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.

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.

Nothing to fear in Truth: CA Brooks and Bruce Rawles on ACIM’s Workbook Lesson 48

This audio features CA Brooks and Bruce Rawles talking – on another segment of her bi-weekly ACIM internet radio program on 12Radio – about  that appears in Part II of the Workbook of A Course in Miracles which precedes Workbook Lesson 48, which reminds us that in truth, there is nothing to fear. We catch up on ‘dream news’ and return to the ongoing mindful examination of the “alternative reality”  thought system of fear – and the unsavory results that this shabby substitute for Perfect Peace proffers – and the thought system of unchanging love that motivates our continued investment in shared interests and trusting the Teacher of Kindness we all share.

CA Brooks - 12Radio

There is nothing to fear.

The idea for today simply states a fact. It is not a fact to those who believe in illusions, but illusions are not facts. In truth there is nothing to fear. It is very easy to recognize this. But it is very difficult to recognize it for those who want illusions to be true.

Today’s practice periods will be very short, very simple and very frequent. Merely repeat the idea as often as possible. You can use it with your eyes open at any time and in any situation. It is strongly recommended, however, that you take a minute or so whenever possible to close your eyes and repeat the idea slowly to yourself several times. It is particularly important that you use the idea immediately, should anything disturb your peace of mind.

The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place you recognize as yet, you have remembered God, and let His strength take the place of your weakness. The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear. – W-pI.48

Emotions, Specialness and Love: FAQ #1260, 1261 with Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles

Great wall of China ... and hearts
Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles talk about seemingly seasonal topic of love and ACIM’s helpful perspective on special love, special hate, divisiveness, ego’s emotional backlash to mindfulness, and how to apply our Inner Kindness Teacher’s forgiveness practice to everyone and everything. Frequently Asked Question(FAQ) #1260 and Frequently Asked Question(FAQ) #1261 are the topics of these two consecutive audios. In their weekly series Saturday mornings on ACIM Gather, they read together from FACIM.org in this audio recording about FAQ #1260 and this audio recording about FAQ #1261.

(This audio program originally aired on ACIM Gather on January 21, 2017.)

(This audio program originally aired on ACIM Gather on February 4, 2017.)


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.

Lyn Johnson

FAQ #1256: Dealing with anger and depression: Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles

Lyn Johnson and Bruce Rawles talk about how to deal with anger and depression as they read Frequently Asked Question(FAQ) #1256 together from FACIM.org in this audio recording by  in their weekly series Saturday mornings on ACIM Gather … 

(This audio program originally aired on ACIM Gather on January 21, 2017.)


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.

Lyn Johnson