This World Is Our Classroom

“Time is an illusion.  The things that pass by, the phenomena of space and time, are just shadows that you have interpreted in a certain way.  There is no gain; there is no loss.  There is nothing to fear.  The world can add nothing to you nor take anything away.  You are merely here in this temporary classroom with an opportunity to do what any master in any dimension can do, for you hold the same power I do—you hold the power to teach only Love.  And what you teach, you must necessarily and immediately learn.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 248)

“Teach only love” is an edict of Jesus in his channeled writings.  A Course in Miracles says this; Choose Only Love says this. 

Now we need to say this to ourselves, caught as we are in a time dimension that is illusion.  What we teach, we learn.  A Course of Love says that we need to think in terms of discovering, once we have moved beyond “learning,” as such.  Discovery whets our minds and hearts for more, and then we are truly walking fast along the pathway back to God.

It is important to wrap our minds around the concept that there is no time.  It is hard to do.  But when we persevere, we will come to see the value of it.  Quantum theory says the same thing, and so our science is keeping pace.  When there is no time, we are living in eternity—where we will spend forever.  This is a powerful statement of what lies ahead for us.  It is a powerful statement that there is no death, just change into another “form,” possibly spirit alone.

If we let ourselves be overwhelmed by Love, we will grow in grace with God as our Mentor.  Let’s let God have His way with us today.  As always, let Him guide.  Especially let Him guide today, when we are discovering what Love can do.

Returning Us to Our True Nature

“You may not feel that you have ever intended to live in fear.  But the displacement of the original intent was so complete that each life has begun with fear and proceeded from this beginning continually reacting fear.  While the original intent remained within you and caused you to attempt to express a Self of love despite your fear, fear has thwarted your every effort and caused the very effort that has continued the cycle of fear.  To have to try to be who you are and to express who you are is the result of the displacement of the nature of love with the nature of fear.  What we now are about is reversing this displacement and returning you to your true nature.”  (A Course of Love, T4:3.5)

We had an “original intent” eons ago, and that was to live in love—not fear.  But fear intervened, and nothing has ever been right since.  This is the crucial, central feature of our lives.  We have displaced love with fear, and then we have lived in this egoic state of fear.  There ought to be a better way.

And there is.  We can learn, and not necessarily by traditional means of study, to displace fear and the egoic self with the Self of love.  This change will make all the difference.  And A Course of Love is showing us how to effect this change.  It is true (as A Course in Miracles says also) that God makes the final decision of when we are ripe for Christ-consciousness or Awakening.  Then he metaphorically reaches down to us and lifts us up.

Yet there are things we can do to remove blocks to the awareness of love.  This in itself will ease our way, and give us a happy experience.  We need to get the idea of suspiciousness out of our minds; we need trust above all else.  And trust we can have; just a decision to have it is enough to bring it to us.  This does not mean that we will be gullible.  We have our own good sense, and this is sense of the real Self, not the ego.  When we place our faith in the inner Christ Self, we are far more likely to be right than to be wrong in our evaluations of others.  Note that this does not mean “judgment” of others, for judging keeps us from attaining enlightenment.  We need to simply rest in the assurance that if we are encouraged to avoid a particularly situation (or person), we will know how and where to do so.  That is all.

Considering A Course in Miracles’ Version of the Lord’s Prayer

“Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter.  Our holiness is Yours.  What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect?  The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love.  Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will.  And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love.  Amen.”  (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-16.VII.12)

This prayer was recognized by Helen, the scribe of A Course in Miracles, as ACIM’s version of the Lord’s Prayer.  If we read it carefully, we will all see why.

The prayer starts with a plea for forgiveness.  And, later on, continues with a plea that we not wander into temptation.  The words are different, but the message of this prayer is very akin to the Lord’s Prayer in the New Testament.

We have illusions here, but we would not have it so.  God would not have it for us, either.  We are holy like God, though we strive mightily to hide this awareness from ourselves, and we often just outright don’t believe it.  We have been asleep, in the “sleep of forgetfulness.”  And God would have us awaken, for his channels are closed to Him, and in ACIM He is said to be lonely without the minds that He created being in communication with Him.  We need to receive the great gifts of God, in joy and the abundance that he offers to us, freely, always.

Let’s take a look at the Lord’s Prayer, as found in the King James Version of the Bible (the version used in A Course in Miracles), from Matthew 6:9-13:

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

“Give us this day our daily bread.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine in the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.”

Living in the Mind of Christ

“Each time you can interrupt the momentum of the mind for perceiving nothing but problems, you will begin to discover that the underground river of the Mind of Christ is yet within you still.  As you feel your successes more and more deeply, that in turn builds your desire to live in that stream.  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 247)

Living with the Mind of Christ is a great blessing. When we live in our personal mind, often beset by the ego, we live a demoralized life filled with problems–one following another ad infinitum.

This is no way to live. If we believed nothing else, seeing the truth of this problem-oriented life as a bad way to live would be enough to encourage us to turn to a Higher Power. Even if we are unsure about whether that Higher Power is God.

A Course in Miracles reminds us that the solution is always with the problem, no time delay, no procrastination when we are seeking to follow God’s guidance. But why, oh why, do we focus so on problems, something that only succeeds in bringing us more of them?

Live with the Christ Mind instead. Jesus’ help is only a sure call away. He comes, though we don’t understand how, and we often don’t recognize when. The Mind of Christ is a part of us, whether we call this the Holy Spirit or the Christ-Mind. There are no barriers between these terms.

The “something greater” will save us. Call on help today. Know that we are heard, and that we have a sure help on the way.

In the Flow in the New Age

“Not knowing what you know, is, in essence the way of The New.  When the unknown becomes the known, the solidity forms, and so in The New, what is known will be known in this fluid way, a pulsing in and out that will keep it free from being structured into knowledge ‘of.’”  Mirari

Basically, this quotation from a channeled Mary of Nazareth is a plea that we stay “in the flow.” We all know what this is, even if we haven’t given a name to it. Being in the flow means that we move easily from moment to moment, lost in the moment, a sense of easy grace filling our mind and heart.

This is the way we will live, ever more and more, when we move into the New. The New was first heralded by Jesus in his channeled work, A Course of Love.

Being in the flow is the most effective living, also the happiest. There is little else we need to know. We will be in the flow when we rest in God, living as He would have us live by not getting stuck on any one thing, in our thoughts or in our lives.

Loving Thoughts

“I once suggested to you that you remember only your loving thoughts.  But the trick to that is that you must first become aware of them.  So many become trapped in the depression, anxiety and insanity of the mind because they put all of their energy into perceiving what is amiss and no energy into perceiving their success as Christ.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 247)

Focusing on what is amiss is focusing on the negative, and I think God would make positive thinkers out of all of us. Here Jesus certainly clues us in to that. What we focus on expands and/or creates, and if we are constantly failing to love, we are missing out on the best thing out there.

God is Love, though many of us don’t understand how the Great Creator could be an emotion. Love is more than an emotion. It is the bedrock of creation. If God hadn’t recognized that Love needs to be in the ascendancy always, we would have destroyed ourselves long ago. Creation, the universes, don’t work if they aren’t founded on love. And when we lose our madness, this is one of the first things we will recognize.

We have been living in madness as long as we formed an ego that tried to leave out our divinity, our Oneness with God. It didn’t work. And nobody knows it better than us, lost in depression, anxiety, insanity–and knowing somehow deep within that there is a Higher Power Who will save us from ourselves.

Turn to God today–however we conceive of Him. He holds the Answer to every perplexity with which we have ever been confronted.

For All This We Give Up Nothing!

