“The beginning of all transformation is at the source, and this is as true of illusion as of the truth. You see your body as your self, and your self as source of all that you have done and felt in all your days upon this earth. Yet your real source is at the center of yourself, the altar to your creator, the Self you share in unity with Christ. Christ is the ‘part’ of God that resides in you, not in separation but in the eternal wholeness in which God and you together exist in truth. (A Course of Love, 10.4)”
Affirmation: “God is within.”
1 – ACIM
There are some ideas from A Course in Miracles that need to be explored before we take up the passage for today. When we say (as the passage says, in other words) that God is within, we must also realize that projection makes perception. And I believe that the earthly concept of the hologram is a correct analogy, that each part contains the whole. Of course, this bottom line is that All is One, and that is the why that God is within, and we can also project a world outside of ourselves. We perceive other people, and so they are, but they are also “us.”
2 – Follow Your Heart
Do not let theology delay you. If the thoughts in the paragraph above do not resonate with you, then instead set them aside, and take only what feels right in your heart. We are not too concerned with bodies now, but with the center of our being (not the physical organ). And this center is the heart.
3 – Real Beauty
We would know that the body deceives. The body deceives by letting us think that if we just make it pretty or handsome enough, we will attract other bodies who want to be with us. And so we may. But will this superficial value last? I think now. Aging comes to all of us, though the real beauty is within. And the holy relationship recognizes that the real beauty is within.
4 – A Summary
The passage for today encapsulates a good bit of the good news of A Course of Love. God is our Source, and we are heart-centered beings who also use our minds as need be. But we must not let the ego-oriented mind take over. We must ask that this ego be dislodged, and then we must replace it with something better. ACOL‘s answer is wholeheartedness–a melding of mind and heart to make one, or One. The One that is God, as well as all things. Illusion has no place in this concept. Behind the illusion is the real, and we would peek behind the illusion to see that real today.
I long for this transformation that is described today in the passage selected. Help me to be patient, as I am not ready, or the revelation would already have occurred. This transformation is the Awakening or the Christ-consciousness that is the birthright of all of us. But we may need to wait for this blessing.
Help me to realize that to beautify the body is not enough. It is good to look good, but even better is to have inner beauty. And as one ages, the inner beauty becomes more and more apparent. May we all walk safely along the pathway from birth to old age, and then beyond. May nothing keep us from You at all times. Thank You for the guidance that You give me, especially when the guidance comes in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. You make the decisions. I will follow.