September 2014 ACIMblog bulletin

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One last day! FACIM 50% Off Book Sale Extended through September

I strongly encourage supporting the Foundation for A Course In Miracles (FACIM); they have supported us all in countless ways for many years, directly and indirectly – just think of how many students and teachers of ACIM you know that have been inspired … and continue to be inspired … by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick and his prodigious, seminal and revelatory work – who have inspired you … and others you’ve never ‘met’ – even if you never met Ken ‘in person’ (which I never had the opportunity to do, alas) or even if you’ve never been to the center in Temecula, California (which I finally had the pleasure of doing earlier this year and also recommend highly.) I just started reading (in their entirety) the nearly 1400 brilliant Q&A postings that are part of the Online Learning Aids that FACIM provides everyone for free – yet another example of FACIM’s generous service to the ACIM community world-wide. Buying books by Ken Wapnick directly from FACIM’s website is a win-win way to extend your collection of books by Ken Wapnick and/or give as gifts. FACIM just announced that – by popular demand – they are extending their generous 50% off discount on the print version of Ken’s books through the month of September 2014. Here is a direct link to the FACIM online bookstore. I just stocked up on 6 titles I didn’t have from my favorite author to extend my “Ken” collection. Enjoy!

Doug Sparks workshop in Castle Rock, Colorado – October 4, 2014

Due to a few cancellations, there are a few (4) spaces left for the Doug Sparks workshop here (at our home in Castle Rock, CO) on Saturday, October 4, 2014. His topic will be “Befriending the Unbefriended” and will be similar to the format of his other (superb!) workshops in the Boulder area from 10AM-4PM with a break for lunch, and a cost of $30. For those interested, we’ll have an optional potluck afterwards; let me know if you want to attend either or both. Please contact us ASAP to reserve a place, as this workshop is almost filled up and our living room (unlike our right mind) appears to have limited capacity. 🙂

Meanwhile, here are some prior examples of some of Doug’s superb presentations and workshops, at his home in Boulder, Colorado, at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC) in Denver and elsewhere – reflecting his decades of studying ACIM from the early days of Ken Wapnick’s teachings. More are forthcoming after I complete a bit of editing on the audio I’ve recorded.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend (even if it’s a ‘maybe’), and I’ll keep a running list of who has reserved a spot. Also, please send a link to this page to anyone you think might be interested in attending in your ACIM contacts, including those who might know someone in the Denver area, or might be visiting here during early October, particularly those who are fans of Ken Wapnick’s teachings. THANKS!

Doug Sparks was an early student of Ken Wapnick, shortly after Ken began teaching. Doug has been sharing similarly for many years from the Boulder area. When you listen to Doug share his insights about the course, it becomes obvious that the decades of immersion in Ken’s understanding of ACIM have been extended through Doug’s crystal clarity and kind-heartedness. You won’t regret attending… your ego might have some major issues, but that’s the idea … gentle undoing of the resistance to truth! 🙂

Virtual ACIM conference Oct. 17-19, 2014

SpeakersforACourseinMiraclesConference2014

Please join me and Amy TorresDr. Bob RosenthalBritney Shawley, Carrie TriffetCheryl FordCorrine ZupkoCraig VillarrubiaDanielle Boonstra, David FishmanDavid HoffmeisterEarl “Raj” PurdyGabrielle BernsteinJoe WolfeJohn Mark StroudJon Mundy, Kandace JonesKenneth BokLisa NatoliLorri CoburnMaria FelipeMaureen MuldoonMyron JonesNouk SanchezSusan Dugan, and Tony Ponticello for the first MiracleShare.org 2014 Virtual Conference on October 17-19, 2014. Here is a list of speakers, details about the virtual conference, and a link to register for the event. The theme of this first virtual conference is “Healing the Mind through ACIM.” My presentation will be: “Lowering our shields of oblivion: Following our Inner Kindness Teacher beyond the imagined need for defenses back to the Peace of Perfect Oneness we never left.” Note that you do NOT have to attend any of these sessions live and can watch/listen to them later if you already have plans for any or all of those 3 days. Here are some quotes from the speakers, in a slide show format. I hope you can join us! This promises to be a wonderful opportunity for the global ACIM community to share insights, support and humor. 🙂

Video conversation with Susan Dugan about ego backlash

Here’s another recent video conversation in our Kenneth Wapnick enthusiasts series: Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles talk about ego backlash and not taking ourselves too seriously. Synchronistically, I’ve been enjoying the FACIM Q&A series with ‘random’ discoveries over the past few years, but just started going through all 1000+ of them in order, and discovered that Question #35 fits our conversation quite well; helpful when you find that it SEEMS to be getting more difficult to undo the ego, when, in fact, it has been a steady resistance to truth ever since the ‘tiny mad idea’ … never happened! 🙂

More 12Radio conversations with CA Brooks

Last month I reported on the conversation that CA Brooks and I had about a favorite and helpful ACIM subject, the double shield of oblivion. Since then, we recorded another session, this time about metaphysical movie metaphors, particularly The Wizard of Oz; we plan to do more, since this genre is so loaded with symbolism amenable to listening to Holy Spirit’s version that leads us off the screen and back into the audience… or perhaps the projection booth. 🙂 Next Friday, we’ll have another conversation (which I’ll upload to ACIMblog soon) that will touch on another favorite helpful subject: Level Confusion. Here’s an article by Ken Wapnick on the subject of Level Confusion I’m sure to draw inspiration from.

