Monthly Archives: November 2010

What the Physical Form Does Not Contain

“Your form does not contain your heart, or the Energy of Creation, or God.  Your form is but an extension of this Energy, a representation of it.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 5.5)”

Affirmation:  “My form. . .an extension of Energy.”

Reflections:

By “form,” here, is meant the physical form.  And Jesus says that this physical, little self, can be the elevated Self of form at any time that we truly desire it.

Surely we return to daily living with a greater understanding once we have made this understanding our own.  We live with more patience, and, when stumble, we reach out and reestablish our equilibrium.

Keep a clear head and heart as we progress.  Do not let despair of attaining our goal deter us.  We have attained, but perhaps we live in unawareness of this.  Let the awareness come today.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I recognize that my physical self does not contain my Essence.  My physical self is only a representation of God’s Energy.  These words do seem obscure, but help me to understand today.

May I attain the elevated Self of form on a sustained basis.  This is the Christ-consciousness that will elevate my life to that level to which You wish me to rise.

Amen.

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The Heart and Center of My Being

“The many forms are made one body through Christ-consciousness. . . .Awareness of this one Source of energy, and thus that this one energy exists in everything and creates the life in everything, is Christ-consciousness.  It is also what we have been referring to as heart and as the center of your being.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 5.3)”

Affirmation:  “the heart of my being”

Reflections:

Surely we are aware that our heart is the center of our being.  Many, throughout the ages, have spoken of this.  A Course of Love joins mind and heart to “wholeheartedness,” and this is the ultimate.  We use our intellects, but we are not trapped by them.  We listen to the guidance that comes from within, and this is coming from the Divine within.  Then we are truly living in Christ-consciousness.

We are led back inward at every point.  We get the guidance that we need, then, to reach outward to our companions along the way, our brothers and sisters.

All is energy, the energy of God.  Matter is only a form of energy in which the vibrations have been slowed down.  Because of this slowness, things do not always happen suddenly.  The Now is always available to us, though, as Eckhart Tolle points out in The Power of Now.  We can have the Awakening that we long to have.  We have been prepared, and A Course of Love is one of Jesus’s avenues to show us the way.  ACOL builds on the previous understandings of A Course in Miracles.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know today that my heart is the center of my being.  May this bring me ever-closer to Christ-consciousness.

Thank You for always being there for me.  I say this often.  You do not need to hear it, but I need to say it.  Thank You for Your manifold blessings.

Amen.

A Song of God

“This could as easily be stated as your being a Song of God.  You are God’s harmony, God’s expression, God’s melody.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 5.2)”

Affirmation:  “I am a Song of God.”

Reflections:

We are blessed by God.  We are His expression.  And this is a good expression.  We are living God’s lives for Him.  It is the way that He experiences reality.  Neale Donald Walsch, in Conversations with God (a trilogy), says much about this aspect of reality.

To be a song is a lovely metaphor.  We want to give God good days.  This means that we are not to feel sorry for ourselves, however dismal the weather (or our personal weather) seems to be.  We live for the highest and best of which we are capable.  Then we will truly know God’s reality.  We will know that the divine spark truly is within each of us.  The Divinity is within, as well as without.  And, just as in hologram, the spark of the whole is embedded in each portion.

All to often we let ourselves get depressed when things do not go our way.  At such times, go within to God.  Ask for His presence to be made known.  And He will respond.  There is a whole world waiting for us to explore.  Do not retreat to dismal thoughts when this is the world that God has made, and we are to rejoice within it.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I am blessed to be a Song of Yours.  I do not fully understand this, but I do know that you love me–with a love that does not diminish, regardless of what I say or do.  You are always there for me.  I thank You often for Your presence, and today I mean it especially keenly.

I know that You will guide me..  Guide me today to be a true and lovely Song of Yours.

Amen.

Remaining in the Physical Body

“What this treatise is saying to you is that if the physical experience appeals to you, and if you create the union of the human and the divine as a new state of being, this choice will be eternally yours.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 4.18)”

Affirmation:  “union of the human and the divine”

Reflections:

This statement means that the physical may remain attractive to us.  We do not necessarily want to achieve Awakening, and then abandon the world.  We may want to enjoy the physical, but with a new emphasis on the divine in the physical.  This is heaven on earth.

Edgar Cayce, an early 20th century psychic, indicated that many of us come to this world to help those who are “trapped” in matter.  If this is true, and it very likely may be, then we would want to return to this world to help those who cannot free themselves without our help.  We are doing God’s work; we are his hands and feet.

