“Do not expect perfection, only union. Do not expect sainthood, only Godhood. Do not expect the world, expect heaven. Do not expect answers, only knowing. Do not expect learning, only revelation. Do not expect all, without also expecting nothing. Expect to know that you hold both within yourself and that you hold me as I hold you.” (ACOL, D:Day39.45)
Jesus seems to describe our future sustenance of Christ-consciousness as “nothing special” when he describes these opposites that we will encounter. A quiet transformation does not seem a big change, and Jesus is preparing us for a quiet transformation by giving us A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. We will not awaken with a scream of mortal terror (he tells us in ACIM), but we will awaken gently. One day we will just see with a vision that is not of the physical eyes. We will know things that have eluded us previously.
We are not necessarily “perfect,” for who would describe perfection to us? This seems to be a contradiction with ACIM, for there he indicated that he would correct any mistakes that were beyond us, seeming to say that in that sense perfection would be required. I do not believe that there is any contradiction between ACIM and ACOL, and so there is a way to understand these differences that will speak to our humanness. We remain very human, and mistakes can still occur, and in that we are not perfect. It would be very disastrous for those who know they have experienced Awakening or Christ-consciousness to believe that they are right about everything!
We will not necessarily have answers that another lacks. But we will have a knowing that cannot be proved, and in this knowing our way through this world will be eased. This knowing is different from perceiving, because perception is of the ego. Knowing is vision, non-physical sight that gives us the truth without any strain at all.
Jesus continues his very personal words to us in the quotation for today, “you hold me as I hold you.” He is saying that he is always “on call” for us, ready and willing, even eager, to assist in any manner that will advance the goal of a newly created world.
Jesus wants us to have a safe and easy journey through this world, and in following the way that he sets forth in both ACIM and ACOL, he shows us the way to just that.
I ask to be shown a better world today. I ask for eyes that see with vision, an inner vision that doesn’t depend on my physical sight. If I listen to my heart, there is nothing that won’t be revealed to me, over time and in the embrace of Jesus and all my brothers and sisters. This alone gives hope.
Be with us as we walk through another day. Let us not take any day for granted. It is Your gift, and, as always, each day is filled with blessings.
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