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Love Is What We Are

“Love is not an idea.  Love is not an abstraction.  Love is you.  Love is what you are.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:II

We need to understand much more about love than we do.  We often think of it as simply a feeling or an emotion.  But it is a Force, the Force that is God.

When we give ourselves up to love, we know peace.  And we don’t know genuine and lasting peace any other way.

Here we learn that love is what we are.  This is actually saying that we partake of the essence of God.  He does not stand apart from His creation, but is in it, through and through.  So He overshadows us with the love that is the essence of Himself.

Ask to understand love better today.  Ask to see how love could be the essence of the universes, of us, of God Himself.  We are created of the essence of Him. 

We can thrive in no other way than to let love embrace us.

Inner Peace

“Once the thought pattern of concern arises, you make that concern real, which then encompasses the entire space of your mind and heart, and thereby you lose peace.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I

When we dwell on a feeling, we make it real to us.  If we dwell on antagonism to our brother or sister, we make it real, and thus harder to overlook.  This is an idea from A Course in Miracles.  Likewise, with concerns or worries.  When we focus upon them, they grow in our mind and even our heart.  The concern overturns more positive thoughts, and then we really are in trouble.

When the bad feeling mushrooms, it encompasses, as this quotation says, the “entire space of. . .mind and heart.”  This takes away our peace, and inner peace is one of the greatest attributes we might aspire to have.  Inner peace goes hand-in-hand with a loving heart.  Inner peace gives us a world that is all-encompassing in its goodness.

We see what we want to see, because we invent our world (as ACIM says).  If we want trouble, we will see it, though we may not be aware that we “want” it.  Focus is everything, for the law of attraction is in operation.  What we focus upon becomes true for us, even if it is not objectively “true.”

Let the mind and heart swell with inner peace today. 

Do not dwell on worries or concerns, making them an obsession.  If we give up worries/concerns, we will walk throughout this world with a serenity that has eluded us until now.

Open the Way to Peace

“Observe how the thought pattern of worry blocks access to peace, and therefore to your true self.”  Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I

Our “true self” does not worry.  This is the Christ-Self described so well in A Course of Love.  If we are prone to worry, let’s decide today to give up negative obsessions.  Our lives will be so much better.  We do have the power to effect this.

All of us long for peace in this world, even when we are not aware of what we are longing for.  A Course in Miracles says that our future is to be “perfectly calm and quiet” all the time.  This may seem a bit extreme, but it is a good metaphor for the meek who will inherit the earth.  Meekness is not passivity, though, something we would all be wise to come to understand.

If we want peace, we are learning that we must drop worry from our habitual frame of mind.  Let the heart speak to us, for the heart knows how to love, and when we love rightly, we depend on our faith in God to evict worry from our mind.  Doing this can be as easy as dismissing worry thoughts, one right after the other, when they occur to us.  Substitute thoughts of love, loving thoughts, and the worry will have no place to occupy.  It is always best to substitute another thought, lest our attempt to dismiss thoughts is akin to ignoring an elephant in the room.  Not possible.

We want access to our true self.  It behooves us to take steps in that direction, especially when we are tempted to turn aside from our true self.  Worry is a form of fear, and we know that love cancels fear.

Let’s let love do its work today.

Mission for God

“Go into the world announcing the good news.  You have a means to do it.  Enjoy the joy of sharing.  Be messengers of peace.  Take love to the world.”  Choose Only Love bk.2, 21:II

What better way could we spend a life than to follow the directions given in this quotation?  What is the good news?  Simply that we are beloved of God, the beloved of God.  He stands with us in every earthly dilemma, every quandary, every mystery.  He may not take away every mystery, but if we bear with him patiently, the dilemmas and quandaries lift.

How might we announce the good news?  We won’t seek to recruit others to our way of life, unless they express obvious interest in knowing how we live.  We will turn off others if they are not ready for a change, even a change for the better.  So announcing the good news, when and where, needs deep prayer.  We need to discern when and where to offer the message.  Our own way may not, ultimately, answer the needs of our brothers and sisters if they are in a different place from ourselves, mentally and emotionally.

So depend on guidance in this delicate matter of influencing others.  But when the time is right, and the person before us is right, we can enjoy the joy of sharing.  And they too will be enlivened.

Offering peace and love to the world is a less delicate matter than sharing the good news of what we have found in God.  Peace and love are always welcome.

Calm Center of Our Being

“Being always what you are means not to disconnect from anything that happens within yourself.”  COL bk.2, 19:I

We don’t need to judge ourselves harshly when thoughts arise from the depths, where all is peace.  This is what is actually happening “within” ourselves.  We do need to turn aside from negativity, analyzing our conflicts, getting ourselves overwrought by frightening ourselves with our own thoughts.  Much of these last attitudes are either the ego or egoic patterns that have not yet left us.

But the ego will leave when we invite his demise, and the egoic patterns will also, eventually, cease.  We must have patience with ourselves.  We didn’t get all tangled up in an instant, and it will take more than an instant to start out on a better pathway.

When we look within, we see an equanimity that stands us in good stead regardless of what is happening external to ourselves.  Or what we perceive as happening outside ourselves.  Actually, A Course in Miracles says that projection makes perception, and so we are still projecting our outside world, what we are experiencing.  When we don’t like what we see, we need simply to delve more deeply within our mind and heart, to the calm center of our being.  This allows us to be who we really are.

Turn inward for a while today, connecting with our inner being.  We may not yet be able to sustain this stable look at our real Self, but we can form new habits that will allow us to live as this real Self.

And then we are home free.  Safe in the arms of God.

Serenity Will Heal

“The impulse to struggle and defend is the impulse that moves the egoic world because the ego is only concerned with its survival.”  COL bk.2, 18:II

Perhaps we can read in this quotation from Choose Only Love the implication that to struggle and defend are false issues for us.  Certainly struggle is not God’s way with us.  His way of speaking to us is all peace.  And defending our little territory of mind and heart in this world is not the way, either.  Yes, struggling in vain and defending our way as the only way are both signs of an egoic leaning.

The ego would like to continue to lead us around.  But its days are numbered.  In A Course of Love, as we read through it meditatively, we discover that the ego has left us.  If we latch onto a new way of living, we will not build a new ego on the ashes of the first one.  And we would not choose to do that, for such a futile choice would take away all our gains.

When tempted to struggle with an issue, go within and get quiet.  In the silence, God will speak to us.  He knows that serenity is one of our greatest blessings.  And He will bring serenity to our personal issues in life.  Serenity irons out the difficulties, and we will walk a smooth pathway as we go along.

Defenses do what they would defend, as A Course in Miracles tells us.  So a defensive attitude in life is not the way either.  Drop our defenses today.  We will be the better for it.

Give up the ego and egotistical leanings as bad choices.  Let the subconscious mind be cleansed as we pray for help. 

This in itself will go a long way toward saying good-bye to the ego.

Cling to Love, Harmony, Peace in This World

“Clinging to the transient as if it were eternal is painful. . . .If you cling to what sooner or later will no longer be. . .you will fear its loss.”  Choose Only Love:  Let Yourself Be Loved (COL bk.2, 12:II)

Love is eternal, and even though we know that the lives of those we love do end on earth, they continue in another plane.  So here we are not talking about love, for love is not transient.

There are many things that are, though, and we adore them to our peril.  This truth helps us to see why we have such fears, fears that keep us from enjoying life to the full.  We fear the loss of what we have valued, when what we have valued is not going to last.  The material blessings of our lives fall into this category, a place where loss might certainly happen.

We have to put our faith in what does last, and these are all intangibles.  The intangibles are love (as we have said), harmony, peace, joy, contentment, happiness.  It is true that some of these things wane from time to time, but we are much better off putting our trust in their continuance, lest we create a self-fulfilling prophecy of loss.

Avoid the pain of clinging to the transient.  Ask to put our faith in the intangible, and our lives will blossom evermore into something beautiful.

Be Calm

“Beloved friends, The Way of Transformation rests on exactly the same thing that all of your dreams rest upon—the decision concerning what you would be committed to.  For you cannot dream a dream, that is, you cannot create an experience in the field of consciousness, without being one hundred percent committed to it.  It may appear that this is not the case, but I assure you that it is.”  (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 154)

Today I am beginning consideration of the second part of The Way of Mastery, about the transformation which we all seek, some without knowing it.  We are dreaming a dream, and right now in our world it very much seems that we are dreaming a worldwide nightmare.  We can, though, often make our experience better by what we choose to focus upon.  We create experiences for ourselves that we are committed to—that is what this quotation says.

Let us choose to commit to the good reaction of many good people in our world at this sad time.  If we choose to focus on this, the good reaction that does sometimes make the news, our dream will soften.  Our fears will recede, and with a clear mind we will begin to see solutions.  The solution is always with the problem, though right now that doesn’t seem true.  In our daily life, though, solutions do appear when our mind is calm.

May we do what we can in our little world, our circle of intimates.  May we stay peaceful, as much as possible, so that we can be of help to ourselves and the others we see and touch.

Without Love, Peace Cannot Be

Certainly most of us have believed a lie sometime, somewhere in our lives. We have been susceptible to deception because we wished it so. If we doubt this, look back to see how our wish made it true for us, even though the basis may have been pure fantasy. Hidden in that wish, if we trace to its sources, is a desire for specialness, a desire to be a creature specially favored by God, singled out for merit that does not also belong to our brother.

Yet there is no peace in these dreams. When we put ourselves on a pedestal, we do not readily forgive lesser mortals. Without forgiveness, love cannot begin, grow, or thrive; and without love, peace cannot be. When we look with Christ’s eyes, we understand that no brother has sinned against us; we see only love where earlier condemnation had reigned. Condemnation need not be very blatant; just a hint of grievance against our brother, and the spell of love is broken. Guilt reigns supreme, because in our deepest heart we know intuitively that nothing in Reality has ever happened that is damaging to us. In contrast, when the earth sparkles and glows, seems alive in love, and is literally full of bright color, we know in our depths that we have truly forgiven our brother for formerly perceived “sins” against us. Our heart is so overflowing with love, seeking our brother to be One with him, that nothing is held back from us. We know no guilt in this epiphany, and the inner calm at being finally reconciled to God is overwhelming. We have forgiven ourselves for our failure to love God more, for in loving our brother with open hands and a clear conscience we have at last forgiven ourselves for what we believe that we did to God. We feel cleansed of evil intent and in that purification comes the knowledge that we truly were never sinners, only guilty of mistakes now left behind. And all because at last we have laid down our arms against our brother.

