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See Love Afresh

“I did not make you in my image. I created you in love because it is the nature of a being of love to extend. Realize that it is only when being is added to love—only when love is in relationship with being—that love is given its nature. Realize that it is only when love is in relationship with being that it attains this quality that we are calling extension.” (ACOL, D:Day40.4)

Jesus is talking about a mystical creation here, that he, joined with God in all fullness, “created” us in love. He has in mind and heart an understanding of being that is true and good, and far better than what you and I made in egotic misdeeds. Jesus’ understanding of us is of beings who live in extension from God Himself/Herself, being part of His/Her Being.

Thus we differ from the image that is Jesus. In other words, his persona/personality is uniquely his, as ours is our own as well. We all are unique, distinct entities who share the personhood of the Deity. We thus have a God Who lives through us. His Being limitless, and ours is restricted, but we can intuit what He knows simply by asking. Often we will receive an Answer, and we will know the Source of the Answer because it will always ring true. Our inner Self, one with God, will know that what we are “hearing” is true.

Ask for more understanding, a better knowledge of what is what. None of us is meant to live in befuddlement. Ask, and we truly will receive. God does not keep secrets from His beloved children.

Love has been so talked about by every religion and every religious leader that to talk about it more falls a little flat. When we open our minds and hearts to what exactly is being said, we will comprehend with a knowing that makes the idea of love fresh. With the idea of a fresh love, we are finally getting the message, said so long ago and so often throughout the years.

Dear God,

I ask to have a fresh understanding of love today. I don’t want a hackneyed understanding, something that will seem too old to be meaningful. I ask to see with fresh eyes, non-physical vision. Only then will I truly see what I am asking to see.

Thank You for Your patience with me. It must get very wearing to see Your children so constantly going astray. I am attributing human qualities to You, and this helps me to understand how I would feel. In your limitless Being, You see All, and this gives you total patience with our foibles.

Amen.

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Hope that Is Not Of This World

“Do not expect perfection, only union. Do not expect sainthood, only Godhood. Do not expect the world, expect heaven. Do not expect answers, only knowing. Do not expect learning, only revelation. Do not expect all, without also expecting nothing. Expect to know that you hold both within yourself and that you hold me as I hold you.” (ACOL, D:Day39.45)

Jesus seems to describe our future sustenance of Christ-consciousness as “nothing special” when he describes these opposites that we will encounter. A quiet transformation does not seem a big change, and Jesus is preparing us for a quiet transformation by giving us A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. We will not awaken with a scream of mortal terror (he tells us in ACIM), but we will awaken gently. One day we will just see with a vision that is not of the physical eyes. We will know things that have eluded us previously.

We are not necessarily “perfect,” for who would describe perfection to us? This seems to be a contradiction with ACIM, for there he indicated that he would correct any mistakes that were beyond us, seeming to say that in that sense perfection would be required. I do not believe that there is any contradiction between ACIM and ACOL, and so there is a way to understand these differences that will speak to our humanness. We remain very human, and mistakes can still occur, and in that we are not perfect. It would be very disastrous for those who know they have experienced Awakening or Christ-consciousness to believe that they are right about everything!

We will not necessarily have answers that another lacks. But we will have a knowing that cannot be proved, and in this knowing our way through this world will be eased. This knowing is different from perceiving, because perception is of the ego. Knowing is vision, non-physical sight that gives us the truth without any strain at all.

Jesus continues his very personal words to us in the quotation for today, “you hold me as I hold you.” He is saying that he is always “on call” for us, ready and willing, even eager, to assist in any manner that will advance the goal of a newly created world.

Jesus wants us to have a safe and easy journey through this world, and in following the way that he sets forth in both ACIM and ACOL, he shows us the way to just that.

Dear God,

I ask to be shown a better world today. I ask for eyes that see with vision, an inner vision that doesn’t depend on my physical sight. If I listen to my heart, there is nothing that won’t be revealed to me, over time and in the embrace of Jesus and all my brothers and sisters. This alone gives hope.

Be with us as we walk through another day. Let us not take any day for granted. It is Your gift, and, as always, each day is filled with blessings.

Amen.

God Never Leaves Us Stranded

“This is a time of knowing who you are and who I Am while at the same time, holding, or carrying, the mystery within you. That mystery is the tension of opposites. It is time and eternity. Love and hate. Good and evil. In other words, All and Nothing. It is the tension of individuation, a tension that has existed since the beginning of time, between time and eternity, between the attributeless love and the attribute laden being. Between the one being of love and the many beings of form, between love’s extension and form’s projection.” (ACOL, D:Day39.38)

This is a lovely passage that seeks to merge opposites, reality’s true expression in our world. We may reach for the positive, but until our vision is perfect, we also see the negative. If our vision is perfect, the negative doesn’t appear negative to us; our sight of deplorable conditions sees beyond them to a radiant future for all. We know that all will work out eventually, and sooner rather than later, if we do our part.

