Power

“Being is power. Relationship is powerful. In other words, relationship is the expression of power—all the different expressions of power. In the time of Jesus, the powerful were seen as being blessed by God and the powerless as not being so blessed. This way of seeing has gone much unchanged. All are powerful. But, since all are powerful only in relationship, your relation¬ship to power must be realized. Those who are powerful have realized their relationship to power. Those who see themselves as powerless have not real¬ized their relationship to power. They have not made it real and so it has not served them.” (ACOL, D:Day33.12)

“Power” got a bad rap when we were all in the egoic state of mind. Power was thought to be more insane than not by people on the spiritual path. But now we see a new interpretation of power, an enhanced power for those who have felt themselves beaten down. This power is not insane, not a bad thing, but a way of being that works best in relationship when both individuals are living in their power.

We don’t need victims in a new world, the new world that we will be creating. And a powerless person sees himself/herself as victimized and downtrodden. When we engage with good power in relationship, we stand up for our rights, but not in a combative way. Combative ways are perversions of real power.

Ask God for an understanding of this new way of viewing power. And He will answer. (He always answers.) Contemplate the difference between egoic power and true power that is representative of the best Self whom we can be. We will not have long to wait for this new realization to come over us. A problem always has the solution given at the point of need, and so there are no needs.

Power allows us to be “empowered.” We don’t let ourselves be treated badly; we just assume the presence that God has given us, and the perpetrator of attack will back down. This is all that anger/attack needs to be undone.

Dear God,

Be with me today as I contemplate the definition of power given in A Course of Love. My benign use of power will take me to new heights. It will be a good thing. Let me leave behind all interpretations that partake of the ego.

Thank You for giving me the reassurance that You will direct me in this nitty-gritty part of life. I would drop egoic ways of manipulating people, and assume my true, God-given, power.

Amen.

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Upon Seeing Violence in Our World

“Yet the response of love can look as different as the events, situations, people, and places that populate your world. How can this be? And how can you look at each event, no matter how horrific, as a response of love?

“The only way that you can do this is by always knowing and never forgetting who you are. You are being in relationship: The creator of events as well as the experiencer of events, the creator of relationship as well as the rela¬tionship itself. You either know this or you don’t. It is not about “believing” that this is so, but knowing that this is so. It is when you know that this is so, and you also know who you are, that you know with certainty that the only response is love.” (ACOL, D:Day33.9 – 33.10)

The message in the passage for today hearkens back to A Course in Miracles. Everything—positively everything—is either an expression of love or a call for love. Help granted is always in the form of love, and that is why, as said here, “the only response is love.”

Horrific events do happen in our world, and these disturb us mightily. But each horrific event, if framed differently, is a call for love—for people, in their heart of hearts, don’t want anything else but love. Of course, people often have a very confused and confusing way to ask for love. And when we are unable to see the broad picture, when we are close to the situation and its hurt, we cannot always respond to the cry for help with an expression of love. This is our humanness coming out. We think that these people doing these horrific things don’t “deserve” forgiveness, for their acts were heinous.

If we look with a dispassionate view, we can see that we are dealing with very disturbed people who are living lives that are very distant from the love which we all need and require. We don’t have to look far for evidence that the disease of horror is rampant in our world. But we don’t have to return error for error. We can, when we are thinking clearly, know that these people need our help. It is true that we may not be able to do anything to help, nothing directly, but we can get some solace from the fact that however horrific the acts were, they were guided by very deranged thinking.

Our world needs the peace that we can bring to it. Step back from the horror, and ask what frame of mind and heart are really needed to address our many world problems. We will often find that retaliatory frames of mind just don’t work well. We need to bide our time and ask for a solution that is not of this world. When we calmer and less repulsed, we will see that responding with hate just exacerbates the hate in our world.

The only cure is thoughtful love.

Dear God,

I find the news of the day so upsetting that I reframe from watching its shrillness on television and hearing its shrillness on radio. I know that I have to be informed, but I don’t have to be inundated. Listening and seeing violence is not a cure, and it certainly doesn’t give me meaningful clues about my next right action.

You can tell me what I ought to think, say, and do, and I hope that You will. I listen for Your guidance, and then I try to reach out to my hurting brothers and sisters, if this is a feasible solution. And I can always pray that those in their circle will do those things that will help, not further hurt. Suffering has no remedy that is of this world. It takes Your touch to ease the pain that we see all around us.

Thank You for being here, always.

Amen.

As We Merge into God

“Say to yourself, as you confront the events and situations of your world, that you are being in relationship. It is to your being that the people, places, events and situations that make up your world appeal. It is in your response that who you are being is revealed.

