“The separated self or the ego does not learn. Even when the ego has taken many courses and received many teachings, the ego has not learned but has merely become threatened. (A Course of Love, P. 3)”
Affirmation: “I would have my ego threatened out of existence.”
1 – Beginning A Course of Love
Today begins a six-month consideration of the first volume of A Course of Love, channeled by Mari Perron and first published in 2001. Mari’s belief, which many share with her, is that this is a sequel to A Course in Miracles, meant to draw together many of the ideas that Jesus wants to impart to us. ACIM dislodged the ego, but some of us have been somewhat “stuck” since that happened, and A Course of Love appeals to both the mind and the heart, in concert with each other, to let us know that we really do not have to keep seeking. We are learning, though, in the first volume. This first volume, in my opinion, can be read even by those who have not been students of A Course in Miracles, because Jesus lays the groundwork for the three-volume A Course of Love by drawing comparisons with A Course in Miracles. This blog will attempt to do the same, drawing parallels when doing so seems particularly appropriate to me personally.
2 – Seeking
Those of us who have spent our lifetime seeking do know of what passage for today speaks. There always seems to be another thing to learn, another book to read, another spiritual tradition to explore. But we find in A Course of Love that this is the time for an end to seeking. For us, Jesus is the Way, and he has spoken in the three volumes of A Course of Love to encourage us to stop our mindless exploration, to stop tantalizing the ego with yet another way. We have our way, and that way, if we believe that A Course of Love is a sequel to A Course in Miracles, that in these two works, we have our way.
3 – ACIM Dispels the Ego
A Course in Miracles spent much time trying to dispel the hold that the ego had on our minds. Now, in A Course of Love, we are encouraged to get beyond the ego, once and for all. We are ready for the message of complete acceptance that Jesus offers to us, however marred we still think we are because of mistakes made and perhaps not recognized. We are even told in A Course of Love that we do not need to worry so much about “perfection.” Just as we were told in ACIM that Jesus will stand at the end to correct any mistakes that we ourselves cannot correct, A Course of Love (ACOL) states this promise in even stronger terms.
4 – Embraced by Jesus
So we find ourselves at the beginning of the first volume in the trilogy of A Course of Love. We will find ourselves comforted, even embraced by Jesus. Let us learn what we finally need to learn, and then let us realize that the time of learning is close to an end. And then let us rejoice! We have our pathway. We need no others. ACIM and ACOL will lead us home.
5 – Welcome Comments
I welcome your comments as we proceed with A Course of Love. You will find, as I have, a certainty of salvation that even A Course in Miracles lacked. Jesus says that we are the “Accomplished,” even though we ourselves believe that the ego is still in ascendancy. The ego may be in ascendancy, but this problem is readily alleviated. As we will see.
May I learn what I still need to learn, and then may I be satisfied. I plan to cease my constant seeking, as Jesus has reassured me that I now know enough to live well. Thank You for this.
May my ego wither away. None of needs an ego, in the sense that Jesus defines it, and we will learn through observation all that we need to know. The time is now. And I pray that I am ready.