“A wholehearted choice to abandon all ideas of glorifying the separated self and to let the world be what it is will begin the transformation. This requires the first unification, the unification of mind and heart, after which unification with God is naturally returned to your awareness, for this unification returns you to the Christ in you and the one mind united with God which you have never left. (A Course of Love, 19.4)”
Affirmation: “May I be united with the Christ in me today.”
1 – A Sequence
There is a sequence of occurrences in this passage that is worth noting.
2 – Do Not Glorify the Separate Self
First, we must abandon thoughts of glorifying our separated self (or the self that we think, in illusion, is separated). So often we seek to glorify the physical, with material objects and the trappings of “success.” But we are digging our own grave when we do so. So let us ask today how to avoid glorifying the self. We will be told, and then when we act on this knowledge (for it is knowledge, not perception), then we will be set on the right path.
3 – Mind and Heart = One
Second, we need to ask that our mind and heart be made one. We know many things intellectually, for many of us have studied diligently. But intellectual understanding is often not comforting in the middle of the night, when fears try to overwhelm one. So we need to invite our heart to join. This is our emotional aspect, and we do not need intellectual proof when our emotions are involved. We simply feel the good feeling (or the bad), and we live sanely. The lack of intellectual “proof” does not disturb the heart, for the heart knows things that cannot be proved. And the heart does not ask for proof.
4 – Christ/Self
Finally, we seek to unite with the Christ/Self in us. This is the Self of whom Christ-consciousness is concerned. We have never actually left this Self, and this point (made repeatedly) is pivotal. We can clain Christ-consciousness as our birthright, but it is God Himself who makes the decision about when we are ready to receive this blessing..
5 – The Base of ACOL
This sequence is at the base of A Course of Love. If we can ask for and receive (for receiving is, of course, necessary), then we will have walked the whole pathway. And all of us wish for this. We pray for this. And one day this blessing of Christ-consciousness will belong to us all.
I would ask for a transformation to begin today. I know that I need to turn myself over to You in mind and heart for thsi transformation to happen. Be with me as I make every effort to turn myself over to You today.
The Christ/Self who is within is my lodestone. It is my way home to You. Help me to sense today, if only for a moment, what this Self can do for me. And may I reach out to others, for it is only in connectedness that we see the light.