New Gary Renard article on ElevateExistence.com

Gary Renard wrote an excellent, concise introductory article about ACIM here; check it out!

Kindle edition of The Geometry Code turned 2 yesterday

Amazing that it’s already been a couple of years since I released the Kindle edition of the book: The Geometry Code:
Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation … You can read more about this metaphysical romp here, and download the first chapter for free here. The ‘tree-ware’ version has been around even longer for those that enjoy a ‘real book’ to curl up with. 🙂

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August 2014 ACIMblog bulletin

FACIM 50% Off Book Sale Extended through September

I strongly encourage supporting the Foundation for A Course In Miracles (FACIM); they have supported us all in countless ways for many years, directly and indirectly – just think of how many students and teachers of ACIM you know that have been inspired … and continue to be inspired … by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick and his prodigious, seminal and revelatory work – who have inspired you … and others you’ve never ‘met’ – even if you never met Ken ‘in person’ (which I never had the opportunity to do, alas) or even if you’ve never been to the center in Temecula, California (which I finally had the pleasure of doing earlier this year and also recommend highly.) I just started reading (in their entirety) the nearly 1400 brilliant Q&A postings that are part of the Online Learning Aids that FACIM provides everyone for free – yet another example of FACIM’s generous service to the ACIM community world-wide. Buying books by Ken Wapnick directly from FACIM’s website is a win-win way to extend your collection of books by Ken Wapnick and/or give as gifts. FACIM just announced that – by popular demand – they are extending their generous 50% off discount on the print version of Ken’s books through the month of September 2014. Here is a direct link to the FACIM online bookstore. Enjoy!

The Girth of Special Love and Special Hate … with a lisp? 🙂

Mission Impossible tape-self-destruct

Recently, while pondering the myriad ways that special love and special hate attempt to mask the real love that patiently awaits all of us … I realized how we all have indulged in – to our befuddlement – in-fat-uation – which my online dictionary defines as “intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something.” We distort the uniformity and equality of all things of space and time by inflating, exaggerating, and fixating on one illusion over another, desperately attempting to make our cherished illusions real by making a specific (same root as the word special) – to paraphrase George Orwell – “more equal than others.” This, as we’ve all experienced, leads inevitably to the ego’s pendulum swinging the other way through our divided mind’s dreamscape, and we land with a thud and a shudder into the allegedly dreaded mental realm of special hate, where the insane mind now projects a traitorous picture of our cherished (special) specific, beloved-turned-be-hated idol. Ego now adopts a lisp for purposes of further obfuscating the neutral reality of our projected dream characters and instead of in-fat-uation, indulges in in-thin-uation – yet another weapon in ego’s arsenal of blame-throwing, judgment-projecting, guilt-flinging ineffective strategies, or as Ken Wapnick says, it’s maladaptive solution to a non-existent problem. Just notice how often ego blather insinuates that some body or some thing ‘done you wrong’ (with or without the song.)

Our Inner Kindness Teacher reminds us, “Your possible (and, in fact, happily inevitable) mission, should you decide to accept it, is to use the proper use of denial to gently, kindly deny the impossible (including in-fat-uation and in-sin-uation.) As always, should you or any of your treacherous ego thoughts attempt to catch or kill you, Perfect Oneness will disavow any knowledge of your dream hero actions… since nothing happened in Truth. This blog post doesn’t need to self-destruct, since it – and everything else in space-time – never happened, either.” Perhaps we could think of Holy Spirit as an infinitely wise version of Quick Draw McGraw, and nod in joyous agreement when he suggests “I’ll do the thinnin’ around here.” Time to get off the ego express. 🙂

Discouraged? Hang in there, try not to skip steps, and be gentle … and patient with yourself!

