First Step in Awakening

“The first step in awakening is to allow into the mind this axiom of truth:
“Nothing that you experience is caused by anything outside of you. You experience only the effects of your own choice.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Chapter 1, Page 5)

We are in the driver’s seat, in that our projection is out-pictured as perception. This is all that we see in forming our world, reaching from deep within, often seeing what we want to see. Of course, this wanting is not on the level of the personality, but the soul, the inner Christ-Mind, Who is a learning being for a long time as this Self seeks to know God.

Much of the entire Way of Mastery is geared to one mission: to awaken as many people as possible, as soon as possible. So it makes sense that Jesus would explain what he is about right at the beginning of the first book, “The Way of the Heart.” If we follow Jesus’s instructions throughout The Way of Mastery (i.e., the Christ Mind Trilogy), we will be led to unwrap our subconscious mind, bring it up to the surface, and heal. This is what we are about. And everyone is blessed with a different subconscious, and so the way back to God differs for each of us.

Our own choice can be a choice for God in all things. This will immediately bless us with a harmony in our dealings with others that we have never known before. This harmony will be experienced in our minds and hearts as peace, the peace that passeth understanding.

Choose wisely. We must. We must try to get our world back on track.

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When We Love

“Most of the abilities you now possess are only shadows of your real strengths. Your spirit knows, loves, and creates. These are its unequivocal functions. All of your present functions are equivocal, or open to question or doubt. This arises because you can no longer be certain how you will use them. You are therefore incapable of knowledge, because you can perceive lovelessly. And you cannot create surely, because perception deceives and illusions are not sure.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-3.VI.1:1-8)

We are heading into ever-greater realms, but now we live uncertainly, not yet Christ-conscious, not yet Awakened. We head into greater realms when we love totally and completely, no uncertainty, no doubt.

Until we assume Awakening status, we will be unreliable in our world. Others cannot depend on a being who sometimes loves, sometimes hates. We need to drop the ambivalence of our feelings for other people, drop the negative and assume the positive always. And that positive is always a greater love. We create our own reality, and it is only love that creates a reality with which we can be happy for eons in the future.

We have been weaving illusions in an erratic fashion. When we love, we create a true reality, and we are blessed by our creation. God steadies our hand as we create; His insight informs our own. We create surely, lovingly, and we walk into the sunlight with Jesus.

Gentle Transition into Awakening

“I asked you once before to review your ideas about the afterlife, a life in which most of you believe peacefulness reigns and the spirit is free of the body. Yet if you were to think now of a person whom you know who has died, you would not be likely to think of them much differently than they were in life, even while you are able to imagine them being peaceful and free of the constraints of the body. This is as good an idea as I can give you of how to imagine the elevated Self of form, as not much different than you are now, but peaceful and free of the constraints of the body.” (ACOL, D:Day10.27)

Jesus might also add to this quotation that his description of a peace inside and a peaceful body outside is similar to how enlightenment has been described. Of course, he hopes that all of us will be enlightened when we assume the elevated Self of form; this is his purpose in taking us to the mountaintop for 40 days and 40 nights.

Sometimes enlightenment comes with a bang, but for those who are well-prepared (as we are being well-prepared), it is a gentle crossing over. Being mellow often accompanies a glimpse of enlightenment, and from this peace, we can deduce that there truly is nothing to fear in a gentle crossing over to a better state of mind and heart. Our incessant mind activity will slow down, as Eckhart Tolle has described.

Our ego gave us such a busy mind. And now Jesus says that at this point in A Course of Love, we have remaining of the ego, only “patterns” that linger, egoic patterns that linger. When we express the desire to leave these patterns behind, we are adding our resolve to that of our God, and the habit of these egoic thoughts will leave us, too. We need to be resolute, firm in our conviction that we want peace, we want happiness, and to get there, we will turn aside from fear and judgment. These two—fear and judgment—will prevent our crossing over into enlightenment or Christ-consciousness.

We just need to ask for help as we form a new identity without those old bugaboos. Help will come, and in the present, as soon as we voice the prayer. Take Jesus at his word: He will come to assist us with a “single, unequivocal call” (from A Course in Miracles). Sit with a computer, and type in your appeal to Jesus. Imagine what he might say in return.

And we just might not be far wrong.

Dear God,

Be with today as I seek to leave behind fear and judgment forever. I am mellow now, and that is a good starting point. In the silence, I can almost hear You agreeing with me. You speak in silence, but the silence can be a thundering song sometimes.

Thank You for answering my prayer. I can claim that promise of Yours because I know that Christ-consciousness is in Your will for me. And all others.

Amen.

Relaxation Takes Us Home

“We now will discuss being the true Self while becoming the true Self—the time in between your awareness of and access to Christ-consciousness, or unity, and your sustainability of Christ-consciousness, or unity, in form. As was said earlier: To realize the state of becoming is to realize that an in-between exists between the time of learning and the time of being the elevated Self of form. This is what our time on this holy mountain is largely comprised of. We are in an in-between state of time. We stand at the inter¬section point of the finite and the infinite in order to complete the creative act of becoming.” (ACOL, D:Day6.1)

Becoming is a state of being best felt by pure relaxation, a genuine and pure mellowness that totally encompasses our mind and heart. Jesus counsels in The Way of Mastery that we relax when seeking Christ-consciousness. If we are overwrought, there is no way that the subconscious can join us in seeking a higher way of living. Our overwrought state limits us, because stress makes the subconscious unavailable to us. When we ease into a peaceful state, we are cooperating with He Who lives within, at the deepest point of existence. We are cooperating with God.

The last section of the Dialogues of A Course of Love would have us go through a process of “becoming” that will culminate with our assumption of enlightenment or Christ-consciousness. Will we all make it? No, but many will. Not making it can be a source of great frustration, and this is the last thing that we need. If we don’t “make” it in this reading of ACOL, there is a good reason, though that reason is probably hidden from us. There comes a time when we simply have to accept God’s pivotal place in decision-making; He will lift us up when we are ready, and we are not in a good position always to evaluate our state of being.

The idea of God “lifting us up” to Christ-consciousness is metaphor. Actually the subconscious mind has been cleansed completely not only of the ego, but also of egoic patterns of thought that have clung to us. When this happens, then Awakening is assured. We will reach home; it is only a pattern of time. Accept the glimpses that come to all of us, pray for more (for this is in line with the true will of God), and wait in patience for all that we want to be bestowed on us. Love with an ever-increasing fervent intention, for Love is the opposite of fear, and fear and judgments are the impediments to our getting what we want.

Dear God,

Thank You for the relaxed manner of living that encompasses me today. May I not fall into a lassitude that would be no credit to either You or I. May this calm center follow me about the day. May I experience a glimpse of Awakening this day. One day, I know, it will extend into something sustainable.

Thank You for guiding my thoughts and feelings to an ever-increasing peace on a daily basis.

Amen.

We Are More Ready for Enlightenment than We Realize

“We are here for the final stage of your becoming, not because you have reached some ideal of enlightenment or what you might think of as perfection. If this were asked of you, how many of you would have felt free to join me? Yet in your acceptance is your perfection realized without judgment. In your becoming is your enlightenment realized without judgment. These things become not achievements, but the acknowledgments of the accomplishment that has always existed within you and all of your brothers and sisters.” (ACOL, D:Day4.57)

Maybe we are really further along than we think. Maybe, if we remain humble, shorn of the ego, we will actually realize that we are accomplished in the sense that Jesus means. Maybe enlightenment is only a hair’s breath away. I would like to think that this is what today’s quotation is saying to all of us. Jesus so much wants us to reach Christ-consciousness, and he wouldn’t try so hard if we couldn’t do some things to effect change in ourselves.

We know that we have to remove the blocks to the awareness of love, but what does that really mean? How can we practically change so that we are aware of love at all times? Actually it may be a matter of our bottom-line motivation, and motivation for change through forgiveness of ourselves and others was a large part of what A Course in Miracles tried to bring about. Now Jesus has gone a step farther in A Course of Love. We know more now, we are establishing a new Self, a Christ-Self, a new identity that in no way accepts the old lies of the false self, the ego. We made that one out of our fears and judgments. Now we are bidden to leave our fears and judgments behind and walk into the sunlight, holding the imaged hand of Jesus fast and tight. This flight of imagination bears much fruit. He can be anywhere, with anyone, at any time. This is what his spirit is all about. And for those of us brought up in traditional Christianity, taking Jesus as our personal friend and savior is nothing new.

We are more ready than we realize. Allow happiness to engulf us today. Allow a positive attitude about salvation to tell us what steps to take. Be in reverence toward God, for the final decision of whether or not to bestow Christ-consciousness is God’s own. This is what Jesus has told us in ACIM and ACOL, and this is what we will find to be true.

Invite a glimpse of enlightenment today that will extend in time as long as our mellowness does. And soon the glimpses will merge into maintenance, and then, ultimately, sustainability. Our reading of ACOL promises us nothing less.

Dear God,

I have known real happiness in Your shadow today. I hope for the same tomorrow. Nothing less than this is what I request of you. Be with me as I reach out to others, and they to me. Be with me as I hold the hand of Jesus and get prompts of what to say.

Thank You.

Amen.

Crown Us with Enlightenment

“If you do not realize that you have learned all that you need to learn, you will retain the consciousness of the separated self rather than sustaining Christ-consciousness.” (ACOL, D:2.8)

Jesus gives us a warning in the quotation for today. If we still think that we need to seek, continually looking for “something” in ever-widening circles, we won’t realize that we have actually found. Found Christ-consciousness. It is the separated self, even when it has gotten beyond the ego, that does us in. It is the separated self who knows not what it does.

So know that we have found, in these final pages of A Course of Love. We don’t need to keep turning to wisdom outside ourselves. We turn inward, a point that this blog made yesterday. We turn to the Christ-Self for the guidance that we have previously sought in books. The learned wisdom of the past.

How does this work? The Way of Mastery indicates that we need to unveil all damaged parts of the subconscious mind, bring these parts up for perusal, and then in the process of bringing these hidden parts to the light of day, we are healed. Everyone’s subconscious is different, and so it means that learned wisdom of others won’t do it for us. We need our own wisdom, the wisdom of the Self, a Self that I believe comes from the Unconscious, a deeper part than just the subconscious. The Unconscious is God Himself, and our Self is the part of Him who we can come to know. It is not hard to do, but very natural.

