“What you join with becomes real. As you take it into yourself you thereby make it real because you make it one with your real Self. This is reality. All you do not join with remains outside and is illusion, for what is not one with you does not exist. (A Course of Love, 5.17)”
Affirmation: “I would join today with that which is one with my real Self.”
1 – Fool’s Gold
This passage is a further elucidation of what was discussed in the passage posted yesterday. “What you join with becomes real.” We need to join with all that is laudable, and we need to refrain from joining with those things that appear shiny to the ego. We need not to resist those things that satisfy the ego, for to resist is to make stronger in our concepts. We just need to turn aside, and not give feeling, to those shiny objects of what is fool’s gold, not real gold. The material is often only fool’s gold.
2 – Material Blessings
This statement does not mean that God does not want us to have material blessings. He does indeed, and He will move to help us to acquire material things when we have so worked with our minds that we attract what we wish for. But we must realize that the material, being outside of ourselves, is not real. It cannot be brought within us, and joined with, and that is why the material is not ultimately satisfying. We need the love, joy, harmony, tranquility–all of which are intangible and thus can be brought within ourselves, and there “joined with.”
3 – Perfectly Calm and Quiet
This interpretation means that we assent to the “perfectly calm and quiet” goal that Jesus would have us reach (from A Course in Miracles). It means, in the words of Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now and A New Earth), that we no longer seek for drama in our lives. Drama is distracting, and also very satisfying to the remnant of the ego that will always be a part of ourselves. (The ego will not be destroyed, because we made it, but it will be deemphasized into insignificance.)
4 – Intangibles of God
Let us seek for the intangibles of God today, and join with those intangibles within our heart, our Christ within, our love within. Then love has truly done its best to make us ready for Christ-consciousness.
I would feel tranquility today. I would turn aside from anxiety, regardless of what transpires. I have this in my power, because of the cause-and-effect power of my thoughts, my mind. I will “listen” with my heart today. The heart knows how much better life can be when we do not become embroiled in the egoic.
Help me to leave anxiety behind from this day forward. I do know what to do; I just have to implement. I know what to do because You have shown me. And Jesus has given words to Your Wisdom.