“You who have given everything to be alone and separate fear most of all that which you have given everything to attain. For what is loss of love but confirmation of your separate state? What is loss of love but being left alone? (A Course of Love, 14.21)”
Affirmation: “I would reestablish love in my life today.”
1 – Sacrifice
We think that we want to be independent, alone and separate, and the only thing that this gives us is fear. We have sacrificed everything for that which we actually do not want! Does not this sound like insanity? And, indeed, Jesus calls this insane thinking in A Course in Miracles. We have, under the influence of a part of ourselves called the “ego,” sacrificed our rightful place in the kingdom as well as the love that we so desperately really want.
2 – Salvation
Can this be righted? Of course! This righting is what salvation is all about. When we know that we want to be One in sharing with others, One in relationship to them and One within ourselves, with God, we are back on the right track. There is no other way to live happily. We must give up this senseless pursuit of independence that would neglect the others in our world. We are not meant to be alone; we are meant to share in unity and relationship with the All.
3 -Still Resist?
Why do we still resist? What do we think that we will give up?
4 – Rebellion
I think that there still is what can only be called adolescent rebellion in us. Indeed, this is just what Jesus calls it, in a comparison that he makes in A Course of Love. He says that we are like adolescents who have to separate from their parents to define their own identity. But, in an interpretation, I would go on to say that this is not desirable with our heavenly Parent–God–is the One from whom we desire separation. We are a part of God; He is in all of us, for He is the All.
5 – Separation
We are not meant to walk on this world as separate beings apart from each other. We weep when we try this insanity. This insanity can never bring us peace. Give it up today, and return to the fold of God.
My blog today sounds a lot like traditional religion, traditional Christianity even. And it is, but with a twist. We are One with You, and as such we have a right to walk with You. This is, I think, what Jesus is trying to tell us in such beautiful words. May we listen, perhaps for the first time, today.
I would choose love over fear, and when the anxious thoughts come, I would simply let them wash over me without drowning me. Much of this may be of the body, but my mind and heart are not yet strong enough to see all of the body’s thoughts as illusion. May I recognize illusion when I experience it. Sooner rather than later. And may my walk with You bring me the quiet joy that You mean me to have.