We need to spend time in solitude, contemplating and musing over our lives. This will invite the subconscious to the surface, and, after this, it is an easy step to Christ-consciousness, a step that Jesus says in channeled writings to be a step taken by God Himself. All three channeled writings that I am consulting—A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, and The Way of Mastery—all say the same thing: It is God Who makes this decision about our readiness for enlightenment, Christ-consciousness, Awakening.

We can ask for a speedup, and this is in God’s will. An acceleration. And if we are diligent to follow the promptings from deep within, we will have that acceleration. But we must give up fear and judgment, planning and attack. We have to go through a purification process, though we have truly always been innocent of wrongdoing. We didn’t think we were innocent, though, and so guilty feelings need to surface from within. Then this guilt can be healed, and with the healing of guilt comes the great blessing of Christ-consciousness.

Be ready today to accept all glimpses of Christ-consciousness that come in calm and peace. Asking for ultimate salvation is definitely in God’s will, and He will act to crown us with enlightenment at the earliest indication that we are indeed ready.

Prayer

Thank You for the calm that overtakes me today. I would extend this glimpse of enlightenment into something more sustainable. I know that I ask in Your will. Help me to eliminate judgment and fear from my emotions and my acts. Help me to be grateful, to You, for the many blessings that are mine.

And may I never entertain thoughts that are egoic. I would be finished with egoism in all its forms. It never brought me anything good, and I would seek only the good today.

Amen.

Peace in This Lifetime

“Your vision of the afterlife was one in which God revealed Himself to you and, in that revelation, transformed you. The direct reve¬lations that will come to you now will transform you as surely as did those that came to so many others after death.” (ACOL, T4:5.12)

What a glorious promise this quotation really is! We will know in this lifetime, before our eventual death, the transformation that is promised. If we love enough, for Love is the key. Loving ourselves, God, and our brothers and sisters will make the transformation from fear and judgment to something much better. It will give us lives worth living, maybe for the first time. We will know peace in this lifetime. A blessing for which all of us would give our lives.

We are actually part of God; God is living a life through each of us. This is part of the theology of all of Jesus’s recent channeled works (A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery). We are That which is, God Himself. Lest we think this is too exalted a concept, think of who is saying it here, Jesus himself. And I do trust Jesus.

What will we know when we are enlightenment, awakened, Christ-conscious? We will indeed be fearless, and because of fearlessness, we will think clearly for the first time. Our egos have tried to protect us from ourselves, but this was always a false notion. The ego can protect nothing, for it is the very definition of insanity. And we are trying, sometimes slowly, to emerge from insanity. If one has ever been insane, they will tell you that there are glimpses of non-psychotic thinking before the veil falls from their eyes, and they are “sane” again. This is exactly what will happen in this larger insanity of which all of us partake on this earth, when we have not yet been transformed. We will have glimpses of sanity, of Christ-consciousness, and then the veils will drop from our eyes, and we will be transformed by vision, a form of seeing that our physical eyes can’t fathom.

Pray for a general Awakening for humankind in this day and age. We all need each other now. We all need God now. Each other, our Christ-Self, and God—a prescription that cannot fail.

Prayer

May I have a glimpse of true enlightenment today. May my fears become a distant memory, and soon. This difficult world need not be difficult at all, for the Christ-Self knows how to negotiate its difficult transitions.

I would negotiate transitions today, easily. I wish for the best. I pray that it is Your will to grant that best to me. And to others reading my words.

Amen.

When We Choose Love, We Choose What Will Save Us

“The same is true of you! You cannot express yourself independently of the whole! It is as impossible as it would be for the finger to do so. And yet you think that this is possible and that this is the meaning of free will. Free will does not make the impossible possible. It makes the possible probable. It is thus probable that you will use your free will in order to be who you are. But it is not guaranteed! It is your choice and your choice alone that is the only guarantee. This is the meaning of free will.” (ACOL, T4:5.9)

“Being who you are” is being who God created us to be, and that is a free individual, joined with Him, and not knowing egoic separation at all. For eons we have not been the people whom God created; we have been lost in illusion, an illusion that is simply another word for madness or insanity. We have been out of our minds. The ego had us chained to beliefs that caused us great fear, and with the fear came pain and suffering. The world can’t work without Love, and we were trying in vain to make it work with d judgment, that were constantly being undone. God knew in His creation that nothing could cause the universes to survive well except Love. His very Being was comprised of Love, and when that Being individuated Itself, Love was present in every part. Love had been extended to God’s creations.

We can’t get away from the need for Love. This is also like saying that we can’t get away from the need for God. If we find belief in God untenable, then we can just as easily believe in Love, and He will understand. Our minds have long wanted proof of God’s existence, and this proof, a knowing, can only come from the depths of our being, mostly likely through our intuition. There will come a time, in our movement toward Christ-consciousness, that we will just know that God is real, that Love is real, and that this Love is the backbone of the Whole. This Whole is everything seen and unseen, for energy is present in different frequencies, and some frequencies are too high for us to see with physical eyes. These frequencies, however, are discernible by our depths of mind and heart. And it is by turning within, in communion with that great depth within, that we will ultimately come to know rather than simply perceive.

Our free will still operates within certain parameters. We cannot, any of us, make the impossible, possible. God holds the trump card. But we can agree to the probable, and this probable includes using our free will to erase the separation from God that has caused us such miserable trouble. The separation was never real, for we have always been a part of God. But, lost in insanity, we made a world with effects that very nearly have destroyed us. Like Helen and Bill (co-scribes of A Course in Miracles), we come finally to the place where we know that there must be another way. And this “another” way is actually a better way.

Would not we want to walk through this perilous world without fear? This fearlessness is what we are walking toward when we turn inward and let our Christ-Self direct our movements and our voices. Would we like to give up holding grudges? This is what we will do in realizing that all of us have acted innocently, in insanity, with diminished responsibility because of this insanity. We will forgive, and in this forgiveness, we will cease attack, we will cease anger, and we will cease to judge. Of course, here we have the two impediments to Christ-consciousness, fear and judgment. And all of it is subsumed by fear, the opposite to Love.

Let’s let our inner Self direct our doings today. Let’s let Love overwhelm us. It is possible to feel so loved by God that we are made weak by the feeling. That is what we need to head toward. That very weakness, our vulnerability, will eventually settle into an invulnerability to things of this world. We can experience pain, but we will never, in this state of mind and heart, experience suffering again. We will be too close to God to let emotional overwrought hoodwink us into doubting the goodness of the universe(s).

Nothing bad ever happened, in reality. We just lost our way a little while, but time is an illusion, and now we are making our way back in remembrance of what was lost. Let our feelings of love well up within us. Make no decision against love today. Make no decision that would allow us to think God a figment of our imagination. In our depths, we know that His Love sustains us, wherever we are.

Prayer

Be with me today. If bad things seem to happen, give me the equanimity to withstand anything this world can throw my way. Thank You for the greater calm that You have granted me in recent days. Communing with You allows Your love to become real to me.

May You guide my speech today to be comforting and consoling to anyone I see. May I rest in the peace that only You can give.

Amen.

Enticing Way to Christ-consciousness

“This curriculum is mandatory and so some have rebelled and will rebel against it. Those who do not choose to learn from the curriculum, will, like school children, learn through what is not of the curriculum because they have chosen another means of learning. Means is what is being spoken of here. But all means are for one end. All will learn the same content, for all are chosen; and all learning, no matter what the means, will eventually lead them to the truth of who they are.” (ACOL, T4:1.10)

“This curriculum” is the curriculum of A Course of Love, a curriculum that seeks to bring us to Christ-consciousness as fast as our willingness will allow. Here we learn that not everybody will learn from ACOL. Other faiths exist in this world, and though Jesus is our chosen leader, the one whom we accept, not everybody follows him. Later on Jesus will make a pitch for us to “accept” him, seeing this as necessary, but in my view that is because we are choosing to follow his way as outlined in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, not to mention the New Testament and even the Way of Mastery.

All are still chosen; this much we know. But there are advantages to learning from Jesus, especially for those us who grew up in the Christian faith. He is familiar to us; we trust him (or we have trusted at times). His is an enticing way, especially when he insists that his way is easy, not designed for struggle and sacrifice.

All learning of whatever faith will eventually lead to enlightenment for its adherents. But the way can be long, and a direct route is given here in A Course of Love. Would it not make sense that we ought to practice what we learn here, especially when the route is fast?

Prayer
I would accept what life gives me, but I want help to accept it as well. And help is here, in the person of Jesus and in the manner of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. The way is indeed enticing. It is a way that I choose to embrace fully.
Help me to go with the flow, to avoid resistance—resistance which only makes more difficult the way laid out before me. I ask for your help today to be easy and laidback in Your arms. I ask for You to embrace me, even as Jesus embraces us in ACOL.
Amen.

Genuineness in Our Relationships Leads to Christ-consciousness

“Giving and receiving are one in truth.

“By saying that giving and receiving are one in truth it is being said that you are lacking only in what you do not give. The belief in lack is a temp¬tation of the human experience. This will relate to all situations in which you feel you have something to gain from some “other.” Again, this will be related to old patterns of dissatisfaction with the self.” (ACOL, T3:16.9 – 16.10)

Before reading A Course of Love, we probably never gave any thought that dissatisfaction with the self would be involved with the idea of lack and trying to gain something from another. But if we aren’t dissatisfied with ourselves, we know that we are complete as we are, that we have no need to gain from another unless we are also giving to that other brother or sister as well. And giving and receiving are one. In physical bodies, we must see that we reach out, and then something is reciprocated—and the reverse, someone gives us something, and we respond.

Since we are all One, this dynamic makes sense only when we think of our relationships with others. This is “unity and relationship” in action. Our Self, One with all, nevertheless gives and receives in our physical world, because we are discrete entities occupying separate bodies.

Let us not be dissatisfied with ourselves any longer. We do all have flaws, but we can change these things just by asking the Almighty to clean us up. We do not have to reach to an “ideal” self to know that we are alright just as we are, that we need only to be who we are in interactions with others.

