Does God Know of Us?

“The constant going out of His Love is blocked when His channels are closed, and He is lonely when the minds He created do not communicate fully with Him.  (A Course in Miracles, T71)”

Affirmation:  “May my channel to God be open.”

Reflections:

There is a difference of opinion among interpreters of A Course in Miracles about whether or not God actually “knows” about us in this world.  Some students have found in the interpretation that God doesn’t know of this world a “healing” thought.  Certainly if we believe that God does not know of us, we cannot blame him for the conditions in our unhappy and tragic world.  But ACIM counsels that God is never to blame, that he is a loving God (just as described in the New Testament by Jesus), and that it is ourselves that have “made” the awful conditions in this world.  Other New Age writings, such as the Jane Roberts books channeling Seth, have agreed.  Seth says, “You create your own reality.”

But about God’s knowing of us, I have reached the conclusion that God does indeed know.  The relevant passage in ACIM is as follows:  “. . .”[U]nless you take your part in the creation, His joy is not complete because yours is incomplete.  And this He does know.  He knows it in His Own Being and its experience of His Son’s experience.  (T71)”  He is both inner and outer, and our deepest inner Self does know that we are not alone in this world.

Our prayers are answered–always (according to A Course in Miracles, which says that the “prayer of the heart” is always answered).  A Course in Miracles notes specifically that God knows when his channels to us are closed to Him:  Is this not what our prayers would seek to reestablish, a communion with God?

According to Jesus in the New Testament, the Father has not left him alone.  He questioned this from the cross, but do we not all question it from time to time?  And some have decided that God lets us out to play, and cares not what we do in our play.  (This interpretation is given in Conversations with God, by Neale Donald Walsch.)  But, personally, I don’t quite believe this austere thought.  Our Self always knows about our plight, and our Self is a part of God (a tenet of A Course of Love).

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I find comfort in the truth that You are available to me in the deepest part of my being.  You are All.  How can You not know of each individualized part of the All?

I do not believe that my prayers go unheard.  I believe that just as you are Everything, that this Everything is a “knowing” concept.  Be with me today as I go about Your world.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 151:

All things are echoes of the Voice for God.

Anger and Attack

“Anger is never justified.  Attack has no foundation.  (A Course in Miracles, T638)”

Affirmation:  “no anger and no attack”

Reflections:

A Course in Miracles counsels firmly against anger and attack.  Neither have any foundation in truth.  This, we are told, is because all anger and attack are really calls for help, or, if we will, calls for love.  Jesus was a peaceful man, and he is still urging us to be the same.

Perhaps we can also live peaceably in even hard times that we experience.  Surely we can try.  And in the trying, we will often succeed.  Perhaps we will even surprise ourselves.  In the living of a peaceful existence, we can live without guilt, in that we are not accusing ourselves of attacking our brothers and sisters.  Surely the “peace that passeth understanding” can be ours even if outer circumstances work against us.  We need the inner peace that God only can and does give.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I confess that I still feel anger upon occasion, and when I feel anger, I am susceptible to attacking, mostly the ones that I love the most.  Take this bad character trait from me now.  I know that I never attack unless I am stressed; help me to remain on a calm and serene basis now and forever.

But I will ask Your blessing day-by-day.  I will ask to remain calm and serene for today only, knowing that tomorrow morning I will repeat the prayer.  Life is lived one day at a time.  Give me the grace to live today well.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 150:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

I will accept Atonement for myself.

Only salvation can be said to cure.

Miracles

“Miracles are healing because they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.  (A Course in Miracles, T3)”

Affirmation:  “miracles. . .performed for those who temporarily have less”

Reflections:

We are asking for God’s blessing.  In this we are like Jesus, who turned to his Father often during his ministry.  “Peace” is seen as the great boon.  Indeed, even now, most of us seek happiness with peace of mind as the greatest worldly blessings that can be bestowed on us.

Jesus speaks as an elder brother in A Course in Miracles, and he speaks in very comforting terms.  We are to see him as our friend, and in A Course of Love, he resigns as our teacher and becomes our companion.  We are equals in the sight of God, even though in ACIM we see him as an elder brother, who temporarily knows more and therefore is in a better position to aid us.  Indeed, many of us are seen as temporarily having more than our brothers and sisters, but this not lessen our equality (an ACIM tenet).  We are all One in the eyes of God.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to have patience with my brothers and sisters who temporarily have less, and therefore may treat me poorly.  May I recognize anger and attack as the call for help that it really is.  May I be there for my brothers and sisters, assuring that I love them no matter what.

May I feel no pride that sometimes I do recognize that I temporarily know more.  Knowing more puts a responsibility on me to be especially kind and loving in the face of provocation.  May I always feel You at my side, supporting me as I reach out to others.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 149:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

When I am healed I am not healed alone.

Heaven is the decision I must make.

“You Need Not Have Tribulation”

‘In this world you need not have tribulation, because I have overcome the world.  That is why you should be of good cheer.  (ACIM, T56)”

Affirmation:  “I need not have tribulation.”

Reflections:

1 – Jesus Is Our Savior

My interpretation is that Jesus sees himself as our Savior (an oft-repeated statement of faith by believers), and that he continues, even now, to seek for the salvation of the peoples of this world.  Believers recognize that a secular view frequently makes life hollow.  All people encounter difficulty in living through a lifetime, but those who have a faith to which to cling often seem to fare better in the long run.

2 – We Do Not Have to Learn through Pain

ACIM asserts that we do not have to learn through pain.  Often we do, though, as Eckhart Tolle has described in some detail in The Power of Now.  His way to Awakening was paved by an overwhelming sense of pain that abated in what may be termed a miraculous way one night around age 30.  Since that time, he has sought to understand his experience and to help others also to move toward Awakening.

3 – Our Holy Relationships Move Us toward Awakening

ACIM is different, in that it would have us to move toward Awakening by the holy relationships that we develop with our brothers and sisters, through our forgiveness of the words and deeds that they do which are upsetting to us.  Our way is through the transformation of special relationships into holy ones.  It is indeed reassuring to know that we do not have to learn through pain.

4 – Do Not Turn Pain into Suffering

We will probably know pain in our lifetimes, though, and Eckhart makes the point that we do not need to turn pain into suffering.  Our attitude is what makes the difference.  Jesus says much in both ACIM and ACOL that can lead us away from both pain and suffering.  We have heretofore “made” our world (a tenet of ACIM), but as we reach into Christ-consciousness, we can “create” a world that is more to our liking.  We have this much power, though often we don’t recognize this and we reject our power in a misguided belief that power is corrupting.  With Jesus as our guide, owning our power becomes a new and better way of living (a tenet of ACOL).

