Benevolence & Abundance in A Course of Love, by Ivor Sowton

A beautiful conclusion happened at our meditation group recently, which is led by dear friends we have known for many years now. The context was the healing prayers we do at the end of the meditation. One attendee had brought a list of serious concerns both personal and familial, and I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed. But one of the leaders suddenly seemed to drop into a deep place and said “and we know that at the deepest level, all is well. All is well!”

I am reminded of the many places in A Course of Love in which Jesus encourages us to establish our identity in the House of Truth rather than in the house of illusion. In the House of Truth, we and everyone else truly are well, not only now, but always.

“Because you now are translating the thought system of the ego into the thought system of the truth, you will begin to believe in such things as benevolence and abundance. What this means is that you will slowly translate all ideas of scarcity into ideas of abundance, all ideas of blame into ideas of benevolence.” (Third Treatise of ACOL, 14.2)

This new found belief in divine benevolence and abundance as our actual birthright as children of God must then be backed up by an attitude of self-responsibility when we are not feeling in touch with these Divine attributes. Jesus reminds us that at such times we are actually choosing the old thought system again out of habit, because the scarcity and blame ego scenarios have had their way with all of us for a long time, and in a perverse way have even become somewhat of a comfort zone for us.

Now, to really live in and express in our being that benevolence and abundance consciously, a great aid is to observe those same qualities in others–even if they are not feeling them:

“If you observe health rather than disease, abundance rather than poverty, peace rather than conflict, happiness rather than sadness, then disease, poverty, conflict, and sadness will be no more real to your brothers and sisters than it is to you.” (Ibid., 18.6)

My sense here is that this is a high goal for us, and that we need to be patient with ourselves as well as those we are trying to observe in such a positive way, for sure. But as we keep at it our very eyes begin to change, actually allowing us to see in a new way. Jesus says that the body is neutral, simply there to do the bidding of the thought system our minds and hearts are adhering to at the time:

“If (the body) is no longer instructed by the thought system of illusion, it is natural that it will now be instructed by the thought system of truth. Thus your eyes will learn to observe only the truth, even unto seeing what before but seemed unobservable.” (Ibid., 18.9)

So let us all try to observe that benevolence and abundance in ourselves and others, thereby doing our bit to bring in the New Way that Jesus is leading us into. Let us try not to judge ourselves or others when we can’t yet hold that vision, but instead be as patient and kind as we can.

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7 thoughts on “Benevolence & Abundance in A Course of Love, by Ivor Sowton

  1. When we ignore the ego and the personality that is represents then we would reach the crystalline soul embedded deep within – that is our identity in truth rather than the house of illusion – then abundance and benevolence will begin to flow and scarcity and blame will vanish. – all religions speak with the same voice and point to the same goal. – thanks for a very interesting presentation of Jesus’ thought and wisdom.

    1. Ivor lives in California, where he is a part of a study group for A Course of Love. He is friends with the publisher of the new combined edition of A Course of Love, Glenn Hovemann. They both are in the same study group.

      I welcome contributions from anyone who reflects on A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love for the Saturday features. Ivor has, as you can tell, shown tremendous interest in this series, to your benefit and my gratefulness.

      Most cordially, Celia

  2. “When we observe health rather than disease, abundance rather than poverty, peace rather than conflict, happiness rather than sadness, then disease, poverty , conflict., and sadness will be no more real to your brothers and sisters than it is to you” as we awaken to our divinity YES!

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