Change from Within—from God Within

“Let me assure you of what you already know, that everything about my life was purposeful. That challenge was meant then, and continues to mean now, a call to a new choice. It asks that you challenge your world-view in a most thorough manner.

“The problem with this throughout the centuries has been a tendency to challenge one world-view only to replace it with another of no greater truth or value. My challenge has been reacted to as a challenge to be external¬ized, a call to create a new system. But nowhere in my example life is such a system found despite all attempts to make it so.” (ACOL, D:Day4.17 – Day4.18)

There is no “system” in Jesus’s words and actions, because meaningful change comes from within. That doesn’t mean that we don’t call on other people, but ultimately it is up to us to change from the inside out. This type of advice helps in all kinds of problems.

Our world-view has been based in the ego, and now we have learned that egoic thought is just insanity, madness, a way of thinking that is confused and confuses us. At this point in A Course of Love, all we have left of the ego are egoic patterns, but these can be very powerful shapers of our destiny. We need, slowly but surely, to drop the egoic patterns—the tendency to consider something that is egotistical, to depend on ourselves alone, and then to try to go it alone. We need other people for solace and companionship. Our new world-view does not exclude relationships.

We are making new choices all the time. Now we are asked to make new choices in line with this course. And we can. Listen to the heart. What is it saying to us? How might we live better if we stayed in a mind and heart united to a higher purpose?

The way back to God is not long and hard. He will answer us, when we ask. The problem is that we think we know all the answers. There is a stubbornness that develops in people who are on the spiritual pathway. But humility would check our forward march. We don’t know everything; in fact, we know very little. In the face of the cosmos, we need to look up and seek direction. Then the change from within will be well-sourced.

Dear God,

Help me to have a good day. May all of my choices be sourced in You. May I lead no one astray. May You inform all my decisions.

The way back is not hard, but it is impossible if I think that I have all the answers. You do have the answers, and You will share then with me when I ask. I ask now. I ask every day.

Amen.

God’s World Is Better than We Think

“The ability to learn is given to all in like measure. The conformity of learning, however, is the product of an externalized system. That you all attempt to learn the same things, and in coming to identify the world in the same way—the way that has been taught—think that you have succeeded in learning, is the cause of the insanity of the world and of your anger with the way things “are” within the world. This is an anger that stems from lack of choice. When you are “taught” the “way things are,” where is the room for choice? Where is the room for discovery? And to find out that you were “taught” incorrectly! Why should you not be angry?

“You are here now not to relearn or be taught what life is all about, not to relearn or be taught the “way things are” but to discover what life is all about and to discover the way to remake things as they are.” (ACOL, D:Day4.9 – Day4.10)

Projection makes perception, as A Course in Miracles is famous for telling us. Now A Course of Love lets us know that what WE discover about the world is best. Does this not seem to say that we are creating the world that we view?

We didn’t use creativity when we listened to learned authorities about what was going on in the world. We swallowed whole what we were taught. Jesus is saying now that we were taught incorrectly, and that this source of error is part of our problem with anger. Why would we not be angry when we discover that we have been taught incorrectly?

What is the source of right teaching? It comes from within us. We are now living the inner Christ-Self, the Christ-Self Who will lead us to discover all things rightly. This new method of living will soothe and caress us with its caring, for never does this inner Self chafe us with perceived wrong thinking. This new method of living will take us home to Heaven, a Heaven on earth that we have waited long to find. To “discover what life is all about and to discover the way to remake things as they are” is a great promise, the promise that lies ahead of us now. Let us not slacken in our zeal to discover the way things really are. Let us listen to Jesus’s words and be reassured.

Dear God,

I am reassured this morning that all will be well in my world. There may be some hard times ahead for all of us, but we don’t have to let pain turn into suffering. We can leave out the emotional component of suffering, for the emotional is what undercuts us the most.

Thank You for encouraging me to discover on my own. This process of discovery is surely never-ending, and its never-ending status is what is so encouraging. I will never get to the end of my creativity in discovering the universe in which I want to live, and my own knowledge of that universe will create what it is that I will be seeing.

Amen.

What if We Disagree with Jesus?

“The arguments we will be having will be meant to show you this: That on one side are the temptations of the human experience, which is just another way of saying all that you have learned; on the other side will be the truth, the new temptations that will incite you to leave behind the temptations of the human experience.” (ACOL, D:Day4.2)

Jesus knows that at this point we are not ready to accept his words at face value, and that is why he is saying that we will have “arguments.” We will disagree with his words as we read, for we will still retain in our minds the learning that we have acquired. Much of this learning has been wrong, but we won’t be ready to accept this assessment yet. As we proceed, the “new temptations” that Jesus mentions are not bad things, but good temptations.

We have been human, having human experiences, for such a long time. And we have had feet of clay, which have made us make many mistakes. Now we have a sure guide in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. We can drop away our old ideas that have not given us the happiness that God desires for us. We will walk into the light when we keep an open mind to what Jesus is telling us now.

Jesus seems to say that disagreeing with him is not bad. We might be tempted to feel guilty for our difference of opinion, and especially for “arguing” with him in our minds. None of this matters. We will revise our thinking, but this pathway through relinquishing old ideas is necessary. And it is obvious that we would not relinquish the thinking of a lifetime without some resistance. Just don’t let that resistance overtake our good judgment now. We will see that the way that Jesus is having us think now is superior to anything that we have previously known. And arguing with Jesus in our mind is not to be lamented. It is honest. And it will lead to acute understanding of the new way.

Dear God,

I have often been guilty of arguing with Jesus as I read the New Testament. Now he absolves me of guilt at those times, and also as I read A Course of Love. He seems to say that he knows how I feel, that I can’t agree with everything that he says on first reading. And he doesn’t mind my objections to his thought. He knows that I have taken a meandering pathway to salvation.

Be with me as I seek to understand the next sections of ACOL. I know that I will come around to Jesus’s thinking, and sooner rather than later. I appreciate that You appreciate my mind, even when it has been misguided. You have given power to my mind, and with that I can drop objections, and listen to Jesus with a new mind and heart.

Amen.

New Life Flows from Acceptance

“Active acceptance is what allows the great transformation from life as you have known it, to death of that old life, to rebirth of new life. By clinging to some of the old, you prevent its death and you prevent the rebirth of the new. You prevent the very life-giving resurrection you await. You prevent the elevation of the self of form.

