KI USA has policies on the following:
Max Kappeler’s work is not associated with, nor endorsed by, any religious organization. The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being is not affiliated with any other group or individuals.
The KI USA does offer a small number of books and recordings by authors other than Max Kappeler. These works are either owned and copyrighted by the KI USA (as with Denise Breton, Joel Jessen), or the KI USA has been given special permission to distribute materials (as with John W. Doorly).
Max Kappeler’s Copyrights. The KI USA owns and actively protects Max Kappeler’s English language copyrights. The purpose for this protection is to maintain the integrity of Kappeler’s work for future generations. All rights are reserved by KI USA.
Permission to use Kappeler’s copyrighted works can easily be obtained by contacting KI USA. See Permission for Use policy.
Fair use/special permission by KI USA of copyrighted materials includes:
- Making hard or electronic copies of KI USA books and recorded classes for you own use. For example, you can burn a CD for the car, or download a electronic copy of a book, and then a copy to your tablet or phone. KI USA gives special permission for students to make copies for family and a very limited number of friends.
- Creating links to the KI USA website within your website or blog.
- KI USA gives special permission for students to create very limited numbers of handouts for a no-fee class or for friends as long as proper citations are added to each page (see Examples of Proper Citation below).
- KI USA gives special permission for students to create CDs/electronic copy of KI USA classes for family/friends that cannot do this for themselves, as long as proper citations are added to each CD or filename (see Examples of Proper Citation; CDs and Filenames below).
Please obtain written permission if you want to use KI USA’s copyrighted work for a class you are charging a fee for, or if you want to do something that falls within the Prohibited list below.
Examples of proper citation:
- From Max Kappeler, The Four Levels of Spiritual Consciousness, 1970, Kappeler Institute Publishing, p. 92.
- Source: Max Kappeler, The Four Levels of Spiritual Consciousness, 1970, p. 92 (http://kappelerinstitute.org/fourlevels.pdf )
- Filenames: Should include “Max Kappeler” and tapecode or part of title
- CDs: Write or print on CD the Tapecode & Title, author/teacher, and www.kappelerinstitute.org
Copyright law expressly prohibits the following:
- Photocopying or reproducing pamphlets, diagrams, or other published or unpublished writings for use by others. Sending electronic copies of books and recorded classes to others. Instead, send friends links to the KI USA website, where they can download the items themselves.
- Making copies of, duplicating, or distributing audio/video recordings.
- Publishing audio/video recordings or written materials in electronic form (for example, publishing it on your website or blog).
- Distributing transcriptions of lectures, classes, or recordings.
This list is a paraphrase of the law, and is not comprehensive. If you would like to use KI USA’s copyrighted works and are unsure as to whether your use requires permission, please contact KI USA.
Copyrights of Other Authors. It is the policy of Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being to respect the copyrights and trademarks of other individuals and organizations. All books and recordings by other authors offered on this KI USA website are sold/distributed with permission of the copyright holder.
We use PayPal as our website shopping cart and merchant service provider. PayPal has significant security measures in place to protect your credit card information. If you have concerns about using this online banking service, here are alternatives:
- You can phone-in or mail your credit card information to KI USA. Credit card payments received in this manner are processed by phone.
- Mail KI USA a personal check after you receive an invoice.
Never fax or e-mail your credit card information! If you order via e-mail or fax, send no payment information—we will send you an invoice. The only “secure” ways to provide credit card numbers to KI USA is by phone, mail, or through our website shopping cart.
Interpretation of Kappeler’s Work. The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being is not responsible for personal interpretations of Max Kappeler’s works; neither for an individual’s choices, statements, and actions based on their understanding of his work (for example, in regards to healing, practice, or teaching). In spiritual studies, states and stages of understanding evolve; viewpoints can change.
Kappeler Institute Not an Authority on the Subject of Science. The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being claims no exclusive rights to the terms “the Science of Christian Science” or “the Science of Being,” and does not present itself as an authority to endorse, control, or regulate works in the subject of Science. The KI USA staff does not comment on the works of other authors or teachers.
