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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.

There Will Be Temptations along the Way the Teacher of God Has Yet to Travel, and He Has Need of Reminding Himself throughout the Day of His Protection

1 – Temptations

“Yet there will be temptations along the way the teacher of God has yet to travel, and he has need of reminding himself throughout the day of his protection. How can he do this, particularly during the time when his mind is occupied with external things? He can but try, and his success depends on his conviction that he will succeed. He must be sure success is not of him, but will be given him at any time, in any place and circumstance he calls for it. (M42)”

2 – Protected

Temptations! Yes, we are still subject to them, despite how many hours we have studied the Course. But if we are convinced that we are protected, we will overcome these temptations.

3 – If in Doubt, Don’t

How do we recognize a temptation? “If in doubt, don’t.” This is an interpretation of the Course, a statement not found therein. But it seems to work most of the time. It sounds cautious, but perhaps avoiding temptation is a time to be cautious.

4 – Holy Spirit

We cannot depend upon ourselves to overcome temptation. It “will be given him,” (i.e., “us”) at any time that we call for it. We overcome temptation by calling on the Holy Spirit to guide us, to give us strength to overcome.

5 – Wavering

“There are times his certainty will waver, and the instant this occurs he will return to earlier attempts to place reliance on himself alone. Forget not this is magic, and magic is a sorry substitute for true assistance. (M42)”

6 – “Magic”

Jesus uses a particular definition of “magic” that is largely negative. He does not use the lighthearted wish for something exquisite that we have usually associated with this term. His is the term used in traditional psychology, in which “magical thinking” is seen as essentially irrational.

7 – Irrational Thinking

If we turn to irrational thinking, we will not receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We will be caught by egoic thinking. The guidance of the Holy Spirit is eminently better, because the Holy Spirit helps us to move into flow in our days. Our days will develop as beautiful pearls on a necklace, one right after the other, wondrously being created as we walk along our pathway through life.

8 – Certainty

If our certainty wavers, we will miss all this. So be careful today, and don’t let certainty waver. God wants us happy, and He will arrange events for us that will make us so, if we are amenable to His Will. His Guide, the Holy Spirit, takes the time and attention with us that we need. There can be no better way to craft a life than to give up personal judgments to the all-embracing knowledge of God’s Universal Inspiration.

9 – Nothing

“When all magic is recognized as merely nothing, the teacher of God has reached the most advanced state. All intermediate lessons will but lead to this, and being this goal nearer to recognition. (M42)”

10 – Nothing at All

Magic—irrational thinking—is not actually anything at all. It is illusory, but being illusory doesn’t mean that we won’t see it as real. We are very likely to see our most irrational thoughts as reflecting true reality, and when this happens, we are truly lost in the insanity to which all in this world are ultimately found.

11 – Insanity

But when we realize that all of our irrational thinking, our insanity, brings us nothing that we want, that it is truly meaningless, then we have reached the most advanced state.

12 – Today

Let that place be where today finds you.

13 – Will of God

“There is no substitute for the Will of God. In simple statement, it is to this fact that the teacher of God devotes his day. Each substitute he may accept as real can but deceive him. But he is safe from all deception if he so decides. Perhaps he needs to remember, ‘God is with me. I cannot be deceived.’ Perhaps he prefers other words, or only one, or none at all. (M42)”

14 – God’s Will = Our True Will

God’s Will and our true will are actually identical. He says, in effect, “Do this, for it will make you happiest.” That is not to say that we will be doomed if we fail to follow any and all guidance, just that we will be less than as happy as we could be. And God would not have us less than as happy as we could be.

15 – Guidance

We move with God through the day, God as speaking to us through the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And we live well this way. Nothing and nobody can take our joy from us when we are living close to God, close to His Guide. We have limitless release and pure joy (from the Manual of ACIM), and we find delight in the smallest things with which we are confronted in a given day. We no longer rue the day.

16 – Charmed Life

Even another who attacks us cannot break through our protection. When we are One with God, we walk a charmed path.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to recognize temptations when they arise. And help me to say, “If in doubt, don’t.” This has helped me before, and I pray that this statement will help me always.

Please be with me to guide me from the temptations that may beset me. May I know that this is a particular form of trial, and I know that trials do beset us in this world.

Amen.