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to claim the promise that I do not have to experience tribulation.  I realize that I can bring tribulation upon myself by overreacting.  May I turn to You when I am tempted to turn any passing pain into suffering, into tribulation.

Thank You for the promises of Jesus that focus on His overcoming of the world so that tribulation need not be necessary.  May I turn to him as my guide, and may my day today be a good one, secure in Your love.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 148:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

If I defend myself I am attacked.

Sickness is a defense against the truth.

Christ-Consciousness

“That you have chosen God and chosen a new means of coming to know the truth–the means of Christ-consciousness, is what has ushered in the new time.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  “A Treatise on the New,” 1.18)”

Affirmation:  “We are in the new time.”

Reflections:

We have sought long and hard for the reassurances that Jesus is ready to give us now.

This passage builds upon the passage of yesterday.  We are indeed living in a new time, and the “Treatise on the New” is written to detail to us what this new experience will mean.

Perhaps we will not all experience Christ-consciousness immediately.  But the means to reach this experience is what Jesus is trying to impart to us now.  Perhaps our experience of the new will vary from time to time.  Perhaps we will not live in Christ-consciousness in a sustained way–yet.  But the sustainability of Christ-consciousness, the reality of the elevated Self of form, is what Jesus holds out to us, in A Course of Love, as attainable.

What must we do?  We must welcome the experiences that come to us.  We need not doubt that new experiences will come.  We must await them in this new time.  And we will not, according to Jesus’s words in the third book in the series, the Dialogues, have to wait long.  Our readiness is held out to us as something tangible and real.  If we resist, we may need more time.  It is best that we accept Jesus’s words as true and real in the present.  Then the miracle of Christ-consciousness will burst upon our ready souls.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

If I am ready, may my experience of Christ-consciousness deepen and expand.  May it grow to contain my whole world.  May I be made ready for this glorious new experience.

Thank You for assisting my growth into a new individual.  I know that You stand ready, by my side, at all times.  Help me to be aware of this, and to fear nothing.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 147:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

I will not value what is valueless.

Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.

Heaven Here and Now

“Could it [what has been activated now] have been activated hundreds or thousands of years ago, by countless souls more worthy than you, and ushered in the time of heaven on earth and the end of suffering long ago?  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  “A Treatise on the New,” 1.13)”

Affirmation:  “heaven on earth”

Reflections:

This may be our goal, but first we must understand it.  We must, I think, recognize that a certain humility is asked of all of us.  Simply because we are seekers, we are not better than others who have come before us.

Previously, most of us as a people in this world were not yet ready for Christ-consciousness.  Since the time of Jesus in his physical life over 2,000 years ago, and at his instigation, we have been living in the time of the Holy Spirit.  This is what Pentecost was all about.

Certain prophets from earlier times were gifted with guidance in what appear to be supernatural ways.  These occurrences are resplendent in the Old Testament.  So there has been a natural progression for humankind.

But now, in the Twenty First Century, we are ready to move into the time of Christ.  This new era is upon us, though not all of our brothers and sisters know it yet.  Their understanding will come in time.  In the meantime, we are not to judge them in any way because we believe that we have been led farther along the pathway, to a way of knowing by observation and not by learning.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know “heaven on earth” today.  I claim this promise now.  I know that I do not have to wait until I die to experience a paradise.  Even in the midst of this troubled world, I can be at peace and even joyous.

Thank You for your guidance always.  May I come into Christ-consciousness on a continuous basis.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 146:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.

I loose the world from all I thought it was.

When Jesus Is Our Guide

“This is a course in miracles.  It is a required course.  Only the time you take it is voluntary.  (ACIM, T1)”

Similarly, A Course of Love makes the same assertion:  “This curriculum is mandatory and so some have rebelled and will rebel against it.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  A Treatise on the New, 1.10)”

Affirmation:  “a required course”

Reflections:

Many of us are still like adolescents, rebelling when something is labeled “mandatory.”  Perhaps Jesus is saying here that all peoples will eventually study his curriculum, his teachings.  What does this mean?  Surely we live in a world in which all will not study Jesus’s words or see him as their savior.  Is reincarnation the explanation?

Certainly Jesus in A Course in Miracles counsels against our taking a public stance on reincarnation.  He says in the Manual of ACIM that we can discuss this concept privately, but a public stance would only limit our usefulness as teachers of God.  It appears in the passage above that we must adopt reincarnation as an explanation if indeed the curriculum is mandatory for all.

But there is another way to interpret the assertions of Jesus.  Perhaps he speaks only to those of us who have chosen him as our guide.

Jesus says in ACIM that his writing is always practical, and that a universal theology is impossible.  A universal experience, though, is not only possible but necessary.  This universal experience is, I think, what Jesus is talking about in all of these readings. And, for those of us who have chosen him as our guide, he would simply have us lay down our rebellion and listen to him.  He is not talking to those who have not chosen him as their guide.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I have chosen Jesus as my guide.  He has proved to be a sure and steady guide.  May I not trouble myself about anyone who would choose a different guide.  May I not try to proselytize, because Jesus himself has said that we do not need to convince others of the truth of his words in A Course of Love.

Thank You for providing so sure a guide in the person of Jesus.  His leadership is certain, because he has walked the whole pathway back to You.  May he stand, as promised, at the end to help me if I fail to reach You by my own direction.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 145:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

Beyond this world there is a world I want.

It is impossible to see two worlds.

The Chosen

“Why, you might ask, is a word such as chosen used, when many other words would do, and when the concept of being chosen is one laden with so many false ideas about exclusivity?  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  A Treatise on the New, 1.6)”

Affirmation:  “All are chosen.”

Reflections:

But we do often bristle at the thought that there are only certain people who are chosen of God.  A Course of Love changes all of that.

Many religions have the concept of a chosen people.  In this treatise, Jesus is aware that we may have trouble with the use of the word “chosen,” which in this world has frequently been a divisive word–not only religiously, but also politically and culturally.

A Course of Love is all-inclusive, for all peoples.  For those of us who find these volumes arresting, we have chosen Jesus as our guide.  Elsewhere Jesus, in these volumes, indicates that he is the pathway for us, and that his words are meant to be accepted by everyone.  I think that Jesus is here saying that the way for us is through him (as the New Testament and A Course in Miracles both say).  In A Course in Miracles, he indicates his awareness that others have chosen other pathways.  He indicates in ACIM that contemplation will work, but that it is not our way, and why would we choose something that is meant for others and leave aside what is meant for ourselves?

