“Now, one of the reasons that I have had little to say through the ages, especially to those who revere the leaving of the body, is that I am Mother of the ‘body’ of Christ. And I am deeply with you in the cause to bring ‘the body’ into the realm of the living.” Mirari
This somewhat controversial statement by Mary of Nazareth, received by Mari, is controversial because A Course in Miracles enthusiasts, and many A Course of Love enthusiasts, do not believe in the material world. The Workbook of ACIM says, famously, “There is no world!” We are living in illusion as long as we are in the dream that God gave us when we separated from Him. This too I believe.
Mary’s statement has something deeper, though. The body certainly seems “real” to us, and it is this “real” nature of the body that may explain why Jesus worked with Mari to bring forth A Course of Love. If read narrowly, A Course in Miracles makes our life here pretty dismal—until the Holy Spirit brings to us the “happy dreams” that he does bring. But we may still get the impression from ACIM that life on the Other Side, as spirits, is better than life in the body.
If we all believe this, we won’t want to return to the earth in the future. We will live out our lives, glad to be rid of this world. But we are the hands and feet of God (and by extension, Jesus), and if we don’t save our brothers and sisters who are lost in attack and anger, who will?
Perhaps Jesus did not at first recognize in A Course in Miracles how dismal he was making this world sound. So we have A Course of Love, and, now, Mirari, to celebrate the new world that we will be creating. A new world in which reality blossoms.