We Have a Direct Pipeline to Our God Within

“This new attitude, then, includes accepting that you have needs. That you are a being who exists in relationship is the same as saying you are a being who needs relationship. The only thing that keeps you, in this new pattern, from being needy and dependent in an unhealthy way, is that you believe in giving and receiving as one. You believe, in other words, that your needs will be provided for, thus ceasing to be needs. To deny that you are a being with needs is not the aim of this Course. To come to believe that your needs are provided for by a Creator and a creation that includes all “others” is to believe in giving and receiving being one in truth.” (ACOL, T2:7.14)

When we reach out to others, they return the favor. This is giving and receiving as one. While not every individual singled out by us will return the favor, others will give when we have not reached out to them. It all evens out in the end. Giving and receiving, within the relationships that we form, is true because we are all one, meant to be one, meant to have a two-way street.

Our needs are met. Our desires are not always met, but real need does find a solution. And when we are in relationship one to the other, we see that our needs are met. As A Course in Miracles says, the solution is always with the problem. And a need is a problem that finds solution as soon as the need is recognized as a problem.

We don’t have to be hermits. Most of us don’t live in a solitary fashion, and the more we learn that interdependence is the way it is meant to be, the better we will feel. Of course, our relationship to our Self, the God within, is always part of the solution. When we commune with this innermost nature, we find solutions, and usually right away, without waiting. We can be glad that we have a direct pipeline to God Himself, that is not some distant Creator Who created us, and then left us to fend for ourselves. No, He is right here, within us, living our lives from within. We are His way to experience true reality, and when we dally in illusion, we do God Himself a disservice.

Give God a good day today. Let His blessings flow over us to remove all problems. Finding solutions is child’s play to the Self. The Self, we can judge, even enjoys untangling our difficulties. And with our faith in the efficacy of turning inward for solutions, we will walk a better pathway. Our world will be paved in green grass, deep and smooth, a way to walk that has no stones in our way.

Prayer

I thank You for the knowledge, the revelation, that You reside deep within me. I am a part of You, and this humbles me and exalts me at the same time. But not in an egoic way. The way home to You is mapped out with precision, and I would do well to follow that map. Help me to do so, willingly, today.

I am meant to depend upon my brothers and sisters, as they are meant to depend on me. I am not meant to try, in vain, to go it alone. The way back is paved with interdependence. And my way back home becomes clearer every day. Thank You.

Amen.

Offer Love / Live in Inner Peace

“This is the most difficult belief of all to integrate into the living of your life. Each time another thwarts you, you will be tempted to believe that giving and receiving as one is not taking place. Your previous pattern of behavior will be quick to assert itself and you will feel resentment and claim that the situation is unfair. You will be tempted to withhold as others withhold from you.

“Is it not clear how important it is to living in peace that this pattern be broken? Will you live in peace only until some “other” breaks your peace? Only until some circumstance beyond your control brings an unexpected conflict your way?” (ACOL, T2:7.7 – 7.8)

The “most difficult belief” to integrate is the belief that giving and receiving are one. When other people ruin our day (or so we think), how are we to reconcile giving love to them? How can we believe that giving and receiving are the same thing, especially when we have sought to give love?

We need to find peace in a difficult world. Not everyone will give us their best on every day, and we ourselves will fall short also. But we need to realize that our peace, our inner peace, is pivotal to a change in the world. As we project, we see. As we give, we do ultimately receive in kind, maybe not immediately, but eventually. We need to reconsider our hurt feelings when they lead to resentment and even hostility toward a brother or sister. All of us, we must remember, are doing the best we can, giving our current understanding. And nobody blames himself/herself for falling short unless the conscience is especially sensitive. Many people think that there are always mitigating circumstances that let them off the hook, regardless of how retaliatory they might be.

We do need inner peace above all things except love itself. And love will always lead, eventually, to this desired peace. We need to drop resentments as just a bad idea left over from our days of living with the ego. We need not to be retaliatory when another doesn’t treat us as we think we deserve. If we retaliate, we surely won’t find peace; we won’t give peace, and we won’t receive it. We will, instead, foster hostility and anger, two emotions that rue our days.

Giving and receiving in this world involves physical form, and so we see them as separate actions: one of us to give, one of us to receive. Within our Self, giving and receiving is simultaneous with living, because there is one entity involved. We are thus better able to live peaceably all the time when we are secure within our Self. Our brothers and sisters need us, though, and perhaps they need us especially when they do not return any love, once we have proffered it.

Forgive, and then we will come to understand. To forgive all is to understand all. These truisms merit review now. Our understanding will only come when we have offered love to our struggling brothers and sisters. And then, in this offer, our own peace will be assured.

Prayer

I need to be especially solicitous of my brothers and sisters who want something from me. I can always give what is wanted, but I can give where I am led to give. If attack finds a home in my psyche, I won’t be peaceful. I will give rancor, and then I will receive rancor in return; this is giving and receiving as one. So, if I am to have inner peace, I need to proffer peace to another. This is the way the world works. This is the way of true reality.

I thank You for the guidance that I have received today about intuitive hints that are meant to influence my day. I realize that the inner Self is the author of such guidance, and this is my part of You, Yourself. I thank You for guiding my understanding, to let me feel that I am not being coerced by an outside force when I sense nudges. Thank You for the insight that You give to me today. Thank You for the insight that You give to my brothers and sisters, who are One with me.

Amen.

Love All who Share This World with Us

“First let us replace your idea of “others” with the idea of “relationship” that has been so often defined and repeated within this Course. In order to believe in giving and receiving as one, you must believe in relationship rather than in others.

“Those you would view as others are separate from you. Those you would view as being in relationship with you are not separate from you. The relationship is the source of your unity.” (ACOL, T2:7.4 – 7.5)

We tend to misrepresent our brothers and sisters when we distance ourselves from them by calling them the “others.” This is a habit in speech, but it points to a deeper problem. We are in relationship to our brothers and sisters, and in this relationship we are giving and receiving as one. We occupy separate bodies, but our spirits are united. And this relationship will take us far in this world.

We are One, but this One is differentiated into separate parts, a diversity. Yet each part of the diversity is in relationship with every other part, and this makes the diversity a whole, a One. This is the “unity and relationship” that Jesus discusses at great length in A Course of Love. We are meant to be in relationship, something that our ego never understood. The ego wanted to use our brothers and sisters for its own ends, in a competitive world where everyone was trying to outdo everyone else. This is sheer insanity. We are meant to be interdependent, not independent. And the ego never could wrap its deluded thinking around the concept of interdependence. We are in a world with other people, our brothers and sisters, because we need each other. It is just the way that true reality is set up. Becoming independent and autonomous sounds like strength, but it is not true strength. It is a caustic, false reality of those who don’t love enough. We make enemies of each other, saving our love for a special few. And these special few, in special relationships, may disappoint us, and then we have estrangement. This is not true love. This is not holy relationship.

Holy relationship is a great blessing that puts our world in proper relationship with the All who live with us on its dusty ground. If we eschew special relationships, being encouraged to love all who abide here with a holy love, we will be in holy relationship with everyone. And this is the way true reality really is. Our minds and hearts will unite with all in relationship to us. We will know that we are never alone, that not only is God deep within us, but that all others who share this world with us are our brothers and sisters with whom we are meant to be in holy relationship.

Life will smooth out when these truths from A Course of Love are taken unto ourselves. Knowledge will arrive, and egoic perception will slip aside. We will know without a tedious telling. We will know intuitively.

Prayer

I can never share too much with my brothers and sisters with whom I live in holy relationship. I do best when we take my place in the world, never isolating myself in the interest of any activity, but joining with my brothers and sisters who so need me. This line of thought is true for all of us. All of us do well to join together, ever solicitous of good camaraderie and good fellowship.

Let me live this day as would best serve the world. If I am temporarily alone, let me know that this decision is not for all time, but just for the moment, maybe the day. I seek to take my place with those with whom I am in holy relationship, and this includes all I encounter, in whatever way, in whatever means.

Amen.

Let Our Heart Be Warmed by God’s Love

“Thus does mind and heart join in unity in the present, in the here and now, so that you exist—even within form—as the only Son of God, the Christ, the word made flesh. Remember that the phrase, the Son of God, and the name Christ, but represent the original creation and are not to be mistaken for heavenly deities separate from you. The Christ is your Self as you were created and remain. The Christ is the accomplished Self.” (ACOL, T2:6.10)

Much of importance is packed into these few sentences in today’s passage. Basically, we were created as a Self, as a Son of God (also a Daughter), and this entity is as we were meant to be, recognizing that God is within, we are one with Him, and we are an accomplished Self. This Self is Christ, as we were all originally created. We could not call ourselves Christ until we worked with God to heal the illusory separation from Him. We had become little egos who were afraid of our Deity, of our Father, and we suffered accordingly from a creation run amuck.

