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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.

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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.