Recognizing Love Will End Our Madness

“The insanity of your thought process and the world you perceive must be made known to you before you are willing to give it up. You do know this, and yet you constantly forget. This forgetting is the work of your ego. Your true Self does not want to forget, and cannot for even the tiniest fraction of a second. It is precisely the inability of your true Self to forget that gives you hope of learning to recognize love, and, with that recognition, of ending the insanity you now perceive.” (ACOL, C:2.9)

When we are enthralled by love, we remember our real Self, and we forget the ego. At least for the moment. We are going to be leaving the ego behind as we read A Course of Love. Why not do so now? Why not decide that we will do nothing for egotistical reasons, that we will follow guidance as we understand it to be, that we will welcome the Self into our lives. This Self is the Christ whom we all share, the Oneness of an Entity Who knows us intimately and adjusts life to give us what we really need—as long as our free will doesn’t step in to mess things up.

We have been living in insanity. This is a cardinal point of both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. When someone mistreats us (as we perceive it), we can get over the hurt by saying, “It is just insanity.” And I would have no more of it. So I forgive, something that I can do.

And life will get better. Forgiveness ousts insanity from our experience.

We do know that we have been living in insanity, but, as Jesus says, we constantly forget. This is because the illusion that insanity weaves is so convincing. We had to enter into the whole insane experience to reap the rewards of living a life on earth.

But there comes a time when a transformation is needed. The time for a transformation is here and now. Don’t drag our feet about this. We need to be patient with ourselves, but not so patient that we countenance insanity.

Insanity. What a ridiculous notion! How did we ever, ever, get caught up in this?

We don’t have all the answers. A Course in Miracles says that we were hoodwinked by a “tiny, mad idea” about which the Son of God forgot to laugh. But we can laugh today. We can recognize that this tiny, mad idea has done its worst, and we are still here. We are ready and willing to get over the insanity that this tiny idea fostered in us. May we reach out and touch the love in Creation that will make us ready for the transformation that we all need so very desperately.

Love Is Meant to Be Vibrant & Alive

“To continue to identify love incorrectly is to continue to live in hell. As much as highs and lows of intense feeling are sought by some to be avoided, it is in the in-between of passionless living that hell is solidified and becomes quite real.” (ACOL, C:2.7)

We need to eliminate boredom from our lives, because boredom set in with that in-between of passionless living that Jesus mentions here. We often think that we need to eliminate drama from our lives, and then we feel little emotion, and we think that we are depressed. A Course in Miracles discussed the dilemma that we face when we eliminate drama and think that we are merely depressed. But there is a way of living that is not passionless, and that is not drama, either. When we love with all of our being, we are living in passion, but not necessarily in drama. When we love with all our being in the egoic state, there is plenty of drama, as our own life scripts will testify. But the love that Jesus counsels is vibrant and alive, just not filled with the highs and lows to which the ego takes us—always.

If we don’t identify love as our need, we will live in hell. A hell on this earth, in this world. And we have been living in a hell of our own making for far too long already. Think of the individuals who get up, get dressed, go into work at a job that they despise, and draw a paycheck that allows that passionless living to continue. Is this not a hell of our own making?

We may not see how we can change our lives today. But when we listen to the words of Jesus, we will get inklings of what to do differently. As much as we might think, we need courage to change our lives for the better. And that courage will come when we learn, first, how to love the life that we have, and, then, when and what to change to make a better life. The things to change will not be apparent at first. And they may not be obvious things. But our guidance, from the state of loving our life, will point to a better way of living.

And we will never regret that we chose the egoless passion of true living.

Love Is All that Is Important

“While you look for a God with a physical form you will not recognize God. Everything real is of God. Nothing unreal exists. Each person passing from this life to the next learns no great secret. They simply realize love is all there is. Nothing unreal exists. Think for yourself: If you were going to die tomorrow what would you today find meaningful? Only love. This is salvation’s key.” (ACOL, C:2.2)

When we decide to look on all with the single emotion of love, we have salvation’s key.

We may think that this is impossible. But if we love the bad as well as the good, we transmute the bad into the good. We don’t suppress the bad so that it rises another day to frighten us. We integrate, and therefore overcome, the bad with the light of our better nature.

Everything real is of God, and nothing unreal exists. And so our ego gets out of the way when we become inclined to the real, the things of God. We don’t learn anything more very much when we die from this world. We do simply realize that love is all there is. And we will realize this now if we consider the possibility that we might die tomorrow. What would be important today? Only love. Think about that. Only love. We want to hold our loved ones close to us at the end. And we are seeing something then that we have overlooked heretofore.

Why not hold our loved ones close to us now, right now? There is no better way to spend the day, in thought if not in proximity.
Most of us do have to get out of bed, get dressed, go to work, whether at home or away. But we don’t have to forget what is important.

Our Yearning for Love Points to God

“This is what you have made this world for: to prove your separate exis¬tence in a world apart from your Creator. This world does not exist. And you do not exist apart from your Creator. Your yearning for love is what tells you this is so. It is the proof you do not recognize.” (ACOL, C:1.15)

We made the world; yes, we did, though we cannot understand what this means nor how this creation could come about. The world is a figment of our imagination, nothing more. And when we have all—all—of us reached far beyond this world, awake in Christ-consciousness, the world will cease to exist, for the mind that made it will have been healed.

We are part of the Father, our Creator, our God. If we can just hold this idea firmly in mind, we will go far. For being part of God, and feeling that we are separate from Him, creates a yearning in us to be with Him again. This yearning, Jesus says in this passage, is the proof that in actuality we are part of the Creator.

