The Inner Self Can & Does Heal

“Having no one to receive and reject feelings of pain and replace them with feelings of love causes all your distress. Think not that you react to pain of any kind with the love from your real Self that would dispel it. The Self you have taken out of the learning loop is the Self of love.” (ACOL, C:18.24)

The Self of love is fundamentally important in our journey home. In this quotation, we learn that referring to our real Self, the inner Christ Self, will eliminate pain. What an assertion! Our Self receives this pain, replaces this pain with love, and then the pain disappears.

Can we take this assertion literally, at face value? Many times we can, because our pain is often made by our minds, and when we let go, turning to the deeper Self, we give our little, or personal, minds a break.

Questions about healing are always difficult to handle, for often there is an emotional healing when there is still physical pain. Sometimes this emotional healing is all that happens, and we think that Jesus (or God) has failed us. But has the universe failed us? Or have we failed it?

We need to recognize that whatever pain we feel is real to us, though actually illusory in these physical bodies. The fact that it is real to us will prompt Jesus to come to our aid, even though he knows that the form is an illusion. The form does have a reality, though, just not in the sense that we usually think that it does. And this form can know healing, a fact that may incline us toward wondering if illusion is really illusion.

Turn to the Self today if any pain rears its ugly head. Certainly don’t let pain escalate into suffering. Our Self will heal, and if all the healing we get is emotional healing, this is still OK. The mind and heart, together, can rise above much that in our physical plane seems to keep us down.

Turn to the Self today, and see if your response to that Self doesn’t provide a healing that you have not expected. Expect to be healed, and see if the expectation becomes a reality. I am betting that the healing will become a reality.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

Our various aches and pains get us down. Some is emotional, some physical. Help me to turn to the Self today when I am threatened with some illusion of illness. Be with me as I turn to the Self to heal the emotions and the body.

Thank you for the guidance of A Course of Love. Its heartfelt message is manna for my spirit, and I am much buoyed by its words.

Amen.

Transformation in This Day & Age

“The transformation from a state of separation to a state of unity is a miracle indeed, for this transformation requires recognition of a state that you cannot recognize in separation. While this is a paradox, it is not impos¬sible for the simple reason that you never left the state of unity that you do not recognize. Your lack of recognition can thus be overcome by remem¬bering the truth of what you are.” (ACOL, C:18.19)

We are told in both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love that we are simply to “remember” what we have forgotten. We are traveling back in time to an early moment when all that we had ever known was unity. Then we got impatient to experience more, and more, and then “more” became a trap for us. We weren’t ready for such wide-ranging experience that would eventually culminate in being outside God’s will. We were eager, too eager, and in ACOL we are told that God let go, and allowed our presumed separation, a separation that could not happen in truth, but in which we could believe. This is the “fall” that our biblical Genesis records.

We have been united with God, though, deep within, where we could not access when our minds were befuddled. We are a part of Him, and thus the separation could never happen at all in any meaningful sense. But we could think that it did, and therein lay our downfall.

We are making our way back now, and the transformation is coming soon for many of us. A Course in Miracles paved the way for much that has transformed in the last 50 years, spiritually. Any reader of self-improvement books and spirituality will note the degree to which ACIM ideas have made it into the common religious culture. Now we are poised on the brink for the same spread to happen with A Course of Love. These days are exciting indeed. We must humbly seek to do our part to follow in the pathway pioneered by Jesus.

Transformation that will return us to unity includes, of course, a melding of heart and mind. But it is the heart that will lead us more surely in this time. Everyone reading these words knows what we mean by “heart.” And knows intuitively how to access heartfelt attitudes.

The transformation will be sped along by ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. Others will join us, and then the great, widespread Awakening will dawn.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

May I listen to my heart today, in mellowness and in love. Your will is that I follow what my heart shows me, and in this is my salvation. Help me to keep myself calm as I go about my daily routine. I know that Your way is always best, and it is only residual egoic tendencies that would lead me astray. May the ego die a silent death in me today.

Be with me as I walk through this day. Help me to be of service to others, as they will also seek to serve me. Your way is one of service. May the direction of service bond us all.

Amen.

Mind & Heart Together Choose Unity over Separation

“Thus the integration of mind and heart must be our goal in order for you to create the state in which unity can be experienced. Obviously, this is up to you. As you chose to create a state of separation, you must choose to create a state of unity.” (ACOL, C:18.15)

With A Course of Love, we are encouraged to believe that we have some control over our salvation, our enlightenment. We can “choose” state of unity. In A Course in Miracles, this choice was not as certain. In ACIM, we were encouraged to believe that most of the choice lay with God; He would reach down and pick us up when we were ready. Of course, we had to “do” things to get ready, and this has always been in our control.

We do not do things in a vacuum. We need guidance every step of the way, for unity is not something that we can know ahead of time. The integration of heart and mind in ACOL is new to our ears; it is not a part of ACIM, but a step beyond. This is part of the reason that I believe ACOL was channeled; Jesus had unfinished business with us, for our identities had not been established, our new identities. We had just seen the falling away of the ego, but we had not been given guidance about what we needed for a replacement. This time of indecision was a danger point, for A Course of Love indicates that the ego arose in just such a time. We certainly don’t want a new ego to rise on the ashes of the way from which we have just been purged.

So we must ask for guidance as we seek unity, as we seek enlightenment. We cannot do it ourselves, though we can remove the barriers to love’s reemergence. Removing the barriers is actually the only thing that is in our power and perception. Knowledge will come when we open to this guidance, for perception is superseded by knowledge of the true, the good, and the perfect.

Ask for help today in our pathway. We need this help, and we will have this help, when we just ask. That is all that is required: asking. And the blessings of receiving will rain down upon our heads.

Miracles Speed Up Time

“Perception of levels is a function of time, and thus it seems that great amounts of time are needed before change of a lasting nature can occur. This is why miracles save time, for they integrate all levels, temporarily collapsing time. Time is actually a measurement of learning, or the “time” it takes for learning to pass from one level to another through experience, for here learning is experienced in time.” (ACOL, C:18.12)

We first learned in A Course in Miracles that miracles themselves collapse time, moving us ahead by leaps and bounds to a new day. Now we are learning, and learning is experienced on this earth, measured by time. Thus time has a specific purpose that we need to learn, and learn well. We will learn that when we invite miracles, our way is sped exponentially.

We need to invite miracles, most especially the miracle of enlightenment. We can and do catch glimpses of enlightenment when we are mellow, for the usual drama is diminished, and our minds (and hearts) are calm. The best way, in fact, to invite a glimpse of enlightenment, to my mind, is to slow down and invite mellowness in our demeanor. This mellowness means that we are not judging anybody nor anything, and we are not feeling fearful. Judgment and fear are the two aspects of our experience that will keep Awakening far from us. And when we are mellow, we have eliminated these bad experiences.

Be mellow today. Invite the miracle. Christ-consciousness is usually seen first in snatches of time, snatches that lengthen over time. And it is completely within God’s Will that we ask for, and we receive, enlightenment. Enlightenment, Awakening, Christ-consciousness—all mean the same. And we will know the value of this new state of being when we slow down long enough to invite the conditions needed.

Invite Christ-consciousness now. Just bow our heads, and slow down, and be mellow. The new reality will come, in its own time and in its own place.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

I invite miracles today, miracles that will speed all of us on our way to You. This is an especially potent prayer, I know, and I do mean this prayer. May my days grow into ever-increasingly close walks with You.

But help me to be patient. The day will not proceed well if I am not patient. Your way is best; of course I know that. And I will give up planning in my own way today. I will invite guidance. Thank You for being here for me in this guidance.

Amen.

Our Bodies Are Our Friends

“While you have been taught that you are not your body, it is impossible for you to deny the body here. Yet you can change the function you have ascribed to it, and so its way of functioning. If you do not see it as the result of a fall, as a curse, as a punishment from God, or as your home, a dwelling place that keeps you separate, then you can begin to see it as what it is, a learning device given you by a loving creator.” (ACOL, C:18.6)

A Course in Miracles also calls the body a learning device, and so in this the two courses are identical. We are not meant to denigrate the body, see it as evidence of our separation from God. But this is what many of us may have done. Either denigrate or exalt—the latter of which is a mistake of the ego-oriented. We have sought to make of the physical body something to “catch” our mate, to cause admiration, or to glorify with clothes, jewelry, and makeup.

All of these ways of seeing the body are false to our better nature. We function best when our body does not feel either well nor ill, but just “is.” This “isness” is a function of seeing the body as a learning device, and at this early stage of learning ACOL, we are still caught in learning. (Later on, we will move beyond learning.) Our learning of what the body can teach will serve as well as we advance in the Course of Love curriculum. And give us a blessing as well. We have not been cursed by a body that sometimes causes us pain and suffering. We chose the body for a new experience, and this new experience of form, physical bodies, is not outside God’s will. Only our decision that there was something better than God’s creation caused our downfall. This was the separation, the “letting go” that God chose, along with us. We were too eager, too desirous of new experience when we had not learned all that was needful.

The new way of viewing the body, seeing it as a way of experience and a learning device, but no longer as a separating factor in our relationship to God, will serve us well. By the time that we are reading the Dialogues, we will learn that the elevated Self of form is a new choice for us on earth, a new choice for us in this world. We will create the new, a new reality.

And in this choice will all of our sadly lacking choices of the past be gone.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

May this New Year’s Day be the start of a year in which as many of us as possible catch more than glimpses of enlightenment, but the real thing—maintained and then sustained Christ-consciousness. This is a tall order, but to ask for it is to remain within God’s will for us. And certainly Jesus wants the same for us.

May this day be the start of something grand.

Thank you for Your support and Your many blessings. May none of us ever forget to be grateful. Now and always.

Amen.

The Myth of Adam and Eve

“Many of you believe God’s creation included the fall from paradise as described in the biblical story of Adam and Eve and in the creation stories of many cultures and religions. When you accept this, even in non-literal terms, as the story of the separation, you accept separation itself. This story is, rather than a story of an actual event, a story that describes the problem. It is but the story of perception’s birth. And your perception of the fall makes of the fall a curse. This interpretation would be inconsistent, however, with a benevolent God and a benevolent universe. This interpretation accepts that separation can occur. It cannot. Belief in the fall is belief in the impossible.” (ACOL, C:18.1)

We cannot actually separate from God, for we are part of Him. He is the All of All, as we are, in a metaphorical sense. The story of the fall from grace, given in Genesis in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, is a story that describes the problem of separation. But we are not to blame ourselves, something that traditional Christianity differs about. We saw perception be born in that pseudo event, and the we simultaneously saw the end of true knowledge.

But we are heading back to knowledge now. Our fall from grace never actually occurred, but we did take a detour from our union with God. And we are also heading back toward union with God once again. So the drama has been played out. Never to be repeated, for we have learned that nothing outside God’s Reality is better than what He offers us.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

We know that you love us. I know that. And I bank on that love as I walk through my days. May all of us know that Your love is genuine, ready to rescue us at any point of need, and eminently satisfying.

When I think of the Adam and Eve, as a woman I identify with Eve. This story explains much of our past, a past lived for eons without You at the helm. Now I would return to You in my daily life, all parts of my daily life. Be with me as I seek to find You in every circumstance that confronts me.

May this day go well. May Your blessings rain down, once again, upon my head. And grant me the guidance to know what to do and say, knowledge that will lead me to grace.

Amen.

Forgiveness from the Compassion of Our Heart

“Forgiveness, which replaces judgment, must come from your heart. To forgive based on the logic of your mind rather than the compassion of your heart is to only give thought to forgiveness. This many of you will give, even to deciding to forgive despite your better judgment. See you not how little sense this makes, how insincere this even sounds?” (ACOL, C:17.16)

We are told in A Course of Love that to reach Christ-consciousness, we must give up fear and judgment, for these are incompatible with God. This quotation for today tells us how to give up judgment. Replace judgment with forgiveness! And be sure to forgive from the heart, or the heart is a place that doesn’t have to have “good” reasons to forgive. The heart knows that love is the only answer. Our mind, especially when still influenced by the ego, will try to incorporate judgment into forgiveness. It is this last attempt at incorporation of judgment into forgiveness that decides to “forgive despite your better judgment.” And it is clear that Jesus takes a dim view of such mental shenanigans.