“This does not have to be. You have wanted something to do to change your circumstances in this earthly reality. This is what you have to do. This is the action required. The active acceptance of abundance is the way to abundance. Active acceptance is a way of being in relationship with all that flows from unity. This you cannot learn but you can practice. Thus your practice begins.” (ACOL, D:Day3.60 – Day3.61)

Today Jesus moves beyond the example of acceptance that he has been discussing, the actual value of money to our lives on earth. Now he moves acceptance into the larger realm of all that we encounter, but he explains elsewhere that he is not asking us to “accept” conditions that we don’t like. He is open and willing for us to change those conditions to something that we can be more comfortable with. But first we just accept, just accept. How can something that sounds so simple be so difficult to put into practice?

Acceptance of what we encounter does not have to be difficult. We actually make it difficult by our resistance. In resistance, we are making the force field stronger. Defenses make what they would defend against, as A Course in Miracles tells us. So we are bidden to drop our resistance, drop our defenses, and just live in flow with what happens in our lives. This flow will lead to something better when we have made a simple decision to live in God’s universe as His children. We don’t fight God any longer. We know where our home really is, and this home is all that we actively seek We then find out that this home is here with us on earth, a heaven on earth. But first our attitudes have to change.

Attitudinal change is what acceptance is all about. We stop fighting what seems inevitable, even when we don’t want it, and then the miracle happens. What we have prayed to see changed, actually does change. We are living a new life in Christ. And this new life includes an elevated Self of form living in Christ-consciousness—when we are completely ready. God Himself reaches down and lifts us up, knowing that the new abilities and talents that will be ours in this new state of being are safe with us now. These new abilities and talents would not have been safe with an egoic consciousness, and so they have not been available to us. But now they are. And it is a blessed life indeed that we live.

If Christ-consciousness seems far off, know that we are not privy to the decision of timing. We don’t really know how close we are coming. But we wait in anticipation for what will transpire, certain that God’s timing is always perfect. And indeed it is.

Dear God,

Abundance is a mighty blessing for me today. I thank You for the indications that You give me that I am on the right pathway. I realize that I can still make mistakes, even gigantic ones, but my heart is with You, and You will correct any and all mistakes that would seek to entrap me.

Thank You for Jesus’s guidance. Sometimes he seems very near to me, to be guiding my typing. I hope that this is a true assessment. I would not want to be mistaken about something like that.

Amen.

Nitty – Gritty of Money

“And yet you continue to think that if you had money or abundance, you would accept and receive it, express it and share it.

“This if is all that stands between you and abundance.

“You do not believe this, however, and the functions of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression are to lead you to this belief and, finally, to this acceptance. Acceptance first that you do not believe. And then accep¬tance itself.” (ACOL, D:Day3.54 – Day 3.56)

This quotation requires careful reading and rereading, and then the conundrum of abundance will become clear. Jesus is very aware that the discrepancy among people in regard to wealth is a problem for many. He does not countenance any attempt to have us believe he is championing poverty as a better spiritual state than wealth. He is making us see, in this part of A Course of Love, that having money is not a bad thing. The overwhelming love of that money may lead us wrong, of course, but the fact of having our monetary needs made without our having to worry is not lamented. All of us want to live securely. And we can.

We accept the existence or non-existence of financial solvency in our lives, and then we move through a process with God of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. Finally we reach acceptance of our state of financial well-being or lack thereof, and then the miracle happens. We are open to receive now. We are no longer fighting God. We trust Him to supply, and, lo, He does. He has wanted our trust all along. He has wanted us to realize that He can and will meet our needs. The storehouse is opened, and we are invited to take what we need. Not always what we want, but what we need.

Acceptance of these words means a great deal to a resolving the problem in the first place. God is Lord of life as well as money, and His care for us is not at issue. Accept that we don’t fully understand, don’t fully believe, but then fall on His mercy. He will not fail us.

Dear God,

When monetary supply is low, we tend to doubt that You care about us when it comes to paying our bills. Maybe, we say, this is not a spiritual concern. Or maybe You just don’t care regardless.

How wrong we are! If something concerns us, then it concerns You, for You want us happy and satisfied. I thank You for Your bountiful gifts to me today. May I trust that Your supply is never ending, that when I have a need, when I have a problem, the solution is always right there with it.

And I thank You that this is so.

Amen.

The Many Faces of Abundance

“Just as you were told you cannot “think” great ideas into being, or great talent into fruition, just as you were told, in other words, that the “givens” are not to be dealt with by the conscious, or “thinking” mind, so too is it with abundance. Abundance can only be accepted and received, just as great ideas and great talent can only be accepted and received.” (ACOL, D:Day3.53)

We are being told that all of our imaging, our visualizations, and our invoking of the law of attraction just may not bring abundance to us. Abundance can only be “accepted and received,” a gift of God. When we struggle, we are expressing our doubt that abundance can be ours. When we struggle, we are fighting against God.

What if we think that are accepting, ready to receive, and still we can’t meet the mortgage? Maybe there is something more going on. Maybe we are being asked to trust that God’s security will never be withdrawn from us. Security is not met by money in the bank, however much we may think so. We could never have enough to feel secure, if we are placing our faith in the monetary. Money won’t save us, however much we might think that that is all that we need. Materialism is still not the way of God.

Trusting in the beneficence of God, regardless of what transpires, is our route to abundance. Just trusting. Knowing that the rent will get paid. Knowing that the ideas that will save our future earnings will come to us. Only if we trust.

God does not countenance those of us who are too frail to put our safety needs in His hands. He wants us whether we are rich or poor, and there is some evidence from the New Testament that a lot of riches actually will, if loved enough, keep us from Heaven. We need only look to the rich young ruler to understand that the love of money gets us into a lot of trouble.

Put our faith in the gifts of God to save us from ourselves. We may have many lessons to learn in this lifetime, and a period of austerity may be just what we need. Not what we want, but what we need. And abundance is not only money. Abundance is the blessings of talents from God that are finally put to use. Abundance is the assurance that we will never lack for our needs to be satisfied.

If we doubt this, we doubt God’s provision. And His provision is always enough.

Dear God,

If we think that we lack for abundance, we are mistaken. Abundance takes many forms, and forms that we don’t sometimes recognize. Be with me today as I seek to thank You for the various forms of abundance that You have rained down upon my head. Help me to be grateful for Your many blessings. I indeed do have all that I need, for You have promised this. In any problem, the solution is always with the problem. May my imagined and real problems find their solution in You today.

Amen.

