True Vision Is Seeing with the Expectation of Revelation

“. . .[T]rue vision is seeing relationship and union. It is the opposite of seeing with the eyes and the attitude of separation. It is seeing with an expectation first and foremost of revelation. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.32)”

1 – ACIM

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus assures us that true vision does not have anything to do with the vision that our eyes have, or the world that our eyes behold. True vision sees beyond the illusion that is this world. It is an internal concept that one can enjoy when he or she has left behind the belief in separation from God as well as separation from our brothers and sisters.

2 – ACOL

A Course of Love, as we have repeatedly described, is based in large part on this theme of relationship and union (often called “unity and relationship”). The words are repeated so often that perhaps we lose sight of their true meaning, but a simple return to what the words themselves mean can set our minds and hearts at rest. We are in relationship to the All, which includes our brothers and sisters as well as God, but this All is actually One (i.e., unity). This easy definition will go a long way toward helping us to understand that Jesus is not asking us to believe or to live the impossible. We can live in unity and relationship, and indeed we will want to do so. Only in that way can we come to know the fullest meaning of salvation, the fullest extent of Awakening to Christ-consciousness.

3 – Perception

We all too often depend on our perception to determine our reactions in this world. This is discussed at length in A Course in Miracles. But we are also told in ACIM that projection makes perception. And who would want to live a projection from ourselves that shows us an evil and suffering world? We will not be blind to suffering when we move beyond seeing in this way, but we will see the larger picture–almost miraculously–and in no way will be tempted to blame our God for this state of affairs. Just as Jesus promises, we can know “pure joy” and “limitless release” on a daily basis. These two phrases can be the way that we view this world, as Jesus has bade us to do constantly. Only then will we know the peace that is held out to us in both ACIM and ACOL.

4 – Revelation

We want revelation to review the end to us, and this glimpse does frequently come when we study A Course in Miracles. Jesus indicates that revelation will occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed—and those means are being carefully explained in ACIM. Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully communicated. The revelation cannot be “proved” to anybody (nor would we want to do so). God uses our inner sight to appeal to that which we can understand, said in a way that only we could understand.

5 – Visions

Visions (hallucinations) are miracles, not revelation, because visions are perceptual. Knowledge is revelation. This distinction between perception and knowledge is given repeatedly in A Course in Miracles. Our Guide, the Holy Spirit, and God Himself give knowledge, for knowledge is only of God.

6 – Ask of the Holy Spirit / Christ Self

What would we like to know that we don’t? Ask questions of the Holy Spirit, and He will answer. He will never leave us bereft. We have a Guide Who does not fail. In this era, we are bade to ask questions of the inner Christ Self. So there is a progression between A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

7 – Magic

Our own attempts at magic are pitiful in comparison to the knowledge that we will get by asking of the right Source. We put our faith in pills, incantations, affirmations—and some of these are good, at least some of the time. But we don’t get the full benefit of God’s grace until we put our faith in Him and Him alone—and His Communicator, the Holy Spirit.

8 – Our Lives Smooth Out

Then our lives smooth out, and all goes quite a bit better. Maybe, first, just a little bit better, but this little bit expands as our dedication increases. And when we do the Workbook lessons of A Course in Miracles, our minds change to accommodate the knowledge that God wills for all of us.

9 – Personal Interpretation

I see the Bible, A Course in Miracles, and A Course of Love, as progressions to match our culture of the time. God’s revelation in the Christian orientation is one way that we find our way home. Jesus is the leader whom we have chosen. There are other ways for people not receptive to Jesus, but his way is our chosen way, and in this we can rest secure. We will find our way home, and soon. In ACIM and ACOL Jesus is leading us, step by step, to Awakening to Christ-consciousness. In the latter part of ACOL, we see this as the elevated Self of form, the form that we occupy in this physical world. And we need to sustain this form, a feat that Jesus declares has never been achieved in this world.

10 – Time of Christ

Times are different now. We are living in the time of Christ, and light floods our planet. We will find our way home, and soon.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

You would have me to experience true vision–the revelation of a new world that only You can bring to me. In revelation, You reach down to me, and You bless me. I ask for this blessing today.

Be with me as I go about our sometimes woeful world. May I keep my head in the clouds, but my feet on the ground, grounded in You.

Amen.

Know with an Inner Knowing that Will Aid the Eyes’ Sight

“Have you thought your instincts will be sharpened and that you will know with an inner knowing that will aid the sight of your eyes? (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.31)”

1 – Jesus

This passage describes succinctly what Jesus has explained earlier in the “Treatise on the New,” but in less cogent terms. We will know with an inner knowing, once we have accepted the Christ-consciousness that he holds out to us as awaiting us at the end of the “journey without distance” (an ACIM quotation) that we have taken. This inner knowing is somewhat different from the intuitions that we have come to recognize from the Holy Spirit. In my experience of the Holy Spirit, there was a definite statement, felt internally, of what the next step was to be. There was a bit of a delay as the Holy Spirit stepped back and let me make a decision of whether or not to follow His guidance.

2 – No Delay

But in this inner knowing of the Christ-consciousness, there is no delay. The way is effortless and easy. We want to follow the instinct that has suddenly, almost imperceptibly, arisen in us. This is akin to allowing Jesus to guide us without our conscious awareness, a step that he told us in A Course in Miracles still awaited us. He said there that most were not yet ready for this type of guidance. In A Course of Love, we have become ready. We are asked to become ready. We are told that we need not seek for yet another way, another pathway that will give us more peace. The time of peace has arrived. We are justified. We do not have to wonder if we are worthy.

3 – Misleading Us?

This type of reassurance is very important at this juncture. Many will feel that it is too good to be true, and many will believe that Jesus is misleading us–but if we take him at his word, we will experience the truth of what he says. ACIM also talked about the fear from us that Jesus might be misleading us. But no one who has studied those volumes long and faithfully still clings to this early misinterpretation.

4 – ACOL

Now we are asked to accept A Course of Love with the same acuity. We need to recognize that perfection on our own part, achieved by ourselves, is not the goal. Has the belief that perfection of our little personalities not always been the sticking point? But in A Course in Miracles, Jesus reassures us that he stands at the end of the journey to reach to us, to correct the mistakes that we cannot correct. He stands ready to help us at our point of failure. This he is doing in A Course of Love (though he does not say this specifically). Jesus would have us to realize that mistakes do not impede the “perfection” to which he draws us. He wants only a perfect faith, and even though we demur, this perfect faith is, as A Course of Love indicates, within the power of all of us–with Jesus as our always loving guide, ready to correct our errors as we move toward Christ-consciousness (and indeed, as we live Christ-consciousness).

5 – Inner Understanding

The decision to listen to inner understanding is not lost on those of us who might still be living with the Holy Spirit rather than the Christ Self. All of us have access to a knowing that is vastly superior to anything that we had access to when the ego was in the foreground.

6 – Internal Asking

If we don’t feel that we have a real sense of what to say and do, just ask internally.

7 –

That is all that is required.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I live Christ-consciousness today, living with the knowing that is inner entirely. I recognize the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and I find that actually there is an oscillation between the two ways of coming to know the right pathway.

You would have me just to “know,” but I will be patient and wait for Your messages, however they are given to me. In A Course of Love, Jesus indicates that what got us in trouble in the first place was our impatience; this is when the “tiny, mad idea” crept in. May I know patience today. And may You walk with me every step of my day today.

Amen.

Connections

“And yet your vision has already changed, although you are not aware of the extent of this change. Realize now that you have come to recognize unity. You do not any longer see each person and event as separate, with no relation to the whole. You are beginning to see the connections that exist and this is the beginning. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2:29)”

“Connections” is a potent term in our culture today. We are, even in secular society, constantly talking about our connections to others. We want to be connected, no longer separate, encased in physical bodies that don’t reach out to one another.

This change may very well be the result of A Course in Miracles’s increasing influence in our culture. Many people quote from ACIM without letting anybody know the source of their remarks. Many people write entire books with the message of ACIM without ever attributing their sources. So the inclusion of ACIM in our culture is significant. It behooves
us to study the original, with a view toward understanding fully. We can learn what others say, including this blog, and we can get a good overview, but the best writings point to their source, and that is the text of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

“Examine what you may have felt the onset of true vision would mean. Have you considered the question? Have you expected to see in the same way but more lovingly? (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.31)”

This command is daunting. We are asked to reexamine our thoughts and emotions for the changes that we are undergoing. And change may be stressful, though Jesus would have us to realize that change, under his direction and without the ego’s interference, is not stressful.

Our vision from God is an expression of revelation. A Course in Miracles explains that revelation will occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed. Those means are, first of all, explained in ACIM. Now A Course of Love has taken us a step forward, beyond the time of the Holy Spirit and His guidance, into Christ-consciousness, which depends on an inner knowing that is normally wordless.

If we have never thought about what true vision would entail, we will not be ready to accept vision from God when it comes. I once read that one should not beseech heaven for a miracle that one would not recognize if seen at high noon. That is a particularly graphic illustration of the change that is set before us now. We must ask for eyes to see, ears to hear. We must be anticipatory about the change that awaits us. Above all, we must not fear this change. Faith can substitute for the fear that we once had, and which we once felt protected us. Faith, as I am describing it, is a form of love–and A Course in Miracles says that fear and love are the only two emotions, all others being variant forms of these two.
May we wait at high noon for the miracle–indeed, the revelation–that awaits us. It qualifies as a revelation rather than a miracle because, asACIM points out, revelation comes only from God. God will stay by us now, as He especially eagerly awaits our transformation. As so many have pointed out before, He has only our hands and feet to do His bidding. (The same has also been said of our guide, Jesus.)

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I long for true vision, for the revelation that Christ-consciousness holds out for me. Be with me today as I keep this request in mind. I know that You have placed this longing in my heart and mind, and that, since it is Your wish, my prayer will be answered. If not today–if I must wait beyond today–help me to prepare for the vision that You will surely grant when I have been made ready.

I believe that if my faith in You is strong enough today, this will be the day that vision will come to me. Help me to be steadfast.

I would have a good day today, resting in Your peace. Be with me as I seek to make good decisions, following the advice and guidance that I get. I would not make my own decisions today, for my judgment is necessarily faulty.

I would make good decisions. For that I need Your guidance.

Thank You for guiding me.

Amen.

Our Vision—Revelation from God—Has Happened

“. . .[Y]our vision has already changed, although you are not aware of the extent of this change. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.30)”

1 – Vision

Our vision, our revelation from God, has happened–sometimes intermittently and sometimes on a more permanent basis. We have let go our mistakes–not sins (according to A Course in Miracles). We have asked forgiveness for our misdeeds, and we have received absolution. We still do not fully comprehend all that this new state of being, of Christ-consciousness, holds out to us. We are still living in the shadow of separation from God.

