Special Agents

“You do have special talents which are needed for the celestial speed-up at this time. But note that the term ‘speed-up’ is not one which relates to the transcending of time. When time is abolished and all the Sons of God have come home, no special agents will be necessary. But do not underestimate the power of special agents now, or the great need there is for them. I do not claim to be more than that myself. No one in his right mind (a term which should be specially noted) ever wants either more or less than that.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.48.6:1-6)

Most of us must be “special agents.” If we are on the spiritual pathway, it is a foregone conclusion that we are indeed. And Jesus needs us all, for the salvation of the world.

First, we have to get our own lives working, though this is more of a hope than an accomplished fact. Jesus has used many people over the ages who had great limitations and many struggles. This in itself does not mean that we can’t claim “special agent” status.

St. Paul himself had a “thorn in his side.” Nobody has ever known conclusively what this meant. But look at all he accomplished in spite of that thorn, a thorn he asked to have removed, a request that was not granted.

Despite limitations, we must forge on ahead. And the “special agent” status, we hasten to add, is not a matter of ego. We each have callings in this world, and we will be happy, contented, only when we answer.

Let us answer today. Ask to be shown what God (and Jesus) have in mind for us. We will be shown.


Light for Our Pathway

“You can wait, delay, paralyze yourself, reduce your creativity almost to nothing, and even induce a real developmental arrest or regression. But you cannot abolish your creativity.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.48.3:3-4)

This says that we can go backwards. Helen herself (scribe of A Course in Miracles) is said to have had such a regression, previously, in other lives. So might we all. But if we stay close to the tenets of ACIM, we will be alright. We have the power to halt our progress to ultimate salvation. But why would we do that?

The way back is easy, when we are pliable in God’s hands. He takes care of us, leads us back to the fold. And in the coming back, we can help others. There is nobody so lost that he/she cannot help others.

Why would we reduce our creativity? Why would we ever? Because we don’t think we know any better. Our own sense of being lost from God is a major impediment to our progress back to Him. If we don’t see where we are going, how can we go toward the straight and narrow? We can’t. But we would be wise to ask for a Light for our pathway. A Course in Miracles is such a light.

The world needs wiling saviors. Let us join that group today. Let us know that we can make a difference.

All it takes is a tiny step toward beginning our mission. And our mission is salvation for the world.

Miracles Save Time

“There is no relation between the time a miracle takes and the time it covers. It substitutes for learning that might have taken thousands of years.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.47.2:5-6)

What a joyous revelation! The miracles that appear in our lives may be saving thousands of years, years often filled with suffering and pain. Jesus doesn’t specify if these miracles affect us or the people that we express love, a miracle, for—but it does seem obvious that the miracle affects everyone involved, giver and receiver. A Course of Love makes clear that giving and receiving are identical in this life. So we can be sure that any miracle happening around us in any way at all does bless us.

Jesus does not take a stand on reincarnation in A Course in Miracles, but the hint is seen here that we might save ourselves many thousands of years of reincarnations if we approach the miracle with the right mindset. Certainly we fall into unknowing in this life, failing to remember the love that may be so evident when we are on the Other Side (Heaven, if we wish to call it that). This forgetfulness can be very damaging to us, but it is necessary for the illusion to work.

We set ourselves very severe challenges in this life, though Jesus does say in the Manual for Teachers that there is no challenge to an advanced teacher of God. The reason for this is that we choose for all humankind, following guidance by turning to the Holy Spirit before we act.

Ask for miracles to surround us today. If we are open to this miracle-minded thinking, we will perhaps save ourselves many years of potential agony.

Miracles & Revelation

“When the Sonship can return to its original form of communication with God by direct revelation, the need for miracles is over. The Holy Spirit mediates higher- to lower-order communication, keeping the direct channel from God to humanity open for revelation. Revelation is not reciprocal. It is always from God to you. This is because God and you are not equal. The miracle, on the other hand, is reciprocal because it always involves equality.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.46.20:3-8)

This quotation gets to some of the keys in the theology of A Course in Miracles. We are given the Holy Spirit as a Gift, because we are, unfortunately, not ready for direct communication from God; our fear is too great. We think that God doesn’t mean us well, because what we have done with our lives is so despicable that He could not forgive our deeds. Actually, we learn in ACIM that God never forgives because He has never accused; He doesn’t blame us for anything, seeing us as innocent children who haven’t known any better. God thus has never, ever, condemned us in any sense at all. We are His prodigal sons and daughters, whom He wants mightily to return to the fold.

