Monthly Archives: October 2016

Revelations Are Intensely Personal

“Examine what you may have felt the onset of true vision would mean. Have you considered this question? Have you expected to see in the same way but more lovingly? Have you thought you might begin to recognize those who, like you, are joined with me in Christ-consciousness? Have you suspected that you might see in ways literally different? That you might see auras or halos, signs and clues previously unseen? Have you included other senses in your idea of sight? Have you thought your instincts will be sharp¬ened and that you will know with an inner knowing that will aid the sight of your eyes?” (ACOL, T4:2.31)

Jesus sometimes makes comments similar to this one, but then refutes what he has said. But this doesn’t appear to be the case in this quotation. He leaves the comment alone as the prose moves forward. So I think that we are justified in thinking that Jesus, here, really means what he says. True vision will show us a new way of responding, for we will have additional ways of knowing. Ways that we call “psychic.”

We will see clues previously unseen. We will live with the psychic in a way that has previously been veiled to us. Now we will know in ways that will sometimes be difficult to tell others. They won’t understand where we are coming from. Our guidance, as revelation, is intensely personal to us, has meaning only to us. So we would be ill-advised to try to convince others of the truth of what we have seen in new ways.

We will have an inner knowing. And this is a very great blessing. As we move into new probable realities, we will know what the future holds—to some extent, though never complete. Fortunetellers often project inaccurately because individuals move into new probable realities, and their prognostication therefore, is no longer accurate. It is best, perhaps, to depend on inner second sight. This will alert us when we are about to move into a new probable reality, and our hopes and dreams for the future will be played out in a way that only we can comprehend.

True vision, knowing, is a great blessing. Trust in what comes to us. Try, insofar as possible, to eliminate self-doubt, for self-doubt is a great hinderer to what might transpire if we did not doubt. Trust. The way unfolds in its own time and in its own means. The end comes with a glorious “Aha!” when we listen to our inner Christ-Self to show us the way.

Prayer

I would ask for revelations today about my best future, for I would move into the probable reality that is the most life-enhancing. Help me to make this move; be with me, night and day, day in and day out. Help me to walk my pathway with You by my side.

The way home does not have to be long. Nor hazardous. I would ask that You smooth pathway for me. Is that out of line? Should I make such a request? You are my friend, first of all, and friends want the best for us. I believe that You want the best for me, and I ask for the best today.

Amen.

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Bad Days Will Diminish & Then Fade Entirely

“Let this idea gestate a moment within you and reveal to you the truth of which it speaks. The separated state of the mind created its own separate world. Cause and effect are one. The perceived state of separation created the perceived state of a separate world. The real state of union, returned to you through the joining of mind and heart, will now reveal to you the truth of what was created and allow you to create anew.” (ACOL, T4:2.27)

We are one not only with each other, but also with the real world. True reality. Not illusion. While I don’t believe that this world is truly “real,” in that it exists outside the projections that make our perception, I do believe that a sea change awaits us as we move into Christ-consciousness. The true reality that we see will change. Bad days will diminish and then disappear entirely. Our neuroses will be healed. Jesus will hold our hand through all of this; our transformation will be easy and peaceful, for we are being prepared through both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

We are not living in a separate world any longer. We are not, of course, even living in separation from God any longer. We are One with Him, through the Christ-Self newly revealed to us. He lives through us, don’t you see? He knows what we are about, because He is living it with us, every moment of every day.

We are in a state of union, for our mind and heart are now one. And with this union we then reach out to others. These “others,” our brothers and sisters, are the relationship that makes God knowable. He cannot be seen outside of relationship. And so relationship is a very powerful tool.

“Unity and relationship” is a rallying call of ACOL. Jesus emphasizes these twin concepts repeatedly. And it is up to us to try to understand. We are One with All, but we are differentiated into parts, and these parts are in relationship to each other. This is how we know anything. This is how we learn through observation and in-forming.

We know how devastated we feel when a relationship is in turmoil. This is because we know that only through relationship can we know anything. We cannot live our lives peaceably if we are fighting with another. And this is the problem of our world. Our sometimes troubled world.