Questions about Science. If you have questions about Science, it is best to look for answers in the works of Max Kappeler and Mary Baker Eddy, rather than asking others for their interpretation/understanding of Science. Contact KI USA with your questions, and our staff will recommend where to look in Kappeler’s/MBE’s works for clarification and pondering.
The information published by the Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material are for informational purposes only. The purpose of these publications is to promote broad understanding and knowledge of various philosophical topics in the light of Christian Science. The wide range of topics covered, which include health subjects, are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider(s) with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being does not “endorse” other teachers or works, and since the late 1990’s, no other teacher has taught under the auspices of the KI USA. The KI USA’s mission is focused exclusively on promoting and maintaining Max Kappeler’s English language works (NOTE: A limited number of other author’s works are available for sale through KI USA, with Max Kappeler’s permission. The proceeds of sale of these works goes directly to the KI USA).
KI USA always recommends that students study Kappeler’s original work on the Science of Christian Science. Kappeler’s timeless work on this subject is vital to a full understanding of the Science of Christian Science. We also recommend the works that Max Kappeler based his research work on: the Bible, the books by Mary Baker Eddy, the books of John W. Doorly. For more information, see the Disclaimers section.
Other teachers of Science. As all teachers of Science are independent, they are free to teach their understanding of the subject and are free to research and create their own work on the Science of Christian Science. A teacher’s work stands alone as the product of that teacher and must be judged on its own merits. A teacher may certainly base their work in Science on Kappeler’s work, and anyone may use Kappeler’s quotes or diagrams in their own work (with proper citations). For more information, see the Copyrights policy.
Upon your request, the Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being will mail your gift of books, recordings, or Introductory Packets to individuals, along with a gift card informing the recipient that you ordered the materials for them. Please make sure the recipient is interested in receiving the materials prior to making the request.
The KI USA limits the number of gifts that any one recipient receives without their direct contact with us. This is to assure that recipients are interested in Kappeler’s work and are getting the assistance they need in their study.
The KI USA will not send materials anonymously.
The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being endeavors to place only interested individuals on our mailing list. Your name will be placed on our mailing list under the following conditions:
- You have asked KI to add your name to the mailing list.
- You have ordered books or recordings directly from KI USA.
Individuals may request to have their name removed from the mailing list at any time.
Orders. All of Kappeler’s books and recordings can be ordered directly from Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being via our website, or by phone, fax, or e-mail. If you have a special request, or prefer not to use a credit card online, you can use our KI Book and Recorded Class Order Form (pdf) and mail it to KI USA.
PayPal. We use PayPal as our website shopping cart and merchant service provider. You do not need to have an account with PayPal. PayPal charges your account or credit card at the time of sale. If adjustments need to be made to your invoice, we use PayPal’s refund/payment request processes to correct the charges.
Price Corrections. Prices and shipping costs in the KI USA Catalog and website may not reflect the current/correct price. KI USA reserves the right to, at any time, adjust invoices to reflect the current/correct prices of books, recordings, and shipping charges. We will then create a final invoice that reflects the adjusted total. We commonly adjust invoices to reflect actual shipping costs and special offers.
If you ever have questions about an invoice adjustment, please contact KI USA.
Rights Reserved. The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being reserves the right to refuse to sell or send materials to individuals, groups, or organizations for any reason.
Shipping. Within the USA: We typically use United States Postal Service (USPS) Media Mail unless you request otherwise. Media mail normally takes 4–14 days. Contact KI USA directly if you have not received your mail within a reasonable period of time.
Outside the USA: We use United States Postal Service (USPS), which defaults to Airmail International under 4 lbs, Priority Mail 4 lbs and over. Airmail normally arrives within 4–10 days, although there are some countries where mailing times are much longer. Your order will be shipped using the least expensive option unless you request otherwise.
Returns. Books or recordings may be returned for any reason, as long as they are returned within a reasonable period of time and in saleable condition. Refunds will be made in the form of credit to your KI account.