The other day – while watching my internal ego babble over recent events not to ‘my’ liking, I was reminded of the importance of my long-term commitment to not taking ego seriously, remembering that my assessment of the dream – let alone reality – is woefully incomplete, forgiving my decision-making mind, and gently … choosing … once … again … to trust Holy Spirit. Here’s a slightly modified response to a FaceBook conversation that would seem to apply to everyone. An (excellent) video is “Kenneth Wapnick talks about why people commit suicide“. … In the video, Ken refers to one of my favorite – and most challenging – passages in the text (Chapter 31, section IV. The Real Alternative), particularly the 3rd paragraph on pages 653-654 where J minces no words and reminds us that we keep trying to repair the dream because we’re all terrified of seeing that there is nothing of value in ego’s projected insanity (a.k.a. the Universe) UNTIL (and this is vitally important) we trust our Inner Kindness Teacher to show us the real alternative of using every moment of ego’s prison thought-system to undo the default, and turn it into a happy dream classroom instead; not by cleverly doing an evasive maneuver and secretly trying to find another special love/hate interest of one form or another (a.k.a. level confusion and/or trying to force light into darkness), but by just looking – with Holy Spirit – at ego’s devastation … and gently forgiving ourselves – sometimes even with a little laugh!  – when we judge ourselves for wanting … once again … to make the dream real by either glorifying our bodies or killing them at whatever pace we elect. I keep finding over and over how important it is to just be gentle, kind and not skip over each step in my custom-tailored curriculum, as Ken reminds. There IS the perfect all-encompassing peace that awaits us, but we’ve so immersed ourselves in our dream-hero roles that it seems hopeless at times. Fortunately, as sentence 6 in the paragraph noted above says, “… yet this was the time they could have learned their greatest lesson.” Let’s all be gentle with ourselves when we hit this wall again and again, since the outcome we all want is assured by what we all really are, even if we still have enormous resistance to going through and beyond the wall.

CA Brooks interview – Double Shield of Oblivion

C. A. Brooks

I’ve found the metaphor of the ‘double shield of oblivion’ quite helpful lately; CA Brooks interviewed Bruce Rawles on her weekly ACIM internet radio program on 12Radio. We talked about how our outer world of space, time and bodies (the outer shield of oblivion) is designed to keep us mindless so that we don’t dare look (with our Inner Kindness Teacher) beyond the inner shield of oblivion (ego’s split-mind mine-field of sin-guilt-fear). Both are equally illusory and forgivable, but we won’t know this until we overcome our resistance by gradually, gently forgiving our decision-making mind – a.k.a. forgetting to judge ourselves – when we mobilize these shields to postpone peace that cannot be shaken. I’m scheduled to do another interview with CA on Sep. 12, when we’ll talk about ACIM and movie metaphors. Hope you can join us, and I’ll post a link if you miss it.

Virtual ACIM conference Oct. 17-19, 2014

SpeakersforACourseinMiraclesConference2014

Please join me and Amy TorresDr. Bob RosenthalBritney Shawley, Carrie TriffetCheryl FordCorrine ZupkoCraig VillarrubiaDanielle Boonstra, David FishmanDavid HoffmeisterEarl “Raj” PurdyGabrielle BernsteinJoe WolfeJohn Mark StroudJon Mundy, Kandace JonesKenneth BokLisa NatoliLorri CoburnMaria FelipeMaureen MuldoonMyron JonesNouk SanchezSusan Dugan, and Tony Ponticello for the first MiracleShare.org 2014 Virtual Conference on October 17-19, 2014. Here is a list of speakers, details about the virtual conference, and a link to register for the event. The theme of this first virtual conference is “Healing the Mind through ACIM.” My presentation will be: “Lowering our shields of oblivion: Following our Inner Kindness Teacher beyond the imagined need for defenses back to the Peace of Perfect Oneness we never left.” … BTW, the cost is currently $49, and prices go up to $59 on September 22, 2014, so register before the 22nd to save $10 if you’re planning to enjoy this very economical way to have a 3-day ACIM workshop immersion from the convenience of your computer.

Doug Sparks workshop in Castle Rock, Colorado – October 4, 2014

Save the date on your calendar for a Doug Sparks workshop here (at our home in Castle Rock, CO) on Saturday, October 4, 2014. We’ll have more details regarding topics, etc. but tentatively, this will likely be similar to the format of his other (superb!) workshops in the Boulder area which typically go from 10AM-4PM with a break for lunch, and a cost of $30. For those interested, we’ll have an optional potluck afterwards. Please contact us ASAP to reserve a place, as this workshop is already filling up and our living room (unlike our right mind) appears to have limited capacity. 🙂

Meanwhile, here are some prior examples of some of Doug’s superb presentations and workshops, at his home in Boulder, Colorado, at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC) in Denver and elsewhere – reflecting his decades of studying ACIM from the early days of Ken Wapnick’s teachings. More are forthcoming after I complete a bit of editing on the audio I’ve recorded.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend (even if it’s a ‘maybe’), and I’ll keep a running list of who has reserved a spot. Also, please send a link to this page to anyone you think might be interested in attending in your ACIM contacts, including those who might know someone in the Denver area, or might be visiting here during early October, particularly those who are fans of Ken Wapnick’s teachings. THANKS!

