“Why did not God create a world benign and unable to harm you?
“Such is the world that God did create: A world so lovely and so peaceful that when you see it once again you will cry with joy and forget your sadness in an instant. There will be no long remembering of regrets, no feeling badly for all the years in which you saw this not. There will merely be a glad ‘Aha!’ as what was long forgotten is returned to you. You will but smile at the childish games you played, and have no more regrets than you would have for your childhood. (A Course of Love, 9.46 – 9.47)”
1 – Lovely and Peaceful World
This is a passage of the Ideal, but I think not so much ideal as true to what we experience when our attitudes change. How we view this world is largely a matter of attitude, and Jesus will reform our attitudes. We will recognize the illusions in which we have been living, we will step into the real world (from A Course in Miracles), and we will know Christ-consciousness. With these blessings, our way will smooth out, and we will see a world “so lovely and so peaceful.”
2 – Jesus
What would it mean to cry with joy at the world we behold? It may sound like a pipe dream, but nothing that Jesus promises is a pipe dream, and I take him at his word. We do start looking at those parts that are joyous, grateful to be acknowledging the beauty of our world. We turn aside, but not in neglect, from those parts that disturb us, for we do help where we can. We know that the ugliness is all illusion. We know that our brothers and sisters did us, and we respond, but not to the ugliness. We respond to “Christ in all his distressing disguises” (a quotation from Mother Teresa).
3 – Walk a Lovely World Today
Would we not walk in a lovely world today if we knew that we had that option? Pray to be shown what needs to change in your world for you to be happy. Then, using your wisdom, your internal guidance, make those changes. We all know people (and maybe you are one of them) who face tremendous odds, and yet walk through this world with a smile behind the pain. We must all learn to do this, and in the doing, the pain will fade. Promise!
I would choose peace and harmony in the hope that, with this change, the Christ-consciousness that I really wish to have will come upon me in glimpses. Thank You. I know that I have already seen glimpses of this world, and a world seen with forgiving eyes is indeed beautiful. May I be forgiving, unconditionally, in all respects, for this is a requirement of Yours which I would meet.
May I wait patiently for You to reach down and lift me up. You know the time that is best. I choose to be unafraid, knowing that if I am not ready, the light that I see would terrify me. I would not be terrified today. Guide me to Your way, the way that Jesus is pointing out in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.