This will allow a genuineness in our relationships that is like nothing else. Others will want to flock around us, not for what we can give them, but purely to be in our company.

Unless the ego rises up again, we have nothing to fear from recognizing this dynamic. And we have some say in whether or not we fall into egotistical thinking once again.

Prayer

So often I wonder how I might be a better person. But this is not the right tack, according to A Course of Love. I would be reaching for an “ideal” self, and this would be an idol. So help me to know that flaws can fall away, actually, just by wishing them away. That simple, and that profound.

Be with me on this day, a day filled with possibility and blessings. May I know that the urges that I feel about what to do and say need to be coming from You, or I will guide my actions wrongly. Get through to me, please.

Thank You.

Amen.

Our Mellowness Alerts Us to the Joining of Heaven and Earth

“You will be tempted, nonetheless, to re-enter the house of illusion, if only to grasp the hands of those you love and gently tug them through its doors. You will be able to take note of the explosions happening within and will want to return to add your own to those going on inside, thinking that with the force of one more, maybe the walls will finally come tumbling down and those inside be held within illusion no more. This was the work of many who came before you but the time of such work, for you, is past. Many remain to shake the walls of illusion. Few stand beyond it to beckon to those within.” (ACOL, T3:9.5)

Here Jesus gives us our motive for living, a motive that for adherents of A Course of Love is somewhat different in scope than what we knew before we learned how to leave illusion. We have learned that leaving illusion and joining with the truth, with reality, is as simple as walking outside the doors of the house of illusion, for when we do this, we are automatically in the House of Truth. The House of Truth has not abandoned all of us who chose to live in illusion for a long while; it has always encompassed the illusory place that we heretofore called reality. Now we know better, for we are the ones who have left our egos behind. We either have experienced Christ-consciousness or have caught glimpses of it, for in peace and harmony, the two worlds of earth and heaven come very close to each other. We are close to knowing a mellowness that will signal the start of something very grand for us, and something very grand for this world as well. Our mellowness alerts us to the joining of heaven with earth.

If we choose to enter illusion again, we will flirt with the ego again, and life is much too important to let the ego ever try to rule again. People with egos are still abundant on this planet, and many of them are doing very good and important work. They are enmeshed in the treasures of art, music, and science that explosions of the Self have wrought. They are leading all within illusion to see the best of what there is to see in illusion. These individuals have their calling.

Our calling is different as we approach Christ-consciousness. This is not egoic nonsense, but an understanding that something fundamental has changed within our mind and heart. We did not effect this change, though we did remove the barriers to the awareness of love, and thereby invite love into our very being. The Christ-Self dominates the new people whom we are rapidly becoming. And many more will join us as revelatory thought takes dominion over our psyches.

We would do ourselves and others a disservice if we thought ourselves unfit for a higher purpose, if we believed that because others are caught in illusion, we ought to be as well. We are harbingers of better growth for our world ahead. We are harbingers of the new. And it is in humbly taking our place in this great commission that we find the purpose for which we were born.

Prayer

Thank You for the mellowness that I am feeling these days. I wish it for all I encounter. Mellowness is another word for inner peace, and long have I associated inner peace with A Course in Miracles. After all, the foundation that first published ACIM was the Foundation for Inner Peace.

I need to discover—and discover is the right word—how to sustain this mellowness, for in doing so my glimpses of Awakening will lengthen into something more. Sustaining Christ-consciousness is the next step in our plan of becoming something more than we were in egoic prison. Sustaining Christ-consciousness will allow all of us to create a new world, something that we don’t even have to plan, but can await as creativity wells up from within us. Something outside the dot of the self, as Jesus says, will engage us in discovery and acceptance of a new world.

I need to take to heart the revelations of A Course of Love. Our world needs all of us to discover a new way of being, a non-egoic way of accomplishment that will embrace all, all with the One Self whom we share.

Amen.

Transformation

“The ego’s thought system has been replaced by the thought system of unity and you are left, perhaps, feeling unsure of the part you are now to play. There is not one of you who has not begun to experience the transfor¬mation that is, in truth, occurring, although you may not as yet have seen the changes you are experiencing as the transformation to which you have been called. These changes, perhaps, seem like little things—a change in attitude here, a change in behavior there. But I assure you that these changes are mighty and are but the result of the change in cause that has occurred through your learning of this Course.” (ACOL, T3:1.7)

Here we are reassured that we are having a transformation, a transformation from the ego-self to the Christ-Self. And when this transformation is complete, nothing will ever be the same again. The culmination will be Christ-consciousness.

Now, sometimes this transformation happens suddenly, in an instant, and our brothers and sisters are left wondering what has happened to them. We may embark on a great quest to understand how and why we are different, for we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that we are very different indeed. And our significant others see this difference, and some ask questions. Suddenness has made the transformation seem very significant indeed.

Others of us, perhaps the majority, find transformation occurring gradually, sometimes very gradually. We recognize, as this quotation points out, a change here or there in attitude or behavior. We may not fully comprehend the great strides that are unfolding. This is Christ-consciousness occurring in glimpses, a moment of peace and tranquility that steals up on us almost unawares.

Be conscious of these small changes, for they are mighty indeed. Jesus assures us of this. And we will soon have a new persona, a personal self mirroring the inner Christ-Self, to present to others. We will almost not recognize ourselves. But we will be very inwardly glad that the change, the transformation, is occurring.

We will be new people, living in a new world that we are helping to create.

Prayer

I am grateful that I know a few people who have walked the whole pathway to Christ-consciousness. I am having a very gradual Awakening, with a change noted here or there, nothing dramatic and certainly not upsetting. I used to be afraid of Awakening, believing that I would be hurled into reality, though Jesus denies this in A Course in Miracles. My glimpses come when I am especially peaceful, and this seems to me to a harbinger of things to come.

Thank You, dear God, for orchestrating this transformation for all of us so well. It is the next step for all of us. May we be ready, and may we be ready soon. Then we await Your action of reaching down and lifting us up, to Christ-consciousness.

Amen.

Gentle and Easy Way

“This resting place is indeed hallowed ground and an earned respite, a demarcation even between the old way and the new way of living. But it is not the end that is sought. No matter how peaceful this place of rest may at first seem, it will soon become stagnant and unsatisfying. Left in such a place without further instruction, you would soon return to your old ideas of heaven and see peace as a state of being for those too weary to fully live. Done with the adventures of living, you would deem yourself no longer interested in the hunt for buried treasure and see it not.” (ACOL, T2:1.5)

This is an in-between place, a place of rest in which we reside today, at this point in our reading. Many are comfortable in this in-between place, find it a place of contentment, and don’t particularly want to strive for more. We have arrived, in at least some sense. Jesus calls us The Accomplished. But we would become stagnant if there were nothing out there to reach for. We are, after all, on a journey of spiritual evolution.

We aren’t called to struggle, for struggle (our wont for eons) is of the ego. We are called to leave behind the mistakes of the ego. Striving, as Jesus means it, is very gentle. It takes us forward, inch by inch, and it leaves us better off at the end of each day. We are learning in ever-newer ways, and in this learning our striving is informed. We know why we are striving now. We never knew why we had such struggle, and such seriousness, when we were caught in egoic notions of success.

Success will follow us everywhere. Life smooths out when we get farther along God’s pathway. We are no longer learning through pain and suffering. Remember that Jesus said in A Course in Miracles that we don’t have to learn through pain? He went on to say that learning through pain is temporary at best, that learning through rewards is lasting. And A Course of Love outlines those rewards. Its message warms our heart, melds our heart to our mind, a mind now free of the ego and egoic conceit.

The in-between is alright for a time. But the in-between would become stale if stayed in too long. We are eager angels, after all, as Emmanuel (Pat Rodegast’s channel) was fond of saying. Let us seek to learn how to strive without fear, without judgment, without pain and suffering. Let it be a gentle, easy way, for such is what has been intended for us all along. Rewards are how we learn best, how the learning is made permanent. And from there our ultimate salvation in Christ-consciousness takes the next steps.

Prayer

I have so much to look forward to, now that I have some knowledge of what I can expect ad how to go about reaching the ultimate in salvation—enlightenment. I thank You for Jesus’s calming words. And his advice, coming straight, I am sure, from his Self who is one with You.

Be with me today as I seek to live well. Intention does count for a lot.

Amen.

Joy that Knows No Bounds

“The joy that will come to you from the thoughts of a mind joined in union will be unparalleled in your experience here. “Ah,” you will say with a relief and joy that knows no bounds, “this is what it is to experience and know the truth. This is what it is to create, for this is what it is like to think as God thinks.” Where once you recognized only illusion and called it reality, the mind joined in union will now, more and more, recognize only truth and experience only the truly real.” (ACOL, T1:1.10)

Union in A Course of Love means two things, related but not identical. First, union means the joining of heart and mind to form wholeheartedness. This change will transform us. It will make the second thing possible: the emergence of the Self from within, and in this emergence will come union with this Self and union with God.

Of course, all of this change will mean that enlightenment, or Christ-consciousness, is now possible for us, at first to be seen in glimpses, then in lengthening glimpses, and finally to be maintained and then sustained. It is possible for there to be a sudden change that is disorienting, but this form of change occurs less often than the gradual, quiet Awakening.

And we will know joy in union with God and in union with our Self, the part of God Who dwells within each of us. This promise is an enlargement from the dictates in A Course in Miracles, when happiness is seen to be our function (along with salvation and forgiveness). I don’t think that we need to quibble over the difference between the joy that Jesus describes in ACOL, and the happiness that he encourages in ACIM. The point is that our future is much brighter than what we have been living through, suffering because we failed to recognize and to live miracle-readiness.

The art of thought, discussed so obliquely in this first book of the Treatises, is variously described as creating like unto our Creator (God), or miracle-readiness, or prayer, or the miracle itself. The art of thought is also seen a diametrically opposite the thinking of the ego-mind, and so it is imperative that we be certain that we are no longer motivated by egoic ideals.

Let’s welcome this joy today, knowing that union is finally being reached. We live wholeheartedly, and in this new way of handling our world, we merge with the Self, the part of us Who is God Himself.

With such a change, could anything be less than ideal? Aren’t we truly and completely on our way now to a glorious new day, creating the new world that Jesus so longs to see us do?

