“That Source is Love, and it is available in every situation but for the asking: What would love have me do? What would love have me see? What would love have me say? (A Course of Love, 32.2)”
Affirmation: “I would choose Love consistently today.”
1 – God = Love
Love is not just an emotion. As we know, Love is another Name for God, another name for the Divine. We do not understand this mystery in our minds, but our hearts do understand, and it is our hearts that A Course of Love frequently appeals. And when we join mind to heart, we have the wholeheartedness that is required of us by ACOL.
2 – Akin to ACIM
This series of questions in today’s passage are reminiscent of year another series of questions, along the same lines, from A Course in Miracles. But in ACIM, we are bade to ask these questions of the Holy Spirit. And here the three questions are bade of love, another way of viewing emotion in the heart. So Love does partake of emotion.
3 – Certainty
We can know certainty, when we look within and see no lack. We respond in Love, and then we know what to say, do, and even think. There is no confusion on this point.
4 – Look Within
This indeed is the certainty that this world has lacked heretofore, and the certainty that we have craved. As previously noted in A Course of Love, we have looked to this certainty in our relationships, where it cannot be found. But when we look within, lo, there it is indeed. And our words, actions, and thoughts smooth out so that we attract all that is right and good in our world.
5 – Law of Attraction
Much has been written about the law of attraction, in which like attracts like, and we can have anything in our world if we realize that we “create our own reality.” Many have found that this practice of thinking and making affirmations does not always work as promised. That is because we are trying to make a formula of God, and He will not be pigeonholed that way. We cannot carry God in our hip pocket, as my freshman professor of religion warned us in class one day. God is too big to be manipulated by our mere words. Even our feelings are not enough, for this is simply the wrong way to get what we want. We may succeed for a time, but all will turn to ashes and dust in our hands if we do not place the Divine at the center of our lives. He is the only certainty in our changing and unstable world.
6 – Will All Go Smoothly for Us?
God does not give guarantees that all will always go smoothly for us. It is certain that following a faith will make us happier and more joyous, but we will always have difficulties, for difficulties are part of the human condition. These difficulties will not seem so onerous, though, when we know that there are higher laws of which we know nothing. God has not revealed all of his secrets to our limited minds and hearts. We could not sustain these secrets if He tried, and so He gives us only what we are ready to have, and this is not always the same as our heartfelt wishes. Having all that we want would not always be good for us, for often, in our frailty, we ask for the wrong things. And he protects us from ourselves in such cases.
Help me to choose what Love would do, say, and even think. This is asking of You what You would have me do, say, and think. There is no formula that would make of You a genie in a bottle. You do not respond in the affirmative to our every affirmation, even the ones that we seek to “allow.” You are too big for that. You are also too caring of us, for sometimes we ask awry. We ask for what would not be good for us.
I would ask today only for what is right and good in Your sight. Then and only then am I certain of getting what I have asked for. Thank You that this, in my interpretation, seems true in my experience. Anything else smacks of a pact with the devil (i.e., the ego).