Development of Trust-Stage 1: CA Brooks and Bruce Rawles on ACIM Manual

This audio features CA Brooks and Bruce Rawles talking – on another segment of her bi-weekly ACIM internet radio program on 12Radio – about the First Stage in the Development of Trust, which is part of the Course’s Manual for Teachers section entitled “What are the Characteristics of God’s Teachers?:

“First, they must go through what might be called “a period of undoing.” This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced. It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized. How can lack of value be perceived unless the perceiver is in a position where he must see things in a different light? He is not yet at a point at which he can make the shift entirely internally. And so the plan will sometimes call for changes in what seem to be external circumstances. These changes are always helpful. When the teacher of God has learned that much, he goes on to the second stage.”

CA Brooks - 12Radio

How Can I find my purpose in life? – A Conversation with Jackie Lora Jones

Jackie Lora JonesWhy are we here? What is my real purpose? Jackie Lora Jones, host of the excellent “The 24th Hour – Positive News Magazine“, video blog YouTube Channel series of the same name also hosts a twice-weekly half-hour radio show “True Forgiveness Teachings” series on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesdays and Thursdays, converses with Bruce Rawles in this audio about this universal pondering. They read and discuss the Frequently Asked Question #353 “How Can I find my purpose in life?” from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles FAQ service. This conversation also was informed and inspired by ACIM Workbook Lesson 64 “Let me not forget my function” and the “Are changes required in the life situation of God’s Teachers?” from the Manual for Teachers.

Here is the description of the conversation from the related post on Jackie’s BlogTalkRadio website:

“A Course in Miracles says we can fulfill our ‘true’ purpose of forgiveness in any role, in any career, at any time, and in any place, because it has to do only with the content in our mind, not the form our lives take. Learn why it is so liberating to remember our only function as we move through our lives in the time-space dream! Join Jackie and her guest Bruce Rawles as they navigate us through ACIM’s teachings!”

This reading provided a a springboard to talk about a variety of themes and ideas from the non-dual metaphysics of A Course in Miracles. Jackie has conducted insightful video interviews with Gary Renard, Joe Wolfe, and numerous others. She and her sister, Cindy Lora-Renard, facilitate a class on ACIM in the Los Angeles are in addition to equally highly-regarded workshops on “The Course.”

This audio recording was made Wednesday, May 18, 2017.

Here is a prior video recording of a Jackie Lora Jones interview with Bruce Rawles.

True Forgiveness Teachings with Jackie Lora Jones

ACIM in Biblical Metaphor: From Plagues to Miracles with Dr. Bob Rosenthal – part 2 of 2

Dr. Robert Rosenthal - co-President of Foundation for Inner PeaceThis video (part of an ongoing series of which this initial video was an introduction) is part 2 of a 2-part interview (here is part 1) with “Dr. Bob” a.k.a. Dr. Robert Rosenthal and Bruce Rawles about Dr. Bob’s excellent book, From Plagues to Miracles: The Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promise Land of Spirit. Dr. Rosenthal briefly recaps the first half of the book before launching into further insightful detail about the second half of the book and how our spiritual journey is profoundly symbolized by Moses (a metaphor for our right mind) and the Hebrews (associated thoughts) wandering through the wilderness, striving to reach the promised land – the ineffable Oneness we never left, except in dreams. Dr. Bob talks about how we get through the wilderness as akin to resolving post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how our forgiveness classroom purifies our residual ego identity investments:

“Living in slavery under the ego is (like) living in a war zone under continual stress … we get these flashbacks … to ego thinking … and ego styles of coping.”

