“You then, are Christ, playing in the world—unlimited, unfettered, unvictimized by anything.” (“The Way of Transformation, The Way of Mastery, Chapter 13, Page 165)
When Jesus welcomes into the embrace of the “Christ,” I am comforted that all of us are going to be on the right pathway. It will just take time for all to come into the fold. When we decide to get right with God, we are taking the first step toward a new life–a life that is “unlimited, unfettered, unvictimized.”
All of us welcome this change. Some have experienced it already. But for those who still feel caught by the struggles of the world, with quotations such as this we can take heart. There is a way out of the maze. We can live lives of great value, enjoying what we do, attracting that which gives us peace.
Reading has been a prime avenue for me in order to try to get right with God. A Course in Miracles taught me much–but so did the other newly channeled works by Jesus. Jesus is active in our world, of course. We just can’t see him. He is just as active on our behalf now as he was 2,000 years ago.
Resolve to live an unlimited life today. Resolve to take our places in the new world that is unfolding. We still can’t see it, but it is there. We have been caught up in a drama, and we are still. But beyond the drama of conflict and struggle is a new world, created by us with help from the Unseen.
Be sure to offer thanks for each bit of encouragement the Other Side gives us.
“Here is also where your ‘struggle’ begins—your struggle to create yourself in the world. Your struggle begins to find yourself. For the majority of you, this process whereby attention is shifted from a different state of consciousness into the physical dimension, this flash, this quantum leap, this shifting of attention was so dramatic and required such a shock that you began to forget your connection to Spirit. You began to forget your realization that you are soul, pure consciousness. You began to lose awareness of your freedom. You could call it becoming unconscious, or falling asleep.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 17, Page 204)
All of us forgot the spiritual world when we were born and had lived a few years. There are reports that young children still remember. But we don’t, and we need to regain our connection to the spirit as time passes. We do struggle, for we have often been badly taught. Life does not have to be a struggle, but most of the time it starts out that way, and it may so continue for many years.
When we reconnect ever so slightly, our asleep nature begins to wake up. And what a difference this makes in our lives! We realize that we are more than just finite children of God; we are heirs to His Kingdom!
Most of us come to this understanding after a spiritual experience, often one we can place by date and time. And reading helps. When we seek, we do find. And you would not be reading this blog if you had not been a seeker, and may still be a seeker.
There can be dramatic improvements in our lives as we go along. We can see the end of most struggles, maybe all struggles. Awakening can be a gentle process, and, oh, the difference it makes!
“A decision is made in the mind, not forced upon you whatsoever. In fact, we will share with you that the decision to incarnate need not have ever been made. That is, you are not compelled by some force outside of yourself to come into this dimension. Does that mean that you made a mistake? Not at all. There can be no mistakes in all of creation.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 17, Page 203)
What if what Jayem channeled here from Jesus is actually true? What if we really didn’t have to incarnate in this life at all?
Of course this makes sense when we realize that nothing is forced upon us because we have free will. So if we are here, we must have wanted to be here. And so it is entirely up to us to make the best of it, though we do have much help–from God, from other people, from angels.
Let us realize that there is a greater purpose to our being here, even when what that greater purpose might have been seems very elusive indeed. This quotation also says that there are no mistakes in all of creation. So we are not a mistake! And sometimes we feel that we have handled life so badly that we ourselves seem to be a “mistake”!
This is not true. We are not mistakes, though we do need to get assistance to make our way safely and serenely through this world.
Help us today. Teach us how to love and to be loved. May our day go smoothly in Your grace.
“For remember an ancient truth we once gave you: You cannot imagine that which you have not experienced, for imagination is the picturing in the conscious mind. That picturing must come forth from something.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 17, Page 202)
A difficult concept, but I have read things that will elucidate this quotation. A Course in Miracles says that we the past will roll up like a carpet when we are through with the world as we know it, that we are revisiting the past. Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God says that all reality is like a CD from which we choose experiences; if the experience is not already in the Mind of God, on that CD, we cannot experience it.
Do we see, then, how imagination must have something to cling to? We cannot go outside the Mind of God, of Whom we are a part. And if God did not first “think” it, we could not have it in our experience.
Give our imagination free rein today. See what comes out that we would like to experience, for we can have it–if not immediately, then somewhere in the eons ahead of us, for we live in an eternity.