God gave us free will, and we used this free will to make a world that is diametrically opposed to what He would wish for us. We are now finding our way, one by one, back to God, and when we reach critical mass, we will all begin creating the new, a new world that is a fit place to house the Son and Daughter of God.

We are within form in this world, and form is not lamented in A Course of Love. It is perhaps a misreading of A Course in Miracles to think that the illusory form was bad, that we ought to wait for an afterlife to reach a full union with God. ACIM actually never says this, but in stressing that the world does not exist, that it is illusion, those of us who read and took ACIM seriously began to question whether or not we could be justified in finding pleasure in physical form. Because most of us were still trapped by the ego, we saw things in black and white, and physical form, being illusion, seemed to be bad, something best overcome by emphasizing on the ethereal. But A Course of Love speaks more precisely to this dilemma that was largely self-made by us. It tells us that physical form is good, that we can embody the Christ in our physical forms, and that we have nothing to fear from the physical.

We will embody the Christ when we have been moved by our heart to unite with the mind, and therein to have reached wholeheartedness. A heart could not do this alone; neither, a mind. We need the intellect as well as feelings to function in this world in a self-affirming way. And when we have let our heart be warmed by God’s love, we will have taken immeasurably large steps toward Christ-consciousness. We don’t fear and we don’t judge when our hearts are warmed by God. We are living in peace, and we are on the cusp of creating a new world, a world that we will know by knowledge rather than perception. We will not have to “believe” in God, but, like Carl Jung, we will know.

And this knowing will make all the difference.

Prayer

I misstep when I let anxieties take me over. When my heart is warmed by Your love, all is well—just fine. I walk a green earth again when I have listened to Your advice, advice that comes to me from deep within my heart.

May this be a good day, a day in which I rue nothing. May the joys of living in physical form on this earth, in this world, be enjoyed by me today. I would not give up form for the ethereal. Form has much to recommend it.

Amen.

Mystical Insight Will Take Us Home

“It is your belief that change and growth are indicative of all that can be accomplished rather than of what is already accomplished that needs adjustment now. As a tree exists fully accomplished within its seed and yet grows and changes, you exist fully accomplished within the seed that is the Christ in you even while you continue to grow and change. Physical form and action of all kinds are but expressions of what already exist within the seed of the already accomplished.” (ACOL, T2:6.8)

James Hillman, a mentor for the well-known Thomas Moore, has said similar things. The seed that we are, deep within, contains all that we will become. Thus, the whole is contained in the kernel that we are. We are the acorn that contains the oak tree. We are, therefore, already accomplished; we don’t have to wait to fulfill elaborate criteria.

Can we accept that we are already accomplished? Not always, of course. Our egoic inferiority complex still rears its ugly head. But if we simply entertain the possibility that Jesus is right, that our kernel (the Self) is already accomplished, we will be in a position to say and do much more in our world. We will be ready to create the new—and that is something that Jesus wants very much for us to do.

This Self is, of course, the Christ who is within us. This is the seed that is already accomplished. When seen in this light, the statements are more believable, because we don’t really expect to fully understand the Christ-Self. We can, however, intuit in a mystical sense, and that is something we ought to give some prayerful consideration to.

There is much in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love that can only be understood mystically. And mystics have long been suspect in our culture. Too way-out, many believe. Yet there are many things in this world that our scientists cannot explain, and the psychic is one of them. Mystical experiences are, in part, psychic, though that is not the whole of it. We can more easily accept psychic phenomena, because it seems to be “of this world.” The mystic seems to be of another world altogether, and perhaps a bit beyond us. But is mysticism really beyond us?

I think not. If we have read this far, we know that we have a spiritual track to run. We are attempting to expand our souls by coming into greater spiritual knowledge—and it is knowledge, not perception. We have made greater progress, according to Jesus in ACOL, than we can acknowledge. Our recent dedication to egoic thought has blinded us to the real Christ-Self. And we are also blinded to the assertion, made repeatedly, that we are already The Accomplished. This would indeed be a dangerous philosophy if we were still drawn by the ego, for this assertion would allow the ego to glorify itself. But we have moved beyond this in our time with A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

We are ready even for mysticism. Let’s embrace the unseen with at least as much enthusiasm as our previous ego did the scientific.

Prayer

Help me to keep my feet on the ground, even as I entertain the possibility of the mystical in my life. I would follow You into the mystical. The mystical is not something to push aside; it holds the germ of al that we need to know. Mystical understanding is full understanding. And, as The Accomplished, we need to realize that the seed that is within us is ready for greater knowledge.

I would follow You today into a better tomorrow. I would be joyous in my living, contented with daily routines, not chafing against rituals that I perform every day. The routine can be satisfying, if I don’t chafe against it. Be with me as I seek to see You in my daily life.

Amen.

Thrill of Following Our Heart

“The source of what we have been speaking of as “calling” is your heart. It is what alerts you to the treasures that lie within. There is no time in the place we are calling within and your heart knows not of time even while it adheres to the rules of time you would place upon yourself. Cease adhering to the rules of time and see how much more the language of your heart becomes known to you.” (ACOL, T2:6.1)

Is Jesus asking us to remove our watches? Probably not, though as an experiment, this might be a worthwhile thing to do. It would jog out tendencies to pay such close attention to time. Paying close attention to time may keep us from listening to the thrill of non-linear time, the thrill of following one’s heart and knowing intuitively about what time it really is. We need to listen to our heart now more than ever, as we are embarked on a new plan to hurry Christ-consciousness to ourselves. We are getting new revelations through A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, and these new revelations will lead us to create a new world. What greater aim might we have—for all of us know that the world we see now is severely flawed?

The heart does not have a place in our bodies, for we are not speaking of the heart that is the pump for our life’s blood. We are speaking of the center of the Self, the heart that will guide us, through callings, to the next right step in our pathway home. And there are treasures within, in a place that is no place. We are a hologram, everywhere in the universe simultaneously. Yet our minds are finite, and we cannot see this for ourselves. The treasures that are within us will guide us truly to see a much larger place than we have ever viewed before.

If taking off our watch could help, might we all not try it? This is a very simplistic way of interpreting what Jesus has said. But, if we can, we just might try it. What do we have to lose? We need to use every trick in the book to enlarge our understanding and comprehension of the heart that will guide us in the present and future.

I, for one, am at least turning my watch around this afternoon.

Prayer

Time can be a millstone around our necks. And I don’t want that, for I want to enjoy You, my brothers and sisters, and this beautiful world—and I want to enjoy the Self within, newly discovered. Help me let loose from my “should’s” and “ought’s” and give You Your place in my world. You do not make demands on me; You simply, as my Christ-Self, give nudges of what to do and say. This eases my mind, for I am not under any pressures when You are in the driver’s seat.

What a difference it makes not to be under any pressure to produce! This pressure to produce was always egoic in nature, and I am seeking to leave the ego behind in the dust. Thank You for the saneness of the world You present to me to see—our world, lovely and fully acceptable, once I have helped to create this world anew.

Thank You for leading me to be happy.

Amen.

Living with Nudges of What to Do

“These last two calls, the call that appears in the form of a sign and the call that comes in the form of a demand, are about specifics in a way that the call that comes as an announcement is not. They represent the remnants of learning from the past, the final breaking of old patterns. They may seem to signal difficult times, but they are times that must be gotten through and lessons that need to be allowed to pass through you.” (ACOL, T2:5.6)

Here Jesus acknowledges to us that we may have some pain in our present and future; he says “difficult times” that “must be gotten through” and “lessons that need to be allowed to pass through you.” But he doesn’t say “suffering”!! This is important. And the acknowledgment here on Jesus’s part is somewhat at odds with the encouragement we got from A Course in Miracles when he said, “You do not have to learn through pain!” In this earlier writing, Jesus is saying that learning through rewards is more lasting than learning through pain. And, of course, he is right. But that doesn’t mean that there will never be any more pain. We are human, after all, and the directions that life takes us can seem at times to be very convoluted.

Calls will take us over the hurdle of the past, the past with all its imaginary egoic challenges. How are we ever to get through life creditably without guidance? How will we really do that? The answer, of course, is that we won’t get through life very well if we don’t listen to guidance. And Jesus is here outlining for us the way in which guidance will come to us, through calls. These calls can be very subtle. And it takes our keenest eye and ear to see and hear them. We are, also, still able to tangle ourselves up—seeing everything as a sign, for example. We can come to some very false conclusions. How do we protect ourselves?