–from Out of the Maze, an e-book by the author of this blog.

Still, Small Voice

“Rest with me, and acknowledge that our minds are joined. As you rest, again, you might notice that thoughts seem to arise and pass away. But do you not sense them, now as though they were coming from a place where you are not, as though you had sunk more deeply to a place of quiet beneath the surface upon which thoughts flow back and forth without ceasing?” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 11, Page 135)

Being quiet, staying in our quiet corner, is a most powerful way to connect with the God within. If we let the hubbub of the world get into our mind and heart, we will find it very difficult to listen to the still, small Voice. And listening to the still, small Voice is exactly what we need to do.

What will that Voice tell us? Some of what we hear will be unique to each of us, for we are unique creations of God, with nobody else the exact duplicate of ourselves. But some of what we hear will be shareable with others, for they too will need the same message. Shareable when they are open to hear, for we do not want to force ourselves on anybody who is not ready to hear God’s message.

If we “rest” with Jesus, we will be well on our way to a new day in living. He would not have us anxious and tied in knots over anything. His Father is not reached that way. We make our own hell on earth when we let nervousness take over. So contemplate silently, or meditate. Still the mind and heart.

When the mind and heart are stilled, then flow happens. And flow is as close to following the Holy Spirit’s every nudge as we can come. We don’t get stubborn and seek to have everything “our” way. We listen to our inner guidance, and then we act. This best way to live is open to all of us, though not all of us are equally listening. For those who are, the message is clear and unmistakable.

Be still and listen for God’s prompting in our very soul.

We WILL hear, and we will not be disappointed in what we hear.

Ask Only

“Ask only:

“How can I extend my treasure this day?

“And lay up treasures where moth and dust cannot corrupt, that is, where time, materiality, the body and the world cannot ‘hook you.’ Rather lay up treasures that are in Heaven: forgiveness, peace, unlimitedness, recognition of your unlimited power, that which brings you joy and puts a smile upon your countenance. Lay up for yourself these treasures and all things shall be added unto you.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 10, Page 129)

When we lay up these treasures—forgiveness, peace, etc.—we are seeking the Kingdom of God, called in A Course of Love, the House of Truth. And, as the Bible says, “all things shall be added unto you.” The biblical tenet is to seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. And “righteousness” means “right-mindedness.” We need a healed mind.

We know what positivity means, and these gifts from God are all positive. Our own deluded minds have been lost in negativism for long years. It is this negative slant of the ego that has done us in. We wanted treasures that moth and dust corrupt, and we got them—to our detriment.

Now all that is changing for us. We have sifted the good from the bad, and we know that corruptible gifts do not satisfy for long. We want the intangible blessings from God that give us much joy—the Love, harmony, peace, joy, sense of unlimitedness. And we can have them, for they are our birthright. We have previously just been asking for the wrong things.

Let the law of attraction work for the best in life, the intangibles. Then and only then will we know the peace that passeth understanding. Then and only then will we know happiness that lasts.

Our way is being pointed out to us. We are not so dense that we don’t see it. We need simply to abide in God’s embrace, and all good things will be added unto us.

“I and My Father Are One”

“I and my Father are one. It has been that way forever. It was accomplished in the being of Jeshua ben Joseph, who revealed to me the truth of myself, because he loved me. And if he can do it, I can do it. Even in this moment, I accept my destiny to walk this Earth awake and at peace, in mastery, and not in fear. And I begin my ministry now.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 10, Page 123 – 124)

These comforting words from Jesus (Jeshua ben Joseph), a mantra for us, are manna for our parched souls. We get ourselves so tangled up when we try to go it alone. If we let God live through us, and we are aware of this fact, everything goes so very much better.

Sure, we will still have some emotional upheavals. But they will be quickly overturned when we turn back to God. Our insanity is now short-lived, and that is what our anger and attack really have been—just insanity. Sometimes we need to get very quiet and ask for help in navigating this difficult world. When we ask for help, the help immediately arrives; we need only open to it.

We don’t have to gear ourselves us for warfare in this world. We simply turn aside from the hostility that we see, knowing that when our eyes are accustomed to the Light, we will see no antagonism at all. We will be at peace.

Journey within the Kingdom Begins Anew

“Rest assured, when the journey to the Kingdom is completed, the journey within it begins anew. The bliss, the wisdom, the creativity, the laughter, the friendships, the family, the joy, the serenity, and the peace—that have been, for the most part, seen as an impossible dream—will become your most ordinary state of being.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 7, Page 91)

If we can only believe what Jesus is saying here, we will have hope for an ever-better life. Would we not all want that, even if the life we have now seems pretty OK?

A Course of Love says that ordinary people will begin living extraordinary lives, and in that transition, our friends will wonder what has happened to us, why are we different? Let’s hope for an extraordinary life today. If we follow the wisdom that Jesus offers in his newly channeled works—A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery—we will have a new life in our grasp.

In many cases, we already know what we do. Yet we often don’t put that knowing into everyday practice, because our old habits of living poorly do drag us down.

Ask today to put our knowing into practice. Jesus has taught us wisely, and eventually we come to see that even he is a companion rather than a teacher. Walk with him today. Be assured that he holds our hand as we walk along. He has promised this (from A Course in Miracles), and he says that imagining that he holds our hand is no “idle fantasy.”

Be sure to say “thank you” to the one who thinks of us always. Our leader, our savior from the snares of what we would avoid, Jesus himself. Instead, we can have bliss, wisdom, creativity, laughter, friendships, family, joy, serenity, peace—all!

With blessings like this, we will never look back.

Sea of Peace

“Each sane moment that you have experienced. . . each moment of grace-filled joy that you have ever known. . .has come because you have allowed your mind to slip into the sea of peace. There you have merely abided, empty, wanting nothing, seeking nothing, being merely the presence of what you are.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 7, Page 86)

When we are living sane moments, we are fully and completely in a state of peace. It is the “peace of God that passeth understanding.” And we live in an unlimited fashion, with true intimacy with our significant others, in joy. There is no better way to live.

Make no mistake about it: We have been in madness for a very long time. Of course, our secular world would not call us mad and we wouldn’t be certifiably insane. But still when the ego is dominant in our minds, we are living an insane life. It is only when we make repeated gestures to turn aside from the ego, that glimpses of Awakening start to dawn on our previously deluded minds, and sanity also begins to dawn.

We have stopped seeking at such times. Seeking, too, can be an obsessive compulsion, and this too is insane. We need to simply be who we are, no persona, no “ideal” state of mind as we try to be what we are not. We are “good enough” as we are. Sure, we still make mistakes, but God loves His children even as they falter and fall.

We may not believe that we are good enough as we are. And we can improve our persona, but the truth is that we are still innocent creatures of God. Mistakes only, not uncorrectable “sins.” And as we move to correct our mistakes, we accept ourselves better. We come to believe that maybe we truly are “alright.”

And we are. Just as we are.

Take Today the Journey that Will Lead to God

Note: Today I am returning to The Way of Mastery (also known as The Christ Mind Trilogy). The Way of Mastery has proved to be very popular on this blog. – Celia

“How many journeys have there been? . . .How many lifetimes, how many worlds, before a light began to dawn, so imperceptibly at first that it was not recognized? And a tiny voice whispered from a place that seemed so far removed from where you dwelt:

“Beloved son, you are with me now.
“You remain as I have created you to be.
“Therefore, be at peace. You are loved.

“The voice seemed so far way, so faint, that surely, it could not be your own. Surely, it was just a moment’s fantasy.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 7, Page 83 – 84)

This “tiny voice” is hearing from the Holy Spirit. His voice seems tiny, because we have not tuned in to listen to Him. We seemed to be far removed from Him.

But He is speaking to us now. Finally He has our attention. We can imagine that He is glad. We have spent lifetimes running from God, and He would not have it so.

Cease going around and around like that. It is like a broken record on a stereo. We don’t need to run away anymore. God will not hurt us! It is delighted that we are turning to Him!

Let the light dawn ever brighter in our experience. We need to open the aperture ever so slightly. When the light is brighter, we will know the truth: that it is of God. Then we will be in a better position to create our lives in better and better ways.

In all those lifetimes, we have changed things only in illusion. And now is the time to approach true reality. Let that tiny voice be magnified in our ears.

Let the Holy Spirit speak to us today.

Now Is the Time to End Empty Seeking

How much time will be saved by an end to empty seeking? You have already arrived and need no time to journey any longer. (ACOL, T1:8.7)

Most of us have been seekers for a long time, maybe a long, long time. Maybe all our lives, more or less.

This search can end now, when we are on the cusp of developing our special relationships into holy ones. We won’t have to work so hard to maintain our holy relationships. Our loved ones will just know that they are loved unconditionally. And, especially, what we have been seeking in special relationships will fall away.
Our seeking has worn us out. We went from our early religious training, probably to unbelief, and then returned to the fold of spirituality. But still we sought for yet another piece of information that would be the end that would make us happy. But nothing can make us happy, can create happiness for us, except ourselves. We won’t find it in a book.

I sought happiness in special relationships as well as in books. The special relationships were my dates when I was single; the books ranged from Catherine Marshall to Norman Vincent Peale to the Seth material (Jane Roberts) to Richard Carlson to Deepak Chopra to A Course in Miracles to Julia Cameron to Rhonda Byrne. Quite a list we all have! So my seeking in relationships and books was twofold, as is true for most of us. It is very reassuring that we have done enough now. We know enough. A Course of Love has finished it off for us. It is simply up to our Christ-Self, from deep within our being, to teach us more.

So now we are hearing that there needs to be an end to seeking. Jesus, in channeling A Course of Love, declares its information to be an end point. We have arrived! He even says that we are The Accomplished. While we have trouble believing that, we know that we have a peace inside that has eluded us up to this point. This peace will elude us no more. We will linger in contentment, sure that we are in the right place, and, now, in the right time.

Our holy relationships will save us; that is why we need seek no more. Relationship was primary in A Course in Miracles also. Our relationship to our brother (and sister) would take us home. Now Jesus is emphasizing this truth yet again in ACOL. If we love others enough, we will have won the prize, the Holy Grail, of salvation.

And we will know not only peace, but happiness, as well.