The imagination works best when we are in revelry, sitting quietly and feeling peaceful.
See quietly today and see what comes up into the conscious mind and heart.
“You are consciousness. You are awareness. You are that which witnesses, that which pays homage to the one thing that God has created: Christ, which means the anointed.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 17, Page 201)
We are the awareness that is Christ. Of course, if we shouted this too loudly when we are caught in the ego, we would have a “high” that would quickly turn on us and lead us into despair. But now that we are relinquishing the ego, we can shout from the rooftops (metaphorically) that we ARE the Christ. In the new era of Christ, we understand that the “Christ” is a plural concept, not limited to Jesus. He paved the way, and still does. But he welcomes us into his inner sanctuary with God.
How do we actually come to realize that we are morphing into something new and better? We go within, in peace and tranquility. God Himself will welcome us. We can believe that He knows how important it is to us to relinquish an egotistical stance toward life and living. When we welcome others with the same manner in which we seek to welcome ourselves into God’s embrace, we will realize that we are all in this together.
We seek to rest in God’s embrace, and in His embrace we feel no fear. We see that we are equal to all others in the eyes of God, and so judgment has no place. And it is these two impediments–fear and judgment–according to A Course of Love, that keep us from manifesting Christ, that keep us from love in all its fullness–Love as God loves.
Know that we are loved, and because God first loved us, we can give and receive love now. We can be cocooned in that love of God.
He is reaching upward from our depths to love us with an abiding love. Do we feel it yet?
“Peace, then, be unto you, beloved and holy friends. ‘Friends’ because you are a part of me, and I a part of you—particles of light dancing in the wave of the one God, the one Mind, the one Truth, the real world. The joke has been on us! And we played it upon ourselves well. Now, the time of rejoicing is at hand, as we arise in our individuation, recognizing our oneness—to dance the dance of creation ceaselessly, extending only the good, the holy, and the beautiful.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 16, Page 200)
What is the “joke”? That we thought we separated from God, formed an ego that led us astray, and now we recognize the folly of our ways and are rapidly, all of us, returning to God. Now we know that Love answers all needs. And when we leave behind judgment and fear (as A Course of Love advises), we are making real progress to a better life ahead. The law of attraction kicks in magnificently to allow us to realize that God is in our corner, has always been in our corner. He was just waiting patiently for us to find that out.
Now we know. We are not meant to be isolated and alone; we need each other, and we need God, the Force of the Universe Who realizes that Love is the only way that reality would work. He knew this from the beginning, when He first awoke and realized, “There is only I. Why be afraid? But I feel lonely. I will create my “children,” and then I will companion with them.”
We don’t really know how God thought, but what I just said is an ancient story retold by Joseph Campbell. And to our finite minds, it makes sense–though we are molding God in our own image, and that may not be good.
Let ideas of God play in our minds. This is companionship, we can feel, for Him–and it is companionship for us. Our “play” has a larger scope, and in Awakening we will come to see more and to know more.
Let God’s Love enfold us today. Even He could wish for nothing greater for us.
“Here, then, we begin to let the secret out of the bag. Separation was not because you sinned. Separation was not because something terrible went wrong. Separation was just another form of the dance of creation itself, perhaps taken to extremes. For God seeks the limits of what is unlimited.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 16, Page 199)
Quotations like this I find imminently reassuring. God is in charge, though we have the illusion of being in charge, too. And being part of Him, this interpretation is not all wrong.
If separation was not something terrible that went wrong, then we can be assured that everything will all turn out alright over time. We can rest easy.
“God seeks the limits of what is unlimited.” A blessed thought!
A Course of Love says that God and we chose the separation, that God “let go” when he sensed our impatience. If we had not then become frightened and formed a false god, an ego, everything would have gone much better for us. And it will go much better for us now that we too are “letting go,” letting go of the ego.
God knows what He is doing. And we can have some of His knowledge through going deep within and asking for understanding. He listens.
“Your journey is not alone. Even now, you are perfectly awake. For only one who is awake could dare to create the great cleverness and creativity, through which you are a spark of God become increasingly aware of your Self: God diving into God; God discovering God! What a delightful, delightful play!” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 16, Page 198 – 199)
This quotation leads us to a celebration! A celebration of life itself. Jesus, here channeled by Jayem, is getting us to see that the “way we are,” here now, right now, is OK. If there are things that we want changed, we ask for help from our God, and He obliges us. But, if we can believe this quotation, He is far more pleased with ourselves than we often are. And what a pity! That we don’t recognize our own grandness.
