Empowered Living

“The world is uncaused by anything, save the choices you have made as a free consciousness.  You have concocted the thought and then immersed yourself in that which reflects back to you what you have already decided to believe.  This means that The Way of Transformation is that way in which one becomes empowered, in every moment, to become fully responsible for clearly deciding what they will see and that they will not settle for anything less.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 12, Page 147)

We determine what we will see and experience in this world by our own “free consciousness.”  What happens is based on what we believe is possible.  And if the belief is not there, the manifestation won’t be either.  When we fully engage our minds and hearts in what we wish to see, not taking “no” for an answer (unless we intuit that it is wrong for us), we are on the right track.   This quotation says it all:  We “clearly” decide what we will see and “will not settle for anything less.”

Knowing this is possible is a great blessing for us.  Of course, it is the law of attraction in operation.  The Way of Mastery, from which this quotation comes, is keen on manifestation, but it is manifestation that is aligned with our deepest nature.  If we get the nod from our interior that what we want is exactly right for us, then we have a great assurance that it WILL manifest.

On the other hand, if we can’t see, with our mind’s eye, the desired happening coming about, then it is time to reevaluate our goals.  Our options may include things that we haven’t thought about yet, and those options may be very, very good indeed.

Ask for direction in what we want.  Then we will best invoke the law of attraction.

Faith

“Beloved friends, if you had faith as a tiny, tiny, tiny little seed, you would know that from that little tiny faith, you will create the mighty oak tree whose branches will shelter you from the blistering sun and give comfort unto many. Twenty minutes is an eternity when it comes to creating your tomorrows!” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 9, Page 116)

Here we are asked to spend 20 minutes in meditation. This will create the eternity of tomorrows that we hope will be good. And they will be good, for we will discover much in meditation that will teach us how to live.

Our faith does not have to be gigantic to get results. The tiny seed, the acorn, eventually grows the mighty oak. Our tiny seed of faith can do gigantic things in our lives, too. We just need to cling to that tiny bit of faith, all that is really asked of us.

We want to give comfort to our loved ones, and here we are told that the seed of our faith will do just that. This faith geminates love, and love can do all things. We need, in this life, only to love, and then all of our activities will fall into place. Our outlook will improve, our energy level will rise, our good deeds will multiply.

It only takes a seed of faith to start an avalanche of Love.

Reason & Faith

There is a difference between what is metaphorically true and what is actually true. When the way seems rough, it is likely that one is being propelled by a metaphor. Instruction for living is found therein, but not those things that will be actualized in the time and place of this plane. And faith that it will be is misplaced faith, particularly likely to lead one even deeper into illusion.

I was greatly relieved in my college classes in religion to learn that one of the Church Fathers had declared that one need not believe on faith anything that contradicted reason. As my beliefs about Reality have changed, so has my reasoning about it. But the Holy Spirit leads gently and leads us willingly; just so long as He is dealing with a skeptic, so ever gentle will He lead. Now I read in the Course that the Holy Spirit uses reason to undo insanity. (T-21.V.9:1) Reason actually lies in the union of my will with that of the Father.

With these words the gentle pathway back becomes illumined as by a lightning bolt. Perhaps the Holy Spirit needs reason even more than blind faith. If truly blind, one is not using her sane mind, but is particularly apt, perhaps, to follow a will o’ wisp of falsity to its mad conclusion.

Faith

Faith is a particularly slippery term to the partially insane, because it can be used to justify illusions as well as truth. If we believe an illusion strongly enough, it will become true to us (even if we have to dip into psychosis to prove its truth). Conversely, if one lacks faith in any truths beyond one’s self, the world becomes a very nihilistic place in which to dwell.

So when do we know that faith is warranted? There are no easy answers. But you can be sure that if one has to invert a whole frame of reference to justify a belief, that belief is probably wrong. The Course is practical, as ever. And I know from experience that, given a strong will, one is frequently tempted to invert a frame of reference in an attempt to preserve an egoistic dream.

