“The first instruction I give to you is to seek no more. All that you are in need of knowing has been provided within A Course of Love. That your learning does not feel complete is not a failing of this course or of your self. That your learning does not feel complete is the result of forgetfulness, which is the opposite of mindfulness. Your further learning then is learning based on mindfulness or remembering. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 1.3)”
Affirmation: “I remind myself that I need seek no more.”
1 – Why ACOL Was Written?
This first passage selected from the Treatise on the Art of Thought encapsulates what may possibly be one of Jesus’s primary reasons for channeling A Course of Love. We who have studied A Course in Miracles quite a bit do not always feel complete. For unknown reasons we have sought so long that we want to continue seeking. But there comes a stopping point, and the only way to stop is to stop. Jesus would have us stop our hankering for learning by giving us the assurance that we are The Accomplished, that we have learned all that we need to know for salvation,
2 – Seek No More
Our minds have been the troubling part. Our hearts have always known more than the egoic mind. And now we are encouraged to join our mind to our heart in wholeheartedness. But to seek no more. There is enough in us already. We must just observe, not “learn.” And in the observation of daily life we will be fulfilled (an interpretation, not stated in A Course of Love).
3 – Eastern Thought
The Eastern theories about mindfulness are relevant here. Jesus calls mindfulness “remembering.” We pay attention to what we do daily, hourly, and even moment-by-moment. And we are fulfilled thereby. We rest in the assurance that all is well, that the world is unfolding as it is meant to unfold. Not that we can’t improve things, because we are not encouraged to forget others. But we know that when we are peace, the world in which we live seems more at peace also.
4 – Time of Christ
We have forgotten much, and we will call to mind what we need to call to mind when we rest in God. He will recall those important things to mind for us. In A Course of Love, the time of Christ, it is no longer the Holy Spirit. But the Christ/Self within that directs our every thought and mood.
5 – Remembering
We need to ask for remembering today, while we practice the mindfulness that is meant for us. We think about what we are doing, but we do not analyze it. Jon Kabot-Zinn has written Coming to Our Senses, a vast compendium of guides to mindfulness in our world. If additional help in mindfulness is desired, this would be a good place to start.
6 – The Accomplished
But we do not need to “learn” more. We are The Accomplished. We do not fully understand this, and to be accomplished, we do not have to be perfect. This is a major contribution in A Course of Love. We just turn aside from those thoughts and actions that are less than what we want, and then the thought or action falls away. That is all, but it is enough.
May I take to heart what I wrote in my reflections today. The basis of those remarks are mostly from Jesus, with some indication that religions other than Christianity have also spoken of mindfulness. May I live in peace today, not reaching irritably after more and more. I am enough, if I am living the Self within. Help me to fully realize this Self within, sooner rather than later.
Be with all of us today as we embark on a new Treatise from A Course of Love. May our reading inform our lives. And may Jesus hold our hands as we walk.