Doug Sparks was an early student of Ken Wapnick, shortly after Ken began teaching. Doug has been sharing similarly for many years from the Boulder area. When you listen to Doug share his insights about the course, it becomes obvious that the decades of immersion in Ken’s understanding of ACIM have been extended through Doug’s crystal clarity and kind-heartedness. You won’t regret attending… your ego might have some major issues, but that’s the idea … gentle undoing of the resistance to truth! 🙂

Fifty most recent FACIM videos

I recently found a neat plugin (a website add-on) for this website that shows up to 50 thumbnails of videos on a page, so if you’ve been wanting to watch a chronologically sorted collection of Ken Wapnick’s brilliant videos about A Course In Miracles, here’s where you can see them the 50 most recent videos from Foundation for A Course In Miracles on one page. If and when I figure out how to show all of them (since there are over 200 in the playlist as of this bulletin), I’ll update that page to show them all. Enjoy! 🙂

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations/ Classes / Resources

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings – your suggestions and contributions invited!

Please contact us to share what YOU would like to see here, any suggestions for improvements, etc. If you have anything ACIM-related that you’d like to share, please send (or send a link) for consideration. This site is (among other things) a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of our Shared Teacher of forgiveness and kindness. It’s fun to share our universal interests online; visit ACIMblog pages on FaceBook FaceBook (my personal FB page, which is mostly ACIM-related), Twitter and YouTube. If you aren’t already receiving this automatically in your email, you can subscribe here for free and get daily updates (of any posts made the prior day) via the “post updates by email” Subscribe button on every page. Eternal smilezenhugs to all! 🙂 ACIMblog star image

Doug Sparks workshop Oct. 4: Castle Rock, CO

Doug Sparks

If you know anyone in the Denver, Colorado area … The roster is almost full (as of 3Oct2014), but we have a few openings (due to a few last minute cancellations) for the workshop Doug Sparks is giving here on October 4, 2014. Please let me know ASAP if you want to reserve a spot.

The title of the October workshop is “Befriending the Unbefriended.” This will be similar to the format of his other (superb!) workshops in the Boulder area which typically go from 10AM-4PM with a break for lunch, and a cost of $30. For those interested, we’ll have an optional potluck afterwards.

Here are some prior audio recordings of some of Doug’s superb presentations and workshops, reflecting his decades of studying ACIM from the early days of Ken Wapnick’s teachings. More are forthcoming after I complete a bit of editing on the audio I’ve recorded.

Please RSVP if you are interested (even if it’s a ‘maybe’), and I’ll let you know if there are cancellations from our roster that would move you from the waiting list to the reserved list.

About Doug Sparks

Soon after it’s publication in 1976, Doug Sparks discovered A Course in Miracles and in the mid 1980’s, Doug identified the late Dr. Kenneth Wapnick as his teacher. Through Ken’s gentle tutelage, Doug embraced the Course as his path on this “journey without distance”, from “mindlessness to mindfulness”. After facilitating weekly study groups for 25 years, he now teaches monthly workshops and offers private tutoring. His workshops are always lighthearted and un-sanctimonious. He emphasizes not to take ourselves too seriously!

July 2014 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for July 2014:

Virtual ACIM conference Oct. 17-19, 2014

SpeakersforACourseinMiraclesConference2014

Please join me and Amy TorresDr. Bob RosenthalBritney Shawley, Carrie TriffetCheryl FordCorrine ZupkoCraig VillarrubiaDanielle Boonstra, David FishmanDavid HoffmeisterEarl “Raj” PurdyGabrielle BernsteinJoe WolfeJohn Mark StroudJon Mundy, Kandace JonesKenneth BokLisa NatoliLorri CoburnMaria FelipeMaureen MuldoonMyron JonesNouk SanchezSusan Dugan, and Tony Ponticello for the first MiracleShare.org 2014 Virtual Conference on October 17-19, 2014. Here is a list of speakers, details about the virtual conference, and a link to register for the event. The theme of this first virtual conference is “Healing the Mind through ACIM.” My presentation will be: “Lowering our shields of oblivion: Following our Inner Kindness Teacher beyond the imagined need for defenses back to the Peace of Perfect Oneness we never left.”

Doug Sparks workshop in Castle Rock, Colorado – October 4, 2014

Save the date on your calendar for a Doug Sparks workshop here (at our home in Castle Rock, CO) on Saturday, October 4, 2014. We’ll have more details regarding topics, etc. but tentatively, this will likely be similar to the format of his other (superb!) workshops in the Boulder area which typically go from 10AM-4PM with a break for lunch, and a cost of $30. For those interested, we’ll have an optional potluck afterwards. Please contact us ASAP to reserve a place, as this workshop is already filling up and our living room (unlike our right mind) appears to have limited capacity. 🙂

Meanwhile, here are some prior examples of some of Doug’s superb presentations and workshops, at his home in Boulder, Colorado, at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC) in Denver and elsewhere – reflecting his decades of studying ACIM from the early days of Ken Wapnick’s teachings. More are forthcoming after I complete a bit of editing on the audio I’ve recorded.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend (even if it’s a ‘maybe’), and I’ll keep a running list of who has reserved a spot. Also, please send a link to this page to anyone you think might be interested in attending in your ACIM contacts, including those who might know someone in the Denver area, or might be visiting here during early October, particularly those who are fans of Ken Wapnick’s teachings. THANKS!