My answer is prayer, a prayer that is the art of thought to which Jesus devotes an entire treatise. In miracle-mindedness, we live in grace always. We walk surely. We know, even when we can’t prove that we know. How many of us have believed something that nobody else thought was true? And were we right? Of course, we may not know for sure, even after years. But if the belief lingers, perhaps we are onto something after all. Revelation is intensely personal, and it cannot be meaningfully shared with anybody else. Nobody else could get inside our brains and see what we saw. And it is the same with all types of calls, and calls, we are seeing, is how guidance comes to us.

Be attuned to your calls today. They may come, at first, as simple nudges to do or say something. Test it out. Don’t put yourself or others in danger, of course, for this would be a false reading of what is coming to us. Genuine calls don’t hurt anybody. And genuine calls ask for the discernment of our heart.

Try it today. What have we got to lose?

Prayer

I do listen to my guidance, especially in the forms of nudges or nightmares. I may not consciously feel that someone or something needs to be avoided, but if my subconscious, which is the Self in me, thinks there is a problem, there is. So I listen, even though I may seem inscrutable to my friends and family.

Thank You for these ways of knowing. Thank You that I have the foresight to heed warnings. There is always more than I consciously know, but the Self has access to things that my personal self does not.

Be with me today as I settle down and heed nudges.

Amen.

Let Our Heart Follow where Intuition Leads

“Again let me stress the present-moment nature of being called. A call is, at its most basic level, a means of communication. If you are not listening, you will not hear the calls that are meant for you. If you are looking only for a specific type of call, you will miss many unlearning and learning opportunities. Thus recognition of the different calls that may now be heard is necessary.” (ACOL, T2:5.2)

Although not everyone reading this will think that he/she is being “called” to be or to do something, there are some calls going on for all of us. And Jesus, in Chapter 5 of the Treatise on Unity, goes into the various types of calls that are coming in our direction. Of course, most of us think of a “calling” as being a revelation, an announcement, and he mentions this first in the chapter, recognizing its importance. Other calls include receiving signs and demands, being “called to account” by others. Though perhaps not as important as revelation or announcements, these other calls do speed us along our way.

We will have many questions about discernment, how to figure out what calls are being made to us. Here guidance comes into play, and intuition is often the most common way in which guidance reaches us. At least that has been my experience. Intuition is not always certain; it will take some practice in recognizing when intuitive feelings are actually coming up, or perhaps we are simply having wish fulfillment. And when we are feeling vulnerable, a state of mind and heart that comes to all when under stress, we may see everything as a sign. And this only increases our vulnerability.

When others criticize us, this is a form of being called to account for our words or deeds. We may need to listen carefully. What lesson is there for us in this criticism? We do not always have to lament this criticism; it may be a friend to us. Jesus goes on to point out that we may be led to call others to account also for their words or deeds. Of course, it is important to ask for guidance in doing this in a smooth way. Criticism is an Achilles’ heel for many of us, and we neither appreciate criticism nor give it easily. We may turn off the person rather than help him/her.

Jesus is veering into the realm of the psychic when he talks about various calls. A skeptic would not even believe that such is possible. It takes an open mind and heart to see what we are being led to say and do. And when we believe that calls are possible, they will open up to us all the more. We will also be able, over time, to discern ever better what is being said.

Prayer

I have often listened to intuition to catch my callings. Sometimes this is easy, and sometimes not. If my own stubbornness gets in the way, I am conflicted. I would not be conflicted today.

Help me to discern what is and what is not a “call.” Help me to know when my Christ-Self is leaning me in a new direction. Be with me as You live through me. Intuition is a great blessing. Thank You.

Amen.

The Heart Gives Us a Love for Living

“While this adjustment of your thinking may not seem to be the miracle that it truly is, as your awareness of it grows, it is going to raise it to a level you will come to think of as an ability. As your old way of responding to life causes you to struggle or resist and the new way of thinking replaces that old pattern with a new pattern of response, you will begin to see that each new response is the answer to a call that your heart alone can hear. As I have said, your heart has now become your eyes and ears. Your heart hears only one call, one voice, the language of one Source—that of unity.” (ACOL, T2:4.19)

Our heart informs our mind, for the heart is the center of our very being. This happens, in part, because the warmth of the guidance that comes from the heart is teaching new and different ways of responding all along. As we come to be aware of changes in our thinking—actually miracles—we will begin to think of this new knowledge as an ability to live in the world in a new and different way. This is when the Self takes over, the inner Christ-Self, harmonizing our projections so that the world that we perceive is much different—and much better. Previously we struggled; now our way of thinking (the new art of thought) has us responding to the miracles that we see all around us. This is how perception is cleansed, and how it finally and ultimately becomes knowledge that tells us how to live sanely.

We get our guidance through heart-based living. Other people are sometimes the source, but we would never see anything in what they say or do if we were not prepared to see a miracle there. Our eyes have been opened. We are seeing truly for the first time.

The heart gives us a love for living that has been missing previously. We may have really only “tolerated” living, hoping for the best but expecting the worse (and hoping that that worse would not unhinge us). We have cringed against the life that we knew. We have suffered with the pain, felt that there often seemed to be no way out except to cry for intervention from an external God who might (but only might) take away the bad things that had us in their grip. Now we know that God Himself is not separate from us, that we don’t pray to a distant monarch, but we commune with our own deepest part, and there we find Him. He does indeed give us a comfort that our previous notions about God never could, for we truly were afraid of Him and His power, believing that he often failed to intervene to save us (and judging Him for the omission).

Our old ideas of God gave us no peace for long. Our new way of knowing that a turning inward will work—just will work. We are warmed by a certainty that we truly are never left alone by a God Who is living through us. We are His means of Self-expression. And with this certain knowledge, we can vow to give our God a good day, every day. We will not always succeed, but with goals such as this one, how can we often fail? The love that we feel deep inside will heal us, indeed is healing us as we walk through each and every day.

Prayer

No day is meant to be lived in a struggle with what it brings. This truth from A Course of Love gives me great comfort today. Thank You. I want to live contentedly, with a Self who is living afresh in a changed world. And this can be, and indeed ought to be, if Jesus’s hopes for us are to be realized. Help me to do my part in bringing a freshness to each moment lived.

The day is bright with promise. Thank You. And may my struggles become a distant memory, never again to be revisited. I would walk in peace, with You reaching out to the world from deep within me.

Amen.

Live in Joyous Quiet & Calm

“This is why you do not have to “wait” to hear your calling even though some of you may feel as if you are in a time of waiting for you hear no such call. The call is to be who you are and this is happening at lightning speed, a speed that cannot be measured because of its simultaneous nature. As was said within A Course of Love, time is but a measurement of the “time” it takes for learning to occur. As this notion of time dissolves, the state of miracle-readiness becomes your natural state.” (ACOL, T2:4.18)

This passage makes clear that the primary calling is always and alone to be ourselves. To “be who you are,” which is to be ourselves. Later on Jesus does detail several specific types of callings which may come to us along the way, while we are perfecting just being who we are. But he puts our minds to rest (as he often does) here by letting us know what is most important: just to be who we are. This does take some learning, because we have been living a persona of egoic origins for eons, and we are unused to just accepting the Self. We may not, even yet, now what this Self really is, though it is just the union of mind and heart to form wholeheartedness—a frequent request made in A Course of Love.

We aren’t comfortable with a Self who is Christ, who is a part of God, for we have run from God for a long time. Even at our best, we had previously believed the ego and fallen in line with those things that gave us pride. We patted ourselves on the back when we accomplished some new goal, thinking that our striving (actually a struggle) had been all to the good. But now we are learning that the best things in life are easy, that they are adopted unto ourselves by the simplest of learning activities. We can truly relax in this new world we will be creating. We can truly be who we are without thinking that there is always and only something more we must do to be justified.

We may recall that miracle-readiness was another term for the art of thought, a new way of thinking without struggle because it is miracle-based, and is itself a miracle. This miracle-readiness comes about through a way of life that is a prayer, a prayerful attitude that inculcates all that we are and all that we are about. Jesus is very keen to want us to adopt this new state of being, and perhaps this is because the new state of being is who we really are. We can be who we are when we have allowed miracles to embrace us throughout the day. We can be who we are when we are in the receptive state of prayerful reflection. When we are Zen-like, living in a joyous quiet and calm. Being who we are is not hard; it is the persona that has asked impossible things of us, an egoic persona that asks us to struggle to effect change in our world. When we leave the ego behind, we are not faced with impossible learning tasks, impossibility being a depressing state of mind, the most depressing in the world (according to A Course in Miracles).

Let us allow naturalness to enfold us. Relax in the arms of God, and His emissary on earth, the Christ-Self. We can and do have much to effect in creating a new world, but these lessons will be joyous, and the work will be what comes naturally to us. We have always been trying to be something that we are not, and therein has lain the strain. Naturalness has no strain.

Prayer

I want to live the natural way, the way that my soul is designed to live. And this is to welcome miracles from You, miracles that will allow me to live naturally, as who I really am, just being myself. I want to live in this world in an accepting way, given up any tendency to complain against fate. Fate does not determine my future; my alignment with the Christ-Self does.

