“Healing is of God in the end. The means are being carefully explained to you. Revelation may occasionally reveal the end to you, but to reach it the means are needed. (T16)”
Affirmation: “Revelation may occasionally reveal the end”
1 – Awakening
We may know revelation, the revelation of Awakening, several times before it is permanent. This is not a Course concept, but one that we can observe in our brothers and ourselves. To have known Awakening, even briefly, is a very wonderful blessing; it shows us what is possible. We really do live in the present, and we live without anxiety in the present. It is a time of great joy and freedom from fear.
2 – The Means to Awakening
The “means,” in this passage, are found in A Course in Miracles. When we follow the way pointed out in its lovely writing, we will ultimately know the end of the Awakening that does not leave us.
3 – Personal Experience
I once lived in a state of mystic awareness for a little more than six months. I knew a love for others that was all-encompassing, even toward people who were heretofore strangers to me. I did not feel any fear (that I can recall) in the entire period of months, and anxiety had previously dogged my steps for many years. I followed guidance as I perceived it, and, as ACIM warns, this sometimes led me into situations that were extremely embarrassing to me. (ACIM, in the Manual, says that my embarrassment was borne of a “shabby self-image,” and thus not worthy of even the feeling of embarrassment. The shabby self-image is best dropped.) I did feel calmly joyous nearly all the time. I liked to sit as I waited for someone, secure in the certainty that the encounter I was about to have would be alright. I was not nervous ahead of time in regard to any anticipated experience.
4 – A Return Soon?
Obviously, I would like for such awakened feelings to return. They sometimes do, fleetingly. I wait patiently (as possible) for the Awakening of which all long-time students of A Course in Miracles clamor. But patience must be the watchword, even as we avoid the judgment of ourselves and our brothers and sisters that will make impossible the boon of Awakening. If we judge not, we are told in ACIM, we will awaken. How hard a dictate to practice, even when we have learned a good bit about the ego’s wily ways.
4 – Revelation from God
It is comforting to know that we are, at any time, subject to revelation. This is not quite the same as miracles. We cannot easily explain revelation, as it sounds truthful only to ourselves, being intensely personal–from God to us, always. He knows us as nobody in this world can. An inner awareness of God will go a long way toward recognizing that He and we are not separate at all.
Thank you for the times in my life that revelation has revealed Awakening to me. It was not sustained, but that it happened at all is grounds for hope that one day Awakening will be permanent.
May all of us know this great joy of experiencing Awakening. A Course in Miracles explains the healing that leads us to it.