Dear Father/Mother,

I would be grateful today for the many blessings poured out upon me previously, and the promise of ever greater blessings now and in the future. I would wait patiently for Your action in my life, for the glimpses of Awakening to lengthen, for the Awakening that You want for me to come about. When I am at peace in this world, the future seems bright indeed. And all of us can welcome a little more peace.

Be with my brothers and sisters. May I reach out when I can, and may I draw inward for sustenance when this retreat is necessary. Help me always to be open to guidance, always to cease second guessing the nudges that come to me.

Thank You for another promising day in Your Presence.

Amen.

Rest for a Tired Mind

“The mechanics of your over-worked and over-stimulated mind were what you were asked to leave behind as this act of leaving behind was the only means by which you could allow your mind to be restful enough for it to even contemplate union or the new learning required in order to facilitate your return to union. Your return to union is your return to love and it is accessed at the center or heart of your Self. Your mind was in need of silencing in order for you to hear the wisdom of your heart and begin your return. Now, in order to complete your return, mind and heart must work as one.” (ACOL, T1:1.7)

Most of us have long sensed that we have been working too hard; in Jesus’s words, we have an “over-worked” and “over-stimulated” mind. Isn’t it a great blessing that we give our minds a rest now?

In peace we can contemplate the heartfelt counsel that Jesus gives in A Course of Love. If the mind is restful, it can contemplate union, the union of mind with heart that becomes the oft-touted (in ACOL) “wholeheartedness.” We are going into new learning, at least for a time, the time that we study the Treatises. We are returning to love, and surely this will be welcomed by all of us.

Many of us have long prized our intellect, but we surely have recognized that intellect can take us only so far. And if it has been an egoic leaning, a prideful thing, then we need to leave that prizing behind. Ultimately, we realize that the fact that one person has a higher IQ than another means nothing. We are not our IQ. We come much closer to being our heart, and in the teaching of the heart, union, which is what we need to be, will blossom.

Union is at this point a composite of mind and heart into wholeheartedness. Later on, we will see union in ACOL as the joining of the Self with the All, a blessing that is Christ-consciousness or Awakening. None of us need to wait long for this change, if we live in peace and harmony, if we don’t judge, attack, or make plans against uncertain contingencies to come.

Union is what we are about today. And the art of thought, which we will learn in this treatise, will take us up to the door. All we need to do is knock, and the door will be opened.

Dear Father/Mother,

I would live in peace today, not struggling with my intellect to make progress in this world. I am not about striving today. I know that my own striving actually avails nothing.

May I have Your help to be at peace? May I have Your help to find my way safely and in good grace, today?

Thank You.

Amen.

Salvation Is Simply Your Return to Your Self

“It is in this perfect sense of the perfect sanity of truth that salvation lies. Salvation is simply your return to your Self.” (ACOL, C:31.32)

We have been long away from our Self, for the Self is the Christ within, and we have allowed a foreign element to rule our minds—the ego. When we heal the separation from God, we have “merged” our non-egoic mind (and heart) with the Christ Self, and so, once again, we are truly One with God. When we spell out what is happening, or has happened, it sounds complicated, but that is not actually true. We are in our element when we merge with the Self, the Christ Self, and we are ready for the ultimate in salvation, the Awakening or Christ-consciousness.

We will know when we are drawing nigh to enlightenment. We will catch mystical glimpses in our daily lives that will enthrall us. Jesus in A Course of Love says that all of us have these glimpses. The problem in our early lives may have been that we didn’t recognize what was happening. Even if we were diligent in the practice of our religion. Now with the new revelations of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, we have treatises that speak to our mind, our intellect, and our heart, the center of our being, and these two works will go a long way toward giving us the sustenance that we need for our souls.

So: “Salvation is simply your return to your Self.” How true! And how far away from that simplicity we have gone. Our egoic minds were quite caught in a complicated lack of true reality. Let us put all that nonsense behind us now. Let us listen to the inner Self as It speaks to us, and may we listen very, very carefully. We will be helped along by our glimpses of Awakening, but that is not the whole of it. The Self requires attention, a mindful listening that will require the best of what we have. Our intellect now has something on which to chew. Helen herself said something like this when she was scribing A Course in Miracles.

We don’t have to walk far to find our Self. With every bit of knowledge that Jesus is imparting, we are coming closer. And the way is neither far nor long. Nor is it a struggle. Struggle can accompany us on our journey without distance, but the main struggle is the recognized need to give up the ego. And once this is accomplished, there is nothing that need deter us.

Dear Father/Mother,

I would welcome salvation today as a reemergence of my Self as the controller of my life and times. I would know that the egoic basis of my life has passed away, and that all is now calm and easy. I would revel in glimpses of Awakening, and I would long for ever more frequent and intense glimpses. I pray for all of this today.

Be with me as I study and as I learn. I learn from the outer world, nature, now more than learned sources. This is fully in line with what A Course of Love says. How can I give over my mind to just what another has said? I can move closer to You only by opening up my personal mind and heart to the realities of life as lived on this earth. And as I learn from nature, I also learn from other people. Learning in the traditional sense is passing away, and in its place comes something that speaks to my soul.

Thank You.

Amen.

In Peace We Catch Glimpses of a New Way

“It is extremely important for you to realize that God’s work takes place outside of time, as do all acts of true service or creation. This is not a readily understandable concept, but one that is necessary for you to have faith in. It is essential to your release of the concept of toil and your acceptance of your function here.” (ACOL, C:29.12)

We find it hard to believe that toil is not asked of us. But in eternity, our service is indeed effortless. We go with the flow, and the flow takes us along very nicely. No struggle. Our function here is to do our part in God’s work, though this work may not be overtly religious at all. Our parts in His work will vary with our talents and our inclinations, and we may choose to be more secular than our religions have made God.

But God is the God of secularism as well. He interests Himself in all parts of life on earth, life in this world. He does not “know” pain and suffering, but that surely must be because He sees the whole picture, knows how we choose such things in error borne of frustration. He would take such ideas from us; he would have us free of pain. A Course in Miracles says that it is not necessary to learn through pain, that such learning is, by nature, temporary. It is better, ACIM says, to learn through rewards. Certainly ACOL, with its emphasis on the heart, shows a way that warms us and gives us encouragement to forge ahead without toil.

When we are outside time, we are in eternity. And this concept will, in itself, give us hope. Eternity means that we will live forever in some way, some way that we don’t understand quite yet. Jesus tells us that this new way can be in form, if we so desire it, but that he doesn’t have the knowledge of what will transpire about this way of the new, this creation of the new. We are, together, creating the new. And we do hope that we will be happy with what we create.

Move ahead today, after we have received guidance about how to do so. Move ahead, but not in hard toil. God would not have us, His beloved children, struggle in a world that has been provided for our enjoyment and our peace. Surely we walked away from Him, but He has provided a way back for us. And when we cease to toil and struggle, in peace we will catch glimpses of a new way that will light sparks in our heart.

We will accomplish much by staying close to our Source. Indeed, this is the only way that we can hope to accomplish anything at all that is meaningful.

Dear Father/Mother,

I would invite glimpses of full and total peace today, the precursor to enlightenment. I would wish this for all who walk Your way, and that is all of us, even when we are misguided. We all want Your way, even when we don’t know how to articulate this.

I ask for patience this day, to get through the day creditably. Patience is sometimes so difficult for me, patience to wait for Your guidance, patience to have the will to follow Your guidance. You don’t move fast in this world. You ask us to live here without heavy toil, to rest in Your bounty. May I do so today.

Amen.

Living in the State of Grace

“How will you know when you have achieved the state of grace in which you were created, and that you are living in relationship? You will know by the certainty you feel. If you do not feel this certainty, what can you do?

“You are ready now, and all that will prevent you from living a life of love is unwillingness to do so. There is only one remaining source of such unwillingness. Your willingness will now depend on whether or not you trust. Do you trust these words? Do you trust in God? Can you trust in your Self?” (ACOL, C:27.20 – 27.21)

Trust is the bedrock of A Course of Love as well as A Course in Miracles (ACIM covers this in the Manual). Jesus says that we are ready, and that if we trust, we will be willing to reach toward Christ-consciousness. It is only ourselves who hold us back, thinking that we are not good enough, worthy enough, or we cling to fear in a misguided notion that it can save us from all the perils in this difficult world. The world does not have to be difficult. Though we may have pain, and see pain in others, we do not have to let this escalate into suffering. There is a better way, and this better way is made abundantly clear in both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.

How might we woo willingness? My answer is that we open ourselves up to this willingness by surrendering to God in prayer. Surrendering is elsewhere in ACOL pointed out as the way to God. We acknowledge that we don’t know enough to get home by ourselves; we need help. And this help is abundantly present in the Self, inwardly, the part of us that is God. We project the outer world, which is not real, but this projection does not hurt us when it is transformed into “extension,” or the movement of God into the outer world. We will be home even in this world when we attend to our heart, and Jesus makes this assertion abundantly clear when he appeals to the heart in ACOL.

We need to just recognize the necessity to leave unwillingness behind. We are ready. Jesus has said it.

And so it is.

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to keep my willingness fresh today, an abundant willingness that finds root in the Christ Self deep within me. This is true for all people as well. I need to accept Your grace that I am good enough just as I am, good enough for enlightenment. “Goodness” is such a relative term, and desire is the means that we use to reach You. Help me to live in a positive way, to turn aside from all that would hold me back, and to lean toward You in all respects.

Amen.

A Trigger for Enlightenment

“This Course is but a trigger. These words the prelude to the explosion. It is as if you have been waiting for someone to whisper: Now! The whisper has come. The time is now.

“Can you let the worries of today leave your mind? Can you let the disap¬pointments of yesterday go and be no more? Can you let the planning for the future cease? Can you be still and know your Self?” (ACOL, C:26.15 – 26.16)

Here Jesus gets close to us and whispers, “Now!” to our longings to be free of impediments that keep us from ultimate salvation. A Course of Love is a trigger to lead us past the fear of God to the love of God, past the fear of our brothers and sisters to the love of our brothers and sisters, and the same dynamic for ourselves as well: We stop fearing what we might do if left to our own devices and instead we trust the leader, Jesus, who is leading us ahead to a new life lived in trust and harmony.