Be with me today as I seek to walk in Your pathway. Living naturally takes no effort, and it is this I would remember today.

Amen.

Living like the Birds of the Air

“Being who you are is what you are called to do. You are here asked to live a life as seamless as that of the birds of the air. You are asked to live a life where there is no division between who you are and what you do. This place of no division is the place of unity.” (ACOL, T2:4.13)

If we can be consistent with our deepest self, we will live as intended in the earlier volume, A Course in Miracles. Honesty is there defined as consistency, that nothing we say or do conflicts with any word, thought, or action. This is perfect honesty. This is what Jesus is calling us to in this passage, using different words. When we live a seamless life, we live a consistent life. An honest life.

The birds of the air are protected by God, as we learn in the New Testament. They don’t spin or weave, they are provided for. As are we. We are provided for by listening to the words of A Course of Love, knowing that we are already The Accomplished. We have only to stay on course, not to drop backward into egoic thinking, and everything will go as it is intended to go.

No division between who we are and what we do. . . .yes! This is the place of unity of mind and heart, the place where our personal or little self is united with our Christ-Self, the inner part of us who is one with God.

Despite such repetition in ACOL, we still may seem confused about exactly how we live as we are, how we are who we are—not who we think we are. Our minds can still confuse. Our hearts do not. Our hearts will lead us rightly, and if we listen to this core of our Self, we will understand what to say and do. We will be living seamlessly. We will be like the birds of the air, flying with one purpose, loving with all our might.

Prayer

I would live consistently, that is to say, honestly. I would seek to live in peace and harmony always. To follow my own star, which is the same as following my heart. Following my heart will take me home; of this I am sure.

Be with me today as I walk through this sometimes busy life. May I retain the serenity that I feel right now. And thank You for this serenity.

Amen.

Living in Flow & Ease

“A first step then in learning to recognize when you are acting upon notions of who you think you are rather than on who you truly are, is the appearance of struggle or resistance. As a swimmer quickly learns, the only way to return to ease of movement is to cease to struggle or resist. The ability to let go of struggle is a learned ability for the swimmer and is a learned ability for you now as you journey back to your real Self.” (ACOL, T2:4.6)

So: It is awfully good news to hear that when we are struggling, we are not moving in the right way. Like a swimmer, we must go with the water currents. We need to ease up and let the water of God’s reality take us over.

So often we have thought that struggle was good. We lived this way, from crisis to crisis, problem to problem—struggling with what was before us to face. And it was all so wrong and so very, very unnecessary! Now we are likely still to think that struggle is needed, as problems do not just magically go away. But there is a better way, a way of flow and ease. We strive for changes, but striving is very different from struggle. And we are attempting to be who we are in truth, not just who we “think” we are! And there is a big difference.

How do we be who we are? What can this possibly mean in our world of today?

It means that we relax in God’s care, knowing that He has all things in good order. We don’t give up, though, but we just accept ourselves as we are—warts and all. We know that Jesus has called us The Accomplished, and he would not have said something like that to appeal to our ego. He said that to reassure us, a reassurance in the extreme. We have already walked this pathway, and now we are traveling back; that is part of the theology of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. We just be ourselves when we are swimming in the currents of God’s love. We don’t “try” to be something that we are not. We know that what we are is actually perfectly alright.

Believing that we are perfectly alright is hard for us. We always think that we ought to do something more to merit God’s love, to be better than we are. This “better” will manifest as we move forward, but not by struggle to change ourselves. We don’t need a self-help book, and A Course of Love is definitely not that. We need to recognize that all is really alright in our little world. As always, we are still our own worst enemy, and when we long to be something other than who we are, we long amiss.

Jesus will help us to accept ourselves. Ask his help today. He walks with us, hand in hand. And if this is hard to believe, know that many sincere believers have believed this mystical truth for many long years.

The way is clear to just dropping downward and inward, to just being who we are, accepting ourselves as we are.

There is no other way to progress spiritually. Acceptance IS the way.

Prayer

I, along with so many others, would gladly give up struggle if we think that we can live without it. I haves struggled sometimes, as have all of us. And it is so unnecessary! Surely I can strive for goals without getting beaten down by life itself. Jesus offers us a way of ease and flow, and would I not be very foolish not to take it?

Guide me today to take the life of flow, choosing to move in the directions that guidance so accurately points out. The Christ-Self will show me rightly what to say and do, if I will only listen.

I would listen today.

Amen.

A New Day Dawns

“A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love work hand-in-hand because the change of thinking taught within A Course in Miracles was a change of thinking about yourself. It attempted to dislodge the ego-mind that has provided you with an identity that you but think you are. A Course of Love then followed in order to reveal to you who you truly are. While you continue to act within the world as who you think you are rather than as who you are, you have not integrated these two pieces of learning.” (ACOL, T2:4.3)

An often-quoted passage about the linkage between A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, this revelation invites us to turn aside from the ego by removing the blocks to the awareness of love, and then to be who we are, another way of saying to just “be ourselves.” This Self is the Christ-Self, though, not the little, or personal self that exists as a buffer between the world and our Self. The personal self does still exist as the self whom we show to our brothers and sisters. Not everybody is ready to accept the larger Self, and if we tried to tell them of it, they would just become confused and turn aside from what seems incomprehensible to them.

The curriculum of ACIM and ACOL is a complete whole, but one wonders if it was always so designed by Jesus. Perhaps he saw our confusion, our “stuckness” following our study of A Course in Miracles. We had dislodged the ego, but what would we do with ourselves when we were afraid to express a self for fear that it would be an egoic self? I have said that Jesus had “unfinished business” with us, and that that is the entire reason for the presence of A Course of Love. But I cannot see inside Jesus’s mind, and perhaps he always knew that something more would be asked of him. The linkage is clear, though not all students/teachers of A Course in Miracles are ready to accept the clear words of A Course of Love. And there are many who can allow A Course of Love to stand on its own without the backdrop of ACIM

Who are we truly? How do we “be who we are”? It is easier said than done, easier said than understood. We are a Christ-Self who is united through mind and heart with the God who dwells within, of Whom we are a part. We are meant to walk a smooth pathway, letting drama fall away from our beings. We are meant to live in perfect calm and quiet, and in this way we will be much happier than we have heretofore been. We are learning, still, why being “perfectly calm and quiet” is the purpose that A Course in Miracles gave us. And in the learning, we will, through observation and in-forming, we will move to create a new world. Our elevated Self of form, with others who have reached Christ-consciousness, will do the work of our very souls. Our union with God in the Christ-Self will let us know how to proceed.

We need to realize that saying these things will not make them come true. Our individual hearts are our lodestone. Each of us gets guidance from within, and when we follow this guidance, it is the place of the heart to draw us up into creditable instruments of God’s love. The work is not hard, we do not have to struggle to create this new world that Jesus so wants to see. Our joyous participation in the world will create everything fresh and new.

This is the promise. This is what we are about.

Prayer

May I do my part in this great endeavor that Jesus is spearheading. I would relinquish the ego for all time, not dally into its machinations any more. And I would listen to the guidance of my Christ-Self, a Self who knows what Jesus’s purpose is all about. This inner Self is just coming into its own in many of us. May I find like-hearted companions to fulfill our mutual destiny.

Be with me today as I seek to do Your will. This work that ACIM/ACOL seekers are about is valuable and unlike anything the world has seen before. We are in a new day. Let’s pull together to see that the new day blooms fresh and alive, a new day that will create a new, peace-loving world.

Amen.

A Softened Heart Takes Us Home

“Now you must fully recognize the distinction between the ego-self that previously was the self of learning and experience, and the Christ-Self that is now the Self of learning and experi¬ence. You must take on the mantle of your new identity, your new Self.

“It is this recognition that you are now acting and living in the world as your Christ-Self rather than as your ego-self that will aid you in expression. Without expression, the return to unity that has been accomplished will not be realized.” (ACOL, T2:3.4 – 3.5)

Are we all ready for this? Jesus is here telling us that we have reached unity, that the Christ-Self has taken over our personalities, and that this change is an accomplished fact. The only thing remaining is the expression of the new Self, and this is a crucial proviso to understand. We can imagine that we are still trapped by the egoic self, the little self that knew separation from God. And we can continue to act out of this belief, camouflaging our real Self. Then the real Self, the accomplishment that has actually happened to us, will not be expressed. The unity of mind and heart into wholeheartedness will lie fallow. And all of our treasures will not be opened and shared with our brothers and sisters.

So we can still block God’s action in our lives. This much is still available to us. But why would we do such a thing? Why would we not accept Jesus’s promise of accomplishment as a fait accompli?

