Reflect the Love Found Within

“All systems have been based upon your desire to understand the world around you rather than the world within you. If you were to understand the world within, you would need no systems to understand or manage the world without.” (ACOL, D:2.19)

This quotation for today makes a point that Jesus has been dancing around for some time: Listen to the Self within, the Christ-Self who is a part of God Himself. The world within is well-constructed. The world without is only a reflection of that which is within. Projection makes perception (from A Course in Miracles).

When we were egoic in nature, separated from God (even though in illusion), we projected a world of chaos. When we listen to the Love that is at the center of our being, our heart’s love, we project a world that reflects true reality—harmonious, peaceful, serene. And this change in what we are listening to within makes all the difference. To listen to the ego was to invite a hostile and dangerous world; to listen to Love is to be on the right path, finally. Obviously, there is a world of difference.

We have been trying to learn a chaotic world, an impossible feat indeed. When we pay attention to the God within, we project a world much different, and true reality is never confusing. We are projecting true reality when we project Love., and the world changes accordingly.

Be wise today: Project true reality by being loving. First love God, then the Self, then our brothers and sisters external to us. Though we are all One, we don’t see it that way very often. We see others as separate from us, and as long as this perception holds, we will need to extend love to the beings whom we think are different from us. When we realize that we are all the same, though diverse in personality, we will have made giant leaps to what reality, the real world, actually holds.

Decide to start the new year off right. Decide for God, and all will be set aright in our little worlds, that which surrounds each of us, but is actually One with the All—God Himself.

Prayer

I ask for the ultimate and final end of the ego in me, and I ask that no new ego form—making useless all of my attempts to find You and to find Your Love. Jesus says that we are beyond the ego now, but he also says that we can form a new ego, and such a pity that would be. Help me to walk the harmonious straight and narrow pathway that You point out to me.

May You take charge of the first thoughts that enter my mind in the morning. Those first thoughts make quite a difference, and I would have relaxed and easy thoughts, peaceful and happy. It is hard for some of us to get going in the morning, and our minds lapse into negativisms almost without our being aware of what is happening. I would alter that tendency, here and now.

Thank You for giving me a prayer to say this morning. Prayers work; prayers turn lives around. And I ask, in boldness, for a glimpse of Awakening this morning. The world cannot touch me when I am in the peace of a glimpse of Christ-consciousness.

Amen.

Better Way of Living

“Although they may not have seemed so, all patterns have had to do with learning because you were, as a separated self, a being whose only function was learning. The function of all learning was to return you to your true iden¬tity. Because we are working now for the integration of your true identity into the self of form, or the elevation of the personal self, new patterns are needed.” (ACOL, D:2.15)

The new patterns of which Jesus speaks in this quotation are the ones having to do with observation and the in-forming that comes to us from the Self. We are in the midst of elevating the self of form, elevating the personal self into the Christ-Self. Hereafter the personal self will only be what we show to others; it is still just a persona, but a justified persona, a saved persona, saved from the wiles of the ego.

We are being returned to our true identity, and this true identity is the Christ-Self; this is the identity that God created us to have, and it was only the detour into fear that ran us aground. Now we are fast approaching a better way of living, a better life. And this better way will allow us never to turn pain into suffering and it will allow us to transmute pain into something better.

We have previously sought to learn all that we needed to live in this world. With observing the world around us, we are not learning per se. We are simply observing. And this observation will inform us of what we need to know to live successfully.

We are used to learning; this pattern has been with us for eons.  And so the logical thing, though not the right thing, is to continue what we have been doing–learning.  But are we satisfied with the lives that we are living?  Are we really satisfied with struggle?  No, emphatically no.  So it behooves us to try something new, something better, and something that will take us out of the mess that we have made for ourselves.

We need to take the radical step of leaving behind our seeking through the learned patterns of the past.  Turn inward.  Turn to the Self whom we are just now coming to know.  Our new guidance from within will save us, save us from the egoism of the separated self.  Our new guidance will take us home to God.

We are fast heading into Christ-consciousness. When the peaceful moments come, seek to elongate them. When spending time in solitude, let the silence of God’s harmony envelop us.

The way back is not hard, but it does take patience.

Prayer

May I have another day of calm. As I string together these days of calm, I begin to feel ever encouraged that I will be able to maintain, and then sustain, a new state of being. Glimpses of Christ-consciousness, while good, are not sufficient to bring about the change that Jesus wants in us. Glimpses are meant to welt my appetite for more, meant to encourage me. And thank You for the encouragement.

Be with me today and always. I seek a calm and unperturbed manner, inside and out.

Amen.

Crown Us with Enlightenment

“If you do not realize that you have learned all that you need to learn, you will retain the consciousness of the separated self rather than sustaining Christ-consciousness.” (ACOL, D:2.8)

Jesus gives us a warning in the quotation for today. If we still think that we need to seek, continually looking for “something” in ever-widening circles, we won’t realize that we have actually found. Found Christ-consciousness. It is the separated self, even when it has gotten beyond the ego, that does us in. It is the separated self who knows not what it does.

So know that we have found, in these final pages of A Course of Love. We don’t need to keep turning to wisdom outside ourselves. We turn inward, a point that this blog made yesterday. We turn to the Christ-Self for the guidance that we have previously sought in books. The learned wisdom of the past.

How does this work? The Way of Mastery indicates that we need to unveil all damaged parts of the subconscious mind, bring these parts up for perusal, and then in the process of bringing these hidden parts to the light of day, we are healed. Everyone’s subconscious is different, and so it means that learned wisdom of others won’t do it for us. We need our own wisdom, the wisdom of the Self, a Self that I believe comes from the Unconscious, a deeper part than just the subconscious. The Unconscious is God Himself, and our Self is the part of Him who we can come to know. It is not hard to do, but very natural.

We need to spend time in solitude, contemplating and musing over our lives. This will invite the subconscious to the surface, and, after this, it is an easy step to Christ-consciousness, a step that Jesus says in channeled writings to be a step taken by God Himself. All three channeled writings that I am consulting—A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, and The Way of Mastery—all say the same thing: It is God Who makes this decision about our readiness for enlightenment, Christ-consciousness, Awakening.

We can ask for a speedup, and this is in God’s will. An acceleration. And if we are diligent to follow the promptings from deep within, we will have that acceleration. But we must give up fear and judgment, planning and attack. We have to go through a purification process, though we have truly always been innocent of wrongdoing. We didn’t think we were innocent, though, and so guilty feelings need to surface from within. Then this guilt can be healed, and with the healing of guilt comes the great blessing of Christ-consciousness.

Be ready today to accept all glimpses of Christ-consciousness that come in calm and peace. Asking for ultimate salvation is definitely in God’s will, and He will act to crown us with enlightenment at the earliest indication that we are indeed ready.

Prayer

Thank You for the calm that overtakes me today. I would extend this glimpse of enlightenment into something more sustainable. I know that I ask in Your will. Help me to eliminate judgment and fear from my emotions and my acts. Help me to be grateful, to You, for the many blessings that are mine.

And may I never entertain thoughts that are egoic. I would be finished with egoism in all its forms. It never brought me anything good, and I would seek only the good today.

Amen.

