“This is what we now leave behind as we seek to become involved with life. I say we because I am with you and will not leave your side. I say we because your first involvement is involvement with Christ, an involvement that links us in oneness and glory once again. I say we because we are life. I say we because we cannot live love apart from one another.” (ACOL, C:26.8)
Jesus, later on, will ask us to “accept” him (from the Dialogues, Day 1). For those of us who look now to A Course of Love as our roadmap, he is the only way to salvation. But he also says that he is not forbidding other religions, other Gods in whom we may believe. So one, by inference, does not have to be Christian to accept Jesus as the one who is telling us how to get out of our morass. He is leading us by the hand, with specific instructions in both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, to a better life, to salvation in all its fullness. For those who choose other religions, he has no quarrel. But if we want to read ACIM and ACOL, and follow its instructions to a fuller life, we can best do this is we fully accept Jesus and what he tells us.
We are linked to Jesus and to all other people by the inner Christ Self. This is the Self we have heretofore not known; we have been too afraid to look within, too afraid of the God within. We have feared God, and so for 2,000 years we looked to the Holy Spirit as an intermediary. Jesus tells us now that we are in the time of Christ, the second coming of Christ—and this means a direct knowledge of God, for our fears are rapidly dropping away. We know that God is a God of love, that He means us no ill, that He never punishes us. We bring our pain and suffering upon ourselves, and of course there is mystery to this. But we don’t blame ourselves or other people when we are ill; we don’t blame the victim, for Jesus makes this clear in A Course of Love. Nobody is to blame for the illness that may overcome us. And we offer compassion to ourselves, if we are sick, or to others, if they are sick. We don’t think, even internally, that they did this to themselves.
There is a paradox here, for we have also been told that we create our own reality. Indeed, we are encouraged in ACOL to create a new world. And sometimes sickness encroaches on this world. It may simply be that there are microbes that infect us and breakdowns in the physical over which we have no control. Nothing happens by accident, we are told in both ACIM and ACOL; there are no accidents in salvation. So it behooves us to keep an open mind when we are faced with incomprehensibles that lay us, or those we love, low. We are also told that while pain may overtake us, we do not have to let pain escalate into suffering. Our minds and hearts can remain free, even if our physical bodies are infirm.
Jesus, he says, is always here for us. His cloned essence follows us around in our daily rounds, if we want this, for we do have some say in what transpire in daily life. Jesus loves us with a depth of love that we cannot fathom, for we are as yet quite limited in our understanding of what “living in love” really means. When we set our minds and hearts to a higher plane, we can rise above the physical limitations of this world. And we can, however imperfectly, live in love.
We feel the physical, though we know that it is not real. We have bodies that break down sometimes and suffer ills that render us in pain, and if we are not careful, in suffering as well. These are the facts of our world today.
But we can rise above emotionally. Sooner or later we all learn this, whether from our reading or from our observation of this world. The way to a new day in a new world is fast approaching. And our hearts hold the answers to emotional stability that our minds cannot fathom.
Thank You for the bonanzas that we reap when we turn to You alone. Others can and do help, but our stable core is of You. Help us to remember always that You are our hope and our salvation.