We do want to make sense; we do want to be sincere. And the mixing of judgment and forgiveness is an ego’s dream, unlikely to achieve the desired result. Turn to our heart when we are confronted by analysis of the mind that thinks in such a convoluted way. Our heart will not lie to us. Our heart will show us the way home.

And forgiveness is the antidote to judgment. They are polar opposites, as we can tell by simply defining the two. All of us want Christ-consciousness, or enlightenment or Awakening, and we want it sooner rather than later. Our glimpses of Christ-consciousness (which usually come first) will show us what attitude of thought is necessary to maintain, and ultimately, sustain this new state. Our glimpses let us know that a mellow spirit, a thankful heart, and a receptive spirit all invite a glimpse.

Let us invite glimpses of Christ-consciousness today. And if any judgment seeks to intervene between us and our greatest desire, let us banish that judgment forthwith—with forgiveness.

The Heaven on Earth that We All Seek

“See you now why those who judge cannot enter heaven? Judgment proceeds from the belief in sin and the irreversibility of all errors. If you do not believe you can reverse or “turn back” to the state in which you existed before the original error, then you never shall.

“And yet all you need do is turn back. Being an observer of your body has prepared you for this. Step back now to the place that has been held for you. You have not lost “your place in line” because you wandered. It has been held for you by the most loving of brothers, a brother united with your own Self.” (ACOL, C:17.12 – 17.13)

This “most loving of brothers” is Jesus himself, who, many believed, channeled A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. So our place has been held by one who is united with us in our Self, a Self we share with all others. We never have to feel alone and lonely again, for we have a universe of beings with whom we are One.

Judgment is forbidden us, because it keeps us from entering heaven. We need to return to what we were before the original error, or the detour into separation from God. And if we judge, we think that there is sin and that errors cannot be reversed. So we damn ourselves.

God would not have it so. His loving son has prepared the way for us, and prepares the way still. We do not understand how we share a Self with all sentient beings, but in ACOL we are told that we do. And there is much in ACOL that rings true to me, this assertion included.

Enter the fold again today. This fold will ensure that we turn aside from judgment, that we welcome the fact that our Self is One with all others, and that we know that Jesus is holding our place for us in the grand scheme of things.

What more would we ask? Ask that we take this knowledge unto ourselves today, that we still our doubts, and that we open our hearts just a crack. The mellowness that we will feel will assure us that we are onto something. Something grand. And Jesus himself will take our hand, leading us to the heaven on earth that we all would love to see.

Follow Guidance of the Inner Christ Self

“A Course in Miracles asks you to “receive instead of plan,” and yet few of you understand the meaning of this simple instruction or what it says to you of the unknown.

“What it says is that the unknown is benevolent. What it says is that what you cannot anticipate can be anticipated for you. What it says is that you could be receiving constant help if you would but let it come. What it says is that you are not alone.” (ACOL, C:17.7 – 17.8)

A Course in Miracles counsels against planning for the unknown future, usually. Jesus says in ACIM that we will be guided to make plans, if plans are necessary, and otherwise we need not concern ourselves with leaving the present to forge ahead to the future. This guidance is seen to be the guidance of the Holy Spirit. But now we are said to be living in the time of Christ, with the era of the Holy Spirit having been superseded. So our inner Christ Self will do the guiding. This is how we get constant help, when we let it come. This is how future happenings can be anticipated for us. This is how we know that we are never alone. The Christ Self, from deep within us, a Self joined with God, is now available for us.

This is very good news. To have a wiser being within us who knows better than we do what the future ought to hold for us. To have constant guidance without having even to be aware that this guidance is flowing into our lives, for it is so innately a part of us that the guidance flows smoothly, without any interference. Here we are receiving rather than planning. But our lives are functioning better than they ever have before.

Let the Christ Self come out from the depths. Listen to the whispers of guidance that come. Know that with such help, we need never be apprehensive of what the future will hold. We are protected. We are loved.

The best that we can do is to become comfortable with the concept of the Christ Self as a beacon of light in a world of confusion. Its light will keep us safe, grant us peace, and spread harmony over our little part of the world. And this Self will do more, for we ultimately affect everyone (though we can’t see how this is possible). Our salvation is the salvation for everybody, ultimately. For we are One, and this One is what will save us and them, too.

Join with the Christ in Us to Be Healed

“Where two are joined together can be used rightly here as well as in regard to relationship. Your choice to separate from God is but a separation from your own Self, and this is truly the separation that needs to be healed to return you to God.” (ACOL, C:17.2)

We are seeking to join our heart and our mind, our personal self (the one without the ego) and our Self, and we are seeking to join with God internally. These are the “two” that are mentioned, and they mean different things in A Course of Love at different times. But since all is One, these changes in terminology do not really matter much. We are seeking to join with our Self, the inner Christ, and when this happens, we have healed the split between God and us; we have healed the separation.

We have truly separated from our true Self. And to get back, earlier we needed the Holy Spirit, for by separating from our Self, we had come to fear God, and we needed an intermediary Who would help us return. Now the era of the Holy Spirit has been superseded by the time of Christ, and we approach God directly, this time without fear.

What a lovely truth—that we can approach God directly, without fear! This may still seem foreign to our ears, for we have felt twinges of fear around the concept of God for so long that we have not known how to seek Him without any fear. Now we do know, for our reading of A Course of Love has paved the way. We seek God in silence, expecting that He will answer us, also in silence.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

I would be thankful today of all that You have given me, more blessings than I can count. May I revel in gratitude, for this mellow feeling accomplishes much to lead me to be The Accomplished, as A Course of Love points out.

Help this day to go well. I expect it to go well, and while expectations are not always good, this one has a good feel about it. Help my brothers and sisters to know You. May we all know You. You are here for us in every situation in which we find ourselves, and when we join with our Self, we will know this.

Thank You for being with me, keeping me mellow. Your peace is with me now, and for that I give thanks to You.

Amen.

Love the Self and Usher in the Return of Heaven

“If you cannot claim at least a small amount of love for your own Self, then neither can you claim your power, for they go hand-in-hand. There is no “common good” as you perceive of it, and you are not here to assure the continuance of society. The worries that would occupy you can be let go if you but work instead for the return of heaven and the return of your own Self.” (ACOL, C:16.26)

This quotation seems to be refutation of the social gospel that many find important to the practice of religion in the world today. Jesus says that there is no “common good,” and that we are not here to assure the continuance of society. But are these statements a refutation of the social gospel?

I think not, for Jesus also says that we need to work for the “return of heaven,” and what would this state be but a much preferred way of life in our world? He pairs this statement with the assertion that we need the return of our own Self—seeing a return of heaven, here, and the return of our Self, here, as equally important—perhaps. Even if these two are not seen as equally important, we can well recognize that we can’t very well have one without the other.

Elsewhere Jesus counsels against proselytizing. Our first task is to get our own house in order, for anything that emanates from a divided self is a self that is still caught by the ego. We need to love this Self of ours, this Self with a capital “S.” And this may be a new idea for us, for we have had trouble finding anything to love in the being that we are. When we love the Self, our insane worries will fall away. And this is a goal well worth striving for, though not struggling for. Striving is good; struggle is not only unnecessary, but also undesirable.

We want our own power, but in order to assume power, we must first love the Self. In our darkest hours, when we are the most dejected, we look dimly on the house that we have built. This “house” is the personal or little self, and it has nothing to do with the Christ Self who dwells within. The Christ Self will assert its authority when we get our personal baggage out of the way. And that means we turn aside from the ego, its longings and its demands. There is only love, borne of unity; and fear, born of the egoic self. And we know which one we truly want.

Jesus is here giving it to us straight: Remove the impediments to Love’s primacy. Assume our own power. And therein establish the love of the Self that will usher in a heaven on earth. This is the new to which we are called.

This is creating a new world, a call that we find within the pages of A Course of Love.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Be with me today as I seek to love this Self that You have given me. Don’t let me drop into dismal thoughts, thinking that this command is something that I don’t have within my power. We can love our Self, and others, and God—and it is best that we engage in practices that will cause this love to blossom.

Thank You for this good day. The sun is shining, the temperature is temperate, tree limbs move gently in the breeze. There is nothing amiss in my world unless I choose to drop into depressing thoughts. And I would not do this. I would welcome a glimpse of enlightenment, if this is possible on this beautiful day. Be with me as I drop my worries, I drop all judgment and all fear, and I welcome You into my heart.

Amen.

This Book [A Course of Love] Is Exactly What I Needed, by Barry Cosme

Published in amazon.com reviews for A Course of Love, November 13, 2015. Republished by permission.

This book (ACOL) was the perfect gift for me, exactly what I needed. I encourage anyone who might be interested to invest some time with it. There is a compelling authority and authenticity to this book that deeply touched me in some startling, unforgettable and life-changing ways. I highly recommend it! On a scale of one to five, I give it a TEN. This is the first, and so far the only, book review I have ever written. While I have read many great books, for this book I feel moved to share with others how moving it has been for me. I trust that you will experience something similar! In hopes that it is helpful to readers who might have done some similar seeking, let me share a bit of my story with you.

I have been on a spiritual journey through one means or another for my entire adult life, including the study and application of A Course In Miracles (ACIM) for nearly 30 years. ACIM is an amazing book; probably the Introduction by itself contains enough wisdom to completely transform one’s life. Certainly ACIM was the most brilliant, helpful and even beautiful book I had ever read to that point and even since then is only eclipsed by ACOL. I believe that if someone completely grasped the mind training in ACIM to fully learn forgiveness and the reversal of world-view that it brings, they would achieve enlightenment and spiritual mastery on the level that has almost never occurred on Earth. Yet, despite sensing/knowing this with nearly perfect certainty, I still felt unable to fully actualize this in my life; I felt somewhat stuck, despite enough positive change in myself and my life to maintain my continued interest for decades.

Yet, for me at least, the impressive tools or ACIM didn’t take me quite as far as I believe its Author intended or as far as I wanted to go. This could clearly be a deficiency on my part, yet as far as I can tell, I don’t think I was alone in this respect. For those of us who had not quite gotten the full realization yet of ACIM, another course was created, A Course of Love. This new Course, which does not require prior study of ACIM, resolves some seeming problems that appear to have cropped up for many. With ACIM’s emphasis upon the mind, ironically, even its brilliant mind training can result in some students substituting one set of mental rules for another, rather than leaving such rules behind. In this case, it seems easy (at least for me) to become stuck in perpetual striving, learning, becoming… and never really reach accomplishment.

The approach of ACOL focuses upon the spiritual heart of the reader’s being. This was a stretch for me, whereas I found the focus upon the mind in ACIM to be more comfortable. Yet, this challenge was part of what I needed to get me moving. While love cannot really be taught, it can be experienced and recognized for what it is. While Love exists, gracefully reaching out to us, embracing us, it is up to us (up to me) to let Love reveal itself to us/me. Because the ends and the means are really one, the method for the revelation of love… is love itself. Through forgiveness and acceptance of myself, of others, of God and of the All of Everything, I express the very love from within that is the revelation of Love for which I had been seeking.

On my journey, I had long ago come to understand that: a) I was, and that we are, one with Infinite Love; b) time and the apparent reality of the physical world are not what they appear; and c) apparent problems with this must be resolved as matters of awareness. Yet, despite these understandings, I still felt stuck; how could I become aware of that of which I was not aware, unless the awareness (and thus salvation) came from elsewhere? The end result I had been seeking always escaped me because I started from the premise that I did not have that for which I was searching.

