“This is not a test and you cannot fail. You are merely playing: Play at observing yourself from above. Can you look down upon yourself? And can you skip along and get in front to see your body coming toward you? (A Course of Love, 10.28)”
Affirmation: “Let’s play today.”
1 – Skip Ahead
The deeper meaning of the passage for today is that time is an illusion (an interpretation, not stated in A Course of Love). If we can skip ahead of ourselves, and see ourselves coming ahead, then we are in a fantasy about the future, that we are that future, and that we ourselves are coming along on the pathway just as we ought to come.
2 – A Glorious Play
What a glorious play this is! Can we be sure that we are following along on the pathway that we ought to take? But is there even a choice? How much is preordained? A Course in Miracles says (as does this passage in A Course of Love) that we are merely reliving the past, that the past is like a carpet that will roll up when the end is reached. If so, it is obvious, at least to me, that Jesus is here playing with this idea a bit further, and encouraging us to do the same.
3 – The End Is Sure
If we can imagine that the end is sure, and that we are caught in an illusion that does not have to be painful in the least (we choose), then perhaps today is the time to affirm this understanding in the depths of our being.
4 – In a Joyous Frame of Mind
If we skip ahead, and then look back, we are in a joyous frame of mind and spirit and heart. May we imagine this game for ourselves today. May we imagine that we see tomorrow and that it is better than today–even if today is pretty good already. Is this not where Jesus is leading us in A Course of Love? He would have us, in the third volume of the trilogy (The Dialogues of A Course of Love), join him on the mountaintop, where we will finally know Christ-consciousness in a sustained and elevated Self of form. This is where we are headed. Let us take care that the individual steps on our pathway are well-chosen, so that we will be ready for the mountaintop when that time comes.
Thank You for this playful exercise today. May we imagine ourselves ahead of the time which we are in now, and enjoy the pleasures of a future time. We will help to make those pleasures real. Be with me today and always, present and future.
Help me to lighten the mood of those with whom I interact. Your way is always best, and You are not the solemn God that so many of us may have thought in the past. Help me to lighten up, even as I seek to help others to do the same.