“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.
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.