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Nothing to Forgive
Forgiveness is the Home of Miracles
Runaway Bunny
Still Singing, Somehow
Dare to Be Happy
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Nothing To Forgive


God does not forgive
because He has never condemned.
The blameless cannot blame,
and those who have accepted their innocence
see nothing to forgive.


~ A COURSE IN MIRACLES, LESSON 60 "God is the Love in which I forgive"




          As many of you know, J. Michaels has graced our Newsletters in the past with many of his inspired poems. In our JUNE issue we have some PROSE from J. in an article titled: Nothing to Forgive  A longtime ACIM student, Writer, StoryTeller and Spiritual Life Coach, J. Michaels has authored books in non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Please also visit our CIMS blog to read a review of J. Michael's book, Treasure of the Mind. In the preface to his book, J. explains how he struggled with grief and guilt over the death of his son, who was murdered, until he learned how to forgive.


          CIMS has recently discovered the very insightful work of Course Student and Teacher Robyn Busfield and is pleased to include in our JUNE Issue an excerpt from Robyn Busfield's book: "Forgiveness is the Home of Miracles". The book is, as Lisa Natoli writes in the FORWARD, Robyn's personal experience through the 365 Workbook lessons of A Course in Miracles.  The excerpt presented here is from Chapter One "A Shift in Perception" and the section is "LIGHT BETWEEN THE GAPS".


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           Susan Dugan has once again submitted an essay for our reading pleasure called: "Runaway Bunny". For the mothers reading this, bring a tissue. It's a sweet one.  Susan has had articles in our Newsletters in the past several months and has appeared in A Course in Miracles: The Movie. A book of her essays "Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness", was published by O-Books and can be purchased here. [Kindle is free for your PC and the kindle version of this book is only $7.79]


           We are thrilled to announce the inclusion in this issue for the second time in our Newsletter, of a ~MUSIC~  Section.  In our last month's issue we showcased "MATTY Z" who shared music from his album "Universal Love"! This month we have music by one of our Newsletter contributors,  "ROB RIDEOUT" who is sharing music from his CD, "Still Singing, somehow". [Available on his website and AMAZON sometime this JUNE].    


            Daniel Tipton's DARE TO BE HAPPY segment this month is titled: SNACK-SIZED SHIFTS as he continues with his sixth article in this on-going series.   In this article, Daniel shares with us a glimse of his musings on minor but not insignificant shifts occurring in his life. Some of you had the pleasure of meeting Daniel at the CMC 2011 Conference in San Francisco. He is in the CMC ministerial program and is an active member of the Course in Miracles Omaha Study Group.  


             And finally, we have the continued Guidance from our Elder Brother as received and scribed by Sun~Rose. This article offers Guidance on the Holy Spirit.   


           The commentary on the 53 Miracle Principles, as these principles appear in the original edition [oe] published by CIMS, and in previous CIM newsletters, is now available in a book by Sun~Rose entitled: "YOU ARE LOVED AND SAFE: Prep Notes for Experiencing God's Love".
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Nothing to Forgive
 by J. Michaels*

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The goal of forgiveness is to realize that there is nothing to forgive. That goal is stated quite eloquently in one of the most articulate and persuasive books ever produced in the English language, the revolutionary spiritual teaching of A Course in Miracles.  I have studied this divine curriculum on a daily basis ever since the first time I picked it up, almost twenty years ago. That teaching, studied so diligently and absorbedly, changed my life in unimaginable ways and led me away from an egocentric, self-absorbed existence to a life now filled with blessings. That long and inspired journey taught me forgiveness, which opened my mind to the infinite possibility of a life existing alongside the delusional and ego-ruled existence that we know as "the world". I came to see that divine possibility as an ever-existing reality which lives just outside our perceptual boundaries, yet knows no peer or even comparative examples in an inherently-limited, perceptual world. If I may, I will borrow a few minutes from your day to tell you of my adventure and the treasures found in its pursuit.