Soothe Our Souls

“Patterns are both learned systems and systems of design. The pattern of learning was a pattern of divine design, created in unity and cooperation to enable the return to unity. This pattern has achieved its desired end and so is no longer needed nor appropriate. While it was once a pattern whose design was perfect for the desired end, continuation of this pattern will but interfere with your full acceptance of who you are in truth.” (ACOL, D:2.4)

Perhaps the idea that we are properly finished with learning is a concept hard to grasp. But I think Jesus has in mind our constant and continual seeking, something that really needs to have an end point, and that end point is now. We have, many of us, spent years on the spiritual path, sampling from a smorgasbord of theories, sacred scripture, channeled writing, and inspirational writing. When we found good concepts in one, we were intent on moving on to the next, something next that might be even better. And we did learn much. But we are in a habit now that needs to be broken. With A Course of Love, Jesus gives us enough for us to end our seeking. He gives us the truth of life on earth, and he gives us the truth of the ultimate salvation that awaits us, Awakening or Christ-consciousness. To continue to seek, thinking that we have not yet found, is a misrepresentation of the truth.

We listened to learned authority, but now is the time to turn inward, to the Christ-Self, the part of God Who dwells in every living thing. Learned authorities will not do it for us any longer, and we do realize this, for the longer we sought, we more we realized that everybody was saying the same thing in slightly different words. Now we need to rely on our own authority, our God-given nature of Self that has just been released in many of us. This Self gives us the guidance that previously an intermediary, the Holy Spirit, did. The time of the Holy Spirit, Jesus says, has ended, and we are now in the time of Christ. This change in terminology is because we are no longer fearful of God in the way that we were for eons; we don’t need an intermediary to soothe our souls because we are afraid that Divinity would damn us.

We know better now. A holy spirit does indeed dwell in each of us, and this somewhat mystical concept has not been abolished. But we need to look to our own indwelling guidance rather than to believe that something external to us is speaking to us. The Holy Spirit was not external to us, but many of us believed that He, as well as God Himself, existed externally. Jesus has corrected this misconception in both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, as well as other channeled works such as The Way of Mastery.

So: Decide that the time to seek from anything external, especially including external authority, is over. Commune with one’s inner depths, and solace will surround us. We will know that Jesus’s way works. We will know that God takes care of us from the inside out. God is living through us. And we are all One with Him.

Prayer

Thank you for the guidance that comes to me when I write in my journal. And I write often. Thank You for letting me know that this is one good way for us to commune. I would commune with You often and well.

Thank You for another good day. I sometimes obsess about wanting good days, as though You didn’t also want good days for me. Help me to give YOU a good day, for You live through me, and this is a revelation that speaks to my soul.

Amen.

Let the Heart Lead

“You are now asked to do two things simultaneously: To accept the new and to deny the old. Acceptance is a willingness to receive. Obviously, when you consider this definition of acceptance, you will see that this is not the way of the old. Willingness to receive is quite contrary to the attitudes and actions with which you have led your life thus far. You were told within A Course of Love that willingness was all that was necessary for you to be able to take this Course into your heart and let it return you to your true iden¬tity. Those of you who found within this willingness an ability to receive and left behind your effort to “learn” this Course, began the work that is being continued here, the work of replacing the old patterns of learning with the new pattern of acceptance.” (ACOL, D:2.1)

“Acceptance” is a key concept of the third and final book of A Course of Love, the Dialogues. Acceptance is akin to the allowance that is described in The Way of Mastery, and it is akin to the forgiveness that is encouraged in A Course in Miracles. We are willing to allow life to go along as it will, not in passivity, but in simple acceptance of what is. This “what is” is the way that we live now. We can still change things, but we do so from consulting with our inner Self, being sure that what we do, and what we plan to do, will be in alignment with the best of creation.

Acceptance is a willingness to receive. It is true that to feel Love, or God, best, we give. But giving and receiving are one. And when we open to receive, it is made easier for us to give. We are attempting to leave behind the old, and to latch onto the new, to accept the new and to deny the old. What does this mean? It means everything to us now, for nevermore will we be living in a refusal to trust God. He would have us deny and accept, simultaneously. And so would Jesus. Jesus wants us to deny the old world that has been lost in egoism, and to start forming a newly created world. We don’t know what this will entail, but we hold ourselves in readiness, for we will know when the time to act is at hand—if we are listening to the inner Christ-Self.

Feeling the Presence of God within is the most fruitful thing that we can do at this point. Opening to God’s Love will dictate all of our present and future choices. It will make life worth living. It will give us a better life than we have ever been able to imagine. Harmony, peace, joy, serenity, compassion—all will descend upon us when we are ready. When we have accepted Christ-consciousness from our Father, God Himself.

Nobody, not even Jesus himself, knows exactly how this transformation occurs. He can give us pointers, but the pathway is different for everybody, for the subconscious differs in what needs to be healed. It is a matter of healing the subconscious that will lead to Christ-consciousness, and so time spent in prayer and meditation is time well spent. Accept that the way may still be long, but accept that it is in God’s own perfect timing that the miracle will occur. We will get over fear and judgment before the blessing arrives for us, and leaving behind these two bugaboos will mean much to our peace of mind.

Let the heart lead; let the heart inform the mind. And let the Christ-Self make the decisions, for these will be right on.

Prayer

May this time in the history of the world be a time of culmination, a working out of things that I have been led to expect for a long time. Help me to have equanimity in the midst of what may at times be chaos. May I walk a peaceful pathway. Guide me to know what to do and what not to do, anything at all that will retain peace in my mind and heart.

Be with my friends and my significant other today. And my family. I have been surrounded by love throughout my life, even when I didn’t realize this. Thank You for giving me the insight to know that Love is always and forevermore present and accounted for. Love solves any and all problems, and Love makes life worth living.

Amen.

Indwelling God

“This is akin to thinking of a god who exists outside or apart from your¬self. If you fully accepted your true identity, you would no longer look outside of yourself for guidance for you would realize that your Self is all there is. We are one body, one Christ. We are one Self.” (ACOL, D:1.23)

Surely this assertion of Jesus’s means that we have a mystical touching with God, a mystical touching that reaches into our depths. We know, from what Jesus has said elsewhere, that the Christ-Self is a part of God, this Christ-Self who we embody deep within. And he also tells (here, too) that this Self is one with all (“one body, one Christ. . . .one Self”). It takes a mystical understanding to comprehend, even a little bit, what this means. If we are One with all, we are One with God, the All, the One.

We are not omniscient, though. And we have long seen God as omniscient and omnipresent. So there are mysteries in what Jesus is saying here. The overall point is, though, that we are not to look outside ourselves, to try to pray to an external God. We look to the Self within, the part of God Who is within each of us. And we still get the guidance that we need.

Pray that God’s warmth will surround us today. Pray to be certain of His existence, maybe in a way of existence that we have never imagined before. Look within for counsel and for solace. And isn’t this better, a better concept? We could never be sure that a watchful eye from outside of us really had His attention on us, but we know better when we look within. The Self within is the core of ourselves, and our heart is the center of that Self. Let our heart tell us what we need to know today. Always let our heart tell us what we need to know.

Prayer

I thank You for this day. I thank You that I know to dwell within the center of my being as much as it is humanly possible. Your Entity is mine. You and I work together, for You live through me. Help me to give You a good day today. Help me always to give You a good day.

Amen.

Be Willing to Have It So

“This cannot be done through learning, for as you have been told, learning was the means of the separated self’s return to unity. These lessons have been given. They can be reviewed and reviewed again. They can be used as continuing lessons until you feel that learning is fully accomplished. They can serve as reminders as you continue to become the Self you have learned that you are. But further learning is not what will complete the transfor¬mation of the personal self to the elevated Self. Learning will not sustain Christ-consciousness.

