Foundation for Inner Peace – Utah “Fun Raiser” 2017

Celebrating Inner Peace: A "Fun-Raiser" to Honor and Support the Foundation for Inner Peace at Living Miracles Monastery, July 14-16, 2017

A FUN-Raising Event!

July 14-16, 2017 

Celebrating Inner Peace and

Dr. Helen Schucman’s Birthday, July 14th (1909-1981)

Hosted by the Living Miracles Monastery

Strawberry River Canyon, Duchesne, Utah

A weekend celebration of Presence, gratitude and joy in honor of our elders and the Foundation for Inner Peace. In the spirit of collaboration may we honor our path together, and share our gratitude for those who have been instrumental in bringing A Course in Miracles to the world. Here is a video about the event.

Since 1975 the Trustees of the Foundation for Inner Peace have prayerfully overseen the translation and dissemination of 3 million Course books into over two dozen languages – and counting! – around the world. With great joy, we celebrate the life’s work of the founders of the Foundation for Inner Peace: Dr. Helen Schucman, Dr. William “Bill” Thetford, Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Wapnick, Judith “Judy” Skutch Whitson, Robert “Bob” Skutch, and Dr. William “Whit” Whitson.

Join David Hoffmeister in welcoming the co-presidents of the Foundation for Inner Peace, Tamara Morgan (Judith Skutch Whitson’s daughter) and Dr. Bob Rosenthal, as well as long-term Course teachers Carol HoweJon Mundy, Gary Renard, James Twyman and Marie Felipe.

Visit the Celebrating Inner Peace page for registration and more information.

You can also find books and other products from these Course teachers on these ACIMblog product pagesCarol HoweJon Mundy, Gary Renard, James Twyman and Marie Felipe.

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!!!

ACIMblog Favorites

 

The listings above are a sampling of our favorite ACIM books and media. If you want a larger list, click here for a more extensive selection of books, audios, DVDs and other items related to A Course In Miracles. Purchasing from these links help support this labor of love website and we appreciate it! 🙂

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Love Without Limits: Applying the Principles of ACIM Daily – workshop 13-15 Nov. 2009 with Nouk Sanchez & Tomas Vieira

Wake up to a life-changing experience!

Tomas & Nouk reveal why…
“you will never consistently experience what
you really want until the one unconscious
saboteur is revealed and released!”

Popular teachers of
A Course In Miracles,
Nouk Sanchez & Tomas Vieira

authors of Take Me To Truth: Undoing the Ego
will present an experiential 3-day workshop

“Love Without Limits:

Applying the Principles of ACIM Daily”

Friday-Sunday November 13-15, 2009 – 10AM-4PM
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Ashland

For more information, contact us via email, or phone 541-973-3512. To register, please mail a check for $250* to Elysian Publishing, POB 1515, Eagle Point, Oregon 97524 and include your full name, email (very important since that’s how we’ll contact you primarily), phone number, address, and any other pertinent contact info or details.

* The cost will be $275 at the door, so save $25 by pre-registering today! If you register yourself and a friend/partner, $375 for two in advance or $400 at the door for two.

If you are traveling from out of the area and need lodging info please contact Ed Karlovich at 541-646-8332. A few rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Ashland are reserved and available at discounted rates for attendees of the seminar.

Here is a printable flyer as 4 mini-posters and both pdf and MSWord versions of  a Press Release about this event.

If you want to automatically receive ACIM-related event news, updates and other non-dualistic musings, you might also want to subscribe to our email bulletin.

LISTEN to a sample of Nouk and Tomas!

If you wish to hear a sample of Nouk and Tomas, and have iTunes on your computer, click on “Podcasts” from the Library section, and search for “a crash course in miracles.” This will bring up a podcast whose logo is a red donut with a bite out of it. Listen to episodes 11 and/or 27 (which also have “Take Me To Truth” in the title.) They feature Nouk and Tomas and Ed & I have really enjoyed how clear and insightful they are. Or you can follow this link.