“The new perspective you will gain from crossing over will be the understanding of where Heaven is.  From this side, it seems to be outside and across the bridge.  Yet as you cross to join it, it will join with you and become one with you.  And you will think, in glad astonishment, that for all this you gave up nothing!  The joy of Heaven, which has no limit, is increased with each light that returns to take its rightful place within it.”  (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-16.VI.11)

Today is a joyful day, for doesn’t this quotation remain a harbinger of good things to come?  Heaven joins with us as we cross the metaphorical bridge.  And Heaven is here and now, not on the Other Side solely.  Not that we will find only after death.  We can experience Heaven here and now, and what a blessing this promise is, coming as it does near the beginning of the Text of A Course in Miracles.

How will we recognize Heaven when we have reached it?  Does this question really need answering?  We may actually still experience bad things, but the suffering that we knew previously will depart from us.  Any pain that we might experience can be turned over to the Holy Spirit, and then we can know relief.  This is, after all, still this world, and to believe that we would only experience the good is naïve.  But we will know that the bad that we see is actually only illusion, that this bad is not real.  Unreality is a powerful defense mechanism, and we have hardy tools in our experience now.

We don’t have to sacrifice to reach Heaven on earth.  Sacrifice is never asked of anything.  In the philosophy of ACIM, Jesus himself did not sacrifice when he walked the earth 2,000 years ago.  The idea that he had to die on a cross to save us is not the point, ACIM tells us.  His resurrection is the point, and it is in this way that he saves us.

We don’t lack for anything that Jesus had and has.  He assures us that he walked the pathway before us, but only so that he could help us along the way.  He doesn’t have anything that we lack.  Only time separates our walk, and time does not really exist.

So:  We give up nothing!  And we need do nothing (an ACIM tenet).  When we have reached Awakening, we will reach it with one glad realization, that, for all this, we gave up nothing.  And we need do nothing.

We will have busy doings, but they are of our free choice.  Ask before you embark on anything today.  Ask if that thing is right for you.

Awareness of Love

“The only obstacle to enlightenment, to supreme knowledge, is fear. . .

“But fear overrides your awareness of love.  Fear makes you lose sight of love.  Therefore, I say with certainty that although you may do many things to reach God, if you are unwilling to put aside fear, none of what you may spiritually ‘do’ will help you, but rather it will bolster your ego.”  Choose Only Love bk. 6, 1:II

Fear is not stronger than love, though. Negativity, which fear represents, is never stronger than positivity, which love represents. To believe that fear is impossible to overcome is to believe that there exists Someone or Something stronger than God. And we don’t believe this. The “devil,” or “Satan,” which might be said to be in a struggle with God, is simply illusion. In our understanding, the ego is the nearest thing that we have ever come to a devil.

With the law of attraction operating, we know that what we focus upon comes to be, in some form or other. And if we focus on praying for fear to disappear, we are focusing on negativity, which never works. Instead, make the simple shift to focusing on love in all our dealings. Ask to have our love increased. Ask to love ourselves, our brothers and sisters, nature (even), and God. Ask to have love so overwhelm us that we have no room for fear.

We are not perfect, and so there will come times when we are overwrought. But these times do not occur when we are experiencing a satori, a glimpse of Awakening. Those who have awakened do not focus on fear, and so their experience is quite different. In attempting to move toward enlightenment, we are encouraged to focus on what we want, not to insert a negative of what we do “not” want.

Ask to be overwhelmed by love today–God’s Love. This is one of the most powerful prayers that we can offer to the cosmos, and God listens.

Come & Go as One Unknown by the World

“You will simply come and go as one unknown by the world, and yet one who looks to be very ordinary, one who looks to be the same as everyone else.  The difference is that though the body still seems to walk upon the Earth, you are literally embracing the Earth.  And in you, you will know that fear is gone.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 246)

This is what we have to look forward to when Awakening has come.

We can sometimes be frustrated that we have not known Awakening or Christ-consciousness except in snatches.  Those glimpses are meaningful, and they are harbingers of what will transpire—perhaps sooner than we realize.  The glimpses are nearly always a moment or more of intense peace, solid peace, complete peace, the peace that passeth understanding.  By this peace we can know that the transition in Awakening, for us, will not hold any trauma.  So we need not be afraid of it.

Jesus’s guidance to Awakening in his recent channeled works is always gentle.  We know that when we have asked to be rid of judgment and fear, we are asking in God’s will, and it is these two things—judgment and fear—that have been the snag that has kept us from Awakening until now.  A Course of Love makes this very, very clear.

What joy there will be in our hearts when we have relinquished judgment and let fear recede in the distance!

Ask for help today in bringing these impediments to a close.  Ask for Awakening to be hastened.

Only Love Is Real

“You will know that you are totally free when you no longer feel any obstruction to whatever is arising in the field of your experience.  Why?  Because you will simply see it as another opportunity to say:

“Holy Spirit, what would you have me say?  What would you have me do?  What would it be like in this moment for me to simply realize that only Love is real?  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 245)

“No longer feeling any obstruction” is “being willing to have it so.” Deepak Chopra says that this is the final stage of coming to know God, his Stage 7 as described in his book on knowing God.

The second paragraph, above, is a repetition, from Jesus, of words first given in A Course in Miracles. Jayem was channeling accurately from Jesus, because Jesus himself had asked him not to read ACIM prior to their own channeling of The Way of Mastery. Jesus does not forget what he has said. And Jesus would have us turn to the Holy Spirit (or the Christ-Self) as much as we can remember to do so.

“Only Love is real.” Yes! Everything else passes away, but Love remains. This is love from God, not from our brothers and sisters, but love from our brothers and sisters may seem to pass (even though love is eternal and never truly ends).

Ask God to join in a partnership today. Ask Him anything, and see what words come to mind or develop in written form. These words may very well be divine revelation, ready for the taking by just anyone at all. We don’t even have to be very advanced spiritually to hear God talking to us.

Choosing Only Love

“Choosing only love is that for which you have come to this universe.  Nothing else.  Showing the way for others to make this choice consciously is the highest form of sharing because it is the way to share God.”  Choose Only Love bk. 6, 1:II

This quotation explains powerfully why the title for this series was chosen: Choose only love is why we are here in this universe.

This statement implies that there are other realms in the cosmos where we have lived before, although we know that time is an illusion and so all time is actually simultaneous. Time on earth is spread out so that we can experience it. There would be no other way.

We need to make the choice for love consciously. A Way of Mastery, also channeled by Jesus, lets us know that we need to draw up from the subconscious all that is there that can hinder our progress back to God in any way. When we have healed the subconscious, we are ready for Awakening–but not before. And then we do make the choice for love consciously, for the information in the subconscious has been brought to light.

All of this takes time. But remember that time is an illusion, and so we can skip over large chunks of time with Jesus as our leader. A Course in Miracles says this (though in slightly different words with the same meaning).

We need to share love with others, and then we are on the right path. Nothing else will do. Nothing else is good enough.

Dreams

“Dreams have often been the silent couriers of The New.”  Mirari

We know from the Bible that many people over long years have put credence in their dreams, their nighttime dreams, believing that they are encouragement, warnings, and the like, from God Himself. Since God is within, and our conscious mind is stilled, we too can see that a divinity is at work in our dreams. We would do well to heed the ones that we remember. And we might keep a record if a dream seems particularly illustrative.

Here Mary of Nazareth is talking of “The New,” which means the new world we will inhabit as the second coming of Christ takes hold. We have a role to play in the creation of this New. We must ask what that role is, for we do not know. We will be told, internally, all that we need to know of that role as events, inner and outer, unfold. We can be sure that God is not keeping secrets from us. A Course in Miracles says this.

Dreams are “silent,” but our own purpose may be to speak out when the time is right.