A Straight Line Back to God’s Heart

“What you have begun to see is that the mind is not the source of certainty, no matter how much knowl¬edge it attains. What you have perhaps begun to see in similar terms, is that money is also not the source of certainty, no matter how much it enables you to attain. Certainty, in other words, comes from somewhere else. This some¬where else we have defined as your true reality, the reality of union. Living in this reality, the reality of certainty, is the only key to abundance.” (ACOL, D:Day3.47)

Our true reality is a reality in which we are in union with God and we recognize this. We are merged with the Whole, the One. How do we attain this? It may seem not to be easy, but we can prepare in ways that we don’t readily recognize. We need to get fears and anxieties, judgments and attack, out of the way in our normal, everyday life. Fear and judgment is not natural to God; they are remnants of the ego misstep.

How do we remove fear? This may be easier said than done, for fear seems to come upon all at once, sometimes, an emotion that overcomes us and debilitates us both. I have found deep, fervent prayer to be this best antidote to fear. If we know that we are not all alone in the universe (and we definitely are not), we will know that Help is on the way. And then the fear will subside, sometimes gradually, sometimes in a miracle, all at once.

Judgment also separates us from union with God. If we are not joyous, we are in judgment of someone or something. The only thing that keeps us from joy is thinking ill of another (this from A Course in Miracles). And this “thinking ill” is judgment. We have more control over this opinion than we may realize. We simply pray for good will to return, and often it is done immediately. Nobody likes for joy to flee.

The Self of union with God walks an easy pathway in this world. Walk easy always; we do have some control over this. We are not meant to live uptight lives. “Relax,” I hear often in my morning prayers. And I try to heed. Relaxation in the midst of every busy doing on which we are sent is an elixir of great value. We relax, and God’s peace overshadows us. We relax, and all is well.

Dear God,

Be with me this moment, the start of all moments in the day ahead. Let me take to heed the admonition to relax into the day. Jesus knows best, and his advice seems to come through to all of us who listen. His advice seems to come through to me.

Thank You for the great promise of today. May I walk a straight line back to Your Heart.

Amen.

Miracles = Expressions of Love

“Abundance is the natural state of unity and thus your natural state, just as certainty rather than uncertainty is your natural state, just as joy rather than sorrow is your natural state. What you are being asked to do here, is to open the self of form to the place of unity, thus allowing this divine flow of union into the elevated Self of form.” (ACOL, D:Day3.44)

What this quotation says is the way of the future: We open our bodies, with the elevated Self of form encapsulated, to the union that is union with God. Our mind has been transformed by the heart into a place of holiness, a Christ-conscious transformation that we will recognize when it happens to us. Our incessantly busy thinking will slow down, and our unconscious mind will become more available to us. We will seem to see a different world, a world suffused with love and abiding in an environment that has changed because we have changed. The interior changes first, for the external is a reflection of the inner. We must change on the inside before any of our social action agenda will be permanently changed for the better; to try to change the outer without a corresponding inner change is to invite disaster, not what we want at all.

We will know abundance; we will know certainty. Abundance does include our financial betterment, but what it really denotes is the security that God alone can give. No material gain, however great, will satisfy for long—for it could always be taken from us. Certainty is somewhat similar, in that the only lasting certainty is what we learn from our inner Christ-Self, the Self bonded with God.

What can we do to effect this change? Or is it totally out of our hands? We can do one thing and one thing only: Remove the barriers to the expression of love. Then we have the miracle. The complete and annotated edition of A Course of Love, just published by the Circle of Atonement (Robert Perry, editor), makes clear that miracles are expressions of love. Perhaps we were not certain of this before. But every time we fulfill a miracle that we have been asked to perform (listening to guidance), we chip away at the egoic patterns that have ruined us. We are making progress. But, importantly, we don’t decide which miracles we will perform, because consciously selected miracles can be misguided. Wait to get the nod from guidance. Then express love as fully and completely as we know how.

Dear God,

I would hold no resentments nor grievances, attack nor anger, today. To do so is to choose a pathway other than the one You so graciously point out to me. Show me the way to perform miracles that You choose. Help me to express the highest and best love that I have in me.

Thank You that I feel secure in Your abundance and certain Your love. I will be in a better position to work miracles when I am not insecure. Please make sure that my certainty enlarges to a stance of security in the face of Your great blessings to me.

Be with me today. Keep my attitude high.

Amen.

Consoled in Life

“When you have felt the reality of union, you have felt the place in which no want exists. You felt this through the responsiveness of the relationship that is unity.” (ACOL, D:Day3.39)

This quotation is part of the theology of A Course of Love. “Unity” is when we are Christ-conscious, when we have a direct relationship with God. Our inner Christ-Self joins with the larger Self Who is God, or, to understand Jesus’s earlier analogy, the dot of our body joins with the surrounding white space. This is unity. This means that we are consoled in our daily living. We know that God is with us; we feel His Presence in our bones. And we are not in need (“no want exists”). We know that God is deep within, and we know that He gives us a sense of His Being in our natural environment. We are at home at last.

How do we know that we have made contact with God? There is an overarching feeling of love. And we reach out to others with the love that we are feeling. This loving feeling gives meaning to our lives, and our relationships with our brothers and sisters also give meaning to us. We know intuitively that we will never be alone again, or, more exactly, that we will ever “feel” alone again (for we have never truly been alone).

We will feel the warmth of God’s love embracing us and giving us solace as we move through our days. We will commune naturally and easily with Him, glad in His blessings to us. We will be in a thankful mood for these blessings. And we won’t see the need to get angry or to attack. At such times of union, we will wonder why we ever saw the need to get angry or to attack.

Be with God today. Relax into His care. We will live far better as a result. And the warm feeling that embraces us will carry over into times, even, in which we are not thinking of God. The warmth is its own reward.

Dear God,

Thank You for being with me this morning. Thank You for always being here. As I relax in Your care, I know that any anger or attack is far from me. May it stay far from me. My feet of clay are not tripping me up any longer.

Be with everyone whom I meet today. And thank You for prompting me in what to say and do. Your guidance has given me a good life. I ask today that that good life continue.

Amen.

Rest in Gentle Assurance

“To read the inspired wisdom of teachers such as these in order to “learn” has prevented the very relationship that these teachers sought to impart.

“What you have “learned,” and since the time of learning had revealed to you, is a new way, the way of direct relationship with God, the way of knowing through discovery. Remember always that knowing through discovery is knowing what was not known before, and keep this in mind as we consider the knowing of abundance.” (ACOL, D:Day3.37 – Day 3.38)

Knowing, real knowing, comes from intuitive understanding, not from our reading, however learned those discourses may be. When we know, we no longer perceive, for perception is of the ego, and we may perceive wrongly. Knowledge, and the acquisition of knowledge, rests on a sure foundation. When we know, we may find it hard to explain to another what we know. It just seems to us to BE. And this being is its salient point.

