Principles of A Course in Miracles – by Cindy Lora-Renard

Cindy Lora-Renard and Gary Renard are two of the presenters that will be at the Weekend of Freedom Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado, June 16-19, 2016, a 4-day event centered around sharing inspirations and insights about A Course in Miracles. You can read more about the retreat here. Here is an excellent, lucid new article by Cindy about ACIM:

Cindy Lora-RenardA Course in Miracles
is a purely non-dualistic thought system. Pure non-dualism is a state of mind where “you recognize the authority of God so completely, you relinquish all psychological attachment to anything that is not God.” (from DU) This is a state without compromise. There is only God, and nothing else. A Course in Miracles says, “God Is, and we cease to speak.” This is because there is nothing else to speak about. This means that anything that can take on a form, or shift or change is an illusion, because reality (God) is not a form. It is an awareness of perfect Oneness. And we are a part of that Oneness. The Course calls the world of duality a dream, because it is just a projection coming from the part of the split mind that believes in it and has become identified with it. The mind appeared to split the instant it took the thought of separation seriously, which the Course calls the “tiny, mad idea.” This was the instant the Sonship (all of us as One) appeared to have a thought that it could be separate from its Source. The problem is that we took this idea seriously, and chose what we now call the ego, which is this idea of separation, instead of just remembering to laugh at this tiny, mad idea thought. But in that same instant we chose the separation, God gave his Holy Spirit to us as an answer to the separation, and this Voice says, nothing happened. Being separate is an illusion. “You are still at home in God, dreaming of exile, but perfectly capable of awakening.” But because we didn’t choose to awaken in that instant, the ego created a God which would now punish us for what we believe we’ve done, although that is insane. So we had to come up with a hiding place to escape what the ego believes is the wrath of God. What is denied has to be projected, so we denied our guilt over this, and projected it out and made a world of time and space so that we could now see this guilt and fear outside of us instead of in our own minds which is where it still is. So, the world of time and space is just a dream of fear; a symbol of separation. The work now is to undo this belief in the ego, and with the Holy Spirit’s help, remove the blocks to the awareness of Love’s presence. From a purely non-dualistic perspective, nothing happened and the separation never occurred. We are only mentally reviewing that which has already gone by. Ideas leave not their source, so the world is in our minds and we can withdraw our belief in it, practice Forgiveness and wake up to the home we never left.

Many people ask how the ego can be defined. That which is not true cannot be defined. However, for the purposes of understanding how we can look at the ego, it is the thought of being separate from God. The ego (part of the split mind we all share) wants to be special, unique, and different. It wants to be God. The ego is a destructive thought system based on guilt and fear. This guilt and fear is what made the world of time and space and runs everything until we learn to change our minds and turn to the Holy Spirit and Its way of interpreting things. The ego’s range goes from suspiciousness to viciousness. The two parts of the split mind are the ego and the Holy Spirit, which are mutually exclusive states of mind. Any thought that comes from the ego is not a real thought, because it’s not who you are. Our real thoughts are the thoughts that come from Love, or right-minded thoughts.

Most of the world is still caught in the trap of believing in the dream. Growing awareness is a process over time and doesn’t come all at once, but eventually everyone will come to understand what reality is, and renounce all dreams. In time, this can appear to take a long time. In reality, it’s already done and over. The ego thought system shows itself in all the seeming problems we have here in the world. Again, from A Course in Miracles perspective (which is a purely non-dualistic thought system in which Jesus is the author) there is only one seeming problem; that we are separate from each other and from God. The answer to the separation is accepting the Atonement for ourselves, which is just another way of acknowledging that the separation did not really occur, as it’s just a projection, or a dream. So, we make up all kinds of “big” problems here in the world, which is just what the ego wants. This is the way the ego stays alive. Choosing love over fear means the end of the ego’s thought system and that is threatening to the ego, so it makes up all kinds of problems here so that it can stay in the game. Our military industrial complex is one example of how the ego operates, producing more fear by producing weapons of defense where we use fear to entice the masses into believing we are truly threatened and unsafe. Ghandi was a great example, showing that the use of non-violence can work. The problem isn’t guns, it is the belief of the ego thinking that guns will protect us from violence. So, the ego is using illusions to heal illusions and that never works. Einstein said, “ We cannot solve the world’s problems at the same level of consciousness of which the problems were created.” So, the cycles of war and violence will continue until the people of the world have inner peace, which comes from giving up our children’s toys, letting go of the need to be right, and practicing forgiveness; seeing things another way, with a different teacher in our minds, the Holy Spirit. Having said that, if the military is used under the Holy Spirit’s direction, it could really change how things operate, where it just becomes a system to keep things in order, but without the intention to harm.