Jesus will help us to know the right pathway for our future.  We can choose to live the physical, or, after death, we can remain on the Other Side.  We do have choice in this matter.  We are not pawns of the universe.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I do not know if the physical body will remain attractive to me, that I will return to this earth time and again in different bodies.  ACIM recommends that we not take a stand on reincarnation.  Help me today to be true to ACIM.

I do know that I thank You for the physical body that I have today.  May this body remain healthy and strong, and may my emotions remain peaceful.

Amen.

The Union of the Human and the Divine

“What you are called to do is to, through your multitude, sustain Christ-consciousness, and thus create the union of the human and the divine as a new state of being.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:   ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 4.18)”

Affirmation:  “the human and the divine”

Reflections:

Keep the goal of sustaining Christ-consciousness ever before.  Do not lapse into discontent if the day seems hard.  On this earth there will be times of doubt.  But we know the truth of Jesus’s teaching.  He has made his teaching clear for us to comprehend.

We are asked to have a new being, one that embodies both the human and the divine.  The human and the divine has always been our birthright, but we did not know how to reach it until now, perhaps.  Now we do know, and we are bade to drop uncertainties and doubts, and to walk into the sunlight with Jesus.

When we encompass the human and divine as one being, we will know a better pathway.  We can read and pray, we can reach out to Jesus (who is always with us), and we will live a happier life.  Do not despair, whatever we do.  Keep in mind that we have much help, and that Jesus is the companion that we seek the most.  He will never let us down.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I come to understand today, in my innermost being, what You are asking in the union of the human and the divine.  May I come closer today to sustaining this state of unity.  Please be with me today when I falter and seem to fail.  May I not falter and seem to fail.

Thank You for Your presence in my life always.  May I know that I am a part of You.  Jesus has said this, and I believe it.

Amen.

Christ-Consciousness

“To sustain Christ-consciousness in form is creation of the new.  My one example life could not sustain Christ-consciousness for those who came after me but could only be an example.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 4.18)”

Affirmation:  “May I reach and sustain Christ-consciousness today.”

Reflections:

Jesus could not do it for us; he could not guarantee that Christ-consciousness would come to all of us when we ask for it.  But we can learn much from his life.  We can study Scripture, and thereby come to know more fully what Jesus asks of us.  He asks nothing more than we accept what is ours for the taking.  He asks us to realize that his way is an example life for us to follow.

But we do not have to be crucified.  That was his gift to us.  We can follow a much gentler pathway, and he would have us to do so.

Do not be discouraged if the way seems long.  We are set in the direction that we wish to travel.  Flow with life; do not shrink from exploring all that life holds out to us.  This does not mean to dwell in the depths of misdeeds, but to reach for what is best and right for all of us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

On this Thanksgiving Day, I thank You for all the blessings that you have bestowed on me–especially these latest words from Jesus in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.  They have changed my life.  Thank You for this.

May we be good to our kin as we gather today for a celebration of all that is good in our lives.  May we love with the love of the spirit.

Amen.

Returning to Our True Identity

“Have we not worked throughout this course to return your true identity to you now?  The joining of heart and mind in relationship is the joining of the personal self with the true Self in the reality in which you exist now.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 4.16)”

Affirmation:  “in the reality in which I exist now”

Reflections:

This passage encapsulates the primary theme of “A Treatise on the New.”  We are not to look for some far-off and distant culmination for the blessing that we seek.  Christ-consciousness is ready for us, here and now, if we are ready.  And we can be ready.  That is spoken to all who are studying A Course of Love.

We will not always feel the truth of these words.  We will fall down, often many times, before we know Awakening to be a constant state.  These lapses should not deter us.  We will find our way Home.

There is no time.  This is an implied message of ACOL.  All time, in fact, exists simultaneously, which is one of the laws of those who follow the newest findings of physics.

Do not fail to reach the pathway today.  Know that lapses in understanding that happen today will fall away tomorrow.  Know that the reality in which we now reside is the best place from which we can grow to the elevated Self.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

In this Thanksgiving season, I thank You for my true identity, especially for the truth that my true identity can be known now–without tedious waiting for some distant future time.

If I find myself prone to doubt this truth, may I rethink my position, and accept Your words as true.  We can know ourselves in our true identity in this world, and may we recognize this glorious truth today.

Amen.