We can’t see it, but we are at play in a great drama in the universe. Yes, there is still plenty of suffering, but we will find our way out of that when we focus on the right things–the love, the harmony, the peace that we all want immeasurably. Even the people we see who seem to be “bad” want only love, in their deepest heart. Unconscious people just don’t recognize how a change of focus could bring all this to them. They need our prayers, not our condemnation.
In our creativity, we will join forces with God to create a better world. We may differ on how this is done, but our aim is the same.
And an underlying truth is that we CAN see delight in this “play.” Not in a selfish way, an uncaring way, but in a way that shows God’s truth in everything we say and do.
“Here, there is great richness not found in any other dimension, the richness of the dramas of separation, of seeking—seeking, seeking, seeking. . . .
“The very energy of seeking is the egoic energy. For only the ego can seek. Pure Spirit can only extend. And there is a huge difference!” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 16, Page 197)
We have been seeking for long eons. But there is an end to seeking, and A Course of Love, which followed The Way of Mastery, calls for an end to seeking also. ACOL says that that end has come.
How do we make the shift into something better? Something that truly satisfies?
We develop patience, patience with ourselves. Our extension (“Pure Spirit can only extend”) is the extension of love, Love, God’s Love. And only when we rest in the certainty of knowledge can we feel secure, willing to give up seeking for something elusive that we might have missed.
In patience we possess our souls. We have heard that, but have we believed it? It is true, completely true.
Let us ask for the patience to accept what we already know, that Love, God’s Love, when sensed, is the Answer we have been seeking.
“The whole while, that very thought must use the power of the One. For that power is Life! That power is pure being! That power is the real world! That power is the only thing that exists—period! By the power of That One, you have dreamt the thought of the separate self. By the power of That One, when you decide to, you will awaken from the thought of egoic consciousness.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 16, Page 195)
“‘That One,’ in the work channeled by Jayem, The Way of Mastery, means the Essence of God that we share with the Godhead. So, in that sense, that we all partake of God, we do play a part in deciding when we awaken from egoic consciousness. The way in which this truth is given here, though, does seem counter to A Course in Miracles, which says that God makes the decision of when we Awaken. If we are part of God, though (something ACIM also says), then our own essence participates in this decision.
God is Life! This is another way of thinking of our Creator. A good way to wrap our minds and hearts around what we actually are. Since we are Life, and God is Life, we have more say in our doings than we think. God gives us this freedom to decide. There will come a time when we realize that we are beyond choice: We just LIVE! And then we are really cocooned in God’s love.
This quotation for today is a very freeing concept. If we put our minds and hearts to it, then we can remove the blocks to love more quickly, and thus hasten our union with God in Awakening.
“So what is egoic consciousness? You all know what it feels like to be absolutely certain that you are separate and alone, that you must rely on your own thinking process, and that no one beyond—not just the boundary of your body or skin—but no one beyond your unique, contracted sense of ‘I’ has any connection to you whatsoever, and no one cares. And you lament, ‘I am alone. I am separate. How on earth am I going to make it? I’ve got to figure my own way. I’ve got to figure out how this world works. I’ve got to make it happen for myself!’” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 16, Page 194)
This lengthy quotation gives an excellent understanding of what the ego has done for us. And we all can understand what it means, because we have all been there–with the ego.
But when we come to realize what this ego is doing to us, we reassess and move into a better world. We are not “separate and alone,” because we have each other. When we lapse into competitiveness with each other, we forget that we are all in this together.
Let us not forget today that there is a reason that we are in a world with billions more people–our brothers and sisters–in it with us. We can reach out and touch any one of them today, even just now. And our sense of isolation will disappear.
Reach out today. Know that God is blessing our “reaching.” He knows that we are not happy when we are all alone in our conception of ourselves. Let us tune into what reality really is–today. We can do so. We must do so.
