“What it [A Course in Miracles] says is that the unknown is benevolent. What it says is that what you cannot anticipate can be anticipated for you. What it says is that you could be receiving constant help if you would but let it come What it says is that you are not alone. (A Course of Love, 17.8)”
Affirmation: “May I receive constant help today.”
1 – Personal Experience
When I was little, I was not sure that the universe was benevolent. This was when I had learned just enough science to be made confused with my religion. (My religion was traditional Christianity.) I used to lie in bed and ponder questions about the universe. Was God just superstition? Was hell real? Was the center of the universe a terror?
2 – Scary Thoughts
These are scary thoughts for a 12-year-old to have. But now we have A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love to reassure us that all is well, and we can proffer this knowledge to our children. There is nothing to fear. God is here, and God will help.
3 – Constant Help
Receiving constant help is a tremendous blessing, and all that we have to do to receive this constant help is to be open to it. Actually, I think we do not even have to know that we are receiving the help from a benevolent universe to be blessed by good fortune. The rain and sun are there for good and bad alike, and ACIM notes that we are all innocent of wrongdoing; we only have made mistakes.
4 – The Future
When we cannot anticipate the future, and we fear that it will be bad, then we can know that help is walking ahead of us to smooth the way.
5 – Reassuring Passage
These three facets of the passage–benevolent unknown, anticipation by helpers, and the fact that we are not alone–make this one of the most reassuring passages in A Course of Love. And this is just the beginning of many such reassuring passages in ACOL.
I thank You everyday that I no longer have to fear that I am all alone in the universe. I thank You that I know that You are a constant help to me. And Your offer of help is a free offer; I don’t have to do anything to deserve Your help. A free offer! Such a blessing!
May I drop into the past the scary thoughts that I had as a 12-year-old child. Thankfully, I had only four years of the scary thoughts before You warmed my heart one night in a religious meeting. Thank You for that happening, remembered now from my 16-year-old self. Be with me today, in future warmth also.