“Once these dialogues are sustainable without need of the written word, the written word will be less necessary. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 12.7)”
Affirmation: “sustainable dialogues – written word less necessary”
1 – How Many Times to Read ACOL?
There is a chance that those who have read A Course of Love through once (or even more than once, several times) may feel that it is wrong to go back to these volumes. We may think that we are “learning,” when that has been counseled against.
2 – We Need to Reread ACOL Intensively
I think this is a misreading. While it is true that in the Forty Days and Forty Nights on the mountaintop (from the Dialogues), Jesus says that his intention is not for us to make this journey repeatedly, it is also true that the chapters are dense with meaning. And one or even a few readings will not make them our own. We need actually to memorize some of the words, to keep their pristine glory in our minds.
3 – The Role of Contemplation
How are we to “learn” if it is not through reading? I think that contemplation, a form of meditation, is in order here. Others might call this prayer (though ACIM and ACOL do not discuss prayer very much, probably because it is assumed). God will speak to us through revelation, we are reassured, but there must be a time set aside to receive messages. And this normally comes through contemplative time, though it may also come through chance words spoken by our brothers and sisters. Indeed, anything in our world can be a way to receive God’s revelation. But we must be careful that what we are receiving is actually true guidance from God. There must be a sureness about what we are receiving. And we must also recognize that our egos can reassert themselves and lead us astray when we least desire to be led astray.
4 – Understanding from God
May our understanding rise to knowledge, as God Himself reaches down and blesses us with revelation.
You know that I have always read much. But I have also contemplated much. I ask for Your guidance about the proper balance of these two ways of coming to knowledge (rather than just perception). You grant the knowledge and the revelation. Let me always be aware of Your presence.
As this year draws to a close, and my reading of ‘Treatise on the New” draws to a close, may I retain the concepts as I move forward in my “journey without distance.”