1 – Day 30
“What is held in common is shared and is a characteristic representation of the whole. Just as simple fractions can be added together to achieve wholeness once a common denominator is found, your own fractiousness can yield to wholeness through the common denominator of the self. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Day 30)”
2 – A Common Denominator
The use of a metaphor of a common denominator is a very clever way to illustrate what we really need to note: our own fractiousness yields to wholeness, once we understand, really understand, the self. Our self yields to the Self; our personal self merges into the Wholeness that is God.
3 – The Metaphor
We don’t need to linger over this metaphor, though the metaphor is exact. It may have been a long time since we gave any thought to the common denominator in mathematics or arithmetic, probably in the elementary grades years ago—unless we majored in math in college. Yet the image will come back to us. We will know whereof Jesus speaks. And we are blessed by his comparison.
4 – Wholeness
We need the Wholeness that our common denominator of self points out to us. We need to merge into God through the elevated Self of form, the Self seen in physical surroundings and embodying the physical. This is what we know here, and we are led through A Course of Love to know that the physical is not to be denigrated. We can live Christ-conscious lives on this earth; we do not have to wait for the afterlife to know Awakening, to truly know God.
5 – Joining
“Wholeness can be achieved without joining, thus the commonly known injunction of ‘where two or more are joined together.’ If you would think of this in terms of ‘God’ or the state of ‘Wholeness’ or “Beingness’ separating into more than one in order to know Itself, you would see that knower and known are one. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Day 30)”
6 – Beingness
This simple phrase, “Beingness separating into more than one in order to know Itself,” is an exact characterization of what has happened in the metaphysical realm. The same image is described at some length in Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God. The image explains why the Wholeness cannot know itself in wholeness. When wholeness is all that one knows, then one cannot know self. It takes the individualization or differentiation of the One into parts before any knowing can take place.
7 – Theology
It this theology disturbs you, don’t take it unto yourself. We do not have to agree on theology in order to have an experience of God. Theology may delay us. Common experience will only solidify our relationship, and it is in the union of the All with the diversity of the various relationships of Its parts that we can know ourselves. Unity and relationship are terms used throughout A Course of Love, so often that we can lose sight of the depth of their meaning, and pass right over them. Don’t pass over these words; they point to deep, deep meaning, and they point to our greatest religious experience to date.
8 – The Self
“Stated another way, the self cannot know the Self without joining with the Self. The Self must be the knower and the known, the experience and the experiencer. The quest to join with God is this quest. The quest to be the knower and the known, the experience and the experiencer. The culmination of this quest then, is joining. (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 208)”
9 – Wholeheartedness
“Wholeness” is a theme of A Course of Love. Repeatedly we are encouraged to combine dualities into one by the power of our desire, our wholeheartedness. Separation and union are both experienced, but it is union that wins out in the long run. We reach through relationship to others (and to ourselves) the union that is so desired. This is the way Home for us. It is the epitome of Awakening.
10 – Separate Selves
We are part of the many separate selves in our world. We combine into the one Self. This is another way of saying that we combine in God. The combining of the many into the one, the union of the many into the One, is the state of wholeness. We are joined one to another, and in this we recognize that we are one with God.
11 – Quest
We have been on a quest. We must see that the Self is both the knower and the known, the experience and experiencer. By drawing together all dualities, we make of our world one whole. We do not leave anyone out, whether or not they have ever themselves knowingly sought the quest that we are so urgently seeking. We are joining. And when we make this joining real, we will be finally whole.
May I leave none of my brothers and sisters out of the personal world that I am creating. May everyone I have ever known be remembered in this new reality.
The Self that I seek to be–the elevated Self of form–is before me now. May I leave behind egoistic patterns of mind and spirit, and reach toward my brothers and sisters with wholeheartedness. May I do this today and everyday.