“Close your eyes on all that you have become accustomed to seeing. And you will see the light.
“In the light that comes only to eyes that no longer see, you will find the Christ who abides in you. (A Course of Love, 3.5 – 3.6)”
Affirmation: “Christ abides in me.”
1 – An Invitation to Meditation?
This passage seems almost an invitation to meditation, but it does stop short of recommending meditation. Many people see in the concluding pages of the Workbook of A Course in Miracles a call to meditation. And perhaps it is. We ought not to invite controversy into our thinking. We will just see what there are in both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love that we can take unto our hearts and live with in gladness. Turn aside from anything that we seem unready yet to accept. But read carefully, and contemplate in our hearts, and we will be well off indeed.
2 – Christ Abides in Us
Christ abides in us. He/She is our Self, a Being deeper (or higher, depending on the concept that one has) within that guides us and comforts us. Christ is in Jesus, of course, but in A Course of Love, Jesus makes clear that he has nothing that we cannot aspire to have. And this is a great blessing. Later on in the trilogy of A Course of Love, he will resign as our teacher, and become our true heart’s companion. This is where we are heading in A Course of Love.
3 – Christ = Our Real Self
Christ is an all-encompassing term, meaning our real Self, a Self that we will later come to understand, in part, as our “elevated Self of form.” Jesus has been stressing that the real world is not seen with physical eyes, but with inner vision. And there is no form that is truly real. We do live in an illusion. But in the illusion we experience form, and that is not a bad thing, nor a thing to be lamented. God chose for us, as adolescents, to seem to depart from Him, because to hold on would be to deny free will. Jesus compares this action to the action that parents take toward an unruly adolescent who would assert his/her freedom. The parents let go, just as God Himself let go. And only then did we realize how much we needed Him.
4 – See with Non-Physical Eyes
Return to God today. See with non-physical eyes the vision that Jesus would have us see. And all will be really well.
I would forget the world for awhile today, reveling in the mysteries inside of me. Thank You for reminding me that my physical vision, my physical eyes, do not see aright. It takes inner vision to see the Self who I really am. May that Self become ever more a part of my outer being today, so that I can let my light shine aright for You.
Be with us today as we walk together in this world of illusion. May we quiet ourselves when such quiet seems warranted, and may we find in the quietness a holiness in ourselves that only You put there, and only You can lead us to see.
May I so let my light shine today that You can be seen by the others in my world. And may I not let You down in any way. May I not let my brothers and sisters down. We all need to be good examples for each other, so when one of us slips, the other can catch his/her hand.