Bliss

When you have experienced in relationship with anyone or anything a moment of bliss, a moment of a peace that forever passes all understanding, a moment of fulfillment so sweet and so sublime that no word could touch it, much less express it, what you have experienced is on the flow of the Love of God through you. (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 6, Page 75)

God is living through us, and so when we experience this bliss, of the Love of God flowing through us, He is actually acting, in Love. This is the way that we are meant to live, conscious of Love, conscious of God. The external has not caused this bliss; it is all internal. So we don’t have to think that we “need” the person who seems to be the instigator of our sense of Love. God is our sense of Love. The external person has just been the catalyst.

This sense of Love streaming through us will not only be bliss, it will be an example of the peace that passeth understanding. And we will feel fulfilled in that moment of bliss and peace. Our dissatisfactions with life will seem far away and very insignificant. We are at home in God in such moments.

These moments won’t last, at least not at the same sublime feeling. We have momentarily stepped out of our illusion and out of our dramas. But when we return to what we think of as everyday life, we will remember what we experienced. We will want this experience again. And we can have it. This has been a glimpse of Christ-consciousness, of enlightenment, of Awakening, and our road ahead will be easier—for we know what is possible.

We may not always live at such heights of bliss, but knowing what is possible will act as hope for us.

A Quiet Heart

Fear is the act of disconnecting your cord from the only socket that can truly satisfy you, and running about trying to plug it in to somebody else’s or something else’s. I would ask you to consider this one question, as you look upon the whole of your experience: Has it ever worked? Can it ever work? (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 6, Page 74)

The only “socket” that can ever satisfy is our attachment, in the center of our being, our heart, to God Himself. We have long known this, but we “forget,” and have to be told again. We must quiet our minds and hearts in order to sense God’s presence, in order to feel His warmth. If we are trapped in a drama of fear and judgment, we are cutting ourselves off from the power that is in that “socket.”

Because God is within, as well as without—in just everything and everybody—He is unable to get through to us when we are in dire conflict. This is why the peace that passeth understanding is so important. A quiet heart opens the way to get God’s knowledge flowing into our personal, or “little,” mind.

If we look outside ourselves for peace, we will never find it dependably. Sure, we may be able to distract ourselves for a time, but the problem will recur, and maybe it will recur with greater force than previously. We are free of fear and judgment when we declare them to be in our past.

God helps us make that determination. And to make that determination, we must look within. Trying to find an answer in the outer world is an incomplete answer. The truest Answer wells up from deep within our soul, and it takes us Home to God right away, seeing a little bit of Heaven here on earth.

Heaven Blesses Us with Peace

Having free will does not mean that you can elect to take the only curriculum that life is offering you in every moment. It means only that you do have the right to put it off yet another day. And each time you put it off, you slumber in your suffering. (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 6, Page 73)

We would “slumber” in our suffering if we put off confronting God with every fiber of our being. We need to be fearless as we approach living in this world. How might we effect this?

We look to living in the present, not putting off the eternal questions of Love, peace, joy, harmony. When we are rooted in the moment of the present, there is no fear. And fearlessness is the primary characteristic of mastery. When we make the decision to stop entertaining our own dark places, when we ask Heaven to bless us with peace, we are making a decision that will change the content of our days. We are coming Home to God. We will eventually be approaching mastery.

When the day goes badly, and our heart is pounding, our bodies jittery, what then?

This is fear personified. The best that we can do is to turn within, to the peace that is always present inside. Know that this peace is not far away, because God would comfort His children when we ask. We need simply to rest in the knowledge—
and it is knowledge, not perception—that outside of our jittery bodies is a truth that is currently eluding us. We allow God to act upon our confusion. We allow Him to grant us peace.

Enough times of simply turning away from fear will do the trick. Enough times of allowing God to touch us with His healing balm will promote the fearlessness that we all want.

If we are distraught today, know that there is a better way. Know that God is trying to get through our tangled emotions. Quieten down, in any of the ways that we have used previously—meditation, prayer, quiet reading, even distraction.

We will know God’s peace, because He wishes it for us. He wishes it for us just all the time.

Quiet Answer

Note that while a request to remove anger may be granted immediately, it is more likely to be a slow process. Giving up all our angers requires a complete relinquishment of self-will (in the egoistic sense) to the better way of the Spirit within. And it requires attunement to the Divine at the moment in the heat of anger. Do not fight the sin (error)! That will only make it stronger. Instead, withdraw into one’s heart and mind and seek the solace of God’s solution to the situation that so troubles. Avoid the quick retort; know that this impulse is fueled by fear (stress) and is unworthy of a child of God. If we fall down on the pathway, know that God is ever ready to pick us up and set us aright again. Forgive self for the lapse! It does no good and much harm to chastise one’s self harshly and in the throes of guilt. Ask for divine assistance and it will be forthcoming. Above all, be grateful for the surfacing of anger. It is the only way for the boil to be lanced, the false self to be undone, and the better way available to all of us once again.

If problems assail us one by one, two by two, or more, please know that we are living in error. This is the human condition. Jesus says, though, that we will have freedom when we give over all problems to the one solution—the Holy Spirit. He will impress upon our minds the solution in a quiet answer without fanfare, a quiet answer that leaves no one the loser. Until every problem is given over in this way to a Higher Power, the essentially same “problem” will arise repeatedly in different forms. To keep a problem, moreover, is to make it great, past the hope of accomplishing a solution. God would not have this so for His children. In the Holy Spirit’s sight, though, problems are little and “. . .worth no more than just a tiny sigh before they disappear. . . .” (T-26.II.7:4)

If God’s Son in truth is innocent, then God’s justice would hold nothing against him. When we fail to offer the same justice to our brother by seeing instead that he is not due true justice, that he has done something not worthy of forgiveness, we judge against ourselves as well. Madness, as Jesus says, only seems terrible; in truth it has no power to make anything. (M-17.9:1-2) Justice would say to our brothers, “Choose again. This thing you decry is false and not reality at all.” Then our brother is granted complete justice as an innocent, though mistaken, son or daughter of God. We forgive, though we, strictly speaking, do not need to do so at all because there is nothing to forgive. Illusions need to be simply dispelled, and all will be as if they had never been.

JOY, PEACE, RELEASE

Note: Published in the May – June issue of Miracles magazine (Jon Mundy, publisher).

by Celia Hales

There is one thought in particular that should be remembered throughout the day. It is a thought of pure joy, a thought of peace, a thought of limitless release—limitless because all things are freed within it. (ACIM, COA ed., M-16.6:1-2)

Drape your persona in a mantle of peace and joy. Let who you are shine through the personal self who continues to walk this world a while longer. (ACOL, T2:13.6)

Hold in the mind’s eye all of your domain—your relationships, your careers, your physical objects—and say, “Behold, it’s been a lot of fun!” (WOM, “The Way of Knowing,” Chap. 35)

I have used the words, “pure joy” and “limitless release,” here quoted from A Course in Miracles, almost as a mantra over the years. There is such hope in the promise of joy and release. Previously, we have been so doubled up in agony over the machinations of the ego. And it is such a blessing to know that we need not live this way. We can live in the hope of continual joy and release, and this is just what Jesus is asking us to do in this passage.

A Course of Love continues the theme. We are still here, on earth, walking this world a while longer. And peace and joy are the hallmarks of a well-lived life. It is true that we often think that we have to achieve to merit grace. Yet this is a false concept. We are accepted just as we are, even with all of our mistakes and false notions of an ego-oriented self.

The Way of Mastery introduces a new concept, perhaps a startling concept to us who are still so very serious about life (“serious” itself a plague of the ego). “Have fun!,” these words of Jesus say. It is in the limitless release from ACIM that we discover how to truly enjoy our fun. We relax into our days, knowing that the God Who created us and loves us knows that our lightheartedness is the very way that we need to walk. We only thought that God didn’t want us to have a good time.

Limitless release will lead to a peace and joy that knows no bounds. Say a mantra today that will attract the Love that enfolds us, never to let the seriousness of the ego intrude again.

Peace

Knowing reality as it is really meant to be is possible only in snatches in this world. From time to time we experience a real meeting with another, a real relationship between equals, and we know that this experience of joy and love is as life is designed to be. The Course says that we would weep if we truly realized how different what we know now is from what we knew in Heaven (T-21.I.7:2) before we drifted into insanity and therefore into illusion.

I believe that God created karma in order to allow us to realize that our way could not work, that only a relationship of oneness with our true Mind, which is at home in God alone, could be reality. Jesus indicates that after much pain we must come to see that there is a better way, and make amends accordingly. If this seems like a dirty trick, that pain is what God visits on us to throw us back on Him alone, then we are misperceiving the truth of reality. Only God’s way can work; anything else proceeds from an illusory cause and brings effects that we would not want. Only in harmony can we live together in this universe. Only in Oneness could the universe survive. The “cause,” the ego, is a false notion of self, and it believes many things that are quite chaotic. This chaos brings on conflict and agony, for what else could transpire?

With karma, we see the boom-a-rang of what we have done to others coming back to ourselves; this is one way of learning. But it is not the only way. With the appearance of Jesus 2,000 years ago, he brought in the Age of Grace–the time in which we can, through meditation, prayer, and reflection, see the error of our ways, and make restitution that does not mean an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Certainly the Course carries this doctrine a step farther along to real Peace.

At Peace

What keeps us from seeing the face of Christ and feeling the presence of God? It is indeed that word attack, whether “merely” thought, verbalized, or acted out. As mentioned above, many of us, myself included, may have believed that our own attack is justified if we have been treated unfairly by the attacker first. But this is a fallacy. Attack is never justified, because we project the world that we see in a kind of mass hallucination shared with fellow sufferers, those who have not exchanged the everyday world for the real world of forgiveness and peace. Do hallucinations correctly prompt retaliation? No! And that is the crux of the matter.

There is an almost hidden aspect of reasoning that hints that attack is justified under certain conditions. And those conditions are present if one believes that she has been justly attacked for perceived weaknesses or “sins.”

Yet if attack is never justified, we are saved from this dilemma. And what a rescue it is! We are at peace rather than made to feel guilty by our imagined failings. To see this reasoning as justified, though, one must be completely willing to relinquish blame in any form toward one’s self or towards others. And then we will know the blessing of God’s peace as we go about our daily lives.

