Monthly Archives: September 2010

Purpose

“It [true vision] is believing that you exist in relationship and union with all and that each encounter is one of union and relationship and purpose. . .purpose that will be revealed to you because you exist in union with the Source and Cause of revelation.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.32)”

Affirmation:  “May I fulfill my purpose today.”

Reflections:

God is the Source and Cause of revelation; this is a tenet of A Course in Miracles as well as A Course of LoveA Course in Miracles indicates that miracles do not last, and that we should not contrive to bring them about, as consciously chosen miracles can be misguided.  Jesus himself is the one that tells us what miracles to perform, and he gives us the grace, with God, to perform them.  (This takes a bit of faith, as we must believe that Jesus is available to all at all times.)  Revelation, according to A Course in Miracles, proceeds from God to us–but never the reverse.  And revelation is what reveals the end to us.

What is the end?  It would seem from A Course of Love that Christ-consciousness is our ultimate goal for this era.  We are told in ACOL that this is the time of Christ-consciousness, that the time of the Holy Spirit is fading away.  This idea may be one of the more controversial in A Course of Love, especially to those of us who have come to depend upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit in going about our daily lives.  Are we to be bereft of this guidance?

Not at all.  As previously described in these postings, the (sometimes) slower guidance of the Holy Spirit will be replaced with an almost unconscious inner knowing of the next step to take.  We will be led without having that sometimes painful moment of choice that allowed us to choose differently from what the Holy Spirit bade.  Do not fear, though, that guidance will be removed precipitously.  As long as we want to learn our next step through listening to the Holy Spirit, I believe that that option will remain open to us.  It is only the culmination of a long process that leads us rightly to think and do the best without conscious thought.  And we do not have to expect a sudden transformation that would be unsettling.  Jesus remains our guide throughout both the time of the Holy Spirit and the time of Christ-consciousness (though in the latter he is revealed as a companion rather than a teacher).  Let us put our trust in him with complete knowledge–and it is knowledge and not perception–that he will be there for us in all situations, mundane or “important.”

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me today to know Your way, at least sometimes without conscious thinking or feeling, but through simply knowing.  This is the final goal of this latest course from Jesus.  May I come to understand more today.

Thank You for leading me, gently, throughout all of my life’s pathway.  When the way seemed hard, You were actually “carrying” me.  If today seems hard, may You “carry” me.

Amen.

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True Vision

“. . .[T]rue vision is seeing relationship and union.  It is the opposite of seeing with the eyes and the attitude of separation.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.32)”

Affirmation:  “May I enjoy true vision today.”

Reflections:

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus assures us that true vision does not have anything to do with the vision that our eyes have, or the world that our eyes behold.  True vision sees beyond the illusion that is this world.  It is an internal concept that one can enjoy when he or she has left behind the belief in separation from God as well as separation from our brothers and sisters.

A Course of Love, as we have repeatedly described, is based in large part on this theme of relationship and union (often called “unity and relationship”).  The words are repeated so often that perhaps we lose sight of their true meaning, but a simple return to what the words themselves mean can set our minds and hearts at rest.  We are in relationship to the All, which includes our brothers and sisters as well as God, but this All is actually One (i.e., unity).  This easy definition will go a long way toward helping us to understand that Jesus is not asking us to believe or to live the impossible.  We can live in unity and relationship, and indeed we will want to do so.  Only in that way can we come to know the fullest meaning of salvation, the fullest extent of Awakening to Christ-consciousness.

We all too often depend on our perception to determine our reactions in this world.  This is discussed at length in A Course in Miracles.  But we are also told in ACIM that projection makes perception.  And who would want to live a projection from ourselves that shows us an evil and suffering world?  We will not be blind to suffering when we move beyond seeing in this way, but we will see the larger picture–almost miraculously–and in no way will be tempted to blame our God for this state of affairs.  Just as Jesus promises, we can know “pure joy” and “limitless release” on a daily basis.  These two phrases can be the way that we view this world, as Jesus has bade us to do constantly.  Only then will we know the peace that is held out to us in both ACIM and ACOL.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

You would have me to experience true vision–the revelation of a new world that only You can bring to me.  In revelation, You reach down to me, and You bless me.  I ask for this blessing today.

Be with me as I go about our sometimes woeful world.  May I keep my head in the clouds, but my feet on the ground, grounded in You.

Amen.

Inner Knowing

“Have you thought your instincts will be sharpened and that you will know with an inner knowing that will aid the sight of your eyes?  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.31)”

Affirmation:  “May I experience the inner knowing of Christ-consciousness today.”

Reflections:

This passage describes succinctly what Jesus has explained earlier in the “Treatise on the New,” but in less cogent terms.  We will know with an inner knowing, once we have accepted the Christ-consciousness that he holds out to us as awaiting us at the end of the “journey without distance” (an ACIM quotation) that we have taken.  This inner knowing is somewhat different from the intuitions that we have come to recognize from the Holy Spirit.  In my experience of the Holy Spirit, there was a definite statement, felt internally, of what the next step was to be.  There was a bit of a delay as the Holy Spirit stepped back and let me make a decision of whether or not to follow His guidance.

