“The invasion is an intrusion of The New into the old, a force meant to quicken the passing of all that lingers of death in the living. To end living death and welcome living life. To end division and become one with what is being birthed. To mother The New into existence.” Mirari
Here Mirari, Mari’s new book, takes up where A Course of Love left off. Still talking about The New, the new world that we will all create together, this new book goes a step farther. It counsels that we do what we can to bring love into our world, big time, for there are still too many of us who are bringing negativity into this world.
We need to be sure that we don’t encourage negativity by our own actions. We must stop feeding egos, and here I know Mari’s new book is preaching to the choir. All of us who have discovered A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love know of the detrimental effect of egoic and egotistical thought.
Listen to our heart. Mirari is also a heart-centered book, in this way like A Course of Love.
Being Who You Are: Pondering A Course of Love is written by the author of this blog, Celia Hales, and is available on Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2021.
I can’t thank Celia enough for writing such a wonderful book. It totally introduced me to “A Course in Love”, after I have been a ” A Course in Miracles” student for 15 years. It is just so lovely, gentle and life affirming. I loved it!
Margaret Deeb – Note: This is Mari Perron, who received A Course of Love. Margaret Deeb is her legal, married name, and the way in which she has her account on Amazon.
Celia Hales has the wonderful combination of a confident voice and a gentle manner. I am happy to be able to complement her ponderings on being you are through the experience of A Course of Love. I am in complete agreement that being who we truly are is the promise of this work. Hales begins and ends with sharing herself, which fits totally with that premise. Chapter 1 starts with a favorite passage of mine. It is imbued with a depth of feeling that invites the reader to be embraced by love. Celia describes it as emblematic of the warm, heartfelt tone throughout. She speaks of friendship as getting to know the essence of a person. Hales assures new and expectant readers that ceasing to let our minds rule our hearts and realizing that love is our nature, will guide us to the new and unprecedented experience of the elevated self of form. Celia Hales concludes by speaking of how people like genuineness and that this is what being who you are actually accomplishes. That was my favorite part. Being genuine. Who doesn’t want to be that? She also said, “We become inspired.” Being genuine and inspired, wholehearted and intuitive, can lead to the sense, she says, that “we are free.” These are words that I delight in as the “receiver” of A Course of Love. Those considering reading A Course of Love may find this a pleasing invitation, and those who have already read ACOL may enjoy the ten themes she draws upon, as well as her frequent reflections on A Course in Miracles.
Celia Hales’ book is packed with wisdom and made sense not only to my mind, but especially spoke to my heart. The contemplations are uplifting to the spirit, and I appreciate what she said about dropping the false self, the ego, and coming to the place of the heart – our TRUE selves that are naturally free and happy. The joining of heart and mind – whole heartedness – that brings us the freedom to live in peace and joy, as we were intended to. I also found her discussion helpful of living in the present moment and the letting go of fear and judgement. Her book is beautifully written and makes me look forward to reading “A Course of Love.”
The title of this book goes right to the heart of it: being who you are—who you REALLY are. The author is thoroughly grounded in A Course in Miracles, since 1981. A Course of Love, coming from the same Source, expands upon the earlier Course, and she deftly integrates the two. A key understanding is that we cannot think our way to Heaven, we only experience that awareness by being who we (really) are. And when we are being who we are, we naturally know how to act.
“Your attempt at individuation and extension, an attempt consistent with the nature of your being, failed only because you experienced separation rather than differentiation, and fear rather than love.” (A Course of Love, D:Day40.6)
What, eons ago, were we trying to do when we enter physical matter on earth? We were not at risk of avoiding God, as long as we didn’t think that we needed separation from Him. We needed only to be differentiations—individuations—of God, experiencing physical form in this new environment, new for souls such as we.
But we did think that we need to experience what life was like to be separate from God. This is why this experiment, at first, failed. To live without God, without communing with God, we needed to construct a separate existence ruled by a separate thought: the ego. And so we dropped into pain and suffering, for nothing that deems itself apart from God can survive well in such a harsh climate as we have found ourselves.
We fell into fear rather than love, and that has made all the difference. We didn’t known what we were getting into. Long have we rued that day, though we didn’t know what we were rejecting. Our attempt at individuation thus became known as the “fall of man,” and we have since struggled mightily to find our way back to our Maker.
It is important to note that extension into physical form was not the problem; it was only how we lived it that was (and is) the problem. Now we need to recognize that Awakening to reality is what we need. We have taught ourselves not to commune with God, and this is a most unnatural way to live. In our finite minds, we can’t know what best to do next. Only supernatural help will guide us rightly. And this supernatural help is right within us, in the Christ mind that dwells within.
Let’s make the right choice today, and seek the guidance that only communing with our depths can bring about.
“My son, your brother, spoke to you of an in-between time, of the twin circles of one way passing and a new way coming into being.” Mirari
Here Mary is speaking of A Course of Love, received by Mari several years ago. That book indicated that we are passing from a time of “doing” to a time of “being,” that there is a time for both, but that we are seeing a transitional time now. Jesus’ way was seen as “doing,” and Mary’s way is seen as “being.” Soon all of us will see the advantage of “being” as a way of life.
This does not mean that we will not continue to achieve in this life. But it does mean that our emphasis will be different. God doesn’t ask extravagant and busy doings of us; He celebrates our being with Him and with others in Love, Love that He champions.
“Uncertainty will not now come to teach you lessons you have already learned but will only visit you as an echo from the past. It is a habit, a pattern of the old thought system. All you must do is not listen to it. Its voice will not be gentle or full of love. Its voice will hold the unmistakable edge of fear.” (A Course of Love, T3:10.11)
When we refuse to surrender to divine love, we are racked with uncertainty about life and everything in it. We are like wind socks, buffeted about by the breeze, a gentle breeze that we mistake for the direst emergency. This uncertainty will fall away when we know enough to surrender to God. What uncertainty still plagues will only be a “echo” (T3:10.11) from the fear-ridden state of illusory separation. This echo will be fearful, and this fear is the way that we will recognize that it is a lamentable part of our past. It cannot do anything to us now except to make us uneasy. But it can and will do that, until we give up separation and its concomitant independence as a bad idea.
Don’t listen to uncertainty about anything in our lives. Let guidance from within give us the certainty about what to say and do and even think. The heart’s advice will stand us in good stead now. Listen to that which calls to us. Listen to our heart.
“And all of these, those who would admit to fear, and those who would not, would still believe that love exists despite fear’s claim upon it, and think that they are lucky to have found a love to shield them for a little while from all the other things they fear. And yet the greatest fear of all is that of loss of love. You who have given everything to be alone and separate fear most of all that which you have given everything to attain. For what is loss of love but confirmation of your separate state? What is loss of love but being left alone?” (A Course of Love, C:14.21)
We thought that we wanted to be separate from God; this is part of the theology of traditional Christianity as well as A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. Separation would be that we would be independent, on our own, isolated. Yet in the illusory actuality (for we could never actually separate from God, being part of Him) we have been the most afraid of being alone. Try as hard as we can, we still cling, desperately, to the special love relationships that would save us from ourselves—or so we think. So the living out of isolation has actually been the source of our greatest fears.
We fear being alone more than anything because somewhere in our deluded minds is the certainty that we are living amiss, and that a furious God will take revenge on us for denying Him. This is as true for atheists as anyone else, for each of us of whatever persuasion has a religion in which we put our faith. If this religion is ego-tainted, we will fear all the more, and what religion in our world is not ego-tainted? It is only in giving up our false idols of isolation and separation that we come even close to finding our way safely through this world.
We find our way safely in this world by acknowledging what our heart tells us. And this heart does not require “proof” of God’s existence. It is rightly said that there are no atheists in foxholes (a somewhat outdated reference recalling the first world war). When we get scared about our predicament, we do turn to what we hope will save us. And A Course of Love proclaims that this is the saving grace for what we understand to be our heart. It alone does not seek to have divine proof; it simply knows that we are not alone in all the universe. We are not isolated and independent; we are meant to share our living with others. And A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love call these relationships, the “holy” relationships. Most all of us have experienced loss of love in some form, with somebody. Somebody let us down, we cry. We think that if only this special someone had loved us for ourselves alone, we would be saved. This makes of love a mockery. And it places in our midst a scavenger that would devoir true love. We do not have to pin our hopes on one someone (or several someones) who can save us. We need only rest in the knowledge—and it is knowledge—that we are never meant to be alone, that divine love is there to protect and keep us safe. And once we give up the attributes of specialness, our relationships one to another will indeed be holy. We have to give up specialness in relationships, we are told. But the relationships will not be snatched from us, to leave us cowering in the dust. The special relationships turned holy will be a foretaste of Heaven, right here on earth.
