“Longing is your proof of love’s existence, for even here you would not long for what is not remembered.
“All your long search for proof of God’s existence ends here when you recognize what love is. (A Course of Love, 4.3 – 4.4)”
1 – Love
This is a very cogent passage, in which we learn that all of the longing that we have, the longing, apparently, for love, is proof that God exists (an interpretation, not stated in A Course of Love). Surely many of us have longed for love, not only from God, but also from others in our circle. We have longed for the love of a potential significant other; this is the romantic longing about which many of us know much. We have longed for greater love from our parents, for we often try to blame them when things have gone wrong in our lives (though this is a false issue, because we and they are blameless). We have often longed for more friends. And we have longed for material things, which in some cases has meant that we felt a “love” for those missing things.
2 – Turn to the Heart
When we know what love really is, then we cease to look further for proof of God’s existence. And we know what love is when we turn to our hearts. This continues the train of thought that Jesus has developed in these opening pages of ACOL.
3 – Of Love
Our hearts will tell us of love. We need look no further.
4 – Using Our Minds to Find God
Why did we ever think that we needed “outside” proof of God’s existence? Why did we ever? Because we are thinking beings, using our minds. And our minds long for intellectual proof. Our minds are sometimes the reason that we are said to be our own worst enemies. Our minds get us in so much trouble. And part of that, always, is that the ego has reigned in the mind. We need to accept the message of the first-channeled A Course in Miracles; and then we follow with the knowledge–and it is knowledge–that our hearts hold the key to our understanding, a tenet of A Course of Love.
5 – All Will Be Well
Then all will truly be well with us. We will attract only the good when our minds have been informed by our hearts. Our hearts will attract the good that our minds will not affirm. And we will be very grateful.
6 – The Real Question
For what more could we ask?
I am reassured by the assertion that longing is proof of love’s existence. And I read this as Love with a capital “L,” meaning You–my Father. Surely we all know that we want love, and perhaps we are only misguided when we place the things of this world above the love that is both in and beyond this world. May we find what we seek. May we find the love that our hearts long to experience once again. May we remember the time when love was certain for us.
Our fantasies about romantic love are often an impediment, for love comes to us in many forms, only one of which is as a significant other with whom we share our life. May we enjoy our romance, but may we never make this romance a substitute for the Love that is the real Center of our lives. And this is You.