In Peace with the Divine

“Imagine then, being able to experience whatever arises without losing the sense of spaciousness, innocence and ease that you now experience in fleeting moments. For instance, know you the experience when things are going well, you are singing a happy tune, and life seems to be moving ahead? Imagine that same quality of trust, faith, and certainty of purpose, even when the buildings are crumbling around you and the bank account has gone dry. Imagine being able to look at those events with the same sense of innocence and wonder with which you would look into the eyes of your beloved.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Chapter 2, Page 17)

Surely this time of no time, when we are just flowing along, has been glimpsed by all of us in moments of enlightenment. The problem is that these moments, for most of us, do not last. Yet they promise a future that will be unlike the past, they promise one long stretch of time spent awakened. The glimpses that we have all seen just prepare us for a taste of the time divine.

We need to empty ourselves of our preoccupations to invite a glimpse of something better. This creates the spaciousness that Jesus refers to; this creates the joy and the happy tune that we would sing always. When we open ourselves, in emptiness, we are inviting the Holy Spirit or the Christ-Mind, to fill us up to overflowing.

We will have our wish, sooner or later. When we meet the conditions set by God, He will act. He will reach down (metaphorically) for us, raising us up to a high level that we have not been able to appreciate earlier. We didn’t think we deserved this high level. But as beloved children of God, this is our birthright. This is what has been waiting for us since the “separation” took hold, the illusory separation in which all of us have found a home.

Look for our real home today. Invite Jesus to bend low to us, and lift us up. God will do the rest.

We have nothing to fear.

Highest Joy, Peace, Bliss

“For although you are given complete free will to create as you choose, the soul begins to learn that what brings it the highest joy, the highest peace, and the highest bliss imaginable is that which flows from the Mind of God through the mind of the channel, the soul, and expresses itself in the field of experience. It is for this reason that the Father’s will is that you be happy. And your happiness is found in choosing to restore your perfect alignment with only the voice for God.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Chapter 2, Page 14)

Do we not want the “highest joy, the highest peace, and the highest bliss”? Of course we do.

But we are not smart enough to know how to bring these blessings to ourselves. That is why the Holy Spirit’s promptings are so important. He knows how to bring these blessings to us. A short while honestly invoking His guidance will prove to our satisfaction that God’s will for us, and our own, are actually identical. The Holy Spirit is, of course, the Voice for God.

Sometimes we wonder if happiness is the best purpose in our living. We wonder if we ought to be about good works, that somehow God will like that better.
We naturally do good works (or what we hope are good works) when we are happy. A person who is caught up in conflict is not well-suited to reach out to others. All of our conflicted thinking is just tying us up in knots, and we don’t have enough love to give to others, enough sanity to try to assist them. All of our energy is caught up in our own selves.

This is why happiness is a lofty goal. We can be there for others as well as ourselves when we are in joy. But this is not the whole truth. God wants us happy because He loves us. Do we not want happiness for our own children?

He is no different, in this sense. He reaches out with the intermediary, the Holy Spirit, His own Voice, and He tells us how to proceed to the life we were meant to have while on this plane of earth, this world.

We are right where we want to be. Are we satisfied with this place? If not, ask some serious questions of the Voice for God, and see if the Answer satisfies.

It will.

A Choice Bringing Peace and Joy

“You have very little trust in me as yet, but it will increase as you turn more and more often to me instead of to your ego for guidance. The results will convince you increasingly that your choice in turning to me is the only sane one you can make. No one who has learned from experience that one choice brings peace and joy while another brings chaos and disaster needs much conditioning.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-4.VIII.10:1-3)

In the beginning chapters of A Course in Miracles, where we are now, Jesus counsels turning to him; he has not yet focused on turning to the Holy Spirit in ACIM, and it is not until much later, in A Course of Love, that he will counsel that the time of the Holy Spirit is past, and that in this time of Christ, we ought to turn to our inner Christ-Self, the mind that is one with God, found deep within us.

If we turn to Jesus, we will turn away from the ego, the ego as defined as a false persona (not in the Freudian sense of a persona that we need to develop to live well). And turning to Jesus will give both peace and joy, two aspects of what we want with all our heart. Turning to the ego is the choice for insanity, and insane thinking, because it is so convoluted, is the choice for chaos and disaster. We know this way well; we have lived it for eons. Now is the time for something better; now we are ready to leave all this chaos behind.
When Jesus senses that we are becoming too dependent upon him, he will withdraw, letting us make our own decisions, but decisions made without the ego in ascendancy. When we make our own decisions, we will look inward, where both the Holy Spirit and the Christ-Self dwell.

We can still have the peace and joy, for guidance from within does guide us truly. Our days of being insane, mad, are drawing to a close. We know better now; we know to let inner guidance wipe our minds clean of conflict.

Gently we come to know what to do. When we have faith that this is so, we certainly do discover that it IS so.

Joy & Emotional Peace

“When your mood tells you that you have willed wrongly, and this is so whenever you are not joyous, then know this need not be. In every case, you have thought wrongly about some brother that God create and are perceiving images your ego makes in a darkened glass. Think honestly what you have thought that God would not have thought, and what you have not thought that God would have you think. Search sincerely for what you have done and left undone accordingly. And then change your mind to think with God’s.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-4.VI.3:1-5)

When we are not joyous, we have let something go wrong. This is true because our natural state of mind, when we are One with God, is joy. If we simply look at nature, we will know that God’s primary emotion is joy, though storms, earthquakes, and the like, can let us doubt this. The fierceness of nature is part of its charm, though when people die in natural “acts of God,” we wonder what kind of God we really have.

God does not mean us ill. I am absolutely certain of that. Our suffering cannot be understood on this plane of this world; our finite mind cannot see the whole. But God doesn’t make the decision to rain pestilence down upon our heads. His gestures are all loving.

And when we know that God is loving, we can rest in joy, for we are well-protected. If any harm comes to us, we can rail against fate (though this is a futile gesture). God wraps us up in His arms, and all is well.

Emotional peace is more important than physical ailments. If our minds and hearts are at peace, we are right where we need to be, resting in God.

Peace & Understanding through Living Union with God

“By simply being, you have been “part” of God but you have not seen this as what it really means either. You have seen this as being separate, or at most as being “a” part of God—as if you are a drop of water in the ocean—and in this example reemphasized the mightiness of God and the lowliness of man. The “part” of God you have been being is being. You have been a feeling, thinking, creating, perceiving being. The “part” of God you have not been being is union. Remember, God is being in union and relationship. This is what God is. God is being. God is relationship. God is union.” (ACOL, D:Day37.27)

The quotation for today emphasizes our merger with God, for we are no longer in illusory separation. We have previously not been in union with Him, for we believed ourselves not to be in union, and the believing had made it seem so. Now we are being in union with God—and in relationship with Him and everyone else as well. Our unity and relationship will mean that we are one with the All, and yet a discrete, distinct part who can interact, well, with everything and everybody.

Because the union is primary, we know a peace and understanding that used to elude us. Relationship brings this truth available to us, for if it were not for relationship, as distinct we are one to the other, we could not experience anything.

God is in a similar situation. He differentiated Himself (also Herself) into diverse entities so that He too could experience the All. The relationship makes this possible, as we have said. The union and the relationship give us a mystical comprehension of God, the Whole.

So: God is being, God is relationship, God is union.

This is our new understanding, brought to us by A Course of Love.

When we dwell on these truths—being, relationship, union—we will know a certainty about living that we have never known before.

Dear God,

I long for mystical insight into You. Jesus, in the Way of Mastery, said this, but in different words. He has longed to know You intimately, and in saying this, he echoes the sense that we all have that something has been missing from our reality. We have the facts in hand now that can make tomorrow different. Now we can understand, even with our finite minds and hearts.

Help us to be grateful for the insights that Jesus has given in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, and also the Way of Mastery. His insights offer us a new and different reality for our future. His insights are teaching us how to experience God and live in that knowledge.

Amen.

Cool, Calm, and Collected

“Love replaces fear and is life-generating rather than life-degenerating. Your bodies will thus regenerate rather than degenerate. Love is, of course, not a condition, as it is not an attribute, but the effect of living from love rather than from fear will have a major transformative effect on form in this time of acceptance. Regeneration is a condition of the time of acceptance.” (ACOL, D:Day7.6)

There is a great hope for improved bodies in this quotation for today. And who would not want that? While bodies may be illusion, they certainly appear very real to us. And a regeneration, based on living from love, thus becomes a very great promise.

When we live from fear, we are stressed and anxious, and medical personnel do know that stress and anxiety exacerbate virtually any illness. And these two bad emotions can, of course, cause illness. I have read that up to 70 percent of visits to doctors are psychosomatic, which is another way of saying that our emotions are engaged.

To live from love has tremendous advantages. We calm down, because we are living close to a Higher Power, and this shifting of our burdens is a real advantage in difficult times. And who among us does not have difficult times, even after we have given up the ego, and are attempting to establish a new identity, which A Course of Love bids us to do.

The two emotions, love and fear, have diametrically opposed results. When love embraces us, we are mellow and peaceful, inviting glimpses of Awakening, even inviting Awakening to come and stay with us forever. This last result is what Jesus hopes for from our reading of ACOL. He is very eager to see us cool, calm, and collected—and to that end, he takes up to a metaphorical mountaintop for 40 days and 40 nights. When we listen, really listen, to his words, we are relieved of the responsibility of keeping everything in order ourselves—a task we could never do very well, but which the ego tried to do incessantly.

Leave such foolishness behind. Ask for the simple pleasure of living from love, and see if our bodies, our illusory bodies, don’t fall in line with our new pleasing emotion of love.

Dear God,

I ask for a new body, though I know that it is illusory. In this world it seems to have real effects, and it is these that I would ask to see regenerated. This is Jesus’s promise—when we live from love. This is my hope today.

Show me how to live from love in each and every moment. The advantages are many, and I AM asking in your will. So I claim this promise of Jesus, to give me a regenerated form, and I thank You for bringing about abundant health.

Amen.

Peace in This Lifetime

“Your vision of the afterlife was one in which God revealed Himself to you and, in that revelation, transformed you. The direct reve¬lations that will come to you now will transform you as surely as did those that came to so many others after death.” (ACOL, T4:5.12)

What a glorious promise this quotation really is! We will know in this lifetime, before our eventual death, the transformation that is promised. If we love enough, for Love is the key. Loving ourselves, God, and our brothers and sisters will make the transformation from fear and judgment to something much better. It will give us lives worth living, maybe for the first time. We will know peace in this lifetime. A blessing for which all of us would give our lives.

We are actually part of God; God is living a life through each of us. This is part of the theology of all of Jesus’s recent channeled works (A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery). We are That which is, God Himself. Lest we think this is too exalted a concept, think of who is saying it here, Jesus himself. And I do trust Jesus.

