“. . .[T]hese are the basic rules of the art of thought: First, to experience what is and to acknowledge what is, both as a fact of your existence as a human being and as a gift of the Creator. Second, to acknowledge the relationship inherent in the experience, the call for a response, and the nature of all gifts as being given to all. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 2.19)”
Affirmation: “May I create rather than ‘make.'”
1 – Abstract Passage
This passage is not easy to understand because it is so abstract. We, who so recently have been of the ego-mind, are used to concrete terms, and Jesus leaves out concrete terms when he channeled A Course of Love, especially the Treatises and the Dialogues (the latter two volumes of this trilogy). What can we make of this difficult passage?
2 – House of Truth
We need to recognize solely “what is,” which is another way of saying that we will not be lost in illusions or in dreams any longer, but will dwell in the House of Truth. We will not fool ourselves about what we are experiencing, lost in fantasies that bring only fleeting pleasure. We will not be lost in fantasies at all. Neither obsessions. We will confront what is before us with wide-open eyes, not in the physical sense, but with the inner eye. The Self/Christ within will be our lodestone.
3 – All Gifts Are Given to All
All gifts are given to all, not at the same time, but eventually. We know that all gifts are shared, and that we are not “special” in any sense at all. Or, conversely, we are all special, but specialness is an attribute that A Course in Miracles downplays. We are not actually special in that we possess anything that others do not also possess on some level. Right now gifts seem to vary among people, but this will not always be the case. In eternity all is shared; all gifts are shared.
4 – A Call for Response
What we experience calls for a response from us. And this response practices the art of thought. We do not feel a responsibility for others, to do for them what they can do for themselves, but we do respond when they are in need. The need is, after all, only temporary, for all needs are met immediately. It is only wants that are not always answered, and perhaps that would not be a good thing. The solution is always with the problem. We need not fear. God is within, answering our every need. And from this point of certainty, we respond to Him and to others. We give of ourselves in this transaction, and we are not fearful in the giving. We know that giving and receiving are one.
I would try to experience, directly, what is–not what I might wish for in fantasies or obsessions. What is, is the art of thought in one of its main components. Thank You for the clarity that today’s passage gives to this new concept. May I take it unto my heart and walk a clear pathway back to You, a clear path with clear vision to see my way.
I have gifts, and this is not ego. So does everyone else. And these gifts right now vary, but ultimately all gifts will be shared with each other. And there is no ego in this. I need to be all that I can be for my brothers and sister, and I ask Your help to keep my Christ/Self perking away, with the go ever-withering, disappearing entirely.
Thank You for the benefits that Jesus has pointed out to us in A Course of Love. May I comprehend with my wholeheartedness, and may my mind no longer try to dominate my heart.