“So what is it that we will now do? If I do not teach, and you do not learn, what is our continuing means for completing this transformation? As you have been shown, this will not occur by means of preparation but by means of acceptance. This will not occur by means of trying but by means of surrender.” (ACOL, D:1.17 – 1.18)

Acceptance is another way of saying “allowance,” which is the term used in The Way of Mastery. Both acceptance and allowance are another way of saying, “Be willing to have it so.” This is a very great revelation, a revelation to all that has gone unknown and unused until now. Joseph Campbell once quoted a Buddhist master as saying that his secret was to “be willing to have it so.”

Does this mean that we stand passive? Not at all. We simply accept the next right thing that our Self unveils as our direction, what we are to create next in our experience.

It has heretofore been a mystery, a sort of paradox, about how we could create our own reality—if we were to follow God’s will for us, and His will has been set forth as the only way that works. But God is within us, and the Self is a part of Him, and when we listen to that Self, we are following the highest and best that we know to create. So the seeming paradox is not really a paradox at all, but the way that we are to proceed in our lives as people who have found the right path to follow.

We don’t learn anymore from external authorities; we turn inward, and there we dialogue with Whom we will, and, of course, most importantly, we follow the promptings of the Self formed out of grace. This is our Christhood, the ultimate that we have sought to find. And when we listen to the promptings of that Self, we will lead magical lives, lives filled with grace and adventure. We will not have magical thinking, though, as A Course in Miracles points out. This use of the term “magical” implies something that is of our former insanity, our madness, when we are living the egoic self that was born out of separation from God—a separation that was purely illusory, but in which we believed faithfully. My use of the term “magical lives” is meant to connote a freedom, and a willingness to be “like the wind” (from The Way of Mastery). We know not wither we will go, and others cannot always understand us, because we are living by different lights than the world respects. We travel by our own lights, and this makes all the difference.

So we march to the beat of a different drummer. We let Love, or God, or Self, lead the way. We follow nudges to turn right or left without fail (at least most of the time, for we are still fallible creations). We are at home in God in this new way of living, and unfailingly, our part in creating a new world will be revealed as we take each step forward.

Prayer

Guide me to listen to my Self today. Let me be through with the madness of the ego, once and for all. Help me not to be too direct, if this disturbs my brothers and sisters. But never let me fail to speak well for You. I would create my own reality by following the prompting of my Self, a part of You. I pray that I will not ever be misled in this new adventure.

Thank You for a good day. As I write this, the sun is shining, the day is balmy, even though it is wintertime. Thank You for the climate in which I currently dwell. Thank You for the varying seasons of the year. Thank You for this beautiful earth that we all occupy.

Be with me throughout the day. Help me to be grateful for those things that I have heretofore taken for granted. I would take nothing for granted today.

Amen.

I Now Dwell in the Light

“I am no longer the personal self who was separate and alone.

“I am my Christ Self.
I dwell in unity.
My identity is certain.
This is the truth.
“I am not less than I once was, but more.
Where once I was empty, I now am full.
Where once I dwelt in darkness
I now dwell in the light.
Where once I had forgotten
Now I remember who I Am.
“Now I go forth
To live as who I Am within the world
To make cause and effect as one, and
Union with the Source of love and all creation the reality.” (D:1.14)

This prayer says it all, doesn’t it? We are no longer the personal or “little” self that was lost in an illusory separation from God. We are full of the Christ Self, a certain identity that emerges from within, where God dwells. We are going out into the world, now in union with God and all creation; we are creating a new world.

There is much hope in Jesus’s prayer, here beginning the Dialogues, the last part of A Course of Love. He puts faith into his dealings with us, sure that we will follow in the way that he has pointed out. He himself is simply the Atonement, and we are heading not only toward acceptance of the Atonement, but into the embodiment of Christhood, Christ-consciousness lived day by day in a newly created world. When we give Love, we will know the joy that is hidden in this prayer. It is not so much that we receive Love, as that we give it, for it is in the giving that we are created anew. Life has been chugging along at an abyssal pace, but soon what we do and say will pick up speed. We will be living a true reality, no longer lost in illusion at all.

Jesus carries us through this prayer, bit by bit, in the Dialogues. And he concludes his message with 40 days and 40 nights on a mountaintop that has come to us while we are still situated in “real life.” We don’t separate ourselves from anything or anybody, but we live on two levels at once—the mundane, daily one, and the elevated one that will predict the elevated Self of form.

We have much to look forward to as we consider this final part of ACOL.

Prayer

Be with me today as I seek to live fully in Your grace. I would long for a genuine giving of Love to others and to You, but also to myself—for if I hate myself, it is impossible to love anybody else, You included. Let me have a good, genuine love for the Self, nevermore egoic. May I be reassured that the ego is dead in me (though my best instincts are that it is still looming within me, ready to strike). May I walk humbly with You. May you teach me how to turn aside from the ego at every turn.

Thank You for offering me a good day, a day of peace and happiness, gentle joy. I offer to you my Love, as deep from my heart as I can create it.

Be with me as this day unfolds, and help me to be of assistance to my brothers and sisters. And to You, for you do need my hands and feet.

Amen.

From Self-less and Ego-less to Christ-Self

“These anti-ego tendencies are a real danger in this time. You are not called to selflessness but to Self!

“This is the transition you have felt yourself to be in. The ego is gone but the true Self has not been allowed as yet to dwell within the personal self, thus elevating the personal self. You have thus been self-less for a time and the personal self has floundered from this lack of identity. A person could literally die during this time from lack of identity, lack of cause. To die to the personal self is not what is required any longer as we work instead to elevate the personal self. This elevation occurs through the acceptance of your true identity, not through being identity-less. The reign of the ego began during just such a time of identity-less-ness. You cannot go on in such a way.” (ACOL, D:1.9 – 1.10)

I would suggest that this is the juncture that many of us occupied when we were at the conclusion of much study of A Course in Miracles. This floundering, without the ego but not knowing where else to turn, occupied many of us before Jesus channeled A Course of Love. He says definitely here that we can’t long survive ego-less, without a replacement, and he says that this replacement is the Self, the true Self who has been called the Christ, and who has dwelt deep within us for eons. Our personal, or “little,” self hindered the emergence of the Christ-Self.

Now we know better. We really do have to let the Self out to play. Effortlessly assuming our role in the new world, being created even as we speak.

This Self is the part of God Who dwells within every living thing. This is the Self who will save us now. It is about time.

Many of us have become frustrated with the promise of Awakening or Christ-consciousness, but no transformation seems on the horizon. Jesus would counsel us that there are things that we can do to make a difference, to allow Love in, to remove the blocks to Love. The Self knows how to counsel us as well, and as we retrieve broken parts of the subconscious, our way ahead brightens. All that is hindering is lodged in the subconscious mind. Let the heart inform that mind, and see what a difference it makes.

We need to recognize that just turning from the ego, without the replacement by the Christ-Self, is a dangerous place for us to occupy. Jesus even says that some, so disheartened, have died at such a point. He would not have us destroy ourselves out of frustration. He would have us walk into the fullness of our being. And we can do so today.

Prayer

I would, today, do all without my power to accept Jesus’s promise of a Christ-Self who will rule my personality. I will follow Your way, insofar as I can, but with Your help, all day long. The day will unfold gently as I realize that I am following in the way that You are pointing out.

Be with me today. May this be a good day, a stupendous day. May my limited awareness be opened up to all that You would hold out for me. This day holds much promise. Grant me the patience to see it unfold in Your good time.

Amen.