Doug Sparks was an early student of Ken Wapnick, shortly after Ken began teaching. Doug has been sharing similarly for many years from the Boulder area. When you listen to Doug share his insights about the course, it becomes obvious that the decades of immersion in Ken’s understanding of ACIM have been extended through Doug’s crystal clarity and kind-heartedness. You won’t regret attending… your ego might have some major issues, but that’s the idea … gentle undoing of the resistance to truth! 🙂

Fifty most recent FACIM videos

I recently found a neat plugin (a website add-on) for this website that shows up to 50 thumbnails of videos on a page, so if you’ve been wanting to watch a chronologically sorted collection of Ken Wapnick’s brilliant videos about A Course In Miracles, here’s where you can see them the 50 most recent videos from Foundation for A Course In Miracles on one page. If and when I figure out how to show all of them (since there are over 200 in the playlist as of this bulletin), I’ll update that page to show them all. Enjoy! 🙂

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations/ Classes / Resources

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings – your suggestions and contributions invited!

Please contact us to share what YOU would like to see here, any suggestions for improvements, etc. If you have anything ACIM-related that you’d like to share, please send (or send a link) for consideration. This site is (among other things) a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of our Shared Teacher of forgiveness and kindness. It’s fun to share our universal interests online; visit ACIMblog pages on FaceBook FaceBook (my personal FB page, which is mostly ACIM-related), Twitter and YouTube. If you aren’t already receiving this automatically in your email, you can subscribe here for free and get daily updates (of any posts made the prior day) via the “post updates by email” Subscribe button on every page. Eternal smilezenhugs to all! 🙂 ACIMblog star image

Audio – Doug Sparks

Doug Sparks

Doug Sparks studied ACIM with Ken Wapnick since the 1980’s and is a superb teacher of ACIM. Here are a few recent audio recordings of talks and workshops he has given in Boulder, at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC) in Denver and elsewhere in the area.

Here is an interview with C. A. Brooks on her 12 Radio with a discussion of the differences between A Course In Miracles and Biblical Christianity.

Click here to listen to this 50 minute mp3 audio file of Doug Sparks speaking at RMMC on Feb. 17, 2013: Getting Past The Mythology of A Course In Miracles.

Here’s a prior talk by Doug at RMMC from 2012 entitled “A Garden Ephiphany”.

Soon after it’s publication in 1976, Doug discovered A Course in Miracles and in the mid 1980’s, Doug identified the late Dr. Kenneth Wapnick as his teacher. Through Ken’s gentle tutelage, Doug embraced the Course as his path on this “journey without distance”, from “mindlessness to mindfulness”. After facilitating weekly study groups for 25 years, he now teaches monthly workshops and offers private tutoring. His workshops are always lighthearted and un-sanctimonious. He emphasizes not to take ourselves too seriously!

March 2014 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for March 2014:

Ken Wapnick (left) and Tennanah Lake Trio

Kenneth Wapnick Memorial Tributes

This month’s bulletin will be short, but sweet. Here are numerous heartfelt tributes to our beloved Kenneth Wapnick, sent to the Foundation for A Course In Miracles. This collection of tributes also forms the basis of the quarterly Lighthouse Newsletter for March 2014 as well. I took a few days on my commute train this past week – well worth it! – to read and savor them all; thanks to all the authors who sent them in; I could relate fully to each and every one. Like the melos between the notes, the spirit between the lines of our favorite blue book, and many other wonderful metaphors that Ken shares, the feeling of the appropriate and profound appreciation for our quintessential teacher of ‘the Course’ comes through clearly and eloquently in this worthy outpouring of gratitude. Numerous letters in this collection used the word “demonstrate” to indicate that Ken went way beyond mere intellectual mastery, and truly lived the example of kindness; it was obvious even to those of us who didn’t have the privilege of meeting him ‘in person’ – this quote fits nicely about Ken’s life:

“Teach not that I died in vain. Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you.”

… Tissue alert: I found myself – on more than one occasion – getting a bit ‘misty-eyed’ reading these tributes … but in the best possible way.

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations/ Classes / Resources

Online ACIM study groups and presentations

There are several ongoing ACIM Hangout study groups and meetings; here’s a link to the ACIMExplained YouTube Channel (which has LOTS of wonderful videos) including regular interviews, presentations and online study group meetings. Enjoy, and join in if you feel inspired to share in the fun. Check back regularly on the calendar of upcoming online ACIM Hangouts for new events to participate ‘live’ in, and/or watch later. Here’s a how-to page with best practices for participating in these Google+ Hangouts.

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings – your suggestions and contributions invited!

Please contact me to share what YOU would like to see here, any suggestions for improvements, etc. If you have anything ACIM-related that you’d like to share, please send (or send a link) for consideration. This site is (among other things) a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of our Shared Teacher of forgiveness and kindness.

