“The world will end in joy, because it is a place of sorrow. When joy has come, the purpose of the world has gone. The world will end in peace, because it is a place of war. When peace has come, what is the purpose of the world? The world will end in laughter, because it is a place of tears. where there is laughter, who can longer weep? And only complete forgiveness brings all this to bless the world. In blessing it departs, for it will not end as it began. (M-14.5)”
Affirmation: “The world will end in joy.”
1 – Belief in a Fiery End
A very reassuring passage, this assertion by Jesus will be well-received by those who are ready to relinquish the ego, and no longer believe in a fiery hell. So much of our preoccupation has been with a world that would end in fiery destruction. And we can now realize that all of this was projection of the ego. We made a world of opposites, and we thought that the worst thing that we could comprehend, hell, was there waiting for us if we did not measure up. What a joy to know that this dualism has never been accurate! We live in a non-dualistic world, where when we have dropped illusions, we can be happy in a Heaven on earth.
2 – Ask for a Happy Dream
Of course, we still see much misery before us. And we are not encouraged to deny our eyesight. But we are encouraged to realize that what we are seeing is maya (an Eastern term), illusion, a dream. And much that we see is not a happy dream. But we can ask for a happy dream, and the more we focus on following the guidance that we receive, the happier our daily life will become. We will not longer sit down in the dust and bemoan our fate of a joyless life, full of struggle and woe.
3 – Be with God
Be with God today, as much of the time as possible. The world will ultimately end in joy, but this ending may be a long time off. Jesus says elsewhere that it may take millions of years for the separation to be healed, as it took millions of years to happen. Of course, the separation from God is not real, could never be real, for we live as though in a hologram, and what is within (God) is projected without. Not all that is within is God, though, and so sometimes we project hideous images. But God would not have it so. He asks only for a “little willingness” (quotation from ACIM) to follow His Way. And his medium of communication is our Guide, the Holy Spirit. Ask for His help today.
4 – Presence
He will not be long in making His presence felt. The day will brighten. And with this comes hope for a better tomorrow.
Thank You for the reassurance in A Course in Miracles that the world will end in peace. Our ego has said so much about ending in a fiery destruction, and we have been (most of us) very influenced by this. Help us all to realize that there is nothing to fear.
Be with me as I seek to know Your Presence today. Give me free-flowing thought, that I don’t dam up my thoughts and have thought attacks. Obsessions are fearful things, and I would acknowledge Your rule in this world, even though we all have free will and can walk astray.