Stop Learning in Isolation / Choose Sharing in Unity

“All conditions that were intermediary in nature during the time of learning, are, during the time of sharing, naturally converted to direct experiences of sharing. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 12.8)”

1 – This quotation indicates that we will subtly move into sharing, leaving behind learning in isolation and for our egoic selves. We will be sharing with any brothers and sisters with whom we come in contact.

2 – “As long as you continue to invite learning, you will continue to invite the conditions of learning. These are the conditions you have experienced throughout your lifetime and have expressed a willingness to leave behind. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 12.10)”

3 – We will need to watch ourselves, because habit is strong, and we are used to learning. We are not so used to sharing willingly with others. But our observations of our brothers and sisters will provide the “learning” that we need to invite now.

4 – “. . .[B]e vigilant of your thought patterns so that you eradicate the idea of learning in separation and replace it with the idea of sharing in unity. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 12.10)”

5 – Learning in Separation

We did learn in separation, and this explains in part the self-centeredness that we knew in our phase of learning. But when we reach out to our brothers and sisters, we are sharing in unity. And this is the right place to head. Never neglect those individuals to whom we are close. Do not withdraw unto one’s self. This in itself would be enough for the ego to gain another foothold.

6 – Unity and Relationship

“Sharing in unity” is akin to the oft-repeated assertion that in the time of Christ we are to share in “unity and relationship.” “Unity and relationship” are hallmark words in A Course of Love, and they are used so frequently that we may forget exactly what they mean. Basically, these words mean that we are “One in the many” (an interpretation, not stated in ACOL). As One, we are in unity, and in the “many,” we are in relationship to our brothers and sisters.

7 – Creating a New World

Unity and relationship, the One in the many, are the twin ways that we will create in a new world, a world which we inhabit by the sustained, elevated Self of form. This Self of form is the physical form that we know now, but it is moved by revelation from God, direct and normally unmistakable.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to refrain from the learning that separates, instead opting for the sharing in unity that I can experience with my brothers and sisters. Learning, I recognize, is often separating, but I am less clear about sharing with my brothers and sisters. Help me to understand more fully today.

If I make missteps today, please remedy them for me. Not everyone I meet is ready to understand A Course of Love. Help me to offer only what my brother or sister is ready to accept.

Help us to understand why it is so important to leave behind separatist notions of learning. We need to reach out to each other, in a display of unity with each other and with You. Help me to comprehend, to willingly carry out, and to reap the benefits of this change of mind.

Amen.

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