Yearning will lead us to surrender, if we are open to surrender. And surrender we must, to God. This surrender does in fact make all things right. Even when we think we are suffering (though in actual fact we cannot suffer), we can say, “It is alright,” in prayer to God and immediately we will sense that we really are alright. Surrender allows us to follow guidance, for we are not protecting our hard-earned autonomy, a misstep if there ever were one.

Our yearning, Jesus says, is thus our proof. What more would we need to know? We may ask many questions, but only one is meaningful: Do we surrender to God in recognition that the guidance he provides to us embodies the best living we could ever wish to have? We are just selfish enough to want to live well, and we do have that right. God would not have us wallowing in self-pity, which we are certain to do if we are not happy. His function for us is happiness (as well as salvation, forgiveness, and the like, which are equated in A Course in Miracles).

Be willing today to let our heart lead us to a better world. Be willing to be part of the solution to the world’s problems, the myriad problems that seem to assail all of us. Our heart knows the answers. It can help us now as nothing else. We just have to be willing to listen.

A Small Amount of Trust Is All It Takes

“Those who are seen as loveless and alone in the world are those you find to be the objects of your pity. Yet you do not realize that this is the state your ego has you endlessly striving to achieve. Your ego would have you believe that only when you need no one to achieve all you desire, only when you are satisfied with what you are and with what you can do on your own, only then will your autonomy and your learning be complete, for this is all your learning has been for. The goal of this world is for you to stand on your own, complete within yourself. This goal will never be reached, and only when you give up trying to reach it can you begin to learn anything of value. You are complete only within God, where you endlessly abide. Striving to be that which you can never be is the hell you have created… .” (ACOL, C:1.13)

This passage is so clear, so right on the point about our insane desire for arrogant independence.

Our world teaches for self-autonomy. We mature from childhood to adulthood, striving to be free of our parents in the rupture that occurs when we are teens. We think that if we can just make our own decisions, we will be happy.

A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love teach the exact opposite of this. They teach that dependence on internal guidance, not of self-will, but either the Holy Spirit or the inner Christ Self, will allow us to live best. We can never actually be independent anyway. Our autonomy is hollow, for it never takes us to an end that can keep us satisfied.

Guidance is different. When we trust ever so little, we quickly find that the choices that we make that seem providential are actually what we really want. Things turn out better. And we are happier.

It takes just this small amount of trust to start us on the pathway to better living. Allow guidance to give us the nod for what we say, do, even think.

We will not be disappointed. We will walk a better pathway, one that will ultimately create a new world.

The Easy Way Out

“Resign as your own teacher. Accept me as your teacher and accept that I will teach you the truth. Find no shame in this. You cannot learn what I would teach you without me. You have tried in countless ways and can try still again. But you will not succeed. Not because you are not smart enough. Not because you will not try hard enough. But because it is impossible. It is impossible to learn anything on your own. Your determination to do so only blocks your learning. It is only through union with me that you learn because it is only in union with me that you are your Self.” (ACOL, C:1.10)

In this passage Jesus asserts that his Self and our Self are one. And that we need him to make proper decisions. On our own, we cannot choose rightly; we just get lost in mindless meandering. Here Jesus is taking his place in this teaching volume of A Course of Love as our teacher. (Toward the end of ACOL, he will resign as our teacher, saying that we have now learned from him, and that he is our companion in the future.)

We cannot learn on our own, even when we try the hardest. We need a wiser soul to take charge and lead us out of the maze in which we find ourselves. And Jesus, as our savior, takes this task of leading us out unto himself. What a blessing for us this really is! We don’t have to struggle to get free of eons of bad choices. He will show us the easy way out of the mess that we have made of our lives. He knows how to do it, and he is using A Course of Love as one gigantic teaching tool.

There are other pathways, of course. But if we find an affinity with A Course of Love, it behooves us to accept the savior who is channeling that work. And I believe that this is indeed Jesus. Many others believe this as well. And indeed we find many wise sayings in ACOL that vie for a place among the best advice ever given.

Let Jesus help today. Read the first volume of ACOL with new eyes. Accept Jesus as the savior, the teacher, who can lead us into creating the new world that he so wants us to become part of. What do we have to lose but our agony?

Love Is a Greater Emotion than Worry

“Remember that your worries affect nothing. You think if your worries affect time this is an effect, but time is an illusion. It too does not matter. Remind yourself of this as well. This is part of letting go of the old world to make way for the new. Realize these things do not matter and will not be carried with you to the new world. So you might as well let them go now.” (ACOL, C:1.6)

Letting go of all our worries sounds like an impossible task. Our worries, large and small, do make up the tenor of our lives. We are shaped in daily life by whether or not we are actively worrying about something. This obsessional nature of worry ruins many a day.

How might we get over this thing called worry? We can realize that love is a greater emotion than worry. It is just that simple. We do what we can, when we can, to live life wisely. Then we let go—into the well stream of living in love. We realize that there is a Higher Power that will sustain us through all that we might ever face. Indeed, has sustained us already, when we have let Him. If we have resisted living in love, then even God does not go against our free will to fashion a life such as we would have.

Many of us think that worry is a lucky charm, that if we carry worries about with us, then the individual, myriad things to which it attaches are not likely to happen. Does this really make any sense? Isn’t this pure superstition?

Yes, many of our lucky charms are nothing but superstition. We don’t think that a benevolent Power will save us from ourselves, and so we degenerate into believing mindless magic.

We would be done with this manner of living. Today. Let the heart lead you, for the heart knows that we are all safe except in those instances that we go against divine will by asserting our own paltry desires into our life choices. We need guidance to know how to live well, and guidance will come to all if we are open to it.

