“So how, you might ask, do you quit now, doing what you have so long done? (Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 10.3)”
1 – Learning
This quotation is about quitting learning. We right now know no other way, but Jesus is recommending in A Course of Love that we quit learning in the traditional sense, and learn through observation of life. In other words, we don’t keep seeking treatises on our religion. We stand firm on what he has been telling us. We learn through revelation from God, the very best way to learn that there is.
2 – Control
Of course, we can’t control what will come through, and this lack of control, to control freaks such as we have been, may be disconcerting. Relax into God’s love, and we will know the right things to say, do, and even what to think. We are not left to our own devices, unless we so will it, and if we so will it, we are asking for the return of the egoic state of consciousness. We don’t want to have this return happen.
3 – God’s Revelation
“Learning has had to do with what is perceived. No longer learning has to do with what is revealed. Learning has had to do with what is unknown. No longer learning has to do with what is and can only be known through revelation. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 10.11)”
4 – Revelation from God
Revelation is only from God (an ACIM tenet). This passage suggests that we have now been made ready to receive God’s revelations, and that we do so by leaving behind our search through learning (unless we choose to continue learning, which is also alright, according to Jesus in ACOL).
5 – The Role of Learning
Many of us enjoy learning and therefore will not readily leave it behind. Teaching and learning are two of the ways that we reach our brothers and sisters. So there are no hard and fast rules in salvation.
6 – Teaching and Learning
Jesus does indicate elsewhere that those who leave learning behind will go on to create. Actually teaching is a form of creation, and so the “teaching and learning” that ACIM describes is not far from the truth. We are reaching our brothers and sisters when we do teach (and learn), and we are also creating a new world through Jesus’s blessing.
7 – Learning through Revelation
Learning through revelation is the easiest and simplest way to learn. It is effortless, and as long as we are open to God, this type of revelation, once we are ready, will come. We do not have to reach for it. But only God can decide when we are ready for revelation. Revelation is only from God to us, never the reverse.
8 – Expression
“Expression of the Self of love in form is not something that can be learned. It is something that can only be lived. This is the time of the fulfillment of the lesson of the birds of the air who neither sow nor reap but sing a song of gladness. (Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 10.12)”
9 – Self of Love
We cannot study how to “be” in the Self of love. We cannot study how to express love, for love is beyond what can be taught. We wait until we are told what to do, and then we do it.
10 – A Simple Task
It is just that simple.
11 – Leave Learning Behind
“Those of you willing to leave learning behind will create the new. This will not happen through learning but through sharing. (Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 10.14)”
12 – Love Is Shared
Love is best shared; in fact, love can only be shared. We would like to create the new, as Jesus is encouraging us to do. But we don’t yet know how. And only a little time will solve that lack of knowing.
13 – God
Let God speak to us. He will reveal how and why sharing in love is so important. And he will detail what to do.
14 – Co-creators
“When you build upon what you can learn you build upon the past and create not the future but an extension of the past. You who are called to leave learning behind are called to return to your union and relationship with God wherein you are creators along with God. (Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 10.14)”
15 – A Sharp Break
Jesus seems to be asking for a sharp break with the past, because building upon the learning of the past only makes what we have always known—egoic pathways—and these will never create a new world.
16 – A Scary Thought
It is scary to think of disengaging from the past, for the past is all that we have known. Previously, learning from the past is what led us into the future. We thought that we would come to understand, and not repeat mistakes, if we learned from what we had been through.
17 – A New Future
We were wrong. The past has taught us badly. And only a sharp break from the past will lead us into a new future. Most of us would welcome a new future, a time of sharing with others under the umbrella of God’s love, under His revelation.
18 – Revelation
Let us ask for revelation today. As the day proceeds, see if we don’t feel a little freer, a little happier, a little more at peace.
19 – Today
This will be God’s revelation to us.
May I stand ready to receive Your revelation today. May I hold myself in readiness. May the revelation that You wish to bring me come.
Thank You for being there for me, as always. I have not always known that You are there, emotionally, but intellectually I have always known. Help me to “feel” Your presence today.
I ask now to be happier each day, each happier than the one before. This will be because I choose to leave my interest in past learning. I will wait for Your revelation about what I am to say and do. This will free me to love extravagantly. And you would have me love very, very deeply.