Potluck 6PM Sat. Nov 14 (2009) at Peace House in Ashland

We’re having another ACIM potluck at the Peace House in Ashland at 6PM
on Saturday,  November 14, 2009. This will be the evening of the 2nd day of Nouk & Tomas’ workshop, but it isn’t limited to those attending the workshop… Hopefully as many of you as possible will be able to attend! 🙂 Here’s the address and details for Peace House in case you need them 🙂
541-482-9625
http://www.peacehouse.net
543 South Mountain Avenue – POB 524, Ashland Oregon 97520

Webmaster’s note:

Earlier this year (2009) I was fortunate to attend the Community Miracles Center conference on A Course In Miracles in San Francisco, where I had the pleasure of attending some wonderful presentations from Gary Renard, Tom & Linda Carpenter (both featured in our ACIM speaker series in Ashland earlier this year), as well as Earl Purdy, Lyn Corona, Martha Lucia Espinoza, and many others. They were all superb. The presentation that spoke to me with such depth and light-hearted humor (what a great combination!) that I felt drawn to attend their second presentation was … you guessed it! … Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira. Having thoroughly enjoyed their brilliant book “Take Me To Truth: Undoing the Ego” I wanted to experience their insight first hand, and both sessions exceeded my already high expectations. It is with great joy and anticipation that I am enthused (with abundant help from colleague Ed Karlovich and a wonderful ACIM community here in the Rogue Valley – you know who you are!) to be able to present Nouk & Tomas’ first extended seminar/workshop for this part of our beloved hologram! 🙂

The authors/presenters share this about their workshop:


(The purpose of the workshop is to) “reveal why you will never consistently experience what you really want until the one unconscious saboteur is revealed and released! … Through a mix of delivery, reflection, journaling, experiential exercises, much laughter, and discussions, you will learn to recognize the extent of the ego’s role in your conscious and unconscious mind and how to initiate your release from the only barrier to consistent peace, love and happiness. If you’re done with seeking, suffering and pain, then you will find Truth at this workshop. Spend three profound days deepening your awareness of Perfect Love through Radical Self Inquiry, Quantum Forgiveness & Now Moment Presence.”

 

Biographical Information about Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira:

Australians, Nouk and Tomas are the authors of bestseller Take Me to Truth, Undoing the Ego. Initiated by A Course in Miracles (ACIM), their seventeen-year Spiritual Awakening journey led to the almost total deconstruction of their lives and belief systems before emerging from the process together. No amount of theory or substitute can hold a candle to experience. Nouk and Tomas joined in a divine commitment in 1984. The call they heard beckoned them to discover the indestructible nature of love. The precious insights gained from their life-transforming experience are shared in both Take Me to Truth and their workshops. The result is this profoundly practical guide that clearly defines the blocks and the stages involved in Spiritual Awakening. Respected for their practical expansion of ACIM’s section on The Development of Trust, Nouk and Tomas have been invited to deliver dynamic workshops around the world. They are keynote speakers at the prestigious Omega Institute NY, the International A Course in Miracles Conference, San Francisco and The Miracles Network, London.

Their website contains much additional reference material.

Feedback from readers and participants:

Nouk and Tomas describe the challenge we all face which is the uninvestigated “me” also known as the ego. It is a false self that is plagued by intermittent fears, relationship break-ups, financial difficulties and ill health, and its mantra is “Seek And Do Not Find”. Their uniquely dynamic family experience of learning A Course in Miracles (ACIM), as a couple, and then with their daughter, is quite unprecedented, and truly an inspiration to us all. This dynamic duo’s presentation is absolutely engaging as they bring out the experiential dimension of the Course making it easily accessible and applicable to our daily lives and relationships.

“Take Me to Truth is not just a book; it’s a revelation!”

— Gary R. Renard, author of The Disappearance of the Universe


“Amidst much lightness and laughter there is a profound dedication to learning and living the Course, without one iota of compromise to its principles.”

— Rogier van Vlissingen, author of Closing the Circle

JAFO revisited – The World Is Our Study Group

Once again, I’m forgiving myself for what appears like not having the site quite as far along as I thought it would be by now! 🙂 However, I’m confident that it’s evolving according to a plan far superior to anything I could devise. Meanwhile, here’s an email (slightly modified) that I sent to one of our local ACIM/DU study groups recently:

The World Is Our Study Group:
Allowing the Personal to Guide Us Back To The Transpersonal

During last night’s ACIM/DU Study Group, I was observing the dialogue and appreciating how we all practiced, each in our “own” way, the shared intention of returning to source, to essence, to unity and wholeness. It was more than just about following a prescribed agenda; ostensibly we come together to read and talk about A Course In Miracles and related books and media (like the work of Gary Renard, Kenneth Wapnick, Brent Haskell and others). We can (and do) all do this “on our own.” I think I’m starting to catch on to what Gary’s teachers suggest as the true purpose of (any) relationship: forgiveness! I was noticing within myself, and as I “checked in” around the room, the recognition that as each “individual” shared their stories and experiences, the “others” slowly but surely added their strength, support and love to the person speaking; releasing attachment to personal agendas, trusting in the transpersonal (Holy Spirit), to validate the stories, but more importantly to acknowledge the true eternal being of what we ARE as one, expressing as “individuals.” Perhaps this is why we all seemed to resonate with the idea of silent meditation and savoring the serenity of the closing meditation that was offered again.

