December 2014 ACIMblog bulletin

Make this year different … by making it all the same

Here is a video from Ken Wapnick (New Year’s message) that is a timeless reminder that we can see all seemingly different aspects of the dream we’ve projected as the same forgivable illusion. It was just over a year ago that he appeared (in form) to leave us, yet his message lives on, undimmed by the shifting of illusion. Thank you, Ken!

Christmas as the End of Sacrifice – a conversation with Susan Dugan

Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles converse about “Christmas as the End of Sacrifice” from the last section (11) from Chapter 15 in the text of A Course In Miracles; lots of substantial material in this section for us to ponder and apply, and appropriate any time of year!

New ACIMblog Podcast Series

Details will be forthcoming … soon! 🙂

Gary Renard and Gene Bogart podcast #53

There’s a new Podcast with Gary Renard and Gene Bogart – Episode 53 now available.

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Recovering Bliss-ninny calendar – new for 2015

Calling all Recovering Bliss-Ninnys! Here is a new (2015) calendar for students of A Course In Miracles (ACIM) that want reminders of the thought system we’re here to undo, featuring a few of the more challenging quotes from ACIM with recent photographs by Bruce Rawles, editor of ACIMblog.com. Kenneth Wapnick said: “A bliss-ninny doesn’t want to look at guilt or what the world is really like. A person will say, oh, the Course is changing my life, it’s going to change the world without really looking at the guilt the Course is trying to undo. A bliss-ninny does not have a proper understanding or respect for the ego in terms of how ugly it can be and how attracted to it we are. If you don’t look at guilt, everything you do with this Course is going to be guided by that decision and you will totally misunderstand what the Course is saying.” While most students of ACIM probably aren’t in the ‘clinically pathological bliss-ninny’ category (grin) we all have our favorite idols of specialness in the world that we think will make us happy. So, even if you only have a few residual ‘special projects’ to repair this surreal holodeck with the intent of turning the dream into your bliss factory, you might find the quotes on the calendar helpful. If you stand back far enough, you can always just look at the photos when the resistance is high to letting the meaning of the quotes sink in directly, letting them work subliminally. 🙂

All the quotes from the Recovering Bliss-ninny calendar are in the November 2014 ACIMblog bulletin.

FACIM offers streaming classes starting January 2015

The Foundation for A Course In Miracles (FACIM) will begin offering their academy classes via streaming video, starting January! This will greatly expand access who may not find it convenient to attend the sessions in person in Temecula, California. Kudos to FACIM for adding this additional online venue for these superb programs!

Journey Through the Text available now

Hooray! The long-awaited “Journey Through the Text of A Course In Miracles” (JTTT) by Kenneth Wapnick is now available through the FACIM.org website. I’ve been reading excerpts posted on FaceBook by fellow students that already have copies and have just started reading it!

The Altar – An Article by Dave Van Dyke

How willing are we to proceed to “the end of our insistence that reality must be a certain way”? Another helpful article by contributor, Dave Van Dyke.

Susan Dugan workshops

For anyone in the Denver, Colorado or Portland, Oregon areas, ACIM teacher Susan Dugan is giving a workshop in 2015 entitled “The Parent-Child Relationship: Transcending Guilt, Blame, and Need ” on Feb. 21 and March 28, respectively; here are details on her Classes/Events page. She also has an ongoing class on Tuesday evenings at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC) in Denver; all highly recommended, as are her blog, and books, Forgiveness Offers Everything I Want, and Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness.

Well, isn’t that special! Specialness – 12Radio conversation with CA Brooks

CA Brooks and Bruce Rawles had another conversation on her excellent weekly 12Radio show about ACIM, this one on Specialness. In this conversation, we talk about special love, special hate, and how we make everything special! This ubiquitous ego tactic is designed to keep us mindlessly fixated on specific idols of all kinds. We refer to quotes such as “Complete abstraction is the natural condition of the mind” from Lesson 161 of the ACIM WorkBook, and how specifics … and specialness are intentional diversions from restoring our minds to this peaceful state which is our true nature. Specialness is an important theme in A Course In Miracles; here are numerous articles about it on the Foundation for A Course In Miracles website.