We have a bonanza of good things coming when we listen to our dreams. They are a potent help from Heaven itself.

Caught in Our Mind

“There are many in your world who would yet perceive spirituality as a way to get out of the place in which they find themselves, not understanding that they can be nowhere save than in their own mind.  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 244)

We are caught in our mind. We can’t escape by any known means (though we can escape from our ego, if given enough motivation).

There are some frequent illusions in spiritual literature to trying to escape by moving house, going elsewhere in the world, or retreating to the quiet countryside. Most writers are making the point that these attempts to save ourselves simply don’t work, because we take our agitated mind with us.

The only way is to heal the mind, and that is not entirely up to our personal self. We need God’s help. And we may also know that Jesus’ healing touch is available to us as well.

When we open our heart, not our mind, to love, then miraculously our mind is healed as well. We don’t have to move to the countryside after all. We have the peace we have sought.

Our “Lived Experience”

“Part of the journey, then, of The Way of Transformation is learning to transform your lived experience, so that you enjoy it more and more, are attached to it less and less, and fear it not at all.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 244)

Our “lived experience” is all we know, how we have come across in our lives, all we think about, etc. It is truly the all in all, but an all in all that we share with God, because He is living through us. If we truly realize that God is in and through us, we will seek to give Him a good day, and that means enjoying whatever comes. Here we discover that we are to enjoy what comes “more and more.” Of course, when we follow guidance, we discover that things have a way of righting themselves. We learn how to endure, sometimes, but there is joy even in tough times, for we come to realize that we are not going through anything at all alone.

We become also less attached to results. We articulate “being willing to have it so.” We live the truth of this statement given by a guru to Joseph Campbell, the writer. We walk a smooth pathway when we are not so intend on having everything just as we think we want it.

And we live without fear. This is very, very important, for fear blocks Awakening, and the path of transformation is just that–Awakening. We can ask God to free us of fear, and when we are pliable in His hands, He will do just that. Of course, we know that prayers are not always immediately answered, and perhaps the prayer to be rid of fear is one of the most common to hear “wait.” We will have subconscious healing to do, and when we bring up those subconscious issues, we will probably feel fear. But this fear can quickly dissipate. We have done the work by considering what has been brought to mind.

Intend to enjoy our lived experience today. Fear it not at all, if this is possible for us. And don’t have to have everything go just the way we think we want it. The higher plan may say otherwise, and we will come to bless that higher plan as time passes.

The Holy Spirit Works for Us

“You have never given any problem to the Holy Spirit He has not solved for you, nor will you ever do so.  You have never tried to solve anything yourself and been successful.  Is it not time you brought these facts together and made sense of them?”  (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-16.II.9)

The quotation for this morning is a very precise one, with much meaning and evokes a good sense of reassurance.  We can trust the Holy Spirit to solve our problems.  We can do this.  And the quotation also says that we, by ourselves, have never solved anything satisfactorily.

Is this not true?  Don’t we know this in our own experience?

I know that when my days get off to the wrong start, and I am stubborn about following the Holy Spirit, I have no peace until I quickly recover—affirming to the Holy Spirit that I will follow Him.  Then I really do relax, and I soon develop flow to my day.  This reassessment and change in orientation takes only a moment.  But it makes a gigantic difference in the type of day that we have.

Jesus’s logical argument in this quotation goes quickly to the point.  Yes, we can put these two sentences together and make sense of them, can’t we?  It takes only a moment of reflection to realize that we are onto something here; Jesus is onto something here; and the Holy Spirit is our only true Guide.

We can’t judge for ourselves because we don’t know the whole panorama of all events that impinge on a decision from past, present, and future.  But the Holy Spirit, in His omniscience, does know.  And so when we allow Him to be our personal Guide, our lives start to go right for the first time ever.  We have a Guide Who is sure.  And our own meaningless attempts to make good decisions can fall away.

We may feel personally insulted that we can’t depend on our own judgment in this world.  The world has taught us that we can, that we grow into maturity and then make good decisions.  Our own assessments will show us that this procedure is a fallacy.  We don’t make better decisions in maturity than we did earlier.  We may make worse.  And we are unable to stand freely and confidently with the ego as our guide.

Take the next right step today.  Give over judgments to the only One Who can make the right decisions in any situation, barring none.  Give over judgments to the quiet guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Knowings

“Knowings that sometimes are fleeting—coming in a moment without thought—and that at other times are of a long-range nature, a knowing of the way that is unfolding in time.

“Every ‘knowing’ is God-given, so there is no need to distinguish from ‘where’ knowings come, but the ways in which they come are many and varied as they encompass the whole of life.”  Mirari

“Knowings” are a way that God reaches us. Previously, we may have relied on feelings to sense God’s guidance. But if we have been faithful, His presence is more certain in us now, and we don’t need the filter of feelings to know what He is saying to us. We just know.

Both A Course of Love and Choose Only Love allude to this matter of knowing, and Mirari is right in line with this new thought. Of course, we must be careful to ascertain if our knowing is accurate. An important test is the question of harm. If what we think we ought to do might harm another person, then we are thinking and perhaps feeling, too, awry. What God gives us as a knowing is always totally benign.

Seek to move into knowing today. We can know even when our feelings are overwrought and we therefore cannot seem to find God near.

Knowing is direct. And it is a new revelation.

We Are Blessed

“Beloved pure soul!  You who live for God!  Whoever joins this work becomes one with us, and because of that union miracles and spiritual events of incalculable greatness and bliss will occur.  Gates of Heaven not yet opened will do so.”  Choose Only Love bk. 6, 1:II

There is a thread running through the first six books (of seven) published in Choose Only Love, and that thread is that those who discover these books and take them to heart are particularly blessed by God. Of course, we already know of God’s blessings, for we would not have sought out CHOL unless we were prompted to do so. And this, in itself, is a great blessing.

Sebastian’s manner of channeling is surely unique in the history of channeling. The veil between him and the Other Side is very thin, almost non-existent, often. And through it all, he has remained his modest self, a representative of God’s mission on Earth, a representative of Jesus, Mary, and the angels.

We will know greater bliss as we walk through this world. That is the promise of this quotation. “Gates of Heaven not yet opened will do so.” And what will we see when these Gates are opened? We don’t know, but Sebastian has given us a glimpse. And that glimpse is profoundly moving.

Certainly when Gates open to Heaven we will bask in greater Love from God. Not that He has been negligent with us, but because we are more open than ever before. We are ready for revelation.

And we will have it.

Desire

“Therefore, beloved friends, please decide this day to take responsibility for what you desire.  Recognize that what you desire will be what you experience.   Recognize that what you desire literally creates the pathway whereby you will experience either Heaven or hell, peace or turbulence, love or fear.  In each moment of desire, right where you are, you have just birthed an entire world.  For out of that desire, you will create your perceptions of everything from yourself to the farthest of stars, all in a split second, a moment of timelessness.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 244)

We think that desire may not be spiritual enough, and so we don’t ask for what we really want, what we desire. But a consecrated desire will take us back Home to God. If we want Him badly enough, we will possess Him, even as He possesses us.

Take a moment to ask God to inform our desires. He will do it. He will put ideas in our mind and feelings in our heart that will give us an easy step back to Him.

The last sentence of the quotation is especially evocative. “Timelessness” is not something we think about often, but there is great value in dwelling upon it, at least a little. This quotation is a spiritual take on the law of attraction, which says that what we dwell upon is what we get.

Focus on the highest and best that we know.

Let God do the rest, bringing those superb things into our lives.