Jesus would not teach a gospel of exclusivity.  Those who are ready to choose him as their guide already know that a guide is meant to be followed.  Why choose a guide such as Jesus unless one has confidence in what he says?  All who choose him as their guide can be reassured that all peoples are “chosen.”  Some will know more for a time, but the message of Jesus goes out to everyone who is ready to accept it.  All will come to know eventually.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank you for making clear to me that all are chosen.  We do not have to fall back on the ego, and think that because we know the “right” way, we are the chosen.  All are chosen, regardless of their religious pathway.

Thank You, though, for having Jesus as our guide.  His way is sure, and it is not only effortless but also loving in the extreme.  Love creates joy.  Thank You for my joy today.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 144:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

There is no love but God’s.

The world I see holds nothing that I want.

Living with Certainty

“[The Treatise] will. . .be conclusive. . . .[I]t will do this only to reach a conclusion of certainty from which you can live.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  A Treatise on the New, 1.2)”

Affirmation:  “May I live with certainty.”

Reflections:

The Treatise on the New is the fourth and last treatise in the second volume of A Course of Love, and the entire volume is entitled, Treatises of a Course of Love.  This final treatise is written to prepare us for the final book in the trilogy, the Dialogues.  The Treatise on the New is a preparatory book to lead into a new age for us in our knowledge of living as the elevated Self of form.  At this point, at the beginning of the Treatise on the New, we are not yet ready to turn to inner knowledge only.  We still need external guidance in the form of these words.

We are trying to reach a certainty about how to live that will serve us well in a sometimes alienating world.  This certainty has eluded all of us, perhaps particularly those of us who are drawn to A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.  Many of us have been seekers all of our lives, and elsewhere Jesus specifically addresses this point.  We have always thought that understanding (and knowledge) would be found in the “next” book or the “next” speaker or the “next” experience of religion.

Jesus would have to step back and to reassess.  He says here and elsewhere, repeatedly, that the seeking is to come to an end.  There are things that we know, in the most inward way, and yet we still do not trust our knowing.  Jesus would have us to leave all of this foolishness behind, and to trust that we do have the certainty that he is, once again, showing us in this treatise.   Once again, he is trying to get his message across, this time with a finality that was not fully accepted by us through studying both the New Testament and A Course in Miracles.

Always we have sought a way to be sure, to be certain.  In the Twenty-First Century, we do have new readings that point the way for our time and place.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I live today with the certainty that You love me.  May I live with the certainty that, soon, the seeking will reach a glorious conclusion.  I do not have to look always for the “next” pathway, the one that will give me peace and reassurance, ultimately.  The time for this reassurance is at hand.

Thank You for these words of Jesus.  May I read and interpret correctly.  And may you stay by my right hand always in these moments, guiding my thoughts to fuller understanding.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 143:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

In quiet I receive God’s Word today.

All that I give is given to myself.

The Embrace

“[This treatise] will continue the view from within the embrace, an embrace and a view that is inclusive of all.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  A Treatise on the New, 1.1)”

Affirmation:  “Jesus’s embrace includes all”

Reflections:

The passage immediately above refers to one of the most beautiful (and beautifully written) passages in the first volume of A Course of Love.  The “embrace” in that first volume was an invitation from Jesus to come into his arms, and to be at peace and at rest.  He recognized then that many (maybe all) of us are tired from seeking, and that the ways of this world have taken their toll on us.  He would have to rest awhile in the embrace, to feel his loving presence, to know that all is well.

The embrace in ACOL is essentially an assertion that Jesus is there for us when times are tough.

A Course in Miracles is to the mind what A Course of Love is to the heart.  We are bade elsewhere to live in “wholeheartedness,” a combining of the mind and heart in Jesus’s loving embrace.  He never leaves us comfortless.  In Matthew, in the Sermon on the Mount, we too see this quality in Jesus.  His reassurances are comforting in the extreme.

Note that the passage from ACOL emphasizes that all are included in the embrace.  Jesus will soon say that “all are chosen.”  This is a reemphasis of the statement in A Course in Miracles, a statement that became book titles for Kenneth Wapnick, a scholar and student/teacher of A Course in Miracles.  Ken wrote books entitled, All Are Chosen, and Few Choose to Listen, quoting ACIM.  I think that Jesus is saying in A Course of Love that all are chosen, and not only that, but perhaps we might imagine that those of us who are reading his words in A Course of Love do “choose to listen.”  May we choose to listen aright, no longer letting the ego rule our lives.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I rest awhile in the warmth of Jesus’s embrace.  May I know that this embrace is always there for me, to give me comfort and solace.  This world bears heavily on us, sometimes, despite our best efforts.  Thank You for the words of Jesus that what he offers is the rest and safety that we all need.

Thank You for being there for us.  May I never forget that prayers to You give my day a greater benefit not only to myself, but to my brothers and sisters also.  May I be alert to the guidance that is there for the taking.  May I listen for the unheard, but felt, whispers of the heart–of the wholeheartedness–that tell me what to say or do next.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 142:

My mind holds only what I think with God:

I thank my Father for His gifts to me.

Let me remember I am one with God.

Contentment

“Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain.  (ACIM, M91)”

Affirmation:  “May the journey to Awakening be near.”

Reflections:

ACIM assures us that our pathway can also be one of contentment.  If we hesitate about our salvation, and feel the way ahead is long and arduous, let us remember the passage for today.

In A Course of Love, Jesus walks the final pathway with us.   Especially in the third volume in that series, the Dialogues, he sees us to Awakening in the Forty Days and Forty Nights that he accompanies us to a metaphorical mountain top, a mountain top that we ascend with him, even though we do not leave our daily lives and work in the forty days.   These times in which we live are perilous, indeed, but we can find in our spiritual lives the contentment that we all seek, even in the midst of hardship and pain.  God becomes our Rock, and Jesus becomes our guide.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May my pathway today be contented.  May I be assured that the way to Awakening is sure, and is near.  May I know that once begun, the end of the journey to Awakening is certain.

I wish to be contented all days, but let me take one day at a time.  Thank You for walking my pathway with me.  Help me to find the right pathway always.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 141:

My mind holds only what I think with God:

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

Forgiveness offers everything I want.

Planning

“Yet planning is not often recognized as a defense.  (ACIM, WB254)”

Affirmation:  “May I not be tempted to ‘plan’ today.”

Reflections:

We are great planners in this world.  Our careers almost demand it of us.  Yet living in a spiritual sense does not emphasize planning.  We are told in A Course in Miracles that we will be told when and how to plan, when the need arises.  But we are not to look for those times, for they are far fewer than most of us realize.

