“This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.” (A Course in Miracles, T-in.1)
The emphasis here is on “miracles.” And the fact that what we are taking in A Course in Miracles is a required course. Is it required for everyone in the world, eventually? That is an open question, for Jesus does not take a stand on reincarnation. And Jesus has also said that there are other teachers in this world, teachers other than him. But we have chosen that he be our teacher, because his words come to us in a manner that we can recognize and love.
We are trying to dislodge the ego; that is “removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence.” We give up struggle in this task. Jesus and the Holy Spirit will show us the way effortlessly, step by step. If we take one situation today and choose once again that we respond in a wholehearted manner, bereft of ego, we will have done well. Just for today, seek to choose by altruistic means, not egoic. And your time will be well spent.
Love actually has no opposite of fear, for fear is nothing—a manifestation of illusion, of dreams. We live in dreams until we choose once again. Sooner rather than later the Holy Spirit will replace our fearful dreams with happy dreams. And then the way is smoothed to lead us, ultimately, to Awakening. If the way seems long, we are encouraged not to fret, that the end is certain. We have chosen God’s way, and the Holy Spirit is a guide Who cannot fail. Revelation may occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed, and the means are being revealed in this course.
God would not withhold the rest, when what we ask—Awakening—is His Will for us. In the meantime, we need just to be patient. The way is being shown. Let no fearful thought of the ego hinder your way.