If we will only be still and listen to the Self deep within each of us, then we will know the secret of dropping worries, forgetting disappointments of the past, avoiding senseless planning in an effort to control the future. Our Self knows about these avoidable mistakes, and our Self can take us past them to a new tomorrow. If only we will listen and stop trying to insert patterns of the ego that still try to intrude on our peace of mind.

We have now reached the point in A Course of Love when the teachings come together with a certainty that allows us to know that we are home free—if we allow ourselves to experience that Home. We are truly our own worst enemies. We think we make some progress one day, only to retreat the next into feverish dreams. Today’s quotation is the call to stop hindering our progress. It is time to claim our salvation, for Jesus has said that the choice is ours.

We have to make a decision that we are ripe for enlightenment. But, importantly, we learn from both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love that God makes that final decision of timing. But God is not separate from us; we are a part of Him. We are not His handiwork, separate and apart from creation, but an intimate part of differentiation of the godhead into the wonders of true reality. We are both union with God—the One—and relationship with Him and the All. Only in this relationship, this differentiation, could God experience Himself, for the All cannot know Itself if the unity is the only thing that there is. Thankfully, unity broke apart to have “separate” pieces with which God had relationships. Each of us is one of those relationships, as is every living thing.

Stop trying to halt true reality; take our places on the great pathway for all humankind back to God, whom we never actually did leave nor could leave. Trust that the way will be revealed to us. And then we can, at last, rest in the wonders of a God Who never abandoned us, even when we tried to abandon Him.

Dear Father/Mother,

We think with You a bit today about the wonders of the One and the many, the single, all-encompassing Everything; and the differentiation into parts, with each of us (and everything else distinct) being a part. This is the unity and relationship that A Course of Love emphasizes. This is what we need to hear, if only we can understand that the All, the One, undifferentiated, could not even know Itself.

But relationship solves that dilemma, for You and for us. Be with me as I thank You for this Solution. The day is bright with optimism; the way doesn’t seem so long, when these insights come and when they revisit.

Be with us as we seek to understand what we can with our finite minds. Our hearts know the truth. And I thank You for the revelation of ACOL that tells me this.

Amen.

Invite Awakening Today

“From here your life becomes imaginal, a dream that requires you not to leave your home, your place of safety and of rest. You are cradled gently while your spirit soars, dreaming happy dreams at last. With love surrounding you in arms that hold you close, you feel the heartbeat of the world just beneath your resting head. It thunders in your ears and moves through you until there is no distinction. We are the heartbeat of the world.

“This is creation. This is God. This is our home.” (ACOL, C:20.10 – 20.11)

In this passage Jesus is still harkening to the embrace, the mutual embrace of him and us. He comforts us in a way that perhaps we have never been comforted before. He does this by empathizing with us. He understands that we have suffered in this world, and he wants us to know that through imaginal living—life is that imagined—we can know a different sort of reality. We can leave suffering behind in our minds and hearts, and this will give us much new contentment. The way is smooth, finally. We CAN know contentment, even happiness, when we realize that our leader, Jesus, is right here with us, full of empathy for us.

The method given in the passage for today and yesterday is not complicated, but in some sense it takes a child’s faith—at least an adult who can relive the days of childhood, when everything was imaginal. I would call this a magical time, but Jesus himself in A Course in Miracles uses a different definition for “magic,” and we don’t need to confuse ourselves. (He likens magic to an irrational way of thinking.) We just need to realize, for sure, for all time, that we are not alone. We have never been alone, but we have played at this aloneness in our ego’s frame of reference. It is time to move beyond this erroneous way of thinking.

The way back Home is not far. It is here already, when we are mellow, when we are contented, when we have let go of stress, anger, hostility, and other negative attitudes. Indeed, attitude is what Jesus is changing when he stresses that we link mind and heart into wholeheartedness, all in a bid to move us closer to Awakening. Awakening is what A Course of Love is all about. Jesus knows that we will never be really healed until we have crossed that threshold into Christ-consciousness.

Invite Awakening today, at least a glimpse of Awakening. Pray for calm; meditate if need be. The way back is not hard; it is the easiest thing in the world when we have made up our minds that it is the ONLY thing that we truly want. All else will fall into place by this decision.

Invite a soothing spirit to enfold us. This will do more than anything else to make certain that we are blessed with a glimpse of Awakening today.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

I do feel Your peace today. Thank You. You seem to whisper in my ear what my next step needs to be if I am to know joy and kindness in my interactions with others. May I be there for the people in my life. My I say the right thing, move in the right way, to lift their sights to something higher.

We all need You, You Who are in our Self, the Self we share with all. I sense the truth of this concept even though my finite mind cannot comprehend how this can be. Give me the strength to stay true to Your leanings, the intuitive leanings that you grant to me today.

Thank You.

Amen.

Mellowness Prepares for Christ-Consciousness

“This going back is, in reality, more in the way of reflection than review, although if you were to think of this as a re-viewing of your self, you would be quite accurate. It is like unto the final judgment as it has been described, a sorting of the real from the unreal, of truth from illusion. Despite the similarity between what this will call forth and the description of the final judgment, judgment is not the means or end of this reckoning.” (ACOL, C:19.22)

This quotation is important. It explains how we ready ourselves for Awakening. We need to go into our deeper mind, to let the memories surface, and as those memories are brought to the surface (however briefly), we are healed. This is akin to a final judgment, though it is not actually judgment, but something more benign. We are simply bringing up old reactions, egoic reactions, to be able to heal. And in the healing, we have moved into readiness for Christ-consciousness.

We can’t have access to the subconscious mind except when we are calm and serene. All of us know examples of times that we couldn’t think of a person’s name when we were trying to introduce that person to another. This common problem is emblematic of the fact that stress interferes with memories coming up to the surface.

It is the same as we seek to heal. We block awareness of past happenings when we are tense. This tension, this stress, would block our healing; that is the point. That is why we need to relax, relax the body, relax the mind. I have previously extolled “mellowness” as the right type of condition to welcome. It might even be said that
mellowness harbors a glimpse of enlightenment.

And so it will be with all of us. We will invite relaxation, mellowness, and the hidden memories from the subconscious will surface—to be healed. We need this final reckoning. It is the way that we prepare, virtually the only thing that we need to do to “get ready” for God to take the final action, reaching down to us to lift us up for Awakening.

Invite mellowness today. Meditation, quiet time, will help. Just listen to the words that surface in the mind, for these are clues of what needs to be forgiven. And in the forgiving we are saved, saved for enlightenment.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank You for the mellowness that I feel this morning. May I continue to feel this mellowness all day long. And may I open my mind to the memories that, brought up to the surface, will be healed.

May this day go well. I think that it will. But I can so easily get tangled up, even after a good beginning of the day. Help me to stay straightened out today. Help my mellowness to last.

Thank You.

Amen.

A Transformation that Recognizes Heaven on Earth

“The solution lies in transformation, and that is why you are still needed here. Beneath the world of illusion that you have made to glorify the separated self lies the world that was created for your learning, and that so exists in truth. It is not the only world by any means, but it is still heaven because heaven must be where you are. A wholehearted choice to abandon all ideas of glorifying the separated self and to let the world be what it is will begin the transformation. This requires the first unification, the unification of mind and heart, after which unification with God is natu¬rally returned to your awareness, for this unification returns you to the Christ in you and the one mind united with God which you have never left. Creation’s power then returns to you to help all the separated ones remember union.” (ACOL, C:19.14)

A Course in Miracles indicates that we are here to help others, that it may take millions of years for all of us to return to God, to heal the illusory separation. (ACIM also says that the separation similarly happened over millions of years.) We ourselves can help best when we have been transformed, when we have achieved Christ-consciousness. And while this is a choice, it is not a choice that we make alone. God makes the final decision about our readiness; he metaphorically reaches down and lifts us up. And when that happens, nothing is ever the same again—if we sustain the enlightenment.

In the early pages of A Course of Love, we are still caught in learning, but this learning takes different forms as we proceed, and eventually, by the time we reach the Dialogues, we have left learning behind entirely.

We need to stop glorifying the separated self, and this means that we leave behind egotism and self-satisfaction. This also means that we will, once again, even here, find ourselves in heaven. Our mind and heart has been reunified, and, with this, too, nothing is ever the same again.

We WILL remember union. It is not a hard concept. We start with the union of our mind and heart, and this leads to our reunion with God.

We are remembering rather than learning anew. Jesus is taking us “back,” and with this return we find a joy that is ours to share with others. When they see ordinary people living extraordinary lives, others will be encouraged to ask what we have that they don’t. And then we can tell them, then, when they are ready to listen.

Prayer

Dear Father/Mother,

May the remaining egotism fade from my emotions today. I do not wish to enhance the ego in any way at all. I wish to let it disappear entirely, and You can and will help me with this. Thank You.

May this day go well. May my attitude stay straightened out. My “attitude” may still be the biggest obstacle in my pathway now. And with the love that You render to me, you can cancel out the negativity and accentuate the positive.

I ask this of You today. Thank You.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Retaining Hope of Healing

“Learn this lesson well, for herein lies the cure to all disease and the hope of all healing. While the body seems to tell you what you feel and bid you act in accordance with its feelings, how can this be so? The body by itself is neutral. But as long as you attribute the body with bringing you pleasure, the body will bring you pain as well. You cannot choose one without the other, because the choice is the same. The body is a tool made for your use in maintaining the illusion of your separation.” (ACOL, C:10.1)

In reality, the body is a communication device. In illusion, it is the home of our (illusory) separation from God. The body is neutral, in that it is not supposed to feel well or ill, just to exist as communication in our world of other bodies. A Course in Miracles says that we will know that we have succeeded when the body doesn’t feel well or ill, that is simply IS. A Course of Love, in this passage, says the same thing. We can have healing of our aches and pains whenever we want, once we heal the separation by opening up to the Christ within. Our real Self.

We don’t really believe these assertions of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, because the illusory body seems very real to us. We prick our finger, and we bleed (and we hurt). Does this mean anything? The illusion is very vivid to us; that is all. We are living in the illusion, and so feeling well or ill just exists in that illusion. But feeling well or ill, in the body, doesn’t exist in true reality. And so the aches and pains that we experience mean nothing in the end. They are nothingness itself.