Other topics from the latter half of his book touched upon in the conversation include:

  • Crossing the Red Sea as a spiritual re-birth and a milestone in shifting from insane ego to a sane identity
  • Infinite patience for immediate results
  • Seeing the desolation of the wilderness of ego’s (residual Pharaoh) thinking
  • the manna (What is it?) and water miracles of lovingkindness that sustains us, moment to moment
  • the mirages of ego’s fake oases and our ambivalence / resistance to complete release of ego’s lures (nostalgia)
  • vicar-ious experience and fear of direct experience of Oneness and ego’s need for intermediaries
  • the map is not the territory (level confusion – clinging to form at the expense of content in the mind) and one specific path doesn’t “fit all” … our curriculum is highly individualized, yet draws our awareness to Unity
  • the golden calf made from slave wage coins in the shape of a related (Egyptian Neter) idol of the bull
  • Moby Dick’s Captain Ahab as a parallel spiritual metaphor to the ego character portrayed by Pharaoh in Exodus
  • archetypal challenges, transformations and generalizing; seeing metaphors in cinema, literature, everywhere
  • resolving instead of revolving through forgiveness
  • Eastern mystical ’emptiness’ resolved through the underlying Oneness of Lovingkindness; we’re all in this together!
  • wanderers lost in a consensual delusional dream (see Workbook Lesson 182) and our shared need to awaken
  • not reaching the promised land as metaphor for the ultimate goal of ACIM being beyond its curriculum:

“This course is a beginning, not an end. …”
– ACIM Workbook Epilogue (W-Ep.1:1)

Dr. Bob is the co-president of the Foundation for Inner Peace, as well as the author of From Plagues to Miracles (FPTM) which explores the metaphysical metaphors and symbolism of the story of Exodus, available in both paperback and Kindle editions. Listen to numerous interviews with Dr. Bob here as well on Charlotte Spicer’s BlogTalkRadio channel series.

ACIM Text Chapter 16 Section IV -“The Illusion and Reality of Love” and Section V “The Choice for Completion”

This audio on special love and special hate (a.k.a. ego’s attachment and aversion, attractions and repulsions, “lambscape” and “goatscape,” features CA Brooks and Bruce Rawles talking – on another segment of her bi-weekly ACIM internet radio program on 12Radio – about  Text Chapter 16 (The Forgiveness of Illusions) Section IV -“The Illusion and Reality of Love” and Section V “The Choice for Completion” from A Course in Miracles. The first paragraph of section IV begins with this deep dive into the maladaptive workings of our insane, magical, biased thinking we call ego:

“Be not afraid to look upon the special hate relationship, for freedom lies in looking at it. It would be impossible not to know the meaning of love, except for this. For the special love relationship, in which the meaning of love is hidden, is undertaken solely to offset the hate, but not to let it go. Your salvation will rise clearly before your open eyes as you look on this. You cannot limit hate. The special love relationship will not offset it, but will merely drive it underground and out of sight. It is essential to bring it into sight, and to make no attempt to hide it. For it is the attempt to balance hate with love that makes love meaningless to you. The extent of the split that lies in this you do not realize. And until you do the split will remain unrecognized, and therefore unhealed.” – T-16.IV

Special love/hate insanity – as ACIM might define them – is the seemingly separate self’s unsatisfying strategy for seeking dream allies – and enemies … solely on the basis of whether or not they meet the unconscious, angry demands of ‘what in it for me’ (WIIFM) thinking, the only two realms of thought that ego can relate to, being made from the thought of duality and separate interests.

“Every moment is an opportunity to look at our minds.”

We also touched on “The Real Alternative” in Chapter 31 which ties in to a prior conversation on that subject here.

CA Brooks - 12Radio

This program aired on April 7, 2017.

Earth Day and FACIM FAQ 1278 – A conversation with Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles

Dream Bubble - Earth Day - Clap BoardIn this audio – in the spirit of understanding our motivation for caring for Earth (and other planets) –Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles read and talk about FAQ #1278 – which asks the question: “What was God’s role in the creation of nature, natural selection, the animal kingdom, etc?” They often refer to the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) readings from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles (FACIM) which cover a wide range of every day topics accessible with a Topic Index, a search function, as well a chronological listing of over 1300 excellent FAQs.

