Joy, Lack of Effort, Love

“For every being there is a natural state that is joyful, effortless, and full of love.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 3.6)”

Affirmation:  “May I be in my natural state today.”


Again, today, we see that our being can embody a natural state that is, as stated, “joyful, effortless, and full of love.”  What a wondrous promise!

How do we find this natural state?  Study of ACIM and ACOL is a first step.  A great deal is not said about prayer in either set of volumes, but much is assumed.  A miracle, though not chosen consciously (because that might be misguided, which is an ACIM tenet), can bring about the desired natural state.  It is true that we may not stay within this blessing, but, as time passes, we will see this real world (an ACIM tenet) more and more often.  And ACIM also tells us that revelation may occasionally reveal the end (Awakening) to us.

The journey to the mountain top with Jesus, in the Forty Days and Forty Nights of the ACOL Dialogues, ends with our acceptance of the elevated Self of form, the acceptance of Christ-consciousness.  More and more individuals in our world are reaching this state, as other writers, such as Echhart Tolle (The Power of Now, The New Earth), have stated.

May we take more tentative steps along this pathway today.


Dear Father/Mother,

Please be with me today as I seek an anxiety-free, natural state that is effortless and joyful.  I know with all my being that this is what You wish for me.  May my little self not get in the way.  May the ego remain withered away.

Whatever the day brings, I know that I am surrendered to You.  That in itself is a blessing, just to know that.  Thank You.


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