ACIM in Biblical Metaphor: From Plagues to Miracles with Dr. Bob Rosenthal – part 1 of 2

Dr. Robert RosenthalThis video (part of an ongoing series of which this initial video was an introduction) is part 1 of a 2-part interview with “Dr. Bob” a.k.a. Dr. Robert Rosenthal and Bruce Rawles about Rosenthal’s superb book, From Plagues to Miracles: The Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promise Land of Spirit, which I will abbreviate FPTM. Dr. Bob starts with a discussion of the symbolism of Hebrews as a nomadic tribe – we’ve all symbolically ‘wandered’ from our true home outside of the dream of space and time – and develops the story of Exodus as metaphor for our prodigal journey back to the real world that reconciles our dualistic dreams. We primarily emphasized the first half of the book – as far as I had read at the time of this recording. We explored ideas that FPTM provides excellent, very relatable examples of (drawn from Bob’s many years as a practicing psychotherapist but with names changed for the subjects of his vignette stories, etc.) For example, in Chapter 2 of FPTM, there are both detailed descriptions as well as ‘real world’ case studies of ‘mental slavery’ such as:

  • bondage to possessions
  • bondage to money
  • bondage to time
  • bondage to the body
  • bondage to relationships
  • bondage to beliefs and values
  • bondage to roles

Dr. Bob refers to numerous references – over 1400! – in ACIM to freedom … and ego’s opposite insane strategy (slavery) and then continues with explanations of the symbolism of water (flow), the 10 plagues that befall the Hebrews, and numerous other familiar metaphors that relate to the Exodus story, yet are easily generalized (particularly with understanding gleaned from study and application of ACIM’s non-dual metaphysics). FPTM is an excellent companion to ACIM, reinforcing and complementing it’s inspiring message that we really can escape from Pharaoh ego’s mind imprisonment by consistent listening to our guidance that helps us lucidly realize that we can indeed become happy dreamers by realizing that this is our dream and our real Self has never been compromised.

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.

ACIM: “The Needless Sacrifice”, Chapter 15″, Section VII

In this video, Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles read from and talk about A Course in Miracles, Chapter 15, Section VII: “The Needless Sacrifice” This section reminds us to look at the real intention behind special relationships and how we need to learn a new kind of forgiveness where we look beyond the superficial ‘giving to get’ which is really just bargaining that mirrors the insane relationship we believe we have with our Creator. The idea of sacrifice assumes that we can make some sort of deal that mitigates the unconscious, yet unfounded guilt our egos never want to look at. However, we always have the peaceful option to gently look at ego’s insanity – without condemnation – in the form of our special ‘gimme-gimme’ needy special relationships with everyone and everything and see that our identity investment in them no longer holds the appeal we once thought it had, thereby allowing the serene sanity that has been awaiting us all along to return to our minds. The fact that this idea occurs within the context of the chapter entitled “The Holy Instant” reminds us that we have the opportunity to experience the peace and relief from ego’s impossible dream at every instant, restoring our minds to wholeness.

This section of ACIM’s text concludes with this helpful paragraph:

“It is through the holy instant that what seems impossible is accomplished, making it evident that it is not impossible. In the holy instant guilt holds no attraction, since communication has been restored. And guilt, whose only purpose is to disrupt communication, has no function here. Here there is no concealment, and no private thoughts. The willingness to communicate attracts communication to it, and overcomes loneliness completely. There is complete forgiveness here, for there is no desire to exclude anyone from your completion, in sudden recognition of the value of his part in it. In the protection of your wholeness, all are invited and made welcome. And you understand that your completion is God’s, Whose only need is to have you be complete. For your completion makes you His in your awareness. And here it is that you experience yourself as you were created, and as you are.”

ACIMblog - Susan DuganSusan writes frequently and eloquently about A Course in Miracles in her very engaging blog, ForaysInForgiveness

The desire to get rid of Peace – A Conversation with Jackie Lora Jones

Jackie Lora JonesJackie Lora Jones, host of the excellent “The 24th Hour – Positive News Magazine“, video blog YouTube Channel series of the same name and “True Forgiveness Teachings” series on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesdays and Thursdays, converses with Bruce Rawles in this video. They read and discuss the section entitled “The Undoing of the Ego through Forgiveness” on pages 20-22 in Ken Wapnick’s brilliant ACIM-inspired book “The Journey Home.” This reading provided a a springboard to talk about a variety of themes and ideas from the non-dual metaphysics of A Course in Miracles. Jackie has conducted insightful video interviews with Gary Renard, Joe Wolfe, and numerous others. She and her sister, Cindy Lora-Renard, facilitate a class on ACIM in the Los Angeles are in addition to equally highly-regarded workshops on “The Course.”

This video recording was made Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Here is a prior video recording of a Jackie Lora Jones interview with Bruce Rawles.