“Here is where you find what has been called in your language the hierarchy of angelic beings, of angelic worlds. They are points of light, just like you, but not in the experience of time, nor in the condensation that you would call physical bodies—not even the lower astral bodies. Still, this multidimensionality of creativity is a radiant dance with just a tinge of a sense of separation, or ‘otherness,’ or fear.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 16, Page 193)
Angels are all around us and all there to help us. Here Jayem, channeling Jesus, tells us a little more about angels: “points of light,” but with just a tinge of “otherness,” or fear. This is news to us, for we had previously imagined angels to be all light. It may help them to help us if they understand fear to a little extent–but they certainly have not entered into fear as much as we have.
It is often believed that we each have a guardian angel or angels. I sometimes wonder how they must feel when we ignore them. Ask today to tune into our angels. They will be amazed that they have been noticed, but, I think, oh, so happy.
We all on this plane of earth need much help. It is only when we seek to go it alone that we get into trouble. Here, with angels, is another avenue of help, sanctioned by God. Angels, after all, heralded the birth of Jesus to shepherds. And we have just passed through this time of Christmas once again. Don’t let the spirit of Christmas leave. Keep tuning into the glory that is ours to experience.
And let the love of angels surround us.
A further note: Sebastian Blaksley is a gifted man whose channeled writings, called Choose Only Love, include encounters with angels, beings that he can see. I recommend Choose Only Love, four volumes of seven which have currently been published by Take Heart Publications and are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and DeVorss Publications.
Jon Mundy, publisher of Miracles magazine, will interview Sebastian at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (time on the East coast of the United States). This will be a blessing to all who listen in. Sebastian has received messages from the celestial, now in the process of being published under the title, Choose Only Love.
This blog, Miracles Each Day, has considered these new revelations. The revelations are a call to meditative consideration, not a “course” as such.
Glenn Hovemann, publisher of both A Course of Love and Choose Only Love, has penned some insights into Sebastian that may be helpful to you in making a decision to listen:
“Have you become acquainted with Choose Only Love? Unlike both Helen Schucman and Mari Perron, Sebastian received each of the 144 parts of COL in a “nanosecond,” and in symbolic form. With Archangel Raphael by his side, he immediately put the symbols into words, first in his native Spanish, and then immediately following, again putting the symbols into English.
“I edit and publish Choose Only Love. Altogether it will amount to almost the same number of words as A Course of Love. It is truly remarkable stuff. At age five Sebastian had a near-fatal accident—the car was run into by a train and he, along with his younger brother, were thrown underneath the moving train; the brother was instantly killed but Sebastian heard a voice telling him not to move and not to be afraid. The voice eventually revealed itself as Jesus. Sebastian has been in touch with that voice virtually every day since, about 45 years ago.
“Some people consider the Choose Only Love books (only 4 (7 available so far) to be, in a sense, the next step beyond ACOL, for Choose Only Love is most definitely not a “teaching” but is more like being wrapped in angels’ wings and having an intimate conversation.” — Glenn Hovemann
I invite your prayerful consideration of this opportunity.
“As that first thought of separation is dreamt. . .You could say a drop of milk . . . seems to separate and take on its own energy. And that we have called fear. . .the experience of contraction . . . .” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 16, Page 192)
Fear is only a dream. Only. The image here is of a glass of milk being poured, and a drop of milk splashes upward, and that splash of milk seems to be separate and different from the rest, and in the separation, fear is born.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can stay merged with the whole glass of milk. Our dream of fear can be left entirely in our past, a journey we took that would lead us to recognize how imperative it is to live fear’s opposite, love. How do we do this?
The most important consideration is how we spend our time. If we commune with our Maker often and well, we will feel His love surrounding and supporting us. This is prayer. This is real prayer.
We can leave the contraction of fear by being expansive in our relationship to our brothers and sisters. And loving them. Love cancels out many wrongs, and the most noticeable wrong that it cancels is the experience of fear. When our hearts are full, we have no room for fear.
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.
“Here, at this subtle level, the drop of milk has seemingly separated itself and now feels awareness of itself as separate from the body of milk. And for a moment, for just a moment, there is pure joy, because it is still the One doing it—out of entertainment, out of pure play, out of the sheer exuberance of extending itself and its infinite power, ceaselessly and without limitation.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 16, Page 191)
In The Way of Mastery, believed to be channeled from Jesus by Jayem in live channeling, we see a comparison of the separation from God with a drop of milk that rises above the rest of the milk. The drop of milk has seemingly become separated, though it is still milk, and will fall back down in the glass momentarily.
