“As the dawn is unrestrained in its bursting forth, so has been your time of innocence. Not so the approach of day as the sun slowly rises and as slowly sets. This is a time of being both guided and restrained. A time of realizing that you can know without knowing what to do, and that this is not a mistake. (A Course of Love, 28.10)”
Affirmation “I will be patient today in my ‘knowing.'”
1 – Reassuring Passage
This passage is a reassuring gesture on the part of Jesus to us who are still learning. We may have experienced a sudden relief when we realized that we truly are innocent, but as time goes on, the movement toward Christ-consciousness slows down–as the sun slowly rises and slowly sets. While this slow movement is not always the case and does not receive the most attention, it is the most common way. We see glimpses before Christ-consciousness can be maintained. Indeed, maintaining the elevated Self of form is very rare indeed, at least at this time in our history.
2 – Commune with God
But we can commune with God, we can internally ask questions of Jesus, and we can read A Course of Love–all to get a roadmap to enlightenment. Most of the outstanding examples of enlightenment in our history have been sudden experiences, but the very suddenness may have given rise to the awareness of the existence of these people. A more gradual Awakening is kinder to us, for then the light does not suddenly dawn upon us, leaving us perhaps a bit frightened. (These are interpretations based in part on both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.)
3 – Rest in Stillness
When we “know,” but don’t know what to do, I think it would be wise to rest in stillness until we do know what to do. We do not want to go off willy-nilly, making mistakes that will only set us back. Ask for guidance, for the solution is always found with the problem. We will always be answered, and my experience is that it does not take long for the answer to come. Ask, and ye shall receive (from the Bible).
4 – Imaginary Bonds
We often strain at imaginary bonds that seem to restrain us. We have learned so much from A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, and we are so eager, as a result, to walk the whole pathway to Awakening or Christ-consciousness. Our eagerness with A Course of Love is greater than with ACIM, even. This difference, this increase, is because we finally see that we have “learned” all that is needed, and we simply need to assimilate our learning so that it becomes knowledge rather than perception. The knowledge cannot come until we let the ego die, and sometimes this dying is painfully slow–even when we wish it to happen fast (perhaps especially when we wish it to happen fast). The knowledge will go with us on the whole pathway to full salvation. And we need to rest awhile in peace, before we will know what our next steps ought to be. We are not bade to evangelize the world, but we are bade to live in it as followers of Jesus. At this point he is fast beyond our companion, our teacher no longer.
5 – Change in This World
Help us to assimilate this knowledge so that the change can happen universally in this world. Life is at a crisis point (as life has always been), and we need to accomplish what we can to wish our brothers and sisters well in all of their activities toward salvation.
Thank You for the knowledge that will lead me to Awakening. I would be ready sooner rather than later. I would not delay by egotistical means. I would drop the ego. Help me to do so, today.
Be with us as we seek to have a good day. This is a blessing, to have a good day. May we enjoy our companions, including Jesus, if we can believe that he is always by our side.