“The buildings, the automobiles you drive, the dollars in the bank—none of that is real. These are merely symbols of the quality of experience you have chosen to call to yourself, as a temporary learning experience.
“Beloved friends, use time well. Ask yourself:
“Am I fully committed to transforming my awareness from one who has been sleeping, and perceiving myself as limited to the space-and-time dimension, or am I committed to truly hearing my brother’s call to take up my cross and follow him?” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 158)
The dollars in the bank, even when diminishing, are a temporary learning experience. We want to cry out that it is all so unfair, that we didn’t call this to ourselves. Yet we are caught in it. And we have to make the best of a bad hand dealt to us.
In this ordeal, let us turn to our brother—whom we can imagine as Jesus or we can imagine as the one standing next to us in the flesh. We need each other now more than we did last week. And this will grow, perhaps, over time. We need to awaken, even in the midst of our ordeal. We have been asleep. Now is the time to welcome the end of fear and judgment, and the beginning of wisdom, the glimmerings of Awakening.
We can turn this ordeal into a mixed blessing. We can see our way home to God in and through it.