We may think that we are not worthy. But this is the ego speaking, letting us believe that we are living in grandiosity instead of grandeur. The ego is strong only in strife, and when we engage in drama, we invite a continuation of egoic nonsense. Let us be done with drama, once and for all. Let us be Zen-like in our everyday lives. This peace and quiet will serve us well as we seek to become proficient in letting the Christ-Self shine.

We need to realize the return to unity, the joining of heart and mind to bring to the forefront the Christ-Self. There is a very strong warning in this passage that we ourselves play a part in whether or not God’s Will for us, the union, the unity, will actually come about. We need to leave our fears at the door, we need to drop our judgments of other people. Fears and judgments: These are the two prohibitions that A Course of Love gives us. Both are not natural accompaniments to God’s reality, our true reality. But the way of the Christ-Self is open and free, a gift, when we are living a natural life in God’s reality.

Turn to the heart to ask what more, if anything, needs to be done. Try to reach deep within to see if there are things left undone that really ought to be done. And don’t doubt Jesus’s wonderful promises. They are meant for us. As we read A Course of Love, our heart will be softened, and we will finally know the peace of God that passeth understanding. We will leave in the harmonious, true reality for which we are intended.

Prayer

I would spend time with You today, abundant time. I would soften my heart by my prayers. Your way is not a challenge to me; it is the most abundant good sense. I can follow the guidance that my Christ-Self points out to me, or I can be lost in shallows and in miseries. I would find my way Home today, Home in Your welcoming Arms.

Thank You for this blessed good day. I believe that if I am quick to be grateful for goodness, that goodness will find a welcome place in my heart and soul, and will be magnified. Your way is complete goodness. Your way is all that I want today and every day.

Be with me for the rest of this glorious day. Give me the patience that I need if anything should go wrong, and the joy that only You can give when things go right.

Thank You.

Amen.

What We Have Already Accomplished

“There would be no need for form if there had been no desire for expres¬sion. Life is the desire to express outwardly what exists within. What I refer to so often here as being within, as if “within” is a place in which something resides, is unity and it is the place where being resides. It is the place or realm of one heart and one mind. It is the place where everything already exists fully realized. It is like a trunk full of treasure. Like a menu of possi¬bilities. All you must do is wholeheartedly recognize the treasure you have already chosen to bring to the world. Your heart speaks to you of this trea¬sure and guides you to open the trunk and release it to the world—to your world—to the human world. As I have said, in the realm of unity where your being resides, this is already accomplished. Your link between the realm of unity and the realm of physicality is your heart. Your heart tells you of the already accomplished and bids you to express it with your physicality, thus uniting the two realms through expression.” (ACOL, T2:3.2)

To understand this passage, we must go to some of the theology of A Course in Miracles, a theology that is introduced in ACIM and only, as here, hinted at in A Course of Love. Like all theology, we don’t have to accept it to find value and meaning in ACIM and ACOL. We go as far into belief as it is possible for us to go, knowing that the experience that these volumes are creating in us is the most important change we will acquire.

But the theology here, from ACIM, is that we are living in the past. The past is similar to a great carpet that is rolled up, taking us backward in time to a point that we cannot comprehend. We have lived through this before! It is just that simple. And eons ago, before time began, we made the right decision, and that decision has sustained us for all time. That is why in A Course of Love, Jesus refers to our contributions and of ourselves as “already accomplished.” We are now expressing that already accomplished with our physical form, our bodies, our humanness joined, eventually, to the divine. When the human and the divine join, we know that we are living Christ-consciousness. But not until then; until then we are only apprentices.

In this passage, we hear Jesus speak of decisions already made. These are the decisions made before time began, when we made the right choice in those eons ago.

Unity is what we speak of. The union of mind and heart that we have talked about so much, have heard talked about so much in A Course of Love. This unity will assure us that we know what to do when the time comes, because we have already accomplished it in a time before time.

If theology causes us to balk, we ought not to press any further. A Course in Miracles encourages us in the experience of removing the ego from our little, or personal, self. We remove the barriers to the expression of love. If we can’t believe the theology, then we are not ready for that belief. The experience we are always ready for: leaving the ego behind, turning inward to the Self, uniting heart and mind. Because projection makes perception, our whole world will change when we have taken the steps that ACIM and ACOL encourage us to take. We will look out with joy on a changed world, and we will wonder what took us so long.

Prayer

Please be with me today, though I know that You always are—closer than my breath, living through me. Thank You for that knowledge, and it is knowledge. Help me to be calm and easy, giving up agitation as a very bad idea. Your ways are best for me, and You counsel serenity. I would follow You today.

I don’t understand in a comprehensible way how we can be living in the past, reliving the past. It is not possible of understanding. But because Jesus believes it to be true, I certainly do accept it. And I am grateful for the insight, even insight that is beyond me. Be with me as I seek to follow the theology of ACIM and ACOL.

May my new calmness and serenity start right now and continue throughout the day. Your way is best, of this I am sure. And agitation has no place in my faith.

Amen.

Recognizing a Calling

“Why would we begin “A Treatise on Unity” by talking of treasure? To pave the way for talking of calling. What is it in you that recognizes talents that lie fully realized within? The practical mind is not the source of such imagination. The practical mind makes of imagination a fantasy. It is the heart that sees with true imagination and the heart that speaks to you in terms that are consistent with the idea you currently hold of hearing a call or having a calling.” (ACOL, T2:2.1)

Most of us thinking of this passage will have had times in our lives when we felt a calling. The calling may have played itself out with or without our cooperation. And then another calling very likely took its place. Often a calling can seem like Jonah and the whale, and we go along reluctantly. But often we do go along, for our anxieties peak and we feel vulnerable emotionally if we don’t answer the call that has become imbedded in our heart.

This scenario becomes all the more real when we realize that here in A Course of Love we are encouraged to listen to our heart, to let our heart inform our mind, and with heart and mind in union, we are ready to allow the inner Christ Self to take over our personalities. This is where we are heading, and when we have reached this place of serene contentment, we will have Awakened. And a calling can play a big part in the decisions that we make that will hurry the process of Awakening along.

Think over our lives, when we felt callings that we answered, and, maybe, just maybe, when we turned aside from callings to our own will, the will of the separated self who knew no better than to turn away. It is for us to hope that the callings that come to us are greatly supported by our environment, that we don’t engage in endless battles with our egoic self about whether or not to answer. The best answer is always to go forward with great hope and no little encouragement from the God Who watches over us all. And this God is not an external Force, but the real part of ourselves that has been covered over for eons. Now this God will take us by the hand and lead us through the labyrinth of best action to a culmination that shows us—and others—that we have answered the call. And we will have an innocent satisfaction is having answered each and every call. Our heart will have guided us, even when our personal will was weak.

Callings are treasures indeed, as this Treatise tells us. We are blessed to have a mission in life, maybe several missions over the years of our lives. There is perhaps no greater joy in life than to walk a pathway that has been laid out before us through the promptings of a call. And we will know when we have fulfilled that inner mission. And we will thank our God for taking us this far, for keeping us true to the promises that He led us to make in the fulfillment of a call.

If we turn aside from a call, we will regret it deeply. It is for this reason that great discernment is needed. Is the call a fantasy only? Could God possibly be asking this of us? Are we simply deluding ourselves? Asked over time, the Answer to such questions will become evident. We are not given callings that are not within our power to effect. God’s plans for us are uniquely suited for our deeper psyche. For the Self Who is One with the All. And when we have answered “yes,” if will do what He asks, we will feel a gentle reassurance, a reassurance that dismisses the anxiety of refusal immediately. Then we will have our reassurance that the mission we are on is God-directed.

Prayer

I ask You for Your direction today. I ask for particular guidance this day to know the right turn to make. I don’t want to imagine what I want, and then decide that it is a God-given Answer. I want to be sure that I am discerning the will of the Christ-Self correctly.

I am mystified today in knowing where to go and what to do. Of course, I have my own leanings, but if these are just pipe dreams, please set me straight. Help me to following callings that come from the heart only. When the heart is the center of my Self, I know that following calls from the heart will work out well.

Thank You.

Amen.

Miracle-Mindedness Thinks without Form

“Thinking without form is a harbinger of unity. Form is a product of the separation. Thought “forms” are the product of the separation. Unity is not a place or a thing but the realm of the one heart and one mind; the realm of the formless and timeless. But also the realm of connectedness, of what binds all that lives in creation with the Creator.” (ACOL, T2:1.10)

We have moved into the second Treatise now, the Treatise on Unity. We will learn later on that form is not regretted in A Course of Love; indeed, the elevated Self of form is what will move us every forward in the time of Christ. But we need to learn how to think without thoughts of form—think of the talent of a pianist but not of the instrument, the piano. This is what imagination will do for us. This is what love will do for us.

