Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Blessings of Certainty

“Now that you are coming to a more clear idea of what the “thoughts” that come to you from unity may be like, you will undoubtedly realize this: You have had such thoughts already, thoughts that came to you with an authority that you are not used to—thoughts that you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, are true or right or accurate. They may be simple thoughts about a situation in which you are involved, or about the situation of another. Or they may be profound insights into your Self or the nature of the world.” (ACOL, D:12.14)

When we have real certainty about something, Jesus says here that we are likely getting this certainty from union with the Self, the Self beyond the body. Of course, we can be wrong, but Jesus indicates that this is less likely now than it might have been in the past. And we can be grateful for this, for false certainty impedes us.

I once knew something with great certainty, and then the certainty, over time, fell away. Now, reading Jesus’s words, I wonder if I were right all along, just misguided in the terminology that I used in assessing the situation in the beginning. Words can get us into trouble about our certainty. We need to use words as accurately as they come to us. “Relationship,” for example, may be a more accurate term to use in some situations than “marriage.” “Relationship,” even a fleeting one, can be as transforming as anything else we encounter in this life. And I use this example because so many of us have gotten hung up over romantic entanglements.

Invite certainty. Jesus says elsewhere that it is sane to be certain of things in our world—even “our” world. It says that it is insane not to be certain of anything. And all of us have been lost in insanity, but we have a way out now. And I can name two ways out: A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. (There may be others, including The Way of Mastery.) Jesus is speaking to us in a way that he did not for many generations, and we ought to be grateful for that.

We are ready to hear him now. That, in my opinion, is why his words are emerging.

Prayer

I would invite certainty into my life today. I have not previously thought very much about certainty, but I have, unwittingly, thought “uncertainty.” Thank You for guiding Jesus to say these words that I read today in the quotation. Thank You for guiding me to understand these words.

Help us to really know You today. When I turn over my life anew every day, I know a peace that other days lack. This ought to tell me something about the advantages of re-surrendering to You each morning.

Amen.

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Quiet Our Minds

“What I am striving to help you see, once again, is that union isn’t achieved with a flash of light from above, but that it quietly infiltrates the dot of the self in its unguarded moments. I am attempting to help you to become aware and comfortable with the idea that, released of old patterns, the self will join with unity more and more frequently, until finally you will sustain Christ consciousness and live in the world as the elevated Self of form.” (ACOL, D:12.12)

This quotation is the pattern, how we will, most of us, reach Christ-consciousness. Most people don’t have a sudden descending of Awakening (some do). We will quiet our minds, let the Self of union infiltrate our minds (and hearts), and then the little, or personal self, the dot of the body, will know union, and this union is another way of speaking of Christ-consciousness.

Waiting can be frustrating. But it gets us nowhere. We can be assured that Jesus is as anxious for us to reach Christ-consciousness as we have ever been. He see the negativity in this world, and the turmoil and suffering that this negativity brings about. He wants this to change. He is channeling to many in this world, right now, to turn things around. When we cooperate by having quiet times, stilling our minds, we invite the Self of union to reach us in our form (though this is all a mystical experience).

God will Himself reach down, metaphorically, and lift us up. Yet this is actually coming from within, for God, our part of Him, is within, deep in our Self, the Self who is just now coming to its own in us. When we unite with the larger Self, the Self of union, we are uniting with all living things, including, of course, our brothers and sisters. And we will get glimpses of this union, probably, before it is maintained and sustained. The sustenance is what Jesus is aiming for, for without sustenance of Christ-consciousness, we are very unstable in our reactions.

Be gentle with ourselves. We have a long way to go, but we have also come a long way. And Jesus is always with us, holding our hand, when we ask for his presence.

Prayer

May this be a good day, free of neuroses. Neuroses are a form of insanity, and I would leave any and all insanity behind me in the dust below my feet. Thank You for offering me consolation always. I need solace often in the mornings. And You are here to give it to me.

Be with my brothers and sisters. May they have good days also. May we embrace each other with the arms of brotherhood.

Amen.

