“Your experience here is but an extension of mind into a realm in which experience can occur. Your ego has made of this something different than it is. Rather than extension of mind your experience has become a projection of ego. This can change. (A Course of Love, 31.35)”
Affirmation: “I would withdraw from the projections of my ego.”
1 – ACOL vs. ACIM
A Course of Love is more welcoming to experience in this world, in my opinion, than is A Course in Miracles. ACOL sees real benefits to an experience in this world, provided that we are moving toward the elevated Self of form. This elevated Self of form is the sustained awareness of the inner Self/Christ which we will know when we have walked the whole pathway, the pathway to Christ-consciousness, or Awakening.
2 – The Insane Ego
Our experience here is of the physical. In ACOL, such an experience is not denigrated. But our problem is that our minds have dipped into insanity by way of the creation of an insane part, the ego. And the ego does not love us or wish us well. We can frequently see in the ego the old devil, or enemy, concept of traditional Christianity.
3 – The “Devil”
Just what was the devil, or enemy, in traditional Christianity? It was a fallen angel who took on God as its rival, at times (as in Job) causing God to engage in contests that sought to prove that the devil knew better. And there is in many of us this dualistic nature of thought still raging. We have not left behind this egoic interpretation, for that is exactly what the devil really is, an invention of the ego.
4 – Battle with God?
We are not in a battle with God, and neither is our ego. The ego just thinks that it is battling God. God doesn’t respond. He knows that eventually all of us will choose to eliminate the pain from our lives and choose again His way. We, unfortunately, do not always understand the truth that His will and our will are actually identical. We want what He wants for us, but we are just unsure about this. We think that it is an infringement on the free will that he gave us.
5 – An Imprisoned Will
Actually this is a misnomer. Our will is actually imprisoned when we choose against God (an ACIM tenet). And we would not choose to live a life that is, essentially, a loveless and painful experience. We find joy in turning to the God within. There is no greater joy than communion with Him or with His Universal Inspiration, the Holy Spirit. Once we realize that truly His will for us is the same as our true inner will, we will no longer be in conflict. We will no longer be Jonahs, railing against His will for us. We did not create ourselves, though an agnostic or atheist might have trouble with this assertion. We need to set to one side our intellectual doubts, and just allow the experience of God to infiltrate our minds.
6 – Agnostic or Atheistic?
We will then not long remain agnostics or atheists.
I would transform my experience in this world from a battleground for the ego to an experience of a transformed Self for whom God is very real. I would see that my ego’s idea that I am battling God is not true. I would seek to know only the true.
May all of us walk together toward an experience in this world that is the best that this world can offer, the best that life on the earth can offer. We will be surprised at the transformation that can occur. And we need to take steps toward that transformation today. Thank You for guiding us. Thank You for Jesus’s inspired words in A Course of Love.