“Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. Each brings the other with it, for it is the law of God they be not separate. They are cause and effect, each to the other, so where one is absent the other cannot be.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-14.XI.12)
We focus today on twin values—peace and understanding, which Jesus says are never found apart. With one, the other comes. Without one, the other does not come. The dual nature of peace and understanding is particularly apt to be overlooked in a study of A Course in Miracles, but when seen clearly, this tidbit of information tells us much. It tells us why we have not understood before (we lacked peace), and why we didn’t have peace (we lacked understanding).
We need perfect peace, and for this we need understanding. A Course in Miracles is giving us the means to reach Awakening, the end that we all seek. God makes the decision of when, but we must be prepared. And we will be effortlessly and easily prepared when we study ACIM carefully and well.
Peace and understanding are both cause and effect to each other, a dichotomy that is difficult to understand. But Jesus frequently makes reference to cause and effect in ACIM—a favorite learning device of his. We can see that each causes the other, and therefore each is the “effect” of the other. We cannot make progress when either is lacking from our lives.
May we experience at least fleeting moments of perfect peace today. To do so, we will realize that we have understood some of what A Course in Miracles is telling us.
And we will seeing accurately.