God will save us from ourselves, if we let Him. “Letting” Him is imperative, for he does not violate our free will. This free will, over the centuries, has gotten us into hot water.

But we are emerging now from the scalding waters. A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, and other writings are giving us new truth for a new age. And in accepting what is said, we acknowledge Jesus’s pivotal place in our world.

Prayer

Thank You for giving me the calm and peace that I have. I am very optimistic about the future, though storm clouds do fill the sky. You are always here, even in the midst of storms. And that is my saving grace.

Be with me as I walk through another day. I hope that the storm clouds will diminish, and soon. Help me to see value in the rain. I will appreciate the sunny days ahead all the more.

Amen.

The Way Ahead Is Bright with Promise

“This is why it has long been stated that you are not called to evangelize or convince anyone of the merits of this course of study. This is just a course of study. Those whom you would seek to evangelize or convince are as holy as your Self. This holiness need only be observed. When you think in terms of evangelizing or convincing, you think in terms of future outcome rather than in terms of what already is. This type of thinking will not serve the new or allow you full awareness of the new.” (ACOL, T4:2.19)

There are several strains of meaning in this quotation, all meaningful. We are not called to proselytize. A Course of Love is just one course of study, and there are many others. In fact, there is a unique course for every teacher of God (from A Course in Miracles). Anyone trying to teach from what Jesus has said will apply their own particular interpretation to what he has said. That is why listening to one’s Christ-Self is so important; we don’t want to be misled by another.

Also, in seeking to evangelize, we are looking to future outcomes. And Jesus wants us to live in the present, with what “is.” We will create the new from this vantage point. We can’t reach ahead of ourselves in creating the new by anticipating the new and planning for it. Planning is not something we are to do. We will be told all that we need to do, at the time that we need to do it. Only if we are prompted internally to weave plans is it allowed to do so. And this happens rarely, I might believe.

We need to focus on what we have in our awareness. We need to know that we can’t proceed to the new from a fog of hidden expediencies. We don’t need a veil over our eyes. This is the time for clear thinking, for moving beyond neurosis, for acceptance of all that Jesus holds out to us.

The way ahead is bright with promise. We are embarking on a great adventure. Our psychic attunement will become enhanced as we walk along. Look for surprises, for they are out there waiting for us.

Prayer

Thank You for this good day. Help me to go with the flow, to cease jumping ahead to what might be—whether that eventuality might be good or bad, in my current estimation. I can’t know what will be best for the future, so why should I even try to predict? Surely this is why ACIM and ACOL counsel against our planning against contingencies to come—unless prompted by the Holy Spirit or our inner Christ-Self.

Be with me to keep me placid and calm, at peace with the world and myself. Clear away any tendency to reach ahead in anxieties. This will only trip me up.

Thank You for always being here for me. Your way gives me a warmth in daily living that exalts the most mundane happening.

Amen.

Be Aware of New Life Emerging

“Your awareness of the Self that you are now was not present in the past, but you can truly now, with the devotion of the obser¬vant, see that the Self you are now was indeed present, and the truth of who you were always.” (ACOL, T4:2.15)

We weren’t aware of the Self during the time of the Holy Spirit. It took moving into the time of Christ for us to be aware of an inner Self Who is actually the Christ-Self, moving into Christ-consciousness. We now turn to this Self as we used to turn to the Holy Spirit, but the Self, let out to play, transforms our lives. And it is in this transformation that all things are made better.

The Self will effect great change for us, when and only when we are ready for this change. Many of us are ready now, and there will be personality changes that go along with our increased awareness. We will be less prone to anger—if this is something that we have asked for help about. We will be less prone to feeling anxieties—if we have ask for help about this. What we believe to be our “inferior” personality traits can and will disappear when we ask for help. Remember that Jesus says in A Course of Love that we don’t have to be “perfect” to experience God’s grace and God’s bestowal of Christ-consciousness. This appears to be a slightly different interpretation than was given in A Course in Miracles, where Jesus said that he would correct all mistakes that we can’t correct, implying (to my mind) that these mistakes needed to be corrected before God would bless us with Awakening.