Envision a Better Future & Create It So

“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“I come to you today as co-Creator of the Self you are and the Self you hope to represent with your physical form. I come to you today not as a personal self who is “other” than you, but as a divine Self who is the same as you. In our union we bear the sameness of the Son of God. In going forth with the vision of unity you become as I was during life. You “receive” and you “give” from the well of the spirit. You need not prepare or plan, you need only to claim your inheritance, your gifts, your Self.” (ACOL, D:1.1 – 1.2)

With the quotation for today, we begin to consider the final, third, part of A Course of Love, the Dialogues. This culmination offers much solace to those who are ready to receive it. We are stepping into our own in this final part of ACOL. We are dialoguing with Jesus, assuming the same Self that he embodies, for all, at the Self level, are the same.

We do not need to prepare or plan for what we will do next. Revelation will give us our marching orders. And we most certainly don’t need to fret about what lies ahead. Our judgments and our fears need to be left in the dust at our feet. And our separation from God, healed now, will take us into a future that will ultimately be brighter than anything we have known previously.

The future of the world might not seem bright to all reading these words. Many are still going through hard times, but it is by the grace of God that we will survive, and survive well. Our emotional well-being is paramount in deciding what our future will look like. Our best scenario is a world in which people turn to the best that is within them, and that best is the Christ-Self, lying dormant in so many. If we pay attention to the words of ACOL, the Christ-Self will no longer lie dormant within ourselves.

Be gentle with ourselves. Let relaxation sweep over us. Take it easy. This harmonious frame of mind is the best one in which to envision a future of peace, and all of us want that. Envision a better future, and even if the world seems to disintegrate around us, we can know a quiet happiness, an assurance, that all will ultimately turn out well.

There is no trick to believing so. Our faith sustains us. Our trust in Jesus’s channeled words will see us through. Just don’t return to fear and judgment. Let those unfortunate traits remain in the past. And pray that Christ-consciousness, with its equanimity, will embrace us even as the arms of Jesus embrace us. The God deep within will answer every need at the point of our recognition of that need, and so there truly are no needs. Ask today for what wells up within as a need, and watch the solution form. There is no delay.
We are co-creating the future with Jesus. And he is here for us, guiding us as an equal partner in the working out of our world’s future.

Prayer

It is hard for me to see a bright future sometimes. I need Your reassurance that all will truly be well. I have been saying that, for I feel it internally, but I still need reassurance often.

May this day go well. May I be calm and relaxed, at peace, and feeling love. This is Your way for me. This is Your way for everyone.

Amen.

Miracles Are Mystery

“Creation of the new has begun. We are an interactive part of this creative act of a loving Creator. Creation is a dialogue. Creation—which is God and us in unity—will respond to our responses. Will respond to what we envision, imagine and desire. Creation of the new could not begin without you. Your willingness for the new, a willingness that included the leaving behind of the old, a willingness that included the leaving behind of fear and judgment and a separate will, was necessary to begin creation of the new. Your former willingness to accept the old but kept creation’s power harnessed to the old. Does this not make perfect sense when you realize that creation, like God, is not “other than” who you are? How could creation proceed on to the new without you?” (ACOL, T4:12.34)

An important announcement occurs in this ending portion of the Treatises of A Course of Love: that creation of the new has begun. Jesus has been very, very desirous of bringing us to this point. He doesn’t specifically say that our attainment of Christ-consciousness, sustained, is necessary for at least the beginning days of creation of the new. Certainly we have understood much from ACOL, and in particular we have understood that our heart needs to inform our mind, and then the joining (wholeheartedness) will take us forward into the unity that we need as a Self and the unity that we need with God (who is also within all that is living). Jesus emphasizes that creation of the new could not begin without us. We are embarking on a grand adventure, one that requires that we forsake the old ways of separation from God. This separation, even though actually illusory, was very real to us. But no more. We know what we must do. We must open ourselves, without judgment and fear, to the wholeheartedness that will take us home in God. It is this that prepares us for God’s reach to us, His choice to grant Christ-consciousness now rather than later.

Of course, there is mystery surrounding the bestowal of Christ-consciousness, enlightenment, Awakening, transformation. Miracles are mystery, of course, and we are not to choose which miracles we might attempt to foster. We need to let Jesus be our guide, for only he knows the miracle-readiness of our brothers and sisters. And when the miracle-readiness takes over, then the mystery of Christ-consciousness is perhaps more likely to occur.

God is not static, in the teaching of ACOL. Would it make sense that with change such a facet of our experience, God Himself would be static? Traditional Christianity taught that God was the Unmoving, but the tradition also thought that God stood outside of His handiwork, which was the universe and all who dwelt within it. Now we have come to understand, in a mystical sense, that God indwells, and that He lives through us. That He is the All, yet the One Who is one with the All. When we sense, even briefly, that God is within us, living through us, it changes everything. And this is the truth to which A Course of Love is pointing.

Our separate will must be left behind, for only in the harmony of recognizing that God’s Will and ours are identical will we have peace. We create our own reality, but that reality is flawed, and separate, as long as we don’t let the Christ-Self inform our decisions, and the Christ-Self is our little part of God. Yet the Whole is in each part, though we don’t comprehend how this might be possible. Thus we can comprehend God in a mystical sense because He is not an external Force to be reckoned with.

Give up any desire to create a reality apart from Him. More accurately, this would involve “making” a reality apart from Him. And it would be complete illusion, not something any of us want to encourage or envision. Go for the real, the real world, the true reality, and see what a difference what we are creating as reality really makes to our day-to-day life.

Prayer

Be with me today as I seek to walk a pathway back to You. This is my hope, my true dream, my mission in life—to return to You. And then to reach out to others with a Love that is informed by You.

The future ahead looks bright when we realize that You are encouraging right action on our part. We indeed have nothing to fear.

Amen.

Wonderful New World

“I do not have the answers that would continue to make of me a teacher and you a student. The answers to the elevation of the personal self and the living of Christ-consciousness in form are yet to be revealed and shared. This is the time that is before us, the time of creation of the future, the time of the creation of a future not based upon the past.” (ACOL, T4:12.32)

This quotation is a very important one in A Course of Love. Jesus’s words here explain why he won’t be our teacher anymore. He is Christ-consciousness, and he remains the “I Am” of true reality. He actually doesn’t know how our future will play out, because we (and he) are creating that reality right now. The best that Jesus can do is to lead us to that future, lead us to sustenance of Christ-consciousness, and then he does know that all will be well. There are no guarantees that we will follow his lead into Christ-consciousness, but it is indeed probable. And on this probability we rest content.

Our future will not be based on what we have known in the past, a past that we often rue. Our future will be new in every sense of the word. We will not lose Jesus in this future. He will be right here with us, embracing us, giving us love, giving us reassurance. But he is not our teacher any longer at this culmination of the Fourth Treatise in ACOL. He is much more for those of us still willing to listen. He is a companion and a partner in creating this wonderful new world.

The time of the future is yet to be revealed. We already know that Jesus will not be predictive, for probable realities differ, and there are many branches that stem from probable realities. But we can reach toward Christ-consciousness, and with this reaching forth, we will create a future that is unlike the past. We can envision a better future, and in this we have Jesus as our partner in creation. The future could not be more promising.

The self will be elevated in this new time. We will be in unity with God and humankind, in unity with heart and mind, and living in Christ-consciousness—if we are as fortunate as Jesus hopes. We will be the elevated Self of form, a new dimension of selfhood yet to be realized, but one that holds much promise for human beings who are living ultimate salvation.

Prayer

Help me today to live in the present, a present that is safe and secure, because it doesn’t partake of the fear that looking both backward and forward does. In the present moment, life is easy, for I am looking in only one direction, the direction of here and now. Thank you for guiding me to know the truth of this idea, the true reality that it is.