When we are following guidance, our amulets and lucky charms drop away. We know within our heart that we have a Power helping us that will keep us safe. We don’t need to follow superstition any longer. We are home free. We are living in the new world that we are creating moment by moment.

All True Feeling Is Love

“Every living being has a heart. Let us define heart as the center of being, that place from which all feeling arises. All true feeling is love. All love praises God. All love is recognition of the glory of God and all God created. Love is the only pure response of the created for the Creator, the only response of the Creator to the created. Your recognition of what love is will return you to God and your Self.” (ACOL, C:1.1)

These definitions of what love is can take us far. We know that Christ-consciousness arises only in one who is willing to make all relationships right, through forgiveness, and who feels love for all within his/her world. These are bottom-line requirements. And we gain a lot when we realize that very little is asked of us. But how do we bring that very little into view?

We ask through prayer for not only Christ-consciousness, but its precursors, forgiveness of others (and ourselves) and love of others (and ourselves). Jesus contributed the idea of forgiveness to world religions. In the well-acclaimed Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Mircea Eliade, we learn from the index that forgiveness occurs only in the context of Jesus’s teachings. So Jesus originated this important requirement for enlightenment. Many others as well, in contrast, have trumpeted the value of love. But Jesus may have said it best, in that we are to love God, and we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.

We want to be returned to our Self, and our Self is the Self whom we know in Christ-consciousness. Let us decide today that this is what we want, all that we want. There must be a decision on our part to pursue this dimension of being, Christ-consciousness. Then, when we are made ready (and this is a mysterious process), we will find that God Himself answers us with the blessing of enlightenment.

The Heart Knows Love

“This time we take a direct approach, an approach that seems at first to leave behind abstract learning and the complex mechanisms of the mind that so betray you. We take a step away from intellect, the pride of the ego, and approach this final learning through the realm of the heart. This is why, to end confusion, we call this course A Course of Love.” (ACOL, C:P.44)

We are approaching God through our heart when we read A Course of Love. The heart doesn’t need the proofs of God’s existence as the mind does, or at least as the mind often does. The heart simply knows. And in this knowing are we led gently, the by the hand, back to the eternal that we have neglected heretofore, for eons.

How might we effect this change from the intellect to the heart? Try relaxing. Just that simple. We get ourselves so tangled up with the mind. And the heart knows. It really knows. The heart will lead us home to God. The heart is the pathway of A Course of Love.

Jesus understands that the egoic nature of our minds, right now, have betrayed us. If we haven’t reached enlightenment, the mind is a great betrayer. But the heart leaves aside this convoluted thinking. Those of us who have lived within our intellect, and been proud of our intellect, will be particularly drawn to this new message of Jesus. We will say, “Ah, yes, what a relief!” And listening to the heart will be a true relief for us.

No longer do we need to make sense of our meandering thoughts about ultimate reality. Jesus is saying just to leave all that behind, and join him in a new place. We have been just thinking too much.

So listen to your heart today. It will love more freely than the misguided mind. Later on, when we have become affixed to the heart, we will draw into the mind as well. But for now, our heart will be enough for us. Don’t let the habits of a lifetime of thinking hold us back now. Just relax in God’s love, which we will recognize resides in the heart.

Being Awake in God’s World

“If you cannot see yourself “other than” as man or woman living in a particular place in a particular time, you cannot see your Self. Thus Jesus comes to you again, in a way that you can accept, to lead you beyond what you can accept to what is true.” (ACOL, C:P.39)

What is Jesus saying here? The Self lives in all times and places, not in a particular place and time, but in the Now that is eternal. And Jesus has come to us again, in this particular time and place, to lead us out of time and into the eternal.

We have long seen ourselves as “stuck” in time, rigidly captured by the surroundings that we find ourselves in. But this is an illusion. We belong to all times and all places, for the Self is all-embracing. It is true that we cannot understand this with our finite minds. But open the mind and heart a little to consider carefully what Jesus is here saying. He would not have us deluded by the here and now any longer.

Look to eternity for the best things in life. Don’t look to the next job, the next car, the next house. These things fade in importance to us, but the eternal that Jesus proclaims does not fade. We go on from a perception of the eternal to the Christ-consciousness which opens like a flower upon a new world. We know, as opposed to perceive. And in this knowledge are we saved, ultimately. We have that which we have always longed to have, without having a name for it. We are awake in God’s world, and we know that it is good.

The Inner Christ Follows Jesus’s Way

“The Christ in you teaches only in the sense of imparting knowledge that you already have and once again have access to as you join with your own real Self. Once this is accomplished, you are accomplished. Because you are complete. But if your joining with Christ is the accomplishment and completion of all lessons, who is he who provides the lessons? This is Jesus.” (ACOL, C:P.38)

This quotation explains, in a nutshell, what is happening to us as we merge with our real Self, the inner Christ. We have this knowledge, but this knowledge has been unavailable to us, and now we are coming into the time of Christ, when the knowledge is again available. Sure, it was available to a select few in times past. But not generally. And now the blessing is spread out on this earth. We are ready for the blessing, a blessing that once unavailable to many, is now possible of attainment.

Jesus identified himself in this passage as the one who is channeling A Course of Love. He does not hide from us. He comes out and asks us to believe. And when we accept him, as he bids us to do, we are already well on our way to comprehending his message.

When we have joined with the inner Christ, we have reached enlightenment or Christ-consciousness. This is what Jesus is about in these lessons he has designed for us. He would remove the barriers to the expression of Love, and in the removal, the blessing is made ours right away. We cannot dictate to him or to God, though, nor would we want to do so. God will know when we are ready, and He will move swiftly at that time.