If we want healing from our suffering, we must welcome the Self from deep within us. We must walk into true reality as our real Selves, our Christ Selves. We must not ask for complete understanding of this miracle, for we cannot comprehend all that will await us when we know Christ-consciousness. We probably can’t believe that healing will always occur in every situation, even then. But there will be healing, even if there are lingering symptoms. Sometimes it is an emotional healing, sometimes a physical. But healing is certain. The body remains a communication device only.

Will the body be only a communication device when we occupy the elevated Self of form? That truly remains to be seen, because this would require that we predict the future, and not even Jesus in A Course of Love will do that. We will be in a new era when there are many of us who inhabiting elevated forms. And we will write a new and different future.

For now, while in separation, we feel the hurts. For the future, healed of separation, we will recognize that the body is neutral, and we won’t ask that it save us from a stubbed toe or a hurting knee. We will understand that these things just do not matter. Our body remains a communication device only, until that great day when we have walked into the elevated Self of form. Then all bets are off as to what will happen.

Making a New Decision for Enlightenment

“Everything is held together by the thought system that gave birth to it. There are but two thought systems: the thought system of God, and the thought system of the ego or the separated self. The thought system of the separated self sees everything in separation. The thought system of God sees everything in unity. God’s thought system is one of continuous creation, rebirth and renewal. The ego’s thought system is one of continuous destruc¬tion and disassembly, of decay and death. And yet how like they are one to the other!” (ACOL, C:8.25)

The last sentence in this passage seems to be a puzzler, until we realize that the ego has attempted to copy and then transform what our personal, or little, self tried to remember from true reality. The ego’s world mimics the real world, but it changes things so drastically that the whole world view of the ego is detrimental, in the extreme, to our well-being.

We need simply to realize that the ego has made a world in opposition to what is true. And this world, born of an illusory separation from God, hurts us. We were never meant to be out of communication with our Creator. We did not create ourselves (as much sometimes as we try to think that we did), and the only sane response to the truth is to fall in line with what creation holds for us. What we meant to be and to do. Using our free will to choose separation was at least an illogical act, one that has caused us to suffer greatly over eons. Now we stand at the point of making a new decision, a decision for Christ-consciousness, a change that will purify our sight and make a new life for us. And when this change is effected, we will be living in line with God’s thought system.

Many things will change with Christ-consciousness, but we do not have to feel that life will remain bad until that happening comes about. The Holy Spirit brings happy dreams, when we let His guidance direct our ways. And these happy dreams are harbingers of the best that awaits us, when we have walked the whole pathway back to God. The happy dreams are still illusion, of course, but a joyous way to spend the time between now and Christ-consciousness. We will no longer feel discouraged with the flow of our days; we will find things to be joyous about as we walk a better way in this world.

So: First we turn aside from the ego, not by resisting it, but by simple turning away. To resist is to make stronger, the last thing that we want. Just turn aside from egotistical leanings, choose nothing out of ego, and see if the intangible blessings of God do not rain down upon our heads. Then turn to God’s way of thinking, the way that He meant for his creations to think. This turning inward to the Christ Self is calm and peaceful, a new day indeed. And when we turn inward to our Self, we are guided in even more precise ways to reach God again—in illusion no longer, but in true reality.

Bringing Love to Us and Us to Love

“You do not yet believe nor understand that the urges that you feel are real, and neither good nor bad. Your feelings in truth come from love, your response to them is what is guided by fear. Even feelings of destruction and violence come from love. You are not bad, and you have no feelings that can be labeled so. Yet you are misguided concerning what your feelings mean and how they would bring love to you and you to love.” (ACOL, C:5.11)

We are told in this passage that we are not “bad.” But so often we think that we are. This is the ego finding fault with us once again. We live in fear when we response to our feelings with trepidation. This is so unnecessary, so unnecessary: “Your feelings in truth come from love, your response to them is what is guided by fear.”

Jesus makes the startling assertion here also that even our feelings of destruction and violence come from love. We cannot understand this; there is no point in trying. Just open our minds to the concept. We don’t need to act on feelings of destruction and violence, of course, and we would be very wise not to do so. We are misguided, in that we don’t know how to transmute these destructive and violent feelings. For this transmuting we need guidance. And guidance is always forthcoming when we ask.

The best thing that we can do is to accept all of our feelings, even the so-called “bad” ones. Just accept. That does not mean to condone, because we would all be better off if we could quickly and easily get rid of the negative emotions. Praying them away works. It may be practically the only thing that works.

Prayer works in so many ways, but not to a God Whom we perceive as outside ourselves. For He is we, we are a part of Him. Until we take this truth and assimilate it, we will be lost in miseries and tragedies, the tragedy of the human condition.

The human condition does not have to be tragic. We will ultimately inhabit an elevated Self of form, which is the enlightened Self Who is now deep within, layered over by illusions that seem to have no end of trouble for us. We do not have to lament the physical body, for the physical body can be elevated to a good thing. Let us do so today.

If you would awaken, then mellow out. The genius of enlightenment is that it is so calm, so tranquil. It is true that some who go through Awakening do so from a very chaotic point of departure—depression and the like. And these transitions to enlightenment can be, but do not have to be, traumatic. The best way to ease into enlightenment is to welcome it with mellowness. The glimpses of Awakening show us an invulnerable self, even the personal self, that is transmuted into something that blesses every part of us and our days.

Our feelings are to be accepted, even the so-called bad ones. But we don’t act on the bad ones, and sooner or later they fall away—when we catch enough glimpses of the Christ-consciousness toward which we are all moving.

Ask for help today in lengthening the glimpses that come to us, the glimpses of Christ-consciousness. This is a prayer fully in line with God’s desires for us. There is no better prayer, no better way to spend our prayer time.

Our Heart Knows Love

“We are beginning now to paint you a new picture, a picture of things unseen before but visible to your heart if not your eyes. Your heart knows love without a vision of it.” (ACOL, C:5.7)

Both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love tell us that our physical eyes do not really see anything except illusions. So the physical eyes cannot be depended upon for real vision. And by “vision,” Jesus means an intuitive as well as rational understanding of what true reality really is. And this always includes love, harmony, peace, joy, and the like. It doesn’t includes anything material, and we are urged not to ask for the materialistic, because it normally means that we are feeding the ego.

As we get this far along in A Course of Love, Jesus is introducing to us what the heart can see and the physical eyes cannot. He knows that our heart is for feeling, and that feeling envelops us in a way that the mind does not. The heart draws us in, and when we are open to listening to our heart, we are drawn ever closer to the Christ-consciousness (enlightenment, Awakening) that is the purpose behind ACOL. We are meant to awaken, and when we make a decision that we want to do so, heaven and earth move to give us our request. When we have been purified, meaning that the fear and judgment from the depths of our being has been brought to the surface and opened to the light, then God is ready to grant us our request for enlightenment. He waits on us. He is always ready, but we are not.

Our heart does know love. And making Love our priority is of major importance in our desire to awaken. So it stands to reason (at least my reason) that when we listen to our heart and know love, we will walk ever closer to Christ-consciousness. This interpretation is an emphasis in The Way of Mastery, another work that is attributed to Jesus (as Jeshua, said to be his preferred name, because it emphasizes his humanity).

We cannot will our way to enlightenment. To try to do so is to have a demanding spirit, and surrender—not a demand–is the only correct attitude toward God. We surrender to Him, we live for His purpose, and we know love—for He teaches it to us.

Living Love is the best way to live. And, indeed, in the new world that we will be creating when we walk God’s pathway, it is the only way to live. Think of Love today often. Our day will go better, indeed, it will go the best.

A New World Will Arise

“This foreign world where you have been so lonely and afraid will linger for a while where it can terrify you no longer, until finally it will fade away into the nothingness from which it came as a new world rises up to take its place.” (ACOL, C:4.27)

This “new world” is not different from the familiar earth, but our perceptions are transformed, and so everything and everyone looks different. Our perceptions will have been cleansed when we reach Christ-consciousness, Awakening, enlightenment. We will have transformed the mind all the way down through the subconscious, and this purification means that everything and everyone will seem different. But it is we who have changed. Would this purification not be something that we ask the Holy Spirit or the inner Christ Self to effect?

With the ego ruling our minds, we have, for as long as we can remember and eons earlier, been lonely and afraid. We have thought that we are encased in a body, a solitary creature all alone in the world. For regardless of how many special relationships we surrounded ourselves with, we still knew in our depths that these might end for us. Either a premature ending, or by death, and we never knew the day nor the hour.

When we move into finding glimpses of Awakening, we will lose our fear of being solitary, with no one to help us. We will feel safety in the depths, and with this safety comes the peace that passeth understanding. We will no longer be terrified by this foreign world. We will know for sure that it is illusion, and illusion cannot harm us.

So pay attention to the thoughts that well up within us today. A purification of our thoughts needs to happen for Awakening to occur. If we cooperate with this procedure, listening always for guidance, we will accelerate the process of coming to know true living—a true living that is directed by the Christ Self, not the ego. We have to be willing to turn on a dime, when our guidance so dictates. We have to be willing to listen, all the time, to that guidance.

The way is not distant for many of us. Seekers will find, and then, as A Course of Love says, we will seek no longer. We will have found.

Living in Love Creates Transformation

“. . .[L]ove is nothing like your image of your life and has no resemblance to how you spend your days or the way your days will end. Love is all that is set apart in your perception from what you do here.” (ACOL, C:4.18)

Our perceptions of reality are skewed, at this point, early in the reading of A Course of Love. We think that we know how to love, but we really don’t, and it is this lack of knowledge that trips us up. We think we know what we do in our living on earth, but we are living an illusion. So true love actually has no part in what we are doing here; we only want to imagine that the special love of our special relationships is true reality. It is anything but.

We need to open to love in a way that we never have. We need to recognize that love will offer us a future unlike the past, a future that we will enjoy beyond measure. Living in love is the basis of transformation, the basis for Awakening or Christ-consciousness. We give up judgment, we give up fear, and we walk into the sunlight with Jesus. It is just that simple and just that hard, for, make no mistake, this change in orientation to the true world demands the giving of all that we have held dear. We won’t give up our special relationships, though; we will transform them into holy. And the change may be disconcerting, at least for a while. But this change from the special to the holy holds the key to all the rest. Make no bones about it, this change requires the surrender of all that we have held dear, for we have held dear what would imprison God’s Son or Daughter.

