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Unity and Relationship

“Only from this shared vision, this observation of what is can you begin to produce unity and relationship through unity and relationship.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.18)”

Affirmation:  “observe what is

Reflections:

The hallmark features of  A Course of Love are the “unity and relationship” in which we are now to live.  We are one in unity, and we are one in relationship.  We do not “learn” in the old way, but we observe in this world, and especially in our encounters with our brothers and sisters, the new way.

“A Treatise on the Personal Self,” the third treatise (just prior to the “Treatise on the New”), explains more fully what unity and relationship really mean.  In a sense, the meaning is no different from the words themselves.  We are all One (unity), and yet we are differentiated into individuals (making relationships necessary, and, indeed, allowing us to experience life, and for the God within us to experience life).

We share a vision with all of our brothers and sisters, whether or not they have walked the same pathway that we are walking through ACIM and ACOL.  They may choose a different pathway, even though Jesus says that this curriculum is required.  He goes on to say, elsewhere, that the curriculum is mandatory much as school is mandatory for young people, but if they don’t go to school, they learn in a different way.  In ACIM, Jesus says that contemplation will work, but that it is tedious, and it is not our way.  In ACIM, our way is the special, turned holy, relationships with our brothers and sisters, through forgiveness.  And even this forgiveness, we ultimately realize, is not even necessary, as the thoughts and actions that we spurned were madness, an illusion.  In ACOL, the difference in emphasis is on the unity and relationship that we experience with these same brothers and sisters who people our world.  Thus there is a logical progression from ACIM to ACOL.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Please help me to understand all is One, and that, with my brothers and sisters, we are One in relationship.   When I am very busy, it is so easy to get tunnel vision, to fail to look outward and to offer my help to those who surround me.  May I not forget to reach out to my brothers and sisters today.

Thank you, as always, for being there for me.  As someone said, “I may forget You today.  But please don’t forget me.”

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 217:

I am not a body.  I am free.  For I am still as God created me.

It can be but my gratitude I earn.

Day Thirty Six: Who You Are in Unity and Relationship

“You do not disappear or cease to be.  You are not replaced by God whom you have always been one with in being.  You simply accept the truth of being and the truth of being in union and relationship.  Both at the same time.  Both/and rather than either/or.  Cause and Effect.  Means and End.  You accept the end of choice and the beginning of creation.  (A Course of Love:  Dialogues, p. 227)”

Affirmation:  “May I live in union and relationship with God and my brothers and sisters in this world.”

Reflections:

Day Thirty Six notes that we have always been in relationship to God, and that God Himself, as the Trinity of God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, indicates that He can know Himself only in relationship.  This “knowing in relationship” has been what we have been reaching for.  We are in union one to another, and we are also in relationship one to another.

Our world has come very close to destruction.  Now is the time that we need a better direction.  As we accept our unity and our relationship with all our brothers and sisters, with God, indeed with the Whole, we will know peace.  We have been creating all along, but now we create, not in illusion, but in truth.  This will make the new world a better place, and this will save us from destruction.

We are differentiations of God; this we have always been.  But until we know the power of this relationship, we will not create anything of real value.  We have often seen Him as apart from us, but this has been part of the illusion which we have built for ourselves in our egoistic nature.  Now we would know the truth, and this we know, as a theme of A Course of Love, only in union with our brothers and sisters, and in relationship to them and to All else.  The dichotomies are over; we are joined in Christ-consciousness.  This is the ultimate message of ACOL.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

It is a great blessing to know that Christ-consciousness is upon my brothers and sisters, and upon myself.  I welcome Jesus’s message of this new time, and I wholeheartedly embrace his message that the time of Christ is upon us now.

May I understand what it means to be in union with God and with my brothers and sisters.  May my relationships be only those of love in the deepest sense.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 129:

Beyond this world there is a world I want.

Day Thirty Five: Being a Creator in Unity and Relationship

“Creation itself, which stands apart from particulars but united with wholeness, has led to this time of opposites becoming one and wholeness becoming actual rather than probable.  Wholeness is actual.  All that is left to be created is awareness that this is so.  (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 222)”

Affirmation:  “May I become aware today that Wholeness is actual.”

Reflections:

Day Thirty Five is a bit obtuse.  Perhaps we have often thought this of both A Course of Love and A Course in Miracles, but did not say it.  But perhaps we will appreciate more when we are frank.  The problem is the complexity of ideas, and the fact that most ideas on Day Thirty Five are meant to be a union of opposites.  This union of opposites is a part of the “union and relationship” that is oft counseled in A Course of Love.

We are told that in relationship to God, we are actually in relationship to All, as well as all in this world.  And in this experience we know only love.  When we return to level ground, as we are preparing to do, we will retain the mountain top experience.  We will have an idea of oneness, an idea of sameness.  We will also share in accomplishment and union here, and we will not so much look beyond this world to a world beyond death for our fulfillment.

We will assume the nature of creatorship; we will re-create ourselves and a new world at the same time.  Both will emanate from the unity and relationships that we have often read in A Course of Love.  Previously, we “made” a reality; now we will “create” one.  There is a world of difference, because now we know that we do not choose ourselves, but let God in us make the decisions.  We are within the embrace of All in  All.  We are in a state of being more than a state of doing.  Thus we embody our Christ-consciousness.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank you for the many ideas of this day.  May we know that we have reached far enough that, with God in us, we can “create” rather than simply “make” (as our egos did previously).  I do not know all that creatorship will hold out to me, but I long to know.  Please help me today.

It is good to know that I will retain much of this knowledge when I have left the mountain top.  Help me to remember, now and always.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 128:

The world I see holds nothing that I want.