“Now, as we reverse this set of circumstances, and replace the world of fear with a world of love, there can be no more weighing of love against fear. God did not create fear and will not be judged by it. All judgment is the cause of fear and this effort to weigh love’s strength against fear’s veracity. While you chose to believe and live in a world the nature of which was fear, you could not know God. You could not know God because you judged God from within the nature of fear, believing it to be your natural state.” (A Course of Love, T4:3.7)
We thought that it was protective to have fear in our arsenal of defenses. But did it ever work very well? We got anxious often, but did this really protect us?
We don’t need fear’s protection. We don’t need protection at all. We have no need for defense against anything. We will be warned when we need to do anything to “protect” ourselves because we are in danger of some kind. God does not leave us defenseless; He is our defense, if we ever need to have a defense in this world at all, and that is debatable.
Defenses do what they would protect against.
We thought that fear was a natural reaction, not realizing that it was, instead, evidence of living insanity. We need to replace this world of fear we have made into a world of love, and only then can we relax in the grace that God gives us. We need to make a definite decision to give up judgment, and this much we can do. We can determine that we will not judge ourselves, others, or God, and we can stand by this as a promise. The world will never again look as dismal. We will have found means to emerge from a world of insanity. We will walk into the light.
Even the most loving parent, like unto your most loving image of God, having brought a child into a fearful world, became subject to the tests of time. Thus did the world become a world of effort with all things in it and beyond it, including God, weighed and balanced against the idea of fear.” (A Course of Love, T4:3.6)
We were raised in a dysfunctional environment—all of us, regardless of how loving our parents tried to be toward us. They too partook of fear, and thus we were nurtured in fear. The world became a place in which we sought the approval of our parents, and this approval became something to earn, something about which we must exert effort.
Our relationships continued from this first one, of parents to children (us). We sought to grow through achievement, our own efforts, and the world became a fairly grim place indeed. We projected this fear upon our image of the God within, though we didn’t know that He was within. Most of us saw God as an external Creator, someone, something like Santa Claus, who knew everything that we thought and did, and weighed it in the balance to decide if we were good little boys and girls. This is indeed a fearful way to view God, and we imagine that this might indeed hurt Him (if the Creator were to have an ego such as we have, which He doesn’t).
So we grew up, supported by our fearful ideas of this world. Only religious convictions can actually save us from the dilemma in which we find ourselves. And these do not necessarily have to be of a traditional sense. God is God of the secular as well. And He will provide. We need only ask, though we are apt to forget the asking part when we are fearful.
“Only your heart can lead you to the forgiveness that must overcome judgment. A forgiven world is a world whose foundation has changed from fear to love. Only from this world can your special function be fulfilled and bring the light to those who still live in darkness.” (A Course of Love, C:16.8)
It is a good question to wonder how we can change from love to fear in our thinking. And the answer is one word: forgiveness. Forgiveness will overcome judgment, and above all we need to overcome judgment of ourselves and our brothers and sisters
We don’t really have anything to forgive, for we are looking out on a world of illusions. Nothing has actually happened at all. We are living a stage play that has no repercussions on our inner essence. Only those things that come from love are real, for God is Love, and His reality is the only true reality.
In the ethos of A Course of Love, we let our hearts find the forgiveness that our minds might deny. Spend a while today in your heart, and see if it doesn’t make a difference in how the day is viewed. We will, if we let our hearts make the decision, find forgiveness of ourselves and others, and thus look out on a forgiven world.
There is no better way to live. Just recognize, when someone attacks you, that they are being insane, that their reaction is pure insanity. And one would not blame a certifiably insane person for the strange reactions that that person exhibits. We would know that the person is not fully responsible for words and deeds, and we would forgive easily. Our brother or sister who is certifiably sane is due the same response. In the opinion of both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, the attacking brother or sister is not actually sane at all, but mad in a mad world. And so forgiveness becomes easier for us.
“Think you not that reason opposes love, for love gives reason its foundation. The foundation of your insane world is fear. The foundation of Heaven, your true home, is love. The same world based upon these different foundations could not help but look quite different.” (A Course of Love, C:14.9)
We don’t have to have blind faith in the precepts of A Course of Love. We are told, “love gives reason its foundation.” (C:14.9) We are further told that the foundation of our insane world is fear. And the foundation of Heaven, our true home, is love. It is strongly implied that the way that we look at our world determines whether it is hell or Heaven. The way that we look. That is perception, and we know from A Course in Miracles that projection makes perception. What we feel inwardly will determine what we see in the outer world. And if we are feeling fear, we will see an insane world that is violent and destructive. If we are feeling love, we will see Heaven.
Is this too simplistic? Is this even true? Can the same images that flow before our eyes seem fearful or loving, based on what we are projecting? Yes. For the fearful mind sees more reason to fear, and the loving mind sees only that in its sight are lamentable things, but no cause for fear. The loving mind does not reject the outer world of insanity as not there; it sees that it is there, but it is only illusion, the illusion of insanity. And so it gives that outer, violent and destructive, world no credence.
“The same world based upon these different foundations could not help but look quite different.” (C:14.9) Yes! This is the secret for staying in this world, but seeing it differently. This is the secret of having peace in the midst of chaos. Choose fear or love, and all the world will change according to the emotion that is chosen.
“The desire to protect is a desire that arises from distrust and is based totally on fear. If there were no fear, what would there be to protect? Thus, all of your love—the love that you imagine you keep within yourself, and the love that you imagine you receive and give—is tainted by your fear and cannot be real love. It is because you remember love as that which kept you safe, that which kept you happy, that which bound all those you love to you, that you attempt to use love here. This is a real memory of creation that you have distorted.” (A Course of Love, C:9.3)
We are not able to use love to protect us, although we often try. The desire to protect ourselves is a fear-based motivation, one that can’t be what it tries to do, keep us safe. We are already safe; we don’t need anything extra to make ourselves so.
We have, Jesus says, a memory of love from eons ago (as the world judges time). Love at the beginning, before the illusory separation, kept us happy and kept together all whom we loved. Somehow, dimly, we remember this true event, and we want some of that same feeling now. We try to find it in fear that comes from distrust. If we didn’t think we were in danger, why would we think at all about being “protected”? We would know that there is nothing that we need protection from, and we would be at peace. So this desire is wholly fear-based. We do love a disservice when we attempt to “use” it at all. Love cannot be used, just as we would be wise not to use each other for our own ends. We are safe, we have always been safe, and sooner or later we will all realize our safety is a God-given gift.
When love is tainted by fear, it is not real love. Unfortunately, most of our love in this world is tainted by fear, and thus we need another way to view love. We need to realize that it is part of the long-ago memory of Oneness with God. Only our attempt to separate from God, with the concomitant rise of the ego, has kept us from real love. Let us decide today that we will be done with all of this foolishness. Ask to experience real love, remove our mind from attempts to use this love to protect the physical body, and see if a better day doesn’t dawn.
“Your feelings in truth come from love, your response to them is what is guided by fear. Even feelings of destruction and violence come from love. You are not bad, and you have no feelings that can be labeled so. Yet you are misguided concerning what your feelings mean and how they would bring love to you and you to love.” (A Course of Love, C:5.11)
Jesus forms a startling assertion about love and fear, one that we wouldn’t expect. He says that all of our feelings come from love, in essence because we are not “bad” (C:5.11). A Course in Miracles says that we have the “innocence of God” (T-III.17:2), and so Jesus is here asserting to the same thought. How our feelings of destruction and violence can come from love may remain nebulous to us, but Jesus believes that we have just misunderstood ourselves. We have been misguided about how to bring love to ourselves. So we have made wrong choices in our love, choices that gave us destruction and violence.
Do we not often noticed that nobody who is embroiled in violence and destruction thinks that he/she is at fault about anything that is bad? History is replete with wars that were fought in the name of God, believing that one is doing God’s will in the antagonism. This is one way of looking at love gone astray. This is one way to realize that fear has done nothing, that it is only our misperceptions about love and how it ought to be expressed that have done us in.
Our feelings are not bad, Jesus says. We only need to channel those feelings in the right direction, seeing love where it really is, avoiding feelings of destruction and violence, pain and suffering. Then we will find love’s fruits to be our chosen just desserts. We will have taken another step on love’s pathway. Another step toward Awakening/Christ-consciousness.
“The Christ in you is wholly human and wholly divine. . . .It is this joining of the human and divine that ushers in love’s presence, as all that caused you fear and pain falls away and you recognize again what love is.” (A Course of Love, C:5.1)
We are indeed blessed now! When we recognize the Christ in us, we are recognizing a joining the human and the divine. And in this joining, we are told, love reigns, “joining. . .ushers in love’s presence.” (C:5.1) All that has caused fear and pain drops away, and we finally recognize what love really is. This is the celebration, when we recognize the Self within, the Self no longer a captive of the ego.