MiracleShare 2014 Conference

Virtual ACIM conference … still available online!

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. It was held on October 17-19, 2014, but it will be available for a full year after those dates, so you haven’t ‘missed it’ if you still want to watch and hear the entire 3 days … until Oct. 2015! 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 was: “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.” Here are some quotes from the speakers, in a slide show format. I hope you can join us; the material is always applicable! This was a wonderful opportunity for the global ACIM community to share insights, support and humor. I had the pleasure of watching all the presentations/interviews and listening to all the Q&A sessions, and enjoyed them all; I plan to re-watch and re-listen to them all again soon. 🙂

Holiday Peace Applicable Throughout the year … in film and song

If you haven’t heard it, check out the song Christmas in the Trenches – written and performed by John McCutcheon and a related film, Joyeux Noel, both about declaring a cease fire when we realize that we share the same true interests, as symbolized by this historical lull in world war insanity. Happy holidays and beyond, all!

Inner Peace column edited by ACIMblog contributor Sally McKirgan

Here is the initial article about Inner Peace in 2008 which initiated the Inner Peace column in the Ashland (Oregon) Daily Tidings. This series has enjoyed contributions by numerous ACIM students in the Oregon’s Rogue Valley area and beyond.

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

  • CA Brooks interview about special love and special hate relationships (see details above)
  • The Altar – An Article by Dave Van Dyke (see details above)
  • Recovering Bliss-Ninny calendar for 2015 (see details above)

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 considerably 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

May 2014 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for May 2014:

Inner Peace For You – new blog

ACIMblog contributing author Sally McKirgan is sharing articles about ACIM in her new blog, Inner Peace For You; check it out! 🙂

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Article: Physicists discover ‘clearest evidence yet’ that the Universe is a hologram

Here’s an interesting article that suggests “the three dimensions we perceive are actually just ‘painted’ onto the cosmological horizon.” … It’s always fun to see physics confirm what the non-dual metaphysics of ACIM – and undoubtedly countless other mystical teachings – have been informing us all along … but we probably needn’t hold our breath waiting for the scientific community to suggest that our universe is just a projection (painted or otherwise) of a silly, unfounded thought of unconscious guilt. 🙂

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
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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),
Twitter and
YouTube.

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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.

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Say it with love by Sally McKirgan

(This article originally appeared in the Inner Peace column of the June 8, 2013 edition of Ashland Daily Tidings; thanks to Sally McKirgan for allowing us to repost it here.)

Can you think of a time when you wish you had said something differently or had not said what you did? We all have. But think of what might have been said if love was held in the mind.

Perhaps you were angry at the time but if we can remember to stop before we say something, take a breath and access the place within where love resides, we can trust what we say will be loving. We don’t know what the words will be, but we can trust they will come from compassion — love. The other will recognize the love being offered and will not be offended.

There is a place in you where peace and stillness abide. It is only found within and nowhere outside or in the world. The world can serve as a reminder of the sacred place and we visit cathedrals, holy places and perhaps nature in search of peace but these things, while being beautiful, are merely echoes of what was first held in the mind.

Nourish, practice, develop and cultivate this center, the spirit self that you are. It is the place to go when chaos arises; where the wisdom of love resides; and where to turn and ask “What would you have me say?” Be aware, it is not the ego part of the mind which usually speaks first. The ego mimics love, but the difference is it’s manipulating rather than peace-making.

