Embodying a New Self

“The change in the form you now occupy, the change I have spoken of as that of elevation of the personal self, is a natural part of the pattern of life-everlasting.  It is long over-due.  It is long over-due because you have rejected rather than accepted your inheritance.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 4.8)”

Affirmation:  “May I know the elevation of the personal self today.”

Reflections:

We have to be open to the change in our form that Jesus asks of us now.  What does this mean?  It means that we will accept the promise of Christ-consciousness that he is holding out to us.  At first we may not sustain this Christ-consciousness, but we will see glimpses.  When fear or judgment or planning for the future in a defensive way intrude (ACIM tenets), we will fall down.  But when fear, judgment, and planning are left behind, we can once again invite God to show Himself within our hearts.  And He will do so.

Christ-consciousness is our rightful inheritance.  Let us accept it today, regardless of whatever outward difficulties may remain.

We cannot just will, though, this change in our personal selves.  As A Course in Miracles makes clear, it is God Himself who “reaches down” (a metaphor) and calls us to Awakening.  Awakening and Christ-consciousness are identical (an interpretation, not stated in either ACIM or ACOL), though the term “Awakening” is used consistently in ACIM, and the term “Christ-consciousness” is used consistently in ACOL.  We must open ourselves to God’s action by prayer and reflection.  Preparation is necessary, as ACIM makes clear.  As ACIM says, revelation may occasionally reveal the end to us, but to reach the end, one must understand the means (which are being explained in ACIM, and, by extension, also in ACOL).  Once we have made our preparation, we can rest easy.  If the way seems long, we can still rest content.  We are assured that once begun, the end of the journey (Awakening, Christ-consciousness) is certain.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I realize that Christ-consciousness may come into my life gently and easily, almost as though it is nothing “special.”  We will know that it has come, first, in glimpses.  May I enjoy those glimpses today.  Jesus would have me to sustain Christ-consciousness while in my physical form on this earth, and I would have it so as well.  That would take me beyond just “glimpses.”

Let this affirmation be Your Will as well as mine, since I know that Your Will is also my real will.

Amen.

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