We have heretofore not utilized the art of thought to any great degree. But here Jesus is putting this new art of thought into action. It is miracle-mindedness that presses a pianist to learn with joy the pleasures of piano-playing. It is love in action. It seems like a miracle, when we think of it, for fingers move rapidly and without much conscious direction. Indeed, when a pianist stops to think of what he/she needs to play, she falters. The same with an athlete trying to aim a basketball at a net. The conscious mind thinks “form,” and then we are lost.

When we use the miracle-minded thinking to which we will soon become accustomed, we are in wholeheartedness, the unity of mind and heart. We have accessed the Self, for we are in union with It, and therefore in union with God, Who dwells within. Our very souls are accessed in this way, though the soul is not limited to the earthly realm. (That is why Jesus rarely uses the word “soul” in either A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love.)

Connectedness will soothe us as nothing else can, for we will soon realize that we are safe in the arms of the Great Creator. When our connection to God is made solid, all else falls into place. Our fear drops away, first. Then, when we cease to try to make decisions for other people, our judgments of them drop away. And then we are getting close to our Source and our goal of Awakening. We need the safety of God’s Arms to make progress in this world. Without Him, we would be too fearful to reach out to a new and better day. And without Him, we would be too judgmental to be at peace.

The way is now plain. Connect to God, let His mercies surround us and dwell in our hearts, and all will be well.

Prayer

My imagination needs to take over now. It is the imagination that thinks without form. Miracle-minded imagination heals. And I would ask for healing today.

Be with me as I seek to walk quietly and peacefully through my day. I would walk gently, in serenity. Help me to have forbearance if others don’t choose today to walk as I have.

Amen.

Gentle and Easy Way

“This resting place is indeed hallowed ground and an earned respite, a demarcation even between the old way and the new way of living. But it is not the end that is sought. No matter how peaceful this place of rest may at first seem, it will soon become stagnant and unsatisfying. Left in such a place without further instruction, you would soon return to your old ideas of heaven and see peace as a state of being for those too weary to fully live. Done with the adventures of living, you would deem yourself no longer interested in the hunt for buried treasure and see it not.” (ACOL, T2:1.5)

This is an in-between place, a place of rest in which we reside today, at this point in our reading. Many are comfortable in this in-between place, find it a place of contentment, and don’t particularly want to strive for more. We have arrived, in at least some sense. Jesus calls us The Accomplished. But we would become stagnant if there were nothing out there to reach for. We are, after all, on a journey of spiritual evolution.

We aren’t called to struggle, for struggle (our wont for eons) is of the ego. We are called to leave behind the mistakes of the ego. Striving, as Jesus means it, is very gentle. It takes us forward, inch by inch, and it leaves us better off at the end of each day. We are learning in ever-newer ways, and in this learning our striving is informed. We know why we are striving now. We never knew why we had such struggle, and such seriousness, when we were caught in egoic notions of success.

Success will follow us everywhere. Life smooths out when we get farther along God’s pathway. We are no longer learning through pain and suffering. Remember that Jesus said in A Course in Miracles that we don’t have to learn through pain? He went on to say that learning through pain is temporary at best, that learning through rewards is lasting. And A Course of Love outlines those rewards. Its message warms our heart, melds our heart to our mind, a mind now free of the ego and egoic conceit.

The in-between is alright for a time. But the in-between would become stale if stayed in too long. We are eager angels, after all, as Emmanuel (Pat Rodegast’s channel) was fond of saying. Let us seek to learn how to strive without fear, without judgment, without pain and suffering. Let it be a gentle, easy way, for such is what has been intended for us all along. Rewards are how we learn best, how the learning is made permanent. And from there our ultimate salvation in Christ-consciousness takes the next steps.

Prayer

I have so much to look forward to, now that I have some knowledge of what I can expect ad how to go about reaching the ultimate in salvation—enlightenment. I thank You for Jesus’s calming words. And his advice, coming straight, I am sure, from his Self who is one with You.

Be with me today as I seek to live well. Intention does count for a lot.

Amen.

Internal Treasures

“As this Treatise is not concerned with material treasure, we will not explore the dimensions of physical treasure except to say that the feelings that cause one to think that any physical thing is capable of being a treasure or being treasured are of the ego. We will instead assume that you have moved beyond these ego concerns and explore the realm of internal treasures.” (ACOL, T2:1.3)

This passage is a direct answer to the popular book, The Secret. Although Rhonda Byrne did not mean just material treasure, material treasure is used by way of introduction to her idea, an idea gleaned from extensive historical research. Perhaps Rhonda can “hook” us into the law of attraction by enticing our materialistic longings. She herself has written later books that indicate that she well knows that the material is not all that is important.

We need to go beyond the material, as we who have read this far in A Course of Love realize all too well. We may have been hooked time and again by a materialistic toy that we thought would satisfy our longing for treasure, only to find that it turned to dust in our hands. We were not, in a word, satisfied for long. So Jesus is leading us here to internal treasures, those that time does not destroy. Our internal treasures will satisfy us by turning into abilities, and then simply part of what we are, our very identity. This is the flow that treasures take.

We don’t want egoic nonsense in our lives any longer. That does not mean that we will eschew the material, for we live in a physical world. We have physical needs, of course, and we still can be caught by the glittering gold of a physical object. But if we realize that these external treasures are fleeting in their ability to satisfy, we will put our heart where the real treasure is—internal joys, internal pleasures. We will focus on intangibles rather than tangibles, the physical. We will know that the intangibles of joy, harmony, peace, goodwill, serenity will give us what we long to have above all else—and this is the peace of God. We may not fully realize this desire yet, but we are getting there. We will soon know that the only things worth having are things that cost nothing at all. These valuable things ask only that we put first things first, that we turn to God to satisfy our legitimate needs, and that we spend at least a part of each day in gratitude for all the blessings that we indeed do have.

This way of internal treasures is the ultimate in personal satisfaction, the ultimate way to happiness. Let’s march forward with that insight today.

Prayer

You know that we all need the material, in our material world. But You also know that we need the formless more than the material, and that it is the formless, the intangible, that will satisfy us for long and satisfy us fully. I would find the peace that emanates from harmony with all things today. I would enjoy those things that don’t cost anything, and yet their worth is incomparable. Your day, given to all, is beautiful whether it is raining or sunny. Birdsong costs nothing, and when we walk outside, we are privy to that beautiful trilling without doing anything special.

I know that my material needs will be taken care of, so long as I listen to Your guidance as to how to take care of the physical. You don’t deemphasize the physical; you just put it in proper perspective.

Thank You for another beautiful day in Your world. The world that we will create anew when we have assumed Christ-consciousness and are ready for a new day on earth.

Amen.

Learning Better through Peace

“This is what you have believed and why you have not chosen yet to accept your inheritance. Yet let the memory of the truth return to you now and you will see that peace is all you have sought learning to attain. If you do not pause now and accept that it is here, you will not know the Peace of God that is your own Self.” (ACOL, T1:10.13)

The “this” to which Jesus refers in this passage is the belief that in extremes of emotion we will come to know more than in the peace of God. It seems that intuitively we are on a spiritual journey of evolution, not physical so much as emotional, and we think that the drama of our egoic life has taught us much. So we are loathe to give that drama up.

Yet such an analysis, such a belief, is a misconception. We can actually learn much more when we are at peace, and this is the essence of what Jesus is saying in the passage for today.

We won’t believe him until we test it out. So let’s do just that. Get in a Zen frame of mind, peace personified, in any way that you know. It may come from reading prayers that others have written, it may come from writing in a journal, it may come in setting up a dialogue with our Maker. It may be listening to soothing music, surely a standard for all of us. In whatever way has worked for us in the past, let’s get into a reverent frame of mind by eliciting that frame of mind from environmental cues.

When finally peaceful, frame a few questions in our minds. Ask for solutions to what has been troubling; don’t hold anything back. As A Course in Miracles says, the solution is always with the problem, and so, if our mind is quiet, we will soon get glimmerings of an Answer from a Holy Source.

This is the beginning of knowing that we can learn best through peace. We don’t need those dramatic extremes to reinforce our spiritual evolution. They have been a distraction, for who can remember God when we are melodramatic and overwrought?

Turn to Peace in God today. The day will flow more smoothly. The week, as well. Time will cease to be pressured, and we will become quite knowledgeable about our own inner workings. We will be getting somewhere at last.

Prayer

We need peaceful means to approach You, and these peaceful means, in Your Presence, do solve intractable problems. The solution is always with the problem; we don’t have to wait for a working out to have quietude in the midst of our lives. We can live peaceably, regardless of the circumstances.

I would have peace today. I would know that whatever I am experiencing holds the seeds to a dilemma that I might have been having. This experiencing, when I am attuned to You, is evidence that a smooth pathway is opening up for me. Thank You.