We are like that. We thought ourselves separated from God, and we perched precariously away from Him. We thought the only way we could survive was to form an ego, a false self who would take care of us as God once did.
We didn’t do so well, being all alone and separate. And it was inevitable that we would one day fall back into God, just as the drop of milk returns to the rest of the milk in the glass.
Here Jesus emphasizes the “entertainment” value of what we did. So all is not lost. Our “play” will have a happy ending.
God understands play, our drama that seems so terrible while it is happening, at least part of the time. God is actually our being, playing hide-and-seek with Himself.
We don’t have to fret about the things that life shows us. We take it all so seriously, but there is divine play at work. We can be lighthearted and joyous, for God does not demand seriousness in our return to Him.
“Why? All for the joy of extending creation, that that One might be aware of itself in an endless variety of form. This is where it begins—the delight of creation.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 16, Page 190 – 191)
Why did God move, in His infinite wisdom, to create us and everything surrounding us? Delight! May we know some of that delight as we view the results of His creation.
God needed to be “aware” of Himself. What does that mean? If there were only unity, in one God, He would not experience Himself as He can when He creates relationship among the differentiations of His Being. He individuated Himself to form energy essences in all their glory. And we were a part of that.
Now we are meant to go on to become co-creators with God. We can’t do this if we are trapped in an ego. We have to rise up to the Christ-Self that is our potential.
The future is bright for all of us who turn aside from fear and judgment so that we are in a position to let God “reach down” and lift us up. Of course, this is all interior action. Then we will experience Christ-consciousness in all its glory.
Our potential will be realized when we rise to be Christs. We, like Jesus, are meant to be One with God in blessing. Let us experience the joy of knowing that delight such as this is ours for the asking. Ask today that we all might be ready for God’s next action in lifting us up to Christ-consciousness.
He delays only until we are ready. And asking for a celestial speed-up is in His will.
“Rather, it was more like a mathematical concept. It was the idea of space, in which extension could occur. There were not yet planets and suns. There was not yet a single atom or molecule of matter. There was pure thought, pure Love, pure being, beginning to entertain, and I emphasize that word for a certain reason, the idea of pure space, pure extension—unlimited, unbounded, forever. There was pure Spirit. That is what you are, now and forever. Spirit does not change.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 16, Page 189)
Spirit is an energy that pervades the whole. In the beginning (if we can say that), there was nothing but Spirit. Then God moved, and His energy–or Thought–slowed down a bit, and lo and behold, matter came into being. Matter has been most of what we have known. And unfortunately, in our separation from God–something that we, in error, imagined we wanted–we developed a false self, an ego, that felt all alone and lonely without our Creator, God Himself.
Now things are changing for us. We know that egotism is not the way of the Christ-Mind. And we are tired and burned out from the suffering that our ego has laid upon us. We now have a new choice before us–choosing God, again, this time to stay with Him. Our ego diminishes into nothingness, and we have true joy in our newfound communion with our Creator.
We are pure Spirit, and despite our foray into egotism, our essence has not changed.
Now we choose again, this time in Love. And Love, with a capital “L,” is God Himself.
“You are God Itself. Now, that is the first time that we have been quite so bold. It is the first time that we have described you as that which is God. This can only mean that what you are in your essence, in your essential being, is God Himself.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 16, Page 188)
What this quotation is saying is that the All, everything, is composed of “God-stuff.” There is no energy that exists except the essence of God, and He created children from that Essence that are differentiated out of His very being. We are those children.
There are differences, of course, starting with the fact that we are finite and lack full knowledge. We could not live if we knew it all, because our mind would act like a computer drive that has had too much data stored in it (an analogy from A Course of Love). We have also “fallen,” in that we made an ego that has separated us from God—or so we thought. We could not actually separate from Him, for we are part of Him, part of His essence.
When we return to God, to know it, we will be in a position to partake more of His very essence. Our benefits will be great, for love and loving will be the way we live. Love is God, as we know. But God is not an emotion, and so by this statement we mean something grander than the emotion of love. We draw sustenance from Love (something that remains a mystery), for when we forgive completely, we know that we are safe in His arms (we know this from A Course in Miracles, which stresses forgiveness as our great need).
And when we have walked the whole way back to God, we will then know that there is really nothing to forgive. The dream is over, the reality is in full sway now.