What will we know when we are enlightenment, awakened, Christ-conscious? We will indeed be fearless, and because of fearlessness, we will think clearly for the first time. Our egos have tried to protect us from ourselves, but this was always a false notion. The ego can protect nothing, for it is the very definition of insanity. And we are trying, sometimes slowly, to emerge from insanity. If one has ever been insane, they will tell you that there are glimpses of non-psychotic thinking before the veil falls from their eyes, and they are “sane” again. This is exactly what will happen in this larger insanity of which all of us partake on this earth, when we have not yet been transformed. We will have glimpses of sanity, of Christ-consciousness, and then the veils will drop from our eyes, and we will be transformed by vision, a form of seeing that our physical eyes can’t fathom.

Pray for a general Awakening for humankind in this day and age. We all need each other now. We all need God now. Each other, our Christ-Self, and God—a prescription that cannot fail.

Prayer

May I have a glimpse of true enlightenment today. May my fears become a distant memory, and soon. This difficult world need not be difficult at all, for the Christ-Self knows how to negotiate its difficult transitions.

I would negotiate transitions today, easily. I wish for the best. I pray that it is Your will to grant that best to me. And to others reading my words.

Amen.

World of Joy & Blessing, Peace & Love

“Learning to see anew is the precursor of learning to create anew. Creating anew is the precursor of the coming of the new world. Remember, only from a shared vision of what is can you begin to produce unity and rela¬tionship through unity and relationship. This is your purpose now, and this the curriculum to guide you to the fulfillment of your purpose.” (ACOL, T4:2.33)

Jesus has great hope in regard to what A Course of Love will do. He believes that if we follow, we will do a great deal to help this sad world. Indeed, we will create a new world, a world of joy and blessing, peace and love. The way may seem long to us now, but time is an illusion only meant to allow us to experience one section of eternity at a time.

Once again Jesus is emphasizing the importance of “unity and relationship.” He knows so well what he means, but when we hear it often, we often zone out. We are One, united but differentiated into parts of that One, and knowing through that relationship. Our unity and relationship is the key that will unlock treasures for us. It is the key to salvation, as set forth in ACOL. Ultimate salvation, or Christ-consciousness (Awakening or enlightenment).

Christ-consciousness comes first, usually, in glimpses. We have a particularly fine hour, an oasis of quiet and calm, and we know that this is how life is meant to be lived. In that happening, we have had a glimpse of Christ-consciousness. Once our thought processes slow down, we are well on the way to enjoying quiet and calm for more time in our busy days. And thought processes do slow in enlightenment. That doesn’t mean that we think any less; we just think more effectively, without the static that has hindered our forward movement.

Our purpose, then, is unity and relationship, for we can’t be both unified and out of relationship. We need others; we are living in a shared world, a shared reality. God knew what He was doing when He created us to be interdependent. The ego didn’t know what it was doing when it tried to encourage independence, autonomy above all else. We are not meant to be alone. And it is the particularly insane among us, the mad among, the neurotic, who prize being alone and separate as a way to handle life. This will never work. But we can’t tell another of this, only ourselves. Share when the brother or sister is ready to listen. In the meantime, pray, commune, with God that the insanity that we see all around us will abate.

Prayer

Help us to give up our little insane ways of thinking, the ones that keep us from enlightenment. Let us love, above all. Let us hold nothing against another, or defenses do what they would defend against. We are Yours, pure and simple. And we need You, desperately. Help us to know that we live in a safe environment, that our invulnerability is real, even when it doesn’t seem so.

We belong to You. And what a blessing it is that this is so!

Amen.

On the Pathway All Is Peace

“Some have chosen to come to know themselves and God directly. Others have chosen to come to know themselves and God indirectly. These are the only two choices, the choices between truth and illusion, fear and love, unity and separation, now and later. What you must understand is that all choices will lead to knowledge of Self and God, as no choices are offered that are not such. All are chosen and so it could not be otherwise. But at the same time, it must be seen that your choice matters in time, even if all will make the same choice eventually.” (ACOL, T4:1.11)

Here Jesus is making another pitch for following A Course of Love. It is a fast-paced route to Christ-consciousness, and though all will eventually reach this goal, it could take eons to work out. So whether or not we reach Christ-consciousness, and in our doing abolish suffering, matters to our brothers and sisters in time. And time can wind on wearily, taking all of us down to pain and suffering in its wake.

Enough! We have had enough of suffering. And what we think and what we feel will save us. This is another appeal to learning through both mind and heart in conjunction with each other—wholeheartedness, as Jesus says. Our minds need proof that the heart does not need. If we question our heart, don’t we see that this way being pointed out by ACOL is easy and peaceful? The route to Christ-consciousness is not any different on the pathway than the culmination of that pathway. All is peace when we are listening to the Christ-Self, newly released from our depths.

Prayer

I hope that I am right, that all is peace on the pathway. It feels right to me, though our perception of peace may vary from day to day. If we relax into the day, the day is much more likely to turn out well. Suffering and pain don’t have to accompany us, though it is always true that they may have a message for us.

Ask to be free of pain and suffering today, if that is bothering us. Be glad that there is a way back to God that is joyous in the extreme.

Thank You to Jesus in A Course of Love for pointing out that way of ecstasy.

Amen.

Peace & Harmony Abide in True Reality

“No leaders and no followers are needed. This is quite obviously an old way of thinking. While no one is called to evangelize, all are called equally to represent the truth and to observance of the truth.” (ACOL, T3:21.24)

We may feel disappointed, and yet relieved, that we are not called to proselytize anybody. And this is really what it means to evangelize. But we do live well, and in this representation we are representing our new understanding of God and the way that life ought to be lived. This new way is a way of truth, a truth that is living in true reality. This true reality is, first of all, one of peace and harmony. It is the manner of living in love. We don’t allow conflict to get a hold in our life. We don’t allow dissension with others to bother our peace of mind. We are at peace without the ego, and it is only a return to the ego, something we don’t want, that would bring conflict and dissension back into our lives.

We don’t need to put anybody on a pedestal as a “leader,” for we are all equal. We all have equal access to the truth. Not everybody will come away with the same set of tenets that tell him or her how to live a life, but all will know a closer walk with God that will be our salvation, our saving grace.

Our new personal self, aligned with the Christ-Self, will save us, finally and ultimately. We are getting into a way of life, ultimately, that will work. We just take each day as it comes, in peace, confident that God has everything in hand.

And this gives true reality a chance to save us.

Prayer

Thank You for being You. My heart is full today, my spirits high. Would that every day would be as grand as this one!

Help me to be patient with the oscillations of life. I do know, though, that following You consistently gives me a life that works. And making my life work, in true reality, is a blessing beyond compare.

Amen.

Move toward the Love that Gives Us All True Peace

“You will clearly see all of the choices that throughout your life have been made in love and made of you a person you would not be other than. You will also clearly see all of the choices that throughout your life were caused by fear and how little consequence they had in truth. These fearful choices took nothing from you or from others.” (ACOL, T3:14.9)

We have made many choices out of fear, but this was an untrue reality, an illusion, and the consequences have also been in illusion. And illusion can hurt nothing except our physical bodies, also illusion (from A Course in Miracles). We need to move toward the love that gives us all true peace. When we move toward love, we live in that peace.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see that the choices we made in fear really changed little? Or that we would have made many of those same choices if we made choices out of love? We are coming to the place in our evolution, our spiritual evolution, that all of our choices will be birthed in love. Pray today that this time will be soon, that there will be a celestial speedup that promises much and delivers much.

Fearful choices did nothing because they were made in illusion. And illusion has no consequences of any import. Fearful choices are best left behind now, now and forever. Walk in God’s grace, with head held high, and see if we don’t get a mellow experience of Christ-consciousness.

Once we have experienced enough of these glimpses, we will never turn back into illusion again.

Prayer

Thank you for this day, which has begun with such brightness and happiness for me. As the seasons change, I find much in nature to rejoice about. And viewing nature is a blessing in and of itself.

Thank You for giving me the gentle joy that pervades my living today. I welcome such times as glimpses of Awakening.

Amen.

Inner Peace when Enfolded in the Arms of God

“ ‘I am safe and nothing that I do or do not do will threaten my safety.’

“As you say these words you will realize that you do believe in them. You believe, but you cannot imagine the truth of these words really being repre¬sented in the life you live here. This you must now do. You must represent the truth of these words with your life.

“You are not, however, meant to test these words with foolish acts. To do so would be to act as if this were magic rather than the truth.” (ACOL, T3:13.8 – 13.10)

Our safety has always been of great concern to us. We haven’t really believed that it was possible to be safe in an unsafe world. But when we look upward, and set our sights on something beyond just the mundane, we can and will take our place among those who know themselves to be safe, protected by God.

We are not meant to take dangerous risks with our life. That would be an attempt to prove to ourselves that magic works. The physical can still harm our physical bodies. But not nearly so often as when the material was all we seemed to want. When we look to the intangibles, we are safe, for nothing can take away our emotional peace when we feel ourselves enfolded in the arms of God.

Feel God’s love today. Commune with Him. Know that deep within is a Self Who is united with God, that we don’t have to look externally, somewhere far beyond the universe, for a real world that includes God on a throne. The real world is here and now. True reality is beckoning for us to believe in its justice for all people. True reality needs our contributions.

We are not meant to reach out to those who are not ready. Not everyone is ready for the message of A Course of Love. We hold our peace, live our new beliefs, and see whether or not anybody else is interested.

They will be, in time. Eternity is a positive trend in our lives; time is not. Time is the place of egoic binding to a physical world that holds no relief for us. Eternity allows the elevated Self of form to thrive.

Let us thrive today.

Prayer

This quotation in today’s blog really speaks to me. Thank You. All of us wish to be safe in what is sometimes an unsafe world. I don’t look to magic, but I do look to You. My emotional peace is one of the greatest gifts that You can give to me. Thank You.

Be with me on this lovely day. May I enjoy the benefits of a day well lived. May this be the first of the rest of my life, lived in peace.

All of us want this.

Amen.

Live as a Mantra: Love, Peace, & Truth

“During the time I spent on earth I did not dwell in the house of illusion but in the house of truth. What this means is that I was aware of the truth and lived by the truth. I was aware of the Peace of God and lived within the Peace of God. I was aware of the Love of God and the Love of God lived within me.

“This is what you are now called to do:

Be aware that the love of God lives within you.
Live within the Peace of God.
Live by the truth.

