“Illusion is the death you need but arise from. Arise and awaken to your resurrected self! There is no longer a god-head to follow into paradise. Take not the example of any of these and know instead the example of woman, of Mary, Mother of God. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 8.9)”
Affirmation: “What would Mary do?”
1 – Mary in ACOL
Jesus does not mention Mary in A Course in Miracles. But she plays a pivotal role in A Course of Love. She is said to emphasize the life of “being” as opposed to the more active life of Jesus, which was “doing” (from ACOL).
2 – The God-Head
I think that the description in the passage of the god-head is meant to encourage us not to see God as an external figure who will usher us, after we die, into heaven (if we, presumably, have so merited). These ideas are partially derived from traditional Christianity, which has a theology of a God Who stands outside His creation, His handiwork.
3 – ACIM and ACOL Differ
A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love are different in philosophy. We are all enclosed in God’s umbrella Self. There is nothing outside. Indeed, as in a hologram, there is nothing outside ourselves (the latter from the Text of ACIM). For the whole is in each part.
4 – Theology
But, again, do not let theology delay you. If these ideas feel foreign to you, you do not have to believe them to experience the value of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.
5 – Mary
Mary incorporated in herself the more passive elements of God, the “being” rather than the “doing.” She gave birth to Jesus, and nowhere in A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love does Jesus deny the Virgin Birth. Yet we are not required to take any particular beliefs that are theological unto ourselves if we have doubts. We are encouraged that Jesus takes us where we are, and guiding us by holding our hands, he leads us onward.
6 – Mari Perron
Mary is a great icon of the Roman Catholic faith. Her mention is ACOL may in part have been that Jesus channeled the trilogy through Mari Perron, who is herself Catholic. As with all channeled works, Jesus speaks first to the one who is receiving the material. But Helen Schucman, who scribed A Course in Miracles, was also Catholic (though Jewish), and Jesus does not mention Mary in ACIM. Perhaps we are ready to see men and women as equally important to the furtherance of salvation. And so Mary takes her place, in ACOL, beside Jesus.
May I spend much time today just “being” instead of doing. May I reflect on the part that Mary played in the life of Jesus, and may I learn from her.
Be with me today through thick and thin. You have always been there for me, even when I sensed nothing of Your presence. I would sense Your presence today. May I walk in Your way, as always.