Exchange This World for Our True Home

“Jesus, united with the Christ in you, is he who can teach you who you are and how to live as who you are in a new world. He can open heaven to you and walk you through its gates, there to exchange this world at last for your true home. But it is not your body that will pass through heaven’s gates, nor your body’s eyes that will view the new world you will behold and take with you. To view a physical world of dimension, shape, and scope like unto the old and hope to transport it from one place to another would be delusional. The new world does not have to do with form, but with content. A content that is as transferable as an author’s words upon a page.” (ACOL, C:P.36)

If the new world does not have to do with form, then the new world is real in intangibles—the peace, joy, harmony, that we hope to find in everyday life now and sometimes fall short of finding. Jesus unites with the Christ in each of us to show us the way. This is what our Self is doing to make changes in our experience of this world. We will lay aside the forms when we go inward to experience reality. And we will be well-served by this substitution of the changing, decaying form with something that will always last.

We are led to believe that we have something left to do on earth. I think this task has to do with what Edgar Cayce called the “Sons of God” rescuing the “daughters of men.” We are here to catalyze others to a new way of life—but after we ourselves have understood the changes that need to happen in us, and in them. The gender pronoun in Cayce’s pronouncements doesn’t matter; this is old school thinking in a male-dominated world. But the essence of what he said is important. There is a reason that we are here, trying to do our best in a world gone awry. We have to gently lead ourselves and others back to God.

The content of our new world, not the form, is transferable. That is, we can spread the good news of joy and peace without trying to create new form to spread that good news. The intangible blessings that we experience are always spreading. That is what comes of the intangible. And we inhabit a better world by living these intangibles in our everyday life.

Let Edgar Cayce’s words give us a blessing today. Ask how we might move this world a little closer to the God within. God will answer us, of this we can be sure.

A Spiritual Conspiracy

Note: A public domain poem from a friend of A Course of Love and A Course in Miracles.

A SPIRITUAL CONSPIRACY

On the surface of the world right now there is
war and violence and things seem dark.
But calmly and quietly, at the same time,
something else is happening underground
An inner revolution is taking place
and certain individuals are being called to a higher light.
It is a silent revolution.
From the inside out. From the ground up.
This is a Global operation.
A Spiritual Conspiracy.
There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet.
You won’t see us on the T.V.
You won’t read about us in the newspaper
You won’t hear about us on the radio
We don’t seek any glory
We don’t wear any uniform
We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles
Most of us work anonymously
We are quietly working behind the scenes
in every country and culture of the world
Cities big and small, mountains and valleys,
in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands
You could pass by one of us on the street
and not even notice
We go undercover
We remain behind the scenes
It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit
But simply that the work gets done
Occasionally we spot each other in the street
We give a quiet nod and continue on our way
During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs
But behind the false storefront at night
is where the real work takes a place
Some call us the Conscious Army
We are slowly creating a new world
with the power of our minds and hearts
We follow, with passion and joy
Our orders come from the Central Spiritual Intelligence
We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking
Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~ Movies ~ Kind words ~
Smiles ~ Meditation and prayer ~ Dance ~ Social activism ~ Websites
Blogs ~ Random acts of kindness…
We each express ourselves in our own unique ways
with our own unique gifts and talents
Be the change you want to see in the world
That is the motto that fills our hearts
We know it is the only way real transformation takes place
We know that quietly and humbly we have the
power of all the oceans combined
Our work is slow and meticulous
Like the formation of mountains
It is not even visible at first glance
And yet with it entire tectonic plates
shall be moved in the centuries to come
Love is the new religion of the 21st century
You don’t have to be a highly educated person
Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it
It comes from the intelligence of the heart
Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings
Be the change you want to see in the world
Nobody else can do it for you
We are now recruiting
Perhaps you will join us
Or already have.
All are welcome
The door is open
~ author unknown

A Witness for Christ

“Even those who have studied much and learned the lessons of the Course well, leave their learning and their teaching sit idly by while they earn their living until the dust that has collected upon it obscures it from their sight.” (ACOL, C:P.29)

Even those of us who have morning devotionals at home all too often leave their message at the door as we leave for work. Jesus would not have us to do this. He would have us take the message of our devotionals with us, into the marketplace, where the messages that we have received can influence others. Not in a proselytizing way, for this is forbidden by Jesus. But by example.

Yes, we too have an example to set, just as did Jesus. We need to realize that we are blessed by having found A Course of Love, that we have found in this writing a way home. And that we can guide others by our gentle living out of the way.

Others may eventually ask us what is different about us. They will seek us out, and this is fodder for the ego if we let it be. But as we are leaving the ego behind, we need to just accept that God is creating in us an aura of peace and joy that will attract others. They will want what we have. And they too can have it.

We will eventually share from our innermost being the things of God that He is showing to us. Let us seek to make that witness to Him something that He can think we have got right.

What It Means to Be God’s Child

“Within the story of the human race there is a story about the coming of God’s son, Jesus Christ, who was born, grew into a man, died and rose again to live on in some form other than that of a man. Those who believe the story have accepted that Jesus was God’s son before he was born, while he walked the earth, and after he died and resurrected. Whether this is your belief or not, it comes close to the truth in a form that you can understand. Jesus is simply the example life, the life that demon¬strated what it means to be God’s child.” (ACOL, C:P.27)

Jesus, and Mary, are seen in A Course of Love as example lives. Jesus is seen as the one who is “doing,” and Mary is seen as the one who is “being.” Both are valid ways to be, though Jesus indicates that as time passes, more and more of us will choose Mary’s way of “being.”