I received a copy of A Course in Miracles from my wife shortly after the death of my mother. At that time, I had no idea of what it was about (neither did she) and certainly no forewarning of how much it would eventually impact my life. I have always had an inquiring mind, especially when it comes to matters of mind and spirit and that inquisitiveness, accompanied by a deep inner connection, compelled me to study this strange new book. Within a few minutes of my initial reading, I knew I held something very special in my hands. Having always possessed a preference for anything out of the ordinary, the book quickly grabbed my attention and I proceeded to delve into it with an open mind. Despite my proclivity for the unusual, I am also a very pragmatic, results-oriented person and surprisingly the Course appealed to those leanings as well.

What I discovered was an articulate (even poetic) curriculum for seeing the world as we know it in an entirely new light, one that left me both hopeful and spiritually enlivened. It is an intelligent and insightful view of both the frailties of this world and the reality of the divine realm. Better yet, it gives very precise instruction for dealing effectively with the former and for discovering the truth of the latter. Unlike many spiritual practices, it deals not only with spiritual concerns but also with the part of the mind which drives our ego-centric lives as well as the part capable of unveiling and living in the unified Mind of the Divine.

An essential component of the practice of Course precepts is forgiveness, as mentioned previously. The big difference however is the way the Course defines the term. Unlike the traditional perception of forgiveness as pardoning someone for wronging us, the Course prescribes forgiveness as a means for eliminating the barriers created by the guilt and fear driven ego mind and thereby revealing to us our true spiritual nature. It does so by providing compelling arguments that we should forgive not because someone has wronged us but rather because, in truth, the "wronging" only occurred in an illusory state of mind, or dream. As radical as it may seem, this revolutionary worldview has been proposed and endorsed by such great historical minds such as Plato, William James, Albert Einstein, and Carl Jung, as well as contemporary luminaries such as Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and Dr. Wayne Dyer. The Buddha himself taught that most of us live our lives in a dream state and that our main goal in life ought to be to awaken from it to the reality of our divine nature. Jesus of Nazareth spoke of his "Father's House" and the many wonders of the divine world as his truth.

The good news is that we can awaken from the illusory dream of a perceptual-based world created by an ego-ruled mind and live our lives in a more enlightened way. That way is the path of forgiveness and of A Course in Miracles.

In order to provide an example of how forgiveness works in the material world, I offer a story from my own life. Many years ago....


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  J. Michaels


J. Michaels
Writer, Storyteller, Poet
Spiritual Life Coach 



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Forgiveness is the Home of Miracles
 by Robyn Busfield* 


It is August 2007. I have been studying the "Magnetic Laws of the Universe" for more than a decade. Acknowledging and implementing these unquestionable laws over all these years has indeed brought harmonious changes to my once questionable life.

However, little did I know my world was about to change. My perception was about to be questioned yet again. And just when I thought I had it all figured out...

On this warm August day in Redondo Beach, California, I sit to visualize as I had done for many years after discovering the knowledge of the now famous Law of Attraction. I have been visualizing for just a few minutes when I hear this gentle Inner Voice-the Inner Voice I have come to know very well at this point in my life. It gently said, "We are not going to let the Universe know what we want today. Instead, we will be silent and allow a Higher Knowing to let us know what is best."

I was floored. For many years, each time I visualized, I had received strong, encouraging, passionate feelings. It always felt like the right thing to do. Now, I was getting the message that this was no longer the right thing to do!

After visualizing for so many years, I found it difficult to just stop. It had become a big part of my life. I also wasn't completely sold on this new idea of not visualizing. So the next morning I sit to visualize once again. It didn't take long, seconds maybe, before the same Inner Voice led me away from visualizing and gently guided me to hand all outcomes over to a Higher Knowing.

Okay, I didn't need any more convincing. This August day of 2007 would be the last day I would sit to visualize. I don't feel this means that I don't have a say in what I desire to see around me. After exploring the possibility of creation, I have come to understand that whatever I see and enjoy will continue to be. Or whatever I give little focus toward, or desire for, will cease to exist. I know this much: I am not going to walk around with my eyes closed. So, my ability to create a desired environment will continue to be based upon my enjoyment of my surroundings. I think this is the catch: Don't control the outcome by....  


