“Now that we have more prop¬erly identified the miracle, you must see that your Self is what is in need of identification and acknowledgment. This identification and acknowl¬edgment was the stated goal of A Course of Love. It does not negate your existence as a human being nor does it deny your existence as being a gift of the Creator.” (ACOL, T1:4.4)
The Self is the inner Christ Self, the part that is of God. It is the part with which we have been out of touch, separated from, during the eons that the ego ruled. The Christ Self is what learns, what is in need of learning. While this may seem strange to our ears, it is nevertheless what Jesus affirms in A Course of Love. The Christ Self will come into evidence when our mind and heart has joined in wholeheartedness. We will be in union with the Self when wholeheartedness reigns. The fact that the Christ Self is coming into its own does not negate our human attributes in favor of the divine; it is a merger of the two. The art of thought, the miracle-mindedness that we will now utilize, will make clear to us that our Self is a creation of God, a differentiation of Him into parts, of whom each of us is one part.
As a creation of God, our very being is a gift from Him. This attitude will invite miracles in our life, for we will be responding with our whole being, human and divine, the Self with whom we are newly united. Miracles will become a way of life; indeed, everything will be a miracle. If it appears that we are living in heaven itself, then we would be deducing correctly. Miracles constantly smooth the way in heaven, and heaven on earth is what we are moving toward. Ever closer to heaven on earth, we accept the new learning that our Christ Self will reach through observation of ourselves, others, and the physical world. And then we will be in-formed by this observation. As you can perhaps intuit, we are leaving behind the necessity to refer to learned wisdom of the past. The past has helped us, but its viability in our new state of mind and heart, wholeheartedness, is limited.
The art of thought will free us to move away from egoic interpretation and allow us to move into a response to God and our brothers and sisters, not to mention ourselves. Response is what we are after now; analysis and interpretation won’t get us where we want to go. Remember the example of watching a sunset unfold; this simple everyday experience asks for a response from us. There is no need to do any analysis or interpretation. Analysis or interpretation would mislead rather than help. The glory of the sunset would be lost when our mind, still influenced by the ego, invited an analytical interpretation.
What does wholeheartedness really mean? It means that our heart will do the leading, and in that leading, the mind has acquiesced. The mind is no longer shadowed by the ego; it has been freed by the heart as the center of our being. This center will lead us rightly, and with the mind in union, we will have the innate capability to see a new world. Our perception will have been altered into knowledge, as A Course in Miracles said. Our new knowledge will show us a cleansed world, a world that we will love and that will love us in return. The way home is not hard or long; it just does patience not to run ahead before our heart has spoken the words that we need to hear. Christ-consciousness will follow, and then we will truly understand, for the first time, what union of mind and heart, and union with the Self, really mean.
I would ask for good motivation and energy to listen to my heart today. I would shake off any lassitude and take steps in Your world to do the good on which you send me. Help me to listen well to what my Self, united with You, really understands. Help this guidance of the Self to be effortless and easy, a welcome blessing in a world that has heretofore been one, sometimes, of pain and suffering I am moving into a new world, and this new world, when I am who I really am, eliminates the precondition that causes suffering. I would be who I really am today, full and complete. Help me.