But many of us are caught in Jesus’s way of doing. We think, perhaps erroneously, that there are things that we have to do in the world to help ourselves and to help others. We are the active ones, teaching, learning, playing in this world.

Jesus indicates in this passage that perhaps his form in the resurrected state was other than that of a man. What does he mean by that? Was the resurrected body the ethereal body? I am inclined to think so. But resurrected he was, at least as he tells us, and I believe him. His pathway in life 2000 years ago is something that we can identify with. We won’t be crucified in the way that he was, but we will be eventually resurrected to new life in our Awakening—our Christ-consciousness. And if we pray, perhaps this new form of the elevated Self will come to us sooner rather than later.

Let’s spend some time today reflecting on Jesus’s life on earth. What can we learn from it? What do we want, still, to reject? And what might this reflection do for our soul’s progress? If we are to see that he is an example life, then does it not behoove us to follow that example, even these many years hence?

I think that it does; we need to follow Jesus. The way will be easier because he has walked this way before. Try not to let the judgmental nature of many of Jesus’s pronouncements in the Gospels disturb us. He was under pressure, and stress creates anger (which he experienced). Let the dictum of A Course in Miracles not confuse, the dictum that anger is unjustified. In the largest sense, it is, but we too are human, just as Jesus was on earth, and we too will experience moments of anger.

Jesus is a very real figure in history. The stories about him told in the Gospels may not all be true, but they are, in my opinion, more true than not. And as an example life, Jesus performs admirably. Of course. What more would we expect of him?

Rest in God’s Grace

“Seekers are but another category of those who at the precipice act as if they have hit a wall rather than come across a bridge. It is precisely the place at which you stopped that you must return to. Those who continue to seek may have left teachings of the Course or of one or another spiritual or religious tradition only to find another and still another. For those intent on seeking there is always more to seek, but those who find must stop to realize what they have found and to realize that they seek no more.” (ACOL, C:P.23)

A Course of Love represents the final thing sought; we are home again when we have read it all—or so Jesus hopes.

We have long sought, most of us. And there is always another mountaintop of seeking awaiting us, if that is what we wish to find. Jesus knows that this is compulsive behavior for which we need an end. And he provides that end in A Course of Love.

We need to realize that we are The Accomplished. Not in an egoic sense, of course; we have moved far beyond this. But we need to see that at the precipice of the mountain we have found a bridge to the Promised Land, not “hit a wall” (as Jesus warns we are prone to believe).

We don’t have to keep seeking, and is this not welcome news? We have found, and Jesus points that out in ACOL, our final way home. Others have other pathways, but we have selected ours, and ACOL does works for those of us who have chosen it.

There is a proviso, though, one that I have been pointing out for several days now. Not all of us will reach enlightenment when we finish reading A Course of Love, and we may encounter a yearning that is very uncomfortable. Ask for help if this comes to us. Just ask for help. God’s helpers, and God Himself, will be right there with us, taking away the yearning (at least momentarily), and giving us an ease of mind.

This is the best way to be: Not seeking, but just surrendering to God’s grace to come when it may. Just surrender to God. He will do the rest—which may not be Christ-consciousness right away. But he will take away the pain of no reaching where we would go. He will keep us patient and happy in our daily walk with Him.

Gentle Whispers of Guidance

What are good intentions but a choice to do what you can, alone, by yourself, against great odds? This is why good intentions so often fail to come to be at all, and why, when every effort has been made, the outcome seldom seems worth the effort. You cannot earn your way to heaven or to God with your effort or your good intentions. You cannot earn, and will not ever feel as if you have earned, the designation of a person of such worth that you are deserving of all that God would freely give. Give up this notion. (ACOL, C:P.19)

We have often seen ourselves as unworthy, unworthy in the sight of God. While Jesus seeks to dispel this error, he does note here that we cannot merit our way to heaven. We try to be good, but we will always fail, even in our own sight. Thus we have such good intentions, only to be thrown on the ground, totally dejected, when once again we have failed to live up even to our own hopes. We realize (or we need to) that we cannot effect salvation for ourselves. We can remove the barriers to the acceptance of love, but that is all. Yet removing the barriers is a great step forward, something that we can give ourselves—but not our ego—some credit for.

The Self acts to remove these barriers. We are guided by the inner Christ Self further to accept Jesus’s great promises for us. But we don’t try to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, an endeavor that is bound for failure.

We, in every instance that we can muster, follow the gentle whispers of guidance as to what we need to do and say next, even what to feel. We learn that this is enough. Always enough.

And Jesus’s way, pointed out in ACIM and ACOL, gets us home.

Is there anything else that we want? Just be patient in the gathering of this new era. Don’t get frustrated with yourself if Christ-consciousness doesn’t come when we wish. Jesus never intended for us to get frustrated and confused about our coming into our own as children of God, awakened children of God.

In Patience Possess Our Souls

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“Oh, Child of God, you have no need to try at all, no need to be burdened or to grow tired and weary. You who want to accomplish much good in the world realize that only you can be accomplished. You are here to awaken from your slumber. You are here not to awaken to the same world, a world that seems a little more sane than before but still governed by insanity, a world in which it seems possible to help a few others but certainly not all others, but to awaken to a new world. If all that you see changed within your world is a little less insanity than before, then you have not awakened but still are caught in the nightmare your ego has made. By choosing to reject yourself you have chosen to try to make sense of the nightmare rather than to awaken from it. This will never work.” (ACOL, C:P.14)

We need to forgive ourselves as well as others; this is what Jesus is saying when he notes that we tend to reject ourselves, to make sense of the nightmare in which we find ourselves. Until we forgive, we are sitting in judgment, and we know that judging complicates our minds and makes us feel uneasy, ill-at-ease, awkward, and afraid. No one can judge and hope to live well. So let’s give up the rejection of ourselves, the judging, the lack of forgiveness, as a bad way to interact with our very entity.

