“This world as you perceive of it is built around the foundation of fear, a fear that stemmed from the belief in finite life, in being born into a body and dying to the body. The person who knows, truly knows, the simplest truth of the identity of the Self no longer lives in a dualistic position with God, but in a monistic state with Him. (A Course of Love, 30.7)”
Affirmation: “I do not have to be afraid of death ever again.”
1 – Death and Our Identity
Today’s passage is, first of all, about death. But, more than that, it is about our real identity in eternity, the Self that exists in eternity and does not have to ever fear the demise of the body. Yes, surely, the body will die, but the Self has never even been born into this finite world, because it is totally beyond illusion and is, in truth, a real thing, living in the real world. (A Course in Miracles indicates, in the Manual, words to this effect.)
2 – Monistic State with God
The passage concludes with the fact that we dwell in a monistic state with God, being One with Him. We do not have to conceive in any way whatsoever that God is separate from ourselves, for He is not. When we believe in a separate Being who is God, we are dwelling in dualism, and ACIM and A Course of Love do not teach dualism. In that sense, ACIM and ACOL are at odds with some biblical statements that regard the world as God’s handiwork, and describe an anthropomorphic figure who can come down and walk with us in the garden. This is a beautiful myth, and it is not far off track, when we conceive of our deepest being, being God, that we are a part of Him. We can commune with God, for He is the Universal, and He recognizes that our channels of communication to Him have been closed, because we have been asleep. And, metaphorically, he “thinks” that He must awaken us. (These are paraphrases from A Course in Miracles.)
3 – Work with God
Let us do all that we feel God is asking of us to be made ready for Awakening (as ACIM calls it) or Christ-consciousness (as ACOL calls it). We do not know the hour that this blessing will be bestowed on us.
4 – Awakening
It behooves us to be ready, but not to strive to be ready. Awakening is the gift of God, and we do not have to make elaborate preparations for its arrival. The holy instant will so transform us that Awakening will be easy and tranquil, relaxed and peaceful. (The “holy instant” is described in ACIM.)
I thank You that I am no longer afraid of death. I am probably more afraid of suffering unto death. But I ask You to help me with that as well. I know that life is eternal, but I did not come to this conclusion on blind faith. There are indications along the way, and I thank You for leading me to read the right things that supported, for me, a belief in eternal life.
Help me to get ready for Awakening, but I know that it is not indicated to strive for Awakening. You make the decision, and I await Your good pleasure. Thank You for the glimpses of Awakening that You have shown me. And those glimpses show me that what will come is good.