We are to know that the end of learning is here. We do not need to seek farther and farther afield for information about how to live our lives. We can rest in the inspiration that comes from God Himself. We can know in a way that has eluded us heretofore.

This knowledge is a great blessing. We walk through this world with a surety that we have lacked until now. We have been so confused about what to do and say. And what Jesus is saying is that those times of indecision are at an end—if we will let them rest, and lean on intuition, which gives us a solid foundation from which to act and speak. The way is clear now. If we seem confused, perhaps we are still caught up in a pattern of the ego (though the ego itself is gone from us). We are, in other words, in a habit of being confused, and everyone knows that habits can be hard to break.

Rest in gentle assurance that what Jesus has told us is the truth. We no longer have to restlessly seek further knowledge of things above, further knowledge of Heaven. If we just have the patience to listen to our inner guidance, we will know absolutely all that we need to know.

And we will be happy in that knowledge.

Dear God,

Thank You for solving any and all problems that seem to develop in one fell swoop. Thank You that the solution is always with what I perceive to a problem. That means that no problem lingers. The way out is being shown on an ongoing basis.

Thank You for Your love, showered on me in a warmth that is palpable. Thank You that any dark nights that I ever went through now seem to be in the past. Help me to have confidence in the promptings that You offer so freely. Thank You for wanting a direct relationship with me, one that I can feel and know.

Amen.

Solace in God’s Care

“You have been told that the time of the Holy Spirit, the time of a need for an intermediary between yourself and God, is gone. You have been invited to know God directly, and to develop a relationship with God. It is only in knowing God that the relationship of abundance will be made clear to you and break forever the chains of want.” (ACOL, D:Day3.35)

These are very welcoming words from Jesus, words in which he encourages us to develop a direct relationship with God. He knows that we don’t fear God any longer, in that we aren’t afraid of Him. Our fear had sprung from the authority problem, as outlined in A Course in Miracles. We somehow thought we had created ourselves, and in this assertion believed subconsciously that God was not going to forgive us for this affront to Him. Now we know better; we know that there is a supreme Creator Who created all of us as differentiations of His Being. And because we know this, we aren’t afraid of God and so don’t need an intermediary (the Holy Spirit) to listen to our prayers and to answer them. We can go right to the Source.

I am very reassured by this passage. It helps to pray prayers with “suction” (as I have heard), suction meaning deep and heartfelt communion with the Godhead. It is communion now that we will live best, communion with our Maker. All of our brothers and sisters can help us, including Jesus, but perhaps it is the very best to go to God Himself. He does not have feet of clay, as some others may.

We have gone past the time of the Holy Spirit, now living (as Jesus says) in the time of Christ. We have understood that our inner Christ Self is one with God, and that the Self of union is the greater One from which we draw. Our bodies occupy a tiny dot in a vast expanse of white space, but we have access to the whole of the white space. And when we drop on greater knowledge, we live better.

Turn today to God in our prayers. Let Him know that we are no longer trembling in terror of Him. Our solace in His care is assured. Our lives take on new meaning as we invite the Lord of Hosts to a place in our hearts and minds. Be reassured that He is living through us just all the time. That is the ultimate reason that suffering has no meaning. If God Himself experiences right along with our tiny minds and small hearts, then what have we ever to fear? The Lord of All can take care of us and Himself as well.

Dear God,

I re-surrender once again. I have a better day when I begin that day with a re-surrender. This act puts me in Your flow, and gives me an assurance that You not only walk with me, but that You also embody me. Yet Your mind is infinite, and my little differentiated self is finite. Is there no better reason to realize that I need You—always and forever?

Be with me for good days. Give me balance, no ups and downs of drama. May I take Your hand as I walk through this day. May I remember to take Your hand for every day.

Amen.

Listen to Guidance of the Heart

“The condition of want, like all conditions of learning, ended with the end of learning. The condition of want was a learning device—not one of divine design, but one of the thought system of the ego. It was a trick to keep you constantly striving for more, a trick to guarantee the survival of the ego-self, a trick that provided the small rewards of time-bound evolution, the small rewards that would keep you assured of progress through effort, and just as assured of ruin through lack of effort.” (ACOL, D:Day3.28)

Here the word “want” is a lack that is actually a need, not a desire. And we learn elsewhere that our needs are met at the point that they are recognized, by us, as needs. We ask for help in meeting our need, and it comes—immediately. The solution is always right with the problem.

We may not believe this. But think back. Have we ever really had a need that wasn’t answered in some way? It might not have been answered in the way that we preferred, but an answer did come, and invariably. Now we are living in a new time, and the effort that we put into answering our needs must be dropped. We don’t get our needs met through effortful living any longer, for effortful living was a ploy of the ego so that its survival was certain.

We have, by now, at this point in reading A Course of Love and taking it unto our heart and mind, left the ego behind in the dust. We may, of course, still keep a “pattern” of the ego that seems to make sense for a time. But if we think carefully, we will know that we don’t do things for the egotistical payoff any longer. This dynamic has simply lost its value to us. And we are much better off as a result.

We are asked to make progress today through listening to our heart’s guidance, not through laborious effort that might or might not pay off. We are assured of making progress when we listen to the ideas that drop into our mind from listening to our heart, from listening to our Self. This Self is the Oversoul, of which we all are a part. Guidance is particular to each of us, but we draw on the same Source. We draw on God Himself, Who leads and directs from the center of our being. And His way is always sure.

Dear God,

Help me to remember to be gentle with myself today. If I feel like resting, let me do so without guilt. If I feel sleep, let me take a nap without guilt. I would displace guilt from my mind and heart at every point that it would try to enter. I don’t have to produce always. Living is its own reward.

May I be there for my brothers and sisters in need. Sometimes you use me to answer a need. That is not a burden, but it is a responsibility, and it calls for careful listening to my heart about the right thing to do and say. Help me to follow You in any matters that confront me. Help me to love with a generous heart, especially when my brother or sister is feeling weak and troubled.

Amen.

Ennobling Life

“What you learned is insane. But to realize the truth you must now fully reject the untruths that you learned. You must fully reject the ideas that taught you that you do not have enough, that you will only have what you can earn or learn, that only through effort will you gain, and that with your gain will come another’s loss. In other words, here is where you must accept the teachings of this Course.” (ACOL, D:Day3.25)

The “teaching of this Course” asks us to realize that much that we have struggled to attain for ourselves is actually going to come to us as a gift from God, effortlessly. To believe this takes a giant leap of faith, for we have long believed that we had to work hard, to earn, that which we require to keep us going in this world. To believe the teaching of this Course will not mean that we lie down and do nothing. But it does mean that work will merge into play, and that that endeavor will be achieved with a clear mind, open to ideas from a God Who gives ideas, and in the giving shows us how to use our talents for the best. If we are doing something that we hate in a job in order to earn the money to support ourselves, perhaps now we will be led to realize that this is not the new way being pointed out by A Course of Love. If we are trapped in a relationship solely for the money that it provides, to give us material comforts, maybe we need to realize that it is far better to love in our relationships if we are to keep a holy encounter.