We can find a little way through this world just by living the holy dreams that the Holy Spirit sends; these are happy dreams. But if we are content just to dream dreams, we are making compromises with reality. We are only a little sane, and we need and want to wholly sane.

True sanity comes with Christ-consciousness, and Christ-consciousness usually comes in stages, in glimpses. We intuit the end long before we experience it. And the intuition leads to an Awakening that doesn’t have to be traumatic. We will led gently, as down a garden path. Indeed, we might think of our pathway toward ultimate salvation as a garden path.

Jesus calls us “the accomplished” in ACOL. What does this mean? It means that we have made progress—finally. But it is not a progress that the ego would anticipate. It is progress that we make in humility, but not in self-abasement. We give ourselves credit for how far we have walked in this garden of a world. We give ourselves credit for what the Christ Self has accomplished in us to integrate mind and heart into wholeheartedness.

We are easy with ourselves, content to know that we are doing what Jesus has encouraged. We don’t denigrate our progress, nor do we exalt ourselves in a final burst of egoic thinking. We just attend to our business in this world, and that is our Father’s business, just like Jesus in the synagogue at age 12.

Have patience. At the end of the third part of A Course of Love, the “Days” of the Dialogues, Jesus indicates that we may make the trip to the mountaintop many times, though this is not his wish for us. But we may go many times in our reading. This in itself is not bad. The time is already set, and there may be little that we can do to speed up that time of the coming of Christ-consciousness.

Above all, don’t get frustrated about our perceived slowness. Jesus would not have that. He is ever-patient with us, and we must be so with ourselves.

Let Your Spirit Talk to You Today

“It is easy to imagine how the Christ in you differs from your ego but not as easy to recognize how the Christ in you differs from spirit. The Christ in you is that which is capable of learning in human form what it means to be a child of God. The Christ in you is that which is capable of bridging the two worlds. This is what is meant by the second coming of Christ.” (ACOL, C:P.7)

Will Jesus come in physical manifestation in the second coming? Note that he doesn’t say this. He indicates that when the Christ in us bridges the worlds between the ego and the spirit, we will find ourselves in the midst of the second coming of Christ. Jesus is not playing games with us about physical manifestation of himself again; he is opening up the term “Christ” to all of us. We see our Christ Self as the embodiment, in physical form, of the best that we can be in this world. And this best is enough.

The spirit is not in human form. I believe that there are parts of us, available to us, that have not incarnated (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM or ACOL). And we draw on those parts to make our way here smoother, an easier path to walk. We have an oversoul that is the spirit in us, and this Self, I believe, makes decisions for us that are something beyond what our conscious mind can legitimately make (again, this is interpretation).

We need to realize that the ego has limited days. Soon, in A Course of Love, Jesus will affirm that indeed the ego is gone from us. He actually says this. We don’t have to beg and plead; it is just something that happens as we go forward in time, heading toward the culmination of Christ-consciousness.

Let your spirit talk to you today. Find out how the ego might be removed from our consciousness without pain or discomfort. Jesus will see that this happens for us. He wants to help.

Let him.

This Is a Course in Miracles. It Is a Required Course.

“This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. The time for you to take it is now. You are ready and miracles are needed.” (ACOL, C:P.1)

The first two sentences of this quotation from A Course of Love are identical to two sentences in A Course in Miracles, another instance of the conjoining of these two wonderful books. In ACOL, though, Jesus assumes that we are “more” ready than we were when we read A Course in Miracles; we have traveled farther along the pathway toward ultimate salvation, toward Awakening or Christ-consciousness. And we are ready to perform miracles. Here, we might believe, we still don’t perform the miracles that we think are in need of happening; we follow advice that is superior to our finite mind. In ACIM, we were to follow Jesus’s direction in regard to when to perform a miracle. We would be well advised to do the same now, for Jesus is not unavailable to any of us—though we don’t understand how this can be.

He walks with us, holding our hand. This image can be most comforting if we open our minds to it. What would be we be afraid of if we could sense that a clone of Jesus was following us around all the time? I’m not saying that this is what is happening, because ACIM and ACOL never use the word “clone.” But to my mind, it is a way to get a handle on what might be happening.

This understanding takes some getting used to, and don’t feel badly if your mind doesn’t stretch to accept this interpretation. It is enough to know that miracles are here for us to perform, and that we will be guided in which ones to perform, and when. This is truly enough.

The day will grow brighter, the weeks will pass by more smoothly, when we have accepted our function as miracle-workers.

The New Day Will Be Joy without Sorrow

“The new is not that which has always existed. It is not that which can be predicted. It is not that which can be formed and held inviolate. The new is creation’s unfolding love. The new is love’s expression. The new is the true replacement of the false, illusion’s demise, joy birthed amongst sorrow. The new is yet to be created, One Heart to One Heart.

“This is a course for the heart. The birthplace of the new.” (ACOL, C:I.12 – 13)

Jesus seems to look upon what he is channeling in A Course of Love as a new day in our lives and a new day on earth. The “new” is seen to be that which has yet to be created, but which we will create in joy and abundance, all the blessings that we wish for ourselves and others.

This does not appear to be a mirage. There really does seem to be something out there waiting for our creation of it. What would we like to see on our earth? In this world? Then, we are encouraged, create it! This is the wave of the future, the better life that we have all longed to have. And it is ours for the asking (and the taking).

