“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.
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.