Interview with Robert “Dr. Bob” Rosenthal of the Foundation for Inner Peace

Dr. Robert RosenthalThis initial video (likely to be an ongoing series) is an interview with Dr. Robert Rosenthal (who goes by”Dr. Bob”) – the new co-president of the Foundation for Inner Peace and Bruce Rawles. Dr. Bob shares insightful vignettes and milestones from his extensive (and early!) history with Drs. William Thetford and Helen Schucman, his life story intertwined with Judy Skutch Whitson’s family and the publishing history of ACIM, his plans for New Zealand tourism and screenwriting that both ended up redirecting him to his spiritual path, and paying attention to what doesn’t seem to be working … and when things seem to ‘open up’ to transcend our individual ‘plans’ to make our lives work. We also discuss crucial issues such as the correct way to load a roll of toilet paper, ear-wiggling, Lilliputians, Monty Python skits, not wanting to be rescued, and other fun stuff.

Dr. Bob is the author of From Plagues to Miracles: The Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promise Land of Spirit, 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.

ACIM Workbook Lesson 330: “I will not hurt myself again today.”

In this video, Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles read from and talk about A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 330, entitled “I will not hurt myself again today.” Susan has a recent eloquent blog post on the same topic here. This short Workbook lesson reminds us that martyrdom, victimhood, and mental suffering is always a choice in the mind:

Let us this day accept forgiveness as our only function. Why should we attack our minds, and give them images of pain? Why should we teach them they are powerless, when God holds out His power and His Love, and bids them take what is already theirs? The mind that is made willing to accept God’s gifts has been restored to spirit, and extends its freedom and its joy, as is the Will of God united with its own. The Self which God created cannot sin, and therefore cannot suffer. Let us choose today that He be our Identity, and thus escape forever from all things the dream of fear appears to offer us.

Father, Your Son can not be hurt. And if we think we suffer, we but fail to know our one Identity we share with You. We would return to It today, to be made free forever from all our mistakes, and to be saved from what we thought we were.

A related section from the text entitled “Hero of the Dream” brings us back to mindfulness with this encouragement:

“The secret of salvation is but this: that you are doing this unto yourself. No matter what the form of the attack, this still is true. Whoever takes the role of enemy and of attacker, still is this the truth. Whatever seems to be the cause of any pain and suffering you feel, this is still true. For you could not react at all to figures in a dream you knew that you were dreaming. Let them be as hateful and as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on you unless you failed to recognize it is your dream.

This single lesson learned will set you free from suffering, whatever form it takes. The Holy Spirit will repeat this one inclusive lesson of deliverance until it has been learned, regardless of the form of suffering that brings you pain. Whatever hurt you bring to Him He will make answer with this very simple truth. For this one answer takes away the cause of every form of sorrow and of pain. The form affects His answer not at all, for He would teach you but the single cause of all of them, no matter what their form. And you will understand that miracles reflect the simple statement, “I have done this thing, and it is this I would undo.”

Bring, then, all forms of suffering to Him Who knows that every one is like the rest. He sees no differences where none exists, and He will teach you how each one is caused. None has a different cause from all the rest, and all of them are easily undone by but a single lesson truly learned. Salvation is a secret you have kept but from yourself. The universe proclaims it so. Yet to its witnesses you pay no heed at all. For they attest the thing you do not want to know. They seem to keep it secret from you. Yet you need but learn you chose but not to listen, not to see.”  – T.27.VIII:10-12

Susan writes frequently and eloquently about A Course in Miracles in her very engaging blog, ForaysInForgiveness

ACIM: “Sharing Perception with the Holy Spirit Text”, Chapter 14, Section VII

In this video, Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles read from and talk about A Course in Miracles, Chapter 14, Section VII: “Sharing Perception with the Holy Spirit Text.” This section reminds us that our isolated perception – disconnected and dissociated from our Inner Kindness Teacher’s gentle, forgiving, all-encompassing, all-inclusive perspective – inevitably results in the seeming loss of peace associated with trying to interpret ego’s dream script on the level that it was dreamt up and from that insane thought system of differences, divisiveness, deception and delusion. The way out of this mental quagmire always involves returning to our choice in the mind for the ego’s thought system, revealing to ourselves that its judgmental, condemning, victimizing, fugitive ideas have not made us happy, then forgiving ourselves for what ultimately is just a silly fantasy detour, and awakening from that dysfunctional dream by releasing our own perceptions (interpretations) and allowing in the corrective, truly innocent and inclusive insights from the Teacher we all share and remembering the Peace we never left, except in dreams.

This section of ACIM’s text concludes with this inspiring paragraph:

“Joining with Him in seeing is the way in which you learn to share with Him the interpretation of perception that leads to knowledge. You cannot see alone. Sharing perception with Him Whom God has given you teaches you how to recognize what you see. It is the recognition that nothing you see means anything alone. Seeing with Him will show you that all meaning, including yours, comes not from double vision, but from the gentle fusing of everything into one meaning, one emotion and one purpose. God has one purpose which He shares with you. The single vision which the Holy Spirit offers you will bring this oneness to your mind with clarity and brightness so intense you could not wish, for all the world, not to accept what God would have you have. Behold your will, accepting it as His, with all His Love as yours. All honor to you through Him, and through Him unto God.”

