“Your saving grace is that even a separated self yearns for union and knowl¬edge of its Creator. Thus along with this yearning was a means provided for its fulfillment, and with this fulfillment lies the end of the separation.
“I was part of this means, but only part. Fulfillment can be provided by each and every one of your brothers and sisters, for in each is the Christ available to be seen and experienced as it was from me.” (ACOL, C:19.6 – 19.7)
At this early point in the first book of A Course of Love, we are still considering the separated self, a self that could never be separated in truth—for how could we actually detach from the God of whom we are a part? But the mind could think that it was in rebellion, and so God and we mutually chose a new way for the self of form, the way of presumed separation from God. But the fact that we are not satisfied in this separation is the proof that we are meant for something more, and that something more is union with God—what we had, and what we left in rebellion, a mutually chosen solution.
The yearning for something more is the proof that we have overlooked. Even an atheist yearns for meaning in life, and often finds it in places that mimic finding God. We are beyond such thinking, though, and so it is likely that virtually all of us know that Who we want is God, and what we want is an experience of Love—for many of us recognize that life has little meaning apart from love. On a deathbed, one recognizes that the only thing of important in life has been the love that has been given and received. Why wait for this conclusion to come to all of us? Why wait, when there is nothing that can help until once our final moments are upon us?
Our yearning can and will be satisfied by knowing that we will get beyond our learning to revelation from God, though at this early point in our reading, we are still learning. We entered into a giant learning process when we developed the ego, for the ego made everything that would be easy, very hard indeed. We had to struggle and strain, and still our victories were not lasting.
Now we can learn in a way that is not effortful or straining at all. We can surrender to God, and surrender to the acceptance of His way, and this in itself will allow us to see that we are really one with everyone else. This is unity (also called union). This comes when the heart and mind are united once again, and the ego is slipping away into an early grave.
Other people can be Christ to us also, as Jesus points out in this quotation. Everything in our environment can be a learning experience; indeed, everything has been set up for just this purpose.
Turn to God in prayer, for Jesus makes much of prayer in A Course of Love. He says that it is the same as the miracle, and certainly those of us who have taken A Course in Miracles to heart know the importance of miracles to our new way of life. Ask to be shown, and see if that miracle of vision doesn’t dawn upon eyes that are closed in prayer.
The new way is not hard, if we keep in mind that we are listening to what our heart tells us. Our heart knows in a way that the mind doesn’t, and our heart will not lead astray.
Help me today to be grateful for what I see before me, what this day holds, what the future holds. Guide me to recognize contentment as a good outcome, not something that primes me to strike in new directions for “growth.” Growth in matters of the heart occurs quietly.
Be with me for enjoyment of this beautiful day. May I do something, somehow, that will help somebody.