For us to gain, it does not mean that another must lose. There is enough for everyone in the new world that we will be moving into. We have many ideas of outdoing another for our own aggrandizement, but such ideas are not of God, and it behooves to consider whether or not the ideals by which we live are actually ideals that would pass muster with a loving Creator.

The teachings of A Course of Love will transform our world view. These teachings will give us a new lease on life, a life that will no longer be lived in struggle with what each day brings, but in acceptance, total and complete, of the day’s happenings. Once we accept what is before us, we will then make changes as need be, refusing to keep what does not ennoble. But full acceptance is necessary first. Then we can change what we dislike, after, but only after, we have come to terms with exactly what we dislike about our experiences.

Dear God,

I know that keeping a fresh outlook on the events of a given day will lift that day into a sphere that is positive. Positive outlooks build on themselves, and it is to the positive that I would look today. Help me to turn aside from any and all frustrations. Help me to see You in my daily round.

May each day be like a pearl on a string, with one day touching another and building a string of pristine pearls. May the joys of each day escalate into a joyous present and future. Be with me. I long for You.

Amen.

Abundance Is Our Birthright

“Yet how can you accept yourself when you have feelings such as these? How can you accept the idea of inheritance with ideas such as these? How do you accept me when you see me as symbolizing a life of “godly” poverty, and of calling my followers to abandon their worldly goods?

“Thus must this source of your anger and discontent, this source of your non-acceptance, be revealed in a new light.” (ACOL, D:Day3.15 – Day3.16)

We are meant to be called to a radical acceptance of our lives, but not to those things that we dislike. Our acceptance paves the way for change, and it is change, often, that we want. Our acceptance of poverty, if that is our situation, can pave the way to the elimination of poverty. We don’t lie down in the dust and give up. We wait for the ideas from God that will make a difference in our lives. But acceptance, a radical acceptance, is important—indeed, is mandatory.

We have often become angry when we see others who have more than we do in material blessings. Those people are a thorn in our side. But it doesn’t have to be that way. They did not accept poverty as a given, and when we don’t accept it as given, we are well on our way to making real change occur in our lives. We don’t have to lead charmed lives to be secure in financial matters. We don’t have to be angry that we don’t have as much as another. We can walk into greater abundance by acceptance of ALL facets of our lives, and then by moving to replace those things that we don’t like. The way seems plain, but, oh, so hard to accept.

God gives ideas. And He gives security. No amount of abundance, or money, would ever be enough to offer a sense of safety, for that safety only comes from a close walk with God. He takes care of us. Our real needs are always met, even if outward appearances deem otherwise. Our wishes are not always met, and this is a good thing, for our wishes are defective. But needs are met.

Allow acceptance to flood over us. Then watch for opening windows. When God closes a door, He opens a window farther down the pathway.

Opening windows are a blessing for which all of us can be assured.

Dear God,

I accept the particular amount of money I have now. And when and if I need more, I accept that point of need, and then wait for an opening window that will tell me how to solve the problem. Need is always met. I am not called to accept undesirable outcomes.

Be with me today as I seek to walk in Your way. Pour into my mind the ideas that I need to have to move into any greater abundance that I need. And allow me to believe that this outcome will happen.

Amen.

Think Outside the Box

“Let us return for a minute to the base idea behind the issue of money or abundance: the way you have learned. The mind would tell you that nothing is “given,” and that all must be either learned or earned, most times both, for you have learned in order to earn, learned in order to advance yourself in the world in one way or another. Since money or abundance is not a “given” for all, but only for a few, you think of it much like the “given” of natural gifts or talents, the “givens” of fresh and inspired ideas. You do not, however, see that these are in truth linked as givens, for you do not see that all are gifted.” (ACOL, D:Day3.11)

Jesus goes to great lengths to knock us out of our preconceived ideas about money. When he is speaking here of gifts, he is not speaking of inheritance from our parents or other individuals. He is speaking of gifts from God, and we are all similarly gifted with talents and inspired ideas (though we often don’t realize this). Our talents do differ on this earth, but there are many and varied talents, and there is always something that we can do better than anyone else whom we know. Think a bit of this, and see if it isn’t true. Our talents may be something that nobody else values, but there it is. And it is valuable in the sight of God. Our ideas, similarly, are different from many others, but they are OURS, and we value them. The same with abundance, or money. We accept our right to it, we believe, and then we find that we have enough for security. And security is not measured in mass.

We can only be secure in God’s grace. No amount of money will suffice, for the very rich are quite aware that the stock market can crash, or other ways may be found that separate the very rich from their money. So if we can never be rich from our money, we can only be rich in God, and He grants the security and safety that we have been craving.

Many things are “given” by God. And it is this that we ought to rely upon. We don’t have to learn or earn everything that comes to us. Think a moment of what we have that we did not gain through learning or earning. Many of these things are without monetary value, but they will enrich our soul tremendously. And it is the soul who we ought to nourish, for life then becomes worth living.

If we can believe strongly enough that we will be made secure in our financial lives, then we will find that our belief will become justified. It is a focus on lack that trips us up. Focus on abundance, and see what great ideas do come that will lead to abundance. Think outside the box. God gives great ideas that grant the abundance that we have been desiring.

What if we don’t believe in abundance, or money coming our way? Our doubt is a great hinderer to God as He seeks to bless us. Try, just for a short time, giving up the doubt and see if something better doesn’t occur. We can and will feel safe in God’s arms when we recognize that having abundance is not meant for a chosen few.

Dear God,

Help me to realize the abundance that You offer so freely. Never let fears intrude, for they are deadly. May I enjoy the blessings that You have rained down upon me. And may I enjoy them every day.

Be with me as I seek to have a good day. Your bountiful storehouses are open to me today; help me to believe.

Amen.

A Spiritual Context for Living

“It is through your mind that these new ideas will change your actions and your life, your mind that, through increased stillness, will give you more peace, your mind that will accept comfort of a certain type, even extending to a new comfortableness of being. You believe having a spiritual context for your life can, in other words, change your inner life, but are more skep¬tical in regard to its ability to affect your outer life; and nowhere are you more skeptical than in regard to money or abundance. The area of money, or abundance, is where learning fooled you and failed you the most.” (ACOL, D:Day3.7)

Having a spiritual center for our lives does do much for us, and here Jesus is making the allegation that it can even bring us more money—or “abundance,” as he calls it. Aside from the fact that money appears to be materialism, something that Jesus has rejected, how might we understand these thoughts of his?