The Christ in us is wholly human and wholly divine, not omniscient, of course, because of our humanness. We are ready to experience true reality in the fullness of the Christ-consciousness (Awakening) that now engulfs us. We may as yet have captured only glimpses of this Christ-consciousness. But the purpose of A Course of Love is to lead us to understandings that will cause the impediments in our psyche to drop away. Jesus wants us to reach Christ-consciousness. A consolidation of awakened individuals is the best hope that we have for a world in disarray, lost in pain and suffering, lost in conflict of one brother and sister against another. But God, we might add, is the omniscient Presence that makes the decision of when we are ready. Thus, there is an indecisive quality about Christ-consciousness and its coming that we can’t predict. Only the omniscient God of us all knows when any one of us is truly ready.
There are things that we can do. Things we must do. We must give up judgments, one of the other. We must give up fear (a biggie). We must give up attack and planning that is not the direct result of guidance. A Course of Love highlights the giving up of judgment and fear; A Course in Miracles highlights the giving up of attack, judgment, and unguided planning. These directives are meant to remove impediments to the coming of Christ-consciousness, and we can all recognize how difficult these directives will be if we don’t have divine help.
We do have divine help. We need only ask. The part of ourselves, the inner part, that is God, will respond. Angels will also come to our aid, for we are not all alone in the universe. Those of us who are in close contact with the Other Side will also come to recognize other entities that move to help us, though Jesus does not point this truth out, in so many words. Jesus has said that he is always with us, always guiding us by the hand. He is our rock, our salvation to a higher world in this world. We do not have to die to enjoy the benefits of a higher presence directing our efforts.
“All fear ends when proof of your existence is established. All fear is based on your inability to recognize love and thus who you are and who God is. How could you not have been fearful with doubt as powerful as this? How can you not rejoice when doubt is gone and love fills all the space that doubt once occupied?” (A Course of Love, C:4.5)
We have often doubted God, and not just in our youth, when many of us became agnostics and atheists because the chronology of Genesis did not jibe with evolution. We have doubted that there could be a Higher Power Who could hear our prayers. We wanted to be intellectually honest, but we didn’t listen to our hearts. Our hearts knew all along that we weren’t alone in a fearsome universe.
A Course of Love questions, “How could you not have been fearful with doubt as powerful as this?” (C:4.5). This lack of love that we felt when we were being intellectually “honest” is a reason to feel fear. What better reason could there be?
Now that most of believe in the Other Side, that channeling is possible and also probable, we are in a different place. Our doubts have subsided, but we still are living the remnants of too much fear. Fear has become a habit for us. And this has to change if we are to live full lives in a new world that we are seeking to create.
When we put away our doubt, we will make substantial progress. Just give the heart a chance to speak to you. You will not be disappointed. This may be the first indication that the Christ-Self is coming into its own, in us, in all of us.
“To know who you are and not to express who you are with your full power is the result of fear. To know the safety and love of the embrace is to know no cause for fear, and thus to come into your true power. True power is the power of miracles.” (A Course of Love, C:20.28)
Seeing that we don’t express who we really are out of fear, let us contemplate what we might do to turn this situation around.
Jesus includes in A Course of Love a sensitively-written passage in which he takes us into his arms and embraces us. The passage exudes warmth, peace, and safety. Here is the most cogent part:
“This is a call to move now into my embrace and let yourself be comforted. Let the tears fall and the weight of your shoulders rest upon mine. Let me cradle your head against my breast as I stroke your hair and assure you that it will be all right. Realize that this is the whole world, the universe, the all of all in whose embrace you literally exist. Feel the gentleness and the love. Drink in the safety and the rest. Close your eyes and begin to see with an imagination that is beyond thought and words.” (C:20.2)
This reassuring passage is emblematic of the tone of all A Course of Love, for ACOL looks to the heart, first of all, to entice us to give up the false values of the ego, the false identity to which we have clung for so long.
In letting this memorable passage fill our minds, we are led beyond the bounds of the fear-ridden ego. We will know that we want something different from what we have had all of our lives. We know that the enticement that Jesus represents is the true value of love, the way that we will come home to ourselves.
When we come home to ourselves, we will be fully powerful for the first time, and who among us does not want a right sort of power? The egoic power that we have known previously has given us flights of joy, but evermore it has dashed our feet on stones, and prompted tears of grievous regret. We can be finished with these tantalizing fits. We can stop sensing electric joy that dissolves into abject misery. Jesus is showing us the way out when he encourages us to be who we truly are.
When we don’t fear anything, in the embrace, we are primed to come into our real power. We are primed to be who we really are, in love with the whole world. And for this miracle, we need give up nothing! Nothing at all, for what the ego has given us has truly been nothing. The ego gives but to take away. And, even the giving is time-bound to be of short duration. The “gifts” of the ego don’t satisfy very long at all. Then we are off to a new goal. And, ultimately, what we have accumulated becomes ash and dust at our feet. No joy in the “everything” at all, for the everything is not enough. “Is this all there is?” becomes a legitimate question for the vast majority of us. And that is because we are looking for love in all the wrong places.
The best place to look for love is within the miracle. Both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love say a great deal about the power of miracles. We aren’t to decide personally what miracles ought to be done, because we would be misguided if that were our attitude. Jesus makes clear that he decides when and if a miracle is timely, because he is in charge of the Atonement. But when we ask for something, such as love and the centrality of love in our life, we can be sure that Jesus is right there with us, cheering us along. We can’t know how the miracle will happen, only that it will. We are asking in God’s will for the relinquishment of fear and the shift to love in all our dealings. Prayers such as these do not go unattended.
The power of miracles is said in A Course of Love to be the true power. Would any of us want any other power? We need and want to be reverent in our asking, supportive of whatever guidance we get. We don’t need to launch into pipe dreams that become meaningless. With the attraction of true power in our minds and hearts, we will know Love sooner rather than later. And the fear that has hampered all our doings for many years will gradually fall away.
There are many lesser conditions that are nonetheless extremely transformative, such as the replacement of special relationship with the devotion of holy relationship that we have already spoken of. (A Course of Love, D:Day7.12)
Here we see that the turning over of special relationships to oblivion does, in fact, constitute a tremendous transformation when the replacement is made by a holy relationship. We feel contented and safe, something that special relationships could never give us. We know, in our bones, that this one—this holy relationship—will continue eternally, if not in physical form then in ethereal. Even if the relationship should end, we would know that it wasn’t a real ending. In A Course in Miracles, Jesus says that all who meet will meet again. And we can understand that this is on the Other Side, or, if we believe in reincarnation, then in another life. This can give us some of that content that we long to have, for we long for permanence in a changing world. Eternity gives us that permanence.
If we long to be content in this world, what are our options? We must indeed turn over everything that has disturbed ongoing content. And special relationships are at the top of the list. We know this intuitively, though we may still think, with our superficial mind, that specialness gives us something that we want.
It doesn’t. Specialness only disturbs our peace. And it is peace that augurs content.
Be glad to transform all relationships to holiness. We will never regret this action of the will. When it is done, completed and finished, we will know that we belong to everybody, and that this connection takes nothing from the significant others with whom we share this lifetime.
Now you must forget the idea of needing to maintain specialness. A key aid in helping you to put this temptation behind you is the idea of the holy relationship in which all exist in unity and within the protection of love’s embrace. (A Course of Love, T3:16.15)
Let us realize that being special, even to ourselves, never gave us anything that we wanted. A few others may have found us special also, but most everyone else resented the competitiveness that thought that we were superior to them. This competitiveness has to go. We are reassured on a daily basis when we cooperate with others, when we recognize that others, and we, are on the same wavelength, that we are equal in the sight of God as His children.
I used to be quite competitive. I remember telling a friend at work, after lunch one day that we had enjoyed together, what my goals were in work. They were ambitious. She responded, “Don’t get too far ahead of us,” meaning the others in the reference unit.
She was right, because she sensed that my ambition would be a divisive factor in our close-knit working group. And I never did fit in well with that particular group. I had to go on to another before I found acceptance and peace in my working environment. And get more steeped in A Course in Miracles.
When we recognize that all of us are held in an embrace of love and unity, as One, we are recognizing what is true. And this truth will save us. Our relationships, holy now, will give us solace and keep us safe. Competitive no longer, we join in a camaraderie borne of cooperation. We are finally living right, and our comrades in work (and elsewhere) recognize this change in us. We are one of them, in every sense of the word. When we acknowledge equality, we are accepted and even loved.
This does not take away from the fact that we may have experienced Christ-consciousness, and not all others in our circle will have done so. This only means that we have walked a little farther along, not that we are better than another. It is necessary that we share what we have discovered as soon as our brothers and sisters express interest in knowing what makes us different. Holy relationship invites sharing. And we feel better for easing another’s way, even ever so slightly.
“Making the heart of Mother love, that natural duad to the Father love that has reigned, brings the rising of the feminine and the balancing, at long last, of the masculine.” Mirari
This quotation concisely summarizes what Mirari is about. Mary of Nazareth is writing primarily to women in Mirari, but here she uses an important word that might be overlooked in the call for female presence in this world. The word is “balancing.”