2 – Pray

Pray today to have this dichotomy removed. We will never live a joyful life as long as we are conflicted about our state of mind and heart, our wholeheartedness (a tenet of A Course of Love). We are ready to step into a new world, while yet still inhabiting this world that we have known since our birth. A Course in Miracles talks of the change that individuals undergo who have accepted Awakening–indeed, even before we understand fully what Awakening holds out to us. We are said to smile more often, and we are said to be recognized by others who walk the earth as we do. Yet the individuals who surround us, and who have not experienced this wondrous change, will not see anything different in us. They will think we are as we were before. This is almost a form of communion among believers that many to which many who have not accepted the New are oblivious.

3 – Jesus

We need to ask for Jesus’s help, as our guide, to come to understand this huge change ahead. We are on the cusp of this change, and we will not step forward to accept the elevated Self of form if we hold to ourselves any sense of fear. It is time to leave the ego’s fears behind. It is time to move into Christ-consciousness, perhaps at first tentatively, but with the promise that this new state of mind and heart is meant for us to enjoy on a permanent basis.

4 – Change

Little will change unless we want it to change. We have to make a decision for God. We have to know that we want change, and all too often we are dubious of change if the present is bearable.

5 – Familiar

But there is so much more out there waiting for us. Loose yourself from the familiar today, and choose to know God in a way of greater knowing.

6 – Sorry?

You will not be sorry you did.

7 – Judgment

“You must remember that you are now called to see without judgment. To see without judgment is to see truly. You need not look for good or bad, but only need be steadily aware that you can only see in one of two ways—with love or fear. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2:29)”

8 – Love

We want to see with love, without judgment, and we must see without judgment if we are to know enlightenment. Judging is one of the prohibitions, and if we cling to it, we will not sustain Christ-consciousness even if we catch a fleeting glimpse.

9 – No Fear

We need to learn how to do without fear. Fear is the language of the ego, and we have known this language for so long that it is familiar to us, and so we cling to it, despite pain and suffering. We do not have to “reject” fear, for to do so would create resistance, and resisting something only makes it stronger in our psyche. We just turn aside easily and peacefully from fear when it enters our lives again. We don’t rail against it. We just quietly say, “No.”

10 – Christ Self

And the Christ Self will enter and heal us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know what the vision, the revelation, holds out to me. May I know Christ-consciousness in all Its glory. This I pray for today.

If the day brings difficulties, may I realize that these difficulties do not have to be experienced as deeply as once they would have been. With Your help, I am moving into a new world, a world bright with your glory and majesty.

I would be done with fear, and if my resolution weakens, I would know what to do—to turn to You without fail. You will tell me what to do to rid myself of fear, for fear is not Your will. Fear is something that my erstwhile ego made for itself, and it has turned upon me now.

I would live in Your shadow always. I would love, love mightily, and realize that being lost in the love—Your love—is the best and, indeed, only way to put fear to rest.

Amen.

Vision in a New World Is Shared with the All, the One

“You have lived with the vision of the separated self for so long that you cannot imagine what shared vision will mean, and do not yet recognize it when you experience it. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.29)”

1 – Shared Vision

This quotation speaks of a shared vision which our separated self never knows. But the time is ripe for this separation to end for many of us, as many as can believe in the One.

2 – One with the All

Shared vision will be one with All, including God as well as our brothers and sisters. Vision is more an attribute of God than is observation, a concept that refers to the physical manifestation of what vision has first shown. But, as this passage says, we have long become accustomed to a separated self. And now we are being asked to move into a shared Self of form, the elevated Self of form.

3 – Christ-consciousness

The elevated Self of form is a manifestation of Christ-consciousness in the physical world. We do not leave this world by death to experience this revelation, and it is revelation from God to us (never the reverse, as A Course in Miracles makes clear). We do not achieve immortality in the physical form that we inhabit, though; this ACOL makes clear elsewhere. This idea of immortality in the physical form that we have now is a frequent misinterpretation of A Course in Miracles. Perhaps it is merely wish fulfillment for those of us who still fear death. But some have said that death itself is like walking through an open door, and who could fear that?

4 – Elevated Self of Form
We do not fully recognize, always, when we are in fact experiencing the elevated Self of form, the revelation of Christ-consciousness. We think that we are not worthy, and so we do not open ourselves to the truth that these altered states of mind and heart are indeed something new and different for us. We need to leave behind the feelings that we experienced when separation was all that we knew. With Jesus as our guide, there is now something more out there, just waiting for us.
5 – Peace

We cannot understand what peace will truly be ours when we have experienced the vision that we share with the All, the One, our brothers and sisters and God. We need to understand, for it is only in the understanding that we fully experience the God Who is within. The Christ Self will guide us, if we let Him. And if we are still caught in the way of A Course in Miracles, the Holy Spirit will guide us. May we look to a Guide today to lead us where we cannot go alone.

6 – I feel conflict when I think that God is a remote Figure, far away from me, not knowing anything about what I do in my illusion. And this conflicted feeling is bound to be of the ego, which I would not reinforce in any way. I have come to recognize that an overwrought feeling is evidence that I am contemplating the wrong pathway. This from long experience. When I prayed, to God, this morning, I felt peace. I would like to give my Goddess a good day, for I am a part of God. How can God not know me when I am a part of God? How can I not recognize this, when Jesus tells me that the final parts of A Course in Miracles are a more direct approach to God, a direct approach that will be traumatic rather than beatific if I approach God without preparation?

7 – Separated Self

We often speak from a separated self, and we rejoice that God does not know about all that we do in this separated self. We would be chagrined if He knew all about us. But He walks with us as a part of us; how can He not know? We need to realize that the All is God-stuff, that we are part of a differentiated Mass, and that God indeed does know all about us. If this makes us uncomfortable, so be it.

8 – A Different Course for Everyone

There is a course for everyone who seeks to spread salvation. Our interpretations differ, and it is up to each of us to decide what to believe. To take another’s word in interpretation is a dangerous concept, one that we best avoid. We need desperately to develop our own interpretations of exactly what is entailed in salvation.

9 – Controversy

Be with me to avoid controversy today. I would avoid controversy, because this is such a dividing tactic on the part of the ego to drive us apart. May we each respect the differing opinions about God, for surely He is beyond our finite minds. We see what we want to see, all too often. We look to Jesus in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love to set us straight. And even then we still differ. May the ego fail to prevail. May our diversity be a strength and not a weakness.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I believe that the unitive state, the one no longer felt as separation, is my way Home. You are waiting eagerly for me to return. The way has been long and hard. May I find my way Home today.

May any conflict that I have had about You subside in the glow of Your Presence. I feel calm when I pray, and that much is beyond me. May I walk in Your way, today and always.

Amen.

Living Union with God

“This state of union is what differentiated me from my brothers and sisters at the time of my life on earth. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.28)”

1 – Jesus and Mary

May we live in a state of union, as did Jesus when he lived his physical life on earth 2,000 years and more ago! Elsewhere Jesus asserts that his mother Mary also lived the risen life, and that her way is now going to become the way of many on earth. He was to “do,” and she was to “be.” And some, Jesus says, will combine the two ways of being in our new age.
But we must not let go of the need to be in union with God and with our brothers and sisters. We have Jesus as our example life, as the “doer.” If we choose doing, we still do not choose his pathway; our lives do not normally end in martyrdom. If we choose Mary’s way of “being,” we are still in union with God and our brothers and sisters. And the same holds true for those of us who combine the two ways, doing and being. We have much freedom in this life to make our own choices.

2 – Christ-consciousness

Christ-consciousness is a way of life that is perhaps freer than we experienced in the time of the Holy Spirit, when we were bade always to follow His guidance. We now have an inner knowing that allows Jesus to guide us without conscious awareness. This was presaged in ACIM and comes full circle in ACOL. We are ready. We must never doubt that, because to do so is only to prolong the “journey without distance” (a quotation from ACIM).

3 – Does God Know about Us?

Perhaps this lesson today in A Course of Love will help us to understand why some interpreters of A Course in Miracles declare that God does not know about us. We do not yet—until we reach Christ-consciousness—live in union with God, for we have, in illusion, separated from Him. There is one point in ACIM that Jesus says that the final parts of ACIM depend on a more direct route to God, and we must be carefully prepared, or the experience will be more traumatic than beatific. This seems to be the crux of the matter. We are really afraid of God, for until we change our minds, we harbor fears that He will reject us for this lapse into egoic life and for neglecting Him. This is not true, for God is in the New Testament and in ACIM and A Course of Love declared to be a loving God who means nobody any harm. We are not to be punished for this lapse into egoic life (a tenet of ACIM). When we move in love, we are there already. When we live in faith, we are there already. And when we reach enlightenment, we are really there already.

4 – Union

The union with God is something that we all ought to consider carefully, and to seek as though one’s hair were on fire (a Zen anecdote). We ought to want to be One with God, for this is the best life; this is our inheritance. And we will never be truly happy until we have reached this way of living.

5 – Commune with God

May we commune with God as we conceive Him to be today. May we learn anew that He is there, waiting for us. He is lonely without communicating with us, whom He created (an ACIM tenet). He knows that our channels are closed to Him. Let us seek to open those channels today. There is no better way.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Is it too bold of me to say that I realize Christ-consciousness from time to time? I know that the inner feeling and the whispered unheard Voice do not always work as they used to for me. Is my just knowing enough? I wish now to reach the certainty that you talked about in A Course of Love, the certainty that I am guided with just an inner knowing that does not “feel” or be “heard.”

Again I look forward to this day with joy. I know that the prayers that I have made most recently have strengthened me and made my life much happier as well as smoother. Thank You, as always, for just being there for me.

Let conflict drop from me. I know that I am Your beloved, as is everyone. May we do what we can, from our side, to open our channels to You.

Amen.

The Disjoining of Mind and Heart / The Rejoining into Wholeheartedness

“The separated state was nothing more than the disjoining of heart and mind, a state in which mind attempted to know without the relationship of the heart and so merely perceived its own creations rather than the creations birthed in unity. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2.26)”

1 – Wholeheartedness

This passage alludes to the joining of mind and heart into “wholeheartedness” that the first volume of A Course of Love makes so beautifully clear. We are meant to live in wholeheartedness. In fact, we see that A Course of Love is to the heart what A Course in Miracles was to the mind. Now we have both joined–wholeheartedness.

2 – Separation

We are now ready to leave separation behind, separation from God and separation from our brothers and sisters. We are ready to leave a separated self behind also, to have an elevated Self of form that is wholehearted. Mind and heart are once more joined in unity. And in this state we are able to understand, once again, what it means to be in relationship to all that surrounds us, especially our brothers and sisters.

