Audio Discussions from ACIM Gather regarding forgiveness and study groups, will be uploaded on music player below. Item 3 (11-15 receptive listening discussion) addresses the controversial sentence "Again, I want to reiterate, unless a student has gone through this Second Phase with Jesus, and so far only Molly and one other student have done this effectively, they cannot know what the ego is up to."
Find more music like this on A Course in Miracles LoungeSuggested Study Group Activities To Foster Spiritual Growth Students can spend a part of each Study Group learning spiritual discipline, focus and receptive listening by engaging together in this meditative practice using these skills. Oftentimes listening to outside sounds or to music of nature’s sounds help a student focus upon something to listen to. In addition, it is suggested that students spend up to 20 minutes on their own for at least 3 days a week or more practicing these same skills towards the goal where focused,
receptive listening automatically switches the student into the right mind. Also,
in the Study Groups, after a formal meditative period, each student can report to
the others whatever part of the process of undoing the ego they are in which will
follow along the lines I have recommended above. The reports provide another
opportunity for a student to step back from the ego and look at what it is doing.
By doing this each student will be reinforcing what they are learning. While a
student is reporting, other students at this time will consciously practice a
receptive listening state, holding to just listening until they switch automatically
into the right mind. Then whatever reflection from God they are experiencing
can be seen in spiritual vision in the person who is reporting. In this way, the
right‐minded feeling will be increased and reinforced for the student extending
the right mind.
If the reporting student or the other students in the room are open enough to
receive the extension of the right mind, it will then be consciously shared and in
that sharing will be increased both for the giver and receiver. In this manner
participants of the group will be practicing receptive listening and rightmindedness,
which brings about true communication and what constitutes a
holy relationship between members of the group. If students are actively
engaged with each other in this way, not only will they become prepared to work
with Jesus, where they can hear him, but also they will be contributing in the
most powerful way to the spiritual growth of all members of the group. After the
meditation period and reporting period, there can be a closing where each week
a different student reads a paragraph from A Course in Miracles, which has been
most meaningful to them for that week. This paragraph can be read like a prayer,
which is shared with everyone in the group.
Lastly, the time that each spends reporting, and students may pass on doing this
if they wish, can be communally decided upon so that everyone in the group has
the opportunity to talk and learn in this way. If the group wishes, a new monitor
each week maybe assigned to time the meditation period and how long each
person can report so that there is a flow between what occurs and the time is
shared equally. It is suggested that a short interval is given to the reporting
student to notify him when their time is up so that they can wind down and end
When any student is reporting other students should not make suggestions or
counsel them if they become stuck. It is important that the reporting student is
left to look more deeply himself at what is happening to him while everyone else
in the group give him the space to work out his own problem.
*Details continued on Handout 1, 2 and 3 in discussions below