“You are being a who. Your who is your individuated self. But your who is also your representation of being. The two becoming one—the indi¬viduated self becoming one in being—is the aim toward which we have journeyed together.” (ACOL, D:Day33.5 – Day33.6)

What does it mean to say that we are to become the “individuated self becoming one in being”? This is the merger with God, with the Self Who is beyond us, but still part of us. We are “being” as God is “Being.” But we are finite, because we are a differentiated (individuated) part of the Whole. He is omniscient; we are not, finite creatures whom we are. But we need to grow all the way up to God, to heal the separation entirely, and that means Christ-consciousness will enfold us. That is the aim toward which we walk; that is what Jesus desires for us all.

When we respond to others in our world, we are being revealed, to them, as who we are. We become who we are only in relationship, just as God becomes Who He is in relationship to everything, the diverse parts that He has formed from His Whole. Our relationships with others, as these relationships become holy, will transform us. So “who we are” is therefore revealed in relationship.

Our will carries us only so far. We have to realize that we are children of God, and His Godhead retains prerogatives. It is He Who decides when we are ready for Awakening. We can sense it coming, but we cannot know. We can remove the blocks to its arrival by removing the blocks to love—for when we love perfectly, we are awakened.

Yet perfection is not required of us in this world. Jesus stands at the end of the pathway to correct all mistakes that we could not. His perfection makes us perfect. And this is not an ego thing.

Dear God,

Thank You for the blessings that have rained down upon me. Thank You for Your nearness to me, a nearness that sometimes is shown to me by the feeling that steals over me. You are bountiful in Your perfect goodness, and for this bounty I am very grateful. It is all that I want, just You. You are the Essence of all good things that I could ever desire in this world.

Be with me today for a blessed day. Walk with me when I stumble, indeed, pick me up. And I know You will. You have made me very sure of You. And I am grateful for that.

Amen.

Brilliant Future

“Being is power. But being, like oneness, cannot know itself without relationship. You are one in being with your Father, with God, with the Creator and with all of creation. You are also, however, a being that exists in relationship. The extent of your ability to be in relationship is the extent of your ability to be god-like.

“God is the being and the relationship. You are capable of all the power of God’s being but you are powerful only as God is powerful—in relation¬ship. Because God is in relationship with everything, God is All Powerful. Because you are in a state of limited relationship, you have limited power. This is the difference between God and man. This difference, however, can be diminished as you embrace holy relationship. As you embrace holy rela¬tionship you can become powerful as God is powerful.” (ACOL, D:Day32.19 – Day32.20)

Jesus holds out for us a brilliant future, a future filled with holy relationships that will give us power as God has power. We need not attach egoic understanding to this. God is in relationship to everything, and we are finite beings who are therefore limited, and to that extent unlike God. In our holy relationships, though, we reach mystical comprehension that is unknown to us now—for now we are just at the start of holy relationship, being mired in special relationships for so long.

God knows because of relationship. This is a hard concept to wrap one’s mind (and heart) around, but nevertheless it is true. God cannot know Himself without relationship, because the All is akin to the “nothing.” One is meaningless unless it is divided by differentiation, or individuation. Neale Donald Walsch explains this concept very well in his Conversations with God series. Here we have the same idea, but in the words of Jesus. The fact that Donald and Jesus say the same should be evidence that they are onto something.

Do not seek raw power for its own sake, for this is egoic. The power that we seek, rightly, is the ability to live out our being without hindrances pulling us back. All of us can rightly seek this power, for it is god-like and therefore a highly positive concept.

Being, as One, the All, plus relationship, as the diversity of the entities that God created—these two suffice. Just being and relationship. We know, with this, all that we really need to know about metaphysics.

Dear God,

I have always deemphasized power, because I believed that it was a faulty concept. Now I realize that there is a “good” power, something that I want and need. It will allow me to come into my own. It will allow my brothers and sisters to do the same.

Thank You for guiding me so precisely in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, plus other readings that have helped me greatly. The way back is not hard when I have such excellent guidance.

Amen.

Intimations of Immortality

“The claimed relationship of God to Jesus was that of Father to Son but also as one in being. One in being, but different in relationship.

“Could God be one in being, but different in relationship, to each of us? Could not God’s oneness of being be the consciousness we all share? Could not God’s relationship to everything be what differentiates God from us and us from God? So that we are both one in being and different? Could it be that while we are one in being with God we can also become more god-like through the practice of holy relationship?” (ACOL, D:Day32.17 – Day32.18)

We are finite creatures of God. He is limitless, omniscient, in a relationship with everything and everyone. We draw, in a mystical way, upon the larger Self Who is God, but we don’t have a relationship with everything, as He does. We are thus more limited, though intuitions of the All merge with ourselves when we are in a particularly introspective mood or frame of mind/heart.

The quotation summarizes very well why we differ from the Godhead. But it also says, in other words, that we are one with the Godhead. We are a part of God; He differentiated His being to create entities who share His being. Everything, in other words, is “God-stuff.” There isn’t anything else.

Our oneness with God, in mystical comprehension, gives us hope that we will rise above what we have been heretofore. We have been innocent and perfect always, but we haven’t recognized this, and it is certainly true that our mistakes have camouflaged our perfection. We are like little children who did not know any better, and when we imagine ourselves in that relationship to God, we can well see why we are still innocent. Not knowing any better is not cause for judgment.

