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Replacing the Ego Is a Miracle

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“While you have learned much here, you may be thinking that your ego is still very much with you, and wondering, if you have not yet replaced it, how this miracle will come about. This replacement is indeed a miracle and the very miracle you have been prepared for within this course of learning. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Nature of Unity and Its Recognition, 11.17)”

Affirmation: “I would see the miracle that replaces the ego today.”

Reflections:

1 – Recognizing Miracles

We are used to the word “miracle,” but we are not used to recognizing in our own lives when we have experienced miracles. We dismiss them as coincidences or just lucky breaks. But if we start paying attention to such incidents in our own lives, it is very, very possible that we will see an increase in the number and the depth of such experiences–and these will be miracles that we are coming to recognize as such.

2 – Read ACOL

How will we replace in the ego in ourselves? One distinct means that Jesus recommends in this passage is the reading of A Course of Love, the learning therein which will be ours. We do not intensely study ACOL, for that would be counterproductive, but we are encouraged to read it repeatedly until its words become our own. We can even, effortlessly, memorize large chunks of it, and when we need solace, the memorized passages will pop into our minds to comfort us.

3 – Cessation of Ego Mind

We are being prepared for a cessation of the ego mind. While it will not be destroyed, it will be greatly diminished, so that it will not disturb our equilibrium. We are being prepared for the miracle of Christ-consciousness. In a short while in our reading, we will go to the mountaintop with Jesus (from the Dialogues of A Course of Love), and there for 40 days and 40 nights, we will finally learn how to ascend. (The 40 days and 40 nights have previously been considered; see the About page at the top of this blog.)

4 – Get Out of the Mire

May the miracle come sooner rather than later. Jesus needs us to learn, in his way, soon. This world needs us, and we will not fulfill our potential as long as we are mired in the ego-mind.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would get out of the mire today, the mire of the ego mind. I have taken steps in that direction, but always I have taken a backward step after a forward one or two. Has there been progress? Only You can say. I hope that there has been progress, and in my better moments I think that there has been.

The world does need us, but not as proselytizers for whom our brothers and sisters are not ready. I need to touch the lives of individuals who are ready for the message of ACOL. I need to touch the lives of individuals who are ready for the message of A Course in Miracles. I cannot make the determination of who is ready, but You can. Guide my words today.

Thank You.

Amen

Request a Miracle

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“I ask you now to request a miracle.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  Treatise on the Art of Thought, 3.7)”

Affirmation:  “I ask for a miracle today.”

Reflections:

1 – Not a Specific Miracle

This passage does not mean a specific miracle, we find out later.  But Jesus leads us along a long pathway to that conclusion.  We have long been thinking in specifics, and he is more general, more abstract.  We do not ask for specificity except with the ego, which dwells in the specific.  We ask for the larger concept of miracles that are in the will of our Father/Mother, God.

2 – Our Attitude toward Miracles

I have perhaps let on too soon that the miracles is not meant to be specific.  Jesus has a reason for planning his words in such a way.  He would have us contemplate our attitude toward miracles, our fears and our anxieties about asking for miracles.  He would have us know that when we believe that our answer will be in the affirmative, more than likely the answer will indeed be in the affirmative.  God will say “yes” to our heartfelt prayer.

3 – Personal Experience

I once went for 14 years without asking, in prayer, for something that I really wanted.  I did not get the green light to pray for that outcome.  And so I did not (except for three days toward the end of that pathway, but that is another story).

4 – Asking in God’s Will

We do know when we are asking in God’s will.  And we know when we are asking from the ego.  So our intuition or our feelings do guide us.  There is no need to pray in vain.  We know in advance when the prayer is right, and when we need to ask what to pray for.  God does not keep secrets of this nature from us.

5 – Miracles Are Our Birthright

Miracles are our birthright.  And we first learned this concept, this knowledge, in A Course in Miracles.  Now A Course of Love follows to guide us all the way home.  And much later, on the mountaintop with Jesus, we will see how that comes about (from the Dialogues of A Course of Love, the “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” previously discussed in this blog).

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know what miracles to request, always asking for what would be good and true, and not spending time changing windmills.  May I know that Your will and my real will are identical, but until I have experienced Awakening, I don’t have as likely a way to discern what is good and true.

Be with me today as I walk through this world.  May my prayers and my communion with You be good and true.

Help us to help each other.

May the joy of asking for miracles, in the abstract, overcome any disappointment that we might mistakenly feel that our every wish will be granted.  

Amen.