The Disjoining of Heart and Mind

“The separated state was nothing more than the disjoining of heart and mind, a state in which mind attempted to know without the relationship of the heart and so merely perceived its own creations rather than the creations birthed in unity.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  A Treatise on the New, 2.26)”

Affirmation:  “May my mind and heart be joined today.”

Reflections:

This passage alludes to the joining of mind and heart into “wholeheartedness” that the first volume of A Course of Love makes so beautifully clear.  We are meant to live in wholeheartedness.  In fact, we see that A Course of Love is to the heart what A Course in Miracles was to the mind.  Now we have both joined–wholeheartedness.

We are now ready to leave separation behind, separation from God and separation from our brothers and sisters.  We are ready to leave a separated self behind also, to have an elevated Self of form that is wholehearted.  Mind and heart are once more joined in unity.  And in this state we are able to understand, once again, what it means to be in relationship to all that surrounds us, especially our brothers and sisters.

We have long lamented the separation from God.  But ACOL indicates that this separation was part of the plan.  In A Course in Miracles, we learn that this separation happened when a tiny, mad idea crept into the mind of God’s Son.  There was nothing to do but to find a plan that could not be subverted, and this plan ultimately culminated in the plan of forgiveness for each other and ourselves.  Our egos wanted to call our mistakes “sins,” but to call these mistakes by such a term did tend to make them attractive to us on a continual basis (an ACIM tenet).  When we have a mistake, we naturally want to correct it.  We have changed its status from a sin to a mistake, and we respond accordingly.  ACOL makes the same pronouncement, in slightly different words.  Elsewhere we learn that we can turn aside from the things in our personalities that we dislike; we are not bound to keep these lamentable traits.  But we are ready to accept Christ in Christ-consciousness, despite what we may still view as flaws.  ACIM says that Jesus stands at the end of the journey to undo mistakes that we have not been able to undo.  These twin ideas in ACIM and ACOL thus meld into one.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Be with me today as I try to meld my heart and mind into wholeheartedness.  Thank You for being with me in the difficult moments.  Life is not always smooth, but You are there for me always.

May I turn aside from my mistakes, and may I let Your grace repair my wrongdoings.  It is with joy that I look forward to this day.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 245:

Your peace is with me, Father.  I am safe.

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