Until my second reading of ACOL, I had always been waiting… waiting and hoping for someone else to save me because clearly I couldn’t do this for myself, as I did not have what it took, I didn’t have that for which I was seeking. I had been waiting for Jesus, for God, for someone or something other than me, to please complete me and transform me into the ideal person that I had sought so long and hard to become. Through gentle, persuasive and relentless logic, the Author of ACOL talked me around this seeming barrier. I finally realized that I did not need to wait; I had finally seen enough to convince me that if anything was going to happen for me, it was up to me to take the initiative…in this and every moment. At last I saw that if all of creation is One in Love and Being, then the answers I had been seeking must be in me right now and that I really do have the capacity in every moment to let the Truth reveal itself to me and to guide me to extend this Truth through my expression of It and of myself.

So where does this leave me? Many years ago, when I finished my first period of intense study of ACIM for several years, I saw the result as putting me in touch with the Holy Spirit, my inner teacher or guide, and this has since been of immense value. After my similarly intense study of ACOL, I am far, far less focused upon learning, in which the effort of the student seems to be the key determinant of success. Instead, I am much more relaxed, almost basking in the direct grace and embrace of Love’s revelations, in which success dependably comes from Unity rather than from my unreliable individual effort. I am no longer focused upon intermediary relationships, whether with Jesus, with the Holy Spirit or with others in my life and instead expect and find direct revelations of Truth. Similarly, I am also not focused upon intermediate steps, conditions or requirements and I accept this as a miraculous transformation.

While on my quest, I had many questions and problems. These were intermediate steps that I thought needed to be answered and solved before I could arrive at the end of my journey. Now I have released these in the revelation of the divinity of my brothers, of my sisters and of myself. I gladly accept the Reality of Love, both the Love that comes to me and the Love that I express, all of which is One. I treasure this all-encompassing embrace and at the same time also my human imperfections that are part of the dance I perform, the artistic expression that reveals that Love is everywhere and always. While the journey of seeking may thus be ended, the expression through which Love newly reveals itself is without end and for this I am eternally grateful.

I am much more comfortable simply Being… instead of becoming. By accepting myself as I am and others as they are, even with the appearances of human frailties in all of us, my vision of the Truth beyond appearances is enriched and deepened. In the past, I would have filtered my acceptance to see what was pleasingly in accord with the image I had for myself and others, to see how we measured up to the ideal… or how we fell short. Even when I thought this was rather sophisticated and enlightened in some ways, it was really still just the same old pattern of judgment and condemnation. Rather than striving to become the vision of perfection I held in my mind, I have released myself and others from this trap. I am no longer striving, searching or otherwise expecting the fruits of my meager human efforts, or those of others, to show me divinity. I am no longer trying to fit myself or others into an image that seems to dictate expected behavior. Instead it is so wonderful to simply Be, and in my acceptance of myself, I am also able to accept others and God. It feels so spacious and empowering to build newly upon such freedom.

Forgiveness, acceptance, love and being are each the journey and the journey’s end; the means and the ends are the same; “As within, so without” (ACOL). In every moment I can feel love… by offering love. Thus in all apparent circumstances, no matter how they might seem beyond redemption, I can find the happiness, divinity and the unity of Love. This is truly the Peace that transcends human understanding! And at the same time, this is also part of the creation of a new vision of Life.

Fully Claiming Our Birthright

“God forsakes no people, but people forsake God when they give away their power and claim not their birthright. Your birthright is simply the right to be who you are, and there is nothing in the world that has the power to take this right from you. The only way you lose it is by giving it away. And this you do.” (ACOL, C:16.23)

Being who we are is a hallmark of A Course of Love, especially in the ending chapters of the book. But we are early in the book at this point, and we find the same theme. What does it mean to “be who we are”?

We are not, rightly, a self divided against itself, a self lost in separation from God. How can we enjoy any good sense of power if we are divided against ourselves? This is a prescription for failure, and it is failure that we have known, with interludes of supposed “success,” for eons. We need to be whole beings, united with our real Self from deep within, and in communion with our Creator—something that is only natural to our being.

We give away our birthright, the right to be who we are, when we don’t assume our full stature as created beings of God, Christ-conscious beings (as the next step in evolution). Our awareness is stunted by the ego, a made-up belief about ourselves. And this ego, which we prize so highly, has almost taken on a life of its own. It is artificial, but it thinks itself the only real part of us. What a misrepresentation! In A Course of Love we learn just what a misrepresentation the ego has become to us.

We must adopt the most natural outgrowth of our evolving nature, and that is Awakening, or Christ-consciousness. We cannot move into this fullness as long as we let the ego rule our thoughts and desires. We are stuck, and we are powerless in such a situation. And Jesus, in ACOL, is doing his best to lead us out of this quandary.

Be determined today to make a new start in this world. We can abide in heaven, even in this world, and when we assume our natural condition, we will abide in heaven, for our perceptions will have become cleansed, and we will have knowledge that God has heretofore veiled from us, because we have been ignorant about how to live.

Life will take care of its own. If we don’t make a shift to a better worldview, we will likely go down in flames, at least metaphorical flames. This we don’t want; this, none of us wants.

Let our new start draw in our brothers and sisters also, for a solitary drive to inhabit the Christ Self will not offer the sharing that is in our nature. We are One with others also, one with them and one with God. And this unity is what will save us.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

I would be free of neurosis today. I would seek to inhabit my real Self, the Christ who is deep within me. And I would share this good news with others, my brothers and sisters. We never know when what we do or say will make a difference for some one other.

Help me today and every day. I need to know that my prayers are heard, that You are there. And I do know this. I sense Your love in my daily life. Thank You for this.

Be with all of us as we make our way in an often troubled world. When we awaken to Your truths, our way will smooth, and then we can be free of neurosis forever.

Thank You.

Amen.

Seeing God in Human Terms

“The child believes she has “stolen” the role of parent away from the parent without having become a parent. God has become the enemy to those who judge just as the parent of a defiant child becomes the enemy in the child’s perception.” (ACOL, C:16.16)

This is not the first time that Jesus has compared our relationship to God to our relationship to our parents. There is much with which we can compare, for we call God the “Father,” and we see ourselves as His children.

Here we are compared to a defiant child who has not yet become a parent. We think that when we rebel against God, we are taking something away from Him, and we think that He is angry with us. He then becomes the “enemy,” the one who is out to take back what we removed from Him. This is an analogy of what we think happened in the separation from God.

The other time in A Course of Love that we see ourselves being compared to the family circle is when separation is compared to the rebellion of an adolescent child. The adolescent seeks to create his own identity, separate from the parent, and so rebels, just as we did in the separation from God. This is an illusory separation from God, for nobody could actually do this and live, being, as we are, part of God Himself. And God “let go,” even though we were too immature to understand what we were doing. He knew that we were too eager to live any other way. So He let us go our own way, until we found that our way was not nearly as grand as His way, and we sought to return to Him.

The family circle can teach us much, even the dysfunctional family circle, for God and we have been a dysfunctional family. Not on His part, but on ours.

The way is clear. Return to the fold! Return to God. Then and only then will we find real satisfaction in life. Then and only then will we find our way home at last.

The memory of rebellion is still strong in us, and we often don’t see how we can “merit” God’s love again. But we have never actually been separate from Him, our rebellion accomplished nothing, and He has always loved us with a love that is far beyond our comprehension.

He and we actually made this decision for an illusory separation. It was a way that we could form a false identity that would prove to us that Love is the best choice. Until we made a false choice, we didn’t know what we had. Being in heaven without a contrast to Love left something to be desired. But now that we have experienced separation, we can know what Love in heaven really means. It means more than we could ever have imagined if we didn’t have to contrast of living without the consciousness of this Love.

Ask to sense Love today. The journey without distance has been completed. Let us rejoice in a new day, a new day of Love expressed toward our Creator.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

I want to sense that I am One with You again. I want to really feel this. Help me to do so, for I know that I am asking in the will of both of us.

Help me to be grateful for the blessings that have rained down upon my head in my years on earth. I have not always been grateful, but have often taken these blessings for granted. That is because of a lack of contrast between having and not having. But I would ask for your miracle today, to sense the gratitude that I really know is due to You.

May this day go well. May I make a difference in someone else’s life. May salvation spread upon the earth become the greatest satisfaction that any of us know.

Amen.

THE AGE OF MIRACLES BEGINS

Published by Celia Hales in Awareness magazine, current issue.

Channeled Writing Announces the Time of Christ

Many of you are familiar with A Course in Miracles, the channeled writing from Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford that purported to be from Jesus. Now there is a continuation, channeled by Mari Perron and entitled A Course of Love. The most exciting announcement of this new work is the fact that we are said to be living in the time of Christ, a new age of miracles.

What is a miracle? Surprisingly, it is not an out-of-time and out-of-space one-time-only insertion into our everyday life. It is a way of living, a new way of thought that takes for granted the primacy of miracles. We are led to understand that miracles are our inheritance, our right in this world—even this conflicted and war-torn world.

We are encouraged to believe that angels are all about us, there to smooth our way, give us a better life. We are encouraged to choose a miracle, but not a specific miracle—instead to choose a new way of life and a new way of thought. It is a way of living that looks to our heart as the guiding force for our being. The benefits are many, and they surround the concept of elevating ourselves to a new height, a non-egoic Christ-consciousness that will allow us to live in peace and harmony.

Like A Course in Miracles before it, A Course of Love encourages us to turn aside from the ego, but not by resisting it, for the ego is made strong when we resist. We just gently make a new decision, a decision to live with acceptance of what life brings. This does not mean that we countenance the violence that is all around us. But we must first change ourselves if we are to have a meaningful impact on our world. And, of course, we want above all to live harmonious lives that will make a difference in the larger world.

To have a chance at Christ-consciousness, we must drop fear and judgment from our repertoire of emotions. Fear is unnatural; likewise, judgment. God’s world requires that we fall in line with what is natural, what has been intended for our living all along. We just got sidetracked into a separation from God that jumbled up our lives.

Now we are bidden to come home. And the return home will be a miracle to end all miracles. A glorious homecoming awaits us all. We will live in this physical world with a Self (capital “S”) that is shared with all, a Self that has been elevated to experience the very best that life has to offer. We do not have to wait for the afterlife to experience this blessing; indeed, we are encouraged not to wait any longer at all, but to welcome the miracle that will set our place in this world as people who know the truth. Our miracle-readiness will do this for us. And then we will go out and perform miracles, as guided to do, by the inner Self.

Miracles are our birthright. We need to stop our struggle, stop our ceaseless seeking, and come home to God through relaxing into His good care.

Working Harder at the Wrong Thing Won’t Avail

“While you claim you need proof before you can believe or accept some¬thing as a fact or as the truth, and certainly before you can act upon it, you live as if you believe that what has never worked before will somehow miraculously work in the future. You have nothing but evidence of a life of unhappiness and despair, where occasional moments of joy or the few people that you love out of the many that you do not are all that make your life worth living. You think that to be asked to give up the caution, protec¬tion, and vigilance that protects these moments of joy and people you love as well as your own self is to be asked to live a life of even greater risk than that which you live now.” (ACOL, C:16.15)

When we live with the ego, we have moments of joy alternating with moments of despair, or, in other words, a life filled with drama. Do we really want to have these moments of despair? Of course not, and what do we do about it?

We must stop living as if what hasn’t worked in the past will work in the future—if we just work harder. Working harder at a failing proposition doesn’t accomplish anything but more despair.

So what do we do? We change directions. And how do we do that? We follow guidance. Of course, there are ways that guidance works better than others. When we are primed to make better decisions, we will turn to A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love to get our direction. And we will be well-advised in those books.

We don’t want just to love those close to us, ignoring the many out there who need our goodwill. Loving just those close to us is the way of special relationships, a way that we are learning is flawed. We can love all others, if we set our minds and hearts to it. That doesn’t mean that we put ourselves in danger, of course, if these others don’t mean us well. But it does mean that everybody is pretty much the same, wanting to be loved, wanting to love. Not everybody understands how to go about that loving business.