Be with me today, all day long. I am trying to have a good day, but trying, without You, avails nothing.

Amen.

How to Invite Peak Experiences

“Let us separate experiences you might call peak experiences from expe¬riences of extremes that served as learning devices. Peak experiences often follow occasions of happiness or trauma, but they do not happen within them. Peak experiences are what you can look forward to rather than back upon if you but choose the Peace of God.” (ACOL, T1:10.11)

Yes! This is the passage that presents us with Maslow’s concept of peak experiences—experiences that we can have without the extremes to which we have habitually contended ourselves. The “happiness” that Jesus mentions is the “high” of egoic attachment, and the “trauma” is the low. But we didn’t have, Jesus tells us, peak experiences at the point of those dramatic interludes! We probably thought, previously, that the highs and the lows were necessary for the peak experiences. But not so. And we would be well to realize that an even keel is the best practice possible to lead us to truly great experiences, the truly great experiences that we call “peak.”

When we live in a Zen-like composure, we invite peace and calm all day long. And we have better days, without fail. We only need to test this out to know that this is truly the way that things are set up to be. Our world is meant to be lived in with Christ-consciousness, not with separation from God nor with the ego that that mistake brought about. We are right now on the cusp of the next stage in spiritual evolution, when more and more of the world’s people will experience an Awakening. This can’t be rushed, but it can be prepared for—by removing the barriers to this gift. And an addiction to dramatic highs and lows keep us lost in the egoic separation.

We can do better than this, and we shall. It is just a matter of time before all individuals see the benefit of changing our ways and choosing God’s Way as the best and only sane solution to our problems.

May many of us reach that conclusion today, perhaps in a peak experience that lets us know without any tangible proof that God’s Way is superior to all egoic notions of happiness.

Prayer

I felt a mellowness steel over me as I decided to go ahead and post this blog. It is just as I was writing above, a post written several days ago and saved for later posting. I do invite a peak experience when I am mellow, turning aside from the drama of highs and lows in experience. Thank You for teaching me this in such a non-threatening way.

May I continue in this mellowness to a genuinely calm and tranquil peak experience this afternoon. This will be my proof that this particular passage in Jesus’s writing truly works.

I ask for Your help.

Amen.

Choose Peace to Have a Divine Experience

“This is temptation. The temptation of the human experience. This is what you continue to choose over the Peace of God. This is not a right or wrong choice but it is a choice. It is your free will to continue to make this choice.

“You used your free will to choose the human experience. Now are you willing to use it to choose the Peace of God instead? Can you wholeheartedly choose peace? Can you choose peace long enough to become accustomed to joy without sorrow? If you cannot, you will continue to create hell as well as heaven and will continue the separation between the divine and the human. Is heaven worth enough to you to give up hell?” (ACOL, 10.4 – 10.5)

When we want to cling to the highs and lows of the human experience, we choose what can never bring us satisfaction. But this is not a “right or wrong” choice; it is simply a choice. And the rightness or wrongness of our decision is not at stake. We do have free will.

We can choose hell for ourselves. While this is never God’s choice for us, He knows that we have made a veritable hell in this beautiful world. And if we don’t alter our decisions, the hell we have experienced on earth in the past will continue right into the future. Would we really choose this because we don’t want to heal the separation from God?

If we experiment a little, we will see that the Peace of God is infinitely preferable to the highs and lows of dramatic thoughts and actions in this world. Choose this day to BE perfectly calm and quiet, to turn over the hassles of the day to the One Who knows how to untangle our affairs. And at the end of the day, look back and meditate a bit on what has transpired. We won’t have let a perfectly calm and quiet day, but, if we gave it some thought and some prayer, we will have let a more peaceful life than is our custom. And are we happier? Do we feel more at ease with our Maker? Do we see the benefit in choosing heaven, in choosing the peak experiences that can be ours, purely without the drama of an egoic high?

Today is a good day to experiment. See if you want a “Zen” day. This is an Eastern concept, but Eastern concepts have made their way into the mainstream of our culture. A Zen-like day is one that is lived lightly, with egoic seriousness gone from our activities. Living a Zen day will mean that we do choose to be perfectly calm and quiet more often than not. And Zen will encourage us to turn to God when things threaten to become rancorous once again.

Create a good day by turning to God first in the morning. Ask Him to guide our steps. He always answers, and the Answer we receive today, being in His Will, will prepare us for the unfolding of a better present and future.

Prayer

I would be Zen today, perfectly calm and quiet, resting in Your peace and Your love. Nothing avails so much as Your love, and if I am careful to extend the love that You have given to me, I will be extending the best that I have in me to my brothers and sisters on earth. I would extend love today. I ask that You give me the forbearance to stifle anger and attack, and give outwardly only love.

The peace that I feel when I am in league with You is greater than any rancor that might mark my day. Being One with You is a great blessing. Knowing that I am One with You is a great blessing.

May my words reach people’s hearts today.

Amen.

Being Calm and Quiet in Zen-Like Peace

“There is a core of peace at the center of your Self now and the issues that you choose to deal with will not affect that core of peace at all. While you may find this almost disturbing, you will not go to extremes to break this peace.” (ACOL, T1:10.1)

Throughout A Course of Love, Jesus encourages us with indications that we are advancing spiritually. And this passage is one such indication: We are more at peace, and though we may question this emotion, we will not do anything untoward to break our peace. For those of us who have studied A Course in Miracles, the allusion here is obvious: We are dropping the dramas that have consumed us so often and so badly for all of our lives, the part of our lives spent in egoic attachment. Elsewhere Jesus says that we will sometimes come close to lamenting this new placidity. We will think that we are really living only when we are caught in another drama, experiencing highs and lows that we have previously thought were evidence of true living. Others will still experience these highs and lows, and we will sometimes come close to envy of their way of life—a way of life that we used to enjoy.

But we have already had experiences like this, and we know, if we think about it, that the low that follows the high is so devastating to us that we would forgo the high. A Course in Miracles is also close in interpretation to this line of thought. We are told in ACIM that the purpose of life is to become “perfectly calm and quiet all the time.” Now, certainly when we first read that in ACIM, we doubted that this peaceful way of life would actually be desirable. We were still caught up in the highs and lows, the drama, of the ego, and we thought that what we were doing was really living.

If we have gotten this far in ACOL, though, we know better. We are happier when we stay on an even keel. We are happier when we are perfectly calm and quiet. And both ACIM and ACOL indicate that happiness is God’s great desire for us. It is one of our functions (along with salvation and forgiveness). We will no longer desire the high, because of the low. This does not, though, mitigate against peak experiences. Jesus says elsewhere that peak experiences are what we can look forward to in the way of life that he is pointing out. Peak experiences occur with great regularity once we are firmly set on the pathway toward ultimate salvation, which is Christ-consciousness. Maslow knew what he was talking about, and here Jesus reaffirms Maslow’s concept of peak experiences in A Course of Love.

Let’s choose to enjoy peak experiences rather than the egoic ideal of great drama. The ego has never given us anything that is lasting, except turmoil and unhappiness. Now is the time to know the genuine euphoria of peak experiences through a Self Who comes from God, deep within each of us.

Prayer

I long to experience peak moments, and I know that these will come more and more frequently when I get all of my Self aligned with You. Help me to do this. Help me to let go of even the little dramas that disturb my peace, that keep me less than soothed.

I would ask You to soothe me. This is the best way, and I appreciate that I have reading in A Course of Love that does just that—soothe. Be with me today as I seek to slow down and savor all of life. Life’s richness is just there waiting for me. Thank You.

Amen.

Seeking to Be Less Vulnerable

“The perceived attack will have entered at the place where you have placed your highest value and are thus most vulnerable. In the past your response would have been to protect and use that which you have most valued. Now your response will have been changing. You will not see so much to value in what has called your ego into action and will turn away from it.” (ACOL, T1:9.15)

I can identify with this passage. Years ago I received a very negative peer review after my first year in a new job, from someone whom I had considered a friend. Despite the fact that I had become a committed Course in Miracles student, the ego was still very strong in me. I had always wanted to think that I did good work, and so when this peer review challenged that self-image, I was devastated. The egoic persona had been bruised.

Years later, I can see what was going on. Now my ego has been loosened, and I cannot fully comprehend why one peer’s opinion became so important to me. I would like to think that I can’t comprehend because I am thinking differently. Egoic ideals don’t call to me as much.

Now, if something similar were to happen, I think that I would be more prone to realize that one person’s opinion is just that—opinion. And my own persona isn’t fully egoic any longer; I don’t have to succeed to be loved. In my egoic persona, being loved was attached, conditionally, to being declared a success in the eyes of other people.