3 – A Fortunate Fall

We have long lamented the separation from God. But ACOL indicates that this separation was part of the plan. In A Course in Miracles, we learn that this separation happened when a tiny, mad idea crept into the mind of God’s Son. There was nothing to do but to find a plan that could not be subverted, and this plan ultimately culminated in the plan of forgiveness for each other and ourselves. Our egos wanted to call our mistakes “sins,” but to call these mistakes by such a term did tend to make them attractive to us on a continual basis (an ACIM tenet). When we have a mistake, we naturally want to correct it. We have changed its status from a sin to a mistake, and we respond accordingly. ACOL makes the same pronouncement, in slightly different words. Elsewhere we learn that we can turn aside from the things in our personalities that we dislike; we are not bound to keep these lamentable traits. But we are ready to accept Christ in Christ-consciousness, despite what we may still view as flaws. ACIM says that Jesus stands at the end of the journey to undo mistakes that we have not been able to undo. These twin ideas in ACIM and ACOL thus meld into one.

4 – Elevated Self of Form

If we come to understand these concepts, we will be well on our way to the elevated Self of form. We must not let theology delay us; if anything in this interpretation does not resonate with you, then just turn aside from it. A universal experience is mandatory, a universal theology impossible. Why? We see things from different perspectives because our personalities differ. What one may need by way of his/her religion is different from another. Many of us need a personal God, and some find this personal God in the Holy Spirit. A Course in Love, though, says that today the era of the Holy Spirit is over, that we are to learn through the Christ inside of us. This Christ is a part of God Himself, as ACOL teaches. We are a part of God, and so we think with His Mind (an ACIM tenet). We may also come to realize that we feel with God’s heart, in the manner of A Course of Love’s “wholeheartedness,” and this will indeed make our pathway much smoother.

5 – Theology

Don’t let theology delay you, especially if differing interpretations of God’s Word are causing you conflict. Conflict is of the ego, not of either the Holy Spirit or the inner Christ, and certainly not of God Himself. If we are experiencing conflict, we have let the ego intrude once again in our lives, and the results of allowing that mistake could be deplorable.

6 – Come Home

Come home to God today. Never let interpretations lead you to cut back on your moments of solitude with God.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Be with me today as I try to meld my heart and mind into wholeheartedness. Thank You for being with me in the difficult moments. Life is not always smooth, but You are there for me always.

May I turn aside from my mistakes, and may I let Your grace repair my wrongdoings. It is with joy that I look forward to this day.

I find that reading interpretations of Jesus’s words sometimes confuses me. I would not have it so. I would go to his words directly, and interact with those words in as elemental a fashion as possible. Help me to do so. Help me to listen to what You are saying to me about Jesus’s words. Be with me today as I seek to have a good day in Your grace.

Amen.

Separating from God and All of Creation

“God always existed. But you separated yourself from direct awareness of your relationship with unity, with oneness with God, just as you separated yourself from relationship with the wholeness of the pattern of creation. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2.22)”

1 – Unity and Relationship

Here again is a further explanation of unity and relationship. Our unity is not, as we may have suspected, just with our brothers and sisters, but with God Himself. God is the All, and we would do well to remember this. He is deep within us, as well as present in the outside as we perceive it. He is everywhere, but still in the unity that makes Him One, not in pantheism.

2 – Direct Awareness?

We now need to reaffirm this direct awareness that we have lost. This direct awareness can be viewed as another way of describing Christ-consciousness. In A Course in Miracles, Jesus says that there is a way for us to be brought under his direct guidance, but that this usually entails a step that we are not yet ready to accept. Perhaps, by the time we have studied both ACIM and ACOL (and ascended to the mountain top with Jesus in the Forty Days and Forty Nights), we will be ready for this direct awareness again. May this be so. Such a joy we would know in all of our days, even the times that seem, on the surface, to be hard.

3 – Combat?

We have lived in combat with not only our brothers and sisters, but with our environment. Thankfully, as a worldwide society, we are coming to know better. The “wholeness of the pattern of creation” does include, to my way of thinking, not only our brothers and sisters, but also our environmental surroundings. We are a part of creation, and though we look upon ourselves as the crowning part of creation, it behooves us to consider other forms of life as well, along with the natural world.

4 – Oneness

“You have believed in God and perhaps in some concept of unity or oneness, but you have also denied even the possibility of experiencing your own direct relationship with God, or the possibility that your life is a direct experience of the pattern of unity or oneness that is creation. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2:22)”
We can experience a direct relationship with God, though A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love are ambivalent about whether or not this relationship can be outside of Awakening or Christ-consciousness. Much is said in A Course in Miracles about listening to the Holy Spirit, Who is our Guide, and Who is Universal Inspiration. And much is said in A Course of Love about listening to the Christ Self, found within the mind, and exemplified in a combination of mind and heart that embodies wholeheartedness.

5 – Illusions

It is possible that the illusion in which we exist prior to Awakening is not entered into by God, and thus we need a mediator. I don’t personally believe this, but many sincere students/teachers of A Course in Miracles do so believe.

6 – Direct Communion

Certainly, after Christ-consciousness, we commune directly with God. This much is made clear by this quotation. And we understand, once again, the unity of all creation. We are in a fortunate period indeed when we welcome Christ-consciousness into our lives. God makes the decision of when, but we can do much to be ready. Actually it is the Holy Spirit Who does the “much,” because it is said in ACIM that we have to do little, just show a “little willingness.”

7 – God

Whatever the truth of our relationship to God, certainly He has not left us bereft. He is with us in spirit or in actuality.

8 – Rest Easy

And with this assurance, we can rest easy.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Please help me to rejoin You, my brothers and sisters, and to adopt a friendly relationships with my environment in this world. I would not have separation anymore. You can effect this change in me. I ask for it now.

Thank you for your support, emotionally and in other ways, as I have sought to walk alone in this world. I would leave that way of being behind today, as I walk with You every step of the way.

Amen.

An Easy and Effortless Life of No Struggle

“Not one day is meant to be lived in a struggle with what it brings. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.21)”

1 – Fighting Life

What a reassuring statement this passage is! We do not have to “fight” life, and indeed we are leading ourselves wrongly when we try. We learn that acceptance is the way to the real life, the true life. An awakened individual, about whom I once read, said that his secret was that it did not matter to him what happened. This reminds us of Paul in the New Testament, when he asserts that, whatsoever state he is in, therewith he has learned to be content.

2 – The Past

Many of us have struggled through long years of turmoil, drama, and anxieties—filled with pain and sometimes suffering. How we view our past lives is largely a matter of attitude. It is possible to see everything as a blessing, in that it brought you to this point, a point that we would not deny but would accept.

3 – Faith

Even the most abject sufferers in this world of ours, as we perceive predicaments, may have a strong faith and not feel put upon. This again comes back to attitude. It is possible to see everything as bringing you to this point in life and as doing so benignly.

4 – Rose-Colored Glasses?

This is not looking at the world with rose-colored glasses. This is the truth that we have been saved from much, that things could have been much worst. We often do not know what our blessings are; we would thank God that we have been saved from some of those things that we wanted the most at the time.

5 – Struggle

This is the way that we see struggle. But a little adjustment in point of view would make such a difference. And Jesus is showing us that difference in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

6 – Contentment

Jesus would have us to be content on a daily basis, even when life seems tough to us. Truly it will not seem so tough if we bow to his recommendation. Life is at times a struggle, but it is a clean struggle if we have asked forgiveness for our mistakes, and we can thereby led to experience the pure joy and limitless release that A Course in Miracles promises.

7 – Clean Life

May we live today a clean life, living in the promise of forgiveness from A Course in Miracles, and living in the unity and relationship promised in A Course of Love. Then we will turn aside from the suffering that we feel, and even pain is a “clean” pain, with no hint of the “in extremis” feeling that we may have felt in our past. Life today can be lived better, and what a joy that is!

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I live today without struggle, as Jesus has promised is possible. May I live in harmony and love, and may I let go of all the “issues” that seem to arise that only upset my peace. Life is not meant to be a struggle. I thank You for that promise.

Be with me today as I go about the day, seeking to recall the promise with which I am beginning this day. Be there for me, the prayer that I pray so much. I know that You are there, always, and it is only I that sometimes forget.

May the day bring only good. May I make the right decisions. May You walk with me, showing me the way constantly. Thank You for the effortless way that You direct me.

Amen.

We Are Not Called to Convince Anyone of the Way that We Have Chosen

“This is why it has long been stated that you are not called to evangelize or convince anyone of the merits of this course of study. This is just a course of study. Those whom you would seek to evangelize or convince are as holy as your Self. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.19)”

1 – Freeing Concept

Not feeling led to evangelize is a very freeing concept. We rest in our faith. We don’t bend the ear of anybody else who is not drawn to the readings to which we are drawn.

2 – Not to Proselytize

I have never been interested in proselytizing. My mother’s family actually, in their church denomination, discouraged this, and so the assertion by Jesus in this quotation is very reassuring me. Maybe I have had it right all along.

3 – Sharing

There is a difference in sharing what we have learned to those who are interested, and sharing what we have learned in an effort to “save a soul.” The souls of other people are precious in God’s sight, but He would have all come to Him in the best way possible for them.

4 – A Way

God would not have me insistent that my way is the only way, I believe. This means that many traditional religions are misguided in this tenet.

5 – Evangelizing

This quotation is very important. Unlike the New Testament, when we were called to evangelize the world, we are not called to do so now. I think that the difference is that our world has changed. The Internet, for one thing, brings us closer together. We read more, either on the Internet or in books. We are not led to try to convince anyone of anything. The people who are meant to find A Course of Love will find it; there is no better way.

It is also assumed by Jesus in this statement that many will find other pathways, even though he has said elsewhere in ACOL that this is a mandatory curriculum. In the Twenty First Century, many are coming to new understandings, because many are awakening to real life for the first time. We are healing the separation from God. We are living in a blessed time, despite the turmoil of this world.

6 – ACIM / ACOL

If one is not drawn to A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, perhaps there is a better way for him or her. Jesus says in ACIM that perhaps some will benefit only from a smile, being unready yet for more. I think that this is what he is saying in this quoted passage. If we try to proselytize, we risk turning people off. They must be turned on through their own heart–the “wholeheartedness” that the first volume of A Course of Love makes clear.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

It is reassuring to know that people will find their way to You without awkward proselytizing on my part for either A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love. May those who are ready for these writings find them. May my life be a good example of what following the words of these courses can accomplish.

Be with me today as I seek not to be defensive about anything, especially not these courses from Jesus. May I simply do Your will, as Your will is made known to me.

May I be led to say the things that will be helpful today. May I be only truly helpful. And may others feel the same way.

Amen.