Contemplate Gently Today

“Let us now consider “thinking” to be the active and often unwelcome voice “in your head,” the voice of background chatter. And let us consider your “thoughts” to be the more meditative version of your “thinking,” often even resulting in a conclusion to your thinking, a summary of the finer points, as what might come to you in a reflective moment at the end of the day. Again we will see the idea of thoughts “coming to you” at such times. This is not the “thinking” of a conflicted and struggling mind, but the “thoughts” of a mind at rest.” (ACOL, D:12.10)

This quotation is a snippet in a longer discussion of the art of thought, and how we need to deemphasize (even eliminate) the “thinking” aspect of what our minds do, for we are often analyzing, not listening to inspiration. “Thoughts,” as in the lengthy chapter in A Course of Love entitled, “The Art of Thought,” is meant to mean a number of things: miracle-mindedness, miracle-readiness, miracles (just for themselves), and prayer (constant). Our thought processes as we head into Christ-consciousness are about to slow down drastically, so much so that it is harbinger of having made the great transformation of Awakening, enlightenment.

Jesus uses the words “thinking” and “thought” a little differently than the dictionary definitions, of course, but his reasoning is impeccable. We will let the matters of our concern rest lightly on our minds and hearts as we proceed along the path of transformation. We won’t stop the flow of lightly-held thought, but we stop plugging it up and analyzing stray thinking. We dam up our thought processes, and we are even tempting the ego back into our minds when we screw up our foreheads and “think.”

Jesus tells us that he doesn’t think in the same way that we do; he doesn’t “think” at all. He doesn’t explain exactly what he means by this, but it is clear that he encourages us to live intuitively, and this is a way of living that discounts intellectual reasoning power. Our intellect so often deceives us! We think we are just so very smart, and such thinking is so of the ego that we recognize that we are thinking amiss.

Let thought rest lightly, as the miracles as expressions of love comes to us to be performed. Jesus will guide us as to what miracles to perform; we are always to ask. Our Self, the same Self who we share with Jesus and all our brothers and sisters, will respond with an answer. Our Self of union, in A Course of Love, is the way that we know what to think, say, and do. As noted earlier, we have moved beyond the Holy Spirit as an intermediary between God and ourselves, and we can get guidance directly from the Self who is a part of God, the Self who has dwelled deep within as long as we have existed as beings created by God.

So: Contemplate gently today. Let the mind rest, knowing that what we need to say and do will occur by means beyond ourselves. We don’t need to struggle with the events of our lives. Our insight, often felt as intuition, will tell us all that we need to know.

Prayer

Be with me today as I seek to give my mind a rest. Let my heart come to the forefront. Let my heart truly live, for its ways are informing my mind—and to great benefit for me. May my expressions of love to my significant others smooth their way today. May my expressions of love be a constant, daily thing.

Thank You for this good day. I rejoice in the day that You have created.

Amen.

Seek Inner Wisdom

“You may have pictured the person who first received these words as receiving them either through her thoughts or through her ears, as in the idea of “hearing” words. The receiver of these words, in fact, “hears” these words as thoughts. They are not “her” thoughts, but they also are not sepa¬rate from her. How can this be?

“They are, quite simply, not the separated thoughts of the separated thought system.” (ACOL, D:12.2 – 12.3)

Mari heard an internal voice, one that she believed (and has since been borne out) was Jesus. Helen received dictation for A Course in Miracles in exactly the same way. It might be more accurate to say the “impression” of a voice, for there was nothing audible. And Mari, as Jesus said, was hearing these words as thoughts that she knew did not originate from her personal mind. We can extrapolate from what Jesus says next in this quotation that Mari was in unity when she was listening to these “thoughts.” She had a united mind and heart, and her Self was available to her: “not the separated thoughts of the separated thought system.”

We can do the same, though the voice that we will hear will not necessarily be Jesus. Though he has promised to be with us when we call, not all of us call all the time, and, of course, how he can be with everybody who calls is a mystery that is beyond the scope of what we can know on this earth. Let the imagination have free rein. Write a question in a journal, and then “listen” for an answer. Just be free with this. Write what seems to come, using the vast powers of our imagination. A awakened individual I know would say that this is Inner Wisdom, and, of course, another way to say that is that it is the Self coming out to play, the Self newly emerging from the depths now that we have let go of our ego and are eager to see true reality. Julia Cameron, of fame as a writing teacher as well as a working artist (The Artist’s Way, etc.), suggests just the technique that I am here recommending. She says that we will get an indication of how to dialogue with our inner being.

