Videos

Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about ACIM’s Workbook Lesson 109: “I rest in God.” in this video conversationMore details on ACIMblog.com here.


Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about ACIM’s Workbook Lesson 194: “I place the future in the Hands of God” in this video conversationMore details on ACIMblog.com here.


Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about the important theme: “Beware of the temptation to perceive yourself unfairly treated.” from A Course in Miracles in this video conversationMore details on ACIMblog.com here.


Susan and Danielle Scruton discuss how to weather the ego’s “backlash.” (This video was published on Jun 14, 2017.)


Susan and Danielle Scruton discuss changing the purpose of romantic partnerships/marriage from specialness bargains to classrooms for learning to accept the atonement for ourselves. (This video was published on May 31, 2017.)


Susan and Danielle Scruton discuss how looking at our neediness in our relationships can help us remember our only real need. (This video was published on May 18, 2017.)


Susan and Bruce Rawles discuss the quote “What does it mean to accept the Atonement for myself? ” from A Course in Miracles in this video conversationMore details on ACIMblog.com here.


Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about A Course in Miracles, Chapter 15, Section VII: “The Needless Sacrifice” in this video conversationMore details on ACIMblog.com here.


Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about ACIMWorkbook Lesson 330: “I will not hurt myself again today” in this video conversationMore details on ACIMblog.com here.


Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about ACIMs Text, Chapter 14, Section VII, “Sharing Perception with the Holy Spirit” in this video conversationMore details on ACIMblog.com here.


Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about ACIMs Text, Chapter 18, Section VII, “I Need Do Nothing” in this video conversationMore details on ACIMblog.com here.


In this video, Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about ACIM Manual #16 – How Should the Teacher of God Spend his day? More details on Bruce’s blog here.


In this video, Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about Lesson 190 “I choose the joy of God instead of pain” from the Workbook of A Course in Miracles. More details on Bruce’s blog here.


In this video, Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about “Grandeur vs. Grandiosity” – the last section (VIII) of Chapter 9 from the text of A Course in Miracles (T-9:VIII).


In this video, Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about workbook lesson 303: ‘The Holy Christ is born in me today’ and other ACIM Christmas themes 


In this video, Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about “The Problem and The Answer” which is Section VIII in Chapter 11 of ACIM’s text. Details here.


Bruce Rawles and Susan converse in this video about “The Little Willingness” which is Section IV in Chapter 18 of ACIM’s text.


Susan and Bruce Rawles converse on this video about Workbook Lesson 134, “Let me perceive forgiveness as it is” and “What Is Forgiveness”


“Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness”

A video conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about Susan’s new book: Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness


“I loose the world from all I thought it was.”

A conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about the (Mar 2015) FACIM academy class entitled “The World: A maladaptive solution to the non-existent problem” (a phrase coined by Kenneth Wapnick) and ACIM workbook lesson 132.


Election Projection: ACIM conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles

A fun conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about how we can use Halloween, elections and other frightening seasonal events to forgive our mind’s projections.


ACIM: ego backlash and not taking ourselves too seriously

ACIM: ego backlash and not taking ourselves too seriously – a conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles. Here is the related interview of Ken Wapnick by Susan Dugan that we talked about.


FACIM July 2014 academy class, “Training for Goodness.”

A conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about the Foundation for A Course in Miracles July 2014 academy class, “Training for Goodness.”


Kenneth Wapnick enthusiasts: Clues to when we’re valuing what is valueless.

Another conversation with enthusiasts of the teachings of Kenneth Wapnick: Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about A Course In Miracles Workbook lesson 133 “I will not value what is valueless.” and other topics inspired by a recent trip to FACIM in Temecula, Calif. The acronym talked about was GIST: Guilt Individuality Space Time; the first item; Guilt is a key element of the ego’s inner shield of oblivion of mindlessness; the other three – Individuality, Space, and Time are aspects of ego’s outer shield of oblivion of (even more) mindlessness – allowing ego’s agenda of perpetual ‘fire-fighting’ in the world to dominate our thinking … and our identity, rather than gently turning the interpretation over to our Inner Kindness Teacher and remember to laugh at the tiny, mad idea of separation.


The importance of vigilance

In this video, Susan shares her appreciation of the current staff at FACIM, and a few of the insights they shared in Temecula at the most recent academy class there. Susan and Bruce Rawles talk about the importance of (gentle) vigilance in watching our mind for ego incursions and why this is crucial to replacing our maladaptive thought system with one that will truly work for us. (Please excuse the reference to technical audio difficulties that turned out to be experienced only on our end.)