We are meant to lean on God, to lean on His mercy in this troubled world–indeed, in our troubled lives.  We may even have been told to “Go to God,” when we are tangled up.  (I was once told that by a close friend.)

A Course in Miracles would have us to turn to the Holy Spirit for our guidance through life.  Indeed, the Holy Spirit is seen in Christianity as one part of the Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Unfortunately, we often make our decisions ourselves, and then turn inward for guidance.  And, as ACIM says, the guidance that we hear may not coincide with what we have already decided, and so we are confounded.

Today let us vow to make no plans without first asking for guidance.  God is the All, and His essence is also a part of our inwardness.  Turn inward with confidence that the answer found there will be sufficient, without the planning that would only confuse our future acts.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank You that today, at least, I have been diligent in listening to the Holy Spirit for my guidance.  Help me to do so consistently, day after day after day.  Help me to learn how the Holy Spirit and Christ-consciousness coincide.  I am teachable, dear Lord.

May I resist the troubling desire to plan in advance, because I realize that such planning can often even be counterproductive.  May I hear your Word to know when planning is needed, and, perhaps even more, when planning is not needed.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 140:

Only salvation can be said to cure.

Freedom

“Allow yourself, now, to experience your arrival, your return to your true home, your return to your Self.  Laugh.  Cry.  Shout or wail.  Dance and sing.  Spin a new web.  The web of freedom.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 140)”

Affirmation:  “dance and sing”

Reflections:

From the Forty Days and Forty Nights in the Dialogues of ACOL is found the preceding.  It is from the day entitled simply “Freedom.”

Certainly our freedom frequently brings us happiness.  And Jesus, in A Course in Miracles, assures us that we do not have to learn through pain.  Our joy is a God-given right, and even though some times are tough during the course of a lifetime, we will have an easier pathway if we remember that we need to choose joy whenever it is at all possible.

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to find joy today.  I know that it is out there, waiting for me, if my attitude is right.  Help my attitude to be right.

Thank You for these words of reassurance.  “Dance and sing” are positive affirmations of life.  Help me to affirm life today and everyday.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 139:

I will accept Atonement for myself.

Special Relationships

“I have said repeatedly that the Holy Spirit would not deprive you of your special relationships, but would transform them.  (ACIM, T358)”

Affirmation:  “transform my special relationships”

Reflections:

A Course in Miracles makes much of our way toward Awakening:  forgiveness, expressed through the changing of our special relationships into holy relationships.  Many of us look to our significant others when we think of the many passages in ACIM which discuss special/holy relationships.

Many students of ACIM read the “I” as Jesus, and, indeed, this is what Bill Thetford and Helen Schucman, the co-scribes, believed (though they were hesitant to say so in public presentations, the few that they had).  The transformation of special relationships, we learn as we read farther on, is into holy relationships.  We have forgiven our brothers and sisters for the wrongs that we, and perhaps they, believe that they have done.  ACIM sees forgiveness as the way Home.

What is “Home”?  We can perhaps see that this is heaven on earth.  This theme runs through A Course of Love also.  We can experience a better world in this world; we do not have to wait for life after death.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I indeed experience the heaven on earth that I read about, as I forgive my brothers and sisters unconditionally.  May my special relationships transform into holy ones.  May You lead me to this transformation.

Thank You for listening to my prayers.  I want to keep my channel to You open at all times.  I want to feel You near me and within me.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 138:

Heaven is the decision I must make.

The Cessation of Learning

“Learning is not meant to last.  This is why even this course work comes to an end.  It comes to an end here and now as we move past study and learning to observation, vision, and revelation.  (A Course of Love:  Treatise on the New, 9.1)”

Affirmation:  “May I come to understand how I will ‘know’ when learning ceases.”

Reflections:

As readers, we have been seekers, probably all of our lives.  We have longed to know of the hidden things of heaven and earth.  Surely many who preceded our time in this world were also seekers.  It is our blessing to have more words of reassurance upon which to draw, words from these more recent readings.  Many of us do view both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love as channeled writings of Jesus.

Are we to keep seeking through our reading, and through other means, relentlessly?  Is there a place where we will rest easy, that we are justified?

A Course in Love indicates that there is a time when learning, as such, ought to cease.  Or perhaps to be transformed into another means of coming to know.   It does take a a bit of “learning” to understand what is meant by “observation, vision, and revelation.”

“Observation” is akin to noticing what surrounds us, even in this sometimes misguided world.  “Vision” and “revelation” are familiar words from A Course in Miracles also.  Vision gives us the means to see, and it is viewed in ACIM as a gift of the Holy Spirit.  Revelation is viewed in ACIM as a gift of God, and proceeds from God to us (never the reverse).  A significant passage from ACIM indicates that revelation may occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed.

ACIM is meant to be those means for the time of the Holy Spirit.  A Course of Love, meant for the time of Christ, takes us a step farther along.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

As I reach forth to understand what living in the time of Christ really means, may I be reassured that You are always there.  This time is what many generations have waited to find.  Thank You for my life during this time.

Thank You that I can be reassured that my life does not have to be a constant seeking, that there is an end point, a point of arrival.  Help me to know what this means as my pathway ahead unfolds.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 137:

When I am healed I am not healed alone.

The Chosen

“‘Many are called but few are chosen’ should be, ‘All are called but few choose to listen.’  (A Course in Miracles, T44)”

“All are chosen.  (A Course of Love:  Treatise on the New, 1.6)”

Affirmation:  “We are chosen.”

Reflections:

Here we may rest easy.  All (and this includes even those who are not religiously inclined) are chosen of God.  There are no exceptions to those who receive the love of God.  We are all cared for, and when we accept this truth, we are ready to understand God’s mercy.

May we accept this truth today.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

When I accept the new truth that all are chosen, I do not judge those who have believed that only a given religion has people chosen of God.  We all understand differently.  Thank You for leading me to know that, indeed, all are chosen.

Help me to do those things that chosen people are led to do.  May I extend mercy, kindness, and forgiveness to all of my brothers and sisters, and may I remember that this “all” includes everyone.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 136:

Sickness is a defense against the truth.

Joy and Release

“There is one thought in particular that should be remembered throughout the day.  It is a thought of pure joy; a thought of peace, a thought of limitless release, limitless because all things are freed within it.  (ACIM, M41)”

Affirmation:  “pure joy and limitless release”

Reflections:

We are meant to be joyous, even in the midst of a world that has many woes.  We pray for its improvement, and we do what we can to improve our part of this world.  Yet we miss the point if we fail to rejoice in the good news that God has found in us his people, and that God has given to us the means to be joyous.