I would be my Self today, for my Self is courageous, peaceful, contented, and harmonious—for my Self lives in love every moment of the day. I thank You for the glimpses of this Self that You have afforded me over my lifetime. I would begin sustaining that Self sooner rather than later.

Amen.

Jesus: “I Am with You”

“Realize this without fear, for I am with you. This is akin to being stranded in a foreign land with none of the ways you learned how to adapt in the past being of service to you. That is how new this is—and more. But the differ¬ence is that you are not alone and that you are not in a foreign land but returned to your home of origin. What you cannot learn you can remember. What you cannot learn will simply be known through sharing.” (ACOL, T4:12.26)

“I am with you,” Jesus says. Traditional Christianity has said the same. An inspirational writer of the last century, Norman Vincent Peale, told many stories of sensing that Jesus was with an ill person, or one who was upset or conflicted. He recommended, even, that one pull up a chair to one’s bed, imagining that Jesus was sitting by the bed all the night through. His parishioners, some of them, tried it, and they became true believers that there was something going on with this advice. Jesus seemed really to be present.

A Course in Miracles also says the same thing, in other words. Jesus says to imagine that he is holding our hand as we walk along, and he continues by saying that this will be no “idle fantasy.”

I have sensed Jesus’s presence on two occasions in the past two days. Or so I imagined. There is power in these statements of his. Apparently he can clone himself to be with anyone, anytime. And the warmth that emanates from his personality is heartwarming, indeed.

We are creating the new, now. We are heading into Christ-consciousness, if we are not there already. And we are not stranded in a foreign land (though Jesus would be there for us as well). We are finally at home.

And all is well.

Prayer

Thank You for giving me the sense of Jesus’s presence in recent days. This gesture is much appreciated. I long for a calm and relaxed demeanor that can handle any occurrence. And by imagining Jesus at my side, I come close to that desire.

Be with me today, as always. Help me to have good energy, to be ready and willing to do all that I can to relieve the burdens of my brothers and sisters. May they sense your Presence, as well as the presence of Jesus. This is not false thinking. And my future will bear it out.

Amen.

New Consciousness Takes Hold

“The new patterns of sharing in unity and relationship and thus creating unity and relationship are only now being created by the one mind and heart that you share in unity with God. You will be the co-creator of the new pattern of consciousness that is sharing in unity and relationship, as you were once the co-creator of the pattern of consciousness that was learning.” (ACOL, T4:12.21)

“Unity and relationship” is a theme that is repeated quite often in A Course of Love. My interpretation of it is that we are all one, one with ourselves (heart and mind), and one with God, and one with our brothers and sisters. God is the All, the One, and our Christ-Self is a unity joined with Him. Yet we are in relationship, shared relationship with all that we know as one. If it weren’t for the relationship, we wouldn’t know anything, for differentiation or individuation is necessary for the All, the One, God, to know Himself. Our Christ-Self is shared with everyone, so that we are one Self.

These theological issues do not need to be fully understood for us to get the gist of them. We can know that we are united with all that exists, and yet we are differentiated into parts, in relationship with each of those parts individually. We can know something of the mystical import of those words, “unity and relationship,” by pondering their meaning in our heart. Our heart doesn’t need proof of God’s existence in the way that the mind sometimes seeks. Our heart knows in a way that the mind cannot, unless and until true reality has been taught the mind by the heart.

We are embedded in a consciousness that is somewhat new, in that we are sharing with one another, whereas as previously, we sought to know what we knew by learning from presumed authorities. Now we look within for verification of what is true and good, and when we look within, we find the guidance that we have long needed. This time, rather than the Holy Spirit, an intermediary between God and ourselves, we find guidance from our real Christ-Self, that which is merged with God, no longer afraid of Him as though he were Someone separate from us. He is not separate; our unity with Him is among the greatest of the tenets that ACOL shares with us, tenets of knowledge, always, not tenets formed from perception which may be faulty.

Share with our brothers and sisters in this Christmas season. Know the joy that can come from feeling God’s Presence deep within us. His warmth soothes the most troubled breast, for His solace is never-ending, always constant. If troubles come, know that they will pass when we create a new world. The things that happen that previously would have been considered troubles, difficulties, or problems, will seem mere trifles then. Our better future is assured. We need seek no longer. When we look within, to heart and mind joined, we know that we have found.

Prayer

Thank You for the warmth that I have sensed in my life today. I feel close to Jesus as I read his channeled words, and as I take those channeled words unto myself and make them my own credo.

Thank You for this good day. Help me to be worthy of Your love, though I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that You love me, regardless of any and all mistakes that I make. Thank You for your steadfastness. Forgive the eons that may have passed when I turned away, lost in dreams and illusions. I would come home today, I would re-surrender to You each day, and I would be the woman whom You wish me to be.

Amen.

Joyous Challenges

“Pass on no more of the prevailing learned wisdom. I told you once we would create a new language and thus we shall! We are creators of the new and we must start somewhere. Why not here?

“Think and speak no more of the suffering of the past. Spread the joyous news! Tell only joyous stories. Advance the idea of joyous challenges that allow for all the creativity you have put into challenges of the past but without the struggle. Let not the idea of struggle take hold in the new. Let not the idea of fear take hold in the new. Let not the idea of judgment take hold in the new. Announce far and wide freedom from the old ideas, the learned wisdom of old. What could be more invigorating, more challenging, more stimulating to your enrichment, than throwing out the old and begin¬ning again? And doing so without effort, without struggle. What could be more looked forward to than the chance to create the new through sharing in unity and relationship with your brothers and sisters in Christ?” (ACOL, T4:12.17 – 12.18)

We are in a new era, learning in a new way. And the quotation for today just sound joyous to read it! We will listen to guidance from within, the guidance that comes from the Christ-Self, the part of God who dwells within. This guidance will take us forward into a new time. It will tell us what to do to create a new world, for Jesus is never specific in A Course of Love. He never tries to be proscriptive; he is letting us listen to our own interpretations of truth, of true reality, and not trying to influence any and all guidance that each of us receives personally.

This is an important point, that Jesus is not trying to influence what we think. He is certain, and reassured, that God will take us by the hand and lead us into a new world of our own creation. Jesus says in The Way of Mastery that he just put his mind to the task of atonement, intended that, and then let the movement of what would happen come about. Jesus knows that there are forces even beyond him. God is that Force. And we are well to realize that we are one with God.

Listen to our internal guidance today, and every day. If we listen well, we will never be misled. Allow the thoughts and feelings to come to the surface, being certain to let the heart influence the mind. We are beyond the ego now, and it behooves us to let a new way of reacting take over.

Our heart, one with the All, and all of our brothers and sisters, will guide us surely. And we would have it no other way. No struggle, just peace.

Prayer

I would cease useless struggle today. I would know, always, that when I turn within, to You, I am made peaceful. Calmness steals over me, and I know that all is well. Thank You for this new way of living. Thank You for Jesus’s guidance.

Be with me today, to walk into a new future that will be unlike the past, keeping only what was good and true from the past. Thank You for providing me with the solace, always, that I need. And thank You for the guidance from my Self that solves any and all problems, even at the point of recognizing those problems.

Amen.

A COURSE OF LOVE: AN OVERVIEW – NEW FROM TAKE HEART PUBLICATIONS

Celia Hales (writer of this blog) has just published a little 48 – page book entitled A Course of Love: An Overview, with Take Heart Publications, the publisher of A Course of Love, Glenn Hovemann, publisher.

Please visit the A Course of Love website for ordering information. It is available as a paperback and an e-book for $3.95. (Scroll downward on the ACOL web site after viewing the new images.)