Mary is not trying to exclude men. She stresses the feminine so much because she is attempting to corral women into greater solidarity and greater activity in our world. But she, of all people, with her close relationship to her soulmate, Jesus, knows that our world needs men and their contribution ever so much. Men have dominated, sometimes harshly, for many long years, and her “balancing” is seeking to end this imbalance between the genders.
Ask what our task is to be. Ask, whether we are men or women. We need guidance in creating a new world—and we know that a new world was the call of Jesus in A Course of Love. Mary echoes this desire in her manifesto, Mirari. She is doing her part to join in the groundswell of change that Jesus is heralding. She too is so heralding. Wait for God to speak to us, God to reveal our part. Then act from the whispers in our mind and the calling of our heart.
These examples of your former ideas about new beginnings have simply been used to demonstrate why you cannot approach this new beginning as you have those of the past. What will assist you most, as the translation of the old thought system for the new continues, are the beliefs that you adopted with the assistance of ‘A Treatise on Unity:’
You are accomplished.
Giving and receiving are one in truth.
There is no loss but only gain within the laws of love.
Special relationships have been replaced by holy relationship.
What we are adding now to these beliefs is the idea that these beliefs can be represented in form. (A Course of Love, T3:15.14 – 15.19)
We are being led, ever so gently, to a realization that here on earth, in our physical form, with our good mind and heart, we can have blessings that were formerly thought to be ours only after death, on the Other Side. We can now know Awakening or Christ-consciousness, called enlightenment in Eastern religions. It is there, out there, beckoning to us. And it will be a gentle transformation, for Jesus has prepared us, with gentleness itself, in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.
Previously I have known two instances of Awakening that, unfortunately, did not last because my ego intruded. That is the danger for all of us. We can transition into Awakening, and then have it fail to be sustained, for we are not really ready to sustain it. We need to approach Awakening with an egoless frame of mind and heart, sure that we will be helped. We know more now, for we have weakened and then discarded our egos through Jesus’ channeled works.
If we want to recognize we are accomplished, we need only realize that this is the ideal state. And we have attained it, mystically, before we attain it in form.
As we give, we receive. The giving comes first, however imperfect it may be in the beginning.
If we want to recognize gain without loss, this is ours when we are immersed in love. Always love.
Being immersed in love prepares us entirely for the holy relationship. And it is holy relationship that will ultimately save us.
So these tenets of unity exist in form now. We can enjoy them this side of death.
The holy relationship has been accomplished by the joining of the mind and heart in unity. The holy relationship is with the Self, the Self that abides in unity with all within the house of truth. This relationship makes the Self one with all and so brings the holiness of the Self to all. (A Course of Love, T3:15.10)
The first and most important relationship is with the Self–the inner Christ Self–and God Himself (called the Self in Its largest dimensions). When this relationship is formed anew and aright, it changes everything. Our heart and mind are melded into one, and this one is the same One with Whom we are merged in the Godhead Himself/Herself. With this joining of heart and mind, we are primed to have all good things to come to us. We are, at last, on the right track, “separate” from God no longer, even in illusion. And we are not in illusion any longer, but the supreme reality, true reality, a reality that does not fade with each passing day.
When mind and heart are joined, I feel a warmth that is not of this world. I once was accosted at night by a stranger who did not mean me well. Just before he touched me, I felt a Warmth that gave me a tremendous sense of safety and God-given care. And this sense carried me through the experience without any trauma. I ran and I screamed, and he fled. My voice and God’s grace had saved me. In that moment, with the warm feeling, I was in unity of mind and heart with that warmth, though this was years before A Course of Love was channeled. I only knew that God had been very, very close to me in that moment.
How do we invite the melding of heart and mind? We get quiet, we invite warmth, we invite God. If we open ourselves to God’s grace, He will descend upon us, prompting us to join mind and heart into a Unity that will solve all problems, release all neuroses, give us a new lease on life.
Be quiet today, just for a moment. A moment is all that it takes to allow God to speak to us in the Unity in which He abides.
The new beginning you are called to now is a new beginning that, like all others that you have offered or attempted, will take place in relationship. The difference is that this new beginning will take place in holy rather than special relationship. (A Course of Love, T3:15.9)
We have arrived at a good place now. We are beginning anew, as we have in the past, but with a difference. Our new beginning will no longer be housed in special relationships that only promised us the good but did not deliver consistently. Our new beginning, this time, will come in the warmth of holy relationships. We have found the elixir, and we will not turn back from its bounty now.
How do we know that we are surrounded by holy relationships? We are not out for #1 anymore, at least not exclusively. We love others as we love ourselves, for giving and receiving love is one. We know that when we reach out, our reach will be met by reciprocation, for holiness invites holiness. If our reach finds an individual who is as yet only capable of special relationship, we will not be inclined in that direction, because we will know better. Our reach goes out to holiness, and holiness is returned to us. There is no better way to live life.
What about rejection? I have known rejection in my life, but only in relationship that was “special,” in that my ego was attempting to establish a basis for continuing contact that was not the best for either of us. Of course, I did not know this at the time, and the episode was very painful, frustrating, and humiliating.
Now I know better. Holy relationship does not hurt. Its joy is reciprocated, for we know intuitively what relationship to pursue, and which to turn aside. Our guidance does what it is intended to do: It guides. And in the guidance comes a new life of happiness and smooth sailing as well. We walk a pathway that has no stones that invite tripping ourselves up. We walk a smooth pathway.
Just as when we pursued special relationships, our new beginnings now are embedded in our relationships. But what a difference the holy makes! It is simply all the difference in the world. We blossom under the tutelage of holy relationships. And there is never any temptation to return to the special relationship that got away. This is the advantage in turning to prayer for prompting as to what to do. Prayer does direct relationships for the good of all involved.
Holiness in relationships allows new beginnings with a flair that we have heretofore not enjoyed. Our happiness has wings.
And we know that what God has ordained in relationship, holy relationship, will come to pass.
Holding on to what you think will meet your needs is like holding your breath. Your breath cannot long be held. It is only through the inhaling and exhaling, the give and take of breathing that you live. Each time you are tempted to think that your needs can only be met in special ways by special relationships, remember this example of holding your breath. Think in such a way no longer than you can comfortably hold your breath. Release your breath and release this fear and move from special to holy relationship. (A Course of Love, T1:9.17)
We have been trying to hold our breath for eons, hoping against hope that what one special relationship did not give us ultimately can be met by yet another. Our special relationships all fail us eventually. Love turns to hate, and we know not what we did wrong. Always we blame the other person for not living up to the unwritten agreement to be there for us anytime, anywhere. We feel betrayed.
This is a script that has been played out in our various dramas for far too long. The only true assurance that we can have from another comes when we have let our special relationship to that person blossom into a holy relationship. Now we know in our bones that this person will never let us down, that love will stay love and not fall into alienation and even hate. We are holding our breath no longer. We know that the safety that we long to have in a human being can be counted upon. We are safe, finally, and we know it to be true.
This is what happens in long-term marriages that stay fresh. We discover how to mesh our needs and wants with those of another whom we love unconditionally, come what may. We know that if our marriage should end, the love will not; the love is eternal now, and we have this assurance as we live out our time on earth. This world can touch this blessing not. We are living our dream of eternal love, and it is our brother or sister, our partner in life, who makes the living out of our lives truly meaningful. He or she is our way back to God, a holy relationship that promises all things, and keep those promises. Our forgiveness even becomes meaningless, for we recognize that there is nothing we need forgive. The significant other is significant only in that we live in close proximity; we don’t look to the other for outrageous answers. We live and let live, in the holiness which God intends for us.
All of us have seen this love, but perhaps fleetingly. We want it for ourselves. And we can have it when we give up thinking that specialness is our due. Holiness is our due. And with our inheritance as favored children of God, all of us are favored in a holiness that does not play favorites.
This is to be a quiet movement at the borderline. A movement that gently normalizes the extraordinary as ordinary, as natural, and as a return of the feminine. Mirari
Mary here seems to say that we can live extraordinary lives as naturally as the sun rises every day. A Course of Love says something very similar about “extraordinary” lives, that when ordinary people are seen to be living in an extraordinary way that others will be encouraged to do likewise.
Mary goes farther, though, to say that extraordinary can become the norm. We are allowing the feminine to rise in importance in our world, and it is the mother/wife/sister/daughter in cooperation with men, too, who will accomplish much in this new world. It is natural to women to be nurturing, and now we can see that women are going to nourish things that have been out of reach before.
Ask what we—both women and men—can say and do today that will make a lasting difference in our world. We need meaningful change, reconciliation with our brothers and sisters, loving attitudes to inform all our ways.
