The Song of Prayer Pamphlet came along after the Course itself was published, addressing the common mistakes of most Course Students. Those mistakes, then and now, were/are about level confusion. We believe that prayer, forgiveness and healing are about bodies and what bodies do behaviorally. Jesus is consistently telling us those processes take place in the mind, not bodies… So he points out from the Course’s point of view what forgiveness and healing are, and as importantly what they are not. This video is another class in the weekly series of video conversations hosted by Lyn Corona and Tim Wise in their “Course & Coffee” series.
In this video, Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles talk about the tendency of our egos to see themselves as unfairly treated in order to evade the looking at the contents of the mind with forgiveness. This choice would undo both our ‘victim scripts’ and the underlying masochistic motivation to avoid looking at the faulty fearful foundation of ego in the first place. We refer to several places in ACIM’s text including Chapter 25 (The Justice of God), section IX (The Justice of Heaven), Chapter 26 (The Transition), section X (The End of Injustice), and Chapter 27 (The Healing of the Dream), section I (The Picture of Crucifixion).
“Beware of the temptation to perceive yourself unfairly treated. In this view, you seek to find an innocence that is not Theirs but yours alone, and at the cost of someone else’s guilt. Can innocence be purchased by the giving of your guilt to someone else? And is it innocence that your attack on him attempts to get? Is it not retribution for your own attack upon the Son of God you seek? Is it not safer to believe that you are innocent of this, and victimized despite your innocence? Whatever way the game of guilt is played, there must be loss. Someone must lose his innocence that someone else can take it from him, making it his own.”
In the dialogue, topics included Susan’s excellent blog post “Talking with Jeffrey Seibert, Summer 2017“, the ongoing schedule of live (Temecula, Calif.) and streamed classes from Foundation for A Course in Miracles (FACIM), and the upcoming benefit “Celebrating Inner Peace! – A Fun-raising Event at Living Miracles Monastery July 14–16, 2017” which supports the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP). FIP and FACIM are the two ‘flagship’ organizations that have made inestimable contributions to students of ACIM worldwide for decades. We also referred to Ken Wapnick’s metaphor that we ‘missed the opening disclaimer that we were about to hear fiction’ in the context of Orson Welles original reading of the The War of the Worlds (radio drama) and so we take ego’s fearful interpretations of everything seriously.
This video (part of an ongoing series of which this initial video was an introduction) is part 2 of a 2-part interview (here is part 1) with “Dr. Bob” a.k.a. Dr. Robert Rosenthal and Bruce Rawles about Dr. Bob’s excellent book, From Plagues to Miracles: The Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promise Land of Spirit. Dr. Rosenthal briefly recaps the first half of the book before launching into further insightful detail about the second half of the book and how our spiritual journey is profoundly symbolized by Moses (a metaphor for our right mind) and the Hebrews (associated thoughts) wandering through the wilderness, striving to reach the promised land – the ineffable Oneness we never left, except in dreams. Dr. Bob talks about how we get through the wilderness as akin to resolving post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how our forgiveness classroom purifies our residual ego identity investments:
“Living in slavery under the ego is (like) living in a war zone under continual stress … we get these flashbacks … to ego thinking … and ego styles of coping.”
Other topics from the latter half of his book touched upon in the conversation include:
- Crossing the Red Sea as a spiritual re-birth and a milestone in shifting from insane ego to a sane identity
- Infinite patience for immediate results
- Seeing the desolation of the wilderness of ego’s (residual Pharaoh) thinking
- the manna (What is it?) and water miracles of lovingkindness that sustains us, moment to moment
- the mirages of ego’s fake oases and our ambivalence / resistance to complete release of ego’s lures (nostalgia)
- vicar-ious experience and fear of direct experience of Oneness and ego’s need for intermediaries
- the map is not the territory (level confusion – clinging to form at the expense of content in the mind) and one specific path doesn’t “fit all” … our curriculum is highly individualized, yet draws our awareness to Unity
- the golden calf made from slave wage coins in the shape of a related (Egyptian Neter) idol of the bull
- Moby Dick’s Captain Ahab as a parallel spiritual metaphor to the ego character portrayed by Pharaoh in Exodus
- archetypal challenges, transformations and generalizing; seeing metaphors in cinema, literature, everywhere
- resolving instead of revolving through forgiveness
- Eastern mystical ’emptiness’ resolved through the underlying Oneness of Lovingkindness; we’re all in this together!
- wanderers lost in a consensual delusional dream (see Workbook Lesson 182) and our shared need to awaken
- not reaching the promised land as metaphor for the ultimate goal of ACIM being beyond its curriculum:
“This course is a beginning, not an end. …”
– ACIM Workbook Epilogue (W-Ep.1:1)
Dr. Bob is the co-president of the Foundation for Inner Peace, as well as the author of From Plagues to Miracles (FPTM) which explores the metaphysical metaphors and symbolism of the story of Exodus, available in both paperback and Kindle editions. Listen to numerous interviews with Dr. Bob here as well on Charlotte Spicer’s BlogTalkRadio channel series.