Would we be risking anything? Would we be living a life of greater risk? If we think so, it will be so. That is projection making perception, and creating the reality in which we live. Jesus implies at the end of today’s quotation that the risk is overblown, that the risk is not nearly as great as we think it is. And I am inclined to agree with him.

What can we do to minimize risk in an unsafe world? This is a hard question, for the world that we inhabit, the illusory world, is an unsafe place for sure. We don’t have deliberately to put ourselves in harm’s way, but we do need to give others the benefit of the doubt. We need to try for reconciliation when there has been a break in communication. We need to realize that our own perceptions will influence mightily the world that we occupy. And when our perceptions are cleansed, our personal world will undergo a sea change for the better.

Don’t look for the highs and lows of drama-filled relationships, special relationships. Be satisfied that serenity is the better course to follow. We may even think ourselves depressed, as our drama smooths out. We are addicted to the adrenaline rush, as Marianne Williamson (lecturer on A Course in Miracles) has said.

Choose to make a decision to live in peace. Today and always.

The future looks far brighter when we give up looking for something bad under every leaf. Expect the best, and we will often be surprised by good fortune.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

We are bombarded by evidence of bad things happening in our world. What are we to do in this situation?

Please be with us as we consider our best options. We know that You love us, that You mean all of your creations well. The fact that some are confused about how to live well in this world is not news. But the bad sometimes seems to overtake the good, to leave us in a risky life situation that scares us.

Comfort us; save us from ourselves. We know that we create our reality. And we know that the illusory world is just that–illusion. Help us to do what we can in an unsafe world. And this starts by cleansing our perceptions so that we are not unduly frightened of what may happen in the future.

Be with us today. Help us to know that Your true reality is safety personified.

Amen.

A Forgiven World Eliminates Judgment & Overcomes Fear with Love

“Only your heart can lead you to the forgiveness that must overcome judgment. A forgiven world is a world whose foundation has changed from fear to love. Only from this world can your special function be fulfilled and bring the light to those who still live in darkness.” (ACOL, C:16.8)

This quotation, once again in A Course of Love, emphasizes the heart and its primacy in our decision-making. Our heart will lead us to overcome judgment by forgiveness—and judgment is one of the two main impediments to a speedy Awakening (the other impediment is fear). Heretofore we have not known how to overcome judgment; we may have felt stymied in wishing to get over judgment, but not knowing how.

Now we do know. We can practice forgiveness of ourselves, others, God Himself, and with this gesture of goodwill, we will know peace. This peace is a way that we move from fear to love. Nobody who is peaceful experiences abject fear. And we would be loving, without fear, at all times—if that is humanly possible. And Jesus is telling us that this change is possible, even probable.

The foundation of the world can change from fear to love; this is what a forgiven world constitutes.

So here we see two ways that we can move closer to Christ-consciousness or Awakening. We can forgive, and this will eliminate judgment; and when we have forgiven, we will automatically move from a world dominated by fear to one embraced by love.

This passage is very important, for the primary impetus behind the curriculum of A Course of Love is to move us to the elevated Self of form in this world, physical manifestation in this world while living enlightenment (Christ-consciousness or Awakening. Our physical Selves, we are told, are actually One with each other and with God. And we can live perfectly satisfactory lives on this earth if we embody the principles that Jesus is encouraging. We will move into Christ-consciousness soon. We will not have to wait long. And once this state is maintained, and then sustained, we will be seeing things differently. Our inner vision will change everything.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank You for this information, from Jesus, about how to move beyond judgment. By forgiveness. May I forgive any and every one whom I encounter today, even if I am not aware, at the time, that I am judging them.

And may I look on a forgiven world with fear gone, only love remaining.

This information is vital to my well-being. Thank You again.

All of us need to know specifically how to move into the state of mind and heart that You want for us, and this is the elevated Self of form who is experiencing Christ-consciousness. I ask for this movement to occur within me sooner rather than later.

And I ask this for all my readers as well.

Amen.

Leave Behind Fantasies of Specialness

“You may ask now why it doesn’t seem so, and the only answer is that you do not want it to. You perceive but what you wish for, and your wish for specialness leads you not to see sameness anywhere at all, for what is the same cannot be special.” (ACOL, C:16.2)

We create our own reality. This long-stated New Age credo is applicable here. We project from within what we perceive without, and what we perceive without is what we wish for—on some level. Thus, because we want specialness to be the truth, we think we see it everywhere. But it is a mirage, for our inequalities are an untruth. We are equal one to the other, as God intended. Our separation, our illusory separation from God, has not changed that. We will do well to remember that we are neither inferior nor superior to anybody. We may temporarily have talents that others lack, but this is a temporary expedient only. In eternity all gifts are shared equally.

There is a strong warning in the quotation for today. If something good doesn’t seem so, and the only answer is that we do not want it to seem so, then where does that leave us but in a fantasy world? And such it is. We are living in illusion, at least until we cross the barrier into Christ-consciousness, when true reality will seem much more real than anything else.

Why would we want specialness to be true? We are listening to the ego, who feels all alone and lonely, but who actually likes it that way if its specialness can remain intact. The ego is a part of our belief about ourselves, and a lamentable part, but we ourselves must take steps to turn aside (gently) from its counsel. Then and only then will we begin to see the sameness between ourselves and others. We will finally have found the easiest place to challenge the ego, for ego-oriented thinking will have lost its hold on us.

Be sure today that we are equal to all. Not inferior, not superior, but one in sameness. This is the truth.

And, if we contemplate our lives, we will realize that we would actually have it no other way.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

I would leave behind my specialness today and every day, knowing that I would not choose ego-oriented ways of thinking any longer. This choice ensures that I am following what You would wish for me. It also ensures happiness for me, because to think, in error, that I am either inferior or superior is to think falsely. And to bring unhappiness down on my head.

I would wish for your blessing today as I seek to be compassionate of all whom I encounter. They may not know the blessing of reading A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love, but I can still learn from our interaction. Their pathway may be different, but because we are all the same, they too will come to You in their own time.

May this day unfold as it is meant to be, in Your highest will.

Amen.

Enjoy Life in All Its Abundance

“You only need be open to the place that no specialness can enter, and bid your brother choose for you. For in his choice you join with him and with your Father. In this choice lies one united will for glory that knows neither specialness nor separation. In this choice lies life eternal.” (ACOL, C:15.12)

The idea of allowing our brother to choose for us is new. This brother is Jesus, who is in charge of the Atonement, at least in Christian circles. Here we do not find specialness, but a choice that is borne of equality of all brothers and sisters. Even when we think that we know and understand more than another, we are still equal. Only in time are talents unevenly given; in eternity they are the same.

We do not rightly know either specialness nor separation. We are one united will, when we are joined with the Self who is deep within us. This Self leads to an equanimity that is unlike anything we have experienced before. We will have patience that has previously eluded us. We will exhibit love that has never been part of our experience in sharing. We will know a new life, a life eternal, that enfolds us with its grace and gives us all that our heart desires.

If the day goes gray, remember these truths. Nobody will have all charmed days; there are always things that could be better. But there comes a point at which we need to express gratitude for all that we do have, and gratitude spawns happiness. The way that we walk on any given day will affect all the future. Learn what works by consulting the inner Self. Even dialogue, in writing, with this inner Self. The truths that we will experience will indeed transform our lives.

Gratitude grows great within us when we know that we are living life eternal right now. We don’t wait for an afterlife; we are here and now in eternity. When we truly know this, we will walk a green earth.

Enlightenment Leads to a Charmed Life

“To even think that you could change and be unlike others of your kind, you would call an act of treachery. To give your allegiance to your Father and to the learning goals this Course has set is but an act of treason upon the world as you know it.

“And so it is. And so must your faith and loyalty be placed in something new, something worthy of your diligence and something that will not leave behind your brothers and your sisters to a life of suffering and of sin.” (ACOL, C:15.9 – 15.10)

The words of this quotation sound harsh upon first reading. It is anything but, although we don’t understand that to lead others to a better life, by example, requires that we place our faith in a different sort of living than that expounded by our brothers and sisters. Yet we must not leave our brothers and sisters behind. We are all One, and until we bring others along with us, to leave the house of illusion and rejoice together in the newfound house of truth, we will not have done all that we need to do.

We do not want anybody to live a life of suffering and of sin. Yet elsewhere Jesus admonishes us not to return to the space within the house of illusion, even to create explosions there. That remains for others, still in the house of illusion, to do. We stand beyond, to illustrate and to represent a new way of living, in a new form, the elevated Self of form. We don’t evangelize, but we do represent the truth of what we have become. We become who we are, in truth and in fact. This change will inspire others who view us, and after a while, we will find that we get questions about how and why we seem different.

Then and only then will our lips be unsealed, and we will share what we have come to know. All paths are unique, though, for no one person comes unto the Father in exactly the same way that another does. Thus, as A Course in Miracles makes clear, there is a course for every teacher of God. There are similarities in these courses, of course, but the manner of expression is different. We are different even as we are all the same. And these differences in sameness project the varying personalities that we all embody.

We need to reach our brothers and sisters who are lost in suffering and in sin, even though we know that these are illusions. There is no suffering and there is no sin, in truth. We will find this to be true as we move forward into the heart of A Course of Love. Our hearts will lead us to a place of peace in which there may be some pain, but this will not escalate into suffering, for we will realize the ineffectiveness of wallowing in self-pity. We will come to see that much that we call suffering is really self-pity. And we will have none of it, none of this illusion. Our pains will be lightly borne. Our suffering will dissipate. And our sin will just be no more, reimaged in just mistakes, mistakes that we will want to undo. We will have the wherewithal to undo these mistakes, for Jesus guides us by the hand to a new life, devoid of our old nonsense.

So resolve today to make our lives work. Only with a life that is working will anybody want to follow in our way. We who are not suffering and in sin will lead the way, all through our ordinary yet extraordinary lives. We will seem to lead a charmed life.

And such it is. For Jesus is showing us how to let the personal self be overridden by the example of the inner Christ Self who knows things that no personal or little self can hope to know or to show by example.

Specialness Defeats Us / Choose Equality

“How many rest within this sphere of influence? Twenty, fifty, one hundred? And how many times is this multiplied by each of them? And yet this is but a fraction of who your specialness influences. In truth, your specialness affects everyone. “ (ACOL, C:15.6)

This quotation doesn’t say so, but we all know that specialness is not something to be supported. Our belief in specialness apparently reaches out to include everyone, ultimately. This is because we influence each other, and when one of us finds a home in specialness, we are leading others to look to their egos as well.

How can we resolve this dilemma? First and foremost, drop egotistical ideas from the mind. The heart will lead rightly in this endeavor, if we listen to it. Second, know (intellectually also) that specialness is not the way reality really is. Reality created all of us as equals to each other. Our heart will lead rightly about this as well. Third, as soon as the ego or the idea of specialness enters the mind, resolve to abort the experience. This is not as hard as it sounds, though we may fail in the beginning.

Gently turn aside from the ego and its specialness. Know that we have never been made happy by feelings of specialness: We knew moments of artificial joy, but these were followed by times of deep despair. And we can expect this dynamic to continue, if we do not reject specialness once and for all.

The way back is made easier, as always, when we listen to our heart. The heart knows that we wouldn’t be other than we are, that regardless of what another has that we think we want, this is a mirage. We are created to be one with all, one with God, with others, one with our Self. And specialness intrudes on this divine plan.

Chip away at the desire for specialness a little at a time. Soon the idea will seem very foreign to us indeed.

And we will emerge from the darkness into the light.

Be Determined to Give Up Specialness

“While you desire specialness for yourself, your true Self will remain hidden and unknown, and since this is a Course that seeks to reveal your true identity, specialness must be seen for what it is so that you will desire it no longer. You can have specialness or your true Self, but never both. The desire for specialness is what calls your little self into being. This is the self that is easily wounded, the self that takes on grievances and refuses to give them up, the self that is prone to pettiness and bitterness, resentment and deception. Be truthful as you examine yourself and you will see that this is so.” (ACOL, C:15.3)

Jesus appeals to our better nature when he asks us to consider what the little self is really asking of us; it is asking for pettiness and bitterness, resentment and deception. Are there really any among us who would want these things? And these things are come as a result of our desire to cling to specialness, thinking that we are better than anybody else. What a bad deal this really is!