“Here, in our time of bringing the miracle to mystery, we come as the feminine, bearing the way of Mirari—the way of wonder.” Mirari
“Mirari” means “wonder,” and in this newly received book from Mary of Nazareth, Mari Perron talk intimately with her and shares Mary’s revelations. We are entering a time when the feminine face of God will be more evident. His two faces, the masculine and the feminine, will join together to assist us in creating a new world.
We often want to explain away every miracle. This is just not possible, and it is to our benefit that it is not. Wonder is a legitimate way to interact with the world. Keeping the mystery alive is good for the soul.
When we are skeptics, we don’t see miracles. They are just not there for us. But when we open the mind and heart, our understanding deepens, and we don’t cast aspersions on what we are viewing that we don’t understand.
Let us open our mind and heart today to let God speak to us in mystery. Let Him have His way with us. Even seek to let Mary talk to us.
“Grieve your dark days only to awaken from them with greater depths of compassion, with greater awareness of love’s many expressions, and let them rise from you, and with you, into time free of the concreteness of the past.” Mirari
We all need to let the past go as we walk through life’s onward passages. But all too often we don’t do this; we cling to what has been the past, often clinging even to what pained us the most.
Yet when we walk farther along, living in love, we find that we can relinquish the past. Our love has healed us. And we are happy.
Let the past go. We will hold in our subconscious the teachings of the past that have healed. But let the healing of the present proceed unencumbered by our past pain.
“When you pray to God, you are praying to that part of yourself that is divine, that which we call the living Christ who lives in you.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 11:II
We are not just praying to our little personality when we pray. We have a larger Self who is merged with God, and this larger Self is a part, but only a part, of the Christ. Christ is a plural term, not meant in this era for only Jesus. We partake of divinity, too.
Know that turning inward is not praying to an external God, for God is not external to ourselves. We are a part of Him, always and forever, even when we are living with the ego in a “fallen” state. We gain insights by turning inward to the God Who dwells deep inside. We know better how to live.
Ask today how to proceed in life. Let our intuition be our Guide, for God is speaking in the silence to us through our intuition.
“Meditate with serene joy on the fact that you are one with God: that you are that of God which extended in form to be able to know yourself. You are God in God, literally.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 11:II
Life is formed from the inside out, with God directing every move whenever we will let Him. We get nudges just all the time, and it is only when we resist that our life falls on rocks. God is living through us, though we are endowed with a mind that is finite, and so we can only intuit Him in His fullness.
This must be the only way that God could enjoy His reality, His existence in untold universes and beyond form as well. We have been told in numerous spiritual works that God is at play in the universe, that He is experiencing bliss as He looks upon us—and even when we fall short. When we fall short, God knows that it is a temporary failing, because He knows what the end result will be—union with Him, bliss for all creations, us among them.
Say a prayer of thankfulness today for the Intelligence that created this way of experiencing His totality.
“Since that part of God that dwells in you is as powerful as God Himself in its totality, then certainly you can do miracles by invoking the divine aspect of yourself or getting events to be harmoniously oriented in love.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 11:II
What does this mean? It does not mean that we are as powerful as God. The divine aspect of us “in its totality” is what we are talking about. And with this divine aspect we can work miracles that are prompted. We don’t work miracles that we think are well-advised, for this is the one way to get ourselves and others into trouble. We wait for guidance, and then, almost without knowing, we are in a miracle-minded state. From there it is easy to bring about the miracles that we are asked to perform.
If our lives are flowing in the harmony of love, we are right where we ought to be. We are living joyously. We are in tune with the Infinite, God Himself. If we are depressed in spirit, our good deeds will be tainted, for we will bring our suffering into them. If we want to live well, doing good for others while we ourselves are listening to guidance, we need to remain centered in wellness. This is not so hard to do when we are living with the thought of love in our mind and heart.
Love will transform us so that miracles will light not only our path, but those in our circle of family, friends, acquaintances–and even the larger world.
Lift our eyes to the heavens. We will be lifted up at the same time.
“God is a marriage of love because everything, male and female as you consider it, resides in God, as well as in all true creation.” COL bk.4, 1:IV
We are composed of love—through and through. We are living, many of us, in madness still, because the ego has not yet died in us. When the ego does die, we will know what it is to live in God. We will be part of “all true creation.”
What we have made of ourselves in this world is not “true creation,” for our mistakes have made us labor under extreme conditions of depravity. Never God’s intention, He “let go” when we rebelled (A Course of Love concept). What else could He do? We as parents even do this with our rebellious teenagers. Neither we, in God’s sight, nor teens, are yet mature—or we wouldn’t make such havoc for ourselves.
Let the love that we are embrace us and give us new life. In this time of spring in the northern hemisphere, we can be at home in our world when we recognize that all of life can be our springtime—a time of new growth, new growth into greater immersion in God.
Note: The following is an excerpt from Chapter 10 of the blog author’s new book, Being Who You Are. The chapter title is “Elevated Self of Form.” For information about ordering, click on the home icon.
There is a way to stop struggling, and it is an easy way. We have gotten used to struggling because we have had a personal self that has been dictated to by a false self, a self that listened to the dictates of the ego. The ego was, therefore, a false self that sought to elevate each of us above all of our brothers and sisters. Inside, we knew that this was a false view, and so we endured highs and lows. With every dramatic high, we were pitched down again to a low, for in some way we knew that comparisons were detrimental, toxic, to ourselves. Our dramas seemed to know no end. And, oh, how we suffered.
Our drama can come to an end now, as we truly realize, often for the first time, that we are actually all equal in spirit. The new Self of elevated form will be a Christ-conscious being who recognizes this new equality. We will take from spirit the best that we can, from the larger Self who is One with God, and then we will offer the best of ourselves to our brothers and sisters, our equals in the eyes of God. Only in time are we unequal in understanding. And time does not really exist, because it is an illusion. In eternity, we do catch a glimpse of the fact of equality. In this glimpse is contained all that we need to shift into a higher consciousness.
We give up the anxieties into which our ego had plunged us. We were fearful of being “found out” as imperfect. Now we eliminate judgments of ourselves and other people, for in equality there is no point at all in judgment. When we have given up the fear and the judgment, we have done all the preparing we can personally do. God will move quickly when He sees we are ready, for it is in the celestial realm that the decision is made to alter our mind and heart to Christ-consciousness. God Himself makes this choice of when to lift us up to become Christ-conscious beings.
A Course of Love says at one point that our scientists would be able to track this alteration in brain chemistry if they knew what to look for. (D:Day6.21) This is a startling assertion. There is a physical change coming about as we adopt the physical Self of form as our being on Earth. This is where we are heading. The benefits will be grand indeed. Our prayers will bring that time, for each of us, closer. Our prayers will teach us how to have a healthy mind, a healthy mind informed by our heart. The heart and its feelings will plot our future course. It will be a better course than our mind ever could dream up.
Note: I am returning with this post to Sebastian Blaksley’s received work from angels, Jesus, and Mary. His work is profoundly meditative, and if we let the heart rule, we will derive great benefit from reading his Choose Only Love—out now in four volumes of a projected seven.
“Keep in mind during this journey that the world is a great illusion; and that the day will come when the veil will be lifted and in the forgiven world you will see the true creation of God. . . .” Choose Only Love bk.3, 1:III
We can have hope from reading this quotation. In the real world, the forgiven world, we are no longer living in illusion. And we are living in love.
Sebastian Blaksley has published an excellent article on the forgiven world, the world that love rules, in Miracles magazine. He addresses the confusion that there has been in the Course in Miracles and Course of Love communities about what “illusion” actually means.
An idea is not an illusion, and in my belief we are all living ideas in the Mind of God. With the ego, we spun illusions willy-nilly just all the time. Not so when we have moved into the real world. Our ideas, based as they are in God’s prompting, are real and good. We have passed beyond the confusion that the egoic world made for us. We are living better, even if the times we live through now seem perilous.
Our hearts are filled with God’s love, and this love transforms everything.
“Often, when you say you ‘fall in love,’ it is just that you have come into contact with another field of energy that happens to fit, hand-in-glove, with the very patterns of consciousness that you carry in the depth of your being.
“Old memories of other incarnations are triggered when you visit a certain physical location. And the emotion feels so good and warm in the heart, you think, ‘Surely this is where I must live on the planet. This is with whom I must spend my life.’” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 17, Page 210)
These ideas are certainly interesting; they explain a lot about what we are attracted to in our lives. We can look for such patterns in our past and see that Jesus has a point. We do have a history in other realms of those individuals with whom we feel intense rapport and romantic love. I believe this, and this quotation seems to confirm it.
We don’t need to believe in reincarnation to support these ideas. A Course in Miracles counsels its teachers not to take a stand on reincarnation, because it is such a controversial issue, and we don’t want to limit our usefulness. Giving up the ego (ACIM) and establishing a new identity (A Course of Love) are enough to keep us occupied on Earth. We don’t have to bring in controversy that might divide us.