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  *[From website]Robyn is a student and teacher of "A Course in Miracles." During her first year of the Workbook lessons, she was inspired to relay her personal journey through the lessons. She shares this personal journey in her new book, "Forgiveness is the Home of Miracles." Robyn states, "If we want to truly eradicate all pain and suffering that exists in our lives then we must open our minds as they have never been opened before. A Course in Miracles has opened my mind and opened my heart...and a miraculous journey has been unfolding."  For more information, please go to:



Runaway Bunny

by Susan Dugan*


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"Read it again, Mama," my then two-year-old daughter would chant night after night at bedtime. And regardless of how tired I was, I would start over, vaguely conscious even then that my own little bunny would all too soExtraordinary Ordinary Forgivenesson be running away as all little bunnies eventually do.

"Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away," I read.
"So he said to his mother, 'I am running away,'" my daughter would chime in. She loved that part.

"'If you run away,' said his mother," I continued, "'I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.'"

Like most young children, my daughter loved this tale by Margaret Wise Brown concerning a little bunny's fantasies about striking off on its own, assuming various identities and hell-bent at trading the security of a safe, toasty warren and a parent's adoration for more alluring horizons. Becoming for example a fish in a trout stream that tries to swim away only to have its mother come after him and fish him out with a pole. My daughter would clap her small hands as the little bunny became a rock on a mountain, a crocus in a garden, a circus performer, and a sailboat in its frenzy for freedom and laugh as the patiently indulgent mother followed in hot pursuit, morphing into a mountain climber, a gardener, a trapeze artist, and a steady wind to blow him back into her loving fold.

"Read it again, Mama," my daughter would command each time I attempted to close the book. Because, in truth, she liked the descriptions of the bunny's adventures and the Mama's chase much more than the ending where the bunny gives up and comes home. She has always been like this. In daycare, instead of clinging and pitching fits like normal children, she would wiggle down off my hip and toddle bravely off toward the playroom calling out names and dispensing hugs like a politician working a fundraiser. I would stand watching as the other parents labored to pry their writhing, wailing spawn from their calves, trying to convince myself that this was a good thing. I had raised a confident child. Still, it was all I could do.....


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**Susan Dugan is an A Course in Miracles student and teacher blogging about practicing ACIM's extraordinary forgiveness at Her collection of personal forgiveness essays, Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness was recently published by O-Books and is now available on Amazon She appears in the documentary A Course in Miracles: The Movie along with premier Course Scholar and Teacher Kenneth Wapnick, PhD, best-selling Course Author Gary Renard, and Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira, authors of "Take Me To Truth: Undoing the Ego" 





Rob Rideout ~ Still Singing Somehow 

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As a singer/songwriter, I've always viewed song lyrics as a form of poetry- poetry that has the potential to touch people's heart-felt feelings and emotions, with the help of a melody, voice and instruments.

Here is my poetic collection of song lyrics to accompany my inspirational memoir Still Singing, Somehow. For those who have read my personal odyssey, these lyrics will add another dimension, and much insight, into many of the various stories and personal feelings expressed in the book.

To me, songs are like seed versions of much longer stories, but loaded with deep emotions that simply can't be expressed in mire words alone. That is where the voice comes in. Of all instruments, the human voice has always been the original one. Pathos in a human voice can often hit a nerve; when coupled with good lyrics, this power can be awesome.

Some songs have the power to bring on an emotional release. Many of my songs did that for me. With that introduction, here is my near thirty year collection of poems, or song lyrics, written from the heart and soul. Blessings to all.

 Rob Rideout , November 2010  


Here is the opening song on the CD - I love this a lot, especially to start off the day. ["SOMEHOW"]



Another hour, another day
I make it through it
Anyway I can....Somehow
Another moment, just now passed
Forever gone, nothing lasts
I see....Somehow

Somehow I stumble through the darkness
Towards the light
Doing it all again, but this time
Trying to get it right....Somehow

Another year, just now passed
Here comes another
Will it last any longer....Somehow

So on we go, round and round,
Another moment just went down
Right now....Somehow

Somehow I've made it this far
Living day to day
Enjoying each moment of my life
All along the way....Somehow

Another hour, another day
I make it through it
Anyway I can....Somehow

Composed January 2008



AND ~ Here is one of my songs off my CD that was inspired by ACIM, obviuosly! It's called ["YOU'RE ALREADY THERE"].   





Here is one more ACIM inspired song I think you'll like.





