“Some have chosen to come to know themselves and God directly. Others have chosen to come to know themselves and God indirectly. These are the only two choices, the choices between truth and illusion, fear and love, unity and separation, now and later. What you must understand is that all choices will lead to knowledge of Self and God, as no choices are offered that are not such. All are chosen and so it could not be otherwise. But at the same time, it must be seen that your choice matters in time, even if all will make the same choice eventually.” (ACOL, T4:1.11)
Here Jesus is making another pitch for following A Course of Love. It is a fast-paced route to Christ-consciousness, and though all will eventually reach this goal, it could take eons to work out. So whether or not we reach Christ-consciousness, and in our doing abolish suffering, matters to our brothers and sisters in time. And time can wind on wearily, taking all of us down to pain and suffering in its wake.
Enough! We have had enough of suffering. And what we think and what we feel will save us. This is another appeal to learning through both mind and heart in conjunction with each other—wholeheartedness, as Jesus says. Our minds need proof that the heart does not need. If we question our heart, don’t we see that this way being pointed out by ACOL is easy and peaceful? The route to Christ-consciousness is not any different on the pathway than the culmination of that pathway. All is peace when we are listening to the Christ-Self, newly released from our depths.
I hope that I am right, that all is peace on the pathway. It feels right to me, though our perception of peace may vary from day to day. If we relax into the day, the day is much more likely to turn out well. Suffering and pain don’t have to accompany us, though it is always true that they may have a message for us.
Ask to be free of pain and suffering today, if that is bothering us. Be glad that there is a way back to God that is joyous in the extreme.
Thank You to Jesus in A Course of Love for pointing out that way of ecstasy.