A Course of Love · ACOL

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.

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2 thoughts on “Mystical Insight Will Take Us Home

  1. It is through mysticism and the mystical experience that religion will take its place along side science as an equally viable and credible source of insight and understanding of true nature of reality, what I call “Big R Reality.”. Some within science are now realizing that true Reality is not what we thought it was.

    I am reminded of the story about a scientist who struggles to climb the mountain of truth and knowledge. Finally reach the summit, he looks over and sees a holy man sitting there. “Welcome,” says the holy man. “I’ve been waiting for you. What took you so long?”

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