“That you keep yourself from desiring anything fully here is what makes this existence so chaotic and erratic. A mind and heart in conflict is what keeps you from desiring anything fully and thus from creating. (A Course of Love, 18.14)”
Affirmation: “Desire fully or not at all.”
1 – Comparison of ACIM and ACOL
This idea is new, not found in any form in A Course in Miracles. Perhaps this is because the delineation is made in A Course of Love between the mind and the heart. We did not hear much about the heart in ACIM, but the mind’s need to dislodge the ego was paramount.
2 – Desire Fully
When we desire fully, we are not in chaos, doing erratic things. Of course, we need to be certain that we are desiring rightly. And this can come only when glimpses of the Christ/Self within are guiding us. We must desire because we know that we are after something worthwhile. Nothing else will do.
3 – Uncertainty
When we are unsure of ourselves, we act in erratic fashion, and we create chaos and drama because we don’t seem to know any better. God can take away that lack of certainty. We have all too often been afraid to desire fully, because we thought we might desire amiss. Ask, and then we can be sure.
4 – Living Harmoniously
When the mind and heart are one in purpose. we live harmoniously, even in this world. This world does not seem so difficult as before we made this fusion of mind and heart. When in conflict, stop and think about why: Is the mind out of sync with the heart? Do you want something intellectually but not emotionally? Here we will find the answer to our dilemma, the answer to the end of chaos.
May I move beyond just following my heart, into following both my heart and mind in wholeheartedness. I would desire fully that which You wish for me, and that is salvation. I know it, but sometimes I don’t realize it fully. Help me to realize myself fully today.
I would desire fully those things in this world that are good and true. I would turn aside, without emotion, those things that are bad for me. May I encourage my brothers and sisters to follow Your way in everything. The pathway that You point out is so joyous, and following Your guidance, moment-by-moment, is undoubtedly the more joyous of all.