“Because you have now made a new choice, a collective choice as one body, one consciousness, to end the time of the intermediary and to begin to learn directly, you are given the same opportunity now that was formerly reserved for you only after your death. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 5.12)”
1 – Learning Directly
Learning directly is looking within for our answers. God is within (as well as perceived–and known–as without). He will lead us surely. We do not have to doubt. If we have experienced salvation, we will know what to say and do. We do not have to hesitate.
2 – Self-Perception
Of course, we will not do “crazy” things, though some of what we are bade to do may seem embarrassing to us. Jesus says in A Course in Miracles that this conclusion of ours comes from a shabby self-perception, that the words that come to us are truer by far than something we would falsely imagine might be better. We are bade to offer these words that come to us without doubt. Just a few times of doing so will assure us of the validity of Jesus’s advice.
3 – Direct Revelations
“The direct revelations that will come to you now will transform you as surely as did those that came to so many others after death. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 5.12)”
When we have experienced Awakening, the separation from God is over for sure. And we can learn directly from Him, via revelation, many of those things that previously, Jesus says, we only knew after death.
4 – Happy Realization
What a happy realization this is! To know by direct revelation is promised to us by Jesus in A Course in Miracles, even before Awakening. We catch glimpses, because God offers these to us. But to get to the end requires knowing the means, and A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love give us the means. (The ACIM reference is given in the Text.)
5 – Prayers to God
We may have wondered if God knows about us, and there is much difference of opinion among Course students in this regard. God speaks through the Holy Spirit, prior to Awakening, and He speaks more clearly, even, through revelation, when we have experienced Awakening. There is no reason to be controversial about this difference of opinion about what God knows. We each have a course to teach, a different course for each teacher of God, and so there will of necessity be different interpretations. My own take on this asks the question, Why would Jesus have addressed prayers to God at the final parts of the Workbook if he (Jesus) did not think that God would hear those prayers?
May I learn directly from God today. This is the favored way in the time of Christ (as in A Course of Love) rather than in the time of the Holy Spirit (as in A Course in Miracles). For some time I may vacillate between the two ways of knowing (as opposed to perceiving), and I ask your patience with me as I experience a new way of seeing.
Be with me today. May fear leave me forever. May the love that is Yours come to encompass my brothers and sisters, and myself, so completely that I am lost in that love.
Help me today. Thank You for all of Your help in times past. I feel reassured that Your help is always present, and I need but ask to have myself surrounded by helpers. Thank You for this. Thank You for everything.