“Within you is all the world safe, sure, and secure. No terror reigns. No nightmares rule the night. Let me give you once again the difference between what is within and what is without: within is all that has joined with you. Without is all that you would keep separate. Within you is every relationship you have ever had with anything. Outside of you is all that you have kept apart, labeled, judged, and collected on your shelves. (A Course of Love, 5.14)”
Affirmation: “I would choose the real life within me.”
1 – Joining Inside of One’s Self
This “joining” inside of one’s self is a new concept in A Course of Love, not discussed specifically in A Course in Miracles. We can take within, we know, but often the only world that we observe is the one outside of ourselves–the one we enter to earn a living, to find a mate, to make friends. But Jesus says here that it is the inner joining that creates the real. And the real is inside of us.
2 – More Complete Definition of the Real World
This is a more complete definition of the “real world” than A Course in Miracles ever gives. If we believe that Jesus channeled A Course of Love, perhaps to clear up misconceptions and to lead us farther onward, then this more complete definition of the real world, of reality, is a blessing. We join with that which we love. And love is the overriding aspect of A Course of Love.
3 – We Have Judged What Is Outside
We have judged what is outside of ourselves. And that is where our errors lie. ACIM did say that we were not to attack, judge, or make plans against contingencies to come (unless the Holy Spirit so prompted us to make plans). So we have made a mistake (but not a sin) when we have judged. And the judgment has made happiness impossible for us. We cannot love those whom we judge. Oh, we love them sometimes, and we hate them sometimes, but this is not love as Jesus mean the word. We need to love unconditionally, and in A Course of Love he is trying to teach us how to love unconditionally (an interpretation of ACOL, not stated therein).
I would join within today, and with this “within” I will reach outward to my brothers and sisters–and those are all of us. May this view of the real world satisfy me.
There is no better way to live. To join with all that we are, and reach outward to all that we see. Thank You.