Future loss is not your fear (but present joining is your dread)

I sat at my desk following Presidents Day weekend on approximately the ninth day of my captivity at the hands of my ego. As opposed to the ego I more accurately perceive when choosing to look with the fearless inner Teacher of common interests. Who takes nothing personally, realizing, as he always has, that there […]

Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness

My new book, Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness, has just been released on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle. Here’s the book description: In Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness, Susan Dugan continues to recount her personal journey in learning to change the purpose of our relationships from rooting ourselves more deeply in a childish dream of […]

Devotional pose

(Here’s another excerpt from my new essay collection Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness, to be published this spring.  Hope you enjoy!) I rapped softly on the mottled glass of the ajar door to my imaginary teacher’s office, a courtesy; really, since I could tell he was not inside. Not inside and not outside either, on […]

Holy Spirit AWOL

Just back from attending the week-long academy class at the Foundation for A Course in Miracles in Temecula, California, a truly transcendent, mind-healing-for-all experience I am still processing. The inspiring staff presentations have truly deepened my commitment to, and understanding of, how to live this path. (I’ll report more on this in future posts.) For […]

Breaking News: “There is no peace except the peace of God.”

“Seek you no further. You will not find peace except the peace of God. Accept this fact, and save yourself the agony of yet more bitter disappointments, bleak despair, and sense of icy hopelessness and doubt.” (From A Course in Miracles workbook lesson 200, paragraph 1, lines 1-3) “There is no peace except the peace […]

Real intimacy: from me first to we

In my sleeping dream, my inner teacher was giving a lecture to a crowd of A Course in Miracles students in a spacious, theater-style auditorium. I had not seen him in a long time, had been hoping to catch him all day, but so many others appeared to be clamoring for his attention. And so, […]

C’est la guerre

“Long time no see with,” Jesus said, leaning back in his office chair, sandaled feet propped up on his desk. Have I mentioned he really is a lot funnier than anyone gives him credit for? Still; I was in no mood for jokes, really; in no mood for much of anything. I plopped down in […]

Another endearing conversation with the ego

I stared at the computer screen, begging for clarity about how to respond to another seemingly confounding email. I’d been struggling to follow the Holy Spirit/Jesus (that memory of our true undifferentiated wholeness in our mind) instead of always trying to lead. But the struggle had merely resulted in a paralytic dance leaving me stalled […]

What have you saved to settle by yourself?

I sat at my computer anxiously awaiting my appearance as a guest speaker at ACIM Gather; an online radio broadcast service for A Course in Miracles students and teachers. I had assembled my magic props:  chamomile tea, an assortment of flower essences, a lump of obsidian to help ground me, and a really expensive cream […]

You Gotta Wear Shades

“I would just–for once in my life–like to have a little direct experience of God, is that too much to ask? A little preview of our Father’s Love, my real, capital S Self, eternal wholeness, boundless, all-inclusive creativity and all that …” I hesitated, considering my present company. “Jazz,” I said. My imaginary Jesus continued […]