Self in Unity

“The only replacement that can occur that will accomplish what you seek is the replacement of illusion with the truth, the replacement of fear with love, the replacement of your separated self with your real Self, the Self that rests in unity.”  (A Course of Love, C:9.24)

We see that A Course of Love makes parallels of illusion and truth, fear and love, and the separated self with the real Self, saying that a replacement of illusion, fear and the separated self needs to be made—with truth, love and the real Self.  This is salvation, this is the coming to know that we will find in fullness in Christ-consciousness.  Until then, we can see only rare glimpses, some longer than others, but still temporary.

This is the only accomplishment that we seek, and on some level it has already been accomplished, for Jesus says that we are The Accomplished.  But not in any egoic sense, of course.  We have walked the whole pathway, and now we find our way back to retrace our steps.

It doesn’t have to take long in the life of any individual, though the return may take a very long time for everyone on earth.  Make no mistake:  This is what we are about, the eventual return of everyone to full sanity, which means that we are in communion with our Creator and we have walked into the real Self through Awakening.

Humanity & Divinity Will Now Embrace

“Your humanity will be completely absorbed in that which is beyond all human thought, while remaining what it is.  Humanity and divinity will now embrace, establishing a new bond of love linking the Supreme Source with the nature of the human.  And with that we will become increasingly aware of a union that is above all union, and includes them all.

“Beloved mirror of wisdom!  What a joy it is to be able to sing with you a new song every morning, every sunset, and every night.”  Choose Only Love bk. 6, 1:II

Book 6 of Choose Only Love is taking us beyond simply Awakening.  Our humanity and our divinity, as we read in this quotation, will now embrace.  We are evolving further, with God’s help.  We are becoming the Self Who touches God.

We will naturally move to praise when we experience this new beginning.  Our little mind cannot comprehend all the glories that God will bestow on us.  We are speechless as a result.

God’s wisdom will become a part of what we experience.  We will know more about Divinity than we have ever known before.  Indeed, it is not overstating to know that He will be sharing His Godhead with us.

There is a reason that we were born in the physical on earth.  Each of us has a different mission, though there will be similarities.  Ask today to know what we are individually called to do.  Ask today to know what we are individually called to think.  God’s infusion into our mind and heart will be complete.

Love Banishes Chaos

“You would make no attempt to judge, because it would be quite apparent to you that you do not understand what anything means.  You are afraid of this because you believe that without the ego, all would be chaos.  Yet I assure you that without the ego, all would be love.”  (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-15.V.1)

Judging will keep us from Awakening.  And without an ego, we would know immediately that judging is falsity and false thinking.  We don’t know the past, present, and future in all dimensions, and if we don’t know this, we can’t judge rightly.  This is why judging is accurately left to the Holy Spirit, Whose prescience tells Him past, present, and future in all dimensions.  Yet we clutch judging to our bosoms, being afraid to let it go.  We have been taught, wrongly, by this world that we grow in understanding as we mature, and that judgments, therefore, will grow in accuracy as we get older.  This is a fallacy, as Jesus so rightly points out.  We are always judging from the standpoint of the ego, which cannot know anything.

The Holy Spirit makes only one judgment:  God’s Son is innocent.  He does not have an ego with which to judge, and He knows the fallacy of holding anything at all against a precious child of God.

We think that we will be lost in chaos if we don’t judge.  We think that if we don’t defend ourselves, by judging, against predicaments that may arise, then we, poor defenseless selves that we are, will be fodder for any stronger person to devour.  We think that judging is the way that we protect ourselves.  But Jesus says elsewhere that defenses make what they would defend against.  We are thus lost by the act of defending from supposed detractors.  This is why we think that all will be chaos if we don’t judge.  It is a defensive maneuver.

But it is defensive maneuver that will not work.  And so why not open one’s self to the love that lies beneath this supposed chaos?  Without judging, all will be love.  And our defensiveness, which does not work anyway, won’t be needed.  We are protected as Sons of God, protected by our Guide and Teacher, the Holy Spirit.  God Himself, of Whom we are a part, knows that our entity, lost in Him, will abide forever, in safety and truth.

And this is all the assurance that we need.

Knowing

“I did not know to what extent Jesus was aware of who he was as he grew, and I knew it was not for me to tell him.  No one ‘told’ me this, but I knew, just as you know, without being told, of certain essential things.”  Mirari

If we can believe, we see that Mari (who received Mirari) and Mary (mother of Jesus) talked very intimately about Mary’s relationship to Jesus. In this revealing statement, near the beginning of Mirari, we see that Mary was very circumspect with her son. She knew he was the fulfillment of Scripture, but when did he know this? She let events unfold that would tell him; she did not mold her son to be what he perhaps he could not yet conceive of.

The words about a “knowing” are instructive, for knowing is how we come to understand guidance in A Course of Love. Early on, with the Holy Spirit, we let our guidance come by way, often, of feelings about what to do or say. But this way of perceiving guidance is overtaken by just “knowing” when the Christ-Self takes over our lives. Here we move easily through our days, sure of ourselves, sure of God. And Mirari and Mary’s words seem to be in the spirit of A Course of Love.

Guidance has long been a theme song of mine in my writing, for I seek to go God’s way, and His guidance is the way to do so. When certain of how to respond to a given situation, we are probably calling on guidance to help us.

Guidance, through knowing, helps us immensely in daily life.

It is our way back Home.

Grace of God

“Thank you Father-Mother God for giving me life.  Thank you for being as you are:  pure mercy, pure companion.  Thank you, each path of my life, for bringing me here where I can dwell forever in the sweetness of love.  I leave you with my blessing as I continue now on this new path at whose doors I find myself.  You have left me here and cannot come with me.  I bless you in the name of love. 

“After having blessed everything lived, known, taught, and experienced, we let it go forever and begin a new path, a path without past, without plans, without pre-conceived ideas.  We are carried by the Grace of God.”  Choose Only Love bk. 6, 1:I

The first paragraph of the quotation above is set apart as a prayer to God.  He listens, though we know not how.  We are embarking on a new path, a path beyond anything we have known before completely before.  We are seeking to “be,” to walk on the path of being. 

We have long thought that to please God, we need to be busy bees, going about his work with a busy mind.  Part of this traditional thinking comes from St. Paul in the New Testament, when he says that faith without works is dead.  But “being” doesn’t mean we are idle.  We will still work for God, but in a new and different way that is without strain or bother.  We will tap into guidance of a new approach to Self, the Self who is merged with God.  God will then give us our marching orders.

The Grace of God is a magnificent thing.  We have previously struggled to please Him, but this is not what we ought to be about.  He will gently guide; He will gently make us aware of the next step.  Premeditation is not necessary; living in the moment is.  We cease from wearying plans, but we don’t cease from doing all the good that He recommends.  Our stance of “being” informs us what to do, what to say, even what to think.  Our heart informs our mind.  We are safe in His arms.

Vulnerable before God

“This is why when any mind truly begins to awaken, it becomes more and more painful to continue certain thoughts or behaviors that do not reflect the deep desire of the heart.  This is why the gap becomes less and less—the gap of unconsciousness, the gap in which the mind tries to defend its choices and perceptions—until finally, it rests in complete vulnerability.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 243 – 244)

Perhaps not all of us want to be vulnerable, but here vulnerability is set forth as a high goal. When we surrender to God, the vulnerability is good, for we are pliable in His hands. Then He can do much with us. We are flexible, like a reed; if we are as strong as the oak, we might topple in a strong wind.

The “gap of unconsciousness” is the place where we have not re-surrendered to God. He can’t do much with us and for us when we are stubborn in our independence, caught in our ego. Let all that go, and rest in the assurance that when we are vulnerable toward God, we are in the best place imaginable.