In this particular conversation, Lyn & Bruce also pull from a couple of references to earth in ACIM, including these paragraphs from Chapter 26 (The Transition):

What is a hundred or a thousand years to Them, or tens of thousands? When They come, time’s purpose is fulfilled. What never was passes to nothingness when They have come. What hatred claimed is given up to love, and freedom lights up every living thing and lifts it into Heaven, where the lights grow ever brighter as each one comes home. The incomplete is made complete again, and Heaven’s joy has been increased because what is its own has been restored to it. The bloodied earth is cleansed, and the insane have shed their garments of insanity to join Them on the ground whereon you stand.

Heaven is grateful for this gift of what has been withheld so long. For They have come to gather in Their Own. What has been locked is opened; what was held apart from light is given up, that light may shine on it and leave no space nor distance lingering between the light of Heaven and the world.

The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love. And They come quickly to the living temple, where a home for Them has been set up. There is no place in Heaven holier. And They have come to dwell within the temple offered Them, to be Their resting place as well as yours. What hatred has released to love becomes the brightest light in Heaven’s radiance. And all the lights in Heaven brighter grow, in gratitude for what has been restored.

Around you angels hover lovingly, to keep away all darkened thoughts of sin, and keep the light where it has entered in. Your footprints lighten up the world, for where you walk forgiveness gladly goes with you. No one on earth but offers thanks to one who has restored his home, and sheltered him from bitter winter and the freezing cold. And shall the Lord of Heaven and His Son give less in gratitude for so much more? – T-26.IX.4-7

… and this paragraph from Chapter 30: (The New Beginning):

Who knows the Father knows this light, for He is the eternal sky that holds it safe, forever lifted up and anchored sure. Its perfect purity does not depend on whether it is seen on earth or not. The sky embraces it and softly holds it in its perfect place, which is as far from earth as earth from Heaven. It is not the distance nor the time that keeps this star invisible to earth. But those who seek for idols cannot know the star is there. – T-26.III.9

In their weekly live online series Saturday mornings on ACIM Gather, they typically read together from FACIM’s FAQs (or other topical material of interest to students of A Course in Miracles) and add commentary inspired by what they have found helpful during the week.

(This audio program originally aired on ACIM Gather on April 22, 2017.)

Lyn Johnson


Check out episode 1 and episode 2 of The Holy Instant – Choosing Forgiveness instead of Guilt with Jackie Lora Jones on her BlogTalkRadio program. Jackie is the host of the excellent “The 24th Hour – Positive News Magazine“, video blog YouTube Channel series of the same name and “True Forgiveness Teachings” series on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Episode 1 synopsis: We have the power to choose miracles instead of grievances! This sets us free. Come join the conversation and learn how the Holy Instant keeps us in the present which opens into eternity, instead of holding onto the past and fearing the future. ” A tranquil mind is not a little gift.” -ACIM

Episode 2 synopsis: Jackie and Bruce continue their Episode #9 discussion of the “Holy Instant” as taught in A Course in Miracles. How empowering is it to choose peace over chaos, love over fear, and reflect forgiveness instead of judgment? Find out how to practically apply this remarkable spiritual thought system that wakes us up from our dream!

Jackie Lora Jones

ACIM in Biblical Metaphor: From Plagues to Miracles with Dr. Bob Rosenthal – part 1 of 2

Dr. Robert RosenthalThis video (part of an ongoing series of which this initial video was an introduction) is part 1 of a 2-part interview with “Dr. Bob” a.k.a. Dr. Robert Rosenthal and Bruce Rawles about Rosenthal’s superb book, From Plagues to Miracles: The Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promise Land of Spirit, which I will abbreviate FPTM. Dr. Bob starts with a discussion of the symbolism of Hebrews as a nomadic tribe – we’ve all symbolically ‘wandered’ from our true home outside of the dream of space and time – and develops the story of Exodus as metaphor for our prodigal journey back to the real world that reconciles our dualistic dreams. We primarily emphasized the first half of the book – as far as I had read at the time of this recording. We explored ideas that FPTM provides excellent, very relatable examples of (drawn from Bob’s many years as a practicing psychotherapist but with names changed for the subjects of his vignette stories, etc.) For example, in Chapter 2 of FPTM, there are both detailed descriptions as well as ‘real world’ case studies of ‘mental slavery’ such as:

  • bondage to possessions
  • bondage to money
  • bondage to time
  • bondage to the body
  • bondage to relationships
  • bondage to beliefs and values
  • bondage to roles

Dr. Bob refers to numerous references – over 1400! – in ACIM to freedom … and ego’s opposite insane strategy (slavery) and then continues with explanations of the symbolism of water (flow), the 10 plagues that befall the Hebrews, and numerous other familiar metaphors that relate to the Exodus story, yet are easily generalized (particularly with understanding gleaned from study and application of ACIM’s non-dual metaphysics). FPTM is an excellent companion to ACIM, reinforcing and complementing it’s inspiring message that we really can escape from Pharaoh ego’s mind imprisonment by consistent listening to our guidance that helps us lucidly realize that we can indeed become happy dreamers by realizing that this is our dream and our real Self has never been compromised.

Dr. Bob is the co-president of the Foundation for Inner Peace, as well as the author of From Plagues to Miracles (FPTM) which explores the metaphysical metaphors and symbolism of the story of Exodus, available in both paperback and Kindle editions. Listen to numerous interviews with Dr. Bob here as well on Charlotte Spicer’s BlogTalkRadio channel series.

Update (18May2017): Here is part 2 of the interview.

Lesson 91: Miracles are seen in light. – A conversation with Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles

Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles read and talk about ACIM’s Workbook Lesson 91 “Miracles are seen in light” in this audio, and relate how the non-dual metaphysics of ACIM always and only addresses the mind, and not photons or electromagnetic wavelengths, frequencies and optical phenomena. We take a break from the usual Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) readings from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles (FACIM) only because we ran out of time, since lesson 91 triggered so many thoughts that we didn’t get to it. The topics that made their way into the Lesson 91 conversation included the movie “Doctor Strange“, Jill Bolte Taylor’s remarkable TED talk account (she also wrote the related book “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey“), Cosmic Rays and Great Pyramid, and looking for hidden chambers in the 2nd pyramid at Giza, Egypt.

In their weekly live online series Saturday mornings on ACIM Gather, they typically read together from FACIM’s FAQs (or other topical material of interest to students of A Course in Miracles) and add commentary inspired by what they have found helpful during the week.

(This audio program originally aired on ACIM Gather on April 1, 2017.)

Lyn Johnson


Check out episode 1 and episode 2 of The Holy Instant – Choosing Forgiveness instead of Guilt with Jackie Lora Jones on her BlogTalkRadio program. Jackie is the host of the excellent “The 24th Hour – Positive News Magazine“, video blog YouTube Channel series of the same name and “True Forgiveness Teachings” series on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Episode 1 synopsis: We have the power to choose miracles instead of grievances! This sets us free. Come join the conversation and learn how the Holy Instant keeps us in the present which opens into eternity, instead of holding onto the past and fearing the future. ” A tranquil mind is not a little gift.” -ACIM

Episode 2 synopsis: Jackie and Bruce continue their Episode #9 discussion of the “Holy Instant” as taught in A Course in Miracles. How empowering is it to choose peace over chaos, love over fear, and reflect forgiveness instead of judgment? Find out how to practically apply this remarkable spiritual thought system that wakes us up from our dream!

Jackie Lora Jones

The Fortune of Forgiveness: FAQ #1288 with Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles

Can my outward misfortunes be attributed to my lack of forgiveness?” This sentence is a summary of a more detailed question … with an even more detailed and insightful answer –Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) #1288 from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles (FACIM) – that Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles read and talk about in this audio. In their weekly live online series Saturday mornings on ACIM Gather, they read together from FACIM’s FAQs (or other topical material of interest to students of A Course in Miracles) and add commentary inspired by what they have found helpful during the week.

Among many other ideas integrated in this weeks conversation, we touched on an ACIM perspective on the stages of grief model from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, which include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and ultimately acceptance … and how ego co-opts those opportunities – even acceptance – which otherwise could be used to undo the problems that ego made up – by compounding it’s silly mindlessness with each step. We also touched on how that seemingly separate self promotes “pitiful and meaningless ‘private thoughts’ ” the concluding phrase in ACIM’s Workbook Lesson 52.

