“The new visual pattern is that of spirit resurrected in form. It is the ascension of the body, or elevation of the self of form. You are called to demonstrate this pattern. The choice is to demonstrate this pattern through interaction with the world, or through incarnation through relationship. Neither is exclusive. Both are contained within the other. (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 177)”
Affirmation: “May my spirit be resurrected in my form.”
This passage encapsulates the essence of Day Eighteen. Some will follow the way of Jesus through interaction (the active way) with the world, some will follow the way of Mary through relationships (the receptive way), and some will combine both ways in their time in this world. All ways are needed in this time of transition.
Feelings are now our way of coming to know. This idea has been expressed previously, but now is reiterated. We lay aside all sickness as a temporary manifestation of external searching, and we turn within to find our knowing. The way that we exemplify this knowing, though, differs–whether the way of Jesus, the way of Mary, or a symbiotic relationship of the two.
This passage also encapsulates the entire Forty Days and Forty Nights quite well. We are to become the resurrected self of form, elevated to the Self that has always been innate in us. This Self has never left God, and when we welcome this Self into our little self, we will know love and peace and joy as we have not known them for many eons.
I earnestly want to fulfill your plan for me: that my little self elevate into the Self that I truly am. This means that earthly being is not less than heavenly. What a joy this means that life in this world can become! Thank You.
I do not yet know whether my way is the way of Jesus, the way of Mary, or a combination of the two. Guide me in this dilemma. I will listen to Your Voice today.
ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 111:
For morning and evening review:
Miracles are seen in light.
Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.
2 thoughts on “Day Eighteen: The Way to Paradise”
I do think your reflection for today encapsulates the essence of this day and even, as you say, the whole of the Forty Days.
I’d like to add one thing I recall from the time of receiving, particularly for those who have felt conflicted about their doing.
At the time when I was receiving this course, “being” instead of “doing” was the “in” thing, while I was being called to “do.” Okay…it was a different kind of doing than the usual, but it had all the elements of doing in that what I heard was typed, printed, reviewed, and that it took lots of time. There was, in addition to receiving the course…those practical things like finding a way to share it, working with a publisher, responding to inquiries. I felt very conflicted at times by the practical doing. It was very overwhelming, my life was busy, and all around me people were practicing “being” instead of “doing.” Sometimes I would think, “This Course wouldn’t have come to be at all if I wasn’t willing to do!”
So you can imagine my relief when this part of today’s message was received:
“It [being an example life] is the way for those who desire to bring expression to a calling they feel within to “do” something. It is the way for those whose fulfillment and completion is interlaced with bringing this expression to fulfillment. If the call is there, the need is there. Have no question in your mind about this. The universe is comprised of no superfluous elements. What you feel called to is needed.”
There is much in the Treatise on Unity about the subject of callings and how to recognize the call that is your own. But this whole subject matter could fall under the message repeated so often: acceptance of your self and how you feel.
I can’t think of anything to add to what you said about being called to “do” as well as “be.” Thank you for explaining your conflict in channeling and publishing “A Course of Love.” This will be helpful to many people who have come to love this Course.
The quotation above is so apt. Perhaps I should have given that as the passage for the day. I am so glad that you quoted it in full.