There is nobody among us who has not, in league with the ego, wanted to think that we are superior in some way to others. This is a reverse to an inferiority complex, and psychologists say that there is no such thing as a “superiority complex,” that it is always a feeling masking the sense of inferiority. This makes sense, for we have long blamed ourselves for not feeling right with God. We sense a separation from the Almighty, and we think that we are to blame for this, adding guilt to our sense of having somehow failed. This is the dynamic that is really going on in the push to be special. We sense that we somehow have failed at life (which we have), and we think that specialness will cure this deep feeling of despair.

Specialness won’t cure anything. It will only compound troubles. We are encouraged to give up thinking about specialness for ourselves as well as our significant others. We are to love, and love freely (though within certain physical restraints). We want to let the Self out to play, the Self who knows true reality and will lead us rightly. We cannot cling to the specialness of our little self and also acknowledge the true worth of our real Self. And our real Self is our salvation.

The Self who is real will free us to be ourselves, for the first time in eons. When we let go of our desire to be special, we will see that the Self holds our release from dark imaginings.

Let’s concentrate on giving up specialness as much as we have concentrated on giving up the ego. They are the same in different words.

Be determined today to right the sense of inferiority that has always clung to us. We are not special, but we are good in the eyes of God, good and innocent. And never let us forget these truths.

Love Is an Embrace of All as One

“Let us ask instead how loving all as one can bring harm? If you love all the same, what loss is there to anyone, including the one you would choose to make special? All that is lost is specialness. This is the view of life you cannot imagine bringing about, or bringing joy in its coming. But this is what you must begin to imagine if you desire to accept love’s coming instead of to reject it once again. For your refusal to give up specialness is your refusal of the Christ in you and a refusal of love itself.” (ACOL, C:14.31)

Many of us will find this teaching of Jesus about special love to be disconcerting in the least and probably also incomprehensible. We have always thought that our special love for significant others was, indeed, “special.”

But Jesus says that we are missing something. The love that he is asking for us to feel is part of the embrace that he enveloped us in (a little farther over in the first part of ACOL). This love is so magnificent that it can, and does, embrace everyone. Of course, we have different expressions for that love, and physical love of everyone is, of course, not part of what Jesus is saying. (Physical love is in no way denigrated by Jesus, though, in ACOL.)

He wants us to love all as one, to recognize that the God within is in league with all. This One is something that may be beyond our understanding at this point. Let us simply trust that Jesus says that loving all as One will not detract in any way with the love that we feel for our significant others.

Indeed, the special love will lead to the holy. And the love that we have had for our significant others will serve as a teaching tool for loving all with a sacred love. We won’t hurt our significant others by expanding our love, as long as that love is responsible and not hurtful in any way.

This hard truth of Jesus needs some careful, prayerful consideration. There is a truth to what he says that we cannot understand fully—yet. But I trust him to lead us to understanding.

And I trust that by including all in my love, I will not hurt my significant others in any way at all. Our love will actually be enhanced as we learn more about sharing.

The Key: Love Freely & without Fear

“You who do not know how to trade your separated state for that of union have still done so when you have loved freely and without fear. In this state your memory returns to you of who you are, and you are innocent and joyous and one with love itself. That this memory does not last, and these feelings seem unsustainable, is the result only of that which does discard and replace.” (C:14.28)

This is the key! We have union of mind and heart when we have “loved freely and without fear”! And this union of mind and heart leads to true vision, true reality. At such times we are ego-free. Our memory has returned to us, the memory that we buried deep within eons ago, and left to rot. It did not rot, but now has been restored to us with all its brilliance.

This truly is the secret kept from nobody but ourselves: love, loving freely and without fear. We have long realized from reading A Course of Love that fear and judgment are all that hold us back from Christ-consciousness. And love leads us to Christ-consciousness. But we have not known how to apply love, and we may not fully understand now. But we all have moments of loving freely and without fear, and these moments lead to a glimpse of Awakening.

That these moments do not merge and offer us sustainability of Christ-consciousness is only because of “that which does discard and replace,” and that comprises the remnants of egoic consciousness. Though Jesus tells us later on that the ego is gone from us, it is not gone early in our reading. It will be gone when we are able to turn from fear and judgment, and much of that is within our power to alter.

So this is the key that has been missed until now. Think back to the moments when love has embraced us. Did we not feel that God was in His heaven and all was right with the world? That is a glimpse of Awakening, a powerful glimpse, and it behooves us to entice love into our illusion. Then the illusion will gradually fall away, and we will be living true reality. At such times, our mood will improve dramatically. This is the sign that we are living truly in a new reality. Though this heightened mood may not last, it is a harbinger of what is ahead for us. And having the experience gives us clues about what to do to entice the experience again later.

Ultimately, the clues lead to sustenance of the mood. And who among us would not want a happier mood to accompany all our days?

Love freely and without fear. We CAN do this; we have done it. Just expand those moments into hours, and then into days. And sustenance of Christ-consciousness will overwhelm us sooner rather than later.

Considering Heaven and Love

“It is but you who gave heaven the purpose of giving you something to look forward to, a reward for a life lived according to your own rules, a reward to be gained by some and not by others, a pinnacle of achievement that will prove your rightness and your success after you are gone. Love you give the same purpose, but bid it do the job of rewarding you here and now. It, like heaven, is your proof that you are good and worthy, special and to be rewarded for your specialness.” (ACOL, C:14.23)

We have viewed both heaven and love wrongly, in the past. We are coming to see that heaven is something to enjoy here and now, in this world even. The same with love. But not as a reward of a life well-lived. We are not looking for “reward” at all; this is an old way of thinking, an egoic way of thinking.

We don’t need rewards to assure us that we are living as we ought to live. We don’t need to place heaven in the afterlife, and we don’t need to see the love that we enjoy here and now as evidence that we are good people.

All of the quotation for today is a false understanding that we have had ourselves. Jesus would lead us beyond this falsity to something infinitely better—a heaven here and now, a love that is not merited but a gift of God.

Some of us got these ideas from our religion, religion which placed heaven beyond us, in the realm after death. And works were believed by many to allow one to merit the love of our fellow beings on this earth. So we came by these beliefs honestly. But now is the time to leave such beliefs behind.

Heaven can be here and now. Love can be here and now, unmerited. We don’t have to “do” to merit anything at all—heaven or love. We need simply to “be,” and this being is the greatest gift that we can offer to God, to our brothers and sisters, and to ourselves.

The way is clear now. Let us walk the pathway with confidence.

Find Rest for Our Weary Souls

“What a big job you have assigned yourself! It is no small wonder that you live in fear when so much is dependent upon you. And no wonder that when you find a respite, a place of rest and beauty and of love, you want to claim it for your own lest it get away!” (ACOL, C:14.19)

We have been through a lot in the eons since the ego came into being. We are weary, so very weary. Not all the time, but enough time that we long for rest from our labors.

We can have this rest. This rest is what Jesus is leading us to. He knows that there are things still to be done, many things, but he also knows, and assures us, that these things will be done in an easy and effortless way. We will be guided all the way. And we will know such joy and peace that we will know, finally, that we have “arrived.”

We have been fearful because we imagined that handling our lives was our own chore. If this were true, we would have a big responsibility indeed. But handling our own lives is not the task before us, and in truth it has never been the task at all. Our ego didn’t know any better, and the ego had us working long and hard to succeed in a difficult world. The ego even had us trying long and hard to succeed in spiritual matters, in bringing the world’s people around to our way of thinking.

The need was never there. We will largely, now, exhibit traits that embrace others, and we will draw those others to us by our example. We will not seek to proselytize; that is not our purpose. Others will see us as ordinary people living ordinary lives, and in the observation will want to know what is different about us.

Then we are freed to tell these others who have inquired. We don’t have to do anything other than who we really are to bring on this dynamic. And we will rest in the knowledge that this is the easiest “work” that we have ever done.

Our rest will give us peaceful days. We will walk easily ahead as we create a new world not based on effort.

Make a Determination to End Fear

“Only fear breeds the feelings of lack that stand with it, the cornerstone of the foundation of your separate world. You do not realize that you have created a universe for yourself, a universe that you are required to main¬tain, and that without your effort would dissolve.” (ACOL, C:14.16)

We need to just let “our” universe dissolve, for it is a universe of illusion that seeks to remain separate from our God. We know by now that this has never worked, can never work. When we let God heal the separation, we will still live in this physical universe (if we choose), but the universe that we look out upon will be very different. With separation from God healed, we will be One with Him, one with each other, one with nature.

Fear (and judgment) are the great dividers as we seek to return to Oneness. How do we eliminate fear? How do we realize that we actually lack for nothing in a world that is no longer separate from God, even in illusion?

The only emotion stronger than fear is love, and when we intend, mightily, to love our God, each other, ourselves, and our physical world, we are putting ourselves on the right track. Often it is insecurity that breeds fear. We are insecure with each other, fearing that we won’t even be accepted, much less loved. And this leads directly to a lack of love for others, for we become self-centered in our interactions. And others pick up on this, and are turned off.

When we make a determination to feel love, often the determination will precede the emotion. The determination will lead us into the emotion of love. And our mood will rise dramatically. And with this elevation of mood, our insecurity in the company of others will dissipate, for our self-confidence will rise.

These dynamics work, but they don’t work well if we are trying to use ego to set in motion the dynamics. We need to make a determination also that we will do nothing that smacks of egotism, that we will not seek to raise our worth in our own eyes nor the eyes of others. We will simply be ourselves, regardless of the company. If we can manage it, this choice is eminently freeing. And it leads directly to a feeling of love and caring for those with whom we are dealing.

Choose to eliminate fear. Of course, in our limitations this won’t work all the time and it won’t work perfectly. But it is a start. And when transformation comes (for transformation comes after fear and judgment have ceased), the change will be immediately evident to ourselves. Some others will see and notice, but many will not.

But the way in which we survey the world will undergo a sea change. And because nothing will ever be the same again, we will maintain, and then sustain, Christ-consciousness.

Now this is a goal worth having.

Lasting Love

“This can be most clearly seen in relationships that were once “everything” to you and have since failed you. This can be a memory of any relationship, and each of you has one. It can be of parent and child, of best friends, of a marriage or a partnership, or even that of a mentor or student. Whatever the relationship’s configuration, it was one that truly brought you joy. Within it you were happy and felt as if you needed nothing more than this. It was a relationship so intense that at its peak you would have begun to see its continuation without change as the major goal of your life.” (ACOL, C:14.11)

Here Jesus is taking a look at the special relationship(s) that once seemed to be “everything” for us. He indicates later on that while we learned much from this relationship(s), it is now time to turn to the holiness that is possible in relationships.

Jesus indicates that we have all had such a relationship, and that it can take many forms. Yes, indeed. We often found rejection in relationships such as this, and this rejection has wounded us, making us wary of future relationships.

We don’t have to let the past dictate our future. The fact that we once loved deeply but paves the way for future love. While it seemed that the other person was the real reason for our love, the love that we were feeling was coming from deep inside us. We were capable of that much love, and that is a welcome idea indeed.

Walk on into new love relationships, but make them holy—wanting only the best for the other, not choosing to make of the relationship something that is self-serving. We do know the difference, though the acknowledgment may come only later on.

Holy relationships with all brothers and sisters are the way that we are walking. We are eliminating special relationships, but we will lose nothing by this elimination. Keep our minds and hearts solely on the good, the true, and the blessed, and we will know happy times in love again. This time to last.