So, how do we know if we should take some kind of action in the world?   My opinion is that one should only act on something if it was inspired from the Holy Spirit. If one acts from inspiration, then love is the guide. If one acts with the motivation from the ego, it would come from fear. So, you have a decision to make on whether or not you should take some kind of action, always turn it over first to the Holy Spirit and remember your goal…that you will not make any decisions by yourself (which means with the ego as your teacher). When you trust in the Holy Spirit and turn things over to Him, it is a way of joining in your mind so that you reinforcing the idea of oneness and connectedness. In everything you do, also ask what purpose does this serve? What is the purpose? What is the goal? You will know which teacher you have chosen (ego or Holy Spirit) by the answer to those questions.

The means of the Atonement in ACIM is Forgiveness. I practice the kind of Forgiveness A Course in Miracles advocates, which doesn’t make others errors or my own real. It sees everyone as innocent in Truth, because the separation from God has not really occurred. We are only experiencing a dream of pain, not real pain. In other words, here are the 3 steps I practice when something comes up to disturb my peace:

  1. I remember that I’m dreaming, and that I placed all the figures in my dream that would hurt me so that I could project my guilt and fear onto them and make them the cause of my problems instead of taking responsibility for how I feel or choose to interpret it.
  2. I forgive myself for both my projections and myself for dreaming them.
  3. I then Trust in the Holy Spirit and choose His strength

Along with these steps I keep practicing right-minded thoughts, such as “I am as God created me, His Son can suffer nothing, and I am His son.” Or, “The guiltless Mind cannot suffer.” These all come from the Course. By the way, this doesn’t mean that if someone is abusing you or hurting you that you just stand there and let them. That’s not what the Course is saying. It’s just saying that after you do what is necessary to take care of yourself, you can do the forgiveness work in the mind at the same time or when you are ready. Forgiveness is not about form, it’s about changing your mind about a person or situation or event so that it reflects the Holy Spirit’s thought system, which is one of non-judgment, innocence, and forgiveness of God’s Son who is One with you. Forgiveness is needed here as long as we believe we are separate from one another. When all is forgiven, you will be in the real world, where you will see fear and violence as calls for love instead of attack. Love will replace the fear we have made real, and you will see love and innocence everywhere. Mistakes will not call for punishment, but for correction in whatever way is most loving and helpful.

On several occasions, I’ve experienced a kind of peace and love that is not of this world. It is beyond the world, because it is the only thing that is real. These are very quick/brief moments of bliss, where all fear ceases and there is no doubt. There is just an awareness of being in total Oneness for an instant. From those experiences, I’ve come away with such gratitude for ALL my brothers and sisters who are on path with me. Our paths may look different in form, but the goal is the same. Just as the Course says, “A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible, but necessary.” That experience is recognizing our Oneness and that we are all the Sonship as One Being. We need our brothers and sisters because they help to show us where we have work to do in our minds to heal our own false sense of guilt that we have projected outward. We are blessings to each other, and when we use challenges that come up as opportunities to choose again, to choose the Holy Spirit’s thought system in our minds, then we have chosen the Miracle.

Weekend of Freedom Retreat 2016 – A conversation with Gary Renard, Cindy Lora-Renard and Bruce Rawles

In this video conversation, Gary Renard, Cindy Lora-Renard and Bruce Rawles, several of the presenters at the 2016 Weekend of Freedom Retreat, talk about freedom as A Course in Miracles (ACIM) would define it – in the mind – undoing guilt, remembering to laugh, and the upcoming 2016 Weekend of Freedom Retreat (June 16-19, 2016) in Estes Park, Colorado. In addition to 4 days of playful camaraderie-ship … is that a word? 🙂 … and insightful community and sharing with fellow ACIM students, the venue – YMCA of the Rockies – provides some superb recreational facilities and lots of time for in-depth exploration the non-dual metaphysics of ACIM, with generous opportunities for interaction, leisurely conversations and round-table sharing! Gary and Cindy also talk about some of their upcoming events and appearances, Cindy’s new music, Gary’s new book, hiking, movies, weather and more! Please join us in Estes Park this June!

Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard

Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard

Weekend Of Freedom Retreat

I’m quite enthused to be part of this event for students of A Course In Miracles this June! Mark your calendars now!

Weekend of Freedom Retreat 2016

The 5th annual Weekend of Freedom Retreat (WOFR) event, based on A Course In Miracles (ACIM) will be June 16-19, 2016 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. The WOFR website has much more detail including registration, lodging, past events including slideshows, and more info. I will be posting video conversations with the organizers and other presenters about the event … and freedom! Freedom from what? Freedom from the needless self-tyrannizing thought system of ego’s separate interests – of course! 🙂 … And what better place to share 4 days of that exhilarating awareness than beautiful Estes Park, Colorado, adjacent to the magnificent Rocky Mountain National Park! Hope you can join us! You can use this link to stay informed about the event.

Free Teleseminar with Gary Renard: replay

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Here’s an excellent audio conversation with Gary Renard – an interview by Tammy Mastroberte from Elevated Existence Magazine – covering numerous topics, and – as always – a great overview of ACIM for new students and superb reminders for those remembering that repetition … particularly when the ideas are so clearly presented! … is a good thing! 🙂 Thanks to Ossie and the folks on the Disappearance of the Universe Yahoo group for this audio and to Gary for his write up below that I found on the DU Yahoo Group:

Hi friends –
For the past year I’ve been writing articles about A Course in Miracles for an award winning online magazine, Elevated Existence. The articles are quarterly and my 5th will be out in December. They’ve added a new monthly feature where they interview someone in the spiritual community, and I’ll be interviewed tonight, Wednesday night. The call is being made available for free to the readers of my e-news and online friends.
The call will be live Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific, and you can click the link below to submit questions before and during the event. Here is the information to listen online or call and listen on the phone. You can also check out some of the magazine. Enjoy!
Love,
Gary

September-October 2015 ACIMblog bulletin

MiracleShare.org Virtual Conference #2: Oct 16-18, 2015 – starts tomorrow – available all year long!

Please join Amy Torres, Bill FreeBritney Shawley, Carolina CoradaCarrie Triffet, Corrine Zupko, Craig Villarrubia, Danielle Scruton, David FishmanDavid Hoffmeister, Earl “Raj” Purdy, Gary Renard, Jennifer HadleyJodi AmanJoe Wolfe, John Mark Stroud, Jon Mundy, José Lorenzo RodríguezKevin RiceLisa NatoliLyna JonesMaria FelipeMaureen Muldoon, Myron Jones, Robyn Busfield, Steve ThompsonSusan Dugan, Tony Ponticello, and me (Bruce Rawles) for the 2nd annual MiracleShare.org 2015 Virtual Conference on October 16-18, 2015. Here are details about the virtual conference, and a link to register for the event.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if you can’t make the conference live, you will be able to access all videos and audios after the conference is over.

Click here to register now.

The theme of this first virtual conference is “Awakening with the Workbook.”

Still haven’t seen/heard last year’s (inaugural) MiracleShare (2014) Virtual Conference? You can still register, watch and listen to the full conference from last year here until October 2015! How’s that for convenience! 🙂 If you’ve already registered and want to watch/listen again you can click here to go directly to the 2014 Virtual ACIM Conference.

The Attainment of Peace: Purpose, Process, and Practice – a conversation with Cindy Lora-Renard and Gary Renard

Cindy Lora-Renard and Gary Renard
Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard talk about The Attainment of Peace: Purpose, Process, and Practice, along with updates about recent Asian workshops (how we’re more alike than different) … and much more. It’s always a joy to converse with Gary and Cindy who both share with great clarity, humor and heart about the essence of our forgiveness classroom and what A Course in Miracles is all about. Enjoy! 🙂 … Here’s a link to another recent conversation about the “Dreamer of the Dream”

A Transition in Perspective – A Conversation with CA Brooks

Transition from ego to Inner Kindness TeacherIn this audio programCA Brooks and Bruce Rawles talk on another segment of CA’s weekly ACIM internet radio program on 12Radio, about a few of the ideas in yet another brilliant work from Kenneth Wapnick and the Foundation for A Course In Miracles (FACIM) entitled, “A Transition in Perspective.” One of the ideas we talked about is the metaphor of ego’s dark thread that divides (reinforcing an imaginary split in the mind) and leads further into the dark cavernous abyss of the belief in separation, whereas our Inner Kindness Teacher uses the exact same thread (which now becomes a golden, gently luminous path) but in the opposite direction using shared interests, kindness and – of course, forgiveness – to reveal the blocks to love’s awareness, release them, and replace our insane ideas of isolation with the comforting reminder that our true, eternal heritage is complete innocence, inclusion and a peaceful identity.

