Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Sickness is of the Mind – A Conversation with Jackie Lora Jones and Bruce Rawles

Jackie Lora JonesJackie Lora Jones, of the helpful “The 24th Hour – Positive News Magazine“, video blog YouTube Channel series of the same name also hosts a radio show “True Forgiveness Teachings” series on BlogTalkRadio on occasional Tuesdays. We continued our conversations about A Course In Miracles (ACIM) in this audio.

We talked about handling our challenges in this world from the perspective of ACIM’s teachings. Specifically, we shared how we can benefit from seeing the world in general – and the current pandemic in particular – as a feedback tool for seeing ego’s distortions and filters and not the cause of our peace or lack thereof, contrary to most of the world’s thinking. We’ve bought into ego’s mindless propaganda which seems to erase its insane SET-UP for disappointment from the flowchart of how we see the world so that when we’re UP-SET we’re forgetting we SET it UP to disappoint and keep us at the mercy of the world, rather than being merciful to it. Listening to the ego, we’ve reversed cause and effect and turned its dream into an imagined, unpredictable, fearful cause.

Cause: ego’s SET UP (secret dream) plants the seeds of disappointment, betrayal, self-sabotage.
Effect: ego’s UP SET (public dream) harvests blame and victimhood to perpetuate anger, attack, defense.
Ego doesn’t want to admit there is a cause in the mind (the inner shield of oblivion.) It tries at all costs to keep us from looking (with Holy Spirit) at our projection of unconscious, unfounded guilt. Once we look at this coverup with Holy Spirit – when we remember to laugh at ego’s tiny mad idea! – the hoax is seen as a genuinely forgivable, silly misunderstanding, not anything worthy of fighting against our natural state of peace.

We refer to an article by Ken Wapnick: Strengthening the Mind’s Immune System which both timely and timeless.

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction of “The Guiltless World” in chapter 13 of ACIM that we read and talked about:

“The acceptance of guilt into the mind of God’s Son was the beginning of the separation, as the acceptance of the Atonement is its end. The world you see is the delusional system of those made mad by guilt. Look carefully at this world, and you will realize that this is so. For this world is the symbol of punishment, and all the laws that seem to govern it are the laws of death. Children are born into it through pain and in pain. Their growth is attended by suffering, and they learn of sorrow and separation and death. Their minds seem to be trapped in their brain, and its powers to decline if their bodies are hurt. They seem to love, yet they desert and are deserted. They appear to lose what they love, perhaps the most insane belief of all. And their bodies wither and gasp and are laid in the ground, and are no more. Not one of them but has thought that God is cruel.

If this were the real world, God would be cruel. For no Father could subject His children to this as the price of salvation and be loving. Love does not kill to save. If it did, attack would be salvation, and this is the ego’s interpretation, not God’s. Only the world of guilt could demand this, for only the guilty could conceive of it. Adam’s “sin” could have touched no one, had he not believed it was the Father Who drove him out of paradise. For in that belief the knowledge of the Father was lost, since only those who do not understand Him could believe it.”


Here is an excerpt of the description of the conversation from the related post on Jackie’s BlogTalkRadio website:

Sickness is of the Mind: Forgiveness and the Miracle Heal the Mind

ACIM teaches that sickness is synonymous with the belief in separation and with lack of Love. Whether it’s a virus or anything else, forgiveness is the answer! Today Bruce and I will discuss how the miracle can help us through anything, no matter how big it seems to be. I’ll share my thought processes and what helps me throughout the day. Let’s wake up from the entire time-space dream!

As always, these readings provide a platform to discuss a variety of helpful ideas and practices 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 area in addition to equally highly-regarded workshops on “The Course.” Jackie’s first book, All Peace, No Pieces is a valuable addition to any Course student’s library, regardless of their level of familiarity with the Course’s ideas.

This audio recording was made Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Here are more ACIM-related conversations with Jackie Lora Jones and Bruce Rawles.

True Forgiveness Teachings with Jackie Lora Jones

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