The quotation for today is very lyrical and very inspiring. We are poised at the point of illusion’s death, of joy without sorrow. Of course, all of this is predicated on our moving into Christ-consciousness, the Awakening that A Course in Miracles heralded. And we get there through our heart, as Jesus is now telling us (though he did not use this tactic in ACIM).

The way is smooth, the results certain. All of us who have walked this far will go on to a certain end. We will know enlightenment. If we are not ready, we may dally for a while, but dalliance is not necessary and certainly not desired. We can have all that we wish for now. Our mistakes are being corrected as we speak. The carpet will be rolled up, returning to the point at which separation happened, and the separation, illusory though it is, will be no more.

What more could we wish for today, except that this new era get underway?

Ivor Sowton – In Memoriam

Ivor Sowton, a student/teacher of A Course of Love, died very recently, unexpectedly. He had contributed frequently to the “Saturday Features” postings on this blog. He worked with Glenn Hovemann (publisher of the new combined edition) to publicize A Course of Love. And he also contributed substantially to the A Course of Love/USA Facebook site.

I googled him at the beginning of his contributions to this blog, and I found him in California. Then I learned from Glenn that they were friends. But Ivor very much kept himself in the background. He contributed every Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, faithfully for 22 weeks to the Saturday features, never trying to forward himself or his work.

Those of you who have enjoyed his Saturday features will miss his heartfelt commentary. All the contributions can be revisited by going to the top of this blog and clicking on “Saturday Features,” then using the keywords in the search box to bring up his postings. I very much appreciate the contribution that Ivor was making.

Ivor will be sorely missed in the Course of Love community.

Surprised by Joy

“The heart is needed to guide the mind in a way that it does not desire to be guided, a way that is one of joining, a way that does not allow the mind’s separate stance, its rules, or its right answers. The heart is needed because it is who and where you are and responds in love to what is one with it. We are one heart.” (ACOL, C:I.6)

This assertion places love at the center of this new Course, A Course of Love. We are using the heart to join with others in love. Not meant to be living in splendid isolation, we are in a world with other people for a reason: relationship. And we are united as One with our brothers and sisters in this relationship.

Jesus emphasizes this unity by saying that we are “one heart.” Later on he will also emphasize that all of us are joined in an embrace, with him, and all the world. This is union or unity. This replicates the unity that we share with God, of Whom we are a part. We extend that unity to our brothers and sisters, and we live a happier life as a result. No longer seeking, as the mind is wont to do, to be independent, we join with others to create a new world.

We don’t listen to the rules that the mind has set up to structure this new world. Especially not when the ego hold sway. We listen to what the heart wants. And we will be surprised by joy in the undertaking that we are about. Listen to the heart today, and see if we don’t all find a new beginning in the works.

Jesus in A Course of Love–Love’s Focus, the Heart

“This course was written for the mind—but only to move the mind to appeal to the heart. To move it to listen. To move it to accept confusion. To move it to cease its resistance to mystery, its quest for answers, and to shift its focus to the truth and away from what can be learned only by the mind.” (C:I.1)

This quotation seems, at first glance, to give primacy to the mind, as did A Course in Miracles. But the second part of the first sentence changes the purpose to appeal to the heart. So we are talking about a radical change in ACOL from the direction that Jesus took us in A Course in Miracles. In a sense, he had to appeal to the intellect in ACIM, because the ideas about the ego were so mind-dominated. We wouldn’t have listened to anything that seemed too soft, as the heart is apt to seem.

The heart is not soft and mushy, though, and especially not so when you consider that Jesus moves very shortly into a fusion of mind and heart into what he terms “whole-heartedness.” He at first appeals to the heart, so that we don’t become lost, once again, in egoic notions—that this Course can be learned through the mind, even the right mind untainted by the ego.

We focus on the “truth” in A Course of Love. While this can be a term fraught with misunderstanding and even controversy, we are here seeing the truth as understood by Jesus, putting us on very solid ground indeed. The mind by itself cannot learn this truth, and that is why so many of us have gotten stuck in reading A Course in Miracles. We have been trying, intellectually, to understand the difficult passages in ACIM. Jesus sees where we are coming from, and says, in effect, to put the mind aside for a while. Just focus on the heart, which doesn’t need the proofs that the mind demands. We believe in God in large part because of our heart’s leanings. No “proof” is good enough for a confirmed atheist. And no proof is needed by a believer who is listening to his heart.

This is what Jesus is about in A Course of Love. Love’s focus, the heart.

TWO – YEAR TEACHING UNIT ON A COURSE OF LOVE

Note: Today begins two years of focusing on A Course of Love, with a teaching unit that will go, page by page, through ACOL. (There will be some interludes of material with other themes.)

The “Place” of A Course of Love

The dictation Mari [Perron] scribed specifically referred to A Course of Love as a “continuation of the coursework provided in A Course in Miracles.” (A.4) It also stated:

“Where the original Course in Miracles was a course in thought reversal and mind training, a course to point out the insanity of the identity crisis and dislodge the ego’s hold, this is a course to establish your identity and to end the reign of the ego.” (C:P.8)

Many of the individuals drawn to A Course of Love are seeking something further than A Course in Miracles, some further understanding that will take them to Awakening. It is almost as though Jesus had “unfinished business” with us after he saw that some of us were floundering following ACIM. So he went back to the drawing board, and the result is A Course of Love. Jesus in this work makes a great deal out of listening to our heart, which does not need proof as the mind does. Many of us were seeking for proof of Jesus’s words in ACIM, proof that we knew enough (with our minds) to reach Awakening.