The more you practice finding that “still center” the faster you will become at accessing it. The feeling we have when something is amiss sends us into fear or love. We usually go to fear but the instant you realize you are feeling fearful or upset, go to that place of refuge. Say “I’m feeling upset but I now choose the love within to guide me.” There are many spiritual paths that can help, but the only one who can do it is you. There is a beautiful old hymn “You gotta walk that lonesome valley, you gotta walk it by yourself, nobody else can walk it for you. You gotta walk it by yourself.” We all walk the lonesome valley but help is within yourself, in your powerful mind.

Eckhart Tolle’s book “A New Earth” has a chapter called “Recognizing Inner Space.” We have so many thoughts and distractions in the world that we are not aware of the consciousness of our true self within. If we listen to our thoughts of worry, despair, achievement, anxiety and negativity we will not enjoy the simple things like watching clouds, the rain, and the flash of a blue jay or sunlight on a flower. He goes on to say “stillness is the language God speaks and everything else is a bad translation.”

As we become mindful we realize we can access this quiet space anytime, even while sitting through a tough meeting or watching a disaster on TV. Tolle says a space has opened in the mind; no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking. As we nurture and develop the inner center, let our awareness see and hear beauty. We expand the spacious place of love in the mind. Choose to be and speak from that center of love that you are. When you go to the still place, remind yourself: “I choose the love that is at my center to guide me. I ask to be guided by love.”

You don’t know what you will say, but you can trust it will be something kind, loving and helpful. And don’t worry if nothing seems to come at that particular moment, but trust when the time is right you will say it with love, the love that you are, coming from the stillness within.

Sally McKirgan facilitates an A Course In Miracles study group in Ashland, Oregon and the Tidings Inner Peace column.

Rogue Valley residents are invited to submit articles and share their experiences of inner peace. Send 600- to 700-word articles to InnerPeaceForYou At live Dot com.

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A diploma for Inner Peace by Sally McKirgan

(This article originally appeared in the Inner Peace column of the May 25, 2013 edition of Ashland Daily Tidings; thanks to Sally McKirgan for allowing us to repost it here.)

Hurrah! Graduation time! What a thrill for graduates, their family and friends to see dreams accomplished. We know life is a process of gains and losses; everything changes and nothing is ever certain in this world, but how we respond will determine our happiness and that will affect society. Will they graduate knowing how to attain inner peace in this unpredictable world?

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, speaking at the University of Oregon on May 10 said: “Peace must come through inner peace. First, inner peace starts from each individual and not society. We change society when each one makes an attempt to change themselves — then society changes. The individual is most important. Individual freedom is important. Society must change to a peaceful society. Can self-centeredness be overcome? The practice of altruism and helping others makes one happy.”

He asked educators to help, saying, “The education system is very much oriented about material world — not sufficient. Now, today we can shift our responsibility to global warming and warm-heartedness, more inner values and care for others’ well-being. Pay attention about inner value.”

You may be able to see his presentation online.

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008, writer and author of “Infinite Jest,” gave the commencement address to the graduating class of Kenyon College. The speech did not become widely known until three years ago when a video was created using his message. It can be found here or Google his name. He, like the Dalai Lama, challenged the educational system to teach compassion to students. Unfortunately, he suffered from clinical depression, but that makes his speech more poignant because he urges us to look beyond the seeming appearances that our eyes see and judge to realize that everyone is fighting a hard battle. He encouraged understanding, compassion and to cease making critical and harsh judgments of others.

Do schools, colleges and universities teach anything that might resemble understanding or kindness? If not, kindergarten or first grade would be a good place to start and continue throughout the education process. However — Warning! The world might come to a complete stop. We would stop being selfish; stop bullying and manipulating; stop interfering with other countries; no hatred; political parties may stop arguing; no fearful cultures or strangers to worry about; maybe we would stop buying stuff we don’t need; no more projecting our faults onto others or being addicted to news drama on TV 24/7. We might stop suffering and start being kind and love everyone equally like God does.