Love for our teacher Ken Wapnick

A conversation with Susan and Bruce Rawles talking about our love for our teacher Ken Wapnick, a demonstration of kindness to one and all, and how we can honor his life and heal our minds by living all he has taught us!


Forgiveness Offers Everything I Want: A conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about ACIM

This conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles centers on the themes and ideas in Forgiveness Offers Everything I Want.


ACIM – Ken Wapnick enthusiasts – Our forgiveness classroom

A conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about using everything in our lives as our forgiveness classroom, shifting our approach from dissociation to association … bringing our projected dreams back inside where we can forgive them.


Forgiving Ourselves – A conversation with Susan Dugan, Lyn Corona and Bruce Rawles

Susan Dugan, Lyn Corona and Bruce Rawles talk about looking at the resistance to forgiving ourselves without judgment, and a variety of metaphors and ideas that might be helpful, inspired by studies in A Course In Miracles.


ACIM and Our Resistance to Forgiveness

A conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles, including Susan’s comments about Kenneth Wapnick’s recent audio CD. The title of the CD set is “FORGIVENESS NOW” and the subtitle is “Those you do not forgive you fear.” The focus of the seminar is on “The Lifting of the Veil”, the final subsection of the final obstacle to peace—The fear of God–in Chapter 19.


Susan Dugan Talk ACIM with Dan Rosey

Enthusiasts of Kenneth Wapnick & FACIM 1Mar2013

A conversation with Susan Dugan ( Forays In Forgiveness ) and Lyn Corona ( School of Reason
and Becoming Learners Together ) and moderator Bruce ( ACIMblog
) about our shared interest in, and appreciation of, the brilliant and prodigious work of Dr. Kenneth Wapnick (Foundation for A Course In Miracles)


Susan’s recent interview with Kenneth Bok of ACIMExplained.com

An example video with Kenneth Wapnick of the Foundation for A Course In Miracles (FACIM)

Without forgiveness I will still be blind

(Here’s an excerpt from my latest book, Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness, now discounted for the holidays on Amazon.)

northern lights christmasI lay awake in the middle of the night as I sometimes do, adrift in that yawning chasm of lonesome silence in which my ego thoughts spring to life like taunting little toys, raucously reviewing problems large and small, worldly and intimate. Helplessly, hopelessly, pondering the state of the union and the state of my sun-damaged skin. The status of my little dog’s hurt leg, and the safest place to sit in a movie theater to avoid death by insane gunman. The escalating rhetoric in the presidential campaigns and the possible infection of my recently scraped toes. Looming work deadlines, the bitter sweetness of my daughter’s impending return to college, and what to do with the tiny golden beets I’d scored at the Farmers’ Market.

I asked to see things differently—through the eyes of the inner teacher of love instead of fear—over and over again, but nothing happened. I popped another magic herbal supplement and breathed deeply, tensing and then relaxing my muscles, head to toe. I squeezed the insomnia acupressure points on my ears and visualized the waves on my favorite beach rhythmically lapping the idyllic shore. I envisioned my chakras spinning in synchronized harmony. Still, I remained awake, increasingly concerned about the encroaching busyness of my Monday versus the guaranteed fatigue of my body if I couldn’t fall back to sleep for at least a couple hours.

I thought about the way I had often lay awake like this as a child, focused on every little creak in the house, the lights of an occasional, passing vehicle lunging wolf-like across the walls, the menacing rumble of the refrigerator, the hiss and tick of the hot-water heater, the roar of a distant jet perhaps launched by the Commies to bomb Manhattan a ways down the river. The possibility–however remote–that the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz had escaped the castle once and for all and were, at this very moment, winging their way up the Hudson toward a target with my name on it. In more ways than I cared to consider, I was still that frightened child, stranger in a strange land just waiting for the punishment I secretly knew I deserved for running away from home like every other frightened child here on planet crazy.

Eventually I drifted off to troubled dreams, the last of which found me alone in a pitch-black forest, immobilized with terror that any forward movement might mean stepping into a trap or a land mine. Breath held, seemingly paralyzed, willing myself invisible to nocturnal predators, I suddenly became aware of my hand nestled inside the perfect-fitting glove of a larger one. Embraced by the abrupt certainty that I would see my way through, if I could simply dare to place one foot in front of the other, and continue to hold that hand.

And so I did. Despite my crushing fear, I drew a deep breath, raised my right foot and set it down, followed by the left. Each time I did so, the path suddenly revealed itself in the light at my feet as if an invisible someone were flipping on an invisible flashlight. I walked faster and more certain then, and as I did, the light grew steady, revealing just enough of the path before me to prevent me from stumbling.