 

Consistency of Means and End – A Conversation with CA Brooks

Knife Switch: separate interests vs. shared interestsIn this audio programCA Brooks and Bruce Rawles talk on another segment of CA’s weekly ACIM internet radio program on 12Radio, about The Consistency of Means and End. The “means” of ACIM is always forgiveness, in one form or another and the “end” is always peace, regardless of how we might try to describe it. The means of forgiveness is always in the mind which means (pun intended) that we DO have the power to choose peace, by means of choosing which thought system (ego or our Inner Kindness Teacher) we want to identify with at any given moment. 🙂 If we aren’t feeling peace, A Course in Miracles suggests – in innumerable ways – that we’re not choosing to listen to that Inner Kindness Teacher (a.k.a. the Holy Spirit or Jesus of ACIM) and trying to do it ‘on our own’ which invariably is some form or behavior we mistakenly believe will bring peace to us from some temporal, external, fleeting circumstance.

We’re gently reminded – when we choose to listen to the voice for kindness – that we don’t have to be subject to the dream world of space time when we’ve shifted our identity to the One that is above the battlefield of dualistic dreams and silly separate interests. Our intentions are merely reflections of this ‘only remaining freedom‘ … the freedom to choose the teacher of Total Inclusion (where our Identity is restored to the Perfect Oneness we never abandoned) … or the teacher of maladaptive solutions to non-existent problems, a phrase Ken Wapnick uses to describe ego’s dysfunctional approach of sin, guilt, fear and death which consistently leads us (with it’s maladaptive means) away from peace. It’s ‘ends’ never make us happy. Ego tries to convince us that it’s miserable ends justify it’s abhorrent means – which always are some form (however cleverly disguised) of the belief in separation.

At every moment our mind ‘throws the switch’ … either for peace (choosing the teacher of peace with it’s curriculum of true forgiveness of the dreamer) … or for the paradigm of victimhood, blame, attack, isolation and grievances. We either choose – moment to moment to moment – separate interests … or shared interests.

 

New format for monthly bulletins

To provide me with more time to generate and gather material for new posts, I’m automating the monthly bulletins, starting November 1, 2015. You will still get the same content, but the format will be slightly different, with a compilation of all posts made during the past month. This will provide an additional benefit of automatically delivering a bulletin each month more consistently, regardless of how crazy my schedule happens to be – which was definitely the case last monthy – thanks for your patience!  BTW, if there’s enough interest for a WEEKLY bulletin digest (in addition to this monthly digest and the newer daily digest, let me know and I’ll add that third option.

Happy 50th Anniversary, ACIM!

The scribing of A Course in Miracles was begun a half-century ago; what a wonderful reflection of dreamers wanting to gladden themselves with a happier dream! 🙂 Thank you Helen and Bill!!!

The Attainment of Peace: Purpose, Process, and Practice – a conversation with Gary Renard, Cindy Lora-Renard and Bruce Rawles

Cindy Lora-Renard and Gary Renard
Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard talk about The Attainment of Peace: Purpose, Process, and Practice, along with updates about recent Asian workshops (how we’re more alike than different) … and much more. It’s always a joy to converse with Gary and Cindy who both share with great clarity, humor and heart about the essence of our forgiveness classroom and what A Course in Miracles is all about. Enjoy! 🙂 … Here’s a link to another recent conversation about the “Dreamer of the Dream”

May 2015 ACIMblog bulletin

Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness – video conversation and excerpts

Here is a video conversation with author Susan Dugan about her new book Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness. It continues (as her equally excellent prior two books did) with the ‘recurring theme of resistance to taking Jesus’ hand’ and ‘recognizing that I have a choice that will lead me out of suffering but not always feeling able to choose.’ Here’s a link to Susan’s new book. Here’s a prior announcement about the book with a link to her blog, and a prior post with just a small handful of insightful excerpts from the first few pages of this new book.