It is time to make a choice to give up illusions. It is time to walk Home. Jesus will help us. Other beings will help us. We never walk alone. God Himself will help us. The transformation that is required to see true reality is a change in vision, of the inner eye—not the physical eye. The transformation will come first in glimpses, lengthening in time, over time. Then, if we are very diligent in our forgiveness, in our giving up of judgment and fear, we will move into the maintenance of Christ-consciousness, and then, ultimately, into the sustainability of Christ-consciousness. And with this change, nothing will ever be the same again.

Ask for help in receiving the blessing of Christ-consciousness today. Ask to see the glimpses that foretell the future for all of us. Do not delay. Delay is likely of the ego, an ego that does not mean us well, for we made it, and we made it not through love. Choose love once again, and everything will fall into place.

Little Nudges of Guidance

“Yearning, learning, seeking, acquiring, the need to own, the need to keep, the grasping call, the driving force, the chosen passion—all these things that you have made to replace what you already have will lead you back as surely as they can lead you astray.” (ACOL, C:4.8)

God is very smart. Of course. He chooses the very way that we have been led astray to bring us back. What would work better? I can’t think of anything, and God can’t either.

Yearning, learning, seeking, acquiring, etc., are powerful detriments to our glory. But they are also powerful incentives to come back Home. Our great power has been used to lead us astray, but that same power is now being used to lead us to a better place, the Home that we left eons ago. Is it not a fortunate thing that we live in such times, the time of Christ in which many will find their way to Christ-consciousness?

We don’t know why this epoch is now the time of Christ. Nor do we know why the time of the Holy Spirit has been superseded. Our questionings are vast, filled with the ignorance of self-betrayal. We would know more if we had experienced a transformation, the transformation that Jesus wishes us to choose. We can express willingness for this change to come about, and we need to do so, but we are not in total control of the timing—only God is. But rest assured that He will act to lead us into complete freedom, an imprisoned will no longer, when we are prepared.

Pray to be prepared sooner rather than later. Live mindfully. Live attentively. Learn through observation of the events and people surrounding us. Drop judgment, something that is within our power. Insofar as possible, drop fear (though this is less easily done than dropping judgment). Above all, listen to the nudges of guidance; these will come, unbidden, when we just allow a little willingness to listen. And the nudges of guidance come in many guises: intuition, overhead conversations, feelings, words arising in the mind that we don’t seem to have “thought,” the well-meaning advice of others that seems right on the nose. God finds a way to get through to us, if we will only lend half a mind to discern what He is saying.

Peace Breaks Out with Glad Rejoicing

“We will begin by working on a state of neutrality in which the war is no longer fought, the daily battles cease. Who wins and who loses is not of concern to us here. Peace has not yet come. But the white flag of surrender has been waved and dropped upon a hallowed ground where neutrality will for a short time reign before peace breaks out with glad rejoicing.” (ACOL, C:2.22)

When we seek to change from the state of insanity to something sane, we may need to take it step-by-step. A state of neutrality may need to happen first, before our movement into Christ-consciousness. We, in this state, remain open to all that would be shown to us. We are surrendered to whatever may happen. We will not have to wait long.

Our lives get better at this point of surrender. We are no longer fighting daily battles, because we are endeavoring to live the life that God would have us live. We have fought such battles in fighting life and the best that we have in us. Our ego has undermined our good intentions, and, of course, we know that good intentions are never enough. Our ego would undermine anything that we sought to do better, because surrender means that the ego dies. The ego knows this.

We are gradually walking into the sunlight. We are not fighting useless and senseless battles any longer. We are resting a bit in neutrality, waiting for peace to arrive. And arrive it will, and soon. We need this peace.

Be assured that our time of trials is almost over. When we surrender to God, following guidance of the Christ Self, we know a peace that will never leave us. We are experiencing real love for God, and He knows that all we need to Awakening is to experience this love consistently. He will not tarry long before He looks in on us—and then the blessing of Awakening will rest upon us.

Pray that none of us will have long to wait.

The Easy Way Out

“Resign as your own teacher. Accept me as your teacher and accept that I will teach you the truth. Find no shame in this. You cannot learn what I would teach you without me. You have tried in countless ways and can try still again. But you will not succeed. Not because you are not smart enough. Not because you will not try hard enough. But because it is impossible. It is impossible to learn anything on your own. Your determination to do so only blocks your learning. It is only through union with me that you learn because it is only in union with me that you are your Self.” (ACOL, C:1.10)

In this passage Jesus asserts that his Self and our Self are one. And that we need him to make proper decisions. On our own, we cannot choose rightly; we just get lost in mindless meandering. Here Jesus is taking his place in this teaching volume of A Course of Love as our teacher. (Toward the end of ACOL, he will resign as our teacher, saying that we have now learned from him, and that he is our companion in the future.)

We cannot learn on our own, even when we try the hardest. We need a wiser soul to take charge and lead us out of the maze in which we find ourselves. And Jesus, as our savior, takes this task of leading us out unto himself. What a blessing for us this really is! We don’t have to struggle to get free of eons of bad choices. He will show us the easy way out of the mess that we have made of our lives. He knows how to do it, and he is using A Course of Love as one gigantic teaching tool.

There are other pathways, of course. But if we find an affinity with A Course of Love, it behooves us to accept the savior who is channeling that work. And I believe that this is indeed Jesus. Many others believe this as well. And indeed we find many wise sayings in ACOL that vie for a place among the best advice ever given.

Let Jesus help today. Read the first volume of ACOL with new eyes. Accept Jesus as the savior, the teacher, who can lead us into creating the new world that he so wants us to become part of. What do we have to lose but our agony?

Being Awake in God’s World

“If you cannot see yourself “other than” as man or woman living in a particular place in a particular time, you cannot see your Self. Thus Jesus comes to you again, in a way that you can accept, to lead you beyond what you can accept to what is true.” (ACOL, C:P.39)

What is Jesus saying here? The Self lives in all times and places, not in a particular place and time, but in the Now that is eternal. And Jesus has come to us again, in this particular time and place, to lead us out of time and into the eternal.

We have long seen ourselves as “stuck” in time, rigidly captured by the surroundings that we find ourselves in. But this is an illusion. We belong to all times and all places, for the Self is all-embracing. It is true that we cannot understand this with our finite minds. But open the mind and heart a little to consider carefully what Jesus is here saying. He would not have us deluded by the here and now any longer.

Look to eternity for the best things in life. Don’t look to the next job, the next car, the next house. These things fade in importance to us, but the eternal that Jesus proclaims does not fade. We go on from a perception of the eternal to the Christ-consciousness which opens like a flower upon a new world. We know, as opposed to perceive. And in this knowledge are we saved, ultimately. We have that which we have always longed to have, without having a name for it. We are awake in God’s world, and we know that it is good.

In Patience Possess Our Souls

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“Oh, Child of God, you have no need to try at all, no need to be burdened or to grow tired and weary. You who want to accomplish much good in the world realize that only you can be accomplished. You are here to awaken from your slumber. You are here not to awaken to the same world, a world that seems a little more sane than before but still governed by insanity, a world in which it seems possible to help a few others but certainly not all others, but to awaken to a new world. If all that you see changed within your world is a little less insanity than before, then you have not awakened but still are caught in the nightmare your ego has made. By choosing to reject yourself you have chosen to try to make sense of the nightmare rather than to awaken from it. This will never work.” (ACOL, C:P.14)

We need to forgive ourselves as well as others; this is what Jesus is saying when he notes that we tend to reject ourselves, to make sense of the nightmare in which we find ourselves. Until we forgive, we are sitting in judgment, and we know that judging complicates our minds and makes us feel uneasy, ill-at-ease, awkward, and afraid. No one can judge and hope to live well. So let’s give up the rejection of ourselves, the judging, the lack of forgiveness, as a bad way to interact with our very entity.

We can find a little way through this world just by living the holy dreams that the Holy Spirit sends; these are happy dreams. But if we are content just to dream dreams, we are making compromises with reality. We are only a little sane, and we need and want to wholly sane.

True sanity comes with Christ-consciousness, and Christ-consciousness usually comes in stages, in glimpses. We intuit the end long before we experience it. And the intuition leads to an Awakening that doesn’t have to be traumatic. We will led gently, as down a garden path. Indeed, we might think of our pathway toward ultimate salvation as a garden path.

Jesus calls us “the accomplished” in ACOL. What does this mean? It means that we have made progress—finally. But it is not a progress that the ego would anticipate. It is progress that we make in humility, but not in self-abasement. We give ourselves credit for how far we have walked in this garden of a world. We give ourselves credit for what the Christ Self has accomplished in us to integrate mind and heart into wholeheartedness.

We are easy with ourselves, content to know that we are doing what Jesus has encouraged. We don’t denigrate our progress, nor do we exalt ourselves in a final burst of egoic thinking. We just attend to our business in this world, and that is our Father’s business, just like Jesus in the synagogue at age 12.

Have patience. At the end of the third part of A Course of Love, the “Days” of the Dialogues, Jesus indicates that we may make the trip to the mountaintop many times, though this is not his wish for us. But we may go many times in our reading. This in itself is not bad. The time is already set, and there may be little that we can do to speed up that time of the coming of Christ-consciousness.

Above all, don’t get frustrated about our perceived slowness. Jesus would not have that. He is ever-patient with us, and we must be so with ourselves.

Give Up Isolation as a False Idea

“You communicate with no one, and you are as isolated from reality as if you were alone in all the universe. In your madness you overlook reality completely, and you see only your own split mind everywhere you look.” (ACIM, T-13.V.6)

Reality is not isolated, a theme that I have emphasized in this blog. We can derive great comfort from hearing that we are not meant to be fiercely independent, separate from each other in splendid isolation. We are meant to lean on each other, to share, to join. We are not going to be able to live independently all the time anyway; life will pull the rug out from under us at pivotal points, and we do not need to rue this experience. We may chastise ourselves, thinking that we are too “weak” at such times. But this is a misnomer. We are never meant to go it alone. We don’t have to do so. Nothing in life or in our experience demands this of us.