But this is where we went wrong. The mind cannot think its way to enlightenment. The intellectual construct of A Course in Miracles may have led some of us to think this way. And Jesus gives us another way of seeing in ACOL. He says that the heart needs to coach the mind into a partnership, into a fusion of mind and heart that he calls “wholeheartedness.” This is the way out of the maze for us. This is our way home to God.

Many ideas build upon ACIM. We were encouraged to see our brother in ACIM as our way to salvation. We forgave him, and in the forgiving we moved into a new and better reality. In ACOL, we learn that we are meant to be sharing in this world. We are not meant to be isolated and alone, but in “unity and relationship” with all. Our relationships, the ones that become union, are our way home. And this idea is very, very similar to the “brother” concept of ACIM.

A Course of Love, though, can stand on its own, as we shall see as we first consider the original Course, the first part of the three-part Course. (The other two parts are the “Treatises” and the “Dialogues.”) The original Course acts as a summary of some of what we find in A Course in Miracles. The Treatises and the Dialogues are much more original in scope.

So let us begin a two-year consideration of A Course of Love. We will go through the book in order, though drawing parallels from the whole, as well as similarities and differences with A Course in Miracles and The Way of Mastery.

CONCLUSION TO “WHAT IS TRUE REALITY?”

In this series on true reality, we have seen that we are leaving behind the illusory past of separation from God, moving into unity and relationship, a place that we share with all others living in the House of Truth. We will move into elevated Selves of form, actually one Self, shared with all others. We will either change the world, or create a new world (and Jesus hopes for the latter). Our days are full of promise. Our nights, times for consolation and peace.

True reality is filled with the intangibles of love, joy, harmony, peace, certainty—the very things that we have lacked before. We will not know lack of any kind in this new world. Whether or not the physical is still illusory is a mote point, for to us it is tangible and real. But better, oh, so much better than what we knew before.
The characteristics of reality are many and varied; likewise, the characteristics that are not shared in true reality are also many and varied. We are in a form now that we share everything, for we were never meant to be alone, and now we know this.

The future looks bright to us. Let us never rue a good day. And the future is projected to be filled with good days.

We Create Our Own Reality

“You are thus, as always, the creator of your reality.” (ACOL, Dialogues, Day 29, 29.8)

Jane Roberts, back in the sixties, began channeling, live channeling, an entity who called himself “Seth.” Jane was one of the forerunners of the New Age movement. A principal feature of Seth’s teachings was the idea that we created our own reality.
This seems to be a cornerstone of New Age thinking now. And here Jesus affirms the same idea. We are said, by Jesus, to be “creators” now, not “makers” of an illusory reality headed up by the ego. We are living in the time of Christ, which allows the reality that we create to be true and good.

“You started with what you believed you had been given, the self that you saw yourself to be—the self you considered immutable and unchangeable—and proceeded from there. Yet you created in response to ‘reality’ rather than creating reality. Now you are called to create reality—a new reality.” (ACOL, Dialogues, Day 36, 36.5)

When we made a false reality, we remembered, however vaguely, some of what true reality was really like, even though hoodwinked by the ego. Now Jesus wants us to create a new reality, a new world. He doesn’t want us just to “change” the world, though some of us will do that. He holds out to us the better reality of creating a new world. And he also tells us that he doesn’t know what form that new world will take, because he is not being predictive, he doesn’t have these answers.

“Can you not see that if you can create your experience you can create a new reality—a new world? Can you not see the difference between creating as a separate self in response to a ‘given’ set of circumstances in a ‘given’ world and creating your experience as a creator who has realized oneness and unity—who has realized a new reality? The old reality was that of separation. The new reality is that of union. It is new only in that it has gone uncreated.” (ACOL, Dialogues, Day 36, 36.8)

This quotation is near the end of the Dialogues of A Course of Love, and the Dialogues are the third and final part of ACOL. It is good that we read and reread this quotation, for much is dovetailed in a few simple sentences.

We are to create a new world. We are creators who can do this. We have realized oneness and unity, and in this realization we have seen a new reality. The old, false illusion of separation is no more. The new reality is one of union, and its newness is only because heretofore this new reality has gone uncreated. Now is our chance to create a new world. To walk into the future holding Jesus’s hand.

Jesus Points toward a Truly Spectacular Future

“This reality begins with awareness of what is beyond body and mind, form and time. It proceeds to this awareness being accepted, adopted as an ability, and then to becoming your new identity. It proceeds to the transformation we have spoken of, to the act of becoming the elevated Self of form.” (ACOL, Dialogues, 14.15)

The elevated Self of form is part of our new inheritance from God. What does it mean? We live in Christ-consciousness, in peace and love, in the House of Truth, in the same physical structures that we have called home during the period of the ego. These bodies become somewhat transformed, though, for we are encouraged to believe that they will be less prone to illness. We will be living better, without stress, and this goes a long way toward ensuring that we live comfortably in our form, our physical bodies.

We can choose to move into a reality that knows no bounds, all within the physical body. We can choose it for eternity if we wish; Jesus makes this assertion (in slightly different words). Not all of us would choose to live in physical bodies for eons, but there is that possibility. It is a new choice, a choice blessed by God, to know physicality without the false steps the ego led us down.
Jesus says that he doesn’t know what this future will bring. He doesn’t have those answers, because probable futures differ, and he has set his mind in A Course of Love not to be predictive.

At least as long as life holds for us, we ought to be glad of our physicality. It was a new choice, and now we are led to understand that we can not only maintain, but also sustain, Christ-consciousness in our physical bodies. The pages of the future that we will write will be all new. It is indeed a truly spectacular future that Jesus points us toward.