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Accepting God’s Decision for Mystery

“From all eternity God has wanted mystery to exist.  Accepting this is important.”  COL bk.2, 20:II

Mystery exists because we are not the fullness, omniscience, of God, but, instead, His finite creations.  God wants to experience through us, in unity and relationship.  He differentiates Himself into unique creations, but all are unified in Himself.  We are in relationship to Him, and yet united in Him.  We live with the possibility of His guidance because we are related to the Whole.  And intuition gives us the wherewithal to know some of God’s Mind.

We can rest in the knowledge that we can live well, despite not knowing “everything.”  We can welcome mystery as an example of God’s providential care.  Mystery will draw us to the numinous, and we can rest in awe of God when we commune with Him.  His mystery can give us comfort, because our little mind could not comprehend the whole even if it were offered.

We need to accept the mystery, for this quotation, attributed to Mary, says it all.  We need not to chafe against restrictions, but to know inwardly that the restrictions are there for a good reason—even when we aren’t sure what that reason is.

Mystery has always been, “[f]rom all eternity.”  Be reassured that this mystery is the best way.  We are not being kept in the dark for no reason.  We could not live the full truth with a finite mind. 

Why is our mind finite?  Because we are not God.  We are a part of Him, though, and in this knowledge, true knowledge, we can rest easy.

Reverence for the Mystery that Is Life

“Now, does that mean that one should become cold-hearted, unconscious, and blind to . . . [others’] actions? Of course not, for part of awakening means to realize one’s interconnection with the web of all relationships. It means awakening a reverence for the mystery that is Life.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 9, Page 107)

Many, many people haven’t awakened yet; in fact, most people have not. But some have seen glimpses of what lies ahead, and what lies ahead in an ineffable atmosphere of love in calmness. We may see clearly, but we do not denounce the actions of others, even the actions with which we disagree. We all need to be given slack.

We recognize that reverence is required of us as we walk in God’s way. This much we know. Life is a great mystery, and it behooves us to speak softly as we talk of this mystery.

We are connected to all people. When we give slack, we also give slack to ourselves—and this means forgiveness of others and ourselves as well. It is a web, an allusion that Jesus uses in A Course of Love also.

Ask today to have an awakening to the mystery that is Life.

And we will have a spectacular day.

Mysteries

The world would teach you to be a doormat so that you fit in and do not ruffle anybody’s feathers. But as you become empowered, one way you will know that it is occurring is that some people will not like you. You will push their buttons just by walking into the room, for darkness abhors light. It is that simple. (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 5, Page 66)

If we find ourselves rejected by the world, or even by a few individuals in our world, let us rest easy. There is a bigger reason for this. It may, of course, be our fault, and we can ask to have this remedied by God. But it may be that we, by just who we are, are pushing others’ buttons. And that is not our fault.

What a revealing group of statements by Jesus! I had thought that if people didn’t like me, it was just bad karma. Something had happened in a past I could not remember that was affecting relationships today.

And this may be the case. This may be the case when we push others’ buttons. Their souls are remembering when maybe we did them wrong, and they turn from us as a reaction from further hurt.

We do the same. We may find ourselves unaccountably nervous around certain people, and we do or say things that hinders the good relationship. We may be remembering when that person was not good for us. And maybe that person is not good for us now.

There are mysteries in the world that surrounds us. Let us put the best face that we can on this world.

And then let it go.

Miracles Are Mystery

“Creation of the new has begun. We are an interactive part of this creative act of a loving Creator. Creation is a dialogue. Creation—which is God and us in unity—will respond to our responses. Will respond to what we envision, imagine and desire. Creation of the new could not begin without you. Your willingness for the new, a willingness that included the leaving behind of the old, a willingness that included the leaving behind of fear and judgment and a separate will, was necessary to begin creation of the new. Your former willingness to accept the old but kept creation’s power harnessed to the old. Does this not make perfect sense when you realize that creation, like God, is not “other than” who you are? How could creation proceed on to the new without you?” (ACOL, T4:12.34)

An important announcement occurs in this ending portion of the Treatises of A Course of Love: that creation of the new has begun. Jesus has been very, very desirous of bringing us to this point. He doesn’t specifically say that our attainment of Christ-consciousness, sustained, is necessary for at least the beginning days of creation of the new. Certainly we have understood much from ACOL, and in particular we have understood that our heart needs to inform our mind, and then the joining (wholeheartedness) will take us forward into the unity that we need as a Self and the unity that we need with God (who is also within all that is living). Jesus emphasizes that creation of the new could not begin without us. We are embarking on a grand adventure, one that requires that we forsake the old ways of separation from God. This separation, even though actually illusory, was very real to us. But no more. We know what we must do. We must open ourselves, without judgment and fear, to the wholeheartedness that will take us home in God. It is this that prepares us for God’s reach to us, His choice to grant Christ-consciousness now rather than later.

Of course, there is mystery surrounding the bestowal of Christ-consciousness, enlightenment, Awakening, transformation. Miracles are mystery, of course, and we are not to choose which miracles we might attempt to foster. We need to let Jesus be our guide, for only he knows the miracle-readiness of our brothers and sisters. And when the miracle-readiness takes over, then the mystery of Christ-consciousness is perhaps more likely to occur.

God is not static, in the teaching of ACOL. Would it make sense that with change such a facet of our experience, God Himself would be static? Traditional Christianity taught that God was the Unmoving, but the tradition also thought that God stood outside of His handiwork, which was the universe and all who dwelt within it. Now we have come to understand, in a mystical sense, that God indwells, and that He lives through us. That He is the All, yet the One Who is one with the All. When we sense, even briefly, that God is within us, living through us, it changes everything. And this is the truth to which A Course of Love is pointing.

Our separate will must be left behind, for only in the harmony of recognizing that God’s Will and ours are identical will we have peace. We create our own reality, but that reality is flawed, and separate, as long as we don’t let the Christ-Self inform our decisions, and the Christ-Self is our little part of God. Yet the Whole is in each part, though we don’t comprehend how this might be possible. Thus we can comprehend God in a mystical sense because He is not an external Force to be reckoned with.

Give up any desire to create a reality apart from Him. More accurately, this would involve “making” a reality apart from Him. And it would be complete illusion, not something any of us want to encourage or envision. Go for the real, the real world, the true reality, and see what a difference what we are creating as reality really makes to our day-to-day life.

Prayer

Be with me today as I seek to walk a pathway back to You. This is my hope, my true dream, my mission in life—to return to You. And then to reach out to others with a Love that is informed by You.

The future ahead looks bright when we realize that You are encouraging right action on our part. We indeed have nothing to fear.

Amen.