“Being full of love for one another is the beginning of extension, the end of withdrawal. It is the mutuality of our love that causes this fullness. Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you have experienced when you believed you loved more or that you were loved less by a friend or lover. Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you experienced when you felt loved for being something other than that which you are. Know, through your brief contemplation of these feelings that this is behind us now. Know that we can be known and loved equally for who we are.
“Call me God the Father, call me God the Mother, call me Creator, or Great Spirit, Yahweh or Allah, but call me yours. For this is who I Am.
“Call yourself daughter or son, sister or brother, co-creator or friend. But call yourself mine. For we belong to one another.” (ACOL, D:Day38.4 – Day38.6)
Jesus becomes very intimate in the final chapters of A Course of Love, the Dialogues. He does not require, but does desire, a personal relationship with us. This is unlike traditional Christianity, when a personal relationship to Jesus put him on a pedestal. Indeed, in ACOL Jesus has been at great pains to tell us that we are equal to him (whether we can believe this or not, he asks us to do so). In A Course in Miracles, he was self-described as a big brother to us, someone who had walked a little farther along the pathway and could point out the way to us. Now, he is assuming (rightly or wrongly) that many of us are Christ-conscious and therefore our pathway back to God is assured.
In the Dialogues of A Course of Love, God is described as the Self, the Whole, the All, the One, and we are seen to be aspects of His Being. Our Christ-Self has learned, and then “discovered,” much that had been hidden to us before. Now we are encouraged to realize that we are The Accomplished. Not with ego, not with much self-centeredness, but with the Love that is given by God Himself.
Jesus sees as one worldwide community of Self, One with him, with God, with all others. He asks us to take him at his word; if he says that we are The Accomplished, beyond the ego (of course), then he asks us simply to believe.
We heard in A Course in Miracles that Jesus would come to each of us upon a “single unequivocal call,” and many of us have taken him at his word (though we do not understand how he can focus his consciousness on so many of us who might be calling at the same time. This quandary makes more sense when we realize that where Jesus is, there is no time, or rather time is timeless, an eternity.
But we do not have to understand to test out this promise. When we are especially intuitive, we can address Jesus with questions, and many of us will hear answers. He is not unavailable to anyone.
Try his wonderful promise to be with us. And, if we are so prompted, invite the personal relationship that he seems so eager to have us enjoy.
My prayer blog for today is on “staying calm” and is at http://cosmologicalprayers.wordpress.com
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