What do we gain in feeling separate, lonely, angry, hateful and fearful? Would we suffer if we saw the spark of eternity in everyone? In singer/songwriter Katy Perry’s song “Firework,” that most teens know, there is a phrase, “Did you know that there’s a spark in you; you just gotta ignite the light and let it shine, just own the night like the 4th of July.”

Everyone has the spark, the light. Nothing exists or ever did or still to come, that does not have it. Imagine how our society would be if we began projecting, or seeing “that spark” and light in everyone. That would be to make a conscious choice to either see their spark or draw the veil of judgment. If we look lovingly on them, they will know that they are part of you and you of them.

Why are we here? What/who am I? Thinkers and writers from all ages have grappled with these questions. One thing for sure is: We are here. So we can make good use of the time we have and realize our identity, our spark, our inner beauty, our kindness, and know we always did our best. The bottom line: we all want to know we are loved and we are forgiven. That’s graduation with inner peace.

Sally McKirgan facilitates an A Course In Miracles study group in Ashland and the Tidings Inner Peace column. Send 600- to 700-word articles to InnerPeaceForYou At live Dot com.

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Political peace: Disagree with kindness

By Sally McKirgan

For the (Ashland Daily) Tidings – Posted: 2:00 AM October 20, 2012

At some point we are all taught to avoid two subjects in polite conversation — politics and religion. We tend to hold strong opinions about them so to keep the peace we avoid all discussion. It is the polite thing to do. We call the world civilized but wars are still being fought because of strong attachments and closed minds unwilling to see the other point of view.

We can have inner peace while still disagreeing with others. We can stand up for issues we believe are right and not demean others. It is possible and it takes place in the part of the mind that chooses peace — that part which is your true self.

I recently attended a spiritual meeting where politics came up and one brave person confessed to being a member of one particular party. She, as it turned out, was surrounded by members of the other party. It gave everyone pause and we took stock at the silliness of this division. There we were, all dedicated to the larger vision of “0neness,” however, it felt as if we were 3-year-olds in the sand box.

We soon realized that our judgments about having ideological differences is a silly problem. We are friends who think differently. We think differently because of our various backgrounds, culture, economics, education and so forth. When we stop and hold the other in the radiant light of truth, that truth trumps all the silly divisions that our ego judgments set up to separate and divide us.

Two thousand years ago, Socrates ran into this very problem. He was using dialogue to explore truth. However, it upset those who saw it as an attack on their thought system. They projected “radical” or “rabble rouser” onto him. He was put to death. Freud’s law of projection came into play: We see aspects or qualities we dislike in someone else and don’t stop to recognize we have the same qualities. We project onto someone else what we refuse to see in ourselves. Anything deemed intolerable is projected out and we blame others. We need to turn our pointing finger around and point at ourselves, and then laugh.

A book that eloquently examines how the ego works is Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.” Regarding holding on to grievances he says: “If you do (hold on) become aware of the grievance both on the level of thought as well as emotion, be aware of the thoughts that keep it alive and feel the emotion that is the body’s response to those thoughts. Forgiveness happens naturally when you see that it has no purpose other than to strengthen a false sense of self, to keep the ego in place. The seeing is freeing.” He goes on to say that honest inquiry is looking at how miserable we feel and choosing not to continue building the ego’s false self. Be aware and present in the love that is at your core. Choose peace and leave the baggage of past thoughts or differences in the dust.

As we go through this political season, remember you are not an ego. You are spirit, love, kindness and compassion. Only the ego enjoys attacking and feeling attacked. Our personal power lies in not believing those thoughts. Choose peace instead. It takes practice. It is one of life’s major lessons. When you forget and enter the fray and realize you are feeling miserable, just remember to laugh. Laugh and never give up on kindness, on peace.

Sally McKirgan facilitates the Inner Peace column for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Rogue Valley residents are invited to submit 600- to 700-word articles on all aspects of inner peace. Send articles to InnerPeaceForYou <at> live <dot> com.