It’s fun to share our universal interests online; visit ACIMblog pages on
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FaceBook (my personal FB page, which is mostly ACIM-related),
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February 2014 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for February 2014:

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Kenneth Wapnick article by Bernard Groom

Thanks to Susan Dugan – BTW, here’s a recent interview Susan did with C. A. Brooks and more of her audios – for alerting me in a recent blog post to this excellent article by Bernard Groom about Ken Wapnick’s life and keeping the teaching that he demonstrated in our awareness. Here’s a short excerpt: “Reality, Heaven, Home is real. Nothing else is. That is where we are, all of us, all the time, in a state we cannot comprehend within the limited, intellectual mind. We cannot ‘think’ through this one. This state ‘here’ that appears outside that perfect place is not true, and not real. Yet we have adopted this extraordinary capacity to make real (seemingly real) what is not real. The power of our minds is such that we can insist on the truth of this separated state, a place of beginnings and endings, to such an extent that we experience it as ‘real’. We have to call this into question.”

Kenneth Wapnick interview with Amy Torres

Here’s a “new” interview with Ken Wapnick by Amy Torres (from October 2000), which shows the consistency and constancy of his message, and addresses issues such as purification, the happy dream and Jung’s two stages of life.

ACIM Digital Editions

The Foundation for Inner Peace recently announced new audio versions of ACIM on a 5-CD set in mp3 formatmore info on digital versions this page.

Doug Sparks and Lyn Corona classes at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC)

Doug Sparks is presenting two classes tomorrow at RMMC (2Mar2014): “Make this year different…” at the 11AM gathering, followed by a Workshop from 1- 4 pm entitled: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Pogo

Lyn Corona (of the School of Reason) is starting new classes at RMMC: Essential Metaphysics (Three Sat. afternoon classes March 29; April 5, 12, from 2 to 4 pm, with a free intro session March 22, 2 to 3:30 pm) and Living The Course, part II (Eight 2-hour classes Thursdays- March 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 from 7 to 9 pm); … all highly recommended!

The End of Death

I just got a copy of “The End of Death” by Nouk Sanchez. There’s a sample chapter and other supplemental materials here. I’ll post a review here soon; eager to read it! 🙂

My projections are my inner workshop for forgiveness

Here’s a short video by Corrine Zupko about trusting our Inner Kindness Teacher and seeing our projections as our internal work, not something outside ourselves.

Lasting Happiness

Here’s a short article by fellow ACIM student and hiker Jim Meissner. Here’s a short excerpt: “To have lasting joy and inner peace you must choose them as your goal and priority. So whatever the situation, you decide in advance to have peace as your goal. Since you have set your goal, you will find the means to achieve it. Just don’t make other goals more important to you or you will have divided and conflicting goals. Without setting your ultimate goal in advance, life will just seem to happen to you and you will seem to be a helpless victim of outside circumstances. That need not be.”

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations/ Classes / Resources

Online ACIM study groups and presentations

There are several ongoing ACIM Hangout study groups and meetings; here’s a link to the ACIMExplained YouTube Channel (which has LOTS of wonderful videos) including regular interviews, presentations and online study group meetings. Enjoy, and join in if you feel inspired to share in the fun. Check back regularly on the calendar of upcoming online ACIM Hangouts for new events to participate ‘live’ in, and/or watch later. Here’s a how-to page with best practices for participating in these Google+ Hangouts.

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings – your suggestions and contributions invited!

Please contact me to share what YOU would like to see here, any suggestions for improvements, etc. If you have anything ACIM-related that you’d like to share, please send (or send a link) for consideration. This site is (among other things) a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of our Shared Teacher of forgiveness and kindness.

It’s fun to share our universal interests online; visit ACIMblog pages on
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November 2013 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for November 2013:

Doug Sparks presentation and workshop at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC)

Doug Sparks

Doug Sparks gave a morning presentation and workshop at RMMC on October 13, 2013; I’ll have the audio from both of these (and others in my recording backlog) uploaded here soon; both excellent. It’s always a joy to attend talks given by this long-time student of Ken Wapnick, as he shares – with warmth and insight – the depth of the importance of being kindly mindful as we apply our forgiveness lessons. Doug give an outstanding workshop in Boulder, Colorado, entitled “Hope Springs External – The Ego’s Favorite Ploy” on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. If you’re interested in upcoming talks and workshops by Doug, contact Nieca Sparks at 303-570-7737 for details.

Meanwhile, here’s a new audio from a talk earlier this year (17Feb2013) by Doug at RMMC entitled: Getting Past The Mythology of A Course In Miracles.

Click here to listen to this 50 minute mp3 audio file of Doug Sparks speaking at RMMC on Feb. 17, 2013: Getting Past The Mythology of A Course In Miracles.

Here’s a prior talk by Doug at RMMC from 2012 entitled “A Garden Ephiphany”.

