“You who think this idea [to appeal to our hearts] is rife with sentiment, sure to lead you to abandoning logic, and thereafter certainly to cause your ruin, I say to you again: take heart. Such foolishness as the heart desires will save you now. Remember it is your heart that yearns for home. Your heart that yearns for love remembered. Your heart that leads the way that, should you follow, will set you certainly on the path for home. (A Course of Love, 3.18)”
Affirmation: “take heart”
1 – Different Appeals Work for Different People
A Course of Love is sometimes a circular path of reasoning, with the same thought expressed by Jesus in several different ways. We need all these ways, for what will appeal to one of us will not appeal to another. And Jesus is speaking to all of us. He is leading us to observe our world, to observe with the non-physical eyes and therefore to understand true vision, and to accept him as our teacher and, then, our companion (for we have no more need for a teacher other than our own Christ-consciousness).
2 – Far Along Our Pathway
These are words that can be misconstrued. Surely we must be far along our pathway if we are not in need of Jesus as our teacher. First, we must master, with our hearts, the first volume of this trilogy. This volume gives us the almost-final words that will teach us how to learn. (And the second volume, the Treatises, goes a few steps farther on. It is the final volume, the Dialogues, that take us to the mountain top with Jesus and that assures that all is well with us.)
3 – Foolishness with a Purpose
The heart is said to be “foolish,” but it is a foolishness that has a purpose. The partially sane are apt to be quite foolish at times (from A Course in Miracles). And we are still, at this point, only partially sane. We can commune with God to take us farther into sanity. And we can ask Jesus’s help in this endeavor.
4 – The Heart Not All Emotion
Do not think that the heart is all emotion, though it is the love (in one definition, an emotion) that draws us closer to God and closer to Jesus.
5 – Fear Not to Follow the Heart
We need not fear to follow our hearts, that we will take steps that are amiss. They are our new route home.
May I follow my heart today, the guidance that through my heart I know what to say and do. May I cease doubting. Let me lean not unto my own understanding, but acknowledge and follow You.
Following the heart is not actually foolish. It is the shortest route home.
And we all desire home.