“There is not a soul that walks this earth that does not weep at what it sees. Yet the Christ in you does not weep, for the Christ in you sees with eyes of love. The difference is the eyes of love see not the misery or despair. They are not there! This is the miracle. The miracle is true seeing. Think not that love can look on misery and see love there. Love looks not on misery at all. (A Course of Love, 2.10)”
1 – The Illusory World
A Course of Love does not elaborate on the sometimes confusing statement made here, “They [misery and despair] are not there!” Given the theology of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, I think that we are here to view the misery and despair that we observe as being illusory–not real. ACIM is particularly keen on this interpretation.
2 – Need for Compassion
This conclusion does not mean that we lack compassion, nor that we fail to offer compassion to ourselves and to our brothers and sisters who are in need. We know that bad things happen in our illusory world, and these bad things certainly can indeed bring pain and suffering. The pain does not turn into suffering, though, if we acknowledge clearly enough to our beleaguered minds that what we are experiencing is not real. We can be healed in many ways, and sometimes we are not “healed” physically, but emotionally. Yet we are assured by Jesus that healing will always be accepted when the individual is ready for it. (He does not state whether or not he is speaking of physical or emotional healing.) I think it is best that we take Jesus at his word, even when we are incapable of fully understanding. He has shown us much in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love that have brought us out of the forest of discontent. Surely we can trust him to lead us rightly in the matter of healing.
3 – The Other Side
Of course, most of us make the transition to a better world in death through an illness of some type. And so, in these cases, our healing is a graduation ceremony, for nobody believes that he/she takes his/her infirmities to the next world (the Other Side).
4 – See with the Heart
Still this passage may appear confusing. How can love not look on misery at all? We have physical eyes that see, but my interpretation is that Jesus would have us look with our hearts, and with our hearts we love. We do not judge ailments as something real. We know that the love that we feel in our hearts is the only truly real aspect of this sometimes difficult world in which we find ourselves.
I would see with my heart today, recognizing that the misery that I feel or that I see if illusory, because this whole world is illusory. May we find the real world today, inwardly, so that our joy might be complete.
May my heart be soothed as I begin this day. May Your blessings abound, and may I not forget to thank You for those blessings.
Be with me throughout this long day. May I put aside my own contribution to any misery that I feel, knowing that to focus on it is to make it seem more real. And the misery is not real. Thank You for the knowledge of this truth.