I am not conscious of channeling from anyone while I write this blog, but I do realize that I “listen” to see what words to put down on paper. I don’t “hear” anything, but I also try not to forge ahead until I have gotten the gist of what is to follow in any given sentence. So, in that sense, I am in dialogue, I think, with my Self. At an earlier time I might have thought that I was in dialogue with the Holy Spirit, but Jesus has emphasized that we live now in the time of Christ, the time of the Holy Spirit having passed. We can have direct knowledge from God now, no longer needing an intermediary because we are no longer fearful of the Deity. I would caution not to feel that we are infallible, for we certainly can make mistakes in our journaling as a dialogue. Our finite minds, even when supported by the heart, will sometimes get it wrong.

Take nothing that I say unto yourself unless it finds a place in your heart. This is the test. Does it sound right to you? If not, ask for your own personal guidance; that is best anyway.

So: We listen to our own inner voice as we seek to discover more. This Self is informed by guidance far beyond us. And the result will be better lives. When we listen to the universe, our guidance shows us the way to greater happiness and an ever-greater contribution to God’s work.

Prayer

Be with me as I seek to write. Be with me as I seek to live peacefully with everyone. I would make progress in my own pathway by inviting mellowness, and this comes only when I first relax. I ask for a glimpse of enlightenment today. I ask for the intelligence, emotional and mental, to get across ideas that You give me, ideas that elucidate Jesus’s words in A Course of Love. Don’t let me mislead anybody.

Thank you for being here for me today. I seek to relax and stay calm, sure that then any neuroses that still trouble me will diminish and gradually disappear, falling away never to return.

Amen.

Contribute from the Well of Spirit

“Why would you retain your desire to make an individual contribution, when you can now make a contribution such as this? Is not your unique expression of the whole enough for you? Is it not infinitely greater than the contributions that are possible for the individual, separated self to make? Is not the history of your world filled with individual contributions of incredible scope?

“Do you still believe that the contribution made by the man Jesus was an individual contribution? I tell you truthfully that the only contributions that endure, the only contributions that are truly lasting, are contributions that arise from the well of spirit.” (ACOL, D:11.15 – 11.16)

So here we have it. As the larger Self as well as the elevated Self of form, we will make contributions from the arena of the already accomplished, from the “well of spirit.” These are the only type of contributions that endure, Jesus tells us. We are speaking to the Self whom we share with all others when we make a contribution from the well of spirit. This means that what we say has more resonance with our brothers and sisters; they know whereof we speak because we are speaking to their innermost nature.

An “individual” contribution is just a surface contribution of what WE think is important. When we let guidance flow in from the Self (whom we share with all others), we speak from a much larger perspective, and what we say has universal appeal. Our brothers and sisters know whereof we speak, for they too have lived this spirit-filled message. I want to say that what we say speaks to the souls of others, though the word “soul” is little used in A Course of Love.

If we attune ourselves to the core of guidance that is available to us, we will make good decisions about what to say and do, what our contribution is to be. If we avoid this guidance, throw out intuition as not reason, then we will fail. It is just that simple. This world needs our best work, and when we attune to the overarching Self, we will be on the beam.

This world needs us to be on the beam.

Prayer

Guide my choice of words as I write, today and every day. Guide me to have a good attitude in whatever I do and say, for a bad attitude spoils the very best message. What we say teaches us. And we cannot show what You are really like if we are disgruntled and negative.

Be with me today; guide me in every instance. Don’t let me be resistance to what You are saying. I would let You filter through my mind and heart completely and totally, to the extent that I can sustain it.

Amen.

Cease Right Now from All Attempts to Struggle

“These answers lie within you, at the heart or center of your Self, as do all answers. Your desire to make of me a teacher is the same as your desire to make your thoughts into answers that will provide you with direction. As was said earlier, you dare not, as yet, turn to your own heart for answers. Yet your heart is the well of spirit from which true answers are drawn. Your heart is a full well, a wellspring from which you can continually draw with no danger of ever drawing an empty bucket. You need never thirst again when you have accepted this. You need never seek again for answers when this has been accepted. Because you will know and fully accept that the answers lie within.