Know that there are explanations for what we are drawn to in our lives. We might all benefit from reflecting on the quotation and wondering how and why it might seem apropos to us.
Note: After today, I’m going to take a little break from posting until after the holidays. I wish for all of you a good December.
Note: Published in Miracles Magazine (Jon Mundy, publisher).
by Celia Hales
If you. . .make plans against uncertainties to come. . .the mind is sick.” (ACIM, W-136.20:2)
“The Christ in you has no need to plan. . .let life itself be your chosen way. . . .” (ACOL, T2:10.19)
“The healed mind does not plan. It does not mean that it does not structure a day. . . But it does not plan what the day shall be for. It merely surrenders into Love. . . .” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Lesson 30, Page 345)
I had long puzzled over the prohibition found in A Course in Miracles about planning. The Way of Mastery clarifies. The type of planning that is meant is not the “structure” of a day; instead, it is “what the day shall be for.”
What a difference this newer statement by Jesus makes! I could not see, earlier, how we could avoid making decisions about upcoming activities. But I do see how we should avoid deciding with our little mind what the day “shall be for.” We have guidance for that! In ACIM, it is the guidance of the Holy Spirit; in A Course of Love, it is the guidance of the Christ-Self.
I see divine guidance as a better way of talking about intuition. It is the way of going within. And this way takes many decisions out of our hands. Letting intuition guide us is a much easier way to live. We live fully in the present, but we go with the nudges that decide our next steps, one step at a time.
This advice means that we let life tell us what to do next. This way of proceeding is the “flow” that is often championed in New Age thought.
I know from experience that an intuitive, flowing way of going through a day is a much happier way to live. And ACIM says that our happiness and our function are one. (W-66) We cannot have this happiness without Love, and WOM identifies surrendering into Love in order to determine what a day is for.
We thus follow God-originating guidance through intuitive nudges informed by Love, moment by moment.
I can witness that this very practical advice from Jesus works amazingly well in daily life.
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Being Who You Are: Pondering A Course of Love
by Celia Hales
Being Who You Are offers contemplative reflections onA Course of Love that are meant for readers of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love as well as newcomers to the material.
A Course of Love answers questions that spiritual seekers may still have despite earnest study of A Course in Miracles. Being Who You Are highlights these answers in words carefully chosen for clarity and understanding.
Being Who You Are presents A Course of Love as a heartfelt continuation of the coursework provided in the more mind-focused A Course in Miracles. Chapters concentrate on the following themes: love; fear; holy vs. special relationships; the nature of true reality; mind, heart, and wholeheartedness; unity and relationship; Christ-consciousness/Awakening; separation from God healed; Jesus and Mary; and the elevated Self of form. Tender human interest stories round out the ten comprehensive chapters.
This book, by the long-time blogger at “Miracles Each Day,” has been designed with care to introduce A Course of Love into the spiritual mainstream.
INTRODUCTION from Being Who You Are
A Course in Love answers questions that earnest seekers still have despite careful study of A Course in Miracles. A Course of Love (ACOL) is thus a stated “continuation” (A.4) of the earlier work, though ACOL can be read independently. Most dedicated students of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) recognize that our egos have been weakened by our carrying out the dictates of what we have read. But with what do we replace the ego? There is a void, and this is a dangerous condition in which to live. We intuitively know this, and so we keep seeking. “Is there no end to seeking?” we ask, somewhat plaintively. There is an end to seeking, and A Course of Love takes us to that end. As an aid to understanding this new end, Being Who You Are reflects upon ten themes from A Course of Love, drawing on the whole of ACOL, and also comparing aspects of A Course in Miracles.
With weakened egos after studying A Course in Miracles, but with nothing to replace the ego, in the words of A Course of Love we have “rejected” ourselves. We think that to claim our rightful place of identity with the Christ within lacks humility. A Course of Love says that such an attitude is actually borne of fear: We are afraid we will not please God if we take on a more exalted notion of ourselves.
You prefer selflessness to self because this is your chosen way to abolish ego and to please God.” (ACOL, P.20)
But now we approach final learning, and we learn what “pleasing” God is all about—
We take a step away from the intellect, the pride of the ego, and approach final learning through the realm of the heart. This is why, to end confusion, we call this course A Course of Love. (ACOL, P.44)
There is a single significant difference between A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.A Course in Miracles, through the Holy Spirit, brings comfort to the mind. A Course of Love brings comfort to a troubled heart. This comfort to the heart is by identity with the Christ within. It is not a comfort for pride but solace brought to us by Jesus himself. He embraces us with love.
The thesis of A Course of Love can perhaps be summed up in the following sequence of ideas: We abandon all attempts to glorify the separated self, the self who does not know God but thinks it is lost to Him because of our sin. When we wholeheartedly abandon any attempt to glorify this self, we are launched on the way to Christ-consciousness, a transformation that will let us know that our previous faults were mistakes only, not sins, and thus entirely correctable and forgivable. We merge ACIM and ACOL, in that we merge mind and heart, and we recognize that we are actually in union with God, never separated from Him. He lives through us.
Note these words from the conclusion of A Course of Love:
“You will realize that you know what to do. . . . Expect heaven on earth, you were told. This is what it is. There will be no doubt, no indecision. Your path will be so clear to you it will be as if it is the only path in the world and you will wonder why you didn’t see it all along. Expect this. And it will be. (E5-6)
May this pondering speak loudly and powerfully to your heart and mind–“wholeheartedly.” Let us claim the heritage that is ours, no longer fearful that we are acting out of ego. Jesus asks us to leave our fears behind and claim our power with new identity. Then the more widespread Awakening of our world surely will begin.
The framework of A Course of Love, in that it is a “course,” is the same as A Course in Miracles; the channeling author, Jesus, the same. The first receiver (scribe) of A Course of Love is Mari Perron, and she received for three years around the year 2000.
In these contemplative reflections on A Course of Love, let us see how we are to come to the end of seeking.
“The Way of Transformation is simple, for the way of efforting one’s way into the Kingdom cannot flow from the guidance of the Holy Spirit.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 14, Page 169)
We move into transformation when our heart is full, when Love overflows our being. We don’t get God’s attention by imploring relentlessly and often. He knows when we want to think that we are ready for Awakening. He doesn’t always agree.
So we must be patient, know that by our effort we can do only so much. A Course of Love counsels the removal of fear and judgment from our thoughts and feelings. When we do this, we are removing the blocks to the awareness of love. And that is what we need to do.
The only thing we need to do. Awakening may come suddenly, when we least expect it. I know someone who had suppressed anger for years, and then when he blurted out his discontent, he knew immediately that grace had descended upon him, and he felt intuitively that this Awakening would last.
God knew all along that he was cloaking his anger, and this very cloaking was standing in the way of genuine loving. And God certainly wants us genuine.
Know that efforting will stand in the way. Be ourselves, warts and all. Then God can act in us to remove the impediments that have kept us from Awakening. And we will find that removing fear and judgment, in genuineness, takes no effort at all.
Note: Published in MIracles magazine (Jon Mundy, publisher).
by Celia Hales
“Seek not outside yourself. . . Do you prefer that you be right or happy? . . . No one who comes here but must still have hope. . .that there is something outside of himself that will bring happiness and peace to him. If everything is in him, this cannot be so.” (ACIM, T-29.VII.1:6, 9; 2:1-2)
“I asked within A Course in Miracles: Would you rather be right or happy? For happiness can only be the result of perfect trust. And perfect trust emerges from perfect loyalty. And perfect loyalty emerges spontaneously in the mind that has rested in surrender.” (“The Way of Knowing,” WOM, Lesson 31, Page 353)
“Your mind might still prefer to be right rather than happy, so it is important that you let your heart lead in making this new choice.” (ACOL, C:10.18)
Jesus comes right to the point when he asks the question, “Do you prefer to be right or happy?” He knows that a large part of our difficulty is found in our stubbornness in special relationships, special relationships that he would ask us to transform into holy ones. We ask for friction when we prefer being right. We move to a conciliatory frame of mind when we let the heart feel love, and then let the heart lead us to a better type of interaction.
This is simple psychology. Secular psychology, but it points to the spiritual in the manner in which Jesus discusses it. We are asked to trust, and this trust comes about automatically when we surrender to God—and to love. Our way back home, according to ACIM, is found in our relationship to our brother [and sister]. These significant relationships heal us, and a large part of the healing is in our own attitude—an attitude that doesn’t cling obsessively to our own point of view. We turn within to find happiness and peace. And these cannot be found if we are intent on being “right” in relationships. Turn aside from the ego to let our heart speak. Our heart will then inform our mind, and we will understand how our function can be happiness, salvation, forgiveness, and giving miracles.