Holy Instants

“This course is not beyond immediate learning, unless you believe that what God wills takes time.  And this means only that you would rather delay the recognition that His Will is so.  The holy instant is this instant and every instant.  The one you want it to be it is.  The one you would not have it be is lost to you.  You must decide when it is.  Delay it not.”  (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-15.IV.1)

We must choose holy instants, now and always, and, once chosen, our pathway is smooth.  God’s Will is to give us holy instants, one right after the other, no delay at all.

What is a holy instant?  It is a moment in time, at first an isolated moment, in which we see with the eyes of love and reject nobody.  We attack not at all.  We are serene in our experience of loving our brother. 

From this quotation, we can see that the isolated holy instant is meant to expand into an all-encompassing series of holy instants that know no end.  This can happen, though it may be rare in this world for most of us.  Jesus recommends that we not delay in seeking the holy instant in every instance caught in time.  By our own decision we experience holy instants in this way, one right after the other in a free-flowing experience of grace.

Ask for a holy instant as you commune now with the Holy Spirit.  He will not delay in seeing that your prayer is answered.  Only a mind in turmoil could delay the experience of the holy instant.  Ask that your mind be stilled, and in the midst of this stillness, the miracle will happen.  A holy instant will be yours.

 Love’s Gifts

“Loss of love comes from only one source.  Call it fear or call it separation but it is still the same.  For in your separated state you ask that love make you special to someone else, and that one special to you.  You think this is what love is for, and so you make of it something it is not and only call it love.”  (A Course of Love, C:14.22)

Within the separation, the illusory separation from God that hasn’t actually happened, it is impossible for us to be contented aside from special relationships.  And, of course, these do not content us long, for we ask both too much and too little of them.  Special relationships are fraught with fear.  We fear being alone again, that this special one will love less (or leave), or that we (even though together still) do not love equally.

These concepts are all meaningless to a holy relationship, which seeks never to take, but always to give—though we know that giving and receiving are one in love.  We will be contented when we give up the idea of having special relationships.  Not that these relationships will be snatched away from us—no, never—but that we will never be happy on a continual basis until we have transformed our loves into holy loves.

Fear then will slip away.  We know that if we lose one form of love, another will take its place.  While we do not try to substitute loves for one another, we do recognize that it is our internal love that is most important.  And this means that all Selves are One, all loves are One.  Fear has no basis for gaining a foothold when ideas such as this are given sway in a life.

Explanation of “The Lineage”

“So the distance from where you may yet perceive yourself to be and where you may perceive us to be is only the distance of a decision.  That decision waits upon your welcome.  No one can take from you the power to decide to own your identity as God’s child.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 242)

Our decision will place us in the “lineage,” a concept that Jesus discusses elsewhere in The Way of Mastery. Jesus always welcomes others to the lineage, because this is the ancient group of entities who seek to effect salvation in our world. Members of the lineage planned the pathway by which Jesus entered this world. It is an ancient order, but not a closed one. Anyone who expresses the hope to save our world is welcome to join.

We are all children of God. We don’t have to be heavyhearted to experience this wonder. Jesus did not wear his Christhood heavily, and he would not have us do so either.

Keep in mind that we live in a dream world. The blood is only catsup. Reality is positive and good–only the fruits of a spirit which has merged with God once again.

Our decision for God, repeated daily in surrender, will show us the better world that we all seek. It is a matter of perception, and then knowledge. Nothing need be worn heavily in this better world. Choose lightheartedness, ask for help, and another way will be shown to us–just as it was for Helen and Bill in the channeling of A Course in Miracles.

Loving from the Heart

“If you love some more than others, or if you love certain aspects of creation in a different way than you love others, then you do not understand what love is.”  Choose Only Love bk.4, 4:I

What does Choose Only Love mean by this statement about love? How can we wrap our minds and hearts around this idealistic statement?

Like A Course in Miracles, Choose Only Love can be read on different levels. When we seek love in the interpretation of CHOL, we are seeking the love of God, Who loves all equally for we are all treasured children in His eyes. The closer we come to loving the way that God loves, the more “on the beam” we are.

This statement about love does not mean that we don’t choose different expressions of love with different people in our world. We do. This statement about love is not about those different expressions. It is about the heart, our heart as well as the heart of all others. In the heart, we can love equally, and when we do we are touching God’s hemline.

Mistake that Could Not Happen but Did

“The displacement of the original intent, while it did not change the original cause, formed a false nature for the personal self.  This displacement of the original intent can be simply stated as the displacement of love with fear.  It is as simple as that.  Yet the way in which each of you have interpreted this displacement has come to seem quite complex.”  (A Course of Love, T4:3.4)

We think that we live complex lives, and, indeed, the ego has reveled in that thought.  But the only thing that happened, the detour into fear, was a shift from love to fear.  We may this transition as quite young children.  And we are led down a path toward living in fear that has always been hard to reverse.

Now we have a way, and it is simple in the extreme.  We simply learn to listen to what our heart is telling us.  Our heart always opts for the love that is hidden away deep within it.  Our heart always knows how to guide us.  In this time of Christ, the heart is our beacon, for the Christ-Self is within, like the heart.  Of course, we don’t mean the physical heart.  “Heart,” as used in A Course of Love, is a metaphor for the deepest feeling part of ourselves.  We feel rather than think, and in that shift, a shift in consciousness comes slower or later.

We can hope for sooner, for those of us reading these words long for Christ-consciousness (if we have not already reached this).  We long to live serene and awakened lives, sure of ourselves, sure of our brothers and sisters, and sure of God.

When we occupied physical bodies, we made a mistake, a mistake that could not happen but did.  We opted for separation from God by feeling a tiny bit of fear that grew into an almost all-encompassing fear.  This situation does not have to go on.  We can retreat from fear into our real essence of love.  At any time.  And the transformation will be arresting.

Invitation to Sit Five Minutes a Day as Christ

“The struggle to awaken is the very obstacle to its accomplishment.  That is why the five minutes as Christ was given to you as a very simple exercise.  And if, indeed, you desire Christ above all things, would you not participate in it each day?  For that which you desire and love is that which pulls your attention to it.  If you love Christ, then let Christ pull you, attract you to spending five minutes a day in the realization that you can only be what you are created to be.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 241)

The “five minutes as Christ” is explained elsewhere in The Way of Mastery as simply the choice to use one’s imagination to live as Christ, sitting quietly, for just five minutes–but five minutes every day. This is not an exercise for the ego, for we have moved beyond the ego. We are inviting our true self, the true Self, the Christ-Self, to fill our mind and heart with Jesus’ blessing.

Why would the struggle to awaken be the “very obstacle to its accomplishment”? I think it is because struggle is above all not “the way,” the Tao, to God. Sure, we will have anguish in this world, but our melding with God always happens when we quieten down and invite His peace. When we have glimpses of Awakening, satori, we can think back and realize that we were always silent on the inside.

With more silence, sitting as Christ, we leave struggle behind and invite the very process that we all want–Awakening/Christ-consciousness/enlightenment/transformation.

Hell Is Egoic Thinking

“The Holy Spirit teaches thus:  There is no hell.  Hell is only what the ego has made of the present.”  (T-15.I.7)

Do any of us still believe in hell?  Or fear that, in some form, it still might be true?

In some form it is true:  the hellish present that the ego gives us. 

And this present can indeed be hellish.

The teaching is from the Holy Spirit, Who makes no mistakes.  His Way is true.  His Way is accurate.  And His Way is there for all of us to follow, just being true to His Word and walking a sure path into a higher consciousness.

If we were led by the ego previously, then remember that there is a time delay before events are materialized in this world.  We will see that what we believed somewhat earlier makes its way into our world.  And only with that time delay, a delay that is actually helpful, for it gives us time to change our minds.  If our thoughts were immediately actualized, we would be in trouble indeed.