We need to know “who we are” if we are to see conditions transforming before our eyes. We need to be real, be truthful, and be aware of the differences between honesty and complicity in untruths. This requires true knowledge of ourselves, the kind that Jesus is extending to us with every word, especially toward the end of A Course of Love. He is drawing together all the threads of what he has begun with us, culminating in language that is beauty.

We are individuated or differentiated beings, part of God but not limitless as He is. We are finite creatures, but we can come to know more when we have aligned ourselves with His goodness.

We have form in this world, but it is not form that captures us. We are leaving illusion behind as we walk the pathway that God has set out for us. We are truly walking into a new and different world, one in which atrocities will cease to be real to us. We will not be heartless in this world, but we will see differently, and we will see God’s love extending even in the worst, deplorable human situation.

God never leaves us stranded.

Dear God,

I know that you would have me cease to look on the bad things of this world with a head that is shaking in disbelief. Our free will makes for bad situations sometimes. But we can see differently, but not heartlessly. I can know that You will resolve the situation when the ones involved get their thinking and their feeling in the right place, the place that You are constantly pointing out to anyone who will listen.

Thank You for letting me know that You are not heartless, even though our world seems on the edge so often. Turning to You resolves difficulties, even the worst ones. You give a solace that can’t be touched by deplorable conditions in our sad world.

Amen.

How Have We Seen God?

“Thus your ideas of the universe and your ideas of me have been inseparable projections. As have your ideas of the universe and your ideas of your own self.

“Have I been a benevolent God in your universe? Then you have been benevolent and seen your universe as a benevolent universe.

“Have I been a judgmental God in your universe? Then you have been judgmental and lived in a judgmental world.

“Have I been a powerful God who can work miracles? Then you have been a powerful miracle worker.

“Have I been a distant God who does not show his love for you or others? Then you have been distant from yourself and those you love.

“Have I been a God you have sought and never found? Then you have not found yourself.

“Have I been a fair God? Then you have been fair and the world has treated you fairly.

“Have I been the God of your religion? Then you have been religious.

“Have I been a God of vengeance? Then you have been vengeful.

“Have I been a God of love? Then you have been loving.

“Have I been all of these? So, too, then, have you, and so too has your universe been.” (ACOL, D:Day39.19 – Day39.29)

Jesus is saying that our projections onto him have been a reflection of how we see God Himself. And it has been projections. What we have held in our heart, we have seen in him—when we took him seriously as a part of our faith.

Jesus seemed to me to be judgmental. I know that I don’t see myself, now nor in the past, as judgmental, but I have been keen on “fairness,” and this is a judgment. Someone once told me, a friend in childhood, that he had had a dream in which I had screamed, “It isn’t fair!” I realized as soon as he said it that he was seeing something in my very soul. And I felt uncomfortable. I didn’t like to be seen so clearly at that tender age of about 12.

Read over this list, and see where you see yourself. This can be very insightful, as well as disturbing.

The good news in A Course of Love is that this doesn’t have to be something that we stay with. We can give up our projections as easily as we acquired them, a largely unconscious process.

Just ask to feel love as an extension of our being and of God’s Being. And the projections will melt away.

Dear God,

Help me to project no more. Never a good idea, it is devastating as we seek to walk into Christ-consciousness. Our love needs to be whole and complete, nothing that inferior ways of viewing You could allow.

Be with me for a good day, something that I ask often. The day is busy, but I never want to lose sight of You.

Amen.

Love “Enough”

“What must occur now must occur between you and me. Your willing¬ness is all that is required.

“Let me tell you what has occurred in the past so that you know not to respond to love in the same way again.

“Who I have been to you is who you have been to yourself. Remember the idea of projection. This is what projection does. It projects outward. It is different from extension in that extension is like a projection that remains at one with its source. Projection separates.” (ACOL, D:Day39.15 – Day39.17)

We are being asked to compare what we have thought about Jesus in the past with what we think about him now. He doesn’t want us to build too much on our Christian tradition, for he has repeatedly said that he is equal to us, that we are The Accomplished. Of course, we may not believe this, or, at the least, we don’t understand it.

But say it he has. And it merits our careful consideration.