Love Has Forgotten No One – Gary Renard’s new book

I’m already re-reading the superb 3rd book by Gary Renard, Love Has Forgotten No One, which is available on Kindle and in paperback. Definitely worth the wait if you’ve waited a while, like many of us did! If you haven’t already read Gary’s first two books, I recommend reading (or re-reading) them first, since the third book builds on the foundation of pure non-dualistic thought that was established in the first two books. I’ve been reading from this book on ACIMGather on Saturday mornings (7:30-8AM Mountain Time) lately, so if you want to tune in, please join us; there are links to ACIMGather toward the middle of the Resources page. Gary and Gene Bogart also have some related commentary – always fun and interesting – on the most recent Gary Renard podcast #48.

Love Has Forgotten No One - The Answer To Life - by Gary R. Renard

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations/ Classes / Resources

Online ACIM study groups and presentations

There are several ongoing ACIM Hangout study groups and meetings; here’s a link to the ACIMExplained YouTube Channel (which has LOTS of wonderful videos) including regular interviews, presentations and online study group meetings. Enjoy, and join in if you feel inspired to share in the fun. Check back regularly on the calendar of upcoming online ACIM Hangouts for new events to participate ‘live’ in, and/or watch later. Here’s a how-to page with best practices for participating in these Google+ Hangouts.

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings – your suggestions and contributions invited!

Please contact me to share what YOU would like to see here, any suggestions for improvements, etc. If you have anything ACIM-related that you’d like to share, please send (or send a link) for consideration. This site is (among other things) a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of our Shared Teacher of forgiveness and kindness.

It’s fun to share our universal interests online; visit ACIMblog pages on
FaceBook
FaceBook (my personal FB page, which is mostly ACIM-related),
Twitter and
YouTube.

If you aren’t already receiving this automatically in your email, you can subscribe here for free and get daily updates (of any posts made the prior day) via the “post updates by email” Subscribe button on every page.

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October 2013 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for October 2013:

Love Has Forgotten No One - The Answer To Life - by Gary R. Renard

Love Has Forgotten No One – Gary Renard’s new book

The long-awaited 3rd book by Gary Renard, Love Has Forgotten No One, is available on Kindle and in paperback. It was well worth the wait! If you haven’t already read Gary’s first two books, I recommend reading (or re-reading) them first, since the third book builds on the foundation of pure non-dualistic thought that was established in the first two books. If you’re looking for something ‘new and different’ (from the other 2 books), you (we’re talking ‘individual’ you, here) might be disappointed, but for the Self we really are, it’s a glorious presentation of the ideas take us home from the dream we never really entered. Hooray for inspired repetition – the content is the same brilliance, although the form is now in the context of Gary’s more recent experience and numerous fascinating connections – from our friends Gary, Arten and Pursah! 🙂
Here’s a short review by fellow ACIM enthusiast of Gary’s work ‘Giddyup Mikey’ Mike Lemieux.

Sep 2013 LightHouse

The Sep. 2013 edition of FACIM‘s quarterly bulletin, The Lighthouse, if you haven’t already read it, is now available here. Always loaded with superb insights and highly recommended! This edition’s feature article by Ken Wapnick is entitled: “THE TREACHERY OF IMAGES”—Part I: Confusing Symbols with Source, Form with Content” … Here is a short excerpt:

“Herein lies the treachery of images or symbols, for they seem to be what they are not, seducing us into believing that an illusion (really, an hallucination) is actually true and is out there to be perceived. And so the purpose of the world: “Thus were specifics made” (W-pI.161.3:1). This leaves us as the “face of innocence” that suffers at the hands of people and events beyond our control.”

Doug Sparks presentation and workshop at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center

Doug Sparks gave a morning presentation and workshop at RMMC on October 13, 2013; I’ll have the audio from both of these (and others in my recording backlog) uploaded here soon; both excellent. It’s always a joy to attend talks given by this long-time student of Ken Wapnick, as he shares – with warm and insight – the depth of the importance of being kindly mindful as we apply our forgiveness lessons. Doug is giving a workshop in Boulder, Colorado, entitled “Hope Springs External – The Ego’s Favorite Ploy” on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 from 10AM-4PM; contact Nieca Sparks at 303-570-7737 for details and registration.

Daily post updates

Now you can quickly and easily subscribe to automated post updates to the ACIMblog.com website. Just enter your email below where it says the “ACIMblog.com post updates by email” on the upper right hand corner of any page, and click the “Subscribe” button. You’ll automatically get an email containing any new posts to ACIMblog.com made the previous day. Of course, if you prefer just getting one email a month, the bulletin you’re reading now (if you’re reading this in your email program) will still continue to provide that service.

ACIM-related articles, websites and blogs of interest

Here’s a new in-depth article entitled “Moving from fear into Real Peace” by Dave Van Dyke about going beyond the ‘dark night of the soul’ (ego’s forte) to the enduring comfort we all know awaits us, despite our resistance. Dave shares a genuine, heart-felt and ‘right on’ essay with us. It fits perfectly with one of my favorite sections about going past the “dark night of the soul” in Chap. 31, section IV (The Real Alternative) to seeing ALL of Spirit in everyone and everything… I’m paraphrasing, but that’s what I get from it … Looking past ego’s desolate façade – with help from our Inner Kindness Teacher – to the unchanging beauty and Love within All!

