“As I awaited my death, I was given the gift of knowing what would come to be through my resurrection. This I tried to pass on in the simplest of terms. I tried to make it known that while I would die and resurrect into a new form, you would also, that this new form would exist within you, that you would become the Body of Christ and giving and receiving would be complete. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 9.9)”
Affirmation: “I would resurrect in a new form, the elevated Self of form.”
1 – A Glorious Promise
In this passage, Jesus is saying to us that nothing that he experienced is closed to us. We do not have to die in a crucifixion, but his resurrection is our own as well. We too will resurrect, and sooner rather than later. The time is upon us now. What a glorious promise this is!
2 – Perfection?
We do not have to perfect ourselves for this blessing to befall us. Jesus, according to A Course in Miracles, will correct all mistakes that we cannot correct. And, in A Course of Love, he tells us that if we decide that we don’t want anger anymore, it will just fall from us. We will make the changes in our personality that we want to make. And nowhere does he say in ACOL that we have to be perfect to “merit” Christ-consciousness. Even the Dalai Lama admits to getting angry sometimes.
3 – Body of Christ
What does it mean to become the Body of Christ? I think that this characterization means that we are to be one with Christ, including but not limited to the man Jesus. Giving and receiving will be one. As we give to others, we receive. And when we give the gift of love, we are giving of our fullness.
4 – Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle notes that his correspondence is replete with accounts of the coming of Awakening to people in many parts of the world. He sees himself as at an epicenter, in that he has described his Awakening in several books, and people naturally write to him when they experience something similar. The time seems ripe now for more and more of us to experience Awakening. This is not only in line with what Eckhart says, but also indicated by Jesus in A Course of Love. ACIM dislodged the ego, but we need to replace it with something, and that something is the Self/Christ. The ego-oriented personal self is dying away in many, many of us. But we need to do our part to eliminate egoic and egotistical thinking from disturbing our minds and hearts. We need to realize that all of us are equal in the eyes of God, and this is not a new concept. But, perhaps, it is a concept that only now we are fully ready to accept.
5 – Small Strides Daily
So let us become the Body of Christ, making small strides each day. When glimpses of Awakening come to us, let us retain the feeling and prolong the experience. Eventually the glimpses will smooth into a continuity that will assure us that we are well on the way to an ultimate transition to Christ-consciousness. Some of us see this suddenly, but most are giving a gradual learning process (from the Manual of ACIM).
I would walk slowly, as You lead, to a greater future than I have yet known. May I live the kind of life that You wish for me. May I love and serve You. May I find joy in the companionship of my brothers and sisters. And may I know salvation in its fullness.
Thank You for the steps toward Awakening that Jesus has outlined in ACIM and ACOL. I may not be ready, but You have given me glimpses, and for this I thank You. May I do nothing to dishonor You. May my days be well-filled, doing the deeds that You would have me do. May I make the choices that You would recommend. And may I share what You teach me as best I can.
Thank You for showing me Yourself by means of the felt sense of Your presence that comes over me. I would walk in Your way, living by Your rules, and I would have no anxiety for the morrow.