Here is an excerpt from the preface of the booklet on my introduction to Mari:

The year was 2004, three years after Mari Perron had published the first part of f A Course of Love (also known by its acronym, ACOL) with New World Library. Like Mari, I was living in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. And, like Mari, I was a seeker.

Some time had gone by since I had purchased and read the New World edition. But I found myself interested in having a conversation with Mari about A Course of Love, in part about the assertion I had read that Jesus had channeled this new work. We met over coffee. She was charming and articulate, but unassuming, just a “regular” person. We were deep in conversation for over an hour.

Mari’s daughter Mia came over to greet us. Mari lamented that A Course of Love had not “taken off” the way that she would have liked. Mia said something prophetic: She said that it took a while for A Course in Miracles to take off, and that it would just take some time for A Course of Love to become known as well.
As our conversation continued, Mari said, “I have been praying that someone would come to me to help me get the word out about A Course of Love.”
I was stunned. Mari thought that I was an answer to her prayer.

I thought she had the wrong person. I was A Course in Miracles enthusiast, and I thought that she needed a younger generation to come along and help her.

Now, twelve years later and seven years into writing a blog on both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, I think Mari might have been right all along. Right about a mission for me, right about Jesus as the one who channeled to her.

Now many others are drawn to ACOL, due largely to Glenn Hovemann’s Take Heart Publications and the new combined volume. Yes, Jesus’s professed “continuation” of A Course in Miracles has an ever-widening and increasingly enthusiastic audience.

To my mind Jesus had “unfinished business” with us after A Course in Miracles. A Course of Love answers many of the questions that we have had after reading A Course in Miracles. Now Jesus not only takes us by the hand and leads us beyond the ego, but he tells us how to establish a new identity—in this body but beyond this body, the “elevated Self of form.”

We are on the threshold of a newly created world. The Voice that Mari heard as “thoughts she did not ‘think,” (D:12.11) now made available to us in A Course of Love, counsels us to transform ourselves and our world.

Thank you for your interest.

–Celia

Joyous Moments

“Why was this so? You eagerly awaited each learning challenge in the hopes that it would bring you to the state in which you now abide! You dreaded each learning challenge because you feared that it would not bring you to this state and that you would continue to need to learn, and to perhaps suffer from, the conditions of learning!

“You have arrived! The long journey that brought you here is over. Grow not impatient or desirous of a return to journeying before you begin to expe¬rience the joy of sharing and the new challenges of creating the new! This will be joyous journeying and your challenges will be joyous challenges!” (ACOL, T4:12.14 – 12.15)

We have reached a point of culmination, deep in the fourth Treatise for A Course of Love. We are giving up traditional learning of spiritual matters by reading widely, but this is only because this wide reading is normally done because we are still seeking. Reading widely doesn’t matter, if we can convince ourselves, now and forever, that we have indeed found. And Jesus makes it plain that when we turn to our heart, and let it lead our mind, leading into sharing with our brothers and sisters, that we have found what we sought.

We find this difficult to believe because habits die hard. We have sought to learn of spiritual matters through our reading as long as we have known how to read and write, as long as we have presumed to be on the spiritual pathway. Now we can indeed just stop a bit from our obsession with learning, and realize that that which we sought has been found. Christ-consciousness is only a hairbreadth away, though there is no time, and so the days, weeks, months, or years ahead do not matter.

Today’s quotation calls for a little celebration! We have been taught much by Jesus in A Course of Love, and we will now know him as a companion and partner in the mission to create a new world on earth.

Let us get a good start today.

Prayer

It is easy to fulfill Jesus’s desires, if we realize that effort is not required or even considered desirable. We listen to our internal guidance, and then we know what to do. It is just that easy. If we are resistant, we need to tell ourselves that we are getting the worst end of the bargain. Your dictates always have our best interests in mind.

Thank You for a good day, all day long. Be with me as the day ends, and night moves on toward sleep. Your constant care is always with me, 24/7. A blessing beyond belief, but I do believe it.

Amen.

Healing for the Subconscious Mind

“Only you can leave these conditions behind. The only way to do so is to, for a short while, be vigilant of your thought patterns so that you eradicate the idea of learning in separation and replace it with the idea of sharing in unity. Learning is a condition of the separated self, which is why it is no longer needed. You will not fully realize unity while you continue to hang on to this condition of the separation.” (ACOL, T4:12.10)

This quotation for today holds a strong warning to us. If we persist in the notion that learning is desirable, and adapt ourselves to methods that best served us in the days of separation, we won’t realize the great blessing of unity with God, the great blessing of Christ-consciousness. While nobody can give us a roadmap that will culminate in Christ-consciousness, we can know what we do that will hinder its coming. And learning is here set forth as one of those impediments.

We also know that removing the blocks to the awareness of love is the single most important aspect of what we can do to hurry Christ-consciousness. These blocks are the egotistical aspects of our persona, our personal self, those patterns of the ego that will persist if not deliberately turned from. The way back to God is not difficult, but it is just that no two paths are the same, for we are going into the subconscious and reversing long years of conditioning that have kept us locked in an illusory separation from God, but a separation that has tied us to misery.

These subconscious wishes and feelings need to be met head-on, not denied. And because they differ for each of us, nobody can dictate what any one person must consider. Contemplation and meditation, prayer and silence, will allow these subconscious imaginings to surface, and so time spent in silence is time well spent. Aside from this, there is little that one can advise.

But take heart. Jesus is working with our subconscious. God is taking us by the hand and taking us home. We have nothing to fear. Once this journey homeward is begun, the end is certain. And all of us are on the pathway back. Remembrance of what was true eons ago will surface, and sooner rather than later. We need merely drop judgment and fear, and leaving these behind will pave the way for a brighter future, a future of Christ-consciousness.

Let the subconscious rise to the surface and be healed. Spend time today in contemplation, and see if echoes of the past don’t come up. These echoes are what need to be healed. And once contemplated, the healing is already accomplished.

Prayer

Allow me to dwell, with You, in silence today, in an effort to clear my mind of foggy notions. I would heal my subconscious mind. I know that I will drop judgment and fear when I realize that they are notions that only hold me back from You. I wish today for a new beginning. Guide me to that end.

Thank You for another bright and sunny day. Help me to be appreciative for all that You have given me, for gratitude is a great healer. Ingratitude ties me to the past and its mistakes, and I would be free of past mistakes today.

Amen.

Surprised by Joy

“Two changes of enormous proportions are upon you. The first is the end of learning, the ramifications of which will only slowly occur to your mind and be surprising revelations there. The second is the beginning of sharing in unity, a change that your heart will gladly accept but that your mind, once again, will be continuously surprised to encounter.

“Take delight in these surprises. Laugh and be joyous. You no longer have a need to figure things out. Surprises cannot be figured out! They are meant to be joyous gifts being constantly revealed. Gifts that need only be received and responded to.” (ACOL, T4:12.5 – 12.6)

We have a time of joy ahead of us. We are giving up learning from the wisdom of past ages in favor of listening to the guidance that comes to us from our Christ-Self, or divine guidance from the part of Self Who is God. And we are now fast heading for unity, which is the union of heart and mind into wholeheartedness, also known as the unity of God and Self. When said in this way, the changes may sound complicated and difficult to understand, but actually, when we are in the flow of greater life, the changes will be effortless. We no longer need to work hard to try to deserve God’s mercy; we know now that God’s mercy is a free offer, part of our inheritance, and the way that we will walk smoothly along a pathway all golden. We give up our struggles, and just rest in peace. We will be told all that we need to know, at the point of needing to know it.

