“Now you seek to know how to escape what you have made. To do so you must withdraw all faith from it. This you are not ready yet to do, but this is what your heart will now prepare you for. As you are prepared, you walk alongside he who has waited for you with a single purpose instead of alongside the conflicting desires you chose to let lead you to this strange world. You travel lightly now where before you walked in chains. You travel now with a companion who knows you as you are and would show your Self to you. (A Course of Love, 9.9)”
1 – Jesus
Jesus is talking about his presence with us in this remarkable passage. I have earlier speculated about the “how” that Jesus could be everywhere at once. But there are natural laws in the metaphysical realm that our science know not of. And this is one of them.
2 – Escape
We would escape from what we have made, and we would withdraw our faith from it. We need to realize the world that we made has been deeply flawed from the beginning. We sought to learn apart from God, and we immersed ourselves in mire. But we are returning. And in A Course of Love, we look to our heart to guide us, our heart that is within, where Christ/Self is, and where God is. And we have mighty companions with us as we follow this pathway (from the Manual of A Course in Miracles).
3 – Jesus = Our Companion
Jesus is the companion who knows us as we are, and we travel lightly with him. This statement is akin to the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament, in which he is quoted as saying that his burden is “light.” We indeed no longer have to even think in terms of “burdens” (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM or ACOL). Previously we traveled in chains, with a bundle of troubles that we might periodically release to God, but which we would always retrieve, for we felt bereft without our bundle of problems.
4 – We Have No Problems
Let this thinking fall by the wayside! A Course in Miracles said that we would come to see that we had no problems. Our primary problem–separation, or our perceived separation–has been solved, and we have no other problem that God will not address, removing it from our sight.
5 – Healing Is Certain
Healing is certain, and the continuance of physical symptoms is not evidence that healing has not occurred (from the Manual of A Course in Miracles). The passage for today is talking about healing in the greatest sense possible (though the word is not used). May we accept Jesus’s hand as we walk through this illusory world. And then we will be home in God, and ready to reach out to all that might receive our words and actions.
May I recognize anew that today I have a companion beside me. I have nothing to fear. There is nothing in this world to fear, though difficulties abound. There are no real problems when faith is strong. May my faith be strong today.
May we know that healing is certain, once we listen to the guidance that we receive. The healing may come through doctors, through medication, through natural means, and even through prayer–a miracle happening. May any and all “cures” be appropriate and not a misguided effort to bypass that which You would have us experience.