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“Defenses are the costliest of all the prices which the ego would exact.” ~A Course in Miracles
Defense and attack are cornerstones of the ego’s thought system. On the anniversary of the destruction of the Twin Towers, join Dr. Bob and Char for a discussion of the subtle yet essential role played by defenses in maintaining the ego’s illusionary world of bodies, sin and guilt.
Additional commentary is frequently offered from Dr. Bob’s book, From Plagues to Miracles. This will be a powerful and lively discussion of the deeper meaning of the ego’s motivations to attack through defense.
Dr. Bob serves as permanent Guest Co-Host every 2nd Thursday of the Month at 3:00 PM Eastern. A student of A Course in Miracles since before it was published, Dr. Bob was a close personal friend of Bill Thetford, Ph.D. (Co-Scribe of A Course in Miracles) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Inner Peace, publisher of the Course, since 1992. He is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice near Princeton, New Jersey and the author of From Plagues to Miracles: The Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promised Land of Spirit, released by Hay House in 2012. The book interprets the Biblical story of Exodus as an early attempt at A Course In Miracles.
To read excerpts or purchase this profound addition to your Spiritual Library, visit www.FromPlaguesToMiracles.com.
Learn more about and purchase A Course in Miracles at www.ACIM.org.
To learn a bit about what A Course in Miracles has to say about defensiveness, read on…
T-22.V.1. How does one overcome illusions? 2 Surely not by force or anger, nor by opposing them in any way. 3 Merely by letting reason tell you that they contradict reality. 4 They go against what must be true. 5 The opposition comes from them, and not reality. 6 Reality opposes nothing. 7 What merely is needs no defense, and offers none. 8 Only illusions need defense because of weakness. 9 And how can it be difficult to walk the way of truth when only weakness interferes? 10 <You> are the strong one in this seeming conflict. p478 11 And you need no defense. 12 Everything that needs defense you do not want, for anything that needs defense will weaken you.
T-22.V.2. Consider what the ego wants defenses for. 2 Always to justify what goes against the truth, flies in the face of reason and makes no sense. 3 Can this <be> justified? 4 What can this be except an invitation to insanity, to save you from the truth? 5 And what would you be saved from but what you fear? 6 Belief in sin needs great defense, and at enormous cost. 7 All that the Holy Spirit offers must be defended against and sacrificed. 8 For sin is carved into a block out of your peace, and laid between you and its return.
T-22.V.3. Yet how can peace be so fragmented? 2 It is still whole, and nothing has been taken from it. 3 See how the means and the material of evil dreams are nothing. 4 In truth you and your brother stand together, with nothing in between. 5 God holds your hands, and what can separate whom He has joined as one with Him? 6 It is your Father Whom you would defend against. 7 Yet it remains impossible to keep love out. 8 God rests with you in quiet, undefended and wholly undefending, for in this quiet state alone is strength and power. 9 Here can no weakness enter, for here is no attack and therefore no illusions. 10 Love rests in certainty. 11 Only uncertainty can be defensive. 12 And all uncertainty is doubt about yourself.