Know that you can change the hellish present into a better future just by relinquishing the egoic state of mind.

So many gifts for such a relinquishment!  We are indeed blessed, with a way out of our anguish and a better way assured for us in the future.

Say Good-Bye to the Ego

“All those absurd ideas that you harbored about the superiority or inferiority of beings, both physical and spiritual, was an inevitable response of the ego, that totally fearful state of consciousness.  It was unnecessary and not part of God’s dream.”  Choose Only Love bk.4, 3:II

God’s dream for us is benign. We make the drama that surrounds us, and when we have walked farther along on our pathway back to God, everything becomes calm and quiet. In A Course in Miracles, these are the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings.”

We are all equal children of God, though some of us, in time, are farther behind others. And some are ahead. But time does not exist; time is illusory. Thus all such comparisons pale.

The ego makes the hell that we sometimes live in, for the ego is “totally fearful,” and fear is an attribute of the hell we make for ourselves.

When we stay close to God, all of this mischief disintegrates. We have good days, like pearls on a string–all, if not perfect, at least a goodly share of perfect. Don’t be too intense about it, but be in constant touch with God. If we are too intense in our constant prayer, we will have an overload of thinking that leaves out the heart. The mind makes for stress. Let our love for God and our brothers and sisters derive from our heart, and this Love is what will make for goodness in every day we spend on earth.

Commentary on Egoic Hell

“The belief in hell is inescapable to those who identify with the ego.  Their nightmares and their fears are all associated with it.”  (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-15.I.4)

Threatened people can be, and frequently are, vicious.  And threatened people are people who have considerable investment in the things of the ego—the materialism in particular. 

This is the lamentable condition of this world, for many there are who believe in hell.  And hell is very, very scary.  Most individuals in this world do, in fact, identify with the ego; those who don’t are the rare exceptions.  (And we are seeking to be those of this rare exception.)  If we identify with the ego, we will oscillate between joy and despair, and our nightmares (daytime and nighttime) will offer little solace to us.  We will live a fearful life.  We will not be happy on any kind of extended basis, for the ego always gives, only to take away.

A lot of the problem in our world is because people are easily threatened, and then become defensive and, often, violent.  This dynamic is not inevitable in the physical world, but it is inevitable as long as most people are enamored of the ego.  There is no getting around it:  The ego is very bad business indeed.  The sooner we free ourselves from it, the smoother our lives will go.

Nothing has happened in this world except that we have put ourselves to sleep and dreamed bad dreams, most frequently nightmares.  There has been no comprehensive Awakening, and until this happens, our world indeed does seem doomed. 

Let us be among those who choose again.  Choose once again—that is all that Jesus asks.  And the nightmares will recede, never to recur, eventually, when we have reached the Awakening toward which we are walking.

Care & Nurture

“For humankind to pass out of this survival instinct, the Mother laws of care and nurture—given to all—must come into their time of fullness.  This is part of what can create a new age and make way for The New.”  Mirari

Mary of Nazareth counsels “being” as opposed to “doing.” Being welcomes caring and nurturing; it is not a matter of “doing,” for it is a way of life.

We don’t actually cease doing, but doing is enveloped into a higher way of joining with God. He Himself is Being, and when we are being, we are walking in His shadow.

Mary’s way is a way for both men and women, something that a hasty reading of Mirari might miss. We have too long been simply existing in our world, just surviving, often missing out on the joys of life except in fleeting moments.

When we are in simple being, we do car and nurture. Nothing more is needed, because care and nurture are hallmarks of love, which is the highest and the best. We return to God, our separation from Him healed. We invite the joy of life and none of the worries. We are serene.

Ask today for this blessing of care and nurture, through being, to descend upon us. We all need it. We all will touch God when we ask for this blessing, which is surely something in His will.

Help Is on the Way

“I have shared with you many times that to awaken as Christ requires that you begin your journey as Christ.  It is not possible to transform yourself in order to become Christ, but it is possible to simply accept the idea of the Truth.  And then let that be the foundation from which your life expresses itself—so that you begin to think with Christ, so that you begin to breathe with Christ, so that you begin to envision with Christ.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 240)

We are Christ. Jesus shares His Christhood with us. We don’t imagine that we need to transform ourselves into something we are not, for we cannot remake ourselves if we are not that already.

We just have not known the great divinity that is ours. Jesus will let us know if we let him, but he cannot do anything with unwilling followers. Let him speak to us today.

Let him tell us what we already are. And after we have done this, nothing will ever look the same again.

If we allow Jesus’ spirit of Christ to overwhelm us, we will know a joy that has eluded us before. Our contribution is only a tiny willingness, as A Course in Miracles tells us. A little willingness. The Holy Spirit’s contribution to our salvation is ever so much greater.

Let the Holy Spirit/Christ-Self help today.

Merely to Be Perfectly Calm & Quiet All the Time

“Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time?  Yet that is what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more.”  (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-15.I.1)

Is “perfectly calm and quiet” desirable?  Many of us would say “no,” given our present state of mind.  We are addicted to drama, but when we Awaken, we won’t want drama anymore.  We will see the value of calm and quiet, and we will recognize that in calm and quiet, we are finally at peace.

In time we learn the value of calm and quiet.  Jesus says in this quotation that this is what time is for, just to realize come to the state in which we have “no cares, no worries, no anxieties.”  Now this is motivation, is it not?

I have known people who felt that to be “perfectly calm and quiet all the time” would not be desirable.  These individuals are caught in the throes, still, of living an egoic life—being bound by the part of the self that abides in the ego.  The bottom line then becomes “drama.”

Eckhart Tolle, an Awakened individual, indicates that in his significant relationships he does not know drama.  In his presentations on video, he is an extremely calm individual.  Eckhart has written several books in which he details the experience of Awakening, and in them (The Power of Now; A New Earth) he gives practical advice designed to lead us to this state of calm and quiet. 

I also know an individual in my town who experienced Awakening 30 years and more ago, and she has sustained that experience.  Her demeanor is also quite calm.  And she is very easy to relate to.  Her ego is missing.

The calm and quiet that we will enjoy as time goes by will grow to significant experience when God has deemed that we are ready for Awakening.  In the meantime, we can move in that direction by seeking out situations that reinforce a calm mind.

To Attack Anything in Creation Is Never Necessary. It Never Was.

“As you begin to allow the memory of this truth to dawn, answer this question:  Do you despise or attack any brother or sister who accompanies you for a short time on the journey you make towards your heart?

“To attack anything in creation is never necessary.  It never was.”  Choose Only Love bk.4, 3:II

We have feet of clay, being human, and to say that we need hold anyone at all in creation in a less than loving light is not beneficial to our growth as spiritual beings returning to God. We need instead to practice the love that has been preached by every spiritual tradition in existence.

If we are thinking negatively about anyone at all (and all of us has someone in that category), then we need to ask God for help in cleansing our minds. Our hearts already know that truth of what love can do, but our minds are still at least partially deluded. Even awakened people are not perfect in this change to a wholly loving perspective.

Bless us today as we open our hearts to all in creation, barring none. And especially open our hearts to You, dear God, the hope of our life.

From Ego-Self to Christ-Self

“I repeat, and will do so again and again, that the ego-self is gone from you.  Whether you fully realize this or not matters not.  This A Course of Love has accomplished.  Now the choice is before you to do one of two things. . .to proceed toward love or fear.  If you proceed with fear you will assemble a new ego-self, an ego-self that perhaps will seem superior to the old, but which will nonetheless still be an ego-self.  If you proceed with love, you will come to know your Christ-Self.”  (A Course of Love, T3:4.8)

Yes, the ego-self is gone from us.  The first book of A Course of Love accomplished this, making us The Accomplished.  It is not ego that says this.  It is the unparalleled good sense.  Jesus says it.  Can we not believe it?

