“It is to our hearts that we appeal for guidance, for there resides the one who truly guides. (A Course of Love, 3.17)”
Affirmation: “May I appeal for guidance to my heart.”
1 – Christ Within
Christ is within our hearts, our higher Self, the elevated Self of form (the latter being what A Course of Love eventually explains). We are not different from Jesus as the Christ; he just walked the whole pathway back to God, something that we have yet to do. But in this first volume of ACOL, he is seeking to teach us, through our hearts, what we need to do to walk that pathway with him as our teacher. By the final volume in the trilogy, he will have resigned as our teacher, saying that we no longer have need of him as a teacher. He then becomes our companion along the pathway.
2 – God Seen with Inner Sense
The heart, as we have been saying, does not demand intellectual proof of anything. We just sense, or intuit, what to say or do, and when we follow this guidance, we are led home to God. We do not die; we live in this world, but we see God with an inner sense, an inner vision with non-physical eyes. (A Course in Miracles implies the same.)
3 – Avoid Discouragement
We must not get discouraged along the way. As A Course in Miracles pointed out, we are not meant to be without limitations in this world, but we are to overcome them. Previously, in ACIM, we followed the guidance of our Guide, the Holy Spirit (or Great Communicator, or Universal Inspiration), but now, in ACOL, we are to follow the guidance that comes from our hearts in the Christ spirit, for we are now in the time of Christ. I would believe that there is some overlap, and that here Jesus is speaking specifically to those of us who are students of A Course of Love, who are those who have studied and understood A Course in Miracles.
4 – Be Vigilant Against the Ego
Be vigilant today against letting our minds take over, for this is a prime egoic tendency, and with the ego in ascendancy, we will be unable to hear what our hearts are trying to tell us. Jesus is bypassing the mind, the intellect, for just this reason–that the ego lives here, sometimes beyond the time that we would wish it. We may have made a decision to let the ego wither away, just disappear, some time before this actually happens. And we are especially prone to making mistakes (though not “sins”) if we don’t listen to these new words from Jesus, and open our hearts for their counsel.
I would be contented today, sure in Your love. When challenges seem to arise, I will recognize that there really is no challenge that Your love cannot solve. We are not meant to be challenged, because when we follow Your guidance, we choose for all humankind, sure of Your guidance and sure of what we ought to do.
Thank You for the improvement in my day as the morning ebbs. Help me not to drop into melancholy, but to know that You have everything in hand. With You we are safe. With You we are loved. Your way is best for us. And I ask that all that I touch today, including myself, find Your way to the blessings that You hold out for us. May we know tranquility.