When we experience revelation (if we recognize it as revelation), it is intensely personal and cannot actually be explained to another. We know what we have experienced, but nobody else would believe us. Miracles are our expressions of love, though, prompted originally by the love of God, and so there is a reciprocal relationship in these. When we feel led to express love, Jesus will arrange time and space to allow us to do so—but only if that expression of love, that miracle, is something that Jesus recognizes as needed and right. He gives us the cue, and we would do well to remember this. Misplaced miracles miss the mark.

When we are stressed, we need to turn to the Holy Spirit, if direct relationship to God still threatens. Later on, in A Course of Love (many believe a sequel to ACIM), we will see a direct approach to God Himself by inviting the Christ-Self from our depths, where God resides, to lead us.

Miracles are more useful now to us and to others. We would do well to ask internally what miracles are needed each and every day, what there is there for us to do.

Jesus: “I and My Father Are of One Kind”

“This appears to contradict another statement: ‘I and my Father are one.’ It doesn’t. There are still separate parts in the statement, in recognition of the fact that the Father is greater. Actually, the original statement was ‘are of one kind.’ The Father and the Son are not identical, but you can say ‘Like Father, like Son.’” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.46.18:1-5)

Jesus is here articulating the difference between the Father (God) and the Son (Christ). He is speaking for us as well as himself when he says that God and the Son (or Daughter) are “of one kind.” We are differentiated out of “God stuff” (for what of a better term). All energy in the cosmos is of one kind, and this energy is of God. Living consciousness pervades the whole.

But God, the Limitless, is greater. To know all is to reach far beyond our own limited, finite minds. We can intuit the whole, occasionally, but our powers are circumscribed, for we are not yet all that we will one day be, when we have remembered the Father and submerged our will entirely into His.

The indication that the phrase should be “of one kind” is new to this edition of the Circle of Atonement. It certainly does clarify the nature of God Himself and our relationship to Him/Her.

Lest we puff ourselves up by these statements, let us know that the humble are those who have actually walked the whole pathway of salvation. Shorn entirely of ego, they walk in peace and joy forever. They never try to be something that they aren’t, and they never claim for themselves a status that we will not all one day reach. Jesus says that there is nothing he has that will not one day be granted to all. Right now this pentacle is potential in us only.

Jesus’ Help on Our Pathway Home

“There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God. The main difference between us as yet is that I have nothing else. That leaves me in a state of true holiness, which is only potential in you.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.46.16:1-4)

Here Jesus explains, more or less, that we are moving on the same pathway that he has traversed. We will get there, for he has promised elsewhere that he stands at the end of the carpet to resolve any mistakes that we could not correct.

Why not follow his advice, as an elder brother who has already found out how to return to God, how to heal the separation. We would be very foolish to turn aside from his recommendations, for he is smoothing the way for us. We can only imagine that his pathway was more difficult than ours, though the fact that he remained so close to God might have been a mitigating factor.

We have only the potential to be as Jesus is. Everything that he has comes from God, and we have gotten lost in irrelevancies brought about by the misuse of our free will. We can get back home; it is only a matter of time. But the world winds on wearily, and there is much suffering as we walk in a mist of our own making.

Enough of this! Revel in the joy of knowing that Jesus is here for us, right here, holding our hand. He will call (as I have often quoted) upon “one unequivocal call.”

When he comes, don’t forget to thank him.

Jesus: “I Kneel Beside You, Facing the Light”

“Awe is not properly experienced in relation to me. I kneel beside you, facing the light.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.46.14:3)

This image of Jesus kneeling beside us, facing the light, which is God, is lovely. He sees himself as an elder brother who has walked the pathway a little ahead of us; as an elder brother, awe is not appropriate when we think of him. Awe is appropriate when we are sensing the numinous that is God.

The “light,” in addition to suggesting God, also suggests wisdom and knowledge. This is what Jesus is doing for us in channeling A Course in Miracles—imparting wisdom and knowledge. There is little way that I could articulate how very much ACIM has meant to my life. It has captivated me for many years.

Think of God with awe, and then think of Jesus with gratitude for his gift of ACIM.

His was inspired writing, from God, I believe, and so in considering A Course in Miracles, we need to consider the pivotal place that Jesus’ inner Deity has played in its conception.