To Understand What “Unity and Relationship” Really Mean

“Only from this shared vision, this observation of what is can you begin to produce unity and relationship through unity and relationship. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.18)”

1 – Hallmark Features

The hallmark features of A Course of Love are the “unity and relationship” in which we are now to live. We are one in unity, and we are one in relationship. We do not “learn” in the old way, but we observe in this world, and especially in our encounters with our brothers and sisters, the new way.

2 – Personal Self

“A Treatise on the Personal Self,” the third treatise (just prior to the “Treatise on the New”), explains more fully what unity and relationship really mean. In a sense, the meaning is no different from the words themselves. We are all One (unity), and yet we are differentiated into individuals (making relationships necessary, and, indeed, allowing us to experience life, and for the God within us to experience life).

3 – Sharing a Vision

We share a vision with all of our brothers and sisters, whether or not they have walked the same pathway that we are walking through ACIM and ACOL. They may choose a different pathway, even though Jesus says that this curriculum is required. He goes on to say, elsewhere, that the curriculum is mandatory much as school is mandatory for young people, but if they don’t go to school, they learn in a different way. In ACIM, Jesus says that contemplation will work, but that it is tedious, and it is not our way. In ACIM, our way is the special, turned holy, relationships with our brothers and sisters, through forgiveness. And even this forgiveness, we ultimately realize, is not even necessary, as the thoughts and actions that we spurned were madness, an illusion. In ACOL, the difference in emphasis is on the unity and relationship that we experience with these same brothers and sisters who people our world. Thus there is a logical progression from ACIM toACOL.

4 – Pay Attention

The terms “unity” and “relationship” are used so often in A Course of Love that we must be very careful always to remember what they mean. It is easy to gloss over the terms, but Jesus means something very precisely by them, and it is well for us to take in their full meaning.

5 – Oneness and Diversity

In a sense, the terms mean “oneness” and “diversity,” and if we think of the fact that we truly are all One, and yet we are divided into a multiplicity of beings, then we have the concept firmly in hand. This is the way that God experiences Himself through us. This is the way of reality.

6 – Shared Reality

There is another aspect to this quotation, the aspect of a shared reality. We are all in this together, and the sooner we realize that we are never, ever, isolated, the better off we will become. This means that we are never alone.

7 – Does God Know about Us?

For too long, we have tried to be “independent,” when this is a flawed concept. We are not meant to be independent of God as we understand Him. We are meant to communicate with our Creator, and He will communicate with us. There is some difference of opinion among students/teachers of A Course in Miracles about whether or not God actually enters into our illusion, and therefore knows about us. I think He does know, and knows intimately. Obviously, we are a part of Him—how can He not know? To remove God from our faith is to take away a support that we all need, and we all need, sometimes desperately. We can talk about the guidance of the Holy Spirit, but this seems somewhat barren if we don’t realize that God is a part of this Trinity. I don’t want to leave God out of my life by deciding that He doesn’t enter into my dream, my illusion. This is not my experience. My experience of the Ultimate is of a God Who cares, and cares intimately. The Holy Spirit, when we are following ACIM, is our Teacher, but His guidance doesn’t give me the intimacy that communing with God does. His guidance seems more impersonal.

8 – Our Community

These are personal reflections. These reflections are not spelled out in either A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love. There is plenty of room for differences of opinion about what God knows in A Course in Miracles. Our community of ACIM and ACOL ought to peacefully coexist with differences of opinion in interpretation.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Please help me to understand all is One, and that, with my brothers and sisters, we are One in relationship. When I am very busy, it is so easy to get tunnel vision, to fail to look outward and to offer my help to those who surround me. May I not forget to reach out to my brothers and sisters today.

Thank you, as always, for being there for me. As someone said, “I may forget You today. But please don’t forget me.”

Thank you for Your guidance, the guidance that comes either from the Holy Spirit or from the inner Christ Self. I am never certain from where my guidance comes, but comes it does, and often. I try to use my mind and heart, in conjunction, so that I don’t make inferences that are misinformed. Help me to use my wholeheartedness today, as I walk through a peaceful world. Thank You for allowing me to see peace in the midst of turmoil. Be with me today, as always. And thank You for talking to me, in inner silence.

Amen.

The Christ Self Comes into Its Own Again

“Your awareness of the Self that you are now was not present in the past, but you can truly now, with the devotion of the observant, see that the Self you are now was indeed present, and was the truth of who you were then as now. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.15)”

1 – Secular Psychology

As I mentioned yesterday, even secular psychology says that our personalities don’t change a great deal over the course of our life. We may not actually like this; we might want to be very different from what we were when we were insecure teens. And certainly some of the superficial changes are obvious. We grow more self-confident; we are less reticent to speak our minds; we don’t feel that being popular is the most important thing in the world.

2 – Self

But A Course of Love is saying here that our Self (with a capital “S”) has always been with us, but we just did not know this. This Self is the Christ Self, the inner Self that the ego sought to override and to rule. This Self is the tie to God that had been missing when the ego was in the ascendancy. This tie to God, so long missing in the separation, is the reason that the Holy Spirit was created (according to A Course in Miracles).

3 – Guidance

Now we are seeing this Self again, and we are listening to its guidance. This is the time of Christ, and are well-received by our whole Self when we listen to what this Self says.

4 – Remembering

This passage indicates that we “remember,” that we have never really lost, the true Self that was covered over during the time of our separation from God. Our separation, given elsewhere in A Course of Love, was a plan in which we participated because we were eager to experience life, and God had no other way to deal with us but to let us go (much as a parent lets a teen who is rebellious find their way through a sometimes troubled world). But if we “remember,” we have not really lost that Self that existed prior to the separation. And we are now ready to remember, in the form of the “elevated Self of form” (an ACOL tenet).
What a joy to know that this new way of living has always been available to us, but that our culture covered it over with concepts of God and the Holy Spirit meant for another time and place. We are ready now to walk into the light. May we do so today.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I truly know, in the depth of my being, the Self that You have said I really am. May today know no attack nor anger. May my little self not intervene in the glory that I can feel when the Self is in ascendancy.

Thank You for these words of reassurance in the passage for today. I know that if You say that I have always been this Self, then my awareness of this Self will expand and develop.

May this day be good. May I listen carefully to my inner Self as I seek to follow the good guidance that only You can give.

Amen.

Do We Really Change Much over the Years?

1 – Stasis

“Although you are different now than you were as a child, and different now than you were a few years ago, and different now than when you began your learning of this course, you are not other than who you have always been. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.15)”

2 – Wanting to Change

We often want to change, thinking that the person that we were years ago (or even yesterday) is not “good enough.” We would like to evolve into better people, but our personalities do remain pretty stable. Secular psychology even says this. Older adults do not change much in personality from what they have always been. If they have always coped, then they will cope as they grow older. If coping has been a challenge, then the difficulties of growing older will also take a toll on us.

3 – James Hillman’s Acorn

We do not have to be demoralized over the fact that our personalities remain mostly constant. We are, as James Hillman says, an “acorn,” in that our personalities are largely set from childhood. But we can grow in grace with God. And this is what we on the spiritual path really want. We want to grow in grace; we want to be justified before God; and we want to move ever closer to Awakening.

4 – ACIM and Childhood

A Course in Miracles indicates that our memories of childhood are so covered over with misconceptions that it is like we remember a different past. This ACIM concept is reiterated and elaborated upon in this passage from A Course of Love.

5 – Journal Keeping

We are, in many ways, the same people that we have always been. If we have kept journals, we may recognize this more clearly. I once read entries from my teen years, and thought to myself, “You haven’t really changed very much.” Now Jesus agrees with this idea. But he makes a clear distinction: We are ready to assume the elevated Self of form, because our study and learning have prepared the way, a way that we could not have known in an early part of our lives.

6 – ACOL

Much of what Jesus says in A Course of Love is meant to reassure us that we do not have to hold negative views of ourselves, always seeking for a new pathway that will give us the inner satisfaction and will eliminate the inner emptiness that is a part of the human condition. InACOL, especially in the concluding Forty Days and Forty Nights of theDialogues, he indicates that we are ready for Christ-consciousness.

7 – Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle, in an interview available on the CD, “Even the Sun Will Die,” says that our early experiences of Awakening may be brief, and that we may have experienced these brief glimpses even without being aware at the time of what was transpiring. His own experience of Awakening was significant and sudden, but other people experience a gradual opening to Awakening–nothing as dramatic as what Eckhart experienced. Eckhart also indicates that many of his correspondents are reporting evidences of a new life, that they are on the cusp of Awakening.

8 – Jesus

Certainly Jesus would feel that those of us who study A Course of Love are ready. We have only to accept this great blessing. We have only ourselves to blame if we do not ask to receive the great blessing of Christ-consciousness. If it is withheld from us, then perhaps we are not as ready as we think. But Jesus’s clear explanation in A Course of Love does say that we are ready for the elevated Self of form. It is held out to us for the taking, and what a blessing it is!

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I have had glimpses of Christ-consciousness, and for that I thank you. I hope to move gradually into an experience of Christ-consciousness continually. Help me to do this.

Help my brothers and sisters to evolve also. I know that this is Your will for all of us. Be with us throughout this day, and may we remain calm and easy in the face of any outer turmoil.

Amen.

Leaving Behind the Patterns of the Old Way

1 – Ego

“You would not be here if you were still interested in glorifying the ego, but you also are not yet completely certain of your Self and in your uncertainty, still subject to the patterns of thought of the old. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.13)”

2 – The Old

This quotation makes it clear: We do still sometimes dip into the patterns of the old, and this is especially true when we see that we fall into egoic thinking. Conflict is an example of the type of thinking that is egoic; conflict is left behind when we leave the ego behind.

3 – Conflict

If you aren’t sure whether or not you are still living, at least sometimes, with the ego in the ascendancy, then ask yourself if you still have conflict. The answer for nearly all of us will be “yes,” and so we have not completely left the ego behind.

4 – Go Within

It is major incentive to remove conflict from our lives. How do we do this? We go within. We seek silence, the silence that in which God speaks—whether we call His Voice the Holy Spirit or the inner Christ. In this era of Christ, we are led to understand that the Holy Spirit was acting in times past, but, for many of us who have stepped into the new world, the real Voice for God is the Christ within.

5 – Egotism?

This is not egotism; it is straight from A Course of Love. The Christ within will guide us surely, as we leave behind that nefarious ego. Let nothing conflicting stay in your heart and mind. Remove yourself from the conflict by going within. As often as the conflict returns, go within, asking that the conflict be removed.

6 – Conflict Dissipates

The conflict will leave you, for it is no longer welcome.

