“Think not the way to Heaven’s gate is difficult at all. Nothing you undertake with certain purpose and high resolve and happy confidence, holding your brother’s hand and keeping step to Heaven’s song, is difficult to do. (T550)”
Affirmation: “I walk to Heaven’s gate with my brother.”
1 – Optimism
What an optimistic passage! So reassuring!
2 – A Passage for Affirmation
This is one of those passages that can be held in memory and recounted when the way gets tough on any given day. It shows the tone of the A Course in Miracles, reassuring in the extreme. When studied throughout, page by page, fear need not arise. “Nothing you undertake” is “difficult to do” when studying ACIM.
3 – Co-Scribes Helen and Bill
Jesus says that the A Course in Miracles is simple, but that does not mean that it is easy. Yet, when we study diligently, we find life going better. This is the “another way (Preface, vii)” that its scribe, Helen Schucman, and her associate, William (Bill) Thetford, asked for, and this other way, set down in the Course, came about through their endeavors in cooperation with Jesus. Helen took her version of shorthand, as she listened to an interior impression of words, and Bill typed up each day’s dictation in his office the next morning. All was kept very secretive, for both Helen and Bill had great investment in their academic careers.
4 – Learn through Relationships
We need to realize that we are here with our brothers and sisters for mutual support. We never have to feel alone, as we turn our special relationships into holy ones. This fact of relationship to our brother (and sister) is a cornerstone of ACIM. We learn through relationship, and thereby we enter Heaven’s gate.
Thank You for this beautiful passage! May I recall it to mind whenever the way gets even the least bit difficult. I know that there is no challenge when I am following guidance, when I perceive clearly without the interference of my ego. I would take the hand of my brother and sister, and walk to You. Guide me so that the direct way is actually the shortest route to You.
May I carry a smile on my face and a song in my heart. May I enjoy the blessing of the day that You have given me. May I enjoy a little bit of Heaven presaged on earth today.
There is no reason to be downhearted, even when problems persist. I know that You have placed the solution to a problem with that problem. I know that the solution and the problem are not separated in time, though it is eternal time that I am trying to comprehend. You do not leave me guessing about how to solve any issue that confronts me. Your Answer will come into my mind, and Your love will warm my heart–and then, the glorious solution will appear. Thank You for this Heavenly way to a better life while still living in this world.