We live in love when we commune with the Godhead. His Mind overshadows us and gives us intimations of immortality (as William Wordsworth, the Romantic poet, said). We are well-suited to become creators in our own right when we have learned to think and feel aright. Our discovery of what we can be prompts our movement in that direction. We can indeed create a new world, and, before that, change the one that we have. Jesus expects no less of us.

Dear God,

Grant me an intimation of immortality now. I love the times when inner peace overwhelms me, and I sense Your loving Presence and loving solace. You mend anything that might be amiss; I need only come before You with empty hands and empty arms to receive. And the receiving is sweet indeed.

Thank You for a good day in this world. May I string together perfect days like pearls in a necklace. May Your choices become mine effortlessly.

Amen.

Know God through Mystical Insight

“Only Jesus was known as the Son of God and as God. This is why Jesus came as your teacher and was used as the example life for this work. This is the point that this work has striven to get across. That man and God are one. Not only is man God. But God is man and woman and child. God is.” (ACOL, D:Day32.14)

What—or Who—is God? Until we have come to a new understanding of this puzzle, we will continue plugging along in our daily lives without attracting all the good that can be ours. I like to imagine that God is like a new husband who is eager to please his wife. When she thanks him for the little things, he delights in doing more, and then more, for her. God also seems to appreciate our gratitude in the little—and big—things. This is love in action. This is a fearless condition, for a lack of gratitude is a very, very fearful experience (though we may not recognize it as such in the beginning).

Jesus is our example life in A Course of Love. This doesn’t mean that there is literally no other way for men and women to approach God, for people differ, and there are religions that speak to those differences. For those of us brought up with the Bible, it is just easier to resonate with Jesus. We don’t have to get sappy sentimental about him; Jesus is a very rugged character, very mature, with one who takes himself lightly and expects us to do the same. Seriousness is very often of the ego, and A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love have both cautioned against identification with this false notion of the self.

Now, our true Self is available to us, because if we have been following ACOL, we know that the Christ-Self is the real deal. We are no longer a captive to the ego, and we need to be very sure that we don’t form a new ego as we proceed. This would be a step backward of major proportions, and so unnecessary. If we see all our brothers and sisters as our equals before God, we will not attempt to compete with them for anything. We will see the value of cooperation, and in that cooperation, we live and let live, on equal footing with all.

Our understanding of God must come through mystical channels, for our finite minds (and hearts) are not big enough to understand him with our intelligence. He is simply off the charts. So we rely on a mystical intuition of His Being to wrap us in love, protect us, and act in this world to make it a changed place.

Dear God,

I thank You for the fact that I don’t doubt Your existence any longer. Years ago I was an agnostic, but I put those ideas behind when mystical insight came into my life. This was a great blessing, and I was very fortunate to have this experience at a tender age. ThankYou.

I ask for Your Arms to enfold me with Your Presence. This benefit will carry me through all the years left to me in this world.

Amen.

Function Extremely Well

“A concept of God is not necessary. False concepts of God, however, are compromising to God and to Self.

“Jesus spoke to you of his life as an example life. Jesus was called the Son of God and also God. Those who understand the meaning of any or all of the example lives that have come as revelations of who God is, understand that those lives were not separate from God.

“Yet to believe that God is everyone can still make you feel as if you are not God. How can this be? This can be only because in your contemplation of this idea, you lose your sense of self. (ACOL, D:Day32.10 – Day32.12)

We can just accept that we are part of God; this eliminates the need for a concept. Many of the example lives on our earth have understood that we and God are one, not separate. But in the rank and file of religious people, the word has not been accepted—perhaps, until now. We are growing up fast in our faith. We are coming to understand what has previously been clouded.

If we lose our sense of self in an idea that we are part of God, we will reject the idea. We need to keep our sense of self, knowing that the Christ-Self Who is now coming out to play as a good and worthy entity, and a good and worthy idea of ourselves to accept. We don’t need, ever, to cringe before a Deity that might deny us our prayers. We will have prayers accepted when we discover how to pray aright.

Praying aright is assuming a sense of rightness about the prayer. It is an intuitive way to live. And it brings results. We believe that our prayer will be answered, when we are on the beam. And the prayer is, indeed, answered.

Occupy our elevated Self of form, sure in its merger with God. Do discover how to pray aright, and this suggests that we turn to the mystical, intuitive side to choose prayers that are in harmony, and thus prayers that we can believe are going to be answered. Then we wait patiently for the prayer to emerge in all its full-blown beauty.

We are one with God, and when we remember this, we function extremely well.

Dear God,

I would function well today. This includes leaving disappointments behind; this includes turning to an inner knowing to understand what prayers ought to be answered in the affirmative. If I pray a prayer I don’t believe, it is going to be turned aside by the universe. Grant me the intelligence to choose wisely in my prayers.

Thank You.

Amen.