“To turn hell into Heaven is the function of God’s teachers, for what they teach are lessons in which Heaven is reflected. And now sit down in true humility, and realize that all God would have you do you can do (M-14.5)”
Affirmation: “I would turn hell into Heaven.”
1 – Students/Teachers
All of us are students/teachers of God. Time is an illusion, and only time separates students from teachers. We will all be teachers, and many sooner rather than later. We are actually already teaching and learning at the same time. As soon as we have answered the Call, the individuals whom we can serve best will begin looking for us, and finding us. There are no accidents in salvation. Who we are to meet, we will meet. The lives we are to touch, we will touch. And in this plan of the teachers is found much joy.
2 – Plan of the Teachers
Jesus says elsewhere that without the plan of the teachers, there would be no way for all of our brothers and sisters to find their way home again. The detour into fear has been long and burdensome, troubling in the extreme. Let us ask today to be free of the fear in whatever form the fear manifests. Often it is simply a low-grade anxiety, from which our jobs and our relationships seem to offer no respite.
3 – Bill and Helen
But there is a better way, and Helen and Bill (co-scribes of ACIM) found it, perhaps Bill more than Helen. As Vahle points out in his biography (see review in this blog), and as Ken Wapnick has made so clear, the peace that Helen gave to others eluded her. Ken’s biography of Helen Schucman is entitled, Absence from Felicity. And it was only in death, when Jesus came to claim his own, that her face was at peace. Bill, on the other hands, moved to California and there, amid friends of ACIM, lived a much more peaceful conclusion to his life.
4 – Let’s Do Our Part Today
May we do our part today to turn this hell on earth into Heaven on earth. Ask the Holy Spirit what small thing you might do today to effect this reversal. And He will respond.
Helen’s experience has led me to understand that there are no guarantees in this life. I know from my reading that she understood A Course in Miracles very well, but still she was without the peace that ACIM had brought so many others. May all of us realize that we must depend on the Holy Spirit in this world, and that, even then, we may not always have happy dreams.
Be with me today as I seek, once again, to understand Your guidance. My nighttime dreams seem to give me indications, as well as my intuitive, inner sense. I have not put it all together yet. Be with me, and be with other whom I touch today, in whatever way. We are not to be without limits in this world, but we are to seek to overcome the limitations, with the guidance that we receive. May that guidance come in Your own Way, in Your own time.