“You are Spirit. You are that which has come forth as a ray of Light from the Mind of God, as a sunbeam to the sun. In that form-less beginning, you are consciousness itself.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 16, Page 188)
Our Spirit is what is real, and our Spirit has no form. Our form, we can believe, came later, and because we made an ego, we have had quite a rocky time in form. Our consciousness is one with God, though we are finite and He is unlimited.
We need to return our form to God’s fold. If we can relinquish the ego, we will, according to A Course of Love, walk along the road to Christ-consciousness and embody the “elevated Self of form.” Many of our brothers and sisters are expanding their consciousness even as I write, so why not all of us? We do have some choice in the matter, though God has the final say.
When we remove fear and judgment from our range of emotions, we are preparing ourselves for God’s action in Awakening, enlightenment, Christ-consciousness. If we feel unsure how we could ever stop being fearful, or ever stop judging ourselves and our brothers and sisters, we need only withdraw into prayer and communion with our God. He will tell us what to do. He wants us to move to a new, expanded mind and heart, and He will always be right with us to speed along that eventuality.
“The world cannot keep you down in its insanity. The eyes of the body close, and as they close, the world they had shown you recedes and the real world appears.” (“The Way of Transformation,” Way of Mastery, Chapter 15, Page 186)
When we close our eyes and return to a memory of God, we are set to open our eyes on a different world, a real world. When we are living in love, we are living in reality. Of course, our world still exists in the realm of thought, because all material things will one day disintegrate and return to energy, which is another, secular, word for God. Matter, I believe, is just slowed down energy, but the thought that makes matter is still one with God.
We have been living a dream, an illusion. Now we are set to see a change to true reality, to a life that we have not been able to imagine in our wildest imaginings.
We are free to embrace God at any moment. I can imagine that He has been waiting for this moment of embrace.
Let’s tell Him we love Him. And then feel His presence.
To my viewers on this blog: Over six years in the making, this book has been carefully written and revised many times. It focuses on A Course of Love, but also includes A Course in Miracles. Thank you for considering reading. Love, Celia
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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.
“[Y]ou are free to receive the Love of God, to choose only loving thoughts, to look gently upon everyone and every event, seeing only perfect innocence.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 185)
We are free to look gently upon others. In the eyes of God, we are merely children. We make mistakes, we don’t understand the action or inaction of others, we ourselves still get angry and “vent.” But we are actually still innocent creatures, as A Course in Miracles tells us. We have been living in a dream of reality, and dreams are often ridiculous in the way that they move from scene to scene, incorporating outlandish images before our eyes.
We are sure to have God’s love, only and especially when the world doesn’t seem to treat us well. He always treats us well, for none of the adverse circumstances that we face are punishments from Him. God is always and only loving, as Jesus told us when he walked the earth. We don’t know why bad things happen to good people, but we can learn, and discover, from these bad things.
Treat others with gentleness. Walk the earth gently. Forgive one’s self for lapses in good thinking, and forgive others for the same.
We are walking toward a glorious future. The stones in our path, if we trip, cannot keep us down long.
“[Y]ou have chosen to awaken from the uselessness of separation, the uselessness of victimhood, and the uselessness of weakness. And you have chosen to accept the empowerment of becoming responsible for this dimension of creation, the empowerment of deciding to walk the Earth as the arisen Christ.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 184)
When we accept the peace of God, we are joining forces with the Almighty to walk the world as a risen Christ. This is not an egoic thing; when we have relinquished the ego, we are ready to walk ever more certainly on the pathway back to God. And we will enjoy Christ-consciousness/Awakening.
God knows us better than we know ourselves. He will grant Christ-consciousness to us when He knows that this blessing will only bless.
Sometimes there are impediments in the way of His granting that we don’t recognize. But we can pray that we know what these impediments are, and we can pray to know how to remove them. Fear and judgment are the main impediments, according to A Course of Love.
We give up our weaknesses when we walk into the sunlight. The main way that we can attain a new power is to spend time communing with God, time in prayer. Books help, of course, but the main thing is to turn inward and see what is still a problem for us. Then we are empowered to change things.
Change is possible for all of us.
Nobody is outside the Kingdom when we choose a closer walk, a walk aided by the Divine.