(This audio program originally aired on ACIM Gather on March 25, 2017.)

Lyn Johnson


Thought you missed (any or all of) the 3rd annual virtual MiracleShare ACIM Conference? Nope; it’s still just as available for watching and listening any time! That’s one of many fun aspects of a virtual conference … it’s harder to “miss” if it’s every where and every when … or more so than physical events, at least! You can learn more about the virtual conference here, read the outline notes for my 30-minute video here, and still register for this excellent event here.

Double Shield of Oblivion revisited: CA Brooks and Bruce Rawles on ACIM Workbook Lesson 136

GIST and the double-shield of oblivionThis audio features CA Brooks and Bruce Rawles talking – on another segment of her bi-weekly ACIM internet radio program on 12Radio – about a Course concept called “the Double Shield of Oblivion” that appears in the middle of the 5th paragraph of Workbook Lesson 136 of A Course in Miracles (boldface added where this idea is introduced):

“It is this quick forgetting of the part you play in making your “reality” that makes defenses seem to be beyond your own control. But what you have forgot can be remembered, given willingness to reconsider the decision which is doubly shielded by oblivion. Your not remembering is but the sign that this decision still remains in force, as far as your desires are concerned. Mistake not this for fact. Defenses must make facts unrecognizable. They aim at doing this, and it is this they do.”

We’re encouraged in ACIM’s curriculum to look at ego’s two defensive shields – the outer shield being the material world of space, time, bodies and all the ‘stuff’ we all seem to be endlessly busy contending with … and the inner shield being the unconscious, yet unfounded fugitive thought system of sin, guilt, fear, victimhood, death and all aspects of insanity that aim at keeping us mindless. We turn around ego’s double defenses by using our bodily experiences with a completely different purpose from ego’s maladaptive intent: we begin to notice – without condemnation – that those experiences are reflections of our interior mental states. This breaches ego’s outer defense shield, the one we swore (to this insane self-concept) we would never do, triggering full alert status when we begin to examine our thoughts objectively, and with kind compassion. Seen through the eyes of our Inner Kindness Teacher (a.k.a. Holy Spirit) we realize that this inner shield of oblivion, protected by ego’s “pay no attention to the unfounded thoughts behind that curtain” mantras, cannot withstand the ultimate appeal of perfect, unchanging peace of Oneness that lies beyond our investment in indivi-Duality.

We also read an excerpt from two consecutive sections in Kenneth Wapnick‘s brilliant work “The Journey Home: The Obstacles to Peace in A Course in Miracles“, pages 13-18, where he explains the double shield of oblivion in more detail. Here is another audio about the Double Shield of Oblivion and yet another older conversation with CA Brooks.

CA Brooks - 12Radio

Interview with Robert “Dr. Bob” Rosenthal of the Foundation for Inner Peace

Dr. Robert RosenthalThis initial video (likely to be an ongoing series) is an interview with Dr. Robert Rosenthal (who goes by”Dr. Bob”) – the new co-president of the Foundation for Inner Peace and Bruce Rawles. Dr. Bob shares insightful vignettes and milestones from his extensive (and early!) history with Drs. William Thetford and Helen Schucman, his life story intertwined with Judy Skutch Whitson’s family and the publishing history of ACIM, his plans for New Zealand tourism and screenwriting that both ended up redirecting him to his spiritual path, and paying attention to what doesn’t seem to be working … and when things seem to ‘open up’ to transcend our individual ‘plans’ to make our lives work. We also discuss crucial issues such as the correct way to load a roll of toilet paper, ear-wiggling, Lilliputians, Monty Python skits, not wanting to be rescued, and other fun stuff.

Dr. Bob is the author of From Plagues to Miracles: The Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promise Land of Spirit, which explores the metaphysical metaphors and symbolism of the story of Exodus, available in both paperback and Kindle editions. Listen to numerous interviews with Dr. Bob here as well on Charlotte Spicer’s BlogTalkRadio channel series.