“To even think that you could change and be unlike others of your kind, you would call an act of treachery. To give your allegiance to your Father and to the learning goals this Course has set is but an act of treason upon the world as you know it.
“And so it is. And so must your faith and loyalty be placed in something new, something worthy of your diligence and something that will not leave behind your brothers and your sisters to a life of suffering and of sin.” (ACOL, C:15.9 – 15.10)
The words of this quotation sound harsh upon first reading. It is anything but, although we don’t understand that to lead others to a better life, by example, requires that we place our faith in a different sort of living than that expounded by our brothers and sisters. Yet we must not leave our brothers and sisters behind. We are all One, and until we bring others along with us, to leave the house of illusion and rejoice together in the newfound house of truth, we will not have done all that we need to do.
We do not want anybody to live a life of suffering and of sin. Yet elsewhere Jesus admonishes us not to return to the space within the house of illusion, even to create explosions there. That remains for others, still in the house of illusion, to do. We stand beyond, to illustrate and to represent a new way of living, in a new form, the elevated Self of form. We don’t evangelize, but we do represent the truth of what we have become. We become who we are, in truth and in fact. This change will inspire others who view us, and after a while, we will find that we get questions about how and why we seem different.
Then and only then will our lips be unsealed, and we will share what we have come to know. All paths are unique, though, for no one person comes unto the Father in exactly the same way that another does. Thus, as A Course in Miracles makes clear, there is a course for every teacher of God. There are similarities in these courses, of course, but the manner of expression is different. We are different even as we are all the same. And these differences in sameness project the varying personalities that we all embody.
We need to reach our brothers and sisters who are lost in suffering and in sin, even though we know that these are illusions. There is no suffering and there is no sin, in truth. We will find this to be true as we move forward into the heart of A Course of Love. Our hearts will lead us to a place of peace in which there may be some pain, but this will not escalate into suffering, for we will realize the ineffectiveness of wallowing in self-pity. We will come to see that much that we call suffering is really self-pity. And we will have none of it, none of this illusion. Our pains will be lightly borne. Our suffering will dissipate. And our sin will just be no more, reimaged in just mistakes, mistakes that we will want to undo. We will have the wherewithal to undo these mistakes, for Jesus guides us by the hand to a new life, devoid of our old nonsense.
So resolve today to make our lives work. Only with a life that is working will anybody want to follow in our way. We who are not suffering and in sin will lead the way, all through our ordinary yet extraordinary lives. We will seem to lead a charmed life.
And such it is. For Jesus is showing us how to let the personal self be overridden by the example of the inner Christ Self who knows things that no personal or little self can hope to know or to show by example.