7 – ACIM vs. ACOL

This quotation emphasizes the movement between studying A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. Most people will come to A Course of Love after studying A Course in Miracles, and thereby to have been lead to the thought processes that helped one to relinquish the ego as a bad idea. In ACIM, the ego is presented as a false way of viewing the self, part of our idea about ourselves, part of our belief about ourselves. And it is seen as a part of the self that led to visions of a terrifying hell that might await us on the other side.

Now we are in A Course of Love, and we would not have read this far if we still felt that glorifying the self was something that we thought good. Maybe we are still susceptible, but elsewhere in ACOL, we are told that we have left the ego behind. What a relief! Indeed, much of ACOL is meant to lead us to accept our limited self as it is, and to welcome the elevated Self of form that we are meant to inhabit.

8 – Salvation

In our uncertainty, explained in this passage, we will occasionally fall behind. Salvation is not a straight line to heaven; there will be detours. But we can be assured that if we follow Jesus’s advice, there will be fewer detours. We need to leave the old behind, and to accept these new ideas for the salvation that they bring, the Christ-consciousness that they make nearer. Then we will completely ready to leave the old behind.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I know that I will sometimes slip and let the ego take the upper hand. Even though I am studying A Course of Love, salvation is not a straight line.

May I live today for my brothers and sisters, as well as for my better Self–my real Self. Thank You for always being there to help in any and all situations.

Amen.

Walking Easily and Effortlessly along the Pathway

1 – First Place

“. . .[T]hose who have achieved ‘first place’ do so realizing that the elevated ‘place’ they briefly hold is of a finite nature and that others will soon do the same and that those who follow in time will do so more easily, with less effort, and with even greater success. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2.12)”

2 – Jesus

This passage from the “Treatise on the New” echoes a similar statement by Jesus in the New Testament. He indicated that those who followed him would do even greater things.

3 – ACOL

In the same way, those of us who are coming to A Course of Love early on will eventually be surpassed by others who have greater understanding than do we. The world will have advanced, and so their speaking to a new audience will have more meaning in a later culture. It is perhaps too early for the Christ-consciousness of which Jesus speaks to take hold in a universal way. Elsewhere Jesus says in ACOL that soon the world will be peopled by those who were born in the time of Christ, and they will not need nor understand the ways of the time of the Holy Spirit.

4 – Holy Spirit / Inner Christ Self

Now we are caught between two worlds: the world in which guidance comes from the Holy Spirit (as A Course in Miracles relates), and the world in which Christ-consciousness rules (as A Course of Love relates). We will receive guidance through an inner knowing in the time of Christ, the new time. We will not, unwittingly, look outside ourselves for our guidance. We will know from observation, not from learning (an ACOL concept).

5 – Seekers

It is certainly helpful to those of us who have long been seekers, and with some effort, to know that the way of the future holds less need for effort. Life is meant to be lived peacefully, and while struggle may continue, it will lose its hold on us. We will live in peace, not so much from inner conflict, and more from a loving heart. May all of us work today to speed this “new day” on its way.

6 – Confidence

“Despite the necessity for a confidence that has led them to achieve their desired end, most who so achieve and become the first to set records, discover, or invent the new, are not aware of themselves as ‘better than’ for their goal was not to be better than anyone but themselves. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2.12)”

7 – Ego

This is important. We who have discovered A Course in Miracles and/or A Course of Love all too often may be tempted to think that we are in the forefront, and the ego likes that. Yet those who break Olympic records are competing, if they are competing well, only with themselves. We need to realize that others who come after us will understand better than we do, for there will be more minds from which to glean ideas, minds which have studied and observed, and come to knowledge (rather than perception).

8 – Egotistically?

So in a sense we do lead the way now, if we stay true to the course that is set before us. But we do not do so egotistically, which would be a step backward. Jesus says in A Course of Love, in the Dialogues (to be read last in the trilogy), that those who have reached this far have relinquished the ego.

9 – Relinquish the Ego

If we haven’t yet relinquished the ego, let’s do so now. Right now. Pray about it.

10 – Short Way

The way is not lengthy when we are united with the Holy Spirit, as A Course in Miracles says or the inner Christ Self, as A Course of Love says.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I am frequently very much wanting to find the easiest and most effortless way to do my tasks. If “easy and “effortless” are called for, may they come to me today. And it is a blessing that those who come after me will enjoy this boon ever more often.

Thank you for making my pathway easy by your Grace. Even when times have been difficult, there is joy because You have helped the pathway to be smoother.

I would walk your way, all the way, today. I am seeking guidance, seeking reassurance that what I perceived this morning is indeed true. This is not a major life task, and there are other ways to achieve the goal, but I would go Your best way. Help me to find that best way. Keep me close to Your counsel.

Amen.

Holy Spirit Provides Less Fearful Access to God

1 – God of Love

“I revealed a God of Love and the Holy Spirit provided for indirect and less fearful means of communion or communication with God” (The Treatises of A Course of Love: “A Treatise on the New,” 2.4)”

2 – Guidance

The Holy Spirit, as described in A Course in Miracles, is our source of guidance. How does He speak to us? There are many ways. Sometimes it is in our silence, when we have gotten quiet enough to “hear” an inner voice that reassures us of the next turn on our pathway. Sometimes it is a quiet inner knowing that comes unbidden (but usually after we have become still and quiet on the inside). Sometimes it is through the words of our brother or sister, which seem to speak to our situation, and we recognize that we have heard the “truth.” There are, perhaps, as many ways to “hear” guidance as there are people to receive this guidance. We do not usually have to wait long.

3 – Fear

We need to get the fear out if we are to listen to guidance effectively. Many people, even many advanced seekers, hold to a notion of God that is fearful. We retain the image portrayed by writers of the Old Testament, which was written in a different era, with a different culture to address. But we are now in the Twenty-First Century, and it behooves us to turn aside from all fearful concepts of God, and to see Jesus’s interpretation of a loving God. We will not see God as loving if we continue to blame Him for the bad things that happen in this world. All such unloving concepts must be abandoned. God does not wish evil on anyone; he does not “punish” anyone. These things we bring upon ourselves, as part of the higher Self (an ACOL concept) that sees a broader view than do we.

4 – Blame the Victim?

This interpretation is not a “blame the victim” mentality. We are not aware of the larger picture beyond our world. Usually we don’t see the broader picture, and where we fit into it. But trust that it is there, and that our higher Selves had a part in the planning. Then we do not have to hold onto the fear of God anymore.

5 – God

God did not bring our pain and suffering unto us. And, even when we do feel pain, we don’t have to turn it into suffering. This latter concept is gloriously described by Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, A New Earth), who suffered tremendously before his release, miraculously, about age 30. Jesus says in A Course in Miracles that we do not have to learn through pain. Eckhart did, but this pathway is not for all. And, as students of both ACIM and ACOL, we can pray that any pain be lessened, and certainly that any pain not turn into suffering. Then the fear of God’s part in that evil can be eradicated.

6 – More or Better?

“Any text that tells you that you or those of your kind or time are more or better than any other is not speaking the truth. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2.7)”

7 – Christ-consciousness

We have access to Christ-consciousness in this era more readily than our forebears. But we are not better than they. We just live in a different era, an era for which they helped prepare. Sanaya Roman, in channeling Orin in a book entitled Spiritual Guidance, says that we are being bombarded with light from the universe in this era, and that is why we have more access to enlightenment. Whether or not she is right, I can’t say, but this explanation would explain, in a supernatural way, what has happened to allow us to reach Christ-consciousness more readily.

8 – Different Access

We are not better than anyone else, living or dead. Our ways are just, in this era, different. And we have the potential that previous generations lacked.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to know that God is not a fearful God. He wishes only the best for us, His children. May we accept this assurance today, and walk in peace.

Be with us as we go about this day. Thank You for the quiet sense of peace that communing with You gives me.

Amen.

Turn Inward

1 – No Turning Outward

“Again let me repeat and reemphasized my statements: where once you turned outward in your seeking and saw within what you perceived without, now you turn inward and reflect what you discover within outward. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2:2)”

2 – Projection

This is a reversal, but it is not the reversal described in A Course in Miracles of “projection makes perception.” This “projection makes perception” indicates that what we see without has first been seen within—then projected into illusions, dreams. So what is being talked about here is different.

3 – Inner-Directed

We do know that we are mightily influenced by what we see outside ourselves, not recognizing that it is coming from within. We think it is without, and it is this that Jesus is addressing. Don’t be so concerned about what you see without, in the outside world. We need to be inner-directed, and it is this that Jesus is saying. Even secular psychologists in our world recommend the same.

4 – The Way

“There was no Way or path or process back to God and Self before me. It was the time of man wandering in the wilderness. I came as a representation or demonstration of The Way. This I why I have been called, ‘The Way, The Truth and The Light.’ (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 2:4)

5 – Edgar Cayce

This is describing Jesus as those of us who follow him, see him. Edgar Cayce, the psychic from the last century, said that Jesus was the leader of souls who came to earth to rescue trapped individuals who could not find their way out alone, so trapped were they by the material world. The light of God had just about gone out in the “daughters of men,” and so the “Sons of God” came. Of course, gender does not matter; these are just expressions.

6 – Jesus

Is Jesus the only way? Is this what he is saying? I think not. He knows that those of us who are taking unto ourselves A Course of Love are looking to him for guidance. And those of us who look to A Course of Love find solace in Jesus’s comforting words. He is speaking as the Jesus of 2,000 years ago, when he walked the earth as the Jesus whom we love from the New Testament.

7 – Other Teachers

Jesus says in A Course in Miracles that for some there are other teachers, that God would not have left anyone bereft of a way back to Him. So those who are not ready to accept Jesus will probably not be drawn to A Course of Love. But for those of us who are so drawn, the message is one of infinite peace.

8 – Fear

“Although God never abandoned the humans who seeded the Earth, the humans, in the state of the forgotten self, could not know God because of their fear. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: “A Treatise on the New,” 2.4)”

9 – Fear and Love

This passage amplifies upon the oft-stated words in A Course in Miracles that fear and love are the only two emotions. The ego has ruled fear, and we have been caught by the ego for eons. Now, in both books, the hope is that we will relinquish the ego and move into love as our single emotion.

10 – Negative Emotions

Having love as a single emotion does not mean that we will never feel negative emotions. Elsewhere in A Course of Love, we learn that we may continue to experience anger, but if we don’t like this, we can (as A Course in Miracles says), see this as a mistake and drop the emotion from our list.

11 – Channels to God

Our channels to God’s love had been closed to Him (an ACIM concept). Now we must, once again, realize that God is a loving God, and that His will does not include the visitation of pain and suffering upon ourselves. We have done this (an ACIM concept), and we can choose to undo it. May we choose to undo it today.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

As we revisit the passage for today, may we realize that we could not know God as long as we allowed fear to rule. May we drop fear from our repertoire of emotions. May we know only love. And if this is too much for us to assimilate today, may we make inroads on this accomplishment.

