“A desert is a desert is a desert. You can do anything you want in it, but cannot change it from what it is. It still lacks water, which is why it is a desert. The thing to do with a desert is to leave.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.43.12:2-5)
Jesus doesn’t explain exactly what his “desert” really means, but I think he is referring to the unsatisfying lives that many of us lead. We don’t have to live like that, of course. We can leave the desert at any time by turning inward to a contemplation of eternal values. These values will lift our spirits. And if there is something that we need to do internally or externally to lift our spirits, our intuition will tell us what that is. Living with the Holy Spirit and the Christ-Self is living with the very best that is available to us in this world.
We need to make sure that we stay out of the desert. We need to make sure that our goal of leaving behind the ego actually is sustained. There is a stern warning in A Course of Love (a continuation of A Course in Miracles) that we may form a new ego on the ashes of the old. We do have that potential if we don’t stand firm with our new knowledge. And this indeed would be the desert. A terrible, terrible back step.
Leave the desert today. Do what we know to do to create good lives in a new world, for we are creating a new world as we speak.
The way to better living is contained in our refusal to live superficially with material objects that don’t satisfy for long. Lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, and we will have succeeded in this life. And our heaven can and should be right on this earth, long before our death takes us to another world.