We’re writing this together! It appears that I’m sitting in my office at my computer, yet when I allow the truth to settle in, I realize that all of you are here within me. I can (and do!) vividly imagine each of your smiling faces as I go around the room last night and I also include those who haven’t attended for a while, or even those who are on the email list but haven’t yet made it to a single “meeting.” After all, aren’t meetings in our mind? 🙂 This seems like such a perfect opportunity to demolish the illusion of specialness and separation. I just went through the list of folks on this email list, and if everyone showed up there would be 42 of us! (The meaning of life for Douglas Adams fans! 🙂 The point is, we can make the best use of our seeming time together by extending that feeling of oneness throughout each day. As we “tune in” to “each other” with what might be called telepathy, we can directly access the transformative power of infinite support that is our combined wisdom, levity, and peace. I do this as often as I can remember by mentally reviewing the “smiles around the room” and remembering that, as the Michael Hedges song lyrics go, “I carry your heart … I carry it in my heart”…

I encourage the idea of “tuning in” and asking for the support of “each other” and gradually extending it to total inclusiveness. Sure, it seems easier, at first, to practice this with those that SEEM to be more “kindred souls” at the moment. Yet it also seems that taking the feeling of support and applying it to whoever and whatever is in our mind at the moment is what the Christ/Holy Spirit/pure non-dualistic thought system is all about!

Best of all, our mutual support is available 24/7 throughout space and time. When I think about having friends like all of you to share eternity with, it not only helps me to laugh gently at the folly of our bodies and their little petty dramas, but to emphasize the invigorating freedom and joyousness of our one spirit! We can use the “base metal” of our special relationships (including our particular study group and extended to include ALL) for the alchemy of seeing the gold, the Cheshire cat smiles that remain after the form no longer holds us captive. Why not bring the darkness (phantom egoic menace) of specialness (e.g. thoughts like I can only be peaceful with my “special friends”) to the light? Our attachments and aversions (the things we think we need; including ANY agendas 🙂 can be lovingly placed on the altar of forgiveness which becomes an alchemical crucible for sustaining comfort and support!

In one of the first metaphysical books that inspired me in the early 1970s (Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East by Baird Spalding), there is a recitation by Jesus called “The Light.” In it, there are 6 “keywords” that apply wonderfully to the feeling that I experience when I engage in this quantum support/forgiveness practice: life, love, strength, purity, beauty and perfection. These qualities are evident in this thought system which goes way beyond a theoretical understanding. When I “imagine” the unity that we all share, I feel the reality of our oneness that cannot be threatened by anything space or time can throw at it! 🙂

Here are the words of “The Light” (from Volume 3, page 45):

THE LIGHT

As I stand alone in Your Great Silence, God my Father, in the midst of me there blazes a pure light and it fills every atom of my whole being with its great radiance. Life, Love, Strength, Purity, Beauty, Perfection, stand forth in all dominion within me. As I gaze into the very heart of this light, I see another light – liquid, soft, golden white and radiantly luminous – absorbing, mothering, and giving forth the caressing fire of the Greater Light.

Now I know that I am God and one with God’s whole Universe. I whisper to God my Father and I am undisturbed.

STILL IN THE SILENCE

Yet in this complete silence there exists God’s Greatest Activity. Again, I am undisturbed and complete silence is all about me. Now the radiance of this light spreads to God’s vast universe and everywhere I know there is God’s conscious Life. Again I say fearlessly, I am God; I am silent and unafraid.

I lift the Christ high within me and sing God’s praise. In the tones of my music inspiration hums. Louder and louder within me the Great Mother sings of new life. Louder and clearer with each new day, inspiration is lifting my conscious thought until it is attuned to God’s rhythm. Again I lift the Christ high and give close ear that I may hear the glad music. My keynote is harmony and the theme of my song is God and God seal my song as Truth.

BEHOLD I AM BORN ANEW – A CHRIST IS HERE

I am free with the great light of Your Spirit, God my Father. Your seal is placed upon my forehead. I accept.

I hold your light high, God my Father. Again I accept.