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Day Thirty Eight: Who I Am

“Being full of love for one another is the beginning of extension, the end of withdrawal.  It is the mutuality of our love that causes this fullness.  Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you have experienced when you believed you loved more or that you were loved less by a friend or lover.  Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you experienced when you felt loved for being something other than that which you are.  Know, through your brief contemplation of these feelings that this is behind us now.  Know that we can be known and loved equally for who we are.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 234)”

Affirmation:  “May I be loved for who I am in truth.”

Reflections:

In Day Thirty Eight, Jesus returns to a reassurance of his love for us.  He expresses his union with us, and he notes that we are in relationship to each other in that union.  He welcomes us again into his embrace, harkening back to a beautiful passage in the first volume of the series of A Course of Love.

In a somewhat confusing statement, he tries to explain to us, simply, that “I Am,” and “Who I Am,” are different, but that in “Who I Am,” we come to know him in unity and relationship.  “Who” is an acknowledgment that we are differentiated beings, but beings who are joined in unity because they choose to be so.

Day Thirty Eight is a powerful statement of Jesus’s love for us.  In the fullness of his love, we will come to possess our souls.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I have not always been aware of the depth of love that Jesus feels for all people, and also for me.  Previously I have sometimes seen Jesus as a judge.  Help me to accept the veracity of his love for all of us today.  Help me to return that love.

Thank You for Jesus’s messages to us.  His messages are a great comfort.  May I rest at ease in his reassurances today.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 131:

No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.

Day Thirty Three: Being in Relationship

“While these may seem like simple words, or like a theory being proposed, these words are at the heart of the new way of seeing yourself–a way of seeing that will create a new world.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 215)”

Affirmation:  “May I do my part today to create a new world.”

Reflections:

Many new ideas are broached in this chapter.  We return to a statement from one of the Treatises (the second volume of A Course of Love, A Treatise on the New):  All are chosen.  The power of God exists in everyone because all are one with God.  God is being in relationship.  So are we.  We seek the divine marriage, the divine relationship of form and being.  This is the oft-repeated idea of the elevated Self of form.

It is at this point that Jesus says the words that are given in the chosen passage for the day, quoted above.

Jesus then moves to a strong statement about the primacy of love.  Love, he says, is the only response.  If we respond as who we truly are, we will respond with love.  All relationship is with love because all relationship is with God, who is one in being with us.

The chapter then moves on quickly to a consideration of true power.  Being is power.  Relationship is the expression of power.  Jesus asserts that every single person has the power within to affect, change, or recreate the world.  We have this power because we are in relationship with everyone and everything.  This is oneness and unity.  And love is the condition of union.  Jesus concludes this chapter, “Thus when you realize your relationship to all, you are all powerful.”

This is a dense chapter, which Jesus will move to explain further in the upcoming days.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I do my part to create a new world.  I so long to make a contribution in this sad and lonely world that will make a difference, that will create a better place for us to live.  Love will do this, as Jesus says.  May we all seek to meditate on this all-important word, a word that has become the hallmark of religions throughout the ages.

Be with me today.  We need a better way to live, and I believe that Jesus has for all time been trying to lead us in this direction.  May his words succeed.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 126:

All that I give is given to myself.

Day Four: The New Temptations

“I must realize that here is where fear must be totally replaced by love.  If you fear to go where the portal of access will take you, you will not go.  Thus your desire needs to be greater than your fear.  Love needs to reign.  Love of self and love of your brothers and sisters, love of the natural world, of the world of form that is, love of the idea of the new world that can be, all of these must come together and be victors over the reign of fear.  (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 113).

Affirmation:  “May my fear be totally replaced by love.”

Reflections:

The “new temptations” meant in this title are two:  real choice and access.  These are not negatives, but goals toward which we wish to go.  We are leaving behind the time of learning, so that we learn through “thoughts that we do not think,” as a child does, and as early man and woman did–before language entered into our experience.

We must now want union in relationship to our brothers and sisters and our God more than anything else.  We must find acceptance of ourselves, despite our anger or our depression, or anything else that seems to be imperfect.  We are told that we do not have to be perfect, and we are reminded of the Prodigal Son, who surely did not feel perfect when he returned to his father.  He only needed to accept the father’s love.  That is our situation now.  And unity is within ourselves; our God is within.

The portal of access is love and only love.  Nothing else will do at all.  This is the portal that here on the mountain top, we will discover with Jesus.  We are only just beginning our 40 days and nights with him on the mountain top.  More is to follow.  But we would do well to realize that perfection is not required of us.  Acceptance of love as the only way is.  Fear must be left behind forever, and when we have done that, we will be Home.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I recognize that, like the Prodigal Son, I do not have to be perfect to be accepted by Jesus, to reach the heights that the mountain top experience is meant to bring to me.  I may resist this concept, and so please guide my thoughts and feelings so that it is acceptable to me.

May I be united with love.  May I drop fear.  These are perhaps my two greatest needs, and these build on A Course in Miracles and are further explained to me now in A Course of Love.  Thank You for helping me to devote my life and myself to love.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 97:

I am spirit.