This is not a good interpretation for any of us to make, however strong the ego, but I think that it is a common reaction. In describing what happened, I can see the highs and lows of drama, and I know now that the highs and lows of drama are ego. We do better when we keep steady and on an even keel. We are much more likely to actually be a success in more than just our eyes or the eyes of our peers. We are accessing the Self Who can create through us.

We don’t take credit for what the Self creates through us. This would be to invite an egoic interpretation again. But we can enjoy the newfound joys of truly working in a way that we never did when we believed in the worth of the ego’s evaluations. And we can objectively see that our work has wings that we did not mastermind; Something More is at work.

Prayer

I would not go back to egoic reactions. I would stay on the straight and narrow, respond with Zen-like calm to the events of my life. I would learn how to return love for attack, however subtle the attack. And to do so, I need to keep stress under control. I never get angry unless I am stressed.

You know all these things about me. And You support me in my goal to be on an even keel, 24/7. You would have me reject the urge to make drama out of the events of my life. And I would go along with this desire on Your part as my best new direction.

Be with me today as I seek to lower stress, to return even the mildest form of attack with love. I would approach life by the smooth handle.

Amen.

When We Unite Mind and Heart, We Unite with the Self

“Yet you have not remembered that the first union is of mind and heart. The first union is union with the Self. This union with the Self is resurrec¬tion or rebirth. All are capable of this life-giving union. All are capable of birthing the Self.” (ACOL, T1:9.7)

This passage for today is a summation of what has gone earlier (and will be expanded upon as we read farther on). First, we unite mind and heart, and when we do that, we have united with the Self Who is deep within us, a part of God Himself. What has actually happened in a resurrection or rebirth of this Self, a Self Who has been cloaked by the egoic, false, self for eons.

And this miracle is not limited in any way. All of us can—and will—have this union eventually. Our part, if we want this union now, a union that is Christ-consciousness, is to remove the blocks to love’s emergence. It is love that emerges, in full form. Our own form becomes “elevated,” in that we are living the truth in a way that has not been possible heretofore, because the ego has held sway over us.

All of us can birth this Self. As A Course in Miracles says, God Himself reaches down and lifts us up—when we are ready. And so asking for this miracle is in His Will. We don’t have to ever be shy about asking. It is the way of creations created by a Creator. It is the way that life is meant to be lived.
“Ask and ye shall receive,” as the New Testament tells us.

The passage for today can be memorized to good effect. It gives us the gist of much that Jesus is telling us in the totality of A Course of Love.

Prayer

I would seek to realize the union of mind and heart, the union that I have been wanting with my deepest Self. When I am deep within myself, I can feel Your warmth, and this warmth is a great blessing, a great blessing indeed. Thank You.

I would feel Your warmth when I am out and about in the world, not just when I am quiet and focused inwardly. I thank You for this assurance that You are always with me, that You love me unconditionally. Help me to love the people in my life unconditionally as well. We all are starved for love. May each of us give it as best we can, leaning on You and our Self for guidance as to how to do that.

Amen.

Combining Intellect and Feelings

“Whether you be male or female matters not, as you are in truth, the union of each. The end of separation that brought about the resurrection brought about this union and the separation of male and female continues to exist only in form.

“However, we are talking now, in a certain sense, of an elevation of form. While this is actually an elevation beyond form, it must begin in the reality where you think you are. In other words, it must begin with form. You cannot await some changed state but must create the changed state you await.” (ACOL, T1:9.2 – 9.3)

We have heretofore been much concerned with roles that were clearly identified, and we all know from living in our culture that this is changing somewhat, in that women are taking on men’s former roles, and also the reverse for men. Women have been historically seen as more intuitive, living more in their feelings. Men have historically been seen as more intellect, living in their minds. And feelings have been associated with the heart, intellect with the mind.

As we allow the Self to emerge, we will see a natural tilt toward the opposites in what we perceive. Not all women listen to their feelings first, and not all men their intellect. But many women and men do react this way. And in the new age, women will listen more to their minds, and men, to their feelings. If we allow this union to take place, men and women will be, in the best sense, better able to understand each other because our gender roles will not be polarized.

Our culture is conflicted about whether this change is good. Very conflicted. And it is not for us in studying A Course of Love to take sides in a cultural conflict. It is enough to know that we are both made up of heart and mind, and that the union of each, in wholeheartedness, is the way that the Self will emerge. Many will still prefer to retain strict gender roles; many will not. But both have both mind and heart, and both parts of the psyche need to work together for the best outcome for us in this matter of developing Christ-consciousness.

Our forms will be elevated as we allow our self to be in union with the Self, a change that is based on the union of mind and heart that Jesus calls wholeheartedness. This elevated Self of form will be our new home base. And we will look out on a different world, a world that we are creating anew, even as our new psyches have been created anew. This is where we are heading, to a new world of evolved souls who have experienced Awakening. And this change is helped along by the use of feelings (heart) as well as intellect (mind). Of course, we don’t have to have conflict at all to see the positive change that feelings and intellect, together, can bring about. This is a natural emergence as we inhabit the elevated Self. And for this we can all rest in peace without bringing in cultural dichotomies that will only divide us.

Older adults (and people are living longer now) have long seen a closer interaction in marriage as they age. Women naturally become more assertive as hormones change, and men also undergo a similar hormonal change. This is not a product of our culture, except that we are, as said, living longer. This maturity can be seen as a good thing. We can understand each other better as our hormones shift and change. And Jesus is saying that much the same similarities are coming out in the union of the Self with our personal self. The ethereal Self, unlike the personal self, cannot be said to have gender, just as most of us believe that God does not have gender. The Self, as part of God, does assume gender when It emerges in form with a transformed personal self who has reached Christ-consciousness. But the divine memories linger, and this is the likely reason that Jesus begins the discussion of changes between men and women in the passage for today.

Prayer

I know that I have become more assertive as I have grown older. I would not overreach this plateau, though, as assertiveness can turn into aggressiveness, and I would not have that. Be with me as I age. Help me to accept the natural changes that come with age, and to make of them something laudable.

I turn to my feelings often, feelings as in “intuition.” I follow intuition a great deal, and this helps me to navigate our world. Be with me as I seek to embody the intellect that must cooperate with feelings.

Thank You for being with me today and every day. I am in Your hands, always. And I seek to remember this.

Amen.

Considering Mary

“The new pattern of life is the ability to resurrect in form. The ability to resurrect in life. The ability to resurrect now.

“Thus is the glory that is yours returned to you in life rather than in death.

“The male provided the manifestation or the effect of the cause created by the female in the virgin birth. My mother, Mary, was responsible for the incarnation of Christ in me as I am responsible for the incarnation of Christ in you.” (ACOL, T1:8.14 – 8.16)

Here Jesus is expanding upon what he has touched on in earlier passages I have selected. He says “virgin birth” easily, and this makes us wonder. Can—should—we really believe this? Later on, he refers to the “myth to end all myths” in regard to Mary. So was there much about Mary that was myth?

We can’t tell. Edgar Cayce, seer of the last century, who accessed the Akashic records, said that not only was Jesus born of a virgin, but that Mary was also. Jesus’s roundabout way of speaking of the virgin birth may be his belief that he needs to attract all of us—not falling in line with an interpretation that just appeals to a few. He felt the same way about reincarnation, not wanting those of us who study A Course in Miracles to take a stand, that the ego would be enough for us to contend with, that we didn’t need controversy.

I agree with Jesus on this point. It is enough that he doesn’t close the door on either concept—truth or myth about the virgin birth. Our interpretations, our analyses, our theology, often only divide us from each other, and this we don’t need. It is enough to know that we are resurrected as Jesus was resurrected, and, as he also says about Mary, for us it is in form. This is the elevated Self of form, about which he speaks often and much.

We will stay in life, resurrected, as did Mary (according to Jesus in ACOL). We do not have to die to be resurrected. This is the new revelation, the new thought that Jesus is giving us now. We will be united with our Self, but remain in form, and this physicality will not deter us in any way. We will be home free. Christ-consciousness will have happened for us, and for most of us, it will happen quietly. We don’t have to fear that we will be hurled precipitously into reality. Our reality will dawn in quiet and in peace.

And we will ask for little more.

Prayer

Thank You for the gentleness with which Jesus approaches Mary. He is trying to keep all of us in his corner, not appealing to a few, to turn off a few others. We don’t need controversy, do we?

Be with me as I seek to live perfectly calm and quiet nearly all the time. I won’t say “always,” because “always” is probably more than I can muster. I am human, of course, with human frailties, and to set up goals can involve difficulties. I would be mellow in my days, have a zen-like attitude. I am convinced that this is the best way to live.

Help me to live in a peaceable way, keeping friends of long-standing, keeping significant others close to my heart. I thank You for the comfort that You bring to me in the day, and in the night, also. I sleep soundly, knowing that You are deep within me, giving me a serene sleep.

Amen.