We are led to “accept” in these early days of the Forty Days and Forty Nights. But we are not being led down a garden path to accept those things that we don’t like! We are being led into a new way of viewing the world, one in which we have the money that we need, primarily because we become certain that we will be taken care of. Our certainty that all will be well is enough to make it so. Doubt that this is true will unhinge the emotional tenor of our thoughts, and it is with emotion that we need to work. When we fervently (i.e., emotionally) believe, then we get what we are saying. We accept that belief in abundance can indeed make it ours. We don’t think that we will believe if we first get the money; that is putting the cart before the horse. We can imagine a world in which abundance is ours, and then we can see that it is so. That is all.

So, acceptance is key. Our new state of being, a way of being that has us feeling comfortable in our own skin, will pave the way for the blessings that will unfold. When we are peaceful, we realize that no amount of money could give us security, for our security does not rest in the fact of money. Our security rests in God, and it is through divine guidance that we discover how to live. This discovery, of how to live, will lead us into abundance in every facet of living—not just green paper bills. But even green paper bills can and will come, once we are clear that materialism does not give us the certainty of being taken care of. Our certainty rests in God alone. Then, regardless of how many green paper bills we have, we know that we are safe. Our security is affirmed.

Dear God,

I feel safe and secure today. I have had my moments of fear, but today those moments of fear do not assail me. Thank You.

Be with me as I seek to extend Your safety to every part of my life. Your way points out the way to abundance in every facet of my life. May this assurance never leave me.

Amen.

“Oh, Earth, You’re Too Wonderful for Anybody to Realize You!”

“Accept your anger for it is the next step in the continuum upon which we travel. When a person is dying, just as when a person is undergoing this final surrender, there are stages through which one moves. The first is denial, the second is anger. We have already spoken of denial, albeit in a new way. Now we will speak of anger, in both an old and a new way. Let me suggest to you what it is truly all about. It is about the way you have learned and your lack of understanding of what this did to you.” (ACOL, D:Day3.1)

Do we feel anger at this point in reading A Course of Love? Jesus suggests that we will, if following along in the book. Why? We are beginning to realize that much of what we have learned in the past will be of little use to us in the future. We are nearing the point in the Dialogues, the third and last book in ACOL, in which Jesus asks us to stop depending on the learned wisdom of authorities. And it is these authorities that have often not gotten it right. Their motivation may have been stellar, they may have sought to know God, and to pass along what they knew, but somehow they fell short. And their interpretations are what are now making us angry. We learned wrong.

What do we hear now? That change is good, that we—each of us—are either going to change the world or create a new world. I am reminded of the renowned play by Thornton Wilder entitled “Our Town.” In it, Emily returns from the grave to revisit one day in her just-finished life. She finds out that people don’t notice each other and their world enough, don’t slow down to appreciate. And she concludes, “Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you!”

We are about to realize how good earth really can get. There may be some bumps in the road, but by and large we are on a pathway, pointed out by Jesus in channeled writings, that carries us all along smoothly. We know now not to let emotional turmoil turn pain into suffering, and while this seems clear to us, and simple, it has not always been obvious. We have support in our daily rounds. With “a single unequivocal call,” Jesus is here for us. We may doubt this, but I take him literally. How he can clone himself is beyond what we can know in this realm, but his guidance to any who ask for it is a sure promise.

So we feel the anger that we were misled by much that we read in the past, but we drop it when we realize that it is unwise to cling to the past. Walk into a miraculous world, kept pristine and pure for us to inhabit in this time of the second coming of Christ. While Jesus does not promise a physical return, he is returning to those who ask.

Be one who asks today.

Dear God,

Thank You for your steadfast support of me. Thank You that Jesus is a constant in this world, he and his colleagues. Thank You for opening my eyes to the promise of a new world. This old, worn world is at an end, soon, and I welcome a new beginning in a newly created world.

Lift my sights to higher ground. If obsessions threaten my peace of mind, let those dark thoughts just rest lightly on my mind and dissipate into thin air. May I awaken each morning with the assurance that this will be a good day. Always and forever.

Amen.

Inward to Silence Speaking

“This is why you first needed to accept me. To accept me is to accept the end of suffering. To accept the end of suffering is to accept your true Self.” (ACOL, D:Day2.27)

Our true Self knows no suffering. Our true Self is the Oversoul who is part of God, yet also part of ourselves and our “little” or personal self. We reach deep within ourselves to make a contact with this deepest part of ourselves. Our true Self is not “out there” somewhere in space, but in the silence deep within. And it is in reaching downward and inward that we will know no suffering. Pain, maybe; but suffering, no.

Ask to be shown. Enter into a dialogue with Jesus. To do so is as simple as to sit down with paper and pencil, or computer document and typing—and sense what to write. This sensing will come invariably. We will use our imagination, which is how the silence speaks to us. And this silence is the silence that we share with everyone, including Jesus. It is the Self Itself, large enough for all to share from the inside. It is our way back.

This writing will not ever hurt anyone. If words come through that are hurtful, we are inadvertently sourcing a part of ourselves that hasn’t made it all the way down to God. Perhaps an egoic part. Perhaps a part of ourselves who hasn’t yet given up on this earth as it is presently configured. We need to be ready to walk into a new world, a new world that we are either assisting to change OR creating anew. This is what we are about: a new world.

The dialogue with Jesus will show us our next step. And entering the dialogue with friends and family will also show us the way, for all of us are the one Self. Everyone can do this. Everyone needs to do this.

The world needs us. Answer today.

Dear God,

Turn me into a consistently kind individual. I still get angry; I still feel like rejecting what I don’t like. But, in flow, the best happens, even when I don’t recognize it at first. Help me to recognize the best sooner rather than later.

The way back is assured all of us. Thank You for those who are ready to reach deep within, to accept Jesus as the leader for readers of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. Thank You for motivating me today to write this blog post. Sometimes all that any of us needs is a little push, a gentle push that You give.

Amen.

Wondrous Outcome / Joy and Pain / No Suffering

““I” did not suffer, for I knew who I was and chose no suffering. This is what is meant by the idea that has been repeated as “I died for your sins.” My death was meant to demonstrate that the end of suffering had come, and with it, eternal life.

“Here, then, is where you need to make the choice that those in my time could not make, the choice to end suffering. This is the choice I made “for all.” This is a choice you make for all as well.