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September 2012 ACIMblog bulletin

ACIMblog bulletin for September 2012:

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

Class: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws: Denver, CO Nov 5, 2012

On Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, from 7-9PM (Mountain Time) I’ll be giving an evening multimedia class/presentation: “Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation” at Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore, 2178 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222 I will share LOTS of visual multimedia imagery, animation and more, along with plenty of theory on the mystical underpinnings of sacred geometry, the seven ancient Hermetic laws of truth, take-home lessons from modern physics, and how the non-dual metaphysics of inclusion, kindness and forgiving our self-judgments is key to sustainable happiness (a.k.a. non-dual metaphysics)! 🙂 There will be a book-signing after the class; both of my books, Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook and The Geometry Code, are available from Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore. Space is limited to 20 participants, so please contact me ASAP if you’re interested and want to pre-register.

Miracles In The Mountains Conference: Cañon City, CO Oct 12-14, 2012

In October, I’ll be attending – and very much looking forward it! – the Miracles In The Mountains (MITM) Conference; I hope to see you there! Here’s a bit of fun I had ‘PhotoShopping’ a few ‘bobbleheads’ of some of the featured contributors … on the ‘road to the abbey’ 🙂
Road To The Abbey
Dear friend and fellow ACIM enthusiast (and scholar of Gary Renard’s work), ‘Giddyup Mikey’ Mike Lemieux – author of “Dude, Where’s My Jesus Fish?: A Compilation Highlighting the Blunt and Uncompromising Teachings of Arten and Pursah on A Course in Miracles”, will be carpooling with me to the event, so that will add an extra dimension of fun.

ACIM and Inception article

In August 2010, right after the movie Inception was released, I was immediately impressed with the symbolism and references to “ACIM concepts” and wrote this article: Inception and Forgiving the Dream We Made Up. I’ve seen the movie Inception at least 5 times now, most recently on the Inception DVD (which has some excellent documentary ‘bonus’ material), and more of the symbolism is evident with each viewing. Like many popular films, while not always offering the ‘solution’ to the tiny mad idea (the belief in separation), it does a superb job of detailing the insane logic of the ego’s thought system and the mechanisms by which we have chosen to deepen our dream identifications. We can use the “George Costanza” opposite method (grin) to use these insights to see our ego’s sabotage in action and undo it by applying the opposite thought system (to reach our true identity which is beyond opposites. 🙂 On Aug. 28, 2012, Kenneth Bok of ACIMexplained (who has a superb YouTube series on ACIM including an interview with me) sent me a link to an outstanding article by Michael Murray (which Kenneth helped with) on the movie Inception’s ACIM connections, and I was inspired to add a few more thoughts to complement this very insightful article. I’ve provided references to the video clips and paragraphs in the article by Murray and Bok, in case you want to refer to both at the same time. You can read the rest here…

New ACIMexplained.com ‘Google Hangouts’ / interviews with Kenneth Bok

Last weekend (8Sep2012) I had the pleasure of participating in one of Kenneth Bok’s new (google hangout) format (with multiple live videos) and Skype interviews on his superb YouTube channel about ACIM. This example (with the new format) is an ACIM Hangout with Nouk Sanchez and Carrie Triffet.
Tomorrow’s (15Sep2012) multi-participant video ‘google hangout’ with Ken will be an ACIM Hangout with Pauline Edward. It should be on Ken’s YouTube channel about ACIM shortly after that if you’re unable to join in live.

Doug Sparks classes in Boulder, CO starting Oct 2012, and recent audio online

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, Doug Sparks gave another free talk “A Garden Epiphany” and an afternoon workshop 1-4 PM “A Dream of Trees” at The Rocky Mountain Miracle Center in Denver, Colorado. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed 2 other presentations that Doug gave there; he is a long time student of Kenneth Wapnick and an excellent, kind-hearted teacher. Here is a syllabus of new classes by Doug Sparks in Boulder, Colorado starting Oct. 2012 with a link to the audio from “A Garden Ephipany”.