“[T]rue communication is communion, the union of two souls and with them, all souls in union with the totality of self.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 7:III
The Self is another way of speaking of God. Our Christ-Self, which we try to access as we progress, is one with this Self. This is the “totality” of which Choose Only Love speaks (as does A Course of Love). We are one with God, though we are too encased in ego sometimes to see this. As we progress, we relinquish the ego and are left only with the patterns of the ego—something that can still trip us up.
Communion with our God is the sweetest thing we can ever do. When we truly reach inward to Him, we know a peace that envelops all of our life. We feel truly at home, for in this we are touching heaven. Likewise, when we commune with our brothers and sisters in this world, we are soothed beyond belief. We truly communicate, and when we truly communicate—understand and are understood—we are blessed beyond description.
We start with our brother or sister, our way home as described in A Course in Miracles. Our holy relationships show us God. And we go home to heaven holding the hand of our brother or sister.
Allow our communion with other people and with our God inform our day. There is no better way to have a good day.
“In the wisdom of love is where you will receive what you are waiting for, receive the certainty that you are seeking, the peace you are longing for, the embrace that your hearts need. It is in love where all that is needed is given.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:II
We need that embrace! A Course of Love has a wonderful passage in which Jesus talks to us, inviting us into his embrace. And there he gives us certainty and peace. Our hearts need the embrace. We are bereft without it.
In love we find what we have been needing. In love we both give and receive. And our heart overflows with love that dwells deep within all of us, where God is.
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in our heart. Be patient, for the blessing will come. Jesus has promised, and, if anything, he keeps his promises.
“Judgment is a turning away from consciousness out of fear. Thus you are urged again and again not to judge.” COL bk.2, 19:II
Judging makes us unhappy, too. As a fearful reaction, it is nothing to be desired.
The New Testament was very clear about a non-judgmental attitude. Now we see the same in Choose Only Love. And the same in A Course of Love, where both fear and judgments were prohibited if we were to make progress toward Christ-consciousness.
We need full consciousness in our lives, and we cannot have this blessing if we have restricted our thinking and our feeling out of fear. Fear contracts the soul, and who would have that?
We often have to evaluate things in our lives, but evaluation is not the same as judgment. Judgment has a denunciatory aspect that evaluation does not. When we denounce another, we suffer in our attitude.
Keep our mind clear today of judgment.
We will know a release in daily life that has been denied us previously.
“The delights of love are tenderness, purity, affability, sincerity, integrity, nobility, and compassion. Gather them all. Hold them always in your hands, and walk the path of life, carrying the bouquet of flowers that God himself has given you. . . .” COL bk.2, 15:II
A couple of these adjectives to describe love are new to channeled writing, namely, affability and nobility. Let’s see what might be meant by these two new words.
Affability is an open attitude with a relaxed manner. When we exhibit affability, we are warm to our brothers and sisters in this world. We don’t take offense. We accept. We are easy to get along with. We don’t stress and strain. We live and let live.
Nobility is perhaps best understood as an attribute of our being when we have moved into Christ-consciousness. It is not an egoic attribute, therefore, though we may have previously thought that we were better than others, and this is a form of believing in nobility. Nobility in Christ-consciousness is different; there is no hint of egotism. We carry ourselves well in this world, knowing that we are Sons and Daughters of God.
We are warned in A Course of Love not to form images of ourselves. And so there is implied here a warning not to “attempt” to develop qualities of mind and heart just because they are good qualities. An image is an idol. This attempt smacks of egoism.
There is a way that we can incorporate these characteristics without forming images. In the right way, we don’t “try” so hard to be something that we are not, or something that we have not yet become. We let personality change evolve. We are patient.
Today let us contemplate these virtues of personality, keeping in mind that we don’t want to give the ego another carrot stick to aid its continued development.
Let us instead ask in prayerful consideration how we might incorporate all that is good into our very Self. We will then hold God’s bouquet.
“Can you start to see how many feelings and thoughts you have drowned? How little spontaneity has remained after ‘growing up’? How many games have you stopped playing, pretending to look serious and mature? The time has come when that is past! Now we replace seriousness with freedom.” COL bk.2, 9:IV
A Course in Miracles says that seriousness is of the ego. And A Course of Love says that the patterns of the ego will linger even after we have given up egoic living. These patterns may hold us back now. Choose Only Love is saying that it is time to give up seriousness entirely, to move ahead in our lives with the freedom that a child of God deserves.
If we listen to the whispers on our mind and heart, we will know how to find freedom. Nothing will hold us back any longer. Certainly we will not attempt to be “mature” because we think games of life are no longer warranted. Life is meant to be limitless and joyous. This is what our new freedom will mean to us.
Get guidance for the next step by listening to these whispers that I am talking about today. Whispers come to all of us, and if we are open to them, we will stop and take a look at the subtle thoughts that they are. These gentle thoughts will give us a new life. Choose Only Love calls it “freedom.” A Course in Miracles calls it “limitless” and “joyous” living. Are the two received books not saying the same thing? Talking about the same incredible journey that lies ahead of us?
Be reintroduced to spontaneity in our pathway toward the future. God’s guidance, the guidance of the inner Christ, and the Holy Spirit all will take us to a new place of contentment and peace.
We won’t lose anything when we turn aside from seriousness, turn aside from egoic ways of living. Take the high road as we give up our desire to hold the reins of our life so tightly.
Be flexible in our decisions, turning on a dime when we receive guidance.
Experience true freedom for the first time since childhood.
“Brother, sister . . . let me tell you that you are ready to heal fully.” COL bk.2, 9:IV
The context of this quotation is that we have let the ego go and that we are merging with our Christ-Self. If we have taken steps to eliminate fear and judgment, the two forbidden aspects of our thoughts that keep us back, then we are ready to heal—and to heal fully. Healing is what is happening when we reach Christ-consciousness. And healing is what happens when we have let neuroses go.
What a blessing this statement really is! If we can be neurosis-free, then our minds will have learned from our hearts, and we will be walking a flower-strewn pathway.
Much of this philosophy of this post comes from A Course of Love, a received writing that came around the turn of this century. We need to let our hearts, which have never doubted God, have full ascendancy over our minds, which are characterized by The Way of Mastery, as being “very stupid servants.” While we may not agree that our minds are stupid, we certainly can know that we haven’t ever doubted God so much in our hearts. It is only our minds that have given us problems, intellectual problems, about a God we cannot see.
But we can intuit God, and that is what I am asking you to do today. Listen to the heart. Know that it does not lie. And the heart does not need the proofs of God’s existence that the mind seems to throw up while we are in the throes of the ego.
Be ready to heal fully, clear mind and warm heart, and accept this promise of full healing as our birthright.
“The screams of the world, those echoes of the past that you still hear, are telling you in thousands of different ways: Brother, do not deny me love.” Choose Only Love: Let Yourself Be Loved (COL bk.2, 14:II)
We do hear screams in the world right now, echoes of a past that was filled with anguish. Perhaps we know that today is filled with anguish also.
But there is an Answer, and it is the age-old response to worry and fretting—just fill our heart with love, and spread that love out on the world that we see.
If we love enough, there will be absolutely no space for fear and judgment. According to A Course of Love, fear and judgment are the two impediments to Christ-consciousness.
We need to move into the next dimension of Christ-consciousness. This will happen when we are so filled with love that anxieties have taken a back seat.
Yes, as hackneyed as it sounds, Love really IS the overwhelming Answer. The screams of the world recede into nothingness when we are able to sense God’s Love for us.
“Observe how the world seems submerged in panic. The state of terror to which many are subjected is a visible manifestation of the arrival of the time of light and truth, and that everything is being healed. It is a sign of true hope.” Choose Only Love: Let Yourself Be Loved (COL bk.2, 14:I)
This quotation exemplifies a paradox. How can we see hope, when all around us things seem to be falling down? Our world seems in chaos. We seem in chaos.
But this quotation says that actually this is a “sign of true hope.” And that “everything is being healed.” If we listen to these words, perhaps we will have peace. The chaos won’t seem unsolvable any longer. It will not be unsolvable any longer.
We can let our panic and our terror go. If it is darkest just before the dawn, maybe the dawn is even now on the horizon. We want to see the arrival of the time of light and truth, and if we stand steadfast in our faith, this quotation is saying to us that light and truth will be what we will experience. Not a long way off, but very soon. Delay is only of the ego, and the ego is gone from many of us now. A Course of Love says this.
Let us take this passage to heart, sure of our God, sure of His promises. It truly is darkest just before the dawn.
I think I can see a ribbon of light on the horizon even now.
Note: I am now going to include, from time to time, passages and my reflections from the new series, Choose Only Love. The work is being received by Sebastian Blaksley, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The book is presented as a contribution by angels, archangels, Jesus, and Mary.
This is to be a seven-volume series, two volumes of which have now been published. The publisher is Take Heart Publications. Available on Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com in print and e-book.
Reading the passages slowly and meditatively, part of a devotional, seems to me to be best.