“To believe that you are already accomplished and not live from this belief is insane for reasons already enumerated time and time again.” (ACOL, D:11.10 – 11.11)

We listen to our thoughts, the thoughts and thinking of our mind, analyzing, conjecturing, speculating—try to understand our lives. We are going about this desire to know what to make of our lives in a very backward way. Our mind’s analysis will never satisfy, even if the mind has been shorn of the ego. It is the heart that holds the knowledge of what to do and where to go. And the heart is known by feelings, emotion, more so than the intellect (though we do not discount the intellect and its reasoning).

We are to bind heart and mind together, united, and this gives us the knowledge that is held in the center of our Self, where unity resides. We have united mind and heart, and, if we are lucky, we have also united the larger Self with the body, the elevated Self of form. This union, on more than one level, is what gives us the grace to assume true knowledge about ourselves, our accomplished selves. We have already planned, and done, from beyond the body, what we will implement here. This implementation is called in A Course of Love, the expression of our being. And this expression is what we are to be about a we settle into Christ-consciousness, Awakening, enlightenment.

We are encouraged not to struggle to achieve any longer. That was the way when we were learning, trying to take credit for what we accomplished in a largely egoic fashion. Jesus tells us that no day is meant to be lived in a struggle with what it brings. And this struggle is the polar opposite to effortlessness, something we are told we will acquire. We will still be quite busy, maybe even busier and busier, but without strain. Our new relaxed demeanor will allow us to accomplish as never before. We never knew how to achieve before. Always there was struggle, and assuming credit for what we had done. Now we know that a Higher Power, God Himself, is living through us. And so we enjoy our work, but we don’t take the credit for what gets accomplished any longer. We are at home in God, enjoying the day and what it brings, not anxious about the morrow, just living with ease and comfort as we listen to guidance about what to do next.

So: Cease right now from all attempts to struggle. The new way is better. The new way works. And nothing else works quite so well.

Prayer

Be with me as I seek to have productive days. But I don’t take the credit for what develops in my days. I know that I am guided, led every step of the way, and the accomplishments that are mine are not really mine. You are living in me, bringing about what You will, when we have joined our free will with Yours.

Thank You for relaxing me today. May this relaxation be a harbinger of good days ahead.

Amen.

Walking a Better Way

“Your thoughts are the last bastion of your separated self, the fertile ground, still, of your individuality, your testimony that you believe you are still on your own, and that you still desire to be, for only here, in this area of your individuality, do you believe you make your contributions to the world. Your desire to make a contribution—to help to make new the world that you have known—has been enhanced and amplified by what you have learned. You know you have been called and that a contribution has been asked of you. And so your mighty thoughts have turned their focus on this problem and attacked it as they attack all problems to be solved. The idea of making a contribution has begun to receive the attention of your thoughts. The hope of answering your call and fulfilling your promise has lit a bonfire in your heart and begun a stampede of thoughts within your mind. Again, is this not what we spoke of in the beginning of this Dialogue? What was spoken of as your desire to prepare?” (ACOL, D:11.5)

We aren’t really supposed to “prepare” to make a contribution, as Jesus is getting ready to tell us. We draw upon the larger Self for our guidance, the Self who is located outside of the body. This larger Self informs the elevated Self of form about what to do. And this “doing” is not effortful but effortless. We find that following this new way is much to be desired, and we also discover that this new way makes an even greater contribution than we could even imagine heretofore.

We are not making an “individual” contribution any longer, but something that is universal is scope, applicable to all men and women. Jesus himself, 2000 years ago, did not make an individual contribution; he was drawing on a Greater Power, and this Power drafted his human personality. This is not to diminish his contribution, but just to set it in context. When we draw on guidance of a universal nature, our contribution will truly be lasting. Nothing that we do individually is really lasting.

We have all been encouraged by A Course of Love to make a contribution to the creation of a new world. But we will made decisions that are much amiss if we use our limited mind to come to these decisions about what to do. We need to commune with our higher nature, and then we will choose aright. There is no better way.

Prayer

Be with me today as I seek to have a good day by listening to guidance. This guidance will inform my every decision. It will keep me on track. And it will give me happiness. And what more will lead to a good contribution? If I am demoralized, I am no good to anybody, including myself.

Help me to live well. Years ago I thought I knew this, but I realize that my mind at that time was still under egoic influence. I hope that I have moved beyond the ego now, and I ask you to keep me safe from forming a new ego. Keep me on the pathway. Keep me just for You.

Amen.