“You are not form, nor is your real world. You seek the face of God in form as you seek for love in form. Both love and God are there, but they are not the form that your body’s eyes see. Just as these words you see upon this page are symbols only of meaning far beyond what the symbols can suggest, so too is everything and everyone around you, those you see and those you only can imagine. To seek the ‘face’ of God, even in the form of Christ, is to seek for what is forever without form. (A Course of Love, 3.4)”
Affirmation: “The real world is not form.”
1 – Being without Form
This passage, like many others that we have considered, is a part of the theology of A Course of Love. We do not have to be delayed by theology (A Course in Miracles tenet), unless we so choose. We need only to seek the practical (also an ACIM tenet). But we may be interested in this theology. Just what does being without form really mean?
2 – Positive vs. Negative
If the real world, as well as God and Christ, are without form, then we do not have to pay too much attention to the images that we make in our minds. They are images that are symbols only–symbols of a great reality that we cannot, in this world, fully comprehend. But we can get some idea that the intangibles–the love, joy, peace, harmony, serenity–are real. The negative emotions that the ego/fear make, though, are not real–the anger, hate, stress, anxiety, attack. These negative emotions will only hold us back from experiencing our inheritance in this world. Let us leave these negatives behind today.
3 – Symbols of the Real World
We are in a world that is composed of symbols of the real world. Even, Jesus says, the words on this page are symbols of a more real reality. May we seek the fact of God today, but may we realize that seeking His face is a dead end, for He is not there in our images. Be with God in communion today, and see if His reality does not touch us. He will answer when we call. Jesus will also, as he promised in A Course in Miracles.
4 – Time of Christ
We are heading into Christ-consciousness, for now is the time of Christ. This is a further development from A Course in Miracles, which was the time of the Holy Spirit. Let us try to come to terms with these differences between ACOL and ACIM. But let us take unto ourselves the concepts only that we are ready to accept. And then our lives will smooth out and we will live at peace in this world.
Of course, most of us have recognized for years that to image what You might look like is to make an image of a human being out of You, and we know that this is an incorrect way to imagine You. But we are just beginning to learn that we too are formless, that reality is actually formless, and, of course, that love is formless. In illusion, but in illusion only, is there a form.
Later on in A Course of Love, we will be led to join our inner Christ/Self with an elevated Self of form that we will live in as part of the physical world. This is where we are headed when we head for Christ-consciousness in this world. May we all accept the things that Jesus tells us so that that day might be soon. And thank You for the blessings that such a transformation promises.