“Your thoughts are released from their concentration on what exists outside of you as your responsibility is placed where it belongs, in the call to respond. This response is only yours to give and is all you are asked to give. This response comes from within the Self–the rightly identified and acknowledged Self. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 4.9)”
Affirmation: “I will respond as my Self tells me.”
1 – Restatement
This passage for today is a restating of the same passage quoted yesterday. Jesus repeats his ideas when the idea is especially important. Maybe he wants to be sure that we have caught the meaning. And the idea is very, very important to central themes in A Course of Love.
2 – Internal Looking
We need to look within to determine what response to the outer world is called for. This internal “looking” is a bid for guidance from the Self/Christ, who is within all of us. We could also see that God is within, and look to Him for guidance. The distinction is not too important, in my estimation, for we are a part of God. This is in line with the monistic nature of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love.
3 – Eternity
When we recognize the Self within, we are well on our way along the pathway to Awakening. Only time delays us, and time does not really exist. All time is simultaneous, but it appears spread out to allow us to experience all that is happening. Eternity is timeless.
4 – Look Within
We are not to focus too much on externals, seeking external cues as to how to respond. We are actually becoming more introverted in our movement toward Christ-consciousness. We no longer look to others to tell us what to do. We look within. And there we find our peace.
5 – Personal Experience
I personally started out as an introvert, and then moved closer to extroversion (as tested on written tests) when I practiced reference librarianship. All of those questions from the reference, all of that interaction with library users, turned me outward. Now that I am no longer practicing reference librarianship, I find myself naturally turning inward more, to introversion–actually my most natural response. And it is good to know that this change is in line with A Course of Love. We need to seek our cues from within, because listening to our brothers and sisters does not mean that what they say is “our” truth. We can easily be misled. We need to take nothing external unto ourselves unless it finds a welcome place in our heart.
Thank You for being with me today, even when I was not conscious of Your presence. I know that You were with me, because in spite of a hectic day, I am calm and at peace now that it is the evening. Only You could effect such an experience.
May we be transformed as we live our lives day to day. I belong to You, and that statement is one of the most important that I remember from my early years. A woman friend, rich with faith, said, “I belong to God.” And I have remembered that witness all the years since. Now I too belong to You. And knowing that this is true gives me a life beyond my wildest dreams. Thank You.