A Course of Love · ACOL

Being in Dialogue with Jesus

“You might even consider this Dialogue the written notes of my thoughts. In this one example can you not see the fallacy inherent in all the others? To think of these Dialogues in this way, dear brothers and sisters, is insane. To think of the thought or idea of God by which you were created as the same type of thought I have just described would be insane. Are you willing any longer to see me as a lecturer, or even as a great teacher? Am I but a giver of information from whom another is capable of taking notes? You think it is only the content of your thoughts that differentiate you from others. Do you think the same is true of you and me? It is that you think that differentiates you from me, not our content, which is one and the same.” (ACOL, D:11.2)

The idea of not “thinking” or of not having “thoughts” in the usual fashion is an intriguing concept, and Jesus makes much of it. We do know from enlightened individuals in our society that the thinking mind slows way down when Christ-consciousness or Awakening has descended. And this may be all that Jesus means. Elsewhere in the Dialogues he makes a distinction, to help us, between “thinking” and “thoughts,” and he says that thinking is more akin to the egoic mind, and thoughts are more akin to the reflective mindfulness of the enlightened mind. Certainly we know from our reading of A Course of Love that the art of thought was an early teaching of this book. The art of thought is the miracle, or miracle-mindedness, or prayer (constant), and we are encouraged to apply the art of thought to our daily lives. We will make much progress in our path to ultimate salvation when we do so.

Jesus does not see himself as giving us information on which we can take notes. He says repeatedly that he is in a “dialogue” with us, that all of us are in this with him, that he is not a lecturer imparting information.

It is hard to know what to make of this. We know that Jesus sees himself as equal to us, not superior in any way (and of course, not inferior in any way). He has resigned as our teacher, and soon we will spend 40 days and 40 nights with him on a metaphorical mountaintop, fasting from want. It is his purpose on this journey to the summit of the mountaintop that we become Christ-conscious. He wants us to do so on the first reading, but I would hasten to add that this probably happens, for us, very seldom. We do become much calmer as a result of our journey, though, and Jesus indicates earlier in A Course in Miracles that he is presenting a gentle pathway to Awakening, lest we awake with a “scream of mortal terror.” Reality is scary to the uninitiated, and Jesus has been taking great pains to initiate us properly. And he is succeeding.

Most of us will have gentle glimpses of Christ-consciousness when we are having moments of mellowness. These glimpses will ultimately elongate until they are maintained, and then sustained. And the great blessing will have come to us.

Jesus is not lecturing to us. If we can imagine answering him as we read, perhaps we can easily imagine those words as being in a dialogue with him, with our “given Self” (the title of a book penned by Mari, but written in her own voice). Invite dialogue with Jesus while reading and while journaling. We will not be disappointed in him, our partner and companion along life’s way.

Prayer

Make me mellow today. Actually you have already done so, and for this I thank You. I often think, when mellow, that I am catching a glimpse of Christ-consciousness. And it is a very real and welcome state of mind and heart.

Thank You for my good energy level today. Be with me for a peaceful end to the day. Be with me always.

Amen.

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