We will not always avoid pain and struggle, and perhaps this is not bad.  We can normally avoid escalating our troubles into real suffering if we turn to God.  We may often fail in the endeavor to give over our problems to God’s true answers, but if we fail, we do well to pick ourselves up and try again next time.  And, when we forget to turn to Him, may we know always that He does not forget us.  Even when the way seems the most severe, He is carrying us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Sometimes I find it hard to be joyous.  Perhaps I find it hard because I am thinking “hard.”  I can do much to improve my frame of mind by thinking “joy.”  Help me to know this blessing today.

I have often returned to A Course in Miracles and the phrases, “pure joy” and “limitless release.”  Jesus said that these were thoughts to keep in mind throughout the day.  May I do so today.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 135:

If I defend myself I am attacked.

A Note on Being

“You have returned to your true nature.  Perhaps you will remember that within A Course of Love you were once asked to ‘Imagine the ocean or the cheetah, the sun or the moon or God Himself, attempting to learn what they are.  They are the same as you.  All exist within you.  You are the universe itself.’  (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 248)”

Affirmation:  “I have returned to my true nature.”

Reflections:

Our struggles are over.  We have returned to level ground from the mountain top after Forty Days and Nights with Jesus.  We will live in love henceforth.  We will simply be.  For awhile, we may be conscious of trying to “become,” but this will fade as we relax into being.  We are told by Jesus to expect heaven on earth.

Our joy, which will be ever-increasing, is not selfish, for we take our brothers and sisters with us in unity and relationship (the hallmark words of A Course of Love).  Our futures are up to us.  The possibilities are all ours.

Perhaps we still wonder a bit if we are truly ready, but Jesus asserts that we are.  He did not intend for us to take a trek up the mountain top repeatedly, but to accept his words, and to realize that we are now ready.  We will be happy and contented.  We will know, unerringly, how to act naturally from our being.

If we still worry about errors that are in ourselves, we will simply acknowledge that we want them gone, and they will be gone.  We are as accepting of ourselves as we have been of Jesus.  We approach our days with love, and this is sufficient.  Our quest now is for love’s expression–nothing more.  An endless quest for love’s extension is eternity itself.  We know now how to respond in love, for we are love, being.

Thus ends our Forty Days and Forty Nights on the mountain top with Jesus.  If we are ready to accept his promise, we are ready to embrace Christ-consciousness.  Perhaps it will not come al at once; perhaps we will have glimpses, perhaps for a long while yet.

But be reassured, just as A Course in Miracles reassures.  Once begun, the end is certain.  We will know God, we will know Jesus, we will know our brothers and sisters, and we will know ourselves.

Note:  With these reflections this day, the Forty Days and Forty Nights in the A Course of Love: Dialogues are concluded.  Later on, reflections will focus on the second volume of ACOL, with the Treatise on the New.  These reflections will begin on Saturday, May 22.

In the meantime, there will be miscellaneous postings on both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank You for finding in Mari a person who would accept the task of channeling a new message from Jesus.  May we accept, gradually, all that we can from this new message.  May we be patient with ourselves if we do not immediately find the joy that Jesus promises.  May we anticipate in faith that his promises are true, that we will know the joy of a new reality in this world.

Perhaps this world is not yet ready for the truths of A Course of Love.  I pray that the messages held within, if true, are accepted sooner rather than later.  And I do believe that these messages are true.  Thank You for taking our hand and leading us to the promise of a better future.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 134:

Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.

Day Forty: Who You Are to Me

“When you turn the last page, will you cry tears of sadness that our dialogue is complete, that you will hear my voice no more.  Or will you brave your own relationship with me?  Will you turn to your brother and hear my voice in him?  Will you be my voice as you turn to your sister?  Will you carry the fullness of our relationship within you?  Will you be one with me, and in being one with me never feel alone again?  Will you let the emptiness of separation leave you once and for all?  (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 247)”

Affirmation:  “May I brave my own relationship to Jesus, and may I know real companionship with him as well as with all my brothers and sisters.”

Reflections:

We are an extension of I Am in form.  Through that extension, we become who we are to Jesus, instead of who he has been to us.  There is creative tension in this relationship, and that is good.  This will allow the power that is needed as we return to level ground.

As separate beings, our existence was circumscribed by fear.  As beings living in unity and relationship, love is our hallmark, our extension.  Christ-consciousness is the awareness of existence in relationship.

We are one Self, love’s extension, one to another in unity and relationship.  This one Self the Christ Self.  We must let the emptiness of separation leave us, and we must join with Jesus in all his fullness.  We must not cry tears of sadness that we are no longer on the mountain top with him.  He will go with us to level ground.  We carry the fullness of our relationship to him with us.  And we must share this relationship with all in our world.  We join together with our brothers and sisters, and Jesus is our companion.  We are never alone.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May love be my hallmark in the new reality in which I find myself as I descend to level ground.  May I recognize that, with my brothers and sisters, I am one Self.  I am also one Self with God.  Help me to understand this blessing, this knowledge that has never before been made so clear to me.

Help me in my daily walk on level ground.  Thank you for the blessing of the Forty Days and Forty Nights.  Thank You, Jesus, for your channeling to us in A Course of Love.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 133:

I will not value what is valueless.

Day Thirty Nine: Who I Am to You

“But breathe a sigh of relief, my beloved, for you do not have to learn all that the Christ in you learned.  This is why we have had to enter the time of non-learning–so that you accept that you do not have to try to learn the unlearnable.  This is why we have left the time of becoming behind, why you stand ready to enter the time of being in union and relationship.  The Christ in you is the accomplished.  The Christ in you is that which, upon this final acceptance, returns your wholeness to you.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 240)”

Affirmation:  “May I be whole today, and may this wholeness extend into the future.”

Reflections:

“Individuation” and “differentiation” are used interchangeably in A Course of Love.  We are individuated beings in relationship to each other.  But God is there all the time.  We are not separate beings, sent into an alien world to try to live by ourselves.  We have often thought of ourselves this way, but this way is a fallacy.  We are meant to establish a relationship with Jesus that is not difficult at all, but simple in the extreme.  We are individuated beings that live in relationship to each other and Jesus, and in unity with God.  This relationship, in truth, is just as simple as any relationship that we have ever encountered in our daily life, at any stage upon the journey.

We do not project any longer; we extend.  In extension, we are living in the relationship that is truly real.  Our projections have been of the ego, and we would leave these behind.