But thinking that we have to be perfect (whatever that means) suggests that the ego is not really dead in us, for the ego thinks in terms of sin and betrayal, agony and ecstasy—drama. ACOL gives a more realistic view of our mistakes, asserting that help is on the way when we ask for it. And there does not have to be a contradiction with ACIM, for Jesus has always been our help in times of difficulty. He promises us in both ACIM and ACOL that he is here for us. In ACIM, he suggests that we imagine him holding our hand as we walk along, nothing that this will be no idle fantasy. The same type of reassurance is present in ACOL, though he does not use the precise words.

So the Christ-Self has always been present. But previously, before the era of Christ, the Self was hidden from us.

We are indeed blessed that we have moved into a new time, a new time in which the Christ-Self guides us to new life.

Prayer

I look forward to the personality changes that will come. My personal prayer, this morning, is to be kinder. And with this kindness will come a happier outlook. It is not a reach for perfection, but a reach for a higher Self. I want my Self to go through and through my little, or personal, self.

Be with me as this day unfolds. May the personality traits that ought to fall away, just do that—fall away. And with these changes, may my outlook create new and better circumstances in my little world.

Amen.

Secret of Living Well

“Being first does not mean being better. That I was the first to demon¬strate what you can be does not mean I am better than you. Just as in your sporting events, a “first” is applauded, and soon a new record replaces that record-setting first; just as someone had to be “first” to fly a plane or land on the moon, being first implies only that there will be a second and a third. That attention and respect is given to those who first achieve anything of merit is but a way of calling all others to know what they can achieve. One may desire to best a sporting record and another to follow the first man into space and the one who desires to best a sporting record may feel no desire to follow the first man into space and vice versa, and yet, what one achieves but opens the door for others and this is known to you. Even those who did not desire to fly in a plane when this feat was first accomplished have since flown in planes.” (ACOL, T4:2.11)

Jesus, we are told, was the first to accomplish what he is trying to effect in us. Being first does not mean “better.” He has repeatedly said that even he is equal to all of us. And he would show us what he has accomplished. We need only listen to the words of the New Testament, A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery, and others to recognize that his words hold great truth. His words hold the secret of living well in this sometimes troubled world.

Jesus was first in returning to God. Of course, we also think of the Buddha. And I have no explanation for that. Enlightenment is yet a mystery for us to solve. But we who follow ACOL need to take Jesus at his word, for if we start doubting him, we will be lost in miseries and dismay. He shows us a way back to God; let us take him at his word, and do the things that he says. Then we will indeed get to ultimate salvation in the quickest and most efficacious way.

It is egoic to want to be the “second” to Jesus, to want to “get there” before our brothers and sisters. We don’t know the timetable, and there may be good reason that our progress is delayed. Certainly a desire to achieve enlightenment prior to our brothers and sisters is an ego-oriented desire. And Jesus has told us that we have left the ego behind, and so this can only be a previous pattern, come back to taunt us.

Accept enlightenment when it comes in glimpses. Seek to remove the barriers to our experience of love, our awareness of love. Accept life as it is lived.

And our way back will be hastened and made real to us.

Prayer

I would slow down and be grateful for what I have. So often I do things that seem to me to be less than the best. I am more sensitive as I walk ever closer to enlightenment. Help me to realize that being human and making mistakes are natural for me. As for everybody..

I do no one a service when I fail to acknowledge mistakes that call for an apology. I do nobody a service when I am overly sensitive, seeing fault where there is only bluntness. Help me to choose the best and highest way in every instance that I can. Help me to fine my way home by the shortest route.

Amen.

Commune Directly with Our Innermost Being

“You are no more accomplished than anyone has been or is or will be. The truth of who you are is as accomplished as the truth of all of your brothers and sisters from the beginning of time until the end of time. Any text that tells you that you or those of your kind or time are more or better than any other is not speaking the truth. This is why we began with the chosen and will return again and again to the statement that all are chosen.” (ACOL, T4:2.7)

“Accomplished” as something that we are appears in this quotation for today to be a tenet of equality of one brother or sister to another. We are not “better” than another, and neither are we inferior. God is living through all of us, and talents that seem greater in one will be equalized on another plane of existence. Talents will all be shared equally, and this is a great blessing. We don’t have any reason to feel either superior or inferior, for we are indeed all equal. We are all chosen by God for a higher purpose, and it is up to us to discover that purpose, which differs from one person to another.