Choose the Heart over Reason & Intellect

“You who have made a god of reason and of intellect, think carefully now of what your reason and your intellect have made for you. How terrible would it really be to realize that although you have tried mightily, a creation such as this cannot be made to make any sense at all? Those who have turned their backs on God and refused to believe in such nonsense have simply refused to make reason try to fit the unfitable without seeing that an alternative exists.” (ACOL, C:14.7)

Those of us who have carefully studied in school may still believe that reason is something of a god. We were also told in our religious studies that nothing in faith has to contradict reason, making of reason a god again.

Jesus feels differently about reason. He thinks that it can go only so far, and that the matters of reason and intellect have gotten out of kilter with matters of the heart. He has us turn, repeatedly, to the heart to find our answers. He suggests in this passage that we have tried and tried to make reason and the intellect solve our problems, but we have failed, because our intent was wrong. The heart, on the other hand, can lead us rightly.

The heart is the alternative. Nobody needs to think long and hard when Jesus says to “turn to the heart.” We know immediately what he is saying, and it resonates with us. Later on, he clarifies by saying that mind must be taught by the heart, and we must move into a fusion of heart and mind that he calls wholeheartedness. But the mind, made up of the reason and the intellect, has failed us mightily in the past, and if we are not careful, it will continue to fail us mightily in the future.

The mind developed the ego. We are trying to leave the ego behind as the prime mover in the realm of separation from God. Even though separation from God is actually impossible, in illusion we can make many things seem possible to us. Let the heart lead the mind into new and different realms. We will never regret this new direction, whereas we have much to regret from the ascendancy of the mind alone.

Our reason and intellect have been, all too often, misguided. Let the heart right their wrongs.

We will never be sorry that we have tried this new way.

Better Not to Feel Inferior Nor Superior

“You cannot have feelings of superiority and not an enemy make. The same occurs when you would make yourself inferior, and you are always making for yourself a place at one of these extremes. And all this effort and conflict arises simply from your insistence upon being separate.” (ACOL, C:14.3)

Most of us have been caught in the trap of feeling inferior or superior to others, and we suffered as a result. Our feelings of inferiority gave us many moments of sadness and dejection. Our feelings of superiority were often compensation for the inferior feelings—when our ego had had enough of feeling dejected.

Was there any truth to any of this? Absolutely none. We are neither inferior nor superior to any other human being. All of us are, truly, created equal.

It is a particular desire on the part of those on the spiritual path to feel better than others who aren’t on the path. But this is nothing less than self-righteousness, surely the least lovable of traits. This is an edge into the superiority to which the ego turns when tired of being dejected with a sense of inferiority.

Be rid of such foolishness. All gifts, ultimately, are shared equally by the children of God. If one now, temporarily, has more, remember that this is only a temporary state. The same for having less. Talents will even out in the long run.

And we make enemies of other people. Nobody even likes someone else who harbors feelings of superiority, especially. And another may also look down on one who feels himself/herself to be inferior in some way.

This is a game we can’t win. One we ought to give up forthwith. The way to the spirit of love is the truth that all are equal in the eyes of God. Only time separates us in any way, and time is an illusion.

The best way to live is to assume equality. This is a truth in our society as well as in spiritual matters.

Let God Direct Our Pathway into a Sunnier Clime

“Your ego will strongly resist your attempts to listen to your heart, and will call this every kind of foolishness, a waste of time that could be spent on better things. Yet time is not required, nor is money or the use of any other thing you value. And there is not even the slightest chance of being made to look foolish by what you are asked to do.” (ACOL, C:13.10)

Our ego is very wily. It seems to have a life of its own, though it is simply a part of our belief about ourselves. And we are renouncing that belief as we read A Course of Love.

The change will be dramatic. Here Jesus is reassuring us that we leave behind, with the ego, nothing that we really want. And we are still safe. The ego never, ever, kept us safe—though this part of our belief about ourselves would say that we are unsafe unless we trust in it.

This is a ridiculous notion, for the ego doesn’t do anything good for us at all, and it does do much that is bad. It leads us to separate from our God, to separate from our brothers and sisters, and to try to live a lonely and autonomous life—as independent as we can make it. But independence is not the way. Interdependence is. And the new way of the heart will teach us this.

There is no reason to think that we leave behind anything important. And no reason to think that we are made unsafe by giving up a false idea. On the contrary, we are made unsafe, in theory, by holding to falsity.

Trust in the Lord, as the Bible tells us. Let God direct our pathway into a sunnier clime. The way back is not fraught with dangers, but with the most sincere form of good will—for we have Jesus at our side.

Feel the Warmth of Love

“You will soon find that what you recall of spirit is love. You will want to give it many names at first, and might not even recognize it as love, for it will come without all the longing and sadness you so often associate with it.” (ACOL, C:13.5)

Virtually all of us have known unrequited love of the romantic sort, love that we offered but which was rejected, love that didn’t come back to us. And because this love was so pivotal to our development, we often think of it, with its longing and sadness, when we think of love at all.

But Jesus says here that there is a love that knows no longing or sadness. It is the love that we are going to come to recognize more and more as we read A Course of Love. It is the one solution to every problem. And if we hadn’t already known that, now we do.

We are trying to remember the past, eons ago, when we were One with God in spirit and truth. What we will remember, Jesus tells us, is the love that we experienced. This love comes with a warmth that is not of this world. This warmth embraces us in the embrace that Jesus likens to an enclosure with the whole wide world.

Give our spirits a chance today to feel the warmth of love.

We may never be the same again.

Trust Your Feelings

“You will never fully understand what unity means, but you will come to feel what unity means, and this I promise you. This is what we work toward in this Course, for once you have experienced the feeling of unity, you will need no understanding of it.” (ACOL, C:13.1)

This very reassuring passage encourages us to trust our feelings. Our feelings don’t lead us wrong, unless they are quite negative feelings, and then we are dipping into something egoic, very different from unity. We are seeking to unify with the All, the Everything—God, our brothers and sisters, the world and everything in it. This unity indeed knows no bounds.

If we trust the feeling of unity, we will be home free. Unity is not something meant for the mind to “understand,” something that Jesus says here would be impossible.

But we can feel the difference between the ego and the unity that the heart leads us to. And this difference is phenomenal.

Let your heart lead today. Let your heart lead everyday. The way will clear when we are open to the feelings of unity that the hearts leads us to find.

We Remain with God

“Separation is painful only to those who believe it can occur in truth. What would a child’s rejection or a parent’s death mean to those who did not believe in separation? Do you believe that God believes in separation? He knows it not, and because He knows it not, it does not exist. Because He knows it not, He has not been hurt by it. He knows no rejection and no death. He knows no pain or sorrow. His son remains with him in his eternal home, joined with him as always in eternal completion.” (C:12.23)

We remain with God, even in this sometimes difficult world. He does not countenance separation from Him, something that He knows (and we now know) is impossible, for we are part of Him. When this passage says that God “knows” not separation, I think it means that He doesn’t put any store by it, not that He doesn’t know of our plight. (There are differing opinions among A Course in Miracles students/teachers about whether or not God knows of our plight in illusion.)

We are here today, merged with God. Our Self is coming into its own, and it is this Self Who is One with God.

Let us relax today in God’s care. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are safe.

We can trust Him.

Separation from God Is a Mistaken Idea

“The Father did not prevent the idea of separation from taking place, and could not any more than you could prevent an idea from occurring to you. Just as an idea of yours, once born, continues to exist, so too, did this idea of separation. But just as your ideas do not take on a life of their own even though they at times seem to, this idea as well had no ability to be more than what it was, except for as the son chose to participate in it.” (ACOL, C:12.21)

We had a “tiny, mad idea,” as A Course in Miracles puts it. And this same idea is carried out in A Course of Love. We had a thought, and we could have ignored this passing thought, but we gave it serious attention, and in the serious attention, the thought of separation from God took on a life all its own. What madness! We could not actually separate from what and who we are! But we thought we could, and in the thinking, an illusory reality was born.

“The son,” we, chose to participate in this thought. And that has been our undoing. Elsewhere in ACOL, we are told that it was not outside the plan to have physical form, physical bodies. But when we decided that we might find something apart from God that we would like better than cleaving to Him, we sniffed trouble. But we proceeded on, and the ego was born. The ego that gave us a “new” self, a self which thought that it was apart from God, doing things that were against “His will.” And with this came the thought that we were not free unless we rebelled against His will.

What nonsense! We cannot be apart from that which we are: a part of God Himself. And our real will is actually His as well; our wills are One.

But we could not know this in the beginning. And for eons now, we have sought to find God again, some of us more diligently than others. This seeking has now reached a fever pitch, and we know within the pages of A Course of Love that we are finally heading in the right direction. We are told that we need seek no more, for we have found. And in the finding we find glorious fulfillment once again.

Separation is thought to be an evil thought, but separation (or the thought of it) is just a mistake. God does not punish mistakes, and sin does not exist. These are controversial ideas, apart from traditional Christian theology. But these are the ideas of both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, works which many of us believe were channeled by Jesus himself.

Be willing today to “find” (as opposed to “seek”). We are ready. ACOL says that we are “The Accomplished” (though not in any egoic sense).

We are heading home at last. The way is clear, the means assured. Let us follow in the way that Jesus has set out in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

And blessings galore will shower down upon our heads.

Think “Love” when Tempted by Fears & Judgment

“Joined minds cannot think separately and have no hidden thoughts. They are, in fact, not minds in the plural at all, but all-one-mind. What this Course is saying is that at some point that does not exist in time, God’s son made the choice for separation. Whether God’s son had one form or many at that time matters not, for one form or many, there was still one mind, the mind of God’s son joined in unity with that of his Father. Many of you have been taught this mystery of faith. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One.” (ACOL, C:12.15)

This quotation is an explanation of the truth of the Trinity, traditional Christian doctrine indeed. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One. Our mind was One mind when joined with the Father prior to separation. We were “all-one-mind.”

Now we are asking to return to that unity with God, our minds One with His. It is not hard, but certain responsibilities are necessary first. We must leave behind our fears and our judgments, and for those of still trapped in the separation, this injunction may sound impossible to do. How would we proceed? How would we leave fear and judgment behind, when it has been such a part of the egoic mind?

The single Answer is that we allow ourselves to be enthralled with Love, the Love of God, the Father. When tempted (for it IS a temptation) to lapse into a lower state of mind, we think “love,” and then this affirmation moves us away from sinking thoughts into something better.

When we allow our Self to merge once again with God, and when our conscious mind is enthralled with the Self, we will know a new way of being. We will be who we are, which is a risen Self that dips into egotism not at all. We will be Home, finally.

Consciously think “love” when tempted to judge, when tempted to let fear reign once again. Maybe this thought will not always save us, but it will save us often enough that we will know that we are on the right track. The track moving toward Christ-consciousness.

Why Creation Went Awry

“This is the one disjoining that your choice for separation brought about, and it is but a separation from your Self. This is the most difficult point to get across, because in it lies a contradiction, the one contradiction that has created the world you see and the life you live. Although it is impossible for something to have gone wrong in God’s creation, something has gone wrong!” (ACOL, C:12.10)

We have pondered how separation from God, even illusory separation, could have occurred. If God is perfect, we have wondered how the world we see, if created by God, could have gone awry. How could there be such suffering in a world that was perfection itself? These are all doctrines of traditional Christian theology.

A Course in Miracles and A Course in Love see the unfolding of our world differently. Something did go awry! ACIM calls this a “tiny, mad idea,” about which God’s children forgot to laugh. ACOL calls this a contradiction that couldn’t have occurred, but did. In neither are we told that God created the illusion in which we live; we are told, in contrast, that we ourselves, in separation, made the illusion in which we find ourselves.

This interpretation can free us from blaming a perfect and loving God with placing us in a world in which so much seems to go wrong. God is not present in the illusion, but he did “let go” when we were rebellious, eager to embrace a physical body and, with it, a separation from Him. We are also told, in ACOL, that a physical body did not have to mean that we would be separate from God. We did that part. And we can undo it. We can walk along the pathway, heading backwards in time, to the point at which the mistake was made to travel separately from God. And then, when God knows that we are ready, we embrace Awakening or Christ-consciousness (these are the same), and nothing is ever the same again. Everything is, contrariwise, much, much better.