Who is Jesus to us?  Only who we are to ourselves.  This is a paradox, but a true idea.  We will not leave this mountain top with our illusions about ourselves still in place.  We do not have to achieve sainthood or perfection to live in relationship to the All.  We will find heaven when we realize that what is asked of us is not hard at all.  We will find God.  Previously, we have judged ourselves as not being worthy.  Realize now that we have walked the whole pathway to Christ-consciousness.  We are ready in one more day to return to level ground, to descend from the mountain top and to take our place among our brothers and sisters–changed but completely whole, differentiated beings who are joined in unity and relationship.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I am ready, almost, to return to level ground.  I am a different person than I was before I went to the mountain top with Jesus.  May this trek be a permanent change in me.  May I realize that I am justified by the faith that his words have given to me.

May Jesus be the companion that I have always longed to have.  He said in A Course in Miracles that we might imagine him holding our hand as we walk along.  And he said that this would be no idle fantasy.  In A Course of Love he has been similarly reassuring, and he now welcomes us as equals in his love.  I do not fully understand all that this promise holds out to me, but as time passes, may I come to understand ever more fully.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 132:

I loose the world from all I thought it was.

Day Thirty Eight: Who I Am

“Being full of love for one another is the beginning of extension, the end of withdrawal.  It is the mutuality of our love that causes this fullness.  Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you have experienced when you believed you loved more or that you were loved less by a friend or lover.  Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you experienced when you felt loved for being something other than that which you are.  Know, through your brief contemplation of these feelings that this is behind us now.  Know that we can be known and loved equally for who we are.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 234)”

Affirmation:  “May I be loved for who I am in truth.”

Reflections:

In Day Thirty Eight, Jesus returns to a reassurance of his love for us.  He expresses his union with us, and he notes that we are in relationship to each other in that union.  He welcomes us again into his embrace, harkening back to a beautiful passage in the first volume of the series of A Course of Love.

In a somewhat confusing statement, he tries to explain to us, simply, that “I Am,” and “Who I Am,” are different, but that in “Who I Am,” we come to know him in unity and relationship.  “Who” is an acknowledgment that we are differentiated beings, but beings who are joined in unity because they choose to be so.

Day Thirty Eight is a powerful statement of Jesus’s love for us.  In the fullness of his love, we will come to possess our souls.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I have not always been aware of the depth of love that Jesus feels for all people, and also for me.  Previously I have sometimes seen Jesus as a judge.  Help me to accept the veracity of his love for all of us today.  Help me to return that love.

Thank You for Jesus’s messages to us.  His messages are a great comfort.  May I rest at ease in his reassurances today.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 131:

No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.

Day Thirty Seven: A New Idea of God

“You realize that the man, the God, the historical figure who has been called Jesus Christ was not only Jesus but Christ.  Not only Christ but Jesus.  Not separated but individuated.  You realize that the call for the second coming of Christ has sounded and that it is a call to the difference you have always desired while not requiring you to remain separate!  (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 230)”

Affirmation:  “Lead me to understand, finally, the Second Coming of Christ.”

Reflections:

The previous day, Day Thirty Six, replaced an old idea of God with a new:  a God in which we all share.  Day Thirty Seven elaborates upon this conception.  We have previously seen ourselves as different from each other, and different from God.  But, in unity, we are all the same, the same in relationship to each other.  We are differentiations of God, creators even as He is.  Our previous work has often been “made,” rather than created (a tenet of A Course in Miracles), but now we would accept how to be creators of reality, not illusion.

We have seen ourselves as separate beings, encased in a human body that was made (rather than created) by the ego.  Now we recognize the falsity of this conception, and we move to see ourselves as one with God.  We accept this reality when we move into Christ-consciousness.  We then know, as opposed to perceiving.

We are told that the divineness of our being is most revealed in relationship.  This is because we are one with our brothers and sisters.  When we separate ourselves from them, we separate ourselves from God.  He would have us all join together.  We have seen glimpses of this new state, but soon this new state will become permanent within ourselves.  Then we will truly live in a new reality.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I do not want separation anymore; I want union.  Help me to incorporate this new reality in my understanding of the human being that I am.  May I also recognize the fact that the divine is part of my nature.  I have not always understood this, but I ask to understand divinity today.

Thank You for this new and exciting truths.  May I understand honestly and in depth.  May I recognize that Your truth is something that, with grace, I can come to understand.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 130:

It is impossible to see two worlds.

Day Thirty Six: Who You Are in Unity and Relationship

“You do not disappear or cease to be.  You are not replaced by God whom you have always been one with in being.  You simply accept the truth of being and the truth of being in union and relationship.  Both at the same time.  Both/and rather than either/or.  Cause and Effect.  Means and End.  You accept the end of choice and the beginning of creation.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 227)”

Affirmation:  “May I live in union and relationship with God and my brothers and sisters in this world.”

Reflections:

Day Thirty Six notes that we have always been in relationship to God, and that God Himself, as the Trinity of God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, indicates that He can know Himself only in relationship.  This “knowing in relationship” has been what we have been reaching for.  We are in union one to another, and we are also in relationship one to another.

Our world has come very close to destruction.  Now is the time that we need a better direction.  As we accept our unity and our relationship with all our brothers and sisters, with God, indeed with the Whole, we will know peace.  We have been creating all along, but now we create, not in illusion, but in truth.  This will make the new world a better place, and this will save us from destruction.

We are differentiations of God; this we have always been.  But until we know the power of this relationship, we will not create anything of real value.  We have often seen Him as apart from us, but this has been part of the illusion which we have built for ourselves in our egoistic nature.  Now we would know the truth, and this we know, as a theme of A Course of Love, only in union with our brothers and sisters, and in relationship to them and to All else.  The dichotomies are over; we are joined in Christ-consciousness.  This is the ultimate message of ACOL.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

It is a great blessing to know that Christ-consciousness is upon my brothers and sisters, and upon myself.  I welcome Jesus’s message of this new time, and I wholeheartedly embrace his message that the time of Christ is upon us now.

May I understand what it means to be in union with God and with my brothers and sisters.  May my relationships be only those of love in the deepest sense.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 129:

Beyond this world there is a world I want.

Day Thirty Five: Being a Creator in Unity and Relationship

“Creation itself, which stands apart from particulars but united with wholeness, has led to this time of opposites becoming one and wholeness becoming actual rather than probable.  Wholeness is actual.  All that is left to be created is awareness that this is so.  (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 222)”

Affirmation:  “May I become aware today that Wholeness is actual.”

Reflections:

Day Thirty Five is a bit obtuse.  Perhaps we have often thought this of both A Course of Love and A Course in Miracles, but did not say it.  But perhaps we will appreciate more when we are frank.  The problem is the complexity of ideas, and the fact that most ideas on Day Thirty Five are meant to be a union of opposites.  This union of opposites is a part of the “union and relationship” that is oft counseled in A Course of Love.