“Willingness is now upon humankind. What my life demonstrated but needs to be demonstrated anew. But this will not happen if you cling to suffering. If you do not accept your Self, all of yourself, you cling to suffering.” (ACOL, D:Day2.24 – Day 2.26)

If we accept our Self, all of ourselves, Jesus is bluntly telling us that we will see an end to suffering. This means that any pain that we encounter will not escalate into suffering, because suffering nearly always is the emotional component of pain—the “why me,” “Why I this happening to me?” And we lapse into great rejection of what we are going through, the opposite of the acceptance that Jesus is calling us to have.

When we accept our Self, we accept the joy as well as the pain, and we don’t allow the pain to escalate into suffering. Surely Jesus felt pain on the cross, but he didn’t focus on a query to God of why—most of the time. Some of the words spoken from the cross do indicate a wavering of his intent upon knowing who he was (“My God, my God, why hath Thou forsaken me?”). So acceptance of all they we come upon is necessary, and the most necessary of all is that we accept our Self, the Self of union, the larger Self, the God within. Our little selves will fall in line, then, with not escalating pain into suffering.

Willingness was not upon humankind 2,000 years ago. But things are different now. We can accept in this time of Christ, in this time of the second coming of Christ (though in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, Jesus never tells us that this will be a physical embodiment of himself). The times are different now, though, and we will be able, with God, to effect change that has eluded this world until now. We will change the world; we will create a new world. Everything is in place for this. If we see parts of the world that make us say, “I doubt that,” then we need but turn to Jesus’s channeled words to get back on track. Remember that eternity is not the same as time, and what seems long to us may be only a fraction of a second in eternity. So we don’t know how long it will take to actually create a new world.

Jesus is very keen on this new world, and so I don’t think that the outcome will be long. If we accept ourselves, accept him, follow intuitive guidance, and ask to be shown what to say and do, the result will be wondrous—far beyond anything we can now comprehend.

Give ourselves over to God. He knows how to reform the world; we don’t. Let us listen to the whispers that come from our Oversoul, our Self, and fall in line with our part in this great endeavor.

Dear God,

Thank You for turning this day to joy for me. I awoke and spent most of the morning in a lower state of mind and heart, but You would not have this recur. I would not have pain escalate into suffering, however small that suffering might be. I would fall in line with Your expressed words to me, whispers that tell that everything will turn out alright, that I need have no fear.

Thank You for guiding me so precisely. This day, may it be a joyous hymn to You. A joyous hymn that ensures that I will listen to the words.

Amen.

Accept Self in Its Essence

“But just as you are called here to accept me despite possible misgivings such as religious beliefs, you are called to accept yourself. This uncondi¬tional acceptance is necessary.” (ACOL, D:Day2.15)

Jesus continues with the theme of acceptance, heralding now an unconditional acceptance of ourselves. We so rarely accept ourselves, we who are always reading self-help literature, lamenting our failure to be perfect, chastising ourselves for some lapse in our spiritual walkway. We who are on the spiritual path find much that we don’t like in ourselves—so accept ourselves unconditionally? How can we do so?

It will take a leap of faith, a leap that we are good enough as we are, a leap that we need just to be ourselves. This “being who we are” will become the culminating advice from Jesus in A Course of Love. It will be his parting advice to us, and he is paving the way now by talking of unconditional acceptance of ourselves just as we are.

We may think that this advice is fine for somebody, somebody who is less sensitive to faults than we have always been. Those of us on the spiritual path are those who, previously, were most attuned to “sin” in ourselves and others. Now we call these sins just “mistakes,” but we still don’t forgive ourselves. We know that God has forgiven us, but we don’t accept that knowledge by taking the next obvious step and believing that we are once again in grace. We think there might be something we have left undone; we may even be able to name this something. And all the while, we hold out on unconditional acceptance of ourselves.

When we hold out on unconditional acceptance of ourselves, we hold out on Christ-consciousness. We are trying to better than we really are, and this is a form of judgment that is fueled by fear that we are not good enough. And we already know that fear and judgment are two emotions that are incompatible with God’s world. We cling to what dooms us. And then we wonder why we haven’t reached Christ-consciousness yet.

Drop all of this petty misgiving for the reassurance that Jesus gives us in A Course of Love. We are good enough, though we are not perfect. He stands at the end of the walkway to correct any errors that we couldn’t rectify. Take him at his word, and accept ourselves fully and completely. Today.

This is not as hard as it sounds. A little simple humility, to say that Jesus can do what we have not been able to do. A little acknowledgment that we can’t find our way back alone. If we could, we would have already done so. Jesus says this in ACOL. Now it is up to us to accept help, and then to accept ourselves just as we are, with a thankful spirit for what will happen soon.

Dear God,

I ask for an uplifted spirit today. So often I get petty complaints and worries on my mind and heart, and I rue the day that You have given to me. Help me to rise above this type of mistake today. Help me to welcome You into my heart, sure that You are living life through me, that we are One.

Be with me as I seek to enjoy the glorious earth You have provided. Help me to make wise decisions, decisions that are informed by guidance. My intuition will wither if I don’t listen to it. I will listen today.

Amen.

Don’t Live in the Past

“Let me ask you now, are these feelings—feelings that are attached to your belief that you have harmed others—not feelings of sorrow? Are you not sorry for these actions? Have you not expressed your wish that you had acted differently? Can you see a way to change the past or to “make up for” what occurred in the past?

“Now is the time for acceptance, even of these actions that you would rather not accept. (ACOL, D:Day2.10 – Day 2.11)

Just prior to this quotation, Jesus is expressing his understanding that we all have things that we regret, and regret deeply. We think, therefore, that we are not good enough for this blessing that Jesus is holding out for us, the blessing of Christ-consciousness.

But here he goes on to say that our deep regret is enough, that we don’t have to “merit” his blessing. Here we have to simply move on, and the way to do that is through acceptance, radical acceptance, of ourselves.

He specifically mentions divorce as a point of great regret for many people. He knows, and we know, that we must move on from this. Our future lives depend on putting this action in the past. And until we accept the circumstances, we will have trouble putting divorce in the past.

But it can be done. Thus so for all, and that means all, things that we are sorry to have perpetrated in our lives. We regret, we ask forgiveness, and then we move on. There is no other way.

So: Accept today that those things in the past that hold regret are just that—in the past. And we don’t live in the past. We live today. Forgive, including forgive ourselves, and then move on—to acceptance. Then we are ready for God’s great blessing of Awakening, Christ-consciousness, enlightenment.

