“What love is cannot be taught. Remember that your task here is to remove the barriers that keep you from realizing what love is. That is the learning goal of this course–your awareness of what love is–and no earthy course can take you beyond this goal. It is only your willingness that is required. (A Course of Love, 11.5)”
1 – From ACIM to ACOL
There is a movement in these words of A Course of Love that goes beyond A Course in Miracles, which had as its goal the bestowing of forgiveness of ourselves and others. While love was certainly not absent from ACIM, the focus was on the mind and the ego, while A Course of Love looks to the heart, and, ultimately, the mind and heart in conjunction with each other.
2 – Intuitive Knowledge
We know intuitively that love cannot be taught. We experience love, and we experience love most often as a function of the heart, without the involvement of the mind and the intellect. We love someone, and we don’t know why–we just do. Our emotions are involved, and the emotions, in our understanding, are heart-sent into our lives.
3 – Heart Is Central
This is why we cannot be taught love, because if we could, the mind would be the central player (an interpretation, not stated in ACOL). And the mind is not. We sometimes love in spite of ourselves, though often this is in special relationships. After they turn, with our help and God’s, into holy relationships, then we come closer to the wholeheartedness that Jesus extols in A Course of Love.
4 – Love at the Center
Do not despair that love cannot be taught, because it can be learned, though perhaps not of the mind. When we ease up, we are in a better position to allow love to overcome us, to grab us. And then we have placed love at the center of our being, where love belongs.
May I offer love its central place today, in my heart, where love belongs. I can intellectually choose to love somebody; it doesn’t work that way. We cannot will love into being, and sometimes we love almost against our will.
But love we will, for it is crucial to our being, the center of our being. We may not express that love well, but even the most despised of human beings on our earth have loved, in the limited way that they knew. Love is like a light that will not be extinguished. And it is the way that joy comes into our lives.
May we all express love today to those closest to us. May we receive the love that is offered to us. And may we express and receive in totality. You are with us always, and, today, when we need You most, You will be there for us, in love.