We are told that in relationship to God, we are actually in relationship to All, as well as all in this world.  And in this experience we know only love.  When we return to level ground, as we are preparing to do, we will retain the mountain top experience.  We will have an idea of oneness, an idea of sameness.  We will also share in accomplishment and union here, and we will not so much look beyond this world to a world beyond death for our fulfillment.

We will assume the nature of creatorship; we will re-create ourselves and a new world at the same time.  Both will emanate from the unity and relationships that we have often read in A Course of Love.  Previously, we “made” a reality; now we will “create” one.  There is a world of difference, because now we know that we do not choose ourselves, but let God in us make the decisions.  We are within the embrace of All in  All.  We are in a state of being more than a state of doing.  Thus we embody our Christ-consciousness.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank you for the many ideas of this day.  May we know that we have reached far enough that, with God in us, we can “create” rather than simply “make” (as our egos did previously).  I do not know all that creatorship will hold out to me, but I long to know.  Please help me today.

It is good to know that I will retain much of this knowledge when I have left the mountain top.  Help me to remember, now and always.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 128:

The world I see holds nothing that I want.

Day Thirty Four: Saying Yes to Power

“The wholehearted desire that is upon you now is the desire to know and experience this oneness of being in relationship rather than the difference of being in relationship–the wholeness of being in relationship rather than the separation of being in relationship.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 218)”

Affirmation:  “May I be whole and one in relationship to my brothers and sisters.”

Reflections:

We have talked frequently of being in relationship, and of this being as being one of union.  The next logical step is to realize that this being makes the diversity of relationship merge into one as sameness.  This is not bad.  It is the beginning of real power.

We are leaving behind the striving for differences and specialness.  We are reaching for the oneness that will encompass the whole world.  This we will do by creating the world that we experience.  This repeated theme is made more definite by the realization that to continue to seek for differences in our brothers and sisters is to see them as either more or less “special” than are we.  This is the remaining vestige of the ego in us.

In sameness, we experience the power of God.  Previously, we have denied this power many times.  Now it is our best response to welcome it with open arms.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I realize that sameness is not bad.  In our world in recent years, we have heralded diversity, and so to talk about sameness as good is a challenge for us to understand.  Help me to understand today.

We would not be special.  We would not be ego-inspired.  May we be one in union and relationship, as A Course of Love says repeatedly.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 127:

There is no love but God’s.

Day Thirty Three: Being in Relationship

“While these may seem like simple words, or like a theory being proposed, these words are at the heart of the new way of seeing yourself–a way of seeing that will create a new world.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 215)”

Affirmation:  “May I do my part today to create a new world.”

Reflections:

Many new ideas are broached in this chapter.  We return to a statement from one of the Treatises (the second volume of A Course of Love, A Treatise on the New):  All are chosen.  The power of God exists in everyone because all are one with God.  God is being in relationship.  So are we.  We seek the divine marriage, the divine relationship of form and being.  This is the oft-repeated idea of the elevated Self of form.

It is at this point that Jesus says the words that are given in the chosen passage for the day, quoted above.

Jesus then moves to a strong statement about the primacy of love.  Love, he says, is the only response.  If we respond as who we truly are, we will respond with love.  All relationship is with love because all relationship is with God, who is one in being with us.

The chapter then moves on quickly to a consideration of true power.  Being is power.  Relationship is the expression of power.  Jesus asserts that every single person has the power within to affect, change, or recreate the world.  We have this power because we are in relationship with everyone and everything.  This is oneness and unity.  And love is the condition of union.  Jesus concludes this chapter, “Thus when you realize your relationship to all, you are all powerful.”

This is a dense chapter, which Jesus will move to explain further in the upcoming days.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I do my part to create a new world.  I so long to make a contribution in this sad and lonely world that will make a difference, that will create a better place for us to live.  Love will do this, as Jesus says.  May we all seek to meditate on this all-important word, a word that has become the hallmark of religions throughout the ages.

Be with me today.  We need a better way to live, and I believe that Jesus has for all time been trying to lead us in this direction.  May his words succeed.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 126:

All that I give is given to myself.

Day Thirty Two: The Experience of the Self and the Power of God

“The experience of the Self is God.  It is not from God   It is not of God.  It is God.  (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 211)”

Affirmation:  “May I come to understand  that my Self is encompassed in God.”

Reflections:

Day Thirty Two is a comprehensive discussion of what concepts of God we have held at various points in our lives, and among various thinkers.  These concepts are (1) God as Supreme Being; (2) God as Creator; (3) as a part of God as Creator, the concept that God exists in all that has been created.  Then we are told that a “concept” of God is not necessary.  Indeed, we have been told repeatedly that concepts are not needed for ourselves, for other people, or for God.  Concepts are normally misleading, and even evidence of the influence of the ego.

Whether God is seen as Supreme Being or as Creator, He is seen as All Powerful.  But we read, in the next sentence, that to see God as All Powerful is to disenfranchise ourselves.  God does not intend this.  We too are part of Him.  We too are powerful.

Yet there is a further thought that helps us to understand.  God must be in relationship to know Himself.  This is why our union in relationship has been stressed throughout A Course of Love. God is one in being, but different in relationship.  This idea explains our diversity, as well as that of the natural world.  God experiences Himself in diversity. His is a Being of union and relationship, just what Jesus has been calling us to emulate in our lives in ACOL.  We are limited in relationship, though, and thus we have limited power.  As we move toward holy relationship, though, we reach closer to the epitome that is God.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

It is insightful to realize that even God has to experience Himself/Herself in relationship, in diversity.  I do not fully understand, but I do not expect to understand fully.  My little self is not able to comprehend.  As I reach toward the Self of form, I hope that my understanding will increase.

May I move ever close to holy relationships with all of my brothers and sisters.  Help me to do this today.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 125:

In quiet I receive God’s Word today.

Day Thirty One: Joining

“What the mountain top experience is helping you to see is that you are the experience.  The mountain top experience did not happen to you or happen separately from you.  It has happened and is happening within you.  You are the experience and the experiencer, the knower and the known.  This joining is the point of the experience and the key to experiencing wholeness.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 209)”

Affirmation:  “May I experience wholeness today.  May I be the experience.”

Reflections:

Day Thirty One functions as a summary of the thirty days that have preceded it.  Jesus uses repetition deliberately and often to make his point.

On Day Thirty One, we realize that “joining” has been what this trek to the mountain top, with simultaneously the experience of level ground, is to mean to us.  We are One with our brothers and sisters, just as we are one within ourselves.  The relationship that we share with others dovetails into union, one with another.  This union is a manifestation of God.  God is our point of unity, and we are all one with God.  God is the essence of everything that we can see and know, and, moreover, all that we cannot see and know, but which is a part of the All.