“This could be restated as you are love, you live in peace, you live by or in accord with the truth.” (ACOL, T3:11.6 – 11.8)

This quotation for today reiterates the three words that Jesus says are interchangeable: love, peace, and truth. We would make much progress in our earthly walk if we took his statement to heart. We cannot love in any way except a special way when we are not in peace. And we cannot love and be in peace without clinging to the truth of who and what we are. Madness or insanity stalks our way otherwise. And we are so left, with cotton before our eyes, that we don’t recognize truth when we see it. And vision becomes our great need.

Such we can have. Vision is the way that love, peace, and truth shower down around us. When we see well and correctly, it doesn’t matter if our eyes are open or shut. True reality is seen without using physical eyes. True reality is where we want to head. There is no other real place, no other real way to live.

If we make a mantra of love, peace, and truth, we will have something to cling to. We will have a way home. And that home will be within sight on a clear day. Our glimpses of enlightenment, Christ-consciousness, will lengthen and lengthen until they merge to become a mystical moment in time that allows Christ-consciousness to descend upon us. We don’t have this blessing by demanding it of God. Our demands get in our way, and He does not listen to demands. We walk humbly and in surrender, and then the blessing happens. Seemingly all by itself. We will know. We will know the precise moment.

Then we must not let the shadows come again. Returning fear and judgment will drop the black curtain again, and our surrender will have become a one-time thing only. If we fall far, our ego will set up shop again, a new egoic consciousness will arise, and we will be back where we were when we started.

We must not let this happen. The world needs something more from us. The world is now drowning in sorrow, and Jesus would have us create this world anew. This is his great desire, along with a concomitant desire to see us come into Awakening, Christ-consciousness, enlightenment. We can’t create that new world until our self has been transformed, until the inner Christ-Self has come out to take its place as our real identity. Then what we will accomplish will become evident for all to see.

But it won’t be ego. It will be true reality, come to encompass this world.

Prayer

Thank You for the emanation of peace that comes to me when I am in spaces where there has been much prayer. I was in such a place this morning, and the sense of harmony and serenity was palpable. Thank You for these experiences. They reassure me that You are always near, that the felt sense of Your Presence is real and close.

Be with me as I seek to live well in this troubled world. May I do nothing to add to its chaos, but only add a sense of peace to my little corner of the world.

Thank You for guiding me toward the best way to live.

Amen.

In Radical Acceptance We Will Live Peaceful & Harmonious Lives

“Although I offer it not as a replacement, what you will find will come in the place of blame is an idea of acceptance of what is, an idea that is needed now.

“Acceptance of what is, is acceptance that whatever is happening in the present moment as a gift and a lesson. What comes as a lesson may not seem like a gift, but all lessons are gifts.” (ACOL, T3:10.5 – 10.6)

Previous to this passage, Jesus indicates that he will not give us a replacement for blame. He simply, directly, asks us to be done with it. And if we love enough, his solution will be enough. We will simply accept what is, and in this radical acceptance we will live peaceful and harmonious lives.

Of course, our minds long to place blame, for there are many and varied instances of chaos in our world. We aren’t encouraged by Jesus to turn a blind eye to the injustices that we see here, but we can work for change without finding a scapegoat, especially not by making God that scapegoat.

We will see that each thing that confronts us is a lesson and a gift. Even our pain and suffering, the very things that cry out for the placing of blame on a benevolent God Who granted us free will. Our lives are so constructed by ultimate reality that everything that we see, everything that shows up in our lives, is a way to bring us home. This is the reality in which we live, though we cannot, with our finite minds, comprehend the vastness of the lessons/gifts that we are given. Each of our days allows us to take a step closer to home. Backsliding is possible, of course, but far less likely to happen if we commune with our Christ-Self often and well.

So: All lessons are gifts, and sometimes the lessons can seem harsh, though this is not necessary. We truly are our own worst enemy, and when we don’t take life by the smooth handle, we force the lessons to become more harsh than they have to be.

We need to let our hearts lead, just what Jesus has been saying repeatedly in A Course of Love. Our love-filled heart will soften the rough edges of our lessons, and so those lessons will seem ever more like the gifts that they are.

Prayer

Sometimes I have to be passive, which is the same as Jesus saying in A Course of Love to practice non-resistance. This attitude is controversial, for do we not all want to be strong and independent? And this is exactly where I go wrong, for independence is not the way: Cooperation is. We are interdependent beings, able to live life on our own terms only when we reach out to others as well. Our brothers and sisters need us, and we need them. I don’t need to feel that I have to go it all alone.

Let me put these final notions of the ego behind me. I would share with others in a state that Jesus has pointed out in ACOL. This state is one that allows loving interactions at all times. I let my various displays of anger just fall away.

Be with me now as I seek to go Your way, pointed out by Jesus in ACOL. My heart warms as I read; may all who read know this all-embracing wholeheartedness.

Amen.

Offer Love / Live in Inner Peace

“This is the most difficult belief of all to integrate into the living of your life. Each time another thwarts you, you will be tempted to believe that giving and receiving as one is not taking place. Your previous pattern of behavior will be quick to assert itself and you will feel resentment and claim that the situation is unfair. You will be tempted to withhold as others withhold from you.

“Is it not clear how important it is to living in peace that this pattern be broken? Will you live in peace only until some “other” breaks your peace? Only until some circumstance beyond your control brings an unexpected conflict your way?” (ACOL, T2:7.7 – 7.8)

The “most difficult belief” to integrate is the belief that giving and receiving are one. When other people ruin our day (or so we think), how are we to reconcile giving love to them? How can we believe that giving and receiving are the same thing, especially when we have sought to give love?

We need to find peace in a difficult world. Not everyone will give us their best on every day, and we ourselves will fall short also. But we need to realize that our peace, our inner peace, is pivotal to a change in the world. As we project, we see. As we give, we do ultimately receive in kind, maybe not immediately, but eventually. We need to reconsider our hurt feelings when they lead to resentment and even hostility toward a brother or sister. All of us, we must remember, are doing the best we can, giving our current understanding. And nobody blames himself/herself for falling short unless the conscience is especially sensitive. Many people think that there are always mitigating circumstances that let them off the hook, regardless of how retaliatory they might be.

We do need inner peace above all things except love itself. And love will always lead, eventually, to this desired peace. We need to drop resentments as just a bad idea left over from our days of living with the ego. We need not to be retaliatory when another doesn’t treat us as we think we deserve. If we retaliate, we surely won’t find peace; we won’t give peace, and we won’t receive it. We will, instead, foster hostility and anger, two emotions that rue our days.

Giving and receiving in this world involves physical form, and so we see them as separate actions: one of us to give, one of us to receive. Within our Self, giving and receiving is simultaneous with living, because there is one entity involved. We are thus better able to live peaceably all the time when we are secure within our Self. Our brothers and sisters need us, though, and perhaps they need us especially when they do not return any love, once we have proffered it.

Forgive, and then we will come to understand. To forgive all is to understand all. These truisms merit review now. Our understanding will only come when we have offered love to our struggling brothers and sisters. And then, in this offer, our own peace will be assured.

Prayer

I need to be especially solicitous of my brothers and sisters who want something from me. I can always give what is wanted, but I can give where I am led to give. If attack finds a home in my psyche, I won’t be peaceful. I will give rancor, and then I will receive rancor in return; this is giving and receiving as one. So, if I am to have inner peace, I need to proffer peace to another. This is the way the world works. This is the way of true reality.

I thank You for the guidance that I have received today about intuitive hints that are meant to influence my day. I realize that the inner Self is the author of such guidance, and this is my part of You, Yourself. I thank You for guiding my understanding, to let me feel that I am not being coerced by an outside force when I sense nudges. Thank You for the insight that You give to me today. Thank You for the insight that You give to my brothers and sisters, who are One with me.

Amen.

Learning Better through Peace

“This is what you have believed and why you have not chosen yet to accept your inheritance. Yet let the memory of the truth return to you now and you will see that peace is all you have sought learning to attain. If you do not pause now and accept that it is here, you will not know the Peace of God that is your own Self.” (ACOL, T1:10.13)

The “this” to which Jesus refers in this passage is the belief that in extremes of emotion we will come to know more than in the peace of God. It seems that intuitively we are on a spiritual journey of evolution, not physical so much as emotional, and we think that the drama of our egoic life has taught us much. So we are loathe to give that drama up.

Yet such an analysis, such a belief, is a misconception. We can actually learn much more when we are at peace, and this is the essence of what Jesus is saying in the passage for today.

We won’t believe him until we test it out. So let’s do just that. Get in a Zen frame of mind, peace personified, in any way that you know. It may come from reading prayers that others have written, it may come from writing in a journal, it may come in setting up a dialogue with our Maker. It may be listening to soothing music, surely a standard for all of us. In whatever way has worked for us in the past, let’s get into a reverent frame of mind by eliciting that frame of mind from environmental cues.

When finally peaceful, frame a few questions in our minds. Ask for solutions to what has been troubling; don’t hold anything back. As A Course in Miracles says, the solution is always with the problem, and so, if our mind is quiet, we will soon get glimmerings of an Answer from a Holy Source.

This is the beginning of knowing that we can learn best through peace. We don’t need those dramatic extremes to reinforce our spiritual evolution. They have been a distraction, for who can remember God when we are melodramatic and overwrought?

Turn to Peace in God today. The day will flow more smoothly. The week, as well. Time will cease to be pressured, and we will become quite knowledgeable about our own inner workings. We will be getting somewhere at last.

Prayer

We need peaceful means to approach You, and these peaceful means, in Your Presence, do solve intractable problems. The solution is always with the problem; we don’t have to wait for a working out to have quietude in the midst of our lives. We can live peaceably, regardless of the circumstances.

I would have peace today. I would know that whatever I am experiencing holds the seeds to a dilemma that I might have been having. This experiencing, when I am attuned to You, is evidence that a smooth pathway is opening up for me. Thank You.

Be with me today, all day long. I am trying to have a good day, but trying, without You, avails nothing.

Amen.

Choose Peace to Have a Divine Experience

“This is temptation. The temptation of the human experience. This is what you continue to choose over the Peace of God. This is not a right or wrong choice but it is a choice. It is your free will to continue to make this choice.