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations/ Classes / Resources

Online ACIM study groups and presentations

There are several ongoing ACIM Hangout study groups and meetings; here’s a link to the ACIMExplained YouTube Channel (which has LOTS of wonderful videos) including regular interviews, presentations and online study group meetings. Enjoy, and join in if you feel inspired to share in the fun. Check back regularly on the calendar of upcoming online ACIM Hangouts for new events to participate ‘live’ in, and/or watch later. Here’s a how-to page with best practices for participating in these Google+ Hangouts.

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings – your suggestions and contributions invited!

Please contact me to share what YOU would like to see here, any suggestions for improvements, etc. If you have anything ACIM-related that you’d like to share, please send (or send a link) for consideration. This site is (among other things) a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of our Shared Teacher of forgiveness and kindness.

It’s fun to share our universal interests online; visit ACIMblog pages on
FaceBook
FaceBook (my personal FB page, which is mostly ACIM-related),
Twitter and
YouTube.

If you aren’t already receiving this automatically in your email, you can subscribe here for free and get daily updates (of any posts made the prior day) via the “post updates by email” Subscribe button on every page.

Eternal smilezenhugs to all! 🙂
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September 2013 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for September 2013:

audio-Bill Thetford Talks About His Life

Audio – Bill Thetford Talks About His Life

Thanks to Jonathan Joshua for alerting me to this wonderful 3 part audio recording of William Thetford, talking about his history and how it relates to ACIM’s origins (Part 1Part 2Part 3). As you might expect, Thetford’s humor, clarity and insight is evident throughout.

Sep 2013 LightHouse

The Sep. 2013 edition of FACIM‘s quarterly bulletin, The Lighthouse, is now available here. Always loaded with superb insights and highly recommended! This edition’s feature article by Ken Wapnick is entitled: “THE TREACHERY OF IMAGES”—Part I: Confusing Symbols with Source, Form with Content” … Here is a short excerpt:

“Herein lies the treachery of images or symbols, for they seem to be what they are not, seducing us into believing that an illusion (really, an hallucination) is actually true and is out there to be perceived. And so the purpose of the world: “Thus were specifics made” (W-pI.161.3:1). This leaves us as the “face of innocence” that suffers at the hands of people and events beyond our control.”

Love Has Forgotten No One – Gary Renard’s new book

The long-awaited 3rd book by Gary Renard, Love Has Forgotten No One, will be available on Kindle via Amazon on October 8. Here’s a short review by fellow ACIM enthusiast of Gary’s work ‘Giddyup Mikey’ Mike Lemieux.

Doug Sparks presentation and workshop at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center

Doug Sparks will be coming to RMMC on October 13, 2013, giving talks for the morning Gathering and an afternoon Workshop. It’s always a joy to attend talks given by this long-time student of Ken Wapnick, as he shares the depth of the importance of being kindly mindful as we apply our forgiveness lessons.

Daily post updates

Now you can quickly and easily subscribe to automated post updates to the ACIMblog.com website. Just enter your email below where it says the “ACIMblog.com post updates by email” on the upper right hand corner of any page, and click the “Subscribe” button. You’ll automatically get an email containing any new posts to ACIMblog.com made the previous day. Of course, if you prefer just getting one email a month, the bulletin you’re reading now (if you’re reading this in your email program) will still continue to provide that service.

Upcoming Interviews / Webcasts / Videos / Meetings / Conferences / Presentations/ Classes / Resources

Online ACIM study groups and presentations

There are several ongoing ACIM Hangout study groups and meetings; here’s a link to the ACIMExplained YouTube Channel (which has LOTS of wonderful videos) including regular interviews, presentations and online study group meetings. Enjoy, and join in if you feel inspired to share in the fun. Check back regularly on the calendar of upcoming online ACIM Hangouts for new events to participate ‘live’ in, and/or watch later. Here’s a how-to page with best practices for participating in these Google+ Hangouts.

ACIM-related websites and blogs of interest

Inner Peace For You – new blog

Sally McKirgan, who has contributed several articles for ACIMblog, has a new blog about ACIM: Inner Peace For You. Check it out! 🙂

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings – your suggestions and contributions invited!

Please contact me to share what YOU would like to see here, any suggestions for improvements, etc. If you have anything ACIM-related that you’d like to share, please send (or send a link) for consideration. This site is (among other things) a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of our Shared Teacher of forgiveness and kindness.

It’s fun to share our universal interests online; visit ACIMblog pages on
FaceBook
FaceBook (my personal FB page, which is mostly ACIM-related),
Twitter and
YouTube.

If you aren’t already receiving this automatically in your email, you can subscribe here for free and get daily updates (of any posts made the prior day) via the “post updates by email” Subscribe button on every page.

Eternal smilezenhugs to all! 🙂
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