Previously in our lives we knew only separation, and this includes a perceived (but inaccurate) sense that we were separate from God.  Now we recognize how wrongheaded this thinking was.  We were thinking only, thinking with our minds.  Now our spirits have joined with our minds in wholeheartedness and with the realization that we are ready for the next step in spiritual evolution.  Jesus will not disappoint us.  He, as our companion, will lead us to discover what awaits in the final days of our mountain top experience.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to know–not to perceive, but to know–what it means to be One with You.  My little mind is so inadequate to comprehend such a great truth.  Help me to understand today.

God is within.  I have long known that.  And God is within the All.  God is the All-in-One.  May I know what it is to experience your personal caring, in the midst of the great universe of which I, along with my brothers and sisters, are a part.

Amen.

Workbook Lesson for Day 124:

Let me remember I am one with God.

Day Thirty: Yielding to Wholeness

“Stated another way, the self cannot know the Self without joining with the Self.  The Self must be the knower and the known, the experience and the experiencer.  The quest to join with God is this quest.  The quest to be the knower and the known, the experience and the experiencer.  The culmination of this quest then, is joining.  (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 208)”

Affirmation:  “May my little self join in glory with my Self on this day.”

Reflections:

“Wholeness” is a theme of A Course of Love.  Repeatedly we are encouraged to combine dualities into one by the power of our desire, our wholeheartedness.  Separation and union are both experienced, but it is union that wins out in the long run.  We reach through relationship to others (and to ourselves) the union that is so desired.  This is the way Home for us.  It is the epitome of Awakening.

We are part of the many separate selves in our world.  We combine into the one Self.  This is another way of saying that we combine in God.  The combining of the many into the one, the union of the many into the One, is the state of wholeness.  We are joined one to another, and in this we recognize that we are one with God.

We have been on a quest.  We must see that the Self is both the knower and the known, the experience and experiencer.  By drawing together all dualities, we make of our world one whole.  We do not leave anyone out, whether or not they have ever themselves knowingly sought the quest that we are so urgently seeking.  We are joining.  And when we make this joining real, we will be finally whole.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I leave none of my brothers and sisters out of the personal world that I am creating.  May everyone I have ever known be remembered in this new reality.

The Self that I seek to be–the elevated Self of form–is before me now.  May I leave behind egoistic patterns of mind and spirit, and reach toward my brothers and sisters with wholeheartedness.  May I do this today and everyday.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 123:

I thank my Father for His gifts to me.

Day Twenty Nine: The Common Denominator of Experience

“A new state of being is a new reality.  It is linked with your notion of who and where you are, for who you are and where you find yourself and experience yourself, are your reality.  This is why experience has needed to find a place in which it could become the common denominator between wholeness and separation.  Once you experience yourself in wholeness and find yourself in union, you have made of yourself the common denominator upon which experience can find anchor in wholeness and union.

“You are thus, as always, the creator of your reality.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 206)”

Affirmation:  “May my experience of this world bring the experience of wholeness and union.”

Reflections:

ACOL is a very unifying series of books.  In this, Day Twenty Nine, we see that we ourselves are the unifying part that gives meaning to our living, to our existence.  Duality in it many guises–joy and sadness, sickness and health, being two–cease to lose their potency, as we realize that all is really one.  Our sustaining of unity in the elevated Self of form will allow us to encompass the whole of our experience with equanimity.

Our mind and heart are joined in the wholehearted manner which the first volume of A Course of Love made clear.  This wholehearted way is one of desire that we become all that we can be, in God’s sight.  This desire then is the source of our power.

We will combine the experiences of separation and wholeness into a single experience.  This allows the end of duality in our world.  We have become a new being.  In the concluding statement to this chapter, there is an echo of the groundbreaking work of Jane Roberts, speaking as Seth, in the Seth books, first published a generation or more ago.  We are the creators of our reality.  A Course in Miracles has said the same thing.  Now it is up to us to make this truth a reality to ourselves, and to make that reality a good thing.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I have long known the concept of creating my own reality.  Now I begin to understand further.  This basic New Age thinking can be misunderstood, and often is.  I ask that I understand in the right way today.

May I know wholeness in my experience today.  May I come to understand fully that my wholeness will usher in a new reality.  Thank You for leading me to this concept.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 122:

Forgiveness offers everything I want.

Day Twenty Eight: From Externally to Internally Directed Life Experience

“Now something new awaits you.  It is a choice so different and a means so revolutionary that it will take some getting used to.  This change is predicated on all the changes that have come before it, including, and most particularly, on that which was most recently spoken of, that of apprehending the new reality of wholeness.  It is not wholeness that is new, but the reality of wholeness that is new.  The reality of being able to experience the variability of separation from within the state of wholeness is what is new.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 202)”

Affirmation:  “May I come to understand what it means to be ‘whole’.”

Reflections:

On Day Twenty Eight of our Forty Days and Forty Nights, we begin to experience what it will be like when we have descended from the mountain top back to level ground.  We will be different people, for Jesus does not wish that we make this journey to the mountain top repeatedly; we need to realize that we are ready for all that he has held out to us.  (He does say elsewhere, though, that if we wish to go to the mountain top repeated times, that this too is open to us, but not what he would choose for us.)

On this day, Jesus recounts the experience of life as many of us have lived through it:  schooling, career, marriage, and family.  Others, he notes, have pursued dreams or adventures.  But all of these choices have been externally directed, and he would have us move to internally directed choices that, nevertheless, in the manner of wholeness, retain the external focus as a part of the whole.  He notes that in the past we may have chosen our pathway through much inner reflection, but the fact remains that the direction of the various choices was primarily external.  Now we are bade to move to wholeness, both internal and external, not in separation, but in wholeness..

Jesus recounts the two primary ways that we have lived our lives.  We have believed that we took what life had to give, if our focus was upon money or career.  We have believed that God determined the circumstances of our lives if relationships have been our focus.  We now must move beyond these two ways of thinking and living.

As we transform, new conditions will apply.  We have had access to two levels of experience–the experience of wholeness and the experience of separation.  Now we are seeking just an experience of being–a new state of being.  This is the spacious Self that will define our future roles in our world, internally and externally, through Wholeness.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

All of us have lived in separation for eons.  Now we are bade to come to understand what living in Wholeness will hold out to us.  This is a transformation that all have longed for, even when we have not know for what to ask.

Thank You for sending Jesus’s message to me now.  I need to experience all that Wholeness would promise, and I ask for this blessing this day.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 121:

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.