But in this inner knowing of the Christ-consciousness, there is no delay.  The way is effortless and easy.  We want to follow the instinct that has suddenly, almost imperceptibly, arisen in us.  This is akin to allowing Jesus to guide us without our conscious awareness, a step that he told us in A Course in Miracles still awaited us.  He said there that most were not yet ready for this type of guidance.  In A Course of Love, we have become ready.  We are asked to become ready.  We are told that we need not seek for yet another way, another pathway that will give us more peace.  The time of peace has arrived.  We are justified.  We do not have to wonder if we are worthy.

This type of reassurance is very important at this juncture.  Many will feel that it is too good to be true, and many will believe that Jesus is misleading us–but if we take him at his word, we will experience the truth of what he says.  ACIM also talked about the fear from us that Jesus might be misleading us.  But no one who has studied those volumes long and faithfully still clings to this early misinterpretation.

Now we are asked to accept A Course of Love with the same acuity.  We need to recognize that perfection on our own part, achieved by ourselves, is not the goal.  Has the belief that perfection of our little personalities not  always been the sticking point?  But in A Course in Miracles, Jesus reassures us that he stands at the end of the journey to reach to us, to correct the mistakes that we cannot correct.  He stands ready to help us at our point of failure.  This he is doing in A Course of Love (though he does not say this specifically).  Jesus would have us to realize that mistakes do not impede the “perfection” to which he draws us.  He wants only a perfect faith, and even though we demur, this perfect faith is, as A Course of Love indicates, within the power of all of us–with Jesus as our always loving guide, ready to correct our errors as we move toward Christ-consciousness (and indeed, as we live Christ-consciousness).

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I live Christ-consciousness today, living with the knowing that is inner entirely.  I recognize the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and I find that actually there is an oscillation between the two ways of coming to know the right pathway.

You would have me just to “know,” but I will be patient and wait for Your messages, however they are given to me.  In A Course of Love, Jesus indicates that what got us in trouble in the first place was our impatience; this is when the “tiny, mad idea” crept in.  May I know patience today.  And may You walk with me every step of my day today.

Amen.

True Vision

“Examine what you may have felt the onset of true vision would mean.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.31)”

Affirmation:  “May I come to know today what true vision means.”

Reflections:

This command is daunting.  We are asked to reexamine our thoughts and emotions for the changes that we are undergoing.  And change may be stressful, though Jesus would have us to realize that change, under his direction and without the ego’s interference, is not stressful.

Our vision from God is an expression of revelation.  A Course in Miracles explains that revelation will occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed.  Those means are, first of all, explained in ACIM.  Now A Course of Love has taken us a step forward, beyond the time of the Holy Spirit and His guidance, into Christ-consciousness, which depends on an inner knowing that is normally wordless.

If we have never  thought about what true vision would entail, we will not be ready to accept vision from God when it comes.  I once read that one should not beseech heaven for a miracle that one would not recognize if seen at high noon.  That is a particularly graphic illustration of the change that is set before us now.  We must ask for eyes to see, ears to hear.  We must be anticipatory about the change that awaits us.  Above all, we must not fear this change.  Faith can substitute for the fear that we once had, and which we once felt protected us.  Faith, as I am describing it, is a form of love–and A Course in Miracles says that fear and love are the only two emotions, all others being variant forms of these two.

May we wait at high noon for the miracle–indeed, the revelation–that awaits us.  It qualifies as a revelation rather than a miracle because, as ACIM points out, revelation comes only from God.  God will stay by us now, as He especially eagerly awaits our transformation.  As so many have pointed out before, He has only our hands and feet to do His bidding.  (The same has also been said of our guide, Jesus.)

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I long for true vision, for the revelation that Christ-consciousness holds out for me.  Be with me today as I keep this request in mind.  I know that You have placed this longing in my heart and mind, and that, since it is Your wish, my prayer will be answered.  If not today–if I must wait beyond today–help me to prepare for the vision that You will surely grant when I have been made ready.

I believe that if my faith in You is strong enough today, this will be the day that vision will come to me.  Help me to be steadfast.

Amen.

Changed Vision

“. . .[Y]our vision has already changed, although you are not aware of the extent of this change.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.30)”

Affirmation:  “Thank You that my vision has changed even more than I realize.”

Reflections:

Our vision, our revelation from God, has happened–sometimes intermittently and sometimes on a more permanent basis.  We have let go our mistakes–not sins (according to A Course in Miracles).  We have asked forgiveness for our misdeeds, and we have received absolution.  We still do not fully comprehend all that this new state of being, of Christ-consciousness, holds out to us.  We are still living in the shadow of separation from God.