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The Obstacles to Peace – a conversation with CA Brooks

(NOTE: VIRTUAL WALL) brick wallCA Brooks and Bruce Rawles talk about the obstacles to peace in this audio program, another segment of CA’s weekly ACIM internet radio program on 12Radio. We touch on Kenneth Wapnick’s book entitled The Journey Home, which presents a much more extensive treatment of the topic. We talk about the barriers – such as specialness – we have intentionally made to keep peace out of our awareness; these are symbolized in ACIM by trivial metaphors such as feathers, a tiny mouse or a wall of dust. These barriers in our minds are dissolved by our willingness to doubt the usefulness of these ultimately silly attractions to the excuses we’ve made up to keep peace away. The general categories of these obstacles include: the desire to get rid of it, the absurd attractions of guilt, pain and death, the belief that our bodies offer us some sort of value, and even the fear of Perfect Oneness.


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Gary Renard interview: “Dreamer of the Dream”

Gary Renard and Bruce Rawles converse for an hour about the “Dreamer of the Dream” in the text of A Course In Miracles (T-27.VII). Gary – as always – clearly delivers the straight scoop without distortion or dilution of ACIM’s pure-non-dual thought system. I always find listening to Gary’s insights helpful and re-calibrating. More about Gary Renard’s work at GaryRenard.com

 

Ken Bok interview: A Course in Miracles & Sacred Geometry?

Here’s a fun interview that Kenneth Bok recently did with yours truly (the editor of ACIMblog.com)… “A Course in Miracles & Sacred Geometry? An interview with Bruce Rawles, Author of The Geometry Code

Kenneth provides a wonderful service for students of ACIM on his ACIM Explained YouTube Channel; you can also learn more about his work on his ACIMexplained website.

Gary Renard workshop: Love Has Forgotten No One – Wimberley, TX: Apr 21, 2012

Workshop: Love Has Forgotten No One

with Gary Renard

Unity Church of Wimberley at White Wings Ranch in Wimberley, Texas

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gary Renard, the best-selling author of the Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality, was a successful professional guitar player. During the Harmonic Convergence of 1987, he heard a calling and began to take his life in a different direction. At the beginning of the 1990′s he moved to Maine where he underwent a powerful spiritual awakening. As instructed, by his suddenly materialized teachers, he slowly and carefully wrote Disappearance of the Universe over a period of nine years. In the fall of 2003 Gary began to present talks and workshops in public. His speaking career took off remarkably fast and today he is one of the most popular and beloved Course teachers on the planet!

Combining a disarming sense of humor with radical cutting edge metaphysical information based on A Course in Miracles, he has been described as one of the most interesting and courageous spiritual speakers in the world. Over the past eight years, he has spoken in 43 states, 23 countries, and was the keynote speaker at several International A Course in Miracles Conferences. Gary is also a recipient of the Infinity Foundation Spirit Award. The award is given to a person who has made a meaningful contribution to personal and spiritual growth. Past recipients include Dan Millman, Ram Dass, Gary Zukav, James Redfield, Byron Katie, and Neale Donald Walsch.

Much of the workshop material will be from Gary’s next book, “Love Has Forgotten No One”.

More information here.

Registration details here.

Here is an excerpt from Kathy Scott Perry’s email bulletin about the workshop:

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Gary Renard & Cindy Lora-Renard in Colorado Springs, CO Sep. 24, 2011

For all fans (and soon-to-be fans) of Disappearance of the Universe, Your Immortal Reality and all of Gary Renard’s audio, video and other great work … Don’t miss Gary and Cindy in Colorado Springs on Sep. 24th! Gary shared 3 wonderful seminars with us when we lived in Oregon, and as a new Colorado dreamscape resident, I’ll be at this one, too! They just keep getting better! I’m also eager to hear a few new bits from the 3rd book. 🙂

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Where: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
314 West Bijou St.
Colorado Springs, CO  80905
719.471.8680
Time: 10-5 followed by book signing.
Cost: $75.00 through Sept. 23, 2011 $85.00 Sept 24, 2011
Contact: Kathy Scott Perry 512.938.9996
More details about the Miracle Promotions and about Gary and registration here.

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