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

Gary Renard photo

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!

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”

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:

Gary Renard - Wimberley Texas workshop 2012 - MiraclePromotions - bulletin


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
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.

Gary Renard photo

Gary Renard – videos and interviews

Here’s a collection of some excellent videos online that give an introduction to the non-dual thought system of A Course In Miracles that Gary Renard eloquently shares. If you know of other videos online I could add to this collection, please let me know!

Bill Gladstone interviews Gary Renard:

“Twelve” author and Planet Change TV Advisor Bill Gladstone interviews Teacher, Best-Selling Author, Inspirational Seminar Leader, Gary Renard

Alan Steinfeld interviews Gary Renard:

(Editor’s note:

In February 2004, while giving multimedia presentations at the Global Sacred Geometry Conference in Sedona, Arizona, I too had the enjoyable opportunity to do an interview with Alan Steinfeld. Since the summer of 2007, when I discovered the Disappearance of the Universe, most of my thinking about what I shared there was transformed by revisiting ACIM, but it was still a fun interview. Since reading DU and re-reading ACIM (and many other related books), I have been shifting my emphasis from form to content, as Ken Wapnick would say. I’m SOOO grateful that my friend Claire loaned me her copy of DU! My life was transformed by the understanding that pure non-dual awareness is not in any way connected with any sort of duality, a.k.a. God doesn’t know about space, time, bodies, personalities, individuality, and certainly has nothing to do with sin, guilt and fear! Hallelujah to that! 🙂 Just for fun, here’s that video interview about The Seven Hermetic Laws, Sacred Geometry and more with Alan Steinfeld of New Realities … More about sacred geometry and the Hermetic Laws, which, like everything else can be used as a mnemonic when turned over to our real teacher a.k.a. Holy Spirit, is on my GeometryCode.com website for those that might be interested.)

Gary Renard, part 1 – Intro to: The Disappearance of the Universe

Gary Renard part 2 – On the Nature of Forgiveness

Gary Renard, part 3 – on Death and the Ego

Gary Renard, part 4 – The Ego versus The Holy Spirit

Gary Renard, part 5 – Process of Forgiveness

Gary Renard, part 6 – We are at Cause

Gary Renard, part 7 – Upcoming book and the Future

Interviews with Gary Renard, for The Leap! movie:

Interview 1 with Gary Renard, for The Leap! movie

Interview 2 with Gary Renard, for The Leap! movie

Interview 3 with Gary Renard, for The Leap! movie

Gary Renard – Beyond The Ego

Gary Renard at Boca TV (Gene Bogart studio)

Contact With Ascended Masters – Gary Renard’s Experience

Gary Renard in the movie ‘Living Luminaries’

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 1 of 9)

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 2 of 9)

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 3 of 9)

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 4 of 9)

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 5 of 9)

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 6 of 9)

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 7 of 9)

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 8 of 9)

Gary Renard on Coast to Coast AM – April 11, 2005 (Part 9 of 9)

Gary Renard photo (Alan Steinfeld interview)

A Course in Miracles and Forgiveness

ACIM T p 138
Knowledge is not the motivation for learning this course. Peace is. This is the prerequisite for knowledge only because those who are in conflict are not peaceful, and peace is the condition of knowledge because it is the condition of the Kingdom. Knowledge can be restored only when you meet its conditions.

DU p 109
The peace of God is the goal of the Course because it must be attained in order to regain the awareness of your reality in the Kingdom.

YIR p 139
It’s through your own choice for the Holy Spirit and His thought system instead of the ego’s that your mind is returned to peace. That has to happen first in order for you to go home. You can’t skip your forgiveness homework. Everybody wants to skip to the end and be enlightened now, but it doesn’t work that way. If peace is the condition of the Kingdom, then the mind must be at peace in order to fit in. And in order for the mind to be at peace, you have to forgive. It’s as simple as that.

DU p 147
Without its practical method of forgiveness, the Course would be nothing but a beautiful and useless book – fuel for debate and the games of the ego. Fortunately, as J says in the Introduction to the Clarification of Terms, p 77: This is not a course in philosophical speculation, nor is it concerned with precise terminology. It is concerned only with Atonement, or the correction of perception. The means of the Atonement is forgiveness.

What is Forgiveness? ACIM W p 401
Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven.

Forgiveness is the key to happiness. ACIM Lesson 121 W p 214
Here is the answer to your search for peace. Here is the key to meaning in a world that seems to make no sense. Here is the way to safety in apparent dangers that appear to threaten you at every turn, and bring uncertainty to all your hopes of ever finding quietness and peace. Here are all questions answered; here the end of all uncertainty ensured at last.

Forgiveness offers everything I want. ACIM Lesson 122 W p 217
What could you want forgiveness cannot give? Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? Do you want care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always? Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that never can be hurt, a deep abiding comfort, and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?

All this forgiveness offers and more. It sparkles on your eyes as you awake, and gives you joy with which to meet the day. It soothes your forehead while you sleep, and rest upon your eyelids so you see no dreams of fear and evil, malice and attack. And when you wake again, it offers you another day of happiness and peace. All this forgiveness offers you, and more.

DU p 343
We came here to give people a spiritual message, a message that not everyone is ready for yet, and this is it: When you are ready to accept that the only thing that really matters in your illusory lifetime is the successful completion of your lessons of true forgiveness, then you will be truly wise indeed.

DU p 221
True forgiveness is the real purpose of life, but you’ve got to choose it in order to make it yours. Remember, practicing real forgiveness can’t help but lead you home.

YIR p 128
You can’t wake up from a dream as long as you’re stuck in it. Awareness of dreaming breaks the hold. And the more you forgive, the more you become aware that you’re just dreaming.

Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world. ACIM Lesson 62 W p 104
It is your forgiveness that will bring the world of darkness to the light. It is your forgiveness that lets you recognize the light in which you see. Forgiveness is the demonstration that you are the light of the world. Through your forgiveness does the truth about yourself return to your memory. Therefore, in your forgiveness lies your salvation.

God is the Love in which I forgive. ACIM Lesson 46 W p 73
God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself. Yet although God does not forgive, His Love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness.

The words, Forgive(s), Forgiven, Forgiveness, Forgiving, and Forgivable show up in the Course a total of 842 times.

Forgive and let live.

Mike “Giddyup Mikey” Lemieux