“Thus the integration of mind and heart must be our goal in order for you to create the state in which unity can be experienced. Obviously, this is up to you. As you chose to create a state of separation, you must choose to create a state of unity.” (ACOL, C:18.15)
With A Course of Love, we are encouraged to believe that we have some control over our salvation, our enlightenment. We can “choose” state of unity. In A Course in Miracles, this choice was not as certain. In ACIM, we were encouraged to believe that most of the choice lay with God; He would reach down and pick us up when we were ready. Of course, we had to “do” things to get ready, and this has always been in our control.
We do not do things in a vacuum. We need guidance every step of the way, for unity is not something that we can know ahead of time. The integration of heart and mind in ACOL is new to our ears; it is not a part of ACIM, but a step beyond. This is part of the reason that I believe ACOL was channeled; Jesus had unfinished business with us, for our identities had not been established, our new identities. We had just seen the falling away of the ego, but we had not been given guidance about what we needed for a replacement. This time of indecision was a danger point, for A Course of Love indicates that the ego arose in just such a time. We certainly don’t want a new ego to rise on the ashes of the way from which we have just been purged.
So we must ask for guidance as we seek unity, as we seek enlightenment. We cannot do it ourselves, though we can remove the barriers to love’s reemergence. Removing the barriers is actually the only thing that is in our power and perception. Knowledge will come when we open to this guidance, for perception is superseded by knowledge of the true, the good, and the perfect.
Ask for help today in our pathway. We need this help, and we will have this help, when we just ask. That is all that is required: asking. And the blessings of receiving will rain down upon our heads.