If we continue to walk with fear. we are in danger, for we will be tempted to form a new ego-self.  Jesus says in fact that we will form a new ego-self, if fear intrudes on our peace.  We need to get rid of the fear, for our right minds depend on it.

On the other hand, if we proceed with love, we will come to know our Christ-Self, the inner essence that is our real Self. 

We need to make the distinction between fear and love to make the right choices upcoming.  We need to know that we are safe in this world, that nothing can harm us, that the blood that we see is merely catsup, and that illusions are not reasons to be frightened.  We need to see reality, and reality will launch us toward love.  We see reality when we trust, for, as A Course in Miracles affirms, trust is the bedrock of our new thought system, the thought system of love, of the Christ-Self.  We give up fear when we recognize how divisive a force it has been in clogging up our minds.  Our minds are precious indeed, but we have walked with a demented mind.

Now we can walk with a sane mind by listening to our heart.  Our heart is our saving grace in this new reality in which we find ourselves.  Only our heart can save us now.  Let us proceed by listening to our heart, a part of our being that needs no proof of God.  In our inner essence, we just know that we are not all alone in the universe.  That we have an indwelling spirit that means us well.  And that that indwelling spirit is God Himself.

A Greater Wisdom

“How can what continues to give in to fear know love?  All your reasons for fear-based living have been discounted one by one.  And yet you dare not try to live without it.  Why?  Because of the thoughts of the ego-mind.  The ego-mind is concerned only with its own survival but it has you convinced it is your survival that depends on it.  How can you be convinced to live as if the truth were otherwise?  For only if you begin to live as if the truth were otherwise can you see that it truly is otherwise, or based on a wisdom other than what has come before.”  (A Course of Love, T1:3.5)

We tremble in fear when we make short forays in to trying to live without fear.  Fear seems a given, something that will protect us.

We are misinformed.  Fear is not necessary for our continued survival in this sometimes harsh world.  The reason that we think that fear is needed is the lingering influence of the ego-mind, the insane part of us that continues to dwell just below the surface of our good sense.

The ego is gone from us when we have assimilated the truths of A Course of Love.  We may not realize this, we may still struggle.  But the ego only has a residue of false thinking that continues to infiltrate our moments of reflection.  We have always thought with the ego-mind, and so to hear Jesus say in ACOL that we are done with the ego is immediately enough to raise doubts in our minds.  How can we be done with the ego?  We see its influence constantly.

We need to let go.  We need to trust what Jesus is telling us.  If he says that the ego is no more for us, then let the mind rest in that knowledge—for it is knowledge, not perception.  Just rest.  And the truth of the elimination of the ego will dawn on a calmer mind in ourselves.

A greater wisdom is available to us, and we ought to take advantage of that greater wisdom forthwith.  Let the smudge of ego on our minds be lightened by our prayer consideration that perhaps the ego is just a mirage, seeming to be ahead of us on our pathway, but actually not representing anything but illusion.

Companions Along the Way

Mari:  “This word, lineage, came to me and so I share it as a question to you.”

. . .

Mary:  “Yes, there is a ‘line,’ a connection between those who know the truth. . . .This line holds love’s nature in suspension, a mantle ready to be draped upon every waiting shoulder.  As your Jesus said, ‘Take on the mantel of your new identity.  Your new Self.’  Those ready to ‘take on’ cannot go out to find and grasp this mantle for themselves but are to allow love to bestow this mantle of the true Self.”  Mirari

We all have companions, here and on the Other Side, who are joined together in an attempt to encourage our brothers and sisters to love, to move more fully.  To love in the most full way, one does need to acknowledge God’s place in a life, for His way is of Love for the reason that nothing else would be the glue to hold His universes in place. 

Ask today to find our true companions, those meant for us in the pursuit of happiness and the adoption of Love as our guiding force.  We all have companions who can help smooth the way.

Seek them out today.

No Idle Thoughts

“This is why the very pathway of awakening, regardless of the form it takes, is always a retraining of the mind.  It is a decision to choose to discipline the mind in each moment, to teach only Love, to hold only loving thoughts, and to recognize that there is no such thing as an idle thought, since each thought or perception held in the mind immediately generates your experience.  That experience is like a pebble dropped into a pond that send a reverberation, a vibration, throughout the field of your being.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 20, Page 239)

A Course in Miracles also tells us that there are no idle thoughts.  We often think that if we don’t say anything bad, we are home free.  But thoughts have repercussions, and if our thoughts are “bad,” we need to ask for help to right them.

We can’t just will love, but when we get quiet and go within, we will find God’s Love, and He prompts us to love those surrounding us.  He teaches us how to love, but we have to become still from time to time, in contemplation and prayer, for his guidance to “take.”

Every thought counts.  But this is not counsel to fear our thoughts.  It is counsel to let God’s Love overwhelm us in our daily round.  When we open our heart to Him, He teaches us what we can learn no other way.

We discover how to live, and that living is done in overwhelming love for ourselves, our fellow human beings, and our God.

Return to Relationship

“In seeing the self as separate you have known fear and have been forced to reconcile fear with love.  Now, in coming back to relationship and union with me you have realized that you are not separate and now have striven against the ‘opposing’ force of separation.  With the acceptance of the Christ in you, you are returned to relationship and need no longer strive against the ‘opposing’ force of separation, for you no longer know it.”  (A Course of Love, D:Day40.8)

As we turn from separation, we turn from fear to love.  We may even strive actively to turn from fear to love.  We have realized that we aren’t separate (as we could never be, for we are part of God), and we have striven to get past these ideas of the ego with every force of our personality.  When we accept the Christ in us, we understand that we have returned to a relationship that has long eluded us, and now we no longer need to strive against separation.  We know intimately that we are joined with the Christ Self; we know intimately that we are “separate” no longer.

Peace & Understanding Found Together

“Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone.  Each brings the other with it, for it is the law of God they be not separate.  They are cause and effect, each to the other, so where one is absent the other cannot be.”  (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-14.XI.12)

We focus today on twin values—peace and understanding, which Jesus says are never found apart.  With one, the other comes.  Without one, the other does not come.  The dual nature of peace and understanding is particularly apt to be overlooked in a study of A Course in Miracles, but when seen clearly, this tidbit of information tells us much.  It tells us why we have not understood before (we lacked peace), and why we didn’t have peace (we lacked understanding).

We need perfect peace, and for this we need understanding.  A Course in Miracles is giving us the means to reach Awakening, the end that we all seek.  God makes the decision of when, but we must be prepared.  And we will be effortlessly and easily prepared when we study ACIM carefully and well.

Peace and understanding are both cause and effect to each other, a dichotomy that is difficult to understand.  But Jesus frequently makes reference to cause and effect in ACIM—a favorite learning device of his.  We can see that each causes the other, and therefore each is the “effect” of the other.  We cannot make progress when either is lacking from our lives.

May we experience at least fleeting moments of perfect peace today.  To do so, we will realize that we have understood some of what A Course in Miracles is telling us.

And we will seeing accurately.

To Be Free of Fear & in Perfect Peace

“You have one test, as sure as God, by which to recognize if what you learned is true.  If you are wholly free of fear of any kind, and if all those who meet or even think of you share in your perfect peace, then you can be sure that you have learned God’s lesson, and not your own.”  (A Course in Miracles FIP ed., T-14.XI.5)

This quotation comes early in the Text, and this is perhaps surprising, because it gives us a secret by which we can know if we are assimilating the message of A Course in Miracles.  We are, though, at this juncture perhaps unable to affirm that pass this test.