Pray today to have this dichotomy removed.  We will never live a joyful life as long as we are conflicted about our state of mind and heart, our wholeheartedness (a tenet of A Course of Love).  We are ready to step into a new world, while yet still inhabiting this world that we have known since our birth.  A Course in Miracles talks of the change that individuals undergo who have accepted Awakening–indeed, even before we understand fully what Awakening holds out to us.  We are said to smile more often, and we are said to be recognized by others who walk the earth as we do.  Yet the individuals who surround us, and who have not experienced this wondrous change, will not see anything different in us.  They will think we are as we were before.  This is almost a form of communion among believers that many to which many who have not accepted the New are oblivious.

We need to ask for Jesus’s help, as our guide, to come to understand this huge change ahead.  We are on the cusp of this change, and we will not step forward to accept the elevated Self of form if we hold to ourselves any sense of fear.  It is time to leave the ego’s fears behind.  It is time to move into Christ-consciousness, perhaps at first tentatively, but with the promise that this new state of mind and heart is meant for us to enjoy on a permanent basis.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know what the vision, the revelation, holds out to me.  May I know Christ-consciousness in all Its glory.  This I pray for today.

If the day brings difficulties, may I realize that these difficulties do not have to be experienced as deeply as once they would have been.  With Your help, I am moving into a new world, a world bright with your glory and majesty.

Amen.

Workbook Lesson for Day 248:

Whatever suffers is not part of me.

Shared Vision

“You have lived with the vision of the separated self for so long that you cannot imagine what shared vision will mean, and do not yet recognize it when you experience it.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.29)”

Affirmation:  “May I feel alone no longer.”

Reflections:

Shared vision will be one with All, including God as well as our brothers and sisters.  Vision is more an attribute of God than is observation, a concept that refers to the physical manifestation of what vision has first shown.  But, as this passage says, we have long become accustomed to a separated self.  And now we are being asked to move into a shared Self of form, the elevated Self of form.

The elevated Self of form is a manifestation of Christ-consciousness in the physical world.  We do not leave this world by death to experience this revelation, and it is revelation from God to us (never the reverse, as A Course in Miracles makes clear).  We do not achieve immortality in the physical form that we inhabit, though; this ACOL makes clear elsewhere.  This idea of immortality in the physical form that we have now is a frequent misinterpretation of A Course in Miracles.  :Perhaps it is merely wish fulfillment for those of us who still fear death.  But some have said that death itself is like walking through an open door, and who could fear that?

We do not fully recognize, always, when we are in fact experiencing the elevated Self of form, the revelation of Christ-consciousness.  We think that we are not worthy, and so we do not open ourselves to the truth that these altered states of mind and heart are indeed something new and different for us.  We need to leave behind the feelings that we experienced when separation was all that we knew.  With Jesus as our guide, there is now something more out there, just waiting for us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I believe that the unitive state, the one no longer felt as separation, is my way Home.  You are waiting eagerly for me to return.  The way has been long and hard.  May I find my way Home today.

When I pray, I feel the end of the separation that we have all known so  poignantly for so long.  You are there, inside and outside, and may I know Your presence today.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 247:

Without forgiveness I will still be blind.

The State of Union in Jesus

“This state of union is what differentiated me from my brothers and sisters at the time of my life on earth.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.28)”

Affirmation:  “May I know the state of union.”

Reflections:

May we live in a state of union, as did Jesus when he lived his physical life on earth 2,000 years and more ago!  Elsewhere Jesus asserts that his mother Mary also lived the risen life, and that her way is now going to become the way of many on earth.  He was to “do,” and she was to “be.”  And some, Jesus says, will combine the two ways of being in our new age.

But we must not let go of the need to be in union with God and with our brothers and sisters.  We have Jesus as our example life, as the “doer.”  If we choose doing, we still do not choose his pathway; our lives do not normally end in martyrdom.  If we choose Mary’s way of “being,” we are still in union with God and our brothers and sisters.  And the same holds true for those of us who combine the two ways, doing and being.  We have much freedom in this life to make our own choices.

Christ-consciousness is a way of life that is perhaps freer than we experienced in the time of the Holy Spirit, when we were bade always to follow His guidance.  We now have an inner knowing that allows Jesus to guide us without conscious awareness.  This was presaged in ACIM and comes full circle in ACOL.  We are ready.  We must never doubt that, because to do so is only to prolong the “journey without distance” (a quotation from ACIM).

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Is it too bold of me to say that I realize Christ-consciousness from time to time?  I know that the inner feeling and the whispered unheard Voice do not always work as they used to for me.  Is my just knowing enough?  I wish now to reach the certainty that you talked about in A Course of Love, the certainty that I am guided with just an inner knowing that does not “feel” or be “heard.”

Again I look forward to this day with joy.  I know that the prayers that I have made most recently have strengthened me and made my life much happier as well as smoother.  Thank You, as always, for just being there for me.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 246:

To love my Father is to love His Son.