ACIMblog - Susan Dugan
Susan writes frequently and eloquently about A Course in Miracles in her very engaging blog, ForaysInForgiveness

If you haven’t already, check out interviews about A Course in Miracles by Jackie Lora Jones on her “The 24th Hour – Positive News Magazine” video series. The most recent interview (added December 2016) features her sister, Cindy Lora-Renard and brother-in-law, Gary Renard, sharing their always enlightening and accessible insights into ACIM‘s pure non-dual teachings.

24th Hour- Episode 18 with Gary Renard, Cindy Lora-Renard

ACIM’s Quiet Center: from “I Need Do Nothing” Text, Chapter 18, Section VII

In this video, Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles read from and talk about A Course in Miracles, Chapter 18, Section VII: “I Need Do Nothing.” This section touches on the “quiet center of the storm” which we can all access at any time or place, since it is a decision in the mind to not identify with our ego’s incessant and insane blather.
We talked about the importance of making a habit of turning over our day – from the outset – to our Inner Kindness Teacher … and forgiving ourselves when we resist doing so, to enable us to more quickly resume that mind-healing practice. More info at ForaysInForgiveness.com. This paragraph concludes the “I Need Do Nothing” section:

“Yet there will always be this place of rest to which you can return. And you will be more aware of this quiet center of the storm than all its raging activity. This quiet center, in which you do nothing, will remain with you, giving you rest in the midst of every busy doing on which you are sent. For from this center will you be directed how to use the body sinlessly. It is this center, from which the body is absent, that will keep it so in your awareness of it.”

author and ACIM teacher, Susan Dugan

ACIM Manual #16 – How Should the Teacher of God Spend his day?

This video is a conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about section 16 from the Manual for Teachers of A Course in Miracles: “How Should the Teacher of God Spend his day?” We talked about the importance of making a habit of turning over our day – from the outset – to our Inner Kindness Teacher … and forgiving ourselves when we resist doing so, to enable us to more quickly resume that mind-healing practice. More info at ForaysInForgiveness.com. Here is an example paragraph:

“There is one thought in particular that should be remembered throughout the day. It is a thought of pure joy, a thought of peace, a thought of limitless release, limitless because all things are freed within it. You think you made a place of safety for yourself. You think you made a power that can save you from all the fearful things you see in dreams. It is not so. Your safety lies not there. What you give up is merely the illusion of protecting illusions. And it is this you fear, and only this. How foolish to be so afraid of nothing! Nothing at all! Your defenses will not work, but you are not in danger. You have no need of them. Recognize this, and they will disappear. And only then will you accept your real protection.”

author and ACIM teacher, Susan Dugan

The 24th Hour: Jackie Lora Jones interviews Bruce Rawles

The 24th Hour - with Jackie Lora Jones
Jackie Lora Jones, host of “The 24th Hour – Positive News Magazine” with its video blog YouTube Channel series (highly recommended), interviews Bruce Rawles in this video about a principles and practices from A Course in Miracles plus the seven Hermetic Laws as they relate to our choice of identity as either loving or fearful. Jackie (sometimes accompanied by her sister, Cindy Lora-Renard) has conducted fascinating video interviews with Gary Renard, Robert Rosenthal, and many others. Jackie’s fluency with the metaphysics of ACIM and gracious hosting is complemented by the skillful graphic and video artistry of her husband Mark, making their combined efforts a joy to watch and hear. Here is a related recent conversation on ACIMblog with Bruce and Jackie about her work and mutual interest in non-dual metaphysics.

Jackie Lora Jones

Here is a YouTube trailer for the video:

(Here are a couple of videos that Jackie and Bruce talked about, by Bob Newhart: the “Stop it!” therapy video and “The driving instructor.“)

If the discussion about the seven Hermetic Laws piqued your interest, you might also enjoy an ongoing series of conversations on David Cohen‘s “Vibration Station” show on LA Talk Radio, such as this one.

Jackie Lora Jones interview with Bruce Rawles

Jackie Lora JonesJackie Lora Jones, host of the excellent “The 24th Hour – Positive News Magazine” and video blog YouTube Channel series of the same name, and Bruce Rawles converse in this video about a variety of themes and ideas from A Course in Miracles, after a brief introduction with Jackie talking about her history with non-dual metaphysics and ACIM. Jackie has conducted insightful video interviews with Gary Renard, Joe Wolfe, and numerous others. She and her sister, Cindy Lora-Renard, facilitate a class on ACIM in the Los Angeles are on Tuesday evenings in addition to equally highly-regarded workshops on “The Course.”