“Yet each temptation to accept magic as true must be abandoned through his recognition, not that it is fearful, not that it is sinful, not that it is dangerous, but merely that it is meaningless. Rooted in sacrifice and separation, two aspects of one error and no more, he merely chooses to give up all that he never had. And for this ‘sacrifice’ is Heaven restored to his awareness. (M-16.10)”
1 – Errors
We need to avoid making errors in our daily life. We are so used to sacrificing for ourselves and others, and so used to believing that we are somehow separated from God, that we do not recognize that this is magical thinking. When we cease to follow magical, erroneous, thinking, Heaven is restored to us. We are aware of the presence of Heaven once again, and perhaps for the first time indeed, since our fall from grace.
2 – Awareness of Heaven
We may not sustain this awareness of Heaven. Before Awakening is sustained, I know from personal experience that there are times of experienced Awakening that do not last. Many of us know this. Perhaps the moments were fleeting, and perhaps they extended over months. It does not matter. These are forerunners of the happiness that lies ahead. We have the promise of a sustained Awakening, though A Course of Love indicates that nobody has sustained Christ-consciousness (it is unclear if this includes Jesus’s experience). But the closer we live to God, the more likely that our gratitude for what we are experiencing will follow us “all the days of our lives” (quotation from the Lord’s Prayer).
3 – Magical Thinking
Magical thinking does extend even to “religious” practices. We must earnestly seek to know if we are following God’s Will for us at any given time. If we have any doubts, any straining to effect a specific outcome, we need to stop a moment, and ask ourselves if what we are wanting is really in our best interests. It may not be. God will protect us from ourselves, but we are given free will, and we can sometimes bring about outcomes that turn to ashes and dust in our hands, because those outcomes were not dedicated to God.
4 – Heaven
May Heaven be restored to us many times in our lives, including today. May we avoid the temptations that so beset us from time to time. May we turn to whatever practices help the most to avoid the temptation, with perhaps our communing with God at the top of the list.
Thank You for a glorious beginning to what I hope will be a good day. There is so much that You hold out to us, to experience in this world–so much that is good. We mislead ourselves when we think that You want sacrifice from us. You want us to care for ourselves, and our brothers and sisters, but these are loving gestures, and if done with the right attitude, will not entail sacrifice of anything that our Self values.
This Self is the Christ who is in all of us, waiting for recognition. I would so recognize today. I would not delay any longer. I know that I am asking in Your Will, for You want us to be happy. And happiness is a lofty goal, not inferior as I once thought years ago.
Be with us today. Help us to walk Your way. And may I find joy in the daily activities of this day. Most days are generous in their joy, when we have turned out hearts, minds, and spirits over to You. May I do so today, all day long.