“But now the time is upon you to leave learned works behind in favor of observation, vision and revelation. Now is the time to leave behind study for imagining, envisioning, and desire. Now is the time to move out of the time of becoming who you are to the time of being who you are. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 9.4)”
1 – Trilogies of Words
Jesus often uses in A Course of Love a trilogy of words that describe what he is trying to get us to do. Here, in this quotation, he uses a couple of trilogies: (1) observation, vision, revelation; and (2) imagining, envisioning, desire. We do need to delve deeply in ACOL to know what Jesus means by these terms, but a superficial reading will still get us some enlightenment.
2 – Revelation / Envisioning
We are not to “learn”; we are to “observe,” and this observation will grant us true vision and insights from revelation from God. Revelation from God will become commonplace in our lives as we walk further along the pathway. We will create true reality by imagining what we would like to have, and we envision this new place, fueled by our desire for something better and different.
3 – “Be”
We need to stop seeking to “become” something more, but simply to fall into our occupied place of “being.” We can “be,” and in this being will come our greatest achievements. They will be great because these achievements are not ego-inspired. We have to stop and think, because “achievement” has normally, for us, been egoic. But there are still things for us to do, though we need “do nothing.” This realization comes to us when we reach enlightenment. We know from our depths that God is not requiring things of us; he simply wants us to rest in His Love.
4 – Salvation
But we will want to do certain things to bring salvation into this world. Yet we are specifically told, and repeatedly, that in A Course of Love we are not called to proselytize. We simply show what we are like, and in the showing do we draw others to ourselves.
5 – Witnessing
This is the best form of witnessing.
6 – Learning
We are constantly encouraged in A Course of Love to leave learning behind. We have sought our way through much reading, frequently. There must come an end to all this seeking, and to realize that we do know. We can still learn, if that is our choice, but most of the time we are bade to let the inner knowing from Christ-consciousness be our guide. We do not always, in this time, pause to reconsider; we do not have so much trouble making decisions. We just move with the knowing that what we imagine, envision, and desire is the right pathway.
7 – A Caveat
There is a caveat to all of this. Many times we may think that we have gone farther along the pathway than we actually have. Then the ego has a field day. The ego can lead us astray when we think that it has actually withered away. The ego is very wily, and it will not easily give up its grip upon us. After all, we have had eons of conditioning. So proceed cautiously. We must be sure that the imagining that we are doing is truly Christ-centered, and not our own little selves that would lead us astray.
8 – Studying?
Imagining and envisioning are much more effortless ways of living than is intense studying. What a relief to know that we do not have to continue seeking, that the Answers have been given us! We can rest in God’s love, and we can live, comfortably and safely, in His arms.
9 – Seeking
I personally believe that A Course of Love was given to us by Jesus to let us know that there is an end to the seeking that our ego would have us continue to take: “seek but do not find” (an ACIM tenet). Let us pray today to have the ego wither away, to be replaced with the knowing that Christ-consciousness affords for us. May we thank God for this new day in our experience.
There is an Answer to all the problems that we think that we perceive. Actually we have no problems, in Christ’s love, but we often don’t recognize this. May we recognize this today, as we leave behind the time of learning and move into the time of being.
Thank You for always being there for me in all the days of my life. I have not always recognized that You have been there, but I do so recognize it today, My heartfelt gratitude goes out to You.
Be with us today. Help us to have, as always, good days. This request cannot be granted as long as we are overwrought. We need calm, and calm will come when we fulfill the requirements for bringing it to ourselves. I do this by remembering You. Help me to walk through this day in Your shadow.