I wish for a good day of love with no fear. May I recognize that if I find attack, I have in some way chosen a fearful state of experience. May I drop fear from my perception, and because projection makes perception, may I now and always move closer to the love that is Yours.

Amen.

Christ-consciousness Ushers in the New Time

1 – A New Time

“That you have chosen God and chosen a new means of coming to know the truth–the means of Christ-consciousness, is what has ushered in the new time. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: “A Treatise on the New,” 1.18)”

2 – We Have Sought

We have sought long and hard for the reassurances that Jesus is ready to give us now.

This passage builds upon the passage of yesterday. We are indeed living in a new time, and the “Treatise on the New” is written to detail to us what this new experience will mean.

3 – Christ-consciousness

Perhaps we will not all experience Christ-consciousness immediately. But the means to reach this experience is what Jesus is trying to impart to us now. Perhaps our experience of the new will vary from time to time. Perhaps we will not live in Christ-consciousness in a sustained way–yet. But the sustainability of Christ-consciousness, the reality of the elevated Self of form, is what Jesus holds out to us, in A Course of Love, as attainable.

4 – Welcome

What must we do? We must welcome the experiences that come to us. We need not doubt that new experiences will come. We must await them in this new time. And we will not, according to Jesus’s words in the third book in the series, the Dialogues, have to wait long. Our readiness is held out to us as something tangible and real. If we resist, we may need more time. It is best that we accept Jesus’s words as true and real in the present. Then the miracle of Christ-consciousness will burst upon our ready souls.

5 – Truth

“It is the truth that you have now learned all that can be learned from this state of consciousness and that you have given your willingness to learn in a new way. The new way is here. If you are now to learn directly, you are also now to share directly. This is the way of learning in relationship. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1:21)”

6 – Observation

What we learn through observation, we must share with others; that is the gist of this quotation. When we share with others, we are joining with our brothers and sisters in relationship. The unity that we all are becomes the diversity that we all are in relationship. The central tenet of “unity and relationship” being primary now is what this is all about.

7 – Yearning

“This yearning called you to the limits of the state of consciousness that was the time of the Holy Spirit. This limit acted upon you as a catalyst to create desire for the new. . . .

“It is what has caused you to finally be ready to still your fear, a fear that once prevented the direct and observable learning that now is available to you. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1:22)”

8 – Feeling Complete

We yearned to know more. We yearned to feel complete. And this yearning, in the time of the Holy Spirit, now ushers in the new time of Christ. We had limits on our consciousness in the time of the Holy Spirit. None of us can fully understand what those limits were, but Jesus affirms that they were there.

9 – To Learn More

And all of us recognized it. We kept wanting to learn more, and more, and more. We didn’t feel satisfied.

10 – Be Satisfied

Now we can be satisfied. We can cease learning in the old ways, and take on our observation of what surrounds us as our way of learning. This takes a great burden off us, as we realize that this new learning is truly effortless.

11 – Nothing to Fear

“There is nothing to fear.” This is a Workbook lesson from A Course in Miracles. But we didn’t believe it, and that fear held us back. There is nothing to fear because we are living an illusion, and so nothing bad has happened in reality, in the real world. When we leave our fear behind, we will know joy and peace, release and fulfillment.

12 – Next Step

Let’s take that step of leaving fear behind today.

13 – Yearning

“You have not known the secret yearning in the hearts of your brothers and sisters, nor have you known that it matched your own. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1:23)”

14 – Others’ Yearning Matches Our Own

Each of us is not alone in our yearning. We have not shared that yearning with others, have we? And so we could not know that others’ yearned for the same that do we.

15 – Completion

This yearning is for completion as Sons and Daughters of God. We will know that completion now, in the new time of Christ.

16 – Learn Directly

“All across the world, people of the world have been demanding to learn directly, through experience, and saying ‘no more’ to the lessons of the intermediaries. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1:24)”

17 – Spiritual Development

We seek to learn directly from observation, but we don’t always realize this. We are tired of following the latest technique for spiritual development.

18 – Limits

Jesus says in A Course of Love that we have reached the limit of what intermediaries can tell us. Jesus is giving us the straight scoop, and well-advised we would be to follow what he says.

19 – Great Majority

“But this also means that the great majority will become aware of the new state of consciousness and that learning will pass through them directly through observation and direction [sic, for “direct”] communication or experience. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1:27)”

20 – Blessing

What a good promise this is! The “great majority” of us, of ourselves and our brothers and sisters, will become aware of the new state of consciousness, which is Christ-consciousness.

21 – Believe

Can we believe this? Can we let ourselves believe this? It isn’t pie-in-the-sky thinking, if we follow carefully what Jesus has been saying.

22 – Christ-consciousness

At first Christ-consciousness will come in snatches, in glimpses, and then Jesus hopes that we will sustain this new state of being.

23 – Salvation

Jesus is depending on us. We cannot let him down. We cannot let our brothers and sisters down. We need to be released ourselves, and then we will better assist others to be released. God is depending on us for the salvation of the world.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

If I am ready, may my experience of Christ-consciousness deepen and expand. May it grow to contain my whole world. May I be made ready for this glorious new experience.

Give me a good day. Put in me a willing heart to spread Your Word to others. May my words be honest and true, and may I offer them in genuine humility. There is no room in me, consciously, for a vain spirit. May there be no subconscious wishes for such a deplorable existence either.

Thank You for assisting my growth into a new individual. I know that You stand ready, by my side, at all times. Help me to be aware of this, and to fear nothing.

Amen.

Time of Heaven on Earth

1 – Now

“Could it [what has been activated now] have been activated hundreds or thousands of years ago, by countless souls more worthy than you, and ushered in the time of heaven on earth and the end of suffering long ago? (The Treatises of A Course of Love: “A Treatise on the New,” 1.13)”

2 – Goal

This may be our goal, but first we must understand it. We must, I think, recognize that a certain humility is asked of all of us. Simply because we are seekers, we are not better than others who have come before us.

3 – Not Ready

Previously, most of us as a people in this world were not yet ready for Christ-consciousness. Since the time of Jesus in his physical life over 2,000 years ago, and at his instigation, we have been living in the time of the Holy Spirit. This is what Pentecost was all about.

4 – Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Certain prophets from earlier times were gifted with guidance in what appear to be supernatural ways. These occurrences are resplendent in the Old Testament. So there has been a natural progression for humankind.

5 – Time of Christ

But now, in the Twenty First Century, we are ready to move into the time of Christ. This new era is upon us, though not all of our brothers and sisters know it yet. Their understanding will come in time. In the meantime, we are not to judge them in any way because we believe that we have been led farther along the pathway, to a way of knowing by observation and not by learning.

6 – Past

“It is in this way that time is not real and will no longer be real to you as you come to live by the truth. It is in this way that the truth of the past still lives and that the illusion of the past never was. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1:16)”

7 – Time

This quotation talks, in a somewhat difficult way, about time. It suggests that time is an illusion, like this world in which time holds sway.

8 – All Time

The past does not really exist; neither does the future. All time is currently present, but is spread out, from past to present to future, so that we can experience what is going on around us, and so we can experience ourselves. Without time, we would be sent into eternity, where we really are anyway. We are in eternity, the ever-present Now.

9 – New Era

Since the past does not really exist, we can understand that the time in which we live is different from that illusory past. We are living in a new era, Jesus says in A Course of Love: We are living in the “time of Christ.”

10 – Joyous

Is this not joyous news? What does it mean? It is up to us to write the meaning upon the world, for Jesus tells us elsewhere that he doesn’t predict the future, and that he doesn’t have the knowledge that will map out for us what we are to say and do. We are all saying and doing together. And what we make of this world in the time of Christ has yet to be written.

11 – Difference

“The difference between this time and the time that has been but seemed to have gone before has already been stated as the difference between the time of the Holy Spirit and the time of Christ. This has also been restated as the difference between the time of learning through contrast and the time of learning through observation. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1:17)

12 – ACIM / ACOL

A Course in Miracles was written for the time of the Holy Spirit, and A Course of Love was written for the time of Christ. Of course, we can continue to study each. Many of us are caught in different times, especially since time has no reality anyway.

13 – Observation

But as we move forward in the time of Christ, we will earn through observation, not intense study of readings past and present that seek to tell us what to do. This blog is one such study tool, and perhaps the time will come when the blog will not answer your needs anymore. Then the time is ripe to look around and observe. Just observe.

14 – God

“That you have chosen God and chosen a new means of coming to know the truth—the means of Christ-consciousness, is what has ushered in the new time. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1:17)”

15 – Studying

In Christ-consciousness, we do not need to laboriously study any readings. In Christ-consciousness, we are creating our reality as it forms out in front of us. And “creating” is the right word—not “making,” which is what our minds enthralled by the ego, did. What we made was but illusion, dreams, but what we do not has more value than illusions. It is the real world, reality. We are living with the Mind of God is full sway, as we create our reality. We are no longer caught by an image of ourselves, a fantasy that has no meaning outside of our own minds.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know “heaven on earth” today. I claim this promise now. I know that I do not have to wait until I die to experience a paradise. Even in the midst of this troubled world, I can be at peace and even joyous.

Thank You for your guidance always. May I come into Christ-consciousness on a continuous basis.

Amen.

Is This Time Different from Any Other?

1 – Question

“The question asked throughout this course is if you are willing to make the choice to come to know your Self and God now. This is the same as being asked if you are willing to be the chosen of God. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1.11)”

2 – All Are Chosen

All are chosen, and so this quotation does not mean that those of us who study A Course of Love are any more “chosen” than anybody who does not read ACOL. We, of course, hope that the insights that we glean from A Course of Love will hasten our walk toward Christ-consciousness. This cannot be certain, but we can hold out this hope.

3 – Choosing

We need to choose to know both God and our inner Christ Self. This is a deliberate decision, and to embark on this journey is to make God real to us. Certainly the meditations at the conclusion of the Workbook for Students of A Course in Miracles, which include prayers addressed to God, suggest that our prayers are heard by Him. According to ACIM and ACOL, we are a part of God. He is our deepest essence, in a manner of speaking.

4 – Time of Christ

In this era of the time of Christ (as stated in A Course of Love as the “time of Christ”), we are well-prepared to look for something different in our experiences. This may or may not include Awakening, but most of us hold this hope out in a very precise way. We want to think that, for reasons that ACOL doesn’t spell out, our era is different from all that have come before. Sanaya Roman, in Spiritual Growth, suggests (through an entity named Orin) that the light (psychic light) reaching our earth in this era is increasing in intensity, and this is why it is easier for individuals to reach Awakening. Sanaya say that previously it did take a very, very long time, and previously it was very rare, for individuals to reach Awakening. But she says that all of this is changing now.