Wed. ACIM/DU online study group now a Google+ Hangout

For almost a year, I’ve been ‘skype-ing in’ to the Wed. evening ACIM/DU study group I started in southern Oregon (thanks to Dan & Terry Miller!) and now we have regular attendees from 3 states. It’s a joy to be able to continue the friendship and deepening of understanding and sharing about our revelations about our practice of forgiveness, kindness and non-dual amusement/amazement. 🙂 So, I’m further enthused about the prospects of extending that capability among different groups around the planet. We get to play ‘pioneers’ in rediscovering how to reflect the connection, wholeness and sameness we never left. 🙂 Since we also just switched to the google+ hangout format, let us know if you’d like to join in these always-fun conversations. These video connections are a great complement to the audio-only programs such as ACIM Gather, which Dov Fishman does a great job hosting. Details about my weekly Friday program (amid the enjoyable 24/7 line up) are below.

A Conversation with Ken Wapnick: Just don’t justify it!

Thanks to Sally McKirgan for alerting me to a new A Conversation with Ken Wapnick: Just don’t justify it! an interview of Kenneth Wapnick by Susan Dugan.

JC lesson – article by Dan Rosey

Here’s a new article titled JC lesson by Dan Rosey on his ACIM+NLP+Chakras website. It begins with “THERE IS NO DEATH; let that sink in a minute, is that not good news? Your body will perish, get eaten by worms, but not YOU. You are eternal.” Dan usually joins us on Wed. evenings via skype (now google+ hangout) on our weekly multi-state study group from 7-9PM Pacific Time.

Recent Radio/Webcast Interviews/Podcasts/Videos

I’ve been updating the GeometryCode Events page with upcoming, ongoing, and past radio and internet interviews, presentations, and more. (The majority of the content I share in these events is about non-dual metaphysics, and becoming ever more so.)

Among the recent past interviews I’ve participated in (with free audio archives online that you can listen to) are:

… and many more on the Events page.
I always enjoy talking about the non-dual Metaphysics, Psychology, Symbolism, Philosophy and more contained within the book “The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation” which is available here.


Kenneth Bok interview: A Course in Miracles & Sacred Geometry? on the ACIM Explained YouTube series

Kenneth Bok interview: A Course in Miracles & Sacred Geometry? on the ACIM Explained YouTube series

Check out Ken Bok’s interview of Bruce Rawles on (ACIM Explained).
I recommend all of Ken’s engaging engaging and thoughtful interviews about ACIM.

ACIM Gather program continues on Friday afternoons

My ACIM Gather program (formerly on Tuesday evenings) is now on Friday afternoons. After reading Kenneth Wapnick’s brilliant Journey Through The Workbook of ACIM some months ago, I recently started reading his similarly outstanding Journey Through The Manual (JTTM) of ACIM. I have also recently started sharing some brief quotes (mostly from my daily reading of this book) on my frequent FaceBook status updates and recent tweets on Twitter. You can see a few of the most recent tweets in the right-hand sidebar on each page of this site. I’ve shared online on ACIM Gather for several weeks now (with super support from Dov Fishman)… It’s lots of fun. Please join in the conversation when you can on Fridays from 1:30-2 PM Mountain Time. To listen to ACIM Gather on Paltalk Express (and optionally participate interactively), create a free Paltalk Express account, then login, search for ACIM Gather, and listen to (and chat via your keyboard with if you’re interested) ACIM-related hosts 24/7. Here is the weekly ACIM Gather schedule. You can also listen to the ACIM Gather programming (LOTS of great ACIM programming 24/7!) here.

