In this video, Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles talk about the tendency of our egos to see themselves as unfairly treated in order to evade the looking at the contents of the mind with forgiveness. This choice would undo both our ‘victim scripts’ and the underlying masochistic motivation to avoid looking at the faulty fearful foundation of ego in the first place. We refer to several places in ACIM’s text including Chapter 25 (The Justice of God), section IX (The Justice of Heaven), Chapter 26 (The Transition), section X (The End of Injustice), and Chapter 27 (The Healing of the Dream), section I (The Picture of Crucifixion).
“Beware of the temptation to perceive yourself unfairly treated. In this view, you seek to find an innocence that is not Theirs but yours alone, and at the cost of someone else’s guilt. Can innocence be purchased by the giving of your guilt to someone else? And is it innocence that your attack on him attempts to get? Is it not retribution for your own attack upon the Son of God you seek? Is it not safer to believe that you are innocent of this, and victimized despite your innocence? Whatever way the game of guilt is played, there must be loss. Someone must lose his innocence that someone else can take it from him, making it his own.”
In the dialogue, topics included Susan’s excellent blog post “Talking with Jeffrey Seibert, Summer 2017“, the ongoing schedule of live (Temecula, Calif.) and streamed classes from Foundation for A Course in Miracles (FACIM), and the upcoming benefit “Celebrating Inner Peace! – A Fun-raising Event at Living Miracles Monastery July 14–16, 2017” which supports the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP). FIP and FACIM are the two ‘flagship’ organizations that have made inestimable contributions to students of ACIM worldwide for decades. We also referred to Ken Wapnick’s metaphor that we ‘missed the opening disclaimer that we were about to hear fiction’ in the context of Orson Welles original reading of the The War of the Worlds (radio drama) and so we take ego’s fearful interpretations of everything seriously.