Friday, May 8, 2020

Development of Trust: A conversation with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles about A Course in Miracles

Bruce Rawles - Susan Dugan

Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles read and discuss the six stages of the “Development of Trust” from the Manual For Teachers from A Course In Miracles in this YouTube video conversation. We are reminded that we’re all teaching and learning all the time; either love or fear, sanity or insanity, kindness or cruelty. Trust in our Inner Kindness Teacher (a.k.a. Holy Spirit a.k.a. the author of ACIM a.k.a the awareness of Perfect Oneness we brought with us into the dream of separation) is first and foremost in these 10 characteristics and vital to our progress to attain sustainable peace.

Here are the first three of the six stages, excerpted from the section WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS?” 

“First, they must go through what might be called “a period of undoing.” This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced. It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized. How can lack of value be perceived unless the perceiver is in a position where he must see things in a different light? He is not yet at a point at which he can make the shift entirely internally. And so the plan will sometimes call for changes in what seem to be external circumstances. These changes are always helpful. When the teacher of God has learned that much, he goes on to the second stage.

Next, the teacher of God must go through “a period of sorting out.” This is always somewhat difficult because, having learned that the changes in his life are always helpful, he must now decide all things on the basis of whether they increase the helpfulness or hamper it. He will find that many, if not most of the things he valued before will merely hinder his ability to transfer what he has learned to new situations as they arise. Because he has valued what is really valueless, he will not generalize the lesson for fear of loss and sacrifice. It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful. It is only to the extent to which they are helpful that any degree of reality should be accorded them in this world of illusion. The word “value” can apply to nothing else.

The third stage through which the teacher of God must go can be called “a period of relinquishment.” If this is interpreted as giving up the desirable, it will engender enormous conflict. Few teachers of God escape this distress entirely. There is, however, no point in sorting out the valuable from the valueless unless the next obvious step is taken. Therefore, the period of overlap is apt to be one in which the teacher of God feels called upon to sacrifice his own best interests on behalf of truth. He has not realized as yet how wholly impossible such a demand would be. He can learn this only as he actually does give up the valueless. Through this, he learns that where he anticipated grief, he finds a happy light-heartedness instead; where he thought something was asked of him, he finds a gift bestowed on him.”M-4.I.A.1-3

If you have questions or comments about this video, prior videos in this ACIM-related video series or other Course-related topics, please email them via the contact form. Susan and Bruce will review and try to respond to questions and suggestions for future conversations. We look forward to extending the conversation with you!

Here are some prior ACIM-related conversations with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles.

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