If we have read this far in A Course of Love, we know that Jesus is asking us to form a personal relationship with him, a belief that will entail a suspension of disbelief—for we must realize that, as spirit, he can focus his consciousness anywhere and everywhere at once.

It is hard to suspect disbelief this much. Let just a crack in. It might be true.

We know that Jesus asked us earlier to request a miracle. We might or might not have taken him up on his request, not for a specific miracle (he says this), but for the miracle-mindedness that is our birthright. The “art of thought” is how he describes what he is after for us. We need, in other words, to live in a state of readiness for miracles all the time, to live in a state of believing that the numinous pervades our lives and our world. Is this really so hard to believe, when we believe that all of us are a part of God Himself/Herself?

We are seeking to have extension in our lives, not projection. So our previous ideas of Jesus’s presence may have been wrong or misguided. Now we know that we have projected our beliefs onto him. Now he would have us love him in a more mature and more accurate image. If we extend what we know of love to him, we will be on the right track. Love, as always, is the great panacea.

Dear God,

I would seek to love more deeply today. You know that I have a question in my heart for which I request a quick Answer, from You. Perhaps you are telling me that if I love enough, I will get along very well indeed. That is my hope.

Guide me to love enough, although Jesus says in A Course of Love that we often think that one can love too much or too little, but never enough. But I would think differently today. I would love with my whole heart—enough!

Thank You for guiding my thoughts this day.

Amen.

A Relationship with Jesus

“Establishing this relationship with me may sound lofty and difficult, but it is simple. It is as simple as relationship is within your everyday life. You may not think that relationship within everyday life is simple, but you also know it as a constant.” (ACOL, D:Day39.11)

Jesus is here, once again, asking us to indulge him by establishing a relationship with him as the unseen. We don’t have to think that he is the only way to God, but he is writing in the Christian tradition, with the religion that, with Paul’s help, he established. And most of us have a background in the Christian faith, which makes a “personal relationship” with Jesus more palpable.

I know from experience that my mind and heart deliver answers when I write an imaginary dialogue with Jesus. Somehow he gets through to me, through my informed imagination. Subconscious minds are one, as is everyone—just One. And so we don’t have to search long and hard to believe that Jesus can communicate with us. We just have to entertain the idea that he can be in more than one place at a time. With Jesus being spirit, this is not so strange.

So establishing a relationship with Jesus may mean simple asking for advice, and then taking the advice (as long as we don’t imagine harm to anybody). This simple asking will prove to us that there is somebody listening, and it is not just God.

Dear God,

Thank You for the good advice that I just got a moment ago. The advice that I get is always rational and practical, helps in my everyday life. If I wander too long with my head in the clouds, Jesus seems to put my feet back on the ground. And I thank him—and You—for that.

Thank You for slowing me down this morning. I try too hard sometimes, and I set myself up for a downfall.

I would not set myself up for a downfall today, nor in the future.

Amen.

Awakened Living

“Discovering your own relationship with me is discovering the Christ in you. When you have discovered your own relationship with me is when you have discovered that you are who I Am because you realize—or make real—your oneness with Christ. When you have discovered your own relationship with me is when an intermediary is no longer needed—because you have realized and made real your oneness with Christ.” (ACOL, D:Day39.10)

This is a mystical relationship we enjoy with Jesus, one that we can make real in our lives and can take literally. He has promised us in A Course in Miracles to come to us at the point of a “single, unequivocal call.” While we don’t understand how this is possible, we can step out in faith and believe that something is happening when our heart is warmed by a presence that seems not of this world. It may be Jesus.

We are giving up the Holy Spirit as intermediary, because we are moving into our Christ-Self, where no intermediary is needed (or even wanted). When we live in Christ-consciousness (enlightenment, Awakening), we will know the truth of what Jesus is telling us. We will know that God is here for us, always present, always living through us to provide a rich and full life, and what more could we ask for?

Be alert for the signs of increasing evidence that God is looking out for us. Of course, He has always been doing this, but it meant naught to us when we were unaware.

We are no longer unaware. And the awareness of love that we enjoy now could not have happened without our attention to our relationship to God.

This closer walk with God is what Jesus has been leading us toward. And our gratitude for the blessings in our lives that Jesus has helped to bring about will make all the difference.

Dear God,

Thank You for always being here with me. I very much appreciate it. I know that gratitude makes a difference in our universe, and gratitude is what I feel in my heart today.

Help me to actualize my wishes, the good ones only. Help me to thank Jesus properly for leading the way.

Amen.