“My question for you is, would you be willing to surrender your illusions in order to remember the peace of God? The question is whether or not you will accept the atonement for yourself, the resurrection for yourself, and be determined to walk this Earth as one who has arisen.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 184)
God makes the decision about our receiving Christ-consciousness, but we can delay and even say “no.” He needs our acquiescence, and here we read from Jesus several aspects of what God is looking for in us before He acts: our surrendering illusions, accepting the atonement and the resurrection, and being determined to walk in this world a one who has arisen.
These words in The Way of Mastery are the only place in my reading that I have ever seen detailed what God is looking for in deciding to bestow His peace. And His peace will certainly include, at some point, Awakening.
Let’s pay close attention, and let’s ask to be shown how to carry out these desires that come from God. Really to understand what we might do.
We have to be ready to walk the Earth as one arisen. If this frightens us, then we are not ready.
“As you look upon each segment, each scene, and each minute in your movie, begin to cultivate the deliberate practice of recognizing that you are in a field of energy that is your perfect servant. Within that moment, you are the one with the power to make that moment be whatever you wish it to be. It can be filled with Christ consciousness. Or it can be filled with temporary insanity. The choice is always yours.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 15, Page 183)
We are in a movie, the movie of our lives. We wrote the script.
Of course, we can’t understand this, but this is what Jesus is saying in this quotation for today.
We can be blessed by our moments, or we can find fault with what we see. We have this choice. We also have the choice of making changes if we don’t like what we see. This choice is always ours as well.
If we begin our day well, then we are in line for the best that we can create. If we begin our day in sadness, then this self-fulfilling prophecy will move forward throughout the day.
We have more power than we realize. God grants this power to us. But we need to ask Him for direction. Access His guidance and see if we don’t start having good days, every day.
The choice is ours, because God wills us only good.
“You have a phrase in your world: ‘There is nothing to fear but fear itself.’ That is ninety-eight percent accurate. . . . The final two-percent would be to say there is nothing to fear, since fear is only a temporary insanity, and your right-mindedness is but a choice away.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 182)
Jesus is saying here that we can choose to eliminate fear from our experience, by making a new choice.
We may need some help, though, and the greatest help comes from God. He will calm us down immeasurably. When we settle down, do our best to relax, and clear our mind by turning to our heart, we are doing all that we can do. The rest comes from God.
What we give we receive. And when we give peace in our talks with God, He returns that peace to us in a palpable way that we sense, if not right away, in the moments as they pass by and we just think of Him.
This works. Put aside any skepticism, and let God have His way with us.
“Beloved friends, the world that you look upon is not real! . . . But it is a creation that can be impregnated with the perfect Love of God.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 182)
When we are living in love, we are living in reality. Then the creation that is the world is “impregnated” with the “perfect Love of God.”
We see with real vision when we live in love. Our physical eyes see with a nonphysical expression. When this first occurs, we see little edges of light around the same familiar objects in our everyday world. This is one of the signs that real vision is coming upon us.
Real vision is not seen with the physical eyes. It is something else entirely. We see with Love that is imbued with the harmonies of love, peace, tolerance, kindness.
This physical world will one day disintegrate. It is only slowed down energy of the cosmos.
But the real vision that we have when we are living in Love will be eternal.
Take a moment today to ask for real vision and to see the real world.
“For I, like you, was once a student of the ways of seeking God. And I dove deep into the nature of consciousness and mind itself and discovered how to attune the mind, the emotions, and even the nervous system of the body to resonate with the perfect will and Love of God.
“To begin to prepare a place for that teaching, return to the practice of abiding as Christ for at least five minutes. Then, as that five-minute practice period is completed, allow the eyes to close . . . .
“Then, as you are beginning to feel that sense of relaxation ever more deeply, hold the thought:
“As Christ, in perfect safety, I release all tension. As Christ, in perfect safety, I dissolve my mind in the perfect peace of God.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 180 – 181)
This long quotation tells us much. In The Way of Mastery, we were earlier encouraged to imagine (and to practice) sitting “as Christ” for five minutes. This is similar to practices recommended in the Workbook of A Course in Miracles, but without the Workbook affirmation.
This practice of imagining ourselves as a Christ, keen on the imagination, will work just as well as affirmations to calm us down and give us a good day. Remember that Christ, as used in both The Way of Mastery and A Course in Miracles, is a plural term meant to include anyone who has walked far along the pathway back to God. I don’t think we have actually to have experienced Christ-consciousness or Awakening to see ourselves as a Christ. Seeing ourselves AS a Christ is part of the preparation for this transformation.
