“The embrace has returned you to attunement with the heartbeat, the music of the dance. You have not known what you do or what to do only because of fear, only because you have been out of accord with the one heartbeat. The world, the universe, is your partner—and only now do you hear the music that brings grace to all your movements, all your actions, all your expressions of love. While this may seem to be metaphorical language it is not. Listen and you will hear. Hear, and you cannot help but rejoice in the dance.” (ACOL, C:20.34)
This is another beautiful quotation, rendered poetically, just for each of us. The embrace harkens back to Jesus’s embrace of each of us, an embrace that becomes mutual, in which we are encouraged to share with him our deepest longings as well as our bitter disappointments, our sadness and our tiredness from living in this world.
But the quotation for today is very upbeat, inviting us to join in the “dance” of life, the dance that will increase our joy and give us a warm heart to share with all whom we encounter. Jesus tells us that he is not speaking metaphorically, that is, using a word in place of another word. He is speaking literally, believing that if we listen, we will hear the music that will encourage us to dance.
Our heartbeat is evidence that our heart is the center of the self, a tenet of ACOL. We have lived so much of our lives in fear, hesitant to act, hesitant not to act, being unsure of what we do and say. This can all come to an end as we welcome the guidance of our Self whom we are welcoming out from the depths of our being. This Self is shared with all, for we are one Self. This is the Self who leads us rightly when we have begun to catch glimpses of Christ-consciousness. This Self-guidance is the new way, the way beyond the Holy Spirit, Who was of the past era. In this time of Christ, great things are abroad for us. Are we ready?
Reaching enlightenment is partially a decision on our part. We eliminate the impediments to its coming. God Himself makes the final decision about our readiness, but we know that to ask for Christ-consciousness is to ask in His will. And the Self will guide, bit by bit, point by point, to eliminating the blocks that have hindered our growth into a new and improved version of ourselves. This is the way that we walk today. And tomorrow.
Ask for help. Don’t assume that reading ACOL is enough. Look for inner guidance to remove the particular blocks that have kept us from a new and bright future.
It is the end of a long and busy day, a day in which I knew some anxiety at one point. This always makes me feel as if I have failed. Is this what You would say to me?
I think not. Anxiety is a pattern of the past, and these old patterns will dog our steps for a little longer. But they have lost their punching power, and each time that we say, “No, I won’t listen to this pattern,” we are healed ever so slightly.
Be with me tomorrow as I seek to avoid any evidence of a pattern of anxiety, even for a moment. Thank You, in advance, for the soothing quality of Your patience with me.