“You used your free will to choose the human experience. Now are you willing to use it to choose the Peace of God instead? Can you wholeheartedly choose peace? Can you choose peace long enough to become accustomed to joy without sorrow? If you cannot, you will continue to create hell as well as heaven and will continue the separation between the divine and the human. Is heaven worth enough to you to give up hell?” (ACOL, 10.4 – 10.5)

When we want to cling to the highs and lows of the human experience, we choose what can never bring us satisfaction. But this is not a “right or wrong” choice; it is simply a choice. And the rightness or wrongness of our decision is not at stake. We do have free will.

We can choose hell for ourselves. While this is never God’s choice for us, He knows that we have made a veritable hell in this beautiful world. And if we don’t alter our decisions, the hell we have experienced on earth in the past will continue right into the future. Would we really choose this because we don’t want to heal the separation from God?

If we experiment a little, we will see that the Peace of God is infinitely preferable to the highs and lows of dramatic thoughts and actions in this world. Choose this day to BE perfectly calm and quiet, to turn over the hassles of the day to the One Who knows how to untangle our affairs. And at the end of the day, look back and meditate a bit on what has transpired. We won’t have let a perfectly calm and quiet day, but, if we gave it some thought and some prayer, we will have let a more peaceful life than is our custom. And are we happier? Do we feel more at ease with our Maker? Do we see the benefit in choosing heaven, in choosing the peak experiences that can be ours, purely without the drama of an egoic high?

Today is a good day to experiment. See if you want a “Zen” day. This is an Eastern concept, but Eastern concepts have made their way into the mainstream of our culture. A Zen-like day is one that is lived lightly, with egoic seriousness gone from our activities. Living a Zen day will mean that we do choose to be perfectly calm and quiet more often than not. And Zen will encourage us to turn to God when things threaten to become rancorous once again.

Create a good day by turning to God first in the morning. Ask Him to guide our steps. He always answers, and the Answer we receive today, being in His Will, will prepare us for the unfolding of a better present and future.

Prayer

I would be Zen today, perfectly calm and quiet, resting in Your peace and Your love. Nothing avails so much as Your love, and if I am careful to extend the love that You have given to me, I will be extending the best that I have in me to my brothers and sisters on earth. I would extend love today. I ask that You give me the forbearance to stifle anger and attack, and give outwardly only love.

The peace that I feel when I am in league with You is greater than any rancor that might mark my day. Being One with You is a great blessing. Knowing that I am One with You is a great blessing.

May my words reach people’s hearts today.

Amen.

Return of Heaven

“What happens when this oneness is accomplished is that divine memories arise to replace perception. This is miracle-mindedness. The accomplishment of this state of being is the reason for which you are here. It is your return to your Self. It heralds the return of heaven through the second coming of Christ, the energy that will bridge the two worlds.” (ACOL, T1:6.9)

This passage compresses a number of ideas in just a few words, words that cry out for deeper understanding. We are seeking oneness with God, and we reach that oneness when we turn inward to the Self, for the Self is part of God. When we have released this Self, we are flooded with memories that Jesus calls “divine,” and we are, finally and forever, released to miracle-mindedness. This is when we practice prayer that is unwavering and a constant thing in our lives; this is when we practice the art of thought, thought that embraces miracles just all the time, even in our very daily life.

We are on earth for a purpose, and it is the return of our being to the Self, the end of perception as the ego has taught it to us, and the coming of miracles that give us a new way to live. Jesus tells us in A Course of Love that we are now in the age of Christ, and this age will bridge heaven and earth. We are certainly, therefore, here at a wondrous time. A time that the ages have longed to see. We will not fully appreciate our position now in this world until we have reached union with the Christ Self Who resides within each of us. This is the Christ-consciousness, the Awakening, that we all long to see, and see right away.

We must at first be satisfied with glimpses of the Awakening. We will know a peace that passeth understanding, we will sense love in a deeper way than we can remember previously, and we will feel a harmony with others that has often been missing heretofore. These glimpses, if all goes according to the usual way, will lengthen, so that our thought processes slow down as we experience peace and not drama. We are on the verge now, and nothing could be more fulfilling. The ultimate bestowal of Christ-consciousness comes, however, when the ego has finally been vanquished, when fear has gone away, when judgment does not mar our days. Then and only then does God, metaphorically, each down and lift us up to the Christ-consciousness that has been His Will all along.

Let us pray for union with the Self today. Let us realize that we are praying in God’s Will. He will act as soon as we are ready, and we can remove the barriers to this abundant life by paying attention to what transpires for us. We can choose to drop fear by praying it away, we can choose to drop judgment by loving it away. The possibilities are endless, once we have touched miracle-mindedness ever so slightly.

God’s way will heal us. Let us ask for that today.

Dear Father/Mother,

I ask for a good day of no fear and no judgment, as well as no attack, no anger, and no senseless planning to protect myself in the future. These are the prerequisites to Christ-consciousness, or Awakening, as outlined in both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. I know the truth; help me to live it.

Thank You.

Amen.

In Peace We Catch Glimpses of a New Way

“It is extremely important for you to realize that God’s work takes place outside of time, as do all acts of true service or creation. This is not a readily understandable concept, but one that is necessary for you to have faith in. It is essential to your release of the concept of toil and your acceptance of your function here.” (ACOL, C:29.12)

We find it hard to believe that toil is not asked of us. But in eternity, our service is indeed effortless. We go with the flow, and the flow takes us along very nicely. No struggle. Our function here is to do our part in God’s work, though this work may not be overtly religious at all. Our parts in His work will vary with our talents and our inclinations, and we may choose to be more secular than our religions have made God.

But God is the God of secularism as well. He interests Himself in all parts of life on earth, life in this world. He does not “know” pain and suffering, but that surely must be because He sees the whole picture, knows how we choose such things in error borne of frustration. He would take such ideas from us; he would have us free of pain. A Course in Miracles says that it is not necessary to learn through pain, that such learning is, by nature, temporary. It is better, ACIM says, to learn through rewards. Certainly ACOL, with its emphasis on the heart, shows a way that warms us and gives us encouragement to forge ahead without toil.

When we are outside time, we are in eternity. And this concept will, in itself, give us hope. Eternity means that we will live forever in some way, some way that we don’t understand quite yet. Jesus tells us that this new way can be in form, if we so desire it, but that he doesn’t have the knowledge of what will transpire about this way of the new, this creation of the new. We are, together, creating the new. And we do hope that we will be happy with what we create.

Move ahead today, after we have received guidance about how to do so. Move ahead, but not in hard toil. God would not have us, His beloved children, struggle in a world that has been provided for our enjoyment and our peace. Surely we walked away from Him, but He has provided a way back for us. And when we cease to toil and struggle, in peace we will catch glimpses of a new way that will light sparks in our heart.

We will accomplish much by staying close to our Source. Indeed, this is the only way that we can hope to accomplish anything at all that is meaningful.

Dear Father/Mother,

I would invite glimpses of full and total peace today, the precursor to enlightenment. I would wish this for all who walk Your way, and that is all of us, even when we are misguided. We all want Your way, even when we don’t know how to articulate this.

I ask for patience this day, to get through the day creditably. Patience is sometimes so difficult for me, patience to wait for Your guidance, patience to have the will to follow Your guidance. You don’t move fast in this world. You ask us to live here without heavy toil, to rest in Your bounty. May I do so today.

Amen.

A Way to Overcome Fatigue

“Admit now your desire to rest, a desire that could make you weep and make you wish to sleep an endless sleep. If you but understood the energy required to keep the world of your illusion in its place, you would understand the rest that will simply come of giving up your need to do so.” (ACOL, C:12.7)

All of us know fatigue in this world. Sometimes bone-weary fatigue. A nap or longer hours of sleep at night can help, but we all know that there is a psychological tiredness that extra sleep does not touch. And here we have the reason, in Jesus’s words.

Jesus is telling us that we are straining to keep the illusion in place. Actually our strain may be greater, and our fatigue greater as well, now that we know how wrong-minded we have been. If we know the truth, and we don’t seek sufficiently to live by that truth, the strain grows. And the fatigue as well.

Resolve today that we will be through with carrying illusion into our daily lives. We resolve to live by the truth, which is a wholehearted attempt to live with right thinking and with a miracle-minded frame of orientation. Given such resolve, see if our fatigue doesn’t lessen with each passing day.

The fact that the strain is greater as we turn aside, now, from living the truth of our being, should come as no surprise. Our minds were deluded previously; they are no longer completely deluded anymore. And living with an undeluded mind is not hard—just different. It will take some getting used to.

Pray today for the ease of living that is promised us. Effortless living. This effortlessness takes the strain away, and with it the overwhelming fatigue that we have been encountering. If you need, take a nap, resolving to arise with new purpose. The dreams that may come in the nap will prepare you for a new beginning.

We are on the way to being healed completely. Welcome that healing today.

Enlightenment Takes Us Home

“A door has been reached, a threshold crossed. What your mind still would deny your heart cannot. A tiny glimmering of memory has returned to you and will not leave you to the chaos you seem to prefer. It will keep calling you to acknowledge it and let it grow. It will tug at your heart in the most gentle of ways. Its whisper will be heard within your thoughts. Its melody will play within your mind. “Come back, come back,” it will say to you. “Come home, come home,” it will sing. You will know there is a place within yourself where you are missed and longed for and safe and loved. A little peace has been made room for in the house of your insanity.” (ACOL, C:10.32)

We have come far enough along in our reading of A Course of Love to know whereof Jesus speaks in this passage. We want to go home, we want to feel safe and beloved in this world of illusion. And we can have all of this.

Let the words of this passage envelop us in a peace that heretofore we have not enjoyed. We are listening to our heart. And our heart knows how to guide us.

Of course, we may still get stubborn, refusing at times to follow the intuition that would tell us what to do. We are simply, at such times, not compliant enough. And some of this comes from our own desire to have our own way in this world. We often have not listened when others have given us their best advice; we wanted to do it “our way.” And we have been very willful in the execution of our way.

This has to stop if we are to move toward enlightenment, Christ-consciousness, Awakening. We simply must school ourselves to stop when we get a nudge to do so. We simply must do this. And I am speaking to myself as well as to you.

Be assured that peace is our inheritance. Home is where we are headed, even if we choose to return again and again to this earth. We can (we are told later on) decide to live the elevated Self of form as our future. We probably don’t know yet if we truly want this. But there are millions of our brothers and sisters who will need us to make the decision to stay on earth, not in an immortal sense, but in successive bodies. And then we will help those brothers and sisters to find their way home again.