What else might “accomplished” mean? We don’t have to merit our grace from God. He gives to all equally, though it is true that not all recognize His blessings, especially His blessing of grace. Those who don’t feel God’s warmth, who cannot bring themselves to believe in a Higher Power, are living under a heavy burden. When we can believe that God is present in us and is living through us, we can make it through difficulties that would devastate somebody without our knowledge (and it is “knowledge”).

All are chosen by God for a better life than has been lived heretofore. All. And this means people of religions other than Christianity. The way back is set out for us in Scripture of many religions. It is just that we have chosen both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love as our way home. And we have chosen Jesus as our guide. We accept his words as the particular slant on reality that we want to believe. And then reality accommodates, for we do create our own reality.

If the day seems harsh, know that there is a higher purpose going on. All of us have bad days, and it behooves us to rise above them. Praying can help, can help mightily. And God hears our prayer. The Christ-Self Whom we are listens and provides comfort. This Christ-Self is performing the very comfort that in an earlier era was performed by the Holy Spirit. Now we no longer have to have an intermediary, but can commune directly with our innermost being. We are not afraid of God any longer.

Prayer

What do I try to remember to do when I get upset? I try to sink deep inside, feeling the warmth of God Himself. He overwhelms me with peace, when I have focused on being calm enough to feel that peace. God knows when emotions overwhelm; our Christ-Self is, however, the fulcrum that doesn’t move. When I allow my Christ-Self to be my ruling self, I am in for a much better time.

Help me to know no nervous energy today. Nervous energy invigorates, but it also tires. I would enjoy this new day given me with a peaceful heart and mind that know that Your way is one of reassurance that You are always here for me.

Thank You.

Amen.

Thrive by Making Choices Internally

“Again let me repeat and reemphasize my statements: where once you turned outward in your seeking and saw within what you perceived without, now you turn inward and reflect what you discover within outward. What you discover within is in a way that what you perceive without is not.

“I have always been a proponent of The Way of Christ-consciousness as The Way to Self and God.” (ACOL, T4:2.2 – 2.3)

Jesus encourages us to look within, in the quotation for today. Always what is within has made what is without; our perceptions were made from projection (a tenet of A Course in Miracles). Now we are encouraged to take our cues from within just all the time. Externally driven choices can be misguided more often than not. Internally driven choices have a better chance of being right, especially when that internal choice is informed by the inner Christ-Self. And as we all develop Christ-consciousness as our modus operandi, we will make good decisions based on the internal. Our projections will not just make perception, but knowledge as well. The second paragraph of the quotation makes this clear: Christ-consciousness is the Way to Self and God. And Self and God can only be found internally.

Reflection on what we see inside ourselves is the new way, the new way of creating without planning. The Self will guide, if given half a chance. We all too often look to others, and it is true that observation of our brothers and sisters is a hallmark of A Course of Love. But these individuals whom we are observing are serving as mirrors for us. They show us what we have internally. And then we act upon the internal direction.

What is internal is real in a way that the outer world is not. There is a difference of opinion among ACOL enthusiasts about whether or not, in Christ-consciousness, the outer, physical world becomes true reality. But let us not get hung up on theology, for A Course in Miracles tells us that a universal theology is impossible. But a universal experience is not only possible but necessary.

Let’s ask for that universal experience today.

Prayer

When I look inward, my patterns of fear dissipate. The inner Christ-Self heals me. This is something that I can benefit from each day. The pathway home would have been give over these lingering patterns of fear to something better—a self-confidence that assures me that whatever happens, I and my Self can handle it. This is a new way of thinking for me. But it is a way that works.

Thank You for quelling leftover patterns of egoic fear today, for all fear is actually leftover and egoic. The way to a better life lies with turning inward to divine revelation. And this is a blessing that is always available to me.

Help me remember that You are always, always, here for me.

Amen.