5 – ACOL

Certainly A Course of Love would hold out a similar promise. We would hope to hope to know our inner Self in a way never known before. We would, at the same time, hope to come to know God in a way that we never have before. These two parts of our being are not mutually exclusive—but One. A Course of Love makes this clear, especially in the 40 days and 40 nights of the Dialogues of A Course of Love (previously considered by this blog).

6 – Embrace

“The embrace is inclusive. All are chosen.

“And yet, as many of you have come instinctively to feel, something is different now. You are beginning to become excited by the feeling that something different is possible; that you might just be able to achieve what others have not; that this time might just be different than any other time. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1.12 – 1.13)”

7 – Ask

We need to ask ourselves very intently whether or not this current time feels different from any other that we have previously experienced. Is there a promise in the air of something better? Something more “real” in our experience?

8 – ACIM / ACOL

Certainly the gifts of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love are instrumental in changing our attitudes, considering, of course, that we read carefully—and not just once, but many times. The two works are dense with meaning, though Jesus says of ACIM that it is a “simple” course. Most students/teachers don’t entirely agree with him on this analysis, but perhaps we have to consider that he does mean what he says. It is simple to him because he understands the meaning of what he has channeled. The concepts are new to us, at least on first reading, and so we puzzle over the meaning of densely-packed words.

9 – Motivation

We can learn what is there for us to learn, with enough motivation. We can realize that this time may indeed be different from any other, that we are able to experience Awakening more readily than individuals of earlier generations.

10 – Reading

Let us consider the possibility that there is something different afoot now. And then let us apply ourselves to our reading.

11 – Endless

The possibilities truly are endless, when we believe enough.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to come to understand You to the greatest extent that is possible for my finite mind. Guide my thinking. Help me follow Your guidance. Lead me to reading that will answer my many questions. Help me to know that a time does come when learning in the old sense, through intermediaries, needs to come to an end.

I would learn through You today. Be with me as I seek to remain constant in my loyalties.

Thank You.

Amen.

The Chosen

1 – Why?

“Why, you might ask, is a word such as chosen used, when many other words would do, and when the concept of being chosen is one laden with so many false ideas about exclusivity? (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1.6)”

2 – All Are Chosen

Jesus says repeatedly in these first sections of the Treatise on the New that “all are chosen.” He means us; he means people who have never heard of A Course of Love; he means everybody in the world.

3 – Mistake?

This is not a mistake. He indicates that we may have problems with the word “chosen,” as it seems to imply that some are not “chosen.” But he doesn’t mean that at all. He doesn’t mean that we can choose something that is closed to us; he doesn’t mean that he can choose someone who won’t listen to him. But the potential to listen and his welcome are always there, always there. He won’t discriminate against people who choose him later than others. He will always welcome us whenever we choose to listen.

4 – Taking Exception to Chosen

But we do often bristle at the thought that there are only certain people who are chosen of God. A Course of Love changes all of that.

5 – Many Religions and the Chosen People

Many religions have the concept of a chosen people. In this treatise, Jesus is aware that we may have trouble with the use of the word “chosen,” which in this world has frequently been a divisive word–not only religiously, but also politically and culturally.

6 – All-Inclusive

A Course of Love is all-inclusive, for all peoples. For those of us who find these volumes arresting, we have chosen Jesus as our guide. Elsewhere Jesus, in these volumes, indicates that he is the pathway for us, and that his words are meant to be accepted by everyone. I think that Jesus is here saying that the way for us is through him (as the New Testament and A Course in Miracles both say). In A Course in Miracles, he indicates his awareness that others have chosen other pathways. He indicates in ACIM that contemplation will work, but that it is not our way, and why would we choose something that is meant for others and leave aside what is meant for ourselves?

7 – Exclusivity

Jesus would not teach a gospel of exclusivity. Those who are ready to choose him as their guide already know that a guide is meant to be followed. Why choose a guide such as Jesus unless one has confidence in what he says? All who choose him as their guide can be reassured that all peoples are “chosen.” Some will know more for a time, but the message of Jesus goes out to everyone who is ready to accept it. All will come to know eventually.

8 – Learn from Other than Jesus?

If people choose to learn outside of the message of Jesus, this is always still an option. There are other teachers, but he does seem to indicate (though this is stated in somewhat ambiguous ways) that his words constitute a required course. Certainly he said this about A Course in Miracles (“it is a required course”), but he also said that there were other teachers for those who did not accept him. In A Course of Love, though, he says that “accepting” him is necessary. He does not waver on this, and it is a step beyond what he said in A Course in Miracles.

9 – Jesus

We have, at least tentatively, chosen Jesus as our guide. He will lead us truly. We need only to listen, to learn, and ultimately to observe our experience—and we will find him a very good teacher indeed.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank you for making clear to me that all are chosen. We do not have to fall back on the ego, and think that because we know the “right” way, we are the chosen. All are chosen, regardless of their religious pathway.

Thank You for the closer walk that I am having with Jesus, as I use my imagination to allow holding his hand as I walk along. This is a powerful image, and it is helping me. Thank You. Jesus will hold anybody’s hand who makes “one unequivocal call” to him. Thank You for Jesus. He is doing a good job.

Thank You, though, for having Jesus as our guide. His way is sure, and it is not only effortless but also loving in the extreme. Love creates joy. Thank You for my joy today.

Amen.

Living with Certainty

1 – Conclusive

“[The Treatise] will. . .be conclusive. . . .[I]t will do this only to reach a conclusion of certainty from which you can live. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1.2)”

2 – Overview

The Treatise on the New is the fourth and last treatise in the second volume of A Course of Love, and the entire volume is entitled, Treatises of a Course of Love. This final treatise is written to prepare us for the final book in the trilogy, the Dialogues. The Treatise on the New is a preparatory book to lead into a new age for us in our knowledge of living as the elevated Self of form. At this point, at the beginning of the Treatise on the New, we are not yet ready to turn to inner knowledge only. We still need external guidance in the form of these words.
We are trying to reach a certainty about how to live that will serve us well in a sometimes alienating world. This certainty has eluded all of us, perhaps particularly those of us who are drawn to A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. Many of us have been seekers all of our lives, and elsewhere Jesus specifically addresses this point. We have always thought that understanding (and knowledge) would be found in the “next” book or the “next” speaker or the “next” experience of religion.

3 – Seeking

Jesus would have us step back and to reassess. He says here and elsewhere, repeatedly, that the seeking is to come to an end. There are things that we know, in the most inward way, and yet we still do not trust our knowing. Jesus would have us to leave all of this foolishness behind, and to trust that we do have the certainty that he is, once again, showing us in this treatise. Once again, he is trying to get his message across, this time with a finality that was not fully accepted by us through studying both the New Testament and A Course in Miracles.

4 – New Readings

Always we have sought a way to be sure, to be certain. In the Twenty-First Century, we do have new readings that point the way for our time and place.

5 – Learning

We are getting ready to leave learning in the old way, through intermediaries, behind. We have sought our Way through readings, primarily, and sermons, sometimes. But now we are going to learn through the observation of our relationships in this world. We will dispense with the intermediaries and see directly.

6 – No Disappointment

We will not be disappointed.

7 – Chosen

“A question has been asked and a response is awaited. Are you willing to be chosen? Are you willing to be the chosen of God? All are asked. What is your answer? (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1.5)”

8 – Asked

The crucial part of this quotation is the statement, “All are asked.” All to often, we think that being “chosen” somehow excludes others. But Jesus says that all are chosen. All can come to know, and come to know now. We no longer have to wait for someone else, some other reading, to show us the way.

9 – Old Ways

This is welcome news indeed. Seekers, such as most of us have been, have constantly looked to the “next,” the next reading, the next sermon, the next lecture. But there has to come a time that we cease seeking. And that time is almost upon us now. This treatise, and the succeeding part, the Dialogues, will show us that seeking in the old ways is not desirable any longer.

10 – Home

We will be home at last.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I live today with the certainty that You love me. May I live with the certainty that, soon, the seeking will reach a glorious conclusion. I do not have to look always for the “next” pathway, the one that will give me peace and reassurance, ultimately. The time for this reassurance is at hand.

May we prepare ourselves for a new way of thinking, a new way to find solace in a sometimes difficult world. We know that Jesus leads us precisely, and that we do not have to be on an endless pathway of seeking. Thank You for that knowledge. For so long we didn’t know any better. We thought that further seeking was the only way that we could find You. Now we know that we are ready. We have learned enough. And You are here to welcome us home. Thank You.

Thank You for these words of Jesus. May I read and interpret correctly. And may you stay by my right hand always in these moments, guiding my thoughts to fuller understanding.

Amen.

Jesus’s Embrace

1 – The Well-Known Passage from ACOL

“[This treatise] will continue the view from within the embrace, an embrace and a view that is inclusive of all. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 1.1)”

2 – Beautiful

The passage immediately above refers to one of the most beautiful (and beautifully written) passages in the first volume of A Course of Love. The “embrace” in that first volume was an invitation from Jesus to come into his arms, and to be at peace and at rest. He recognized then that many (maybe all) of us are tired from seeking, and that the ways of this world have taken their toll on us. He would have to rest awhile in the embrace, to feel his loving presence, to know that all is well.

3 – Jesus

The embrace in ACOL is essentially an assertion that Jesus is there for us when times are tough.
A Course in Miracles is to the mind what A Course of Love is to the heart. We are bade elsewhere to live in “wholeheartedness,” a combining of the mind and heart in Jesus’s loving embrace. He never leaves us comfortless. In Matthew, in the Sermon on the Mount, we too see this quality in Jesus. His reassurances are comforting in the extreme.

4 – ACIM

Jesus says in A Course in Miracles that he will come to us in response to “one unequivocal call.” He says the same thing, in different words, in several places in the Text of ACIM. We are told at one point to think of us holding his hand, and encouraged to realize that this will be “no idle fantasy.”

5 – Comprehend?

Now we do not understand how we can hold Jesus’s hand, nor how we can embrace him. But he seems to be recommending that we think of his physical self in our imagination. And, as Joan of Arc said, God speaks to us in our imagination. And I do not mean “fantasies.” Our imagination, informed by the Holy Spirit, can be good and true. Fantasies, on the other hand—especially “idle fantasy”—is discouraged by Jesus in A Course in Miracles.