Are we free of fear?  Do others think of us with peace only? 

This is a hard test.  Even those who have been on the pathway to Awakening for a long time may not feel sure about their freedom from fear, or their choice to spread only peace.

How might we do these things?  How might we be free of fear and embodying peace always?

There are no easy answers.  A Course in Miracles in its entirety is seeking to bring us to this end.  But we can begin.  And we begin with study of ACIM.  We commune with God.  We listen to the Holy Spirit, Whose guidance will take us home to God surely.  We walk alongside Jesus, in imagination holding his hand.  This is the Holy Trinity, and in this we build on what we learned from the New Testament.  ACIM now seeks to take us where we are in our progress as human beings in this Twenty-First Century.  We have somewhat different needs in our salvation than people years ago had.  We have become changed people.  And we now know what the ego is, and we realize that its ways are not best for us.  If we are spiritually smart, we will reach for forgiveness of our brother as our pathway.  This is the means that A Course in Miracles is using to take us to God.  This is our salvation, our access to Awakening.

Speak to God today in your effort to move closer to Him in daily life.  Follow guidance for the best pathway in everything.

Join with Love in Stillness

“Simply join with love in stillness and wait for the revelation of God’s plan.  Because God is infinite and inexhaustible, revelation of Her can happen in every moment and forever. ”  Choose Only Love bk.4, 3:I

When we don’t know what to do next, there is a solution, but it does take patience, and many of us have patience in short supply.

We need simply to rest in stillness, awaiting God’s response. God is here called the feminine, because God is without gender, and Choose Only Love is emphasizing the helpful aspects of the feminine gender.

God will respond to us when we are in a quandary. He doesn’t mean to keep secrets from us. He means us well. And will respond, always and forever.

Revelation can come to anyone at any time, but getting quiet within seems to be a prerequisite most of the time. If trying to come to a decision, we are not alone; we have Help.

Let God speak to us in our quandaries.

How This Day Might I Serve?

“And the only question left is:

“Father, how this day might I serve?

“We will bring this message to a close, as there is no need at this point for a continuation of words.  There is only the need for direct experience held within the aloneness of your own mind and being.  For revelation is intensely personal, it cannot be communicated to anyone at any time.  Yet the revelation that comes to each mind may come in a unique way, but the revelation is of one Truth.  That is why when any two beings who are awake happen to meet each other, there is little to do but smile, and allow the phenomena of Life to continue.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 19, Page 237)

We are living on earth, if we have come to understand reality, to save our brothers and sisters who have strayed from God’s ways.  We don’t do this presumptuously, but with love.  And we don’t try to “save” before our brothers and sisters are ready.  If we are arrogant in our attempts at salvation, we won’t be heeded, and we will have done no one any good.

This is why we ask each morning how we might serve.  This is not a sacrificial approach, for we live in joy when we serve.  We are doing something for ourselves as well.  We find happiness in serving our fellowman or woman.  We find that we are fulfilling our purpose on earth, and this gives us great pleasure.

God did not send us here to be sacrificial.  Life and eternity demand no sacrifices, though the traditional Christian approach to Jesus is that he was the “sacrificial lamb.”  Our understanding from new channeled works from him is that this idea is flawed.  His resurrection is the most important aspect of his life to focus upon, not his crucifixion.  His resurrection gave all humankind the evidence that life is eternal.

We have trouble believing that the resurrection actually happened.  But if we will suspend our disbelief, we may have an internal message that all is well.  We don’t have to accept on faith those things that give us trouble.  We can be honest and take to God our doubts.  He has heard them before.

Ask today for the right way to spend our day.  Let our internal messages pave our walking path. 

Return to Our True Nature

“You may not feel that you have ever intended to live in fear.  But the displacement of the original intent was so complete that each life has begun with fear and proceeded from this beginning continually reacting fear.  While the original intent remained within you and caused you to attempt to express a Self of love despite your fear, fear has thwarted your every effort and caused the very effort that has continued the cycle of fear.  To have to try to be who you are and to express who you are is the result of the displacement of the nature of love with the nature of fear.  What we now are about is reversing this displacement and returning you to your true nature.”  (A Course of Love, T4:3.5)

We had an “original intent” eons ago, and that was to live in love—not fear.  But fear intervened, and nothing has ever been right since.  This is the crucial, central feature of our lives.  We have displaced love with fear, and then we have lived in this egoic state of fear.  There ought to be a better way.

And there is.  We can learn, and not necessarily by traditional means of study, to displace fear and the egoic self with the Self of love.  This change will make all the difference.  And A Course of Love is showing us how to effect this change.  It is true (as A Course in Miracles says also) that God makes the final decision of when we are ripe for Christ-consciousness or Awakening.  Then he metaphorically reaches down to us and lifts us up.

Yet there are things we can do to remove blocks to the awareness of love.  This in itself will ease our way, and give us a happy experience.  We need to get the idea of suspiciousness out of our minds; we need trust above all else.  And trust we can have; just a decision to have it is enough to bring it to us.  This does not mean that we will be gullible.  We have our own good sense, and this is sense of the real Self, not the ego.  When we place our faith in the inner Christ Self, we are far more likely to be right than to be wrong in our evaluations of others.  Note that this does not mean “judgment” of others, for judging keeps us from attaining enlightenment.  We need to simply rest in the assurance that if we are encouraged to avoid a particularly situation (or person), we will know how and where to do so.  That is all.

Love & the Call for Love

“The only judgment involved is the Holy Spirit’s one division into two categories; one of love, and the other the call for love.  You cannot safely make this division, for you are much too confused either to recognize love, or to believe that everything else is nothing but a call for love.”  (T-14.X.7)

This quotation states a fundamental truth of the teachings of A Course in Miracles:  that everything is either love, or a call for love.  This is how we are to view the words and actions of our brother as well, our significant other(s) who is walking this world with us.  He is either expressing his love for us, or he is calling for us to overlook his attack and to know that that attack is a call for love from us.  These are the only two choices.

We cannot make this division ourselves, not at this juncture.  Appeal to the Holy Spirit when confronted with attack; know that this need not be.  He will make the judgment that one’s brother is only calling for love.  We will be too overwrought to make that distinction.  But the One Who can will speak to us and calm us.  Then we will be in the best position to run to our brother’s side with the love that he needs so desperately.

Don’t run to your brother’s side if he is not yet receptive.  There will come a time when he will be receptive.  And, if you are listening to the Holy Spirit, you will know when that time is.  This is the time to act.  Not a moment later.  But be sure that you are discerning correctly.  Be sure that your own overwrought emotions have righted themselves.  Be sure that the Holy Spirit is saying, “Act NOW!”

Oneness

“Preparation is underway for oneness of form and content.  It begins in the imaginal and extends ‘into form’ through actions such as your own, that of many others, and the alignment of time and eternity in the cosmos.”  Mirari

This quotation is letting us know that the elevation of form is underway, an elevation that will take us who are in form to the next level—a oneness that extends to form, a oneness with God in form.  This is the “elevated Self of form” that A Course of Love extols.

We progress as separated souls, now healed, much faster on the earth plane, when we are in bodies, in form.  We need to keep coming back to save everyone.  So form is not denigrated, for when we seek to be out of form—on the Other Side, or heaven—we are a little removed from bringing about the salvation of our brothers and sisters.

May we not seek to escape from the earth precipitously.  We are needed here.  And not only will everyone needing us be blessed, but we will be blessed as well.

Time, which we experience on earth, and eternity, which we experience in heaven, are merging.  A new day is upon us.