“You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. This is how a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he is.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-1.III.2)
We often don’t think well of ourselves. As we get into the Course, and realize how restricted our real lives have been by the ego, we realize that we want something more. But we don’t love the person that we are; in fact, we often come close to hatred of self, and with that can go hatred of our brothers and of God, even.
What do we do instead? We must see that God sees a being in us, a creature in us, that we cannot see. What he sees is wholly lovable, for this true Self never departed from Him in separation and developed traits that seem, even to us, to be undesirable. This real Self is perfect in and of itself as a Child of God. We are bade, in this quotation, to think of ourselves as God does, as “wholly lovable and wholly loving. How might we surround our being with love? We systematically remove from our awareness any vestiges of ego, as soon as these vestiges present themselves to our awareness. We don’t delay in thinking that we are lovable and loving, even with the ego still risen in our minds, but we know that we are living a dream that has become a nightmare—and we want out. When we let the ego wither away, we sense that we are right in our hearts, right with God. And our inner denunciations of self drop away. We know that even if we cannot see our goodness, God can and God does. And we believe Jesus’s words in the Course, saying that we are lovable and loving.
We have to trust, and that may not come easily. We have spent our lifetimes up to now in being skeptical of the world and the individuals we have met in it. Oh, of course, we have loved sometimes—but even that love has often turned to hatred. And so we have fallen out of even our own favor, and we imagine that we have fallen out of God’s favor as well. We have not fallen out of God’s favor, for He sees us as we really are—His perfect Son.
Now Jesus wants us to see into our hearts, where we do not need the type of proof that our minds demand. Our heart, if we listen to it, will tell us that Love is our very being, for we are One with God. And it is this unity that is the basis for our whole new experience of this world. God is with us; Jesus is with us; the Holy Spirit is with us.