousands of people have reported that after years of struggling, they are experiencing joy, freedom, peace and best of all: authenticity.
Initially, the TGF advisors and accountants strongly encouraged charging money for this program since it was a complete program designed for awakening.
It was not a teaser free program like you often see leading to a paid program. It was a complete program that some places would charge hundreds or thousands of dollars for: 43 videos, 43 days, 43 practices (3 days of preparation and 40 days of watching your mind, feelings, emotions, attitudes and getting to know God).
But the instruction to Lisa and Bill was very clear: it is to be a free program, and to remain free.
The first time the 40-Day Program was offered in May 2013, there was 287 participants. Today, over 20,000 people have taken it.
The 40 Day Program is a trip into the desert of your own mind, a space you give yourself for something totally new to emerge. An open field for awakening and transformation to occur.
Thousands of people have reported that after years of struggling, that they are experiencing joy, freedom, peace and best of all: authenticity.
If you like what you're reading and want to get started with the free 40 Day Program for Transformation right away, you can register for an upcoming 40 Day Program here. »
being themselves, without the fear.
Over the years, the Teachers of God Foundation has created other online programs to overcome doubt, end fear, heal money blocks and to move out of "thinking" into action using love, gratitude and forgiveness and the principles of A Course in Miracles.
We encourage them to acknowledge this Presence in all things.
And to USE this Power for healing in every department of their life.
You don’t have to suffer.
Over the years, the Teachers of God Foundation has developed a reputation for being grounded, practical, down-to-earth and fun.
No topic is off-limits. We encourage people to express their fear so they can look at it, see it for what it is and allow healing to occur.
We discourage spiritual concepts being thrown around because you heard it or read it somewhere. We do encourage experimentation – using the ideas, applying them, seeing that they work.
Transformation is a dismantling of your thought system of fear – so it’s going to be messy. It’s going to be disorienting. It’s going to be fearful, for a moment. We get it.
The Teachers of God Foundation was founded as a place for people to go through this dismantling of their minds, to go through transformation in all its messiness and have the support of other teachers and individuals who had gone through it themselves.
We saw it as a place of joining, lifting each other up, calling each other home.
We saw that some spiritual communities bash people for “being human”, for making money, for working jobs, for being worldly, for expressing their fears – and we wanted to create a place for people to feel safe to express what they are going through without being criticized.
We also were very clear we didn’t want people to get stuck in a spiritual community, because that happens too!
One place that people can get stuck is when they find “their people” – their community – they find kind, loving, spiritual people who want to serve – and that can become another prison. So we wanted to always keep the focus on moving people forward – which is a journey inward.
“A major contribution of miracles is their strength in releasing you from your false sense of isolation, deprivation and lack.” –A Course in Miracles
Are you ready to REALLY change
the picture of yourself & your life?
Are you done with acting like you have everything when you can’t even pay your bills? Are you ready to find out FOR REAL what is blocking your abundance?
And then, this is the best part, are you ready to do something about that block and not just hope and wish it goes away?
Are you ready to find out what Love feels like as A FORCE?
Are you ready to take your place as the light of the world?
If this feels too big or too scary, then are you ready to be free of conflict and doubt?
Imagine what your life will look like (and feel like) when you have direct access to peace in every situation.
Our programs are designed to lead you there!
Step in and find the program that’s right for you.