Please let KI USA know of any problems with your order as soon as you are aware of it. We will move quickly to rectify the situation.
If you are interested in using/citing more than a few pages of Kappeler’s work, want to charge for a class where Kappeler’s handouts will be used, or have another non-Fair Use idea in mind, we suggest you request written permission to use Kappeler’s English language copyrighted works. Please contact the KI USA directly and inform us of the materials you would like to use, as well as the format and context in which their use will occur. Please allow at least a week to obtain permission.
If you want to use specific diagrams or handouts for distribution, please contact KI USA. We may be able to provide you with diagrams that have been re-mastered into new, attractive prints, with the permission to use these documents and proper citation clearly printed on each page. You can purchase print copies or receive electronic copies for a minimal fee. Please allow at least 2 weeks for processing and delivery.
The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being does not maintain a list of practitioners or recommend individual practitioners. Max Kappeler always felt his mission was to teach students how to be their own practitioners. Max said:
In my work I teach, through the method of ‘Scientific Obstetrics,’ how to accept the self-demonstrating laws of Life, Truth, and Love into our lives.”
Max also said, in his book The Law of the Self-evolution of Scientific Spiritual Understanding that:
The law of the self-evolution of God is the basis for our individual evolution in understanding and demonstration of the true man, the image and likeness of God. It shows how our understanding evolves spiritually and scientifically through the order of the 7 synonymous terms for God and the structure of the Textbook in order to achieve an understanding of the Science behind Christian Science” (see the Forward in this book).
KI USA encourages students to become their own practitioners through prayer and study of Science. This encouragement is not meant to discourage the use of practitioners, friends, or other types of assistance. The “family law”—universal reflection of ideas (Christianity/Christian Science)—impacts the understanding and consciousness of students so that in their prayers students can follow this law and practice not only for themselves, but for every other idea (see A Study Aid for the Science of Christian Science, p. 55).
See Newsletter 4 for Max Kappeler’s position on healing work and the KI USA. For more information on evolving your spiritual self-practice, see: The Spiritual Breakthrough to the Next Millennium, p. 68.
If you are looking for a practitioner, here are some links:
Mailing List. The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being does not sell or share its mailing list. Your name and/or contact information will not be given to anyone without your express written permission.
Within the KI USA office, every effort is made to keep your personal contact information safe, secure, and private (see also our Credit Card Security policy).
Discreet Mail. You may request that KI USA mail your newsletters and orders to you without a return address on the outside envelope or package, which we call the “discreet mail list.” Please make sure when you order that you remind us of your “discreet” preference. We do not guarantee this process, but every effort will be made to mail discreet materials to your address every time.
Special Needs Discounts
For Publications and CD Mp3
We offer special needs discounts under certain conditions:
- The limited income discount provides a 25% discount from the listed price.
- If the need is substantial, we can set up a payment plan where you can pay what you can afford.
- In extreme cases of need, we will send these items free of charge.
We cannot offer discounts to upgrade from cassette tape to CD Mp3, because we sell these at cost.
If you feel you would like to take advantage of the Kappeler Institute’s Special Needs Discount, please let us know which of the categories you are interested in. – Offer is subject to approval.
The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being maintains a confidential Study Partners List as a service to students. Individuals who are interested in finding a study partner are invited to add their name to this list. For the sake of privacy, the list is distributed only amongst those individuals on the list, and first names only are given. Click here for more information on the Study Partners Program (pdf).
Any use of the Study Partner List for purposes other than individual or group study constitutes misuse. Violators will be permanently removed from the Study Partners List (and potentially the KI USA mailing list), and those on the Study Partner List will be informed.
Kappeler Trademarks. Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being, Kappeler Institute, KI USA, the KI logos (KI, KIP, KIR), and other names and designations referenced on this website are each service marks or trademarks of Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being (USA). All rights in these service marks and trademarks are reserved by Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being.
Other Trademarks. It is the policy of Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being to respect the trademarks of other individuals and organizations.