Spend five minutes quietly today, imagining ourselves as a part of Christ. If we stay in quietness, the rewards for this practice are great.
“. . .[A]s you have created your journey away from God in your imagination, so too do you imagine—or bring into the form of images—the very pathway that returns you to your true reality.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 180)
Our imagination runs deep; it creates our true reality. This way of viewing life is reassuring in the extreme. We never actually left God, for we are a part of Him, and we cannot separate from our Source. But we thought we left him, and our imagination in this delusion made for havoc.
Let’s put all this nonsense behind us today. We can. If we will enlarge our trust of God, He will do the rest.
We want to return to true reality, a reality that has left the ego in the dust. Leave egotism. Choose love in every instance. This can sometimes be “tough love,” but love, if viewed rightly, is our holy way of returning to God for real.
Use some time today to imagine the world we really want. Then watch the form take shape.
This creation will give us comfort as well as ensure that our days ahead will be filled with promise.
“Beloved friends, The Way of Transformation does, indeed, require your commitment. Where you feel that your commitment has wavered, simply choose anew. And the end of the journey must be perfectly certain.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 180)
It is impossible to go through life without getting demoralized, at least part of the time—and this is especially true on this path to Christ-consciousness (Way of Transformation). We are apt to get impatient when we try, and try, and try some more, and God doesn’t see it our way. Because he has to make the decision of when we are ready.
What do we do? We take a step back and decide that He knows more than we do. Then we develop some patience with his timing.
The transformation may come suddenly. I know a man who recently experienced this Awakening in the midst of “venting” his frustration to his wife. He was very surprised to sense that transformation had indeed occurred—but it was unmistakable. And in the next second, he knew that this was not a glimpse, that it would last.
What was going on here? God was telling him that the suppression of his anger, for many years, was not truthful. He had been actually keeping himself from experiencing Christ-consciousness by trying to be something he wasn’t.
He had thought that fear was the problem. But the actual moment of Awakening taught him otherwise.
Ask to have blocks like the one of this man removed for us. God knows what is keeping us with feet of clay. Ask to be elevated from the Earth today. Ask what is the impediment.
“You have never failed to create and attract precisely those most beautiful lessons that have triggered for you what you most need to learn, what you most need to feel.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 15, Page 179)
This quotation lets us know, in beautiful language, that we are living in a protected universe. We are creating the lessons that we need to learn. Our mind is one with God’s, and He creates for us the opportunities that we need to have. We are not alone in what we experience. Our creations could not be so precise unless we are receiving help from a greater Power than just our personal self.
Let us be reassured today that, when we listen, we will be guided. Our lessons under these conditions will be benign. We will not hurt. Our suffering is and has always been needless. Now we know that we are creating the very circumstances that we need to progress back to God in the best and quickest way possible.
We are discovering what we most need to discover. This is why I say that it is a “protected” universe.
The end is certain. We are going to be at home in God, and, if we stay true to His direction, this being “at home” will come quickly. Not in death, but in life, for Heaven is an experience that awaits us as we live on Earth.
“You have a term in your legal system called temporary insanity. The lawyer says, ‘My client is not guilty, it was just temporary insanity.’ Rest assured, that is exactly how it is in the cosmic dimensions of your being. Your Father knows that given perfectly free will, you have elected at times to be temporarily insane. Knowing this, no judgment has been passed, and you have never been made wrong by your Creator.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 15, Page 179)
When we have gotten it wrong, have made bad mistakes, then God knows that we have used our free will wrongly. He doesn’t have to forgive, because He has never condemned. God never condemns! Isn’t this wonderful? We have so often felt, wrongly, that if we made a mess of our lives, He would not be happy with us. But He knows, that given free will, we will sometimes get it wrong.
He seeks to help us at such times. He will lift us out of the morass, lift us up, and reassure us that He never even “saw” the error. He will help us to avoid that error in the future. Life is a learning process, at least until we have gone beyond learning to discovery—A Course of Love concept.
God does not “make us wrong.” We do this judgment of ourselves. And it is wrong to judge ourselves, as it is wrong to judge others.
Just turn aside from wrongdoing, forgive ourselves, make restitution if possible, and know that God realizes that we are finite beings with limited knowledge that sometimes goes astray from what we are meant to do.