“What could cause you to yearn for love in a loveless world? By what means do you continue to recognize that love is at the heart of all things even while it is not valued here?. . .[L]ove is what you are as well as what you strive for. Love is means and end. (A Course of Love, 1.16)”
Affirmation: “Love is means and end.”
1 – This World Has Nothing to Offer
This passage about a “loveless world” is well suited to a comparison to what A Course in Miracles says: that the world has nothing to offer. And if we recognize, as A Course of Love seems to say, that love is all that we really want, then the two works are in agreement with each other.
2 – Why Is Love Not Valued Here?
Why is love not valued here? The reign of the ego, which borders, in part, on the egotistical. And love can never be egotistical. If we try to compete with each other, we will just make enemies, even though, in the short run, we may seem to get ahead of our brothers and sisters. Cooperation is a much more efficacious way to live. And cooperation is one of the attributes of love (an interpretation, not stated in ACOL).
3 – We Remember God
We yearn for love in a loveless world because on some level we are remembering God and all that He brings to us. This is the key to knowing that God exists, this remembering unconsciously and sometimes consciously. We recognize, however dimly, that in the ancient past there was a place that we loved and where we were loved. This before we allowed separation to enter our minds. And we will know this place, this Heaven, again, once we and all of our brothers and sisters have been brought home again.
Even in this world we can know love, but not when we fail to seek it out. And we do fail to seek out love when we are trapped by the ego. Let us know that this world of materialism does in fact offer nothing that we really want. But may we live in the abundance of God’s blessings, which are intangibles of peace, harmony, tranquility, joy, stillness, quiet, etc.
We know that You want our material needs met as well as our spiritual needs. You know that we pray for the same, but we often, foolishly, pray for the material when the spiritual is what our heart longs for. Our heart knows better than our limited mind what will make us happy. May we pray for that which will give us lasting joy, lasting peace, today. May we go to sleep tonight knowing that our work is not in vain, that we are learning even as we seem to suffer or to be in pain. We will be taken care of, though we need to pray for the right direction for our efforts. May we thank You that You are guiding us every step of the way. We need only listen, and Your guidance comes through to us.
Then we are ready for a new day’s dawning, a better day than the one previously spent.