In assuming this new identity of Christ-consciousness, we will find ourselves continually surprised by joy. We will be at first amazed that life can be so good. All of this new life is given us with no payment in return. We are just asked to give up the ego and its deadening concerns and worries. Let happiness overtake us. Let life be lived by God through us. No longer in insanity, we will walk a green earth. If anything happens that would formerly have been troubling, know that we will now accept any adversity with a new equanimity. We know that we are loved, and loved mightily. We have nothing to fear.

We need only accept gifts of great value from God Himself. We didn’t have to earn these gifts; they come to us out of love that we are only asked to share with our brothers and sisters. And ourselves, for if we don’t accept ourselves, we still have blocks to the awareness of love.

Enjoy the surprises that this new way of life brings to us. Relax and be carefree. Inner peace will overwhelm us, and with that worry and anxieties are left out in the cold.

Prayer

May I welcome Your joy today. May I cease trying to please so much, for as Your child, I am fully accepted when I don’t let my old insanity creep in. The way to a new life is given me today.

Thank You.

Amen.

Creating a Future Unlike the Past

“This is the beginning of our co-creation. Do not seek for me to impart knowledge to you in these concluding words. Absorb the following pages as a memory returned to your reunited heart and mind. No longer regard me as an authority to whom you turn, but as an equal partner in the creation of the future through the sustainability of Christ-consciousness.” (ACOL, T4:11.5)

In the concluding pages of A Course of Love, Jesus sees us as an equal with him, partners, companions, friends. No longer are we to see him as our teacher, imparting knowledge about the future, for he specifically states that ACOL will not be predictive. He is Christ-consciousness, as he hopes that we will be—and soon, if not already. Christ-consciousness is “what is,” and therefore does not pretend to predict from all the probable futures which one we will inhabit. Many of us will inhabit different probably realities, meaning that the psychic is rendered null and void.

What does “co-creation” mean? We are working with Jesus to create a new world. At least this is his hope. We are remembering how creation really is, a remembrance that goes back to the point where memory fails us. We are going back to the beginning, a journey that A Course in Miracles suggests also. We are retracing steps that we have taken previously, going back in time. Time is like a giant carpet that is being rolled up.

This is part of the theology of ACIM and ACOL, and perhaps theology will only delay us, for we cannot all agree on theology. In ACIM, Jesus tells us that a universal theology is impossible, but that a universal experience is not only necessary, but required. We are living that universal experience now. We are fast traveling home.

Jesus hopes for the sustainability of Christ-consciousness in us. He does not want us simply to see fleeting glimpses. The world needs us now. Our part is to remove the blocks to our awareness of Love. And Love is God. God is trying to get through to us, to live through us (as He has always done). No longer insane, we will see a brighter future of no imprisoned will when we follow His guidance. Our wills have been imprisoned as long as we thought that everything and everyone in the world would have to change instead of us. That created our imprisonment. Now our perceptions are being cleansed, leading to knowledge, which is true reality. And we are being changed, first slowly, and then in a rapidly increasing manner. A crescendo of change is upon us. Are we ready?

Prayer

I would do my part, insofar as I am able, to remove the blocks to the awareness of Love. But I am finite, and I can achieve this only if You show me how. Completely and totally. I will be like putty in Your hands, if You wish it. I will be malleable. I will do as You say, but please, dear God, keep my mind from misconceptions as I walk ever closer to You, ever straighter toward the end that You seek in me.

Be with me today as I seek Your guidance to know how to love, fully and completely. Keep my fears in check. Indeed, if it is Your will, drop them from me entirely.

Thank You.

Amen.

Lesson of the Birds of the Air

“Expression of the Self of love in form is not something that can be learned. It is something that can only be lived. This is the time of the fulfillment of the lesson of the birds of the air who neither sow nor reap but sing a song of gladness. Expression of the Self of love is the natural state of being of those who have moved beyond learning to creating through unity and relationship.” (ACOL, T4:10.12)

A time of fulfillment! What great tidings are here for this holiday season. I have always been drawn to the lesson of the birds of the air, who do not sow nor reap, but who are cared for by our Father. Now we are being asked to truly learn this lesson, to take it unto ourselves and apply it to ourselves. That doesn’t mean that we will quit our jobs, but that they will not take center place with us any longer. We will trust in a Higher Power to keep us safe. And safe He does keep us. If our minds are clear, and we don’t dip into negativism, we will know a grace that surpasses anything and everything we have known before. We will be like those birds, free to soar through the skies. And all will be well on our flight.

If we express love, we are expressing our natural state of being. The ego is now long gone, though its patterns may remain. We may be tempted to fall back into habits of thinking, areas of mind and heart, that saw a persona take hold of us. We need not to do thus. We need to realize that our new persona, honed of unity and relationship with our brothers and sisters, and God Himself, will take us where we want to go. Home to God, yet staying on this earth, making a difference in the lives surrounding us.

Ask to be “natural” today. Ask to drop patterns, habits, of the ego that still threaten to encircle, to trap us in tentacles that would squeeze the real life out of us. If we love, we will easily step out of those tentacles. They will just fall off, never to entwine themselves around us again. And all will be well with us.

Prayer

Be with me today as I seek to live naturally, without fear and trembling. The way back is strewn with flowers, and I would smell that glorious scent today. Help me to remember to thank You for the blessings that rain down upon me. Thank You now, I do say to You.

Help my nearest and dearest to have good days. May I do what I can to smooth the way of those near—and far. The blessings of a good God surround us all.

Amen.

Relationships Have Present Moment Meaning

“In keeping with your new self-centered focus on what life has had to teach you, you have also seen your relationships as teachers. It is here that you can begin to learn to let go of learning because it is here that learning has been least practiced through the means of studying.

“Relationship happens in the present moment. Studying takes up resi¬dence within the student; there to be mulled over, committed to memory, integrated into new behaviors. Relationship recognizes that love is the greatest teacher. Studying places the power of the teacher in a place other than that of love. Relationship happens as it happens. Studying is about future outcome. What happens in relationship has present moment meaning. What is studied has potential meaning.” (ACOL, T4:10.4 – 10.5)

In trying to get us to see that learning is over for us, Jesus focuses on our relationships, explaining that we have not normally “studied” our relationships; they have just happened as they have happened.

Perhaps it would be useful to return to A Course in Miracles a moment. Our relationship to our brother was seen as the greatest single aspect of what would lead us home. When we forgave our brother, we were touching heaven’s gate. Our special relationships, transformed into holy relationships, were seen as the fastest route to Awakening (called Christ-consciousness in A Course of Love).

Now we are seeing that focusing on our relationships will help us to see why learning is no longer recommended by Jesus. He thinks that we have gotten all we can from the learned wisdom of the past. He focuses now on what revelation from God can give us, revelation that makes its way from the Christ-Self, who is located deep within us and is a part of God. This Christ-Self is our new Self, our new source of guidance. For the first time in eons, we are letting this identity of ours come out to play.

We will learn from the Christ-Self and its relationships what Love is all about. And God, as we know, is Love. We don’t need to seek anymore, though seeking is a habit that at first is hard to drop. But seeking is so unnecessary, for with the Christ-Self and its guidance we have found. Just as in ACIM, now in reading ACOL we will first turn to our relationships to understand that additional learning is not necessary, and is even undesirable.

Turn to the Self within. Let it teach what it can. Let God’s living through us come through loud and clear. And let our relationships with our significant others lead the way.