Continue in Faith

“That resistance is fear. And fear is one of the energies out of alignment with the truth of the Kingdom. Therefore, fear not, but continue in faith. For I say unto you, what you will discover at the end of this pathway is perfect freedom, perfect power, perfect spaciousness, perfect joy and perfect peace of living—literally—in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Chapter 2, Page 22)

“. . .[F]ear not, but continue in faith.” Doesn’t this sound like the New Testament? Haven’t we been urged all of our lives to have faith? Faith without seeing, faith in knowing that our Creator is here for us?

Too many of us have spent large volumes of time in fears and anxieties. I know that I have. Anxieties have dogged my pathway all of my life, even as a fretful child trying to make good grades in high school. Now I am seeking to walk a better way, a way free of anxieties and saturated with faith. Faith is the “evidence of things not seen,” and in The Way of Mastery platform, we are asked to believe many things that might, at first glance, cause us concern.

Do we really want to be skeptical? What has skepticism ever got us? If we open our minds ever so slightly, we will see a new day dawning, a new world coming up in that dawn. The end of the pathway is the enlightenment (Awakening, Christ-consciousness) that Jesus wishes for all of us. He wants a world full of Christed beings.

And this can be so. Our subconscious will be healed as we let Jesus’s words wash over us. “[P]erfect freedom, perfect power, perfect spaciousness, perfect joy and perfect peace.” Yes! These can be ours. The spaciousness means that we empty ourselves of anything but God’s will and His way, so that He can fill us with that which will never make us hunger and thirst again.

Yes! The Way of Mastery (the Christ-Mind Trilogy) takes us by the hand and leads us to a brighter future. Would we still resist?

An End to Wearying Ourselves

“When you feel tired, it is merely because you have judged yourself as capable of being tired. When you laugh at someone, it is because you have judged him as debased. When you laugh at yourself, you are singularly likely to laugh at others, if only because you cannot tolerate being more debased than others. All of this does make you tired, because it is essentially disheartening. You are not really capable of being tired, but you are very capable of wearying yourself.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-3.X.6:1-5)

Would it not be great incentive to know that there is a way to eschew tiredness?

Jesus says here that there is, that we have wearied ourselves by judging our world and the people in it. One way that we judge is by laughing at another, and even laughing at ourselves. Even if we call the laughter just a jest, it is still disheartening. Best to give up debasing other people, even as we give up debasing ourselves. There is a better way to live: Live and let live. Be magnanimous. Be tolerant.

We have wearied ourselves, and many times over the years. Now that we know what has caused this—judging ourselves and others—we can gently turn aside from this bad behavior.

And Awakening is more likely on the horizon, an added blessing indeed.

A Gentler Way

“You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgment. If you will look back at the earlier remarks about what you and your brothers are, you will realize that judging them in any way is really without meaning. In fact, their meaning is lost to you precisely because you are judging them. All uncertainty comes from a totally fallacious belief that you are under the coercion of judgment. You do not need it to organize your life, and you certainly do not need it to organize yourself.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-3.X.4:1-5)

We need to flow gently with life, and we certainly don’t do that when we are caught up in resentments, judging negatively our brothers and sisters. When we blame them for presumed wrongdoings, we neglect to realize that we invited that wrongdoing into our lives. If we had not opened to it, the wrongdoing would not have happened, because we are in control of our own lives, however much it might seem that we are victims.

Leave judgment behind. If we don’t, we close the door to Awakening. Fear and judgment are the two emotions/actions that prevent us from coming into the ultimate in salvation. Is not our own Awakening worth giving up a debilitating emotion that limits us to feet of clay?

If we find that our mind dwells in resentment, we are damning ourselves.

Can’t we see this? Don’t we know that forgiveness is the way? Haven’t we studied A Course in Miracles enough to know this, through and through?

A gentle way is always superior to any other way. When we calm our mind and heart, we will realize this.