We separated from Self, which is One with God, when we separated from God. And in union, announced by A Course of Love, we reunite with the Self and therefore with God. We also enjoy a new form of holy relationship with everyone, for we are not truly separate from anyone at all. All of us are One, with our Self, with God, with others who inhabit the known universe with us.

God allowed us to leave him, though we knew not what we were doing. He did endow us with free will, and in that free will we decided that illusion would show us something that true reality lacked. What the illusion did show us has been pretty bad indeed. And the vast majority of us want out. We want to reunite with God, to know Love again. On our deathbeds, we know that love is all that matters. And many of us now in active life are now realizing that love is all that matters.

Give God His due. He did not follow us into illusion, but He found us there, and He now is trying, with the help of enlightened beings, to help us find our way back to a better life indeed. Listen to the voice of guidance, which will show us the way back. Let nothing interfere with a desire to know and to love God again, full out, no reservations.

A Way to Overcome Fatigue

“Admit now your desire to rest, a desire that could make you weep and make you wish to sleep an endless sleep. If you but understood the energy required to keep the world of your illusion in its place, you would understand the rest that will simply come of giving up your need to do so.” (ACOL, C:12.7)

All of us know fatigue in this world. Sometimes bone-weary fatigue. A nap or longer hours of sleep at night can help, but we all know that there is a psychological tiredness that extra sleep does not touch. And here we have the reason, in Jesus’s words.

Jesus is telling us that we are straining to keep the illusion in place. Actually our strain may be greater, and our fatigue greater as well, now that we know how wrong-minded we have been. If we know the truth, and we don’t seek sufficiently to live by that truth, the strain grows. And the fatigue as well.

Resolve today that we will be through with carrying illusion into our daily lives. We resolve to live by the truth, which is a wholehearted attempt to live with right thinking and with a miracle-minded frame of orientation. Given such resolve, see if our fatigue doesn’t lessen with each passing day.

The fact that the strain is greater as we turn aside, now, from living the truth of our being, should come as no surprise. Our minds were deluded previously; they are no longer completely deluded anymore. And living with an undeluded mind is not hard—just different. It will take some getting used to.

Pray today for the ease of living that is promised us. Effortless living. This effortlessness takes the strain away, and with it the overwhelming fatigue that we have been encountering. If you need, take a nap, resolving to arise with new purpose. The dreams that may come in the nap will prepare you for a new beginning.

We are on the way to being healed completely. Welcome that healing today.

Love Is the Answer–Still

“The word love is part of your problem with this Course. If I were to take the word love and change it to some sophisticated-sounding technical term, and say this is the stuff that binds the world together in unity, it would be easier for you to accept. If I were to say you know not of this sophisticated term and this is why you have believed in your separation rather than in your unity with all things, you would be far more likely to nod your head and say, ‘I was but ignorant of this, as was everyone else.’” (ACOL, C:12.1)

This passage quotes in full what I alluded to in the blog yesterday, the allusion to imagining love to be something new and different, a new something that we have never heard of before.

Now we know that this is not true, and can we fool ourselves that we know not of love? That we don’t realize that it is the stuff of unity, one to another?

Of course not. We know enough from our reading of A Course of Love that we are seeking to know union with God, with Self, with others. We share in one world and one universe, and it is only in the sharing that we come into our own. And Love is the “stuff” of which God is made. Our Christian tradition has long told us that God is Love. But have we believed this?

Now is the time for belief in love as the Answer. And the means of coming to know this true reality is to listen to our heart. Until we do, all is truly lost. But it is an easy decision to listen to the heart. Feelings come from the heart, and from A Course in Miracles, we have learned that guidance frequently comes through feelings. If it doesn’t “feel” right, we have schooled ourselves not to do it. And rightly so.

So if we have tried love and failed (or so we think), let us try again. What failed was the egoic love of special relationships, but we have learned in ACOL that holy relationships are the only way to go. The only meaningful and lasting way. An end to the special, but not an end that we would rue. There is no reason to think that we will lose in giving up special relationships, though our egoic minds tell us that we will. The heart knows better. We will gain and gain fully in loving all with a holy love. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we seek physical expression for this holy love. We may still limit our displays of physical affection. But the gist of holy love can be for all.

And it will be no mystery as to why we are healed.

Love Is All that Will Fill Our Emptiness

“You need not concentrate on where to find love, for love will find you. You need not concentrate on giving love, for you cannot give what you do not yet know, and when you know it you need not give it, for it will extend from you naturally in miracles called love. Love is all that will fill your emptiness, and all that will never leave you empty again as it extends from you to your brothers and sisters. Love is all that will not leave you wanting.” (ACOL, C:11.17)

Jesus makes statements in A Course of Love that indicate that we would take him more seriously in regard to the primacy of love if he gave it some new and different name. He says that we have been hearing for so long that love is the Answer, and because of this long history, we don’t take the assertion seriously enough.

But love is the Answer. And when we pay attention to all that Jesus says, and we look to our heart for verification, we know without a tedious telling. Our heart knows that love will give us everything that we have ever wanted. And when we are on our deathbed, we will know that the only thing that matters in the whole wide world is love.

How do we experience love more deeply? We relax “into” our heart. We stop some of our egoic machinations, many of them, and we wait for a warmer feeling to arise. Our love does not need to be a struggle. We do not need to try to force ourselves to love people that we really don’t much care about. We will care about everyone when we listen to our heart. We will not necessarily associate closely, if certain others are a danger to us, but we will not find ourselves in a hate relationship either. Our lives will be filled with giving and receiving, receiving and giving, and in this new venture we will recognize what we did not before: that giving and receiving are two parts of the same dynamic. And the dynamic gets its impetus from love.

We will stay in a condition of constant and continual wanting as long as we refrain from loving full out. Love answers all our needs, and we recognize that while we may have wants that are not satisfied, we have no needs that are not satisfied.

Imagine that love is a something “out there” that you have never heard of. A feeling, an emotion, of warmth and compassion, a joyous feeling that makes all things One with us. We share in love, as we share in imagining that this new thing is a discovery of enormous proportions. Let this new thing speak to you of what your heart has long sought to give. Now we know how to receive, and the fact that love is not new to us is an advantage. Heretofore we just did not understand well enough to act on the promptings of our heart, the prompting to love.

Now we do.

The Only Change Needed to Bring Permanent Happiness

“It is true that your free will is powerful as it is part, but only part, of what has allowed you to believe in your separated state. While you could have used your free will to create like unto your Father, by choosing to make yourself separate from Him—something that could never truly occur—you have chosen instead to do nothing at all with your free will but make this one insane choice. Your willingness to make a new choice is what will once again make your free will like unto your Father’s will, which is one with it in truth.” (ACOL, C:11.12)

The assertion that our true will is the same as that of God’s Will is the same assertion made in A Course in Miracles. Here the idea is elaborated, in that we are told that we chose to make only one insane but impossible choice with our free will—the choice to be separate from our Father. We couldn’t actually effect this, as He and we are One forever. He lives in us, we live in Him; we are, as has been said repeatedly, part of Him. The only thing that God could differentiate was Himself, and thus He created individuations of Him in order to experience Himself to the fullest. This is revelation that differs from Christian doctrine, but, if we can set aside what we taught as children, we can see the common sense of the assertion.

We do want to make a new choice, one in line with God’s Will, for this change is the only change needed to bring permanent happiness to us. Our function is said in A Course in Miracles to be salvation, forgiveness, happiness—and these are all equated. Our function in A Course of Love is akin. But we are said to be on the verge of making a new decision that will elevate our physical form to the Self, the inner Christ Self Who is longing to come out and be present in our world. This Self is our new Guiding Light, the replacement in guidance for what the Holy Spirit used to do for us (according to A Course of Love).

Free will, of course, is what has enabled us to live a supposedly “separate” existence from God, a separate existence that is impossible in fact. But we could imagine ourselves separate, and in this illusion we could live a miserable and drama-filled life that gave ascendance to the ego, our new version of ourselves. This new version is, of course, insane, and its very insanity is its Achilles heel. Its insanity assures us that when we think more clearly, we will not want any part of this false personal self. Our new personal self will only be the part that we show others, representing our Christ Self. The personal self, therefore, does not fade away, but is transformed, remaining the outer self. This is a truth that is often overlooked a we read ACOL. The idea that the personal self would be no more is tempting, but inaccurate. Yet we can surely imagine that the transformation will give us personalities that will interact well with each other, sharing ourselves as we go about our daily lives in a world that is fast becoming something better.

Use our free will today to choose God anew, a choice that uses only a little of the abundant willingness that we indeed possess. We will see that this new choice will give us everything that we have been wanting in life. Our inheritance of God’s blessings is assured, but we have to be new people to appreciate and to take control of the new world that we will create.

God Did Not Banish Us from Heaven

“While you still view yourself as a body, you cannot help but think of God as a vengeful God whose final vengeance is your own death. While you still think of your self as a body, it is easier to accept that your banishment from paradise was God’s decision, not your own.” (ACOL, C:11.9)

Actually our detour into separation was a joint decision of God and Self, as we are told later on in A Course of Love. This is a necessary understanding, due to our coming to see that God and we are not separate at all, but One, with us being a part of Him. But we get into trouble when we see ourselves as our bodies, for then we project God, and we blame him for the plight in which we find ourselves. Separation didn’t have to mean what it has come to mean; the ego didn’t have to arise. To live in a body without an ego is just where we are heading with the elevated Self of form. And this incarnation in bodies might have been lived as a Self all along.

Instead, we got impatient. And so God “let go,” just as parents let overly ambitious teenagers go their own way in rebellion from them. We were not ready for the best that God could offer in form. And so a mistake occurred, a mistake that could not happen in reality, but that could happen in illusion. And so we projected illusion from our egos, and this world and universe were formed. Our own making did this. Not “creation,” but “making,” for we reserve the word “creation” for true reality.

So stop, today, seeing our bodies as ourselves. Our bodies are just projections. And that is part of the reason that they get sick so often. Our minds are sick, and they project a body that builds on the same sickness. If we would know healing, we must get beyond this misconception about our bodies being ourselves. We can make this transition, and it behooves us to make this transition quickly. God Himself does not want to see us suffer, though he knows the reason for it and does not Himself know the suffering that we do. An all-knowing being may, indeed, not see into the illusion at all. There is a difference of opinion among ACIM and ACOL students about this, for some believe that God does not see into the illusion. I differ on this point. Since God and Self are one, I think the Deity knows precisely what we are going through, and is moved by it. This does not have to be anthropomorphism. We are a part of God, and he lives the lives that we are living. We are His means of expression as well as His means of experience.

We can regain paradise. Home is there waiting for us. It takes only willingness, as A Course of Love makes plain.

Let us exhibit this little bit of willingness today. For it is just a “little bit.”

Become Aware of What Love Is

“What love is cannot be taught. Remember that your task here is to remove the barriers that keep you from realizing what love is. That is the learning goal of this Course—your awareness of what love is—and no earthly course can take you beyond this goal. It is only your willingness that is required.” (ACOL, C:11.5)

Several people have critiqued A Course of Love by quoting A Course in Miracles to the effect that love is beyond what can be taught. But they had not read ACOL, for here is the same sentiment. What we can do is remove the barriers to the awareness of love; that much is without our power.

And A Course of Love goes a step beyond ACIM, in that we have something to replace the ego, once it has been disavowed. We have a new Self, an elevated Self of form, one that takes us where we are and grants us peace. We know that the time of the Holy Spirit has been superseded by the time of Christ. And we know that the inner Christ Self is what animates us. These truths were not apparent from A Course in Miracles. So Jesus did have unfinished business with us before he channeled ACOL.

Now we know that the heart is the center of our being, and the guiding point for our way home. The Christ Self speaks to us through our heart. We “feel” rather than “think.” And the feeling is always warm and inviting. We know the peace that passeth understanding. And we know love.