Prayer

I enjoy feeling comfortable with my most significant others. I love the feeling of warmth that this love gives me. And it leads me to God’s Love, for it has always been through my relationships of love that I have developed a closer walk with God. Now is no different from times past. Now everything is coming together.

Help me to walk in a comfortable fashion today. This embraces Love—God—as well as God’s peace that passeth understanding. The day looks bright, even though there is rain outside. Everyday spent with God is bright.

Amen.

Intuitive Glimpses

“This Course has led you through resigning as your own teacher, to becoming a true student, and to now leading you beyond the time of being a student to the realization of your accomplishment. You were once comfort¬able being your own teacher. You willingly gave up this role and became comfortable in the true role of learner. You are now asked to be willing to give up the role of learner and to believe that you will become comfortable and more in your new role as the accomplished.” (ACOL, T4:10.1)

If we see the “accomplished” in egoic fashion, we will develop a new ego to replace the one that we relinquished. And this would do us no good at all. If we see the “accomplished” as Jesus means it, as evidence of a Christ-Self who has emerged from deep within our mind and heart, we will not feel the ego at all; we will just recognize the truth of what he says, and we will newly listen to this Christ-Self as the source of our guidance.

We are living in the time of Christ now, and we give up learning from the wisdom of old. We listen to revelation from God Himself, in the moment, planning thrust aside. Living in the time of Christ, the new time, means that we don’t have an intermediary between God and ourselves; the Holy Spirit fulfilled that role when we were too fearful of God to listen to Him. But we don’t fear in the same way anymore. Our egos feared; our Christ-Self does not.

We will still feel the pattern of the ego when we approach enlightenment, Christ-consciousness. Our fear is thrusting up from layers of the mind that have become accustomed to fear. But the egoic fear is gone. We trust in a way that we have not heretofore. We know God in a way that we have not heretofore.

Listen well to the advice of what feels like guidance. These intuitive glimpses will stand us in good stead now. We will listen and be forewarned when we would best avoid certain issues. But we will listen and be relaxed when we hear things that previously would have aroused great fear within us; now we will not be moved.

The way back is assured when we listen to God’s guidance as seen through the lens of the Christ-Self. Listen well today, and be welcomed into His arms.

Prayer

I thank You for guiding me with great delicacy. I thank You for taking away from my fears with great certainty. I can contemplate changes that previously would have been overwhelming. Now I am tired of any and all suffering, and I would do what I have to do to reach a greater rapport with You. I would reach Christ-consciousness when You say the word, and I ask that You look kindly on me. Thank You for the glimpses that You have given to me. These glimpses assure me that Christ-consciousness is not something to fear through drama and tears; Christ-consciousness can be peace-evoking in the extreme. And I ask for that peace of Yours today.

Amen.

Embrace the New Time

“You have felt this time coming. You have realized that your learning has reached an end point. The excitement of new learning is not lasting because it is not new. You have begun to see that all messages of the truth say the same thing but in different ways. There seems to be nothing new to be said, nothing to move you beyond this point that you have reached in your under¬standing of the truth. All the learning that you have done seems to leave you ready to change and able to change in certain ways that make life easier or more peaceful, but certainly not able to realize the transformation that your learning has seemed to promise.

“Do not accept this lack of fulfillment of a promise that has surely been made! Rejoice that the new time is here and be ready to embrace it as it embraces you!” (ACOL, T4:9.5 – 9.6)

Jesus is full of reassurances and promises in the quotation for today. He knows that we have reached an end point in our learning, an end point in our seeking. We have sought long and hard in the learned wisdom of the ages, and our habit of seeking has a tendency to stay with us. But we are to turn aside from this habit, not in resistance (which would make the habit stronger), but just in a gentle shift away from it. We are in a new time now. We are in the time of Christ. And that makes all things better.

Why did we seek so long and hard? We were dissatisfied with what we had been taught, and we thought we needed to strike out on our own. We especially sought channeled works, as these seemed to be evidence of a life on the Other Side, and evidence of greater knowledge on the part of those channeling.

Whether or not there was greater knowledge is debatable, but surely we can believe that there is in the case of Jesus’s channeled writings. Many of us believe that A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, and The Way of Mastery are his latest pronouncements to us. Many read my blog who don’t believe that Jesus is the channeler, but they still believe that the understanding in the quotations is genuine. All of this does not matter, but Jesus has indicated that we will get so much more out of what we are reading if we believe that he is the source, that we accept him as the one leading us out of the abyss.

Turn to our inner Self today. That is the source of guidance, the part of us that is part of God. Try to believe, even for a moment, that this turning inward will solve all our problems. New ones may crop up, but these too will be solved when we take an inward glance.

Be willing today to take that inward glance.

Prayer

I turn to You in five minutes of sitting quietly. And this sets me on the right track for my day. Sometimes I want to return to another five minutes, or I want to extend the five minutes to the more normal twenty. It does not matter. Whatever works to lead me back to You is what I want to do.

Help me to have peace in my world today. May I seek You whenever and wherever that peace is threatened. Thank You for always, always and only, being here for me.

Amen.

Visualizations Transform Our Experience

“But now the time is upon you to leave learned works behind in favor of observation, vision and revelation. Now is the time to leave behind study for imagining, envisioning, and desire. Now is the time to move out of the time of becoming who you are to the time of being who you are.” (ACOL, T4:9.4)

The time that Jesus is saying before us now is a time that can be loosely described as visualization, paying attention to that which is within and which we wish to create outside of ourselves. While the word “visualization” usually means just imagining a scene and evoking the senses in the imagination, I am using the word now to be something grander. A way of creating what scene we will walk through next. A way of knowing God’s—however we understand Him—will, and incorporating our understanding of that will through our own somewhat smaller creative realm. The usual definition of visualization is of what we hope to find in our future. But what we hope to find in our future becomes concrete when we bend our will to that of that Father, and then move into creating the ideas that He has planted in our mind and heart.

These words—observation, vision, revelation, and imagining, envisioning, desire—are important to life as it will unfold for us when we are living in Christ-consciousness. Though we know that we create our own reality, in Christ-consciousness we will look for a flow to our days that meshes with that higher vision of God Himself. And there is a world of difference between just creating our wishes and melding our desires to His. God, however we understand Him, knows far better than we do what will make us happy, what will make our brothers and sisters happy. And how we can act on choices that will improve the lives of ourselves and others without any damage to anybody at all. We choose the highest that can be when we listen for divine guidance in our visualizations. We choose the best that is out there.

Maybe we are all getting a little tired of having an imprisoned will, for conflict reigns when we go in one direction and our God goes in another. Our Christ-Self can merge these two separate wills into one, leading us to want what God wants for us. We are never better than when we are flowing with the Divine in daily life. Our daily lives take on a genuine, heartfelt magic that is magic in the best sense of the term. Magic that is not illusion, but true reality. Magic that gives us our heart’s desire—its real desire.

Suffering will fall away, for we will be supported by the universe, no longer going in one direction when the universe is heading in another. Suffering is borne of conflict, at its base. And when this unreal conflict is dropped from our emotion, we will know that our peace is now real, that it is the peace that passeth understanding.

Prayer

Thank You for leading me to understand that I am just tired of suffering in any and all forms. I bend my will to Your bidding, because this is the way that peace envelops me, and I have flow to my days, joy to my nights. I have always been my own worst enemy, and this phenomenon is true for all of us. Let us reframe our days to walk into harmony with our brothers and sisters. When we serve them best, we also serve ourselves and God best.

Thank You for answering my prayer of yesterday. It is so easy to accept an answer, and then forget that that answer is an answer to prayer. I would not forget today.

Amen.