“You cannot find a place outside of yourself that will allow for the elevation of which we speak. There are no hallowed halls of learning that will accomplish this. There is no mountain top in any location on Earth that can accomplish this. It is only the relationship we are developing in this elevated place within that will bring to your full realiza¬tion and manifestation without the accomplishment that already exists.” (ACOL, D:Day6.19)
In the quotation for today, we see Jesus giving an explanation of what we are doing in the 40 Days and 40 Nights on a “mountain top” with him. We are seeking an elevation that will propel the inner Self into the spotlight of our world; we are seeking an elevation of the “little” or personal self that will embrace the Christ-Self who has always lived within us. This Christ-Self, part of God, will become what Jesus calls the “elevated Self of form.” This Christ-Self will embody Christ-consciousness (also called Awakening or enlightenment).
Because there is no time, actually, this change has already been accomplished in eternity. As we heard in A Course in Miracles, we discover that we are walking a pathway back to a point that we have passed before. As ACIM says, the pathway will one day roll up, like a carpet, and our journey will be complete. Until that happens, though, there is much to do. We are, as we learned in traditional Christianity, the hands and feet of Jesus. Our mission is bringing our brothers and sisters to salvation, but this, we learn, is not to be effected by proselytizing, but by example. We live in the light of Love that embraces us. This manner of living elicits interest from others, who wonder what we have that they don’t. Then and then only are we freed to share what we have discovered. What we have discovered, as the quotation for today says, is a change within, a change that effects change without, in our personality and, ultimately, in our world. Unless there is first change within, to try to engineer lasting change through social action is impossible. If we don’t have true reality, we labor in vain to improve the lives of others. This too is part of traditional Christianity.
There is much in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love that is new. It takes an open mind and heart to process all that a channeling Jesus is trying to get across. But he does not frequently reject the tenets of the faith that St. Paul first carried widely through the world. We just have to enlarge our minds to encompass the something more that is being offered, by Jesus, for our era.
We live our days in the time of Christ, Jesus has said in ACOL. Let us rejoice and be glad.
As I wander through this world, I ask that I stay on the straight and narrow, Your way, Jesus’s way. If I don’t embody a real truth, it is in vain that I would seek to bring others to their truth. Keep me listening to You, for I well know that You come only in silence. And when I am silent, I can “hear” more keenly what I imagine You are saying to me. And You speak through the imagination.
May this day, the first day of the rest of my life, be lived in harmony with You, in harmony with all brothers and sisters whom I encounter. May this bright and sunny day be a harbinger of bright and sunny days to come.