“Prisoners bound with heavy chains for years, starved and emaciated, weak and exhausted, and with eyes so long cast down in darkness they remember not the light, do not leap up in joy the instant they are made free. It takes a while for them to understand what freedom is. You groped but feebly in the dust and found your brother’s hand, uncertain whether to let it go or to take hold on life so long forgotten. Strengthen your hold and raise your eyes unto your strong companion, in whom the meaning of your freedom lies.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-20.III.9)
A picturesque account of what we have been through in this sad and troubled world. We have been like prisoners, lost in our own misery, bound by the imprisoned will that we found when we separated, in illusion, from God. We were trapped by a part of our belief about ourselves, our ego, and we suffered long and hard.
Now is the time to put all of this suffering behind us. This quotation gives us the solution to separation by A Course in Miracles: take our brother’s hand, and in the holy relationship that we form with him, we are saved at last. We are free when we are one with our brother; our brother saves us, and we save him. There is no better way that we can reach salvation in its ultimate form of Awakening, no better way that we can save the time still left before we are made ready to rejoin God.
Prisoners don’t become happy all at once, when the imprisonment has been long and cruel. Most of us won’t achieve a stable happiness all at once, but achieve happiness we will, over time. And this is happiness that will not desert us as we walk forward into the sunlight with the Holy Spirit as our Guide. He knows how to negotiate the darkness, as well as how to lead us to the sunlight.
Listen to Him today.
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I enjoyed the striking ACIM quote
And your comments very much.