6 – All Are Included

Note that the passage from ACOL emphasizes that all are included in the embrace. Jesus will soon say that “all are chosen.” This is a reemphasis of the statement in A Course in Miracles, a statement that became book titles for Kenneth Wapnick, a scholar and student/teacher of A Course in Miracles. Ken wrote books entitled, All Are Chosen, and Few Choose to Listen, quoting ACIM. I think that Jesus is saying in A Course of Love that all are chosen, and not only that, but perhaps we might imagine that those of us who are reading his words in A Course of Love do “choose to listen.” May we choose to listen aright, no longer letting the ego rule our lives.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I rest awhile in the warmth of Jesus’s embrace. May I know that this embrace is always there for me, to give me comfort and solace. This world bears heavily on us, sometimes, despite our best efforts. Thank You for the words of Jesus that what he offers is the rest and safety that we all need.

May I learn today what it is like to walk a path close to Jesus, to have him walk beside me as I hold his hand. May my imagination kick into high gear as the concepts overwhelm me. This is a joyous way to walk, leaving nothing out that we need, knowing that our needs are being met by the companionship of our teacher and our leader.

Thank You for being there for us. May I never forget that prayers to You give my day a greater benefit not only to myself, but to my brothers and sisters also. May I be alert to the guidance that is there for the taking. May I listen for the unheard, but felt, whispers of the heart–of the wholeheartedness–that tell me what to say or do next.

Amen.

Ceasing to Learn in the Old Way

1 – Learning

“Learning is not meant to last. This is why even this course work comes to an end. It comes to an end here and now as we move past study and learning to observation, vision, and revelation. (A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 9.1)”

2 – Controversial

This first quotation from Treatise on the New is startling in its implications, and well it is meant to be. To say, “Learning is not meant to last,” is a controversial assertion. If we believe that it is Jesus who says it, we will think twice before dismissing whatever might be meant. The whole Treatise on the New seeks to explain what awaits us as the old ways of learning fall away from us.

As readers, we have been seekers, probably all of our lives. We have longed to know of the hidden things of heaven and earth. Surely many who preceded our time in this world were also seekers. It is our blessing to have more words of reassurance upon which to draw, words from these more recent readings. Many of us do view both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love as channeled writings of Jesus.

3 – Relentless Seeking

Are we to keep seeking through our reading, and through other means, relentlessly? Is there a place where we will rest easy, that we are justified?

4 – Transformation

A Course in Love indicates that there is a time when learning, as such, ought to cease. Or perhaps to be transformed into another means of coming to know. It does take a a bit of “learning” to understand what is meant by “observation, vision, and revelation.”

5 – Observation

“Observation” is akin to noticing what surrounds us, even in this sometimes misguided world. “Vision” and “revelation” are familiar words from A Course in Miracles also. Vision gives us the means to see, and it is viewed in ACIM as a gift of the Holy Spirit. Revelation is viewed in ACIM as a gift of God, and proceeds from God to us (never the reverse). A significant passage from ACIM indicates that revelation may occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed.

6 – Welcome News

It ought to be welcome news to us that there comes a time to end learning in the old way. We do still learn, of course, but the new way is effortless—mainly through observation of what surrounds us in this world. And, if we have been following Jesus, what surrounds us will have been transformed. We may see suffering and pain, but it won’t affect us in the same way that it used to. We will simply categorize all suffering and pain as unreal. It is not of God, and so it is unreal, a manifestation of illusion in a world of dreams, a world of unreality.

7 – Hard

Learning in the old way has always been hard, even when we were enjoying what we were coming to know. It takes work, intense concentration, and it tires us out.

8 – New World

Jesus would have us learn from him now that in the new world, we won’t be so overcome with fatigue from being faced with an impossible learning situation. Such learning situation are essentially disheartening, and very depressing. The new way of observation will mean that we learn effortlessly, and this is something with which all of us can look forward to experiencing.

9 – Time of Christ

ACIM is meant to be those means for the time of the Holy Spirit. A Course of Love, meant for the time of Christ, takes us a step farther along.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

As I reach forth to understand what living in the time of Christ really means, may I be reassured that You are always there. This time is what many generations have waited to find.

Be with all of us as we embark on a consideration of the Treatise on the New. Give us understanding that comes not from fretful learning, but from the vision that comes to us effortlessly.

Thank You for my life during this time.

Thank You that I can be reassured that my life does not have to be a constant seeking, that there is an end point, a point of arrival. Help me to know what this means as my pathway ahead unfolds.

Amen.

Expect Heaven on Earth

1 – Note on Being

“You are in relationship now only with love, and so nothing will be hard for you. Desire an old pattern to be gone and it will be gone. This little note added to the end of our mountain top time together is only here to help you realize and accept that this will be so. Do not expect difficulties and they will not arise. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

2 – Ease

This is the ease with which life is lived from within Christ-consciousness. Jesus is speaking here as though everyone who has read these 40 days of meditations has reached Awakening. He did not intend, he said, for us to take repeated trips to the mountain top. He has channeled three volumes in A Course of Love with the purpose of bringing us to Christ-consciousness. And this day is the culmination.

3 – Jesus’s Purpose

What if Jesus’s purpose worked for you? Then we can only rejoice with you. What if Jesus’s purposes did not work for us—that we have not reached Christ-consciousness. Then perhaps we ought to counsel patience. I don’t think that one can put a timetable on Awakening. It is, at best, a slippery concept. And once reached, sometimes it slips away from us. And Jesus would have us sustain the elevated Self of form. So his aspirations for us are very high.

4 – Remove the Blocks

We make a decision that we want Christ-consciousness, and we seek to remove the blocks to love’s awareness, as guided by the Christ Self within. But God Himself reaches down and lifts us up, and which of us can put a timetable on God?

5 – Expectation

“Expect heaven on earth you were told. This is what it is. There will be no doubt, no indecision. Your path will be so clear to you it will be as if it is the only path in the world and you will wonder why you didn’t see it all along. Expect this. And it will be. So be it. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

6 – Grace

When we follow guidance from the state of grace, then Heaven on earth is what we find. We don’t waver in our commitment. And the Christ Self doesn’t waver either.

7 – Make Real

“You will not realize that everything has changed until you ‘realize’ or ‘make real’ that change. Let this revelation come to you. All you need do is expect it to come and it will come. So be it. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

8 – Awakening

So let us expect that we will reach Awakening, and sooner rather than later. Let us welcome the experience, not put limits on what we will allow.

9 – Limitations

The placing of limitations on God Himself is in all likelihood the most crucial element going on in one’s psyche if Awakening is not happening. We can turn aside from this gift. And turn aside we do when we try to dictate to God what we will accept into our lives.

10 – Being Afraid

If we are afraid of enlightenment, then this itself is a limit of great magnitude. And we don’t see what we fear, for fear is of the ego. Fearing and judging are two of the primary impediments to our readiness for Awakening. And once these two are gone forever, then Awakening will be smoothed, and sooner rather than later.

11 – Be Diligent

How might we do this? Be diligent in your thinking. Don’t entertain either the concept of fear or the concept of judgment. There is a difference in having birds fly over one’s head, and letting those same birds nest in one’s hair. And the nesting is the problem. Don’t let fear and judging nest in your hair.

12 – Sampling of Quotations from the Note on Being

Below are a group of quotations from the note on being. Read them at your leisure:

13 – Thinking

“You will no longer need to ‘think’ about who you are and what you will do, and your willingness to give up this thinking will be paramount to your realization that everything has changed or that nothing has changed. These are both possibilities, as all possibilities are yours. Which do you choose? (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

14 – Worry

“This difference, if you will allow it to come, will take away all worry, all thought about how you could be better, more, greater. If you still possess some things that you would consider character flaws or faults, forget about them now. In being they will be yours or they will not. You will be happy that you have these aspects of humanness or you will not and they will be gone. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

15 – Unhappiness

“Do not expect the same unhappiness with yourself however. You are fine. You are being. You are being fine. So be it. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

16 – Difficulties

“When you meet what you would have before seen as difficulties, as you encounter a world where love still does not seem to reign, when you meet that which would oppose love, remember that you are now the bridge between this creative tension of opposites becoming one. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

17 – Quest

“What will there be to strive for? What quest will replace this quest for being? The quest for love’s expression—the quest to see, experience, and share, as many of love’s expressions as the world needs to be returned, along with you, to its own Self. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

18 – Love’s Expression

“Does this seem like a long and harrowing road? An endless quest? An endless quest for love’s expression is eternity itself. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

19 – Love

“You now know how to respond to love, for you are love, being. So be it. (Dialogues of A Course of Love, Note on Being)”

20 – True Nature

“You have returned to your true nature. Perhaps you will remember that within A Course of Love you were once asked to ‘Imagine the ocean or the cheetah, the sun or the moon or God Himself, attempting to learn what they are. They are the same as you. All exist within you. You are the universe itself.’ (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 248)”

21 – Struggles

Our struggles are over. We have returned to level ground from the mountain top after Forty Days and Nights with Jesus. We will live in love henceforth. We will simply be. For awhile, we may be conscious of trying to “become,” but this will fade as we relax into being. We are told by Jesus to expect heaven on earth.
22 – Joy

Our joy, which will be ever-increasing, is not selfish, for we take our brothers and sisters with us in unity and relationship (the hallmark words of A Course of Love). Our futures are up to us. The possibilities are all ours.

23 – Are We Ready?
Perhaps we still wonder a bit if we are truly ready, but Jesus asserts that we are. He did not intend for us to take a trek up the mountain top repeatedly, but to accept his words, and to realize that we are now ready. We will be happy and contented. We will know, unerringly, how to act naturally from our being.

24 – Errors

If we still worry about errors that are in ourselves, we will simply acknowledge that we want them gone, and they will be gone. We are as accepting of ourselves as we have been of Jesus. We approach our days with love, and this is sufficient. Our quest now is for love’s expression–nothing more. An endless quest for love’s extension is eternity itself. We know now how to respond in love, for we are love, being.
25 – Ending

Thus ends our Forty Days and Forty Nights on the mountain top with Jesus. If we are ready to accept his promise, we are ready to embrace Christ-consciousness. Perhaps it will not come al at once; perhaps we will have glimpses, perhaps for a long while yet.
26 – End Is Certain

But be reassured, just as A Course in Miracles reassures. Once begun, the end is certain. We will know God, we will know Jesus, we will know our brothers and sisters, and we will know ourselves.

Note: With these reflections this day, the Forty Days and Forty Nights in the Dialogues of A Course of Love are concluded.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank You for finding in Mari a person who would accept the task of channeling a new message from Jesus. May we accept, gradually, all that we can from this new message. May we be patient with ourselves if we do not immediately find the joy that Jesus promises. May we anticipate in faith that his promises are true, that we will know the joy of a new reality in this world.

Perhaps this world is not yet ready for the truths of A Course of Love. I pray that the messages held within, if true, are accepted sooner rather than later. And I do believe that these messages are true. Thank You for taking our hand and leading us to the promise of a better future.

Amen.