“Instead of recognizing your union, a state in which you are whole and complete because you are joined with all, you have determined to stand separate and use the rest to support your separate stance. Do you see the difference in these two positions? In what way is your way better than the way God created for you, a way that is completely free of conflict? (A Course of Love, 9.49)”
1 – What Does “Union” Mean?
What does Jesus mean by “union”? It is the same idea, I think, that he alludes to earlier in the first volume of A Course of Love–the holy relationships that we develop as we drop the separate stance that is actually the special relationship (an interpretation, not stated in ACOL). Why is it so important to let go of the superficial values that special relationships provide? For they provide for an illusion of safety, an illusion of a haven–not the real thing. In this world our holy relationships normally being as special ones, but, if we follow Jesus, the special turns into the holy. We see our brothers and sisters for their intangible values, and we walk in union with them. We do not separate as we will, when we are disenchanted because he or she has not fulfilled some part of the secret bargain that we have made with them. We stay the course, and we look for the peace and joy that is a part of all that is holy. We do not mind the fading beauty as years go by; we don’t even see fading beauty. All of our holy relationships simply become more precious as time goes by.
2 – The All = God
We join with the All, the God in All. This is union; this is not separatism that masquerades as union. We do not let disappointments that our brothers and sisters are not perfect interfere with the love that we have for them. We bask in the glory of their union, and ours, with God, and we join hands to walk toward Christ-consciousness.
3 – No Conflict
We are not in conflict at such times. We do not encounter conflict very often, even though the Dalai Lama said that he sometimes feels anger. That is the human part of the human/divine joining that we will come to know.
4 – Need to Love
We need to love, and to love deeply. We especially need to love when we are feeling unloving. Holy relationships do not demand that we be perfect. Jesus does not demand that we be perfect (from ACOL). We are human beings on a divine mission, with a spirit inside that is both human and divine. When we recognize the divine, we will have walked at least a few steps along the pathway to Christ-consciousness. And all will be better for us.
I would choose union with the All today, and that includes my brothers and sisters as well as You. May we have a good day together. May we join, knowing that this is Your will for us, and we need You and each other.
Be with us as we seek to have a good day. There is no reason for conflict when You are sensed by us.