“You have arrived! The long journey that brought you here is over. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 12.15)”
1 – Jesus
What a marvelous statement from Jesus! And yet it is the highest way of viewing his words. We can still lapse. We can still have moments when we are not the sustained, elevated Self of form. Indeed, the Dialogues themselves are written so that we can travel farther along the journey. There are two levels to A Course of Love, just as there are two levels of A Course in Miracles (the former my interpretation, the latter the interpretation of scholar/writer Kenneth Wapnick).
2 – Struggle
But we do not have to struggle as we have. We can have Heaven on earth. Jesus promises this elsewhere. And may we take him at his word.
3 – Journey without Distance
Remember, from ACIM, that this has been a “journey without distance.” We have always had the potential to be realized, to realize ourselves as Awakened beings. It is only now that this potential is being actualized in more and more of our brothers and sisters, and in ourselves.
4 – An End Point
“This is a necessary end point of your review of your experience here so that you do not continue to advance learned wisdom. Learned wisdom will tell you to work hard. Learned wisdom will tell you that the strong survive, the mighty prevail, the weak shall perish. I attempted to dislodge much of this learned wisdom during my time on Earth and man is still puzzling over the meaning of my words. The time for puzzlement is over. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 12.17)”
5 – Ease Off
We do not have to work so hard any longer! Isn’t this a wonderful reassurance?
6 – Suffering No Longer
“Think and speak no more of the suffering of the past. Spread the joyous news! Tell only joyous stories. Advance the idea of joyous challenges that allow for all the creativity you have put into challenges of the past but without the struggle. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 12.18)”
7 – Joy
If we share only joyous stories, we will live a much happier life, for we will be creating in the real world, leaving illusions behind. We are co-creators of this new world, and Jesus has said that even he does not know what the future will bring. But we can imagine that the future will be bright.
8 – Begin Again
“What could be more invigorating, more challenging, more stimulating to your enrichment, than throwing out the old and beginning again? (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 12.18)”
9 – The New
This is a call to the New, as Jesus has been calling us for all of this treatise. Let us join together in sharing the good news to which we have been exposed. Let us leave behind bewailing forever.
I hope that, in some sense, I have arrived. I recognize the long journey, but the way has sometimes been hard, and I do immediately know what joy lies all around me. Help me to see and feel the joy today.
I ask for Your help as I assimilate the fact of arrival. Help me even to know what “arrival” means. Be with me throughout the day, and help me always to acknowledge Your loving presence.