New ACIM studies book available

The new book: The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation by Bruce Rawles (with a Foreward by Gary Renard) became available on Tuesday June 5th.
Don’t let the word “Geometry” in the title scare you off! While there is a backdrop of geometric symbols in this book, they are used merely to provide outside pictorial reminders of the inward condition of choosing our shared Teacher of Kindness… or, as is often the case, gently nudge us to let go of our own hopeless yet silly dualistic notions, fantasies, special attachments and aversions. The book also draws on the ancient Hermetic Laws, which again, are used solely for the purpose of memory aids to bring to the Inclusive Spirit within to show us how our personal interpretations are never going to work, but those brought to the eternal Truth of the Being we all have in common will always restore our minds to wholeness and peace.
Learn more about the book here…
The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation by Bruce Rawles (front cover)

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings from you!

Please let me know 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 (among other things) is a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of the One Teacher of forgiveness and kindness.
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The peace of the Father – Sally McKirgan

Many nondual spiritual traditions tell us life is an illusion, a dream. A Course In Miracles is a nondual teaching that says we review a journey that was over long ago. Not only is the journey over but our true identity, as spirit, resides at home in heaven and is one with God. Life in the illusion seems otherwise.

Every day we hear about disasters around the world. The cover of the April 8, 1966, edition of Time magazine asked: “Is God Dead?” The great Philosopher Nietzsche, quoted in Gay Science, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann: “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?” (Quoted from Wikipedia)

According to the Course, God is not dead but we chose not to remain with Him in heaven. We had a “tiny mad idea” that we could be our own authority, an individual, on our own and not answer to anyone, be God ourselves. We forgot it was our idea and think he is either dead or blame Him for being an absentee father. As individuals, we project onto God what we have done. We left, but we still blame him by calling tragedies “an act of God” or “God’s will.” The unconscious guilt that Nietzsche recognized is enormous. We ran away and we are still doing it from moment to moment.

Speaking of fathers, a few weeks ago we celebrated Fathers Day. We buy a gift, send a card, and call if our father is still living. Some hold grievances against their fathers. But earthly dads are just that: of the earth. They are human. They make mistakes. The Course teaches that the past is gone and it “can hurt you not.” However, in holding onto resentment you hurt yourself. When we choose to forgive, it cracks open the door to inner peace.

We have one thing in common — we want to be loved. It is what we really do want. A comforting thing to know is that no matter what kind of father you had, you do have one who is 100 percent loving, compassionate, kind. One who makes no comparisons and loves everyone equally.

Both Alcoholics Anonymous and the Course teach it is up to us to have a relationship with our true father. In AA God is mentioned or referred to in seven of the lovely 12 steps. Step No. 2: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” And step No. 11: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” The Course has 365 daily lessons that include forgiveness, undo the hurtful thoughts of the ego and lead us gently back to a relationship with God. Lesson 29: “God is in everything I see” and lesson 30: “God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.” God is not dead but His memory resides in a part of our mind that we uncover as we gradually let go of the ego and its distractions.

No one knows what the mystery of God is but the Course says, “We say ‘God is’ and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless. God is Father and Source, Creator and First Cause and His Son (all of us) the created effect all joined as One and united in His perfect Love.” The peace of the Father resides in our mind where it can be uncovered.

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Sally McKirgan facilitates the Tidings Inner Peace Column and A Course In Miracles study group in Ashland, Oregon.

For the Tidings (Originally posted in the Ashland Daily Tidings)
Posted: 2:00 AM June 30, 2012

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Non-Dual Metaphysics (and sacred geometry) Presentation in Palo Alto, Calif. 27Jul2012

I’m giving a Friday evening talk on non-dual metaphysics in the form of a multimedia presentation on The Geometry Code sponsored by the Foundation for Mind-Being Research (FMBR) at the Unity Community Church, Y.E.S. room, 3391 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA.

Non-Dual Metaphysics (and sacred geometry) Workshop in Palo Alto, Calif. 28Jul2012

I’m also giving a Saturday (all day) workshop on non-dual metaphysics in the form of a multimedia presentation (and some “hands on” sacred geometry), sponsored by the Foundation for Mind-Being Research (FMBR) at Integrated Healing Arts, 4153 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, CA. Here’s a flyer with all the details.