I awoke thinking about A Course in Miracles workbook lesson 247: “Without forgiveness I will still be blind.”

“… For forgiveness is the only means whereby Christ’s vision comes to me. Let me accept what His sight shows me as the simple truth, and I am healed completely. (Lines 3 and 4).”

And I realized that although I’d been begging to see things differently, I hadn’t been willing to get Susan out of the way. I was still standing guard–wedded to the ego’s deliberate blindness and dubious security–trying to puzzle out solutions to non-existent problems while unwilling to take the hand of my right mind that would lead me toward the light of perfect oneness I really craved. I was still unwilling to fully acknowledge the pervasive darkness of the shameful, bereft belief in separation and fully trust in the inner teacher of forgiveness. Whose X-Ray vision penetrates the illusory facade of our many problems to the “tiny, mad, idea” of the one problem that never really occurred, our impossible, devastating dreams notwithstanding.

Now illuminated by the light of our right mind, I saw that I didn’t need to do anything about my perceived sleeplessness because I was never really awake here in this dream of exile from all-inclusive, non-differentiated love in the first place. I didn’t need to do anything about the problems and distractions that seemed to be keeping me awake either. I only needed to stop attributing my distress to outside causes and deliver the darkness of my illusions back to the light of one mind. Where Jesus–that symbol of our unalterable oneness–waits patiently to lead each and every seeming one of us through the dense clouds of our tortured dreams to the one real home we never really left.

It all comes down to trust. To my still intermittent but gradually growing willingness to grasp that hand in the darkness and put one foot in front of the other, allowing the part of my mind that can truly see to light my way. Although my body is tired this morning as I write these words it no longer concerns me. And I am a little more willing to embrace the possibility that I am not a singular body but a unified mind. Capable of choosing the guide that will lead me to the awareness that I have never left our one and only, blessedly formless, infinitely integrated home.

“So would I look on everyone today. My brothers are Your Sons. Your Fatherhood created them, and gave them all to me as part of You, and my own Self as well. Today I honor You through them, and thus I hope this day to recognize my Self. (Paragraph 2).”

Happy holidays!

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The Foundation for A Course in Miracles has just published a new, hardcover, keepsake anthology of the complete Lighthouse newsletter articles, From The Lighthouse: To Look Upon Darkness Through Light Must Dispel It, by Kenneth and Gloria Wapnick. https://bookstore.facim.org/p-383-from-the-lighthouse-to-look-upon-darkness-through-light-must-dispel-it.aspx  I just received my copy and am thrilled to hold it in my hands. I believe all Ken’s students will likewise want to keep this treasure of a book close at hand, to savor often and return to again and again to connect with the peace not of this world embodied in its teachings.

This unique, beautifully bound collection includes Kenneth’s original introductions to each chapter as well as a general introduction he wrote with Gloria several years ago and a chapter added by Gloria containing the Lighthouse’s final issue, filled with deeply moving, inspiring personal tributes of love and remembrance to Kenneth from his many grateful students. The anthology also contains an index of Course references and a chronological index of articles.

The articles cover a wide range of topics, reflecting the Foundation’s view of the world at large as seen through the guiltless lens of the Course’s teachings on forgiveness. They “provide a window into how we at the Foundation have seen A Course in Miracles as a spiritual path, as well as our own development as a center dedicated to preserving and teaching its principles.”

It seems to me that Ken was speaking to all his students in these thematic articles seamlessly melding A Course in Miracles’ fundamental metaphysics and mind-healing practice, but he was also speaking to his family members at the Foundation on a very personal level.  I consider this book a crucial part of the Foundation’s legacy, an invitation to everyone who loves the Course, Ken, Gloria, and the Foundation to join the metaphorical “orchestra” of shared (over separate) interests (Ken often referred to) and intimately connect with the healing symphony of forgiveness we can’t hear often enough!

