“All relationship is but relationship between Creator and Created. The new means of thinking is referred to here as the “art” of thought in order to call your wholehearted attention to the continual act of creation that is the relationship between Creator and Created. Creation is but a dialogue to which you have not responded. The art of thought will free you to respond.” (ACOL, T1:2.12)
This passage calls for careful thought, but even then the full implications will remain elusive. For there to be relationship between Creator and Created in all relationship hints at the God within each of us. This is the type of pantheism that A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love delineate. The term “art” of thought will still remain elusive, though, in large part, I think, to the fact that we are really talking of miracles when we speak of the art of thought, miracles and miracle-readiness, and the prayer that initiates these miracles.
We have not responded to Creation previously because of egoic preoccupations. But we are all leaving the ego behind, and when we do, we will be much, much freer to responding to Creation as It exists. Creation is another word for God, and at other points in A Course of Love is used interchangeably with God. So we have not responded to God, basically. We have been too busy weaving fantasies of what a false reality is all about.
“The art of thought will free you to respond.” Yes! When we are miracle-minded, we are willing and able to respond to God and others, and ourselves, in ways that have previously been impossible. We are asked to make response; this is a part of what the art of thought calls us to do. Elsewhere we are told, as an example, of looking at a sunset and responding to what it says about reality. We do not “interpret” the sunset; we take it at face value. We do respond to what it means, but this is not quite the same as an interpretation, an interpretation that might be wrong. Only truth is true, as ACOL says repeatedly. And our response to a sunset is an elementary way to see what the art of thought is really about. We are responding to the sunset as though all sunsets are miracles. Which we can believe they are.
We need to respond to Creation, or God, as we see fit. And, if we are thinking and feeling with our right mind and heart, we will respond in love. This is where the art of thought is taking us—to love. But we will finally know what this means when we have turned aside from ego-oriented mind slants.
I would reach out toward You this day. I would ask that I embrace the world with the miracle-minded thinking that is the art of thought. Even as I do not fully comprehend all that means now, I know that I will when I implement this type of thinking. And I ask that this change in thought come sooner rather than later.
Be with me today, for an energetic and harmonious day. May I contribute to Your world by responding to it with full attention rather than interpretation, for my interpretation would always be wrong.