“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.
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.