Little by Little, Let Love Fill Our Being
“Calm your minds. Calm your hearts. Close your eyes for a moment. Stay with me, your Heavenly Mother. Together let us repose in peace, united in the stillness of Christ. Give me your imagination, your memory, your will, your all. Leave everything aside. Feel how your heart widens when receiving the love of God. Little by little, let love fill your being and overflow completely, extending to all creation.” Choose Only Love: Let Yourself Be Loved (COL bk.2, 7:IV)
We have in this section of Choose Only Love a contribution from Mary, mother of Jesus. This passage, like all from her, are soothing in the extreme. We see the influence of A Course of Love, in that we are encouraged to calm both mind and heart, a dual reminder of the emphasis placed on both mind and heart (“wholeheartedness”) in ACOL.
Love is at the center of this passage, something that we will see throughout this Volume 2, fittingly entitled, “Let Yourself Be Loved.” I feel reassured here, for the onus is not placed on us as a command: to love. We do not extend Love until we have been assured that we are loved by God. If we try to move from an unstable core, the ego, we will quickly find that nothing we do will have enough love in it. It is true that giving and receiving are one, but we love because “He first loved us,” as the Bible says.
Little by little, we read, we fill our being to overflowing with love. When we have done this, drawing from the celestial realm, we will know a peace and happiness that has eluded us until now.
Note: This is a response I penned yesterday to a new reader of my blog. The idea of listening to one’s heart about this matter came sometime ago from Glenn Hovemann, Take Heart Publications, publisher of A Course of Love.
Thank you for writing to me. I appreciate that you enjoy the posts on my miracles blog.
I think you must listen to your heart in trying to discern which book to read first, and then the order of all the reading.
If you recognize that the Holy Spirit gives you guidance (as described in ACIM), then listen to what you have come to recognize as His promptings. If you recognize the inner Christ-Self (as described in ACOL), then listen to this deepest essence of yourself. If you simply realize that you have intuitive feelings, then listen to those. You will know. Prayer helps.
ACIM seeks to dislodge the ego, and ACOL is said within its pages to be a “continuation” of ACIM, meant to establish a new identity. But ACOL can stand on its own, separately, if that is your prompting. WOM may be the most approachable. You can read the Manual of ACIM first, if the Text or Workbook seem too daunting. All seek to bring us to Awakening, Christ-consciousness, enlightenment, the next step in our spiritual evolution. ACIM is my happiness book, ACOL warms my heart, and WOM gives me hope and comfort on my journey. That is my personal take on them.
You have a treat ahead of you! We are meant to enjoy our delving into spiritual matters, and I encourage you to read in an easy, reflective, meditative manner, whatever book first that you are the most drawn to. Whatever you choose will then be right for you. It would be wrong for anybody else to try to choose for you. I have just tried to give you something to think about as you mull over your options.
Note: Published in Miracles magazine for March – April 2020 (Jon Mundy, publisher)
by Celia Hales
“. . .[W]hen the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization: ‘I need do nothing.’” (ACIM, COA ed., T-22.VII.7:1)
“This is a call that requires you to do nothing but to remain faithful to it. You do not need to think about it, but only let it be.” (ACOL, C:11.17)
“And here we begin to touch upon the essence of my teaching: I need do nothing.” (WOM, Part 3 “The Way of Knowing,” Lesson 27)
When the light has dawned, when we reach Awakening, Jesus says that we sense, “I need do nothing.” This sentence may have caused much confusion, because it isn’t saying what we think it is.
The Way of Mastery elucidates the meaning very well, for here the same thought is discussed. First let’s take a look at what it isn’t saying:
I need do nothing so I’ll just show up. . . .I really don’t need to do anything, since none of it matters. (WOM, Lesson 27)
We might think that we can now rest on our laurels. That we have arrived! And need do nothing more. But this is not quite right.
Instead, the meaning is simply to open ourselves up to our Source, God Himself, and the Holy Spirit Who will tell us that our only purpose is the extension of love. In A Course of Love, we open ourselves up to the Christ-Self Who dwells within, for this is where we get guidance when we no longer need the intermediary of the Holy Spirit, being ourselves no longer afraid of God. The Way of Mastery continues:
. . .to find that spaciousness with you in which you are willing to allow that voice within you that is eternally connected to your Source to be the vehicle through which you receive your guidance. In the pure recognition that you have no purpose—save the extension of Love. (WOM, Lesson 27)
We are opening ourselves to the spaciousness of our very souls, something that A Course of Love discusses at length. We are not falling down on the job. Our work in the world still happens—and still matters–but we don’t dwell on the end result. Instead, the action, on a daily basis and in the present, is finally viewed as the most important part.
We listen for what to do, and then we act. An easy way to live.
“Therefore, indeed, beloved friends, look at all that is around you, and decide what value it holds for you. Will you see it as something that you must have in your existence? Or will you choose to see it as something you have playfully drawn to yourself; you appreciate it and it can be gone tomorrow and your peace will not be disturbed? Which way will you view the world?” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 9, Page 117)
This quotation is saying that we must step lightly in this world, lightly with a sense of play. Our abject seriousness, we know, is of the ego. The awakened individual walks easily through this world, enjoying what presents itself without forming tight bonds that will entangle.
We love, sure, but we know that Love is of God in the end. And so we hold our loved ones loosely in our arms.
When we want to live aright, we must only consult our guidance. We don’t judge the events that occur in our world, and we don’t fear those events either. Both judgment and fear keep us from enlightenment; these are the two prohibitions that Jesus makes so plain to us. When we listen to guidance, listen aright, we walk smoothly, our feet tripping on no stones. We enjoy our days in this world, even when events turn bad for a time. We know that the events that we rue are there for a purpose, and we discover what that purpose is, and we are the better for this discovery.
Walk lightly in this world, and with a playful spirit. The right attitude will take us far. The wrong attitude just drags us down.
We can live better, and sitting in the saddle of life lightly is the best way to ride along our pathway back to God.
“Therefore, look upon that which resides within your awareness, within your consciousness. What are the things that you know that you know? What are the things that you would avoid? What are the feelings that you have not explored? What are the objects, the people, the places, the values that you strive for, that seem to thrill even the cells of the body? (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 8, Page 94)
Jesus is here asking us to have self-awareness, and surely self-awareness helps us to live good lives. If we know our inner being, we come a long way toward functioning well in the world. And in a better world that we will create, as A Course of Love says.
What are we sure we know? There may actually be very little of which we are very sure. Our egoic worlds have been turned upside down with our new reading, the new channelings of Jesus. And we may take some time to settle down. Let’s ask for Jesus’ blessing to eliminate our confusion, if it is confusion. We need to realize that the old egoic nonsense is truly gone, that we are living in the Christ-Self Who will function in a new way in a new world.
What would we avoid? Top on our list of what to avoid is surely a return to the ego. Pray that the egoic patterns will cease to enthrall us. Pray that we not return to the pit of egoic despair that we used to know.
What are our feelings? These feelings are highly important as we seek to create a new world. Let intuition rule our lives. Test out the insights, and I am sure that you will find that intuition is the very best way to live. It is the panacea to all ills.
What thrills us? That which speaks to our very core with happiness/joy is what we ought to pursue, for God placed in our minds and hearts the best ways, to be determined by the joy that we feel. Don’t forget to thank Him as we encounter joy on our everyday rounds.
Live today in the thrill of knowing that we will not return to our old ways of the ego.
We are walking ahead to a new day, a new day in a new world.
“Beloved and holy friends, may peace be with you always. . . . Remember, there’s a perfectly good reason why I keep saying, time and again, ‘I am with you always.’ Amen.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 7, Page 92)
Jesus is a part of our Self, the Self Whom we all share. Her consciousness is not really separate from ours. These ideas are well-developed in A Course of Love. It helps us to understand what is really going on when Jesus is channeling to one of his scribes. Their mind and heart does not really disappear.
We can imagine him as he was 2,000 years ago, but he would rather that we see him in a more all-encompassing way, a way that he shares with us as the Big Brother we may not have had before.
There is a well-known passage in A Course in Miracles in which Jesus assures us that he is holding our hand as we walk along on the pathway to salvation, the pathway to Awakening. I have often quoted this passage in this blog, in which Jesus affirms that this thought will be no “idle fantasy.”
Reassuring in the extreme, it may mean that Jesus has infinite foci of consciousness. Or it may mean that his Consciousness and ours join in the God of Whom we are a part. Or may be a both/and statement. Don’t let theology delay us. It is not necessary for us to enjoy a true and real experience of Jesus and of God.
Jesus says, “I am with you always.” Can we not just take him at his word? And cease our efforts to be alone and lonely? Our friend is here with us, for it will come on a “single unequivocal call” (from A Course in Miracles).
If in difficulty, call today. And be reassured when anxieties and depression fall by the wayside.