What a blessing this actually is! We now know, if we take to heart this quotation, that we are joined to one another. We are differentiated in relationship, but we are in unity as One. And so we are actually joined one to the other.

We need to communicate with each other. We don’t need to stay in madness, with a split mind of separation and unity vying for ascendancy. The mind is split, all of our minds. The Holy Spirit (as A Course in Miracles would say) or the inner Christ mind (as A Course of Love would say) are “struggling” to take over, thereby freeing us. But there are probably still elements of the egoic, separated mind that vie for ascendancy.

But we know enough now that we don’t want the ego to try to run our lives. This ego is actually the “devil” or “Satan” that we have feared. But as a product of our own thinking, the ego does not require our fear of it. It is just best turned aside from. Not in resistance, for that will make the ego strong, because defense makes what it would defend against. Instead, just know that we need a whole mind, split no longer between unity and separation. The way is clear. Just sense our joining one with another, and our ego will be undone. Immediately, though it may arise from time to time, over and over, until banished for good in Awakening or Christ-consciousness.

Our World Has No Boundaries

“Through this transparency, the reality of the One Self being also the many, or the all, is apparent. The spaciousness of love, the lovely complexity of form, the awesome majesty of nature, all are visible within the One Self because of the invisibility of the one boundary-less Self of form.” (ACOL, Dialogues, Day 13, 13.6)

This quotation is part of the theology of A Course of Love, and it needs some context. We are said, once we reach Christ-consciousness, to live in a “spacious self.” This spacious self, encompasses areas outside of ourselves, enfolding others, whether they be exhibiting positive or negative traits. But others are not badly influenced by this enfoldment; they are helped by it, for we are all One Self, One with God. Our Self is therefore “boundary-less,” even though we have form, physical bodies.

We see many other bodies that don’t all look as we do, and this is part of the “complexity of form.” But we don’t make judgments, as did the ego, about these other bodies that are diverse. We welcome such complexity, some diversity, yet knowing all the while that we are really One with others, One with God, and One in our innermost being, the inner Christ Self.

Don’t let the theology throw you. Jesus doesn’t require that we understand with our thinking mind. He wants us to experience with our open heart. And in the openness of heart, we will come to experience and to understand.

And that is all that is required.

Sense the Vibes

“Imagine the air around you being visible and your form an invisible space within the visible surroundings. This is the reality of Christ-consciousness. Consciousness may seem to be embodied by form but the reverse is true and has always been true.” (ACOL, Dialogues, Day 12, 12.2)

The assertion in this quotation may seem very strange indeed. But there is a Oneness to reality that we often miss. The Self that we are exists out in the open; inside, we all too often miss the mark, especially if we haven’t yet opened to the inner Christ. Our little bodies don’t keep the Self apart from our environment. Intuitively we know this, for do we not sense “vibes” that are seemingly outside of us? Of course, we all do sense these vibes, though we may not, until later on, put much credence in them.

Now is the time to put credence in vibes. We will live much better, for these psychic attunements are evidence that we are opening to a larger reality.

So consciousness is outside of our physical bodies, our physical form. We are a solid mass of physicality in our bodies, but we exist in the ether. We are not isolated, encased in bodies. When we think about this a little, we will be reassured.
Despite what the ego used to tell us, we don’t really want to be so independent of each other. We know, somehow, somewhere, that we are mean to be in concert with one another. This sharing of being is what life is really all about, what life is about when it is truly lived.

Let’s truly live life today, sharing and in concert with one another.

Every Day Better in Every Way as We Walk into Wholeness

“This change is predicated on all the changes that have come before it, including, and most particularly, on that which was most recently spoke of, that of apprehending the new reality of wholeness. It is not wholeness that is new, but the reality of wholeness that is new. The reality of being able to experience the variability of separation from within the state of wholeness is what is new.” (ACOL, Dialogues, Day 18, 28.8)

Have we really left separation behind? Yes, we have, though in the beginning of sensing wholeness, we will still know some of what is in the house of illusion, and that is the “variability of separation.” A Course of Love indicates that we are in the house of truth, but outside the house of illusion—because the house of truth encompasses the All, the house of illusion as well. We don’t try to go back in and pull out those who are still trapped within the house of illusion; that is not our task, our role. We witness from the house of truth. And that is all.

Wholeness is a blessing that ought to be sought, for our sight is much keener when we are seeing the whole. What does wholeness mean? It seems to me to be the last step on the pathway to Christ-consciousness, surely the greatest wholeness of all. If we see in totality, we see accurately, but this does not mean that we are still always lost in illusions of what true reality really means. We have moved beyond that, and we have indeed made great progress to have done so.

We are after true reality, and the reality of wholeness is new to us. This creation of the new is a major theme of A Course of Love. We would leave behind our leaden feet as we walk sprightly on, with Jesus holding our hand. He will do so, though no one on earth can imagine how that might be. Perhaps he clones himself; perhaps souls that are very advanced can do such things. Seeing and sensing Jesus have been reported by many in traditional Christianity, and so this assertion (which occurred in A Course in Miracles) does seem more plausible than not.

The means are there for us. We need only ask for help. And then the reality of wholeness will be a surety for us. We will not wander, aimless and alone, in a forest of malcontent. Every day will get better, an improvement over the one before.

Walk into a New State of Being

“A new state of being is a new reality. It is linked with your notion of who and where you are, for who you are and where you find yourself, and experience yourself, are your reality.” (ACOL, Dialogues, Day 29, 29.7)

Which of us would not sometimes want a new reality? A new “you”?

I venture that this receding mirage is in a dream in all of us. And the surprising thing is that here A Course of Love says, Jesus says, that this new state of being is a new reality, a new reality that we are can have, indeed are entitled to.
What a blessing! (I say that so often in this blog, for there are so many blessings in our reading of ACIM and ACOL.) This new reality will be one, according to ACOL, of the heart—or the heart and mind joined in twain, wholeheartedness.

This wholeheartedness is such a comfort on rainy, gray days. And even a sunny day can take on the dreariness of a gray day if we are not cognizant of our many blessings. We can have this new reality. I don’t think that the new reality comes just as we awaken; I think that it comes prior to that. In A Course in Miracles, we hear of the “happy dreams that the Holy Spirit brings,” and we are comforted. In A Course of Love, we are bade to listen to the inner Christ Self, and to be comforted thereby. (We have been told that we are living now in the time of Christ, that the time of the Holy Spirit is past.) Would it not make sense that the Self could and would comfort even before Christ-consciousness descends upon us.

I am a case in point, because I have not yet awakened. I sometimes wonder how I can help others if that is my situation, but when we are in the same boat, that help comes easily. I know where you are coming from. And some of that is frustration, for we want it all—not in an egoic sense, but right in line with divine wishes for us. Yet if we have not yet awakened, there is a reason, just one that we don’t yet know. And we can reach out and speak to those in a similar situation. We can be patient, learning through observation, vision, and revelation (from ACOL).

Living Our Christ-conscious Self

“We discuss being what you represent in truth. We discuss the elevation of form. And what we have discussed thus far is the acceptance of form as what it is. This is the new reality you have desired. To live as who you are in form.” (ACOL, Dialogues, 5.19)

Jesus describes in A Course of Love that it is entirely possible to live in this world in our bodies as our real Selves. He calls it occupying the “elevated Self of form.” This is a condition that is ego-less, in that we are not living the little, or personal, self that is ruled by the ego—but instead living as our Christ-conscious Self, the inner Christ Self whom we all have in our depths.

At one point Jesus talks about this situation as a new choice, never made before in our world, and he says that he will not predict the future, that he does not have the means to know what we will do with this new embodied Christ-conscious Self in form (in body).
This new choice is probably welcomed by many of us, for we are used to the physical body and have difficulty imagining ghost-like embodiments, such as we might enjoy after death. We like our bodies. We don’t like our separated state, embodying an ego that doesn’t mean us well and leads us into suffering.

The good news is that when we eliminate the blocks to love’s awareness, we can come into our own as Selves. We can be Christ-conscious, which is another way of saying Awakening or enlightenment. This new state, never before sustained, is the aim at which A Course of Love moves. A new identity. And all of us need to give up attack, give up judging, give up planning (unless guided to do so), and give up fear/anxiety. These are barriers to the new reality.

Do Not Blame the Victim!

“No victim is to blame for the violence done to them. No sick person is to blame for the illness within them. But you must be able to look at and see reality for what it is. Just as we are telling you that new beliefs and ideas will lead to a new reality, old beliefs and ideas let to the old reality, a reality that will still exist for some even after it changes completely for you.” (ACOL, Treatise on the Personal Self, 19.12)

This is Jesus’s definitive answer to the question of “blame the victim.” Intuitively, we have known that to blame the victim is wrong, but perhaps, with all the talk about our “creating our reality,” we lost touch with the idea that to blame the victim is misguided. We are heading into a new reality, a reality without victims. The old reality had victims, sometimes desperately so. But we need to realize that the new reality will leave aside such desperate means to an end. Our ego will have fallen away, and with it the harshness of everyday life.

What does it mean to say that we heading into a new reality? Our new reality will be salvation personified. We will know what it means to live by the intuitive guidance that comes from our inner Christ Self. We will not think of this guidance as somewhat external to ourselves, as we (erroneously) thought of the Holy Spirit. We will know that the new way that we live is coming from our essence, and that this essence is in a bonding with God, for we are a part of Him.

True reality brooks no delay in coming. It is important that we remove the blocks to Christ-consciousness, or Awakening, so that we can get on with the business of this new reality. The world needs us to remove the blocks keeping us from attaining our real potential. The world is in desperate straits. Let us act today to stop judging, stop attacking, and stop making meaningless plans.
Leave behind fear, for that was a symptom of egoic living. Walk onward, along our paths, and know that Jesus is there with us. He is there with all of us. We cannot understand this, but I personally do believe it. He can clone himself into as many parts as are needed, with his entire essence being in each part. An example of a hologram.

So we walk forward with a clear mind about what “creating our reality” really means. We don’t harbor dark thoughts that the sick did this unto themselves. This frees us to be compassionate. And we need compassion, along with love, more than anything.