Monthly Archives: July 2015

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.

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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.