Dear God,

When I look over my life, I see some things to regret. But, as Jesus recommends, I place those things I in the distant past now. I see the world anew and afresh. I see with clear eyes, no more old nonsense. I would live well and peacefully, in Your good grace, from now on.

Thank You.

Amen.

We Are in God’s Care / Accept Ourselves

“Acceptance of your Self is acceptance of me. Acceptance of your Self is acceptance of your inheritance. Now is the time to come into full acceptance of the human self as well as the Self of unity. It is time for the final merging of the two into one Self, the elevated Self of form.” (ACOL, D:Day2.1)

This is the moment we have been waiting for, the moment that Jesus introduces in this quotation. We are ready for the elevated Self of form. We are ready. Do we doubt it?

Perhaps we do doubt it. But rest easy; we have about 35 days left on the mountaintop. We will be alright. Rest and be relaxed. The way back to God is not hard, as this blog has repeatedly said. We need to go with the flow, relax in God’s good graces, be reassured that all is well.

When we accept ourselves, we are living in our own genuine authenticity. And this is being who we really are. We have previously bent ourselves all out of shape trying to be good; now is the time to let these machinations just fall away. We are not asked to be perfect; Jesus will correct any faults that we cannot. Now is the time for that, also. We are nearing the end of our pathway back to God. Turn to Him for relief from anything and everything that ails us.

And He will be there.

Acceptance is the key point here. We have so often not done so, and to our detriment. Just be satisfied with the Self whom we are. This Self is going to give us great joy, but we are standing with our eyes partially covered still. This won’t do. We are afraid of the light. But the transition to being the elevated Self is gentle, and there is no need to cover our eyes.

Listen and we will hear. Intuition will guide us, when we are open to it.

Be open to it.

Dear God,

May this day go well. Thank You for the previous days of joy, the previous days of sorrow; thank You for all of it, for it has made me ready for You, finally.

Thank You for being here for me. I will accept myself as I am, not bend myself all out of shape trying to be something that You never intended. When I “meet” You, you will not ask me if I were some saint; You will ask me if I were myself. Pure and simple.

Amen.

Following in the Footsteps of Jesus

“I am the secret of succession, the way and the life, the beginning of the end of the story that is to be fulfilled, brought to completion and wholeness in you and in me, so that together we bring about the second coming of Christ and the elevation of the Self of form.” (ACOL, D:Day1.29)

Here Jesus is asking us to follow in his footsteps—in “succession,” as he says. This is a new way of referring to following him, and it gives us a big challenge (though A Course in Miracles says that there is no challenge to the advanced teacher of God, because he/she follows the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and chooses for all humankind). Can we do it? Of course. We know, don’t we, that Jesus has been leading us aright. Now he wants us to mellow out, to cease senseless fear and senseless judgment, and to ready ourselves for God’s great step—to lift us up into Awakening, into Christ-consciousness. We also don’t plan, for our guidance (often as intuition) will tell us, surely and completely, what to say and do next. When we are in flow, going about our day in serenity and peace, listening for guidance, we live with a sureness that has eluded us heretofore.

Jesus would not have us follow him into crucifixion, for he resolved all that suffering with the resurrection. While he does not explain how the resurrection happened, he does say that it happened. Other writings have talked of a dematerialization of the human body of Jesus, and then his appearances to his disciples, and others, including the women on Easter morning, as taking place in a risen body (an ethereal body). Can we believe it?

The eyewitness testimony in the Gospels says as much. Perhaps we need to set aside our doubts, and know that Jesus was invoking physical laws above what is usual for this world. There are more things in heaven and earth than we have dreamed of.

To follow in succession with Jesus is to embody an elevated Self of form enthralled by Christ-consciousness. This is his will for us. This is God’s will for us. Praying that this eventuality happen sooner rather than later is completely in line with Jesus’s words to us. We need simply to accept all that has heretofore been unacceptable to ourselves, including our own misguided mistakes. They simply do not matter in the grand scheme of things. Jesus stands at the end to correct any mistakes that we have been unable to correct.

Take him at his word.

Dear God,

I would be more stable in my outlook, happier and more contented in day-to-day life. I would focus on an Eastertime this year that is generous and good to all people. I ask for your help in daily living, knowing that no problem of mine is too small for Your attention.

Thank You for Jesus’s attention to detail, attention to all of us. He shows me the way. I am well-protected and well-loved. I sense this, and for this I give thanks.

Amen.

Return to Paradise

“There is no story to project what comes next—no accomplished story. There is only scripture unfulfilled, the promise of inheritance or the threat of doom. Myth too stops short of fulfillment, of return to paradise.

“Yet this return to paradise, to your true Self and your true home, is written within you. It only needs to be lived to become real. You must accept me because I lived it and made it real for you. You must accept me because I am the part of you that can guide you beyond what I accomplished to the accomplishment of creation, and beyond creation to the story not yet written, the future not yet created. To the realization of paradise and of your true Self and true home, in a form that will take you beyond time to eternity. (ACOL, D:Day1.23 – 1.24)

We are marching into Paradise. This is the good news that Jesus, in this quotation, comes to tell us. And we won’t make it on our own. If we have read this far in A Course of Love, we are tacitly accepting Jesus as our guide back home, our guide to Paradise. This is the acceptance that he is after. This is what we are asked to do.

What will Paradise mean to us? Our very consciousness will be altered to a much more serene manifestation. We will be easy-going, mellow, peaceful, and, above all, loving. Our minds will slow down, and this is something that we will recognize. Jesus does not ask us to accept, on faith, that which he cannot prove to us. We will know when we have changed to manifest Christ-consciousness, or, as A Course in Miracles says, Awakening.

All of us have already had glimpses of this new state of mind and heart. Jesus says this in the latter sections of the Dialogues. Not one of us is completely in the dark. And, if we have followed the gentle pathway of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, we won’t awaken with a scream of terror, as though a light had been turned on while we are dreaming. We will awaken to a serenity that seems unreal at first, a quietness that we have never known. A very peaceful Awakening.

So we can know now, from our glimpses, that Christ-consciousness, Awakening, is not anything to fear. We will not be hurled into reality. We will walk a gentle way back to God, because we have listened to Jesus’s words, and however indecisively, we have accepted him as our leader.

Dear God,

Give me energy to do Your bidding today. This beautiful day is another of Your gifts to us. I would not rue this day, regardless of what it brings, and this day has, thus far, brought me closer to You. I wait in patience for You to reach down and lift me up, to have a prolonged experience of Your Being.

I long for the assurance that You love me, and you give this assurance to me in abundance. Thank You for holding the hand of this sensitive soul.

Amen.