Be Tolerant

“There is room in the universe, dear brothers and sisters, for everyone’s choice.  I call you to a new choice,, but not intolerance of those who are not ready to make it.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 6.6)”

Affirmation:  “called to a new choice”

Reflections:

We are to be tolerant of our brothers and sisters who have not walked the full pathway.  Not all are ready to accept the words of Jesus as scribed in A Course of Love.  We are not to look down upon them.  Perhaps a smile is all that they can handle.  We are not called upon to be proselytizers of the way that we have found.

We are called to a “new choice,” but not intolerance of those who are not ready.  This is a bit of a strong warning of the misstep that we might make.  And our arrogance would be ego-inspired, taking us down rather than up.  Surely we do not want to walk the path of the ego all over again.  And Neale Donald Walsch in his Conversations with God series, says that evolution is not a “straight line.”  So it would behoove us to walk carefully down our pathway.

The universe(s) is a very large place, metaphorically as well as actually, physically.  It can accommodate the many pathways that people find in their way back to God.  ACIM says that there are many courses, all with the same purpose.  In ACIM and ACOL, though, we have found one united pathway that many believe came from Jesus.  We should not, as ACIM notes, follow pathways that are meant for others, but to adopt that which we see as our own, our best way back to God.  ACIM and ACOL work together to embody that pathway for many people.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I be and remain tolerant of others and their different pathways.  May I especially be tolerant when they do not subscribe to my pathway, as seen in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.  May I be understanding even if they denounce me.

May I follow the way that is mine.  This involves my holy relationships to my brothers and sisters.  This does not necessarily involve tedious hours spent in contemplation.  Jesus himself has said this, and may I take it to heart.

Amen.

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