A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery—all have just be published. And their intent is to transform us. Never has there been a better time on earth for transformation to happen. And transformation comes in several names: enlightenment, Christ-consciousness, Awakening. The way in which this change is described may help different people in varying ways. But the intent of Jesus remains the same: to take us home, where we belong. And this doesn’t mean after death, but right here on earth.

Seek to Make Peace Lasting

“The body could not help but be thus, as it was made with dual purposes in mind. It was made to make real and then glorify a separated self, and it was made to punish that separated self for the separation. Its creator had in mind what is reflected in the body: self-aggrandizement and self-effacement, pleasure and pain, violence and gentleness. A desire to know everything but only through its own effort, a desire to see everything but only through its own eyes, a desire to be known but only through what it would choose to share. Alongside these desires it is easy to see how a world such as that of the body developed.” (ACOL, C:9.7)

We made the world that we see with egoic eyes. Our physical body, an illusion (of course), falls in line with the requirements of a life that is lived apart from God. This separation, though illusory, does in fact encourage self-aggrandizement as well as self-effacement, for the highs and lows of drama are an ever-present aspect of living in the world that we have made. One moment we are buoyed by some egotistical response to praise, and then we think, no, I don’t deserve this, for I am little more than dust beneath my feet. The ego swells only to retreat in confusion.

Our desire to live separately from God meant that we wanted to do everything from our own effort, to make our way through a world that God seemingly was excluded from. But this is unnatural. Failing to communicate with our Creator is unnatural. It is also very discouraging, for we fail and fail repeatedly when we seek to go it alone. This is the real reason that we fall so hard for a significant other with whom we want to form a special relationship. Recognizing, however dimly, that we are not meant to go it alone, we seek another body to walk with us.

There is often much disappointment in such a choice. Only when the special is transformed into the holy does our harried mind and heart, egoic still, find some measure of peace. And if we are paying attention to the personal self, the little egoic self, we won’t find a very long peace even then, for the drama will seem to pursue us. Only when we open our understanding to the way that our heart leads, and we open our mind to the inner Christ Self residing at the center of our being, will we know a lasting peace. This is what A Course of Love seeks to teach; this is what A Course of Love effects in its readers.

So communicate with the inner Christ Self, a part of God Himself. Don’t be satisfied to enjoy a momentary peace that passeth understanding. Seek to make that peace lasting. The world that the heart will open us to will surprise even the most sophisticated. We will be living in a new and different world, for our perceptions will have been cleansed. Knowledge of God’s way will infiltrate our being.

Peace is Enjoyment of Both Rain & Sun

“How can I make peace attractive to you who know it not? The Bible says, “The sun shines and the rain falls on the good and evil alike.” Why then do you think that peace is endless sunshine? Peace is merely enjoyment of the rain and sun, night as well as day. Without judgment cast upon it, peace shines on all that you would look upon, as well as every situation you would face.” (ACOL, C:6.16)

A maxim of Eastern religion has it: “Be willing to have it so.” This seems to be what we are reading in A Course of Love for today. If we don’t try to make things other than they are, we have a peace that will be undisturbed.
Of course, we have a natural tendency to want to better things. But this can and often does lead to perpetual dissatisfaction with the “rain” in life. We can have peace in the midst of the rain, as this quotation for today emphasizes. We don’t need to give up our higher hopes for a better life, but just temper them somewhat. And be peaceful in the midst of whatever is going on around us—whatever.

We know that we need to give up our judgment of the world and its people, ourselves included. This giving up of judgment is not hard to do; indeed, A Course in Miracles tells us that it is the keeping of judgment that is hard. It makes more rain on our days. Much more. If we would know peace, we cannot keep judgment.

So often we fall into judgment without fully realizing what we are doing. We need something negative about someone whom, at base, we are threatened by, and then we wonder why we suddenly feel disjointed from our good day. It is the judgment that has done it. We cannot keep judgment and hope to have peace; we can now see this first hand.
There is a still center in us that is undisturbed by anything that transpires outwardly. It is to that still center that we ought to return when challenged by anything in our lives. ACIM says that there is no challenge to the advanced teacher of God. The advanced teacher has learned to go with the flow of the day. To follow guidance to that flow. And never to let the flow dissipate.

Find our still center today. And see if today doesn’t unfold in a better way. This is the “another way” that Helen (scribe of ACIM) promised Bill (co-scribe) to help him find. And people have been finding that other way ever since.

Now we have A Course of Love to guide us to establish a new identity. We can’t establish a new identity with judgment holding onto our coattails. We need to give up our evaluations of other people, any and all that are judgments.

And we will find that the sun shines far more often than the rain falls.

We Are the Light & Love of God Himself

“Into this rank confusion is brought a simple statement: Love is. Never changing, symbolizing only itself, how can it fail to be everything or to contain all meaning? No form can encompass it for it encompasses all form. Love is the light in which form disappears and all that is, is seen as it is.” (ACOL, C:3.8)

This quotation builds upon the one from yesterday, when we understood that we embody love. We don’t have to learn who or what we are (as if we could anyway), but we rest in the assurance that we are completed in Love. We are completed in God. And we are a part of God, walking on this earth, and in this form.

Love is the most exalted emotion that we can imagine. Nothing else comes close. Surely God knew that He must rest His universe on something that was so glorious that all of His creations would flock to it. And flock we do to Love. Of course, heretofore we have learned mostly of conditional love, and of dramatic love—complete with highs and lows. This was of the ego.

Now we are moving into the peace that passeth all understanding. This is what Love brings to us, when Love is in its fullness. Then our bodies and their forms seem inconsequential, and we rest in the fullness of the entity that surrounds and inhabits our bodies. This spirit does not need form, except for physical eyes to see. In our quiet times, we can feel the Love that overshadows us, independent of form. And then, when we go out again in the world, we take our forms with us, and others can see the light in our eyes that remains from our time with God.

Rest today in the assurance that the form that we occupy is illusory. It allows us to live in a physical world, and that is all. Be content today to know that what we are is ever so much more than a body. We are the light and love of God Himself.

Peace Breaks Out with Glad Rejoicing

“We will begin by working on a state of neutrality in which the war is no longer fought, the daily battles cease. Who wins and who loses is not of concern to us here. Peace has not yet come. But the white flag of surrender has been waved and dropped upon a hallowed ground where neutrality will for a short time reign before peace breaks out with glad rejoicing.” (ACOL, C:2.22)

When we seek to change from the state of insanity to something sane, we may need to take it step-by-step. A state of neutrality may need to happen first, before our movement into Christ-consciousness. We, in this state, remain open to all that would be shown to us. We are surrendered to whatever may happen. We will not have to wait long.

Our lives get better at this point of surrender. We are no longer fighting daily battles, because we are endeavoring to live the life that God would have us live. We have fought such battles in fighting life and the best that we have in us. Our ego has undermined our good intentions, and, of course, we know that good intentions are never enough. Our ego would undermine anything that we sought to do better, because surrender means that the ego dies. The ego knows this.

We are gradually walking into the sunlight. We are not fighting useless and senseless battles any longer. We are resting a bit in neutrality, waiting for peace to arrive. And arrive it will, and soon. We need this peace.

Be assured that our time of trials is almost over. When we surrender to God, following guidance of the Christ Self, we know a peace that will never leave us. We are experiencing real love for God, and He knows that all we need to Awakening is to experience this love consistently. He will not tarry long before He looks in on us—and then the blessing of Awakening will rest upon us.

Pray that none of us will have long to wait.

Seek Reality in Harmony, Peace, Joy

“As nothingness cannot be pictured, so there is no symbol for totality. Reality is ultimately known without a form, unpictured and unseen.” (ACIM, T-27.III.5)

Perhaps, for those of us who are interested, this quotation from A Course in Miracles is one answer to question of whether reality has a form, or if forms are always illusory. As I read it, this quotation would strongly suggest that reality is made up of non-forms, perhaps the intangibles of harmony, peace, joy, and the like.

I do not think that deciding whether or not reality has a form is a litmus test for adherents to A Course in Miracles. The same for our feelings are what illusion entails. ACIM is silent enough on this subject to leave room for differences of opinion. And we don’t want those differences of opinion to divide us.

Reality is here seen as totality. And we know, from other passages in A Course of Love, that totality cannot be experienced as one whole. There must be differences for us, even for God Himself, to experience Being. So reality was differentiated into parts, but each part as part of the whole, and containing the whole. This is one way of seeing reality, a way that is meaningful to me.
Reality, according to this quotation, is “unpictured” and “unseen.” But not unfelt, of this we can be sure. Let’s ask to experience true reality in our various paths through the world today.

We won’t be disappointed. The solution is always with the problem, and we have found unreality long enough. Now we are heading back home, and true reality lights our path to it.

No Better Day Can Be Had than One Spent in Peace

“Only this is certain in this shifting world that has no meaning in reality: When peace is not with you entirely, and when you suffer pain of any kind, you have beheld some sin within your brother, and have rejoiced at what you thought was there.” (ACIM, T-24.VI.5)

This quotation is a stern warning, and it sounds less than kind, on the surface. But is it, really? When peace is not with us totally and we feel pain of any kind, are we harboring anger at our brother for his perceived sins?

There are few of us who would believe that we are beyond anger. None of us actually are, though ACIM warns that anger and attack are unjustified, for our Self is innocent. A Course of Love is more forgiving, explaining that anger may stay with us until we bid it go. Negative feelings do not keep us from Christ-consciousness, because ACOL says that we do not have to be “perfect” in this world. ACIM says that Jesus stands at the end of the pathway, to correct any errors that we ourselves are powerless to change. So we are standing on good ground when we acknowledge anger and a propensity to see sin in others, though we all recognize that this is not the way we want to feel and see.

“Reality is never frightening. It is impossible that it could upset me. Reality brings only perfect peace. When I am upset, it is always because I have replaced reality with illusions I made up.” (ACIM, W-52)

If we are deeply experiencing this world, we will be experiencing illusions. And we will be upset. We need the reality that is behind these conflicted and conflicting feelings. And we can have it—today.

All we need do is ask for the reality that is behind all illusion. Ask for what is non-material; ask for love, joy, harmony, peace. You will not be left dangling. The Holy Spirit (or, in ACOL, the Christ Self) will respond to your pleas with much good will. Claim this promise. I claim it almost daily. And my world becomes smoother as a result.

Ask for perfect peace today. Turn aside from the upsets, big and small, that people your world.

The perfect peace that comes will assure us that we ought to harbor no ill will toward another. And we will join with them in a community of believers in faith, in God, in holiness.

No better day can be had than one spent in peace.