And here too is the last song, my title song that I want to stay in your head for awhile.  







Namaste, Rob



*Singer/songwriter Rob Rideout is the award winning author of Still Singing, Somehow. He lives on a farm with his three cats Baba, Maya and Olive overlooking Colville Washington. He recently published a second book of poetry, based on his song lyrics. His CD of nearly thirty years worth of original songs is due for release in June 2011. This CD is entitled the same as the book and meant to accompany both books. Readers who have already read Rob's inspirational memoir will get a whole new feeling and insight into the author, as they listen to him sing. Hopefully anybody hearing the songs for their first time might be inclined to check out Rob's book and website at

Rob has published 25 articles @
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Dare To Be Happy
by Daniel Tipton*     

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Things I've picked up over the last month. This isn't to say I'm right; just where I am right now in my healing.


~Let people speak and chime in when you can be truly helpful. The rest is ego play. Most conversations I experience (myself included) are two or more people with a single goal of saying what they feel they need to say regardless of where it takes the conversation.

~Having an opinion is always a waste of energy. I've been particularly judgmental of a certain person recently, convinced that my opinion was justified. After giving heaping spoonfuls of my "advice" and criticism, I'm right back to realizing that what I should have done was love and accept as always. I pray for forgiveness in this area. The Course says that it is impossible for us to make an accurate judgment unless we know every detail about everything, past, present, and future (which is also impossible!)  We all express opinions daily and may even be required to, but I know that deep down an opinion has no ground.

~Jesus calls us to maintain that little spark in our consciousness at all times. The daily lessons are a practice of mind discipline for achieving this. We learn to step back, look at our thoughts, and choose a course of action that increases love. He asks us to merely keep a spark of Christ consciousness in our minds and let Him do the rest.  This is a seemingly small request yet we need A Course in Miracles just to get to that point. May we all move a little of the clutter in our minds out of the way to make a place for Jesus to get comfy and guide. And what is our prize? Real, lasting joy!

~I recently read Doug Thompson's article in the CMC Ezine which brings up ...




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* Daniel Tipton resides in Omaha, NE and is a member of  the Course in Miracles Society study group. He is in the ACIM Ministerial Program offered by the Community Miracles Center and attended the 2011 Annual ACIM Conference in San Francisco. 


Guidance from Elder Brother
 As Received and Transcribed by Sun~Rose*

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The Holy Spirit is one of My favorite subjects, as It pertains to Who and What You really are.  This particular Guidance has to do with learning more than just feeling uplifted as You read it.  It is up to You to do the Joining and the Listening required.
I'd like to start out with a little song that the Holy Spirit and I suggested to Sun~Rose for any trying time.  It is sung to the tune of Gracious Spirit Dwell With Me, and it speaks the Truth of the Holy Spirit and All of You.

Holy Spirit dwell as Me.

I Myself am One as Thee.

And Your words that help and heal,

As Myself You do reveal.


This song may also be sung with 'We' or 'She' or 'He' or 'Thee', depending on Who is needing not just healing, but Whole-ing.  For the Holy Spirit is the Rest of You, without Whom You are incomplete.  As You all have searched for eons for the 'perfect (special) relationship', it has truly always been the Holy Spirit You were seeking.


What a joy to relax and find that out so that if You have a special relationship (or many of them), now Each of You can concentrate on the Holy Spirit and actually open the door to a Holy relationship.  Not yet though!


First You will learn the joy of re-acquaintance with the Holy Spirit, Your Self, a Self so lovely, so wonderful, so full of Life and Love and happiness, so gentle and so kind, that You will begin to understand what Love really is and that Love is what You are, Your very Substance, rather than the 'material' person You have thought Yourself to be.


Let's go back to the song, for those four lines can change your old mindset about Yourself if You will allow it.


"Holy Spirit dwell as Me":  Well, what does this mean?  You aren't asking here for the Holy Spirit to come into a material You - a human being - and be a part of You, thereby allowing You to ..... 



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*Sun~Rose is the scribe of the recently published book, "YOU ARE LOVED AND SAFE: Prep Notes for Experiencing God's Love."

She is also author of, "A Radiant Life: Raw Food and the Presence of Love".


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