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Edgar Cayce Institute of Intuitive Studies offers two versions of this important training for those who wish to become a spiritual mentor or teach others about finding Mission in Life.

Mark Thurston, Ph.D. offers this course in a home study version and a special classroom version held in Virginia Beach this February.

To learn more about the Home Study Version


Below is his letter to prospective students about the classroom version coming up soon:

Dear Students for “Becoming a Teacher of ‘Finding Your Mission in Life.’”

Our course IS 525 can commence just after New Years, using the Study Guide/Workbook and tapes I’ll be sending you.  (Note:  IS stands for Intuitive Studies, and this course has been placed in that part of the curriculum because of the frequent use of intuitive methods in helping people to find a life’s purpose.)

Our course will be a 5-day intensive, meeting from 9 am until about 5 pm each day, from February 20 through 24, 2002.  The first two days will be at ARE, at 67th and Atlantic Ave.  I am still working on the site for the remain three days, which may be at my home, about 10 minutes drive from the ARE.  In addition to the 5 days of residential work, there will be assignments to complete and send to me after February 24, including a “practicum” in which you do a demonstration project of helping three people with one-on-one work  OR  a workshop to a small group.

Between early January and our first class session February 20,  you will be focusing on a personal exploration to clarify your own mission statement.  I’d like everyone to go through the exercises in the Study Guide/Workbook before we gather on February 20.  Since you will have access to the materials in early January, that will give you about six weeks, which should be ample time.

I developed these materials out of my book Soul-Purpose: Discovering and Fulfilling Your Destiny.  (This book, plus Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose are the two books you will need for the course.)   I’ve created worksheets at the end of the Study Guide/Workbook to be completed at various phases of your progress through the course.

There are also some cassette tapes with guided experiences that will come with the Study Guide in early January.  The Study Guide/Workbook will tell you when to play a particular tape.  (Note:  Sometimes a guided imagery experience or meditation on the tape does not fill the entire side of the cassette.  For example, one experience lasts only about 10 minutes and fills only about one-third of the tape on that side.  For other tapes, nearly the entire side is used.)

The steps that you'll follow in the various modules of the workbook are the same steps that I've used with hundreds of people in the past 15 years.  I've presented a weekend seminar on this topic in more than 40 U.S. cities and in 6 foreign countries.

Once you receive it in early January, read, study, and do all exercises in the Study Guide/Workbook for the Introduction and Modules 1 through 6.   Bring the Study Guide/Workbook and the results of your efforts to the first session in Virginia Beach.

Try to pace yourself so that you will have had the chance to complete all the Modules before our first session.  By having gone through this self-discovery process for yourself – at least a preliminary version of it – we can better address the subject of how we teach the material to other people, in a variety of formats.

Between now and February 20, there are only a few things you need to do:

  • Complete at least the first pass through the Modules of the Study Guide/Workbook, as described above;

  • Keep a dream journal.  Even dream fragments.  We’re going to focus especially on your own life-purpose clarification, and dreams may begin to give us some clues.

  • Order a copy of my books  a) Soul-Purpose: Discovering and Fulfilling Your Destiny and b)  Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose.  The second book is an ARE Press publication and most easily available via ARE Press from the ARE website   Both books should also be available via

  • Get your lodging arranged if you are coming from out of town.  You can call ARE and ask them to mail you an “alternative housing list” – that is,  ARE members who have a room to rent to a conferee or AU student.  Call  757-428-3588 ext. 7400 and ask for this.  Once the list comes, then you have to make calls to people on the list to see if a room is available when you want it

I’m looking forward to working with you on this course.  Call me if you have questions:  757-437-7200  or  send an email to

My best,

Mark Thurston, Ph.D.

Faculty Member

One final note:  At the end of the study guide/workbook I’m mailing out to registered student during the first week of January, there is a lengthy set of worksheets.  If you anticipate wanting to use some of the worksheets for clients or students you may have in the future, then treat this set as your “masters” and either photocopy them before you write your own responses OR make your personal responses onto blank sheets of paper instead of directly onto these worksheets.

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