Non-Dual Metaphysics (and sacred geometry) Presentation in San Francisco, Calif. 27Jul2012

I’m also giving a Saturday afternoon presentation at the 2012 Froebel USA Conference on The Geometry of Interconnectedness and Inclusion; registration info here.


Kenneth Bok interview: A Course in Miracles & Sacred Geometry? on the ACIM Explained YouTube series

Kenneth Bok interview: A Course in Miracles & Sacred Geometry? on the ACIM Explained YouTube series

Check out Ken Bok’s interview of Bruce Rawles on (ACIM Explained).
I recommend all of Ken’s engaging engaging and thoughtful interviews about ACIM.

The peace of the Father – an article by Sally McKirgan

Many nondual spiritual traditions tell us life is an illusion, a dream. A Course In Miracles is a nondual teaching that says we review a journey that was over long ago. Not only is the journey over but our true identity, as spirit, resides at home in heaven and is one with God. Life in the illusion seems otherwise.
Every day we hear about disasters around the world. more….

Judgment, beliefs and healing – an article by Dave Van Dyke

To clarify: judgment can have a few different meanings. Here I am not talking about “being judgmental” (where we are deliberately tearing down someone’s self worth). I am talking about judgment as an self-bestowed ability to determine the meaning (Reality) of something – a situation, an object, an action, a conversation, etc.).
Judgment is the mechanism that has “destroyed” our awareness of oneness. Through judgment … more….

ACIM Gather program continues on Friday afternoons

My ACIM Gather program (formerly on Tuesday evenings) is now on Friday afternoons. After reading Kenneth Wapnick’s brilliant Journey Through The Workbook of ACIM some months ago, I recently started reading his similarly outstanding Journey Through The Manual (JTTM) of ACIM. I have also recently started sharing some brief quotes (mostly from my daily reading of this book) on my frequent FaceBook status updates and recent tweets on Twitter. You can see a few of the most recent tweets in the right-hand sidebar on each page of this site. I’ve shared online on ACIM Gather for several weeks now (with super support from Dov Fishman)… It’s lots of fun. Please join in the conversation when you can on Fridays from 1:30-2 PM Mountain Time. To listen to ACIM Gather on Paltalk Express (and optionally participate interactively), create a free Paltalk Express account, then login, search for ACIM Gather, and listen to (and chat via your keyboard with if you’re interested) ACIM-related hosts 24/7. Here is the weekly ACIM Gather schedule. You can also listen to the ACIM Gather programming (LOTS of great ACIM programming 24/7!) here.

New ACIM studies book available

The new book: The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation by Bruce Rawles (with a Foreward by Gary Renard) became available on Tuesday June 5th.

Don’t let the word “Geometry” in the title scare you off! While there is a backdrop of geometric symbols in this book, they are used merely to provide outside pictorial reminders of the inward condition of choosing our shared Teacher of Kindness… or, as is often the case, gently nudge us to let go of our own hopeless yet silly dualistic notions, fantasies, special attachments and aversions. The book also draws on the ancient Hermetic Laws, which again, are used solely for the purpose of memory aids to bring to the Inclusive Spirit within to show us how our personal interpretations are never going to work, but those brought to the eternal Truth of the Being we all have in common will always restore our minds to wholeness and peace.

Learn more about the book here…
The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation by Bruce Rawles (front cover)

ACIM Resources, Events, Musings from you!

Please let me know 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 (among other things) is a venue for conversations, so I eagerly encourage and await more contributions from kindred students of the One Teacher of forgiveness and kindness.

It’s fun to share our universal interests online; visit ACIMblog pages on
FaceBook,
Twitter and
YouTube.

If you aren’t already receiving this automatically in your email, you can subscribe here for free.

Eternal smilezenhugs to all! 🙂

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