We need our willingness to embrace these concepts. And then we will have taken more steps along the pathway. We may, indeed, be farther along than we imagine. Just remember to keep the faith, and all will indeed be well. Very well indeed.

We Are a Part of God

“You think your source and your Creator are two separate things, and too seldom remember even that you are not your own creator. You have made this separation based on the idea that what created you cannot be one with you. Again this only points to your lack of recognition of what creation really is.” (ACOL, C:11.2)

Here Jesus is telling us that we are One with the Creator, with God, that we are “made” of “God-stuff.” He is saying that we are not the handiwork of a God Who stands outside His creation.

This assertion is at odds with some of what we learned in traditional Christian doctrine. God was seen to be the Prime Mover, and He was seen to have reached down and made us as His handiwork. This is seeing that He made Adam from the dust of the ground.

There are many interpretations of how God might be understood in relation to creation. Certainly seeing that He is one with creation is an assertion that removes dualism from our range of responses. We are in the realm of monism in Jesus’s assertion from the passage for today. And we feel good to know that God is not over and above us, indifferent to our sufferings.

If God is One with us, then the inner Christ Self is One with Him. And so when we turn to guidance from this Self, we are really turning to God. And no longer afraid of Him, we don’t have to imagine a Holy Spirit Who intercedes for us. We are the stuff of which God is made. We are part of Him, as this blog has said over and over.

So let us realize that when we begin our day, God is beginning it right with us. We want to give a good day to God, don’t we? And we want to give a good day to ourselves. There is no difference, except that God is, in a sense, “larger” than are we.

Contemplate the vastness of Jesus’s message for today. We are meant to create like unto the Creator, but we did not create ourselves. To believe that we did create ourselves is extreme arrogance, not something that we want for ourselves now that we are moving beyond the ego.

Listen to Jesus today. There is comfort in his words.

Enlightenment Takes Us Home

“A door has been reached, a threshold crossed. What your mind still would deny your heart cannot. A tiny glimmering of memory has returned to you and will not leave you to the chaos you seem to prefer. It will keep calling you to acknowledge it and let it grow. It will tug at your heart in the most gentle of ways. Its whisper will be heard within your thoughts. Its melody will play within your mind. “Come back, come back,” it will say to you. “Come home, come home,” it will sing. You will know there is a place within yourself where you are missed and longed for and safe and loved. A little peace has been made room for in the house of your insanity.” (ACOL, C:10.32)

We have come far enough along in our reading of A Course of Love to know whereof Jesus speaks in this passage. We want to go home, we want to feel safe and beloved in this world of illusion. And we can have all of this.

Let the words of this passage envelop us in a peace that heretofore we have not enjoyed. We are listening to our heart. And our heart knows how to guide us.

Of course, we may still get stubborn, refusing at times to follow the intuition that would tell us what to do. We are simply, at such times, not compliant enough. And some of this comes from our own desire to have our own way in this world. We often have not listened when others have given us their best advice; we wanted to do it “our way.” And we have been very willful in the execution of our way.

This has to stop if we are to move toward enlightenment, Christ-consciousness, Awakening. We simply must school ourselves to stop when we get a nudge to do so. We simply must do this. And I am speaking to myself as well as to you.

Be assured that peace is our inheritance. Home is where we are headed, even if we choose to return again and again to this earth. We can (we are told later on) decide to live the elevated Self of form as our future. We probably don’t know yet if we truly want this. But there are millions of our brothers and sisters who will need us to make the decision to stay on earth, not in an immortal sense, but in successive bodies. And then we will help those brothers and sisters to find their way home again.

A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery—all have just be published. And their intent is to transform us. Never has there been a better time on earth for transformation to happen. And transformation comes in several names: enlightenment, Christ-consciousness, Awakening. The way in which this change is described may help different people in varying ways. But the intent of Jesus remains the same: to take us home, where we belong. And this doesn’t mean after death, but right here on earth.

A Palpable Presence

“You will soon develop an ability to see without your body’s eyes. This, too, will seem like a silly game at first, a trick of your imagination. You will, at first, observe only that which you can “see”— your arms and legs, your shadow falling as you walk—but more and more you will come to see the body as a whole. You will see it from behind as you follow it about its day, without, at first even being aware that this is happening.” (ACOL, C:10.27)

This exercise is a continuation from yesterday’s exercise. We will “follow” our bodies around, seeing that they are not the whole of us. And in so doing, we will come to realize that our Self is simply using this form to have an experience of living. This is what we will later come to see as the “elevated Self of form.”

This exercise is hot a silly game, though it may appear to be. When we use our imaginations to play such games, we are really seeing true reality. And true reality is what we want above all else. It is the way that we come to know God. And our Self. And the way that we learn that these Two are actually one.

Use our imaginations today. See what will transpire in this exercise. We can recognize that nothing bad will come of it, and something exceedingly good may.

Follow Jesus’s advice in this way. He will guide, following us around even as our bodies follow us around. But he is far more real than our bodies. And the love that he feels for us can be felt. A real palpable presence.

Heal the Illusory Separation

“If the body is the surface aspect of your existence and fear lies beneath the surface, see the advantage of this exercise: Place your body out in front of yourself where you can be its silent observer. As you watch your hands go about their work or the shadow form on the ground as you walk to and fro, you will be learning the only separation that can be useful to you.” (ACOL, C:10.23)

This exercise is one of the few in A Course of Love (unlike A Course in Miracles, which has a whole workbook of exercises). We will imagine that our bodies are separate from us, that we are not our bodies. And this is separation that is useful.

Most thoughts of separation are decidedly not useful. We get lost in separation and in thoughts of separation. We think that there is nothing better for us, that we are the created, and that the Creator is separate and apart from us.

This is not true. We are one with the Creator, with God. We are a part of Him. The earth is not God’s handicraft, with Himself being separate and apart. Everything is “God stuff.” And, knowing this, we can realize that God is experiencing everything with us. We live and move in His Being.

We have also thought ourselves separate from God in another sense, in the “fall from grace” sense. We think that we have sinned so badly (or our forebears sinned so badly), that there is no hope for us. That it took Jesus’s death on the cross to propitiate an angry God.

This is so very wrong, and unfortunately it has been a part of almost all of us, because of Christian doctrine. But the Christine doctrine that we heard as children was flawed. Yes, flawed. And we need to forgive the past for the misconceptions that it gave it us.

Now we know that God is One with us. That we never actually separated from Him at all, except in illusion. And this illusion can be overcome. We can know the peace, love, harmony, joy, that life in God really gives to us. These states of being are our inheritance.

And it will be no wonder that we are healed.

Would You Rather Be Right or Happy?

“Your mind might still prefer to be right rather than happy, so it is important that you let your heart lead in making this new choice. When you find yourself in a situation you do not like, again offer your willingness to find some happiness within it. These instructions to your heart will begin to make a difference to your state of mind.” (ACOL, C:10.18)

Jesus found a good idea when he decided that the way to transform us was to talk about our relating to our heart. All of us know immediately what he means; it doesn’t take a tedious telling. And we know that when we listen to our heart, we make better decisions. Things come out right in the long run, which is something we definitely can’t say when we listen to the ruminations of our mind.

Being right rather than happy is a quest of the ego, one that keeps the ego going strong, in business, keeping us trapped the way we have been for eons. The next time that we are on the verge of altercation with a friend or loved one, we ought to stop ourselves by realizing, “I am listening to my egoic mind.” That may be all that it takes to stop us from pursuing the wrong path. Our heart will love, always, if given half a chance. And just a little willingness is what “half a chance” is all about. Jesus says repeatedly that a “little willingness” is what we need; this is a theme of A Course in Miracles as well as A Course of Love.

We can find happiness in our everyday lives. We don’t need to get nearly as discouraged about this as we usually do. And I am not talking about flights of happiness, ephemeral happiness, the kind of drama that the ego uses to entrap us. The happiness that we need to woo is a stable happiness, a happiness that is full of peace. And with this new happiness, we will find that listening to the heart becomes a habit.

Be with our loved ones today in peace. A transformation is ahead. Many of us feel it. And the future does indeed look bright. Our heart is taking us home to God. Our heart is leading to enlightenment, to Christ-consciousness. Virtually all of us have had glimpses of enlightenment now. And with the mind and heart joined in wholeheartedness, we will walk into a maintained, and then a sustained, Christ-consciousness in our near future.

Jesus has shown us the way in his channeled writing. Let us do our part to listen carefully to what he has said, and then everything will be different—and far, far better.

The Christ Spirit Dwells in Us

“I am here to teach you once again because I was the example life. Do you believe that when I walked the earth I was a body, or do you believe that I was the Son of God before I was born into human form, during the time I existed in human form, and after I rose again? This is rightly called the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. What is missing from this recitation? Christ was born. Nowhere in the mystery of faith is it stated that Christ became a body.” (ACOL, C:10.15)

And we don’t become bodies either, except in illusion. And our illusory bodies get sick, fail us, march us to death. Is this really what we want to focus upon?

I think not. Just as Jesus is Christ, he has also told us that the Christ spirit dwells within all of us. And he led the way in what he calls in the “example life.” We can embody his way also. And we don’t have to wait to do so. We can embody Jesus’s way today, not by being example lives, but by following his example.

The way is clear. We don’t need to ponder long, for our response to his call creates a response in kind immediately. When we are truly ready to embody the Christ spirit, we will know Awakening, Christ-consciousness. Of course, we don’t know the day nor the hour, but once begun, the end of this journey is certain. And with the certainty comes a fearlessness that we have heretofore known only in fantasy. But it is not a fantasy any longer. We WILL reach enlightenment; it is just a matter of when.

We need to give up our fear and our judgment to reach enlightenment. If this seems impossible, please know that others who inhabit this globe with us now have done so. It is a transformation that can never be taught, and therefore never “learned” in any substantive sense. But our way becomes clearer when we grant to Jesus the willingness to walk in his way. We fear less, we judge less—and soon the great blessing descends upon us.

Pray today that we will not have long to wait.

Note: For those of you who love A Course of Love, I offer a link to Mari Perron’s blog. Mari was the scribe of ACOL, and posts each week, usually on Sunday.

Miracles vs. Magic

“Let us talk a moment here of miracles. Simply stated, miracles are a natural consequence of joining. Magic is your attempt to do miracles on your own. In the early stages of your learning, you will be tempted to play a game of make believe. You will not believe that you are not your body, but you would make believe that you are not.” (ACOL, C:10.11)

Do we believe that we are our body? Pure and simple? Just the body, or are we beginning to see that the body is something that carries us, and that we ourselves are something else entirely?

Coming to this understanding is something the miracle will do for us. We will begin to believe in the intangible. We will see that we are spirit, occupying the space that is the body. And we will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that life goes on after the “death” of the body.

This belief in life after death is a major blessing of the miracle. Many of our fears have centered on the belief that we didn’t survive the death of the body, or we survived in a hell (of our own making), or we survived in we knew not what. We still don’t know the what of our survival beyond the death of the body, but we can intuit that what we will find will be good. And the miracle does that for us.

When we join with each other, we know miracles as a natural consequence of this joining. We are recognizing that we are not separate, as we have thought for eons. So what is there to fear? Many of our fears, just like uncertainty about the afterlife, have centered on the fact that we thought ourselves all alone, with nobody on whom we could depend except those in our special relationships. Joining, by implication, moves beyond special relationships to something better—holy relationships. We let go when we need to, but we will always have people in our lives who are there for us. We don’t have to fall in line with the drama of special relationships, for we know the true and the real of the holy. And with this another miracle has happened.

Let miracles happen today. Join freely with the others who surround us. What we give, we receive—as we have long known but didn’t know how to put into practice.

Now we know. We just reach out in love, for we have cast fear—at least for today—aside. And the miracle that envelops us will keep fear at bay.

Just love without expectations. And what we get in return will dwarf our expectations. Love is the thing. The only thing.