“There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be. You do not change appearance, though you smile more frequently. Your forehead is serene; your eyes are quiet. And the ones who walk the world as you do recognize their own. Yet those who have not yet perceived the way will recognize you also, and believe that you are like them, as you were before. (WB291)”
Affirmation “There is a way of living in the world that is not here.”
1 – Avoid the Ego with the Passage for Today
This is an especially sweet passage. Beware, however, of letting the ego in. This statement is not saying that we are “special.” We can say that nobody is “special,” or that all are “special”; either way works. We are not alone, and we have no gifts that will not one day be shared by everyone (a Text tenet).
2 – Others Believe Also
It is comforting to know that we can find others with similar persuasions about in the world. This does not necessarily mean that these others will be students of A Course in Miracles; there are many ways of learning the perennial philosophy. We can walk happily, as we incorporate the tenets of ACIM in our lives. Certainly already each of us has had moments of recognition that someone in our world is walking the way that we choose to walk. Sometimes we see Christ in their eyes, an especially sweet miracle when it occurs.
3 – Of Like Mind
We become aware of these others of like mind when we are looking for it. Mostly, perhaps, it is a matter of eye contact. It is like a secret society. But especially know that we cannot let specialness enter in, or we lose the concept entirely. All will come to walk the world this way, eventually, and it is our function to bring that day closer.
4 – Ask God
If we have not experienced this way of living in the world that is not “here,” then let us pray together for this blessing to come upon us. God will not delay, for we are asking in His Will. He wants this way of walking the world to become the way of all.
5 – Do Not See “Specialness”
The only error that we could make, and it would be a large error, is to see specialness in this miracle. Then we will look down upon those who are simply not yet ready for this miracle. And time is an illusion, the only thing that separates perceived miracles from coming to all of us. There are no gifts that one day will not belong to everyone.
I would walk through the world today with a serene expression on my face. I would know that all of us, excepting nobody, has troubles, but I would also know that the solution is always found with the problem. Ask for help, and You grant it.
I thank You that there is a way to find others of like mind. And I would do so today.