You can buy it here: https://bookstore.facim.org/p-383-from-the-lighthouse-to-look-upon-darkness-through-light-must-dispel-it.aspx

You can register for upcoming live and streamed classes  being taught by the amazingly gifted Foundation for A Course in Miracles teaching staff, who continue to communicate Ken’s teachings with such clarity and grace, here: https://www.facim.org/temecula-schedule.aspx. I really can’t recommend these classes more highly! These teachers continue to gently encourage us to bring the darkness of all we’ve dreamt up to hurt us (whenever we’re choosing to feel victimized and justified in victimizing others) to the light of the part of every mind that knows only our shared innocence and need to find our way home. Their classes offer us a safe, non-judgmental “space” above the battleground in which to allow the healing of our frightened minds. (And often laugh a lot, too! :))

The Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of two previously unpublished audio titles by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick. “Appearance versus Reality” and Forgiveness: “A Many-Splendored Thing,” are both available in CD, MP3-CD, and MP3 Downloadable formats.
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Here’s a NEW AUDIO I did a couple weeks ago with CA Brooks, 12Radio, on the last section of A Course in Miracles Text Chapter 15, “Christmas as the End of Sacrifice.” http://www.12radio.com/archive.cfm?archive=8D4FE4F2-26B9-4187-86BAEBC2998CE207 If we are willing to change the purpose of our relationships to learning to heal our minds about our guilty neediness (with help from the part of our mind that knows only our shared innocence and completion), he will teach us what ending sacrifice means and how to do it.

Here’s a RECENT VIDEO discussion Bruce Rawles and I had about ACIM Text Chapter 11 VIII. The Problem and the the Answer: http://www.acimblog.com/the-problem-and-the-answer-susan-dugan-and-bruce-rawles-talk-about-acim-chapter-11-section-viii/

The Denver-based School for A Course in Miracles (formerly the School of Reason), an A Course-in-Miracles teaching organization, has a beautiful new website: http://www.schoolforacourseinmiracles.org/, with information on great new and ongoing classes  based on Ken Wapnick’s teachings. (I helped cofound the original organization and am just back from presenting with them at a  mind-healing weekend Christmas retreat in Colorado Springs, Colorado.)

THE SACIM’s 2016 Immersion Program starting in January here in Denver: http://www.schoolforacourseinmiracles.org/events/course-immersion-program/. IS ENROLLING NOW! If you’re at all interested, please REGISTER NOW! If you have questions, you may contact me at sadugan@gmail.com  I am one of the teachers in this program and very much looking forward to it. I was a student of the School for A Course in Miracle’s original Immersion Program several years ago, and a teacher in its next version the following year. This new, six-month version will help participants delve deeply into the Course’s metaphysics and forgiveness practice while exploring what it really means to make living a truly forgiving life our new purpose. We would love to have you join us!

HALF-HOUR, FORTY-FIVE MINUTE, OR HOUR-LONG ACIM MENTORING SESSIONS AVAILABLE: Although A Course in Miracles is clearly a self-study program and the one relationship we are truly cultivating is with our eternally sane and loving right mind, mentoring can help remind Course students having trouble applying its unique forgiveness in the classroom of their lives that the problem and the solution never lie in the difficult relationship, situation, behavior, health issue, etc., but in the decision-making mind. In every circumstance, without exception, we can choose to experience inner peace and kindness toward all, unaffected by the seemingly random strife of a world designed to prove otherwise. By choosing to look at our lives as a classroom in which we bring all our painful illusions to the inner teacher of forgiveness who knows only our shared innocence beyond all its deceptive disguises, we learn to identify and transcend the ego’s resistance, hold others and even ourselves harmless, and gently allow our split mind to heal. Sessions are conducted via traditional phone or Skype (your choice). Please contact me to find out if mentoring is right for you before submitting a payment. (No one is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay!)

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Center for A Course in Miracles http://www.centerforacourseinmiracles.org/index.html, is an educational Center whose focus is to teach what A Course in Miracles says, address common misunderstandings, and help students develop a relationship with their internal Teacher, inspired and guided by the teachings of the late Dr. Kenneth Wapnick.

The Interviews page on my forays website been revised to make it easier to find and access interviews with Ken Wapnick and others including Gloria Wapnick, and FACIM staff teachers.

In this recent video Bruce Rawles and I discuss themes from my new book, Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vEbI3jH8Sk 

My good friend and fellow Course student, teacher, and author Bruce Rawles frequently invites me to chat with him on YouTube about the Course and Ken Wapnick’s teachings. He continues to compile lots of great ACIM information well worth checking out at ACIMblog.com.

My good friend and gifted A Course in Miracles teacher and writer Bernard Groom has been posting beautifully written, heartfelt essays about living A Course in Miracles for years at ACIMvillage.com. Bernard lives and teaches in France with his dear wife Patricia. You’ll find a wealth of information in French on his website including recorded talks available for purchase or free download.

 

 

As of Sep. 10, 2014, there are 205 FACIM videos available via the FACIM YouTube channel.

FACIM YouTube playlist: 153 videos of talks and excerpts from Ken’s workshops by Rusty Truesdale