True Vision

“. . .[T]rue vision is seeing relationship and union.  It is the opposite of seeing with the eyes and the attitude of separation.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.32)”

Affirmation:  “May I enjoy true vision today.”

Reflections:

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus assures us that true vision does not have anything to do with the vision that our eyes have, or the world that our eyes behold.  True vision sees beyond the illusion that is this world.  It is an internal concept that one can enjoy when he or she has left behind the belief in separation from God as well as separation from our brothers and sisters.

A Course of Love, as we have repeatedly described, is based in large part on this theme of relationship and union (often called “unity and relationship”).  The words are repeated so often that perhaps we lose sight of their true meaning, but a simple return to what the words themselves mean can set our minds and hearts at rest.  We are in relationship to the All, which includes our brothers and sisters as well as God, but this All is actually One (i.e., unity).  This easy definition will go a long way toward helping us to understand that Jesus is not asking us to believe or to live the impossible.  We can live in unity and relationship, and indeed we will want to do so.  Only in that way can we come to know the fullest meaning of salvation, the fullest extent of Awakening to Christ-consciousness.

We all too often depend on our perception to determine our reactions in this world.  This is discussed at length in A Course in Miracles.  But we are also told in ACIM that projection makes perception.  And who would want to live a projection from ourselves that shows us an evil and suffering world?  We will not be blind to suffering when we move beyond seeing in this way, but we will see the larger picture–almost miraculously–and in no way will be tempted to blame our God for this state of affairs.  Just as Jesus promises, we can know “pure joy” and “limitless release” on a daily basis.  These two phrases can be the way that we view this world, as Jesus has bade us to do constantly.  Only then will we know the peace that is held out to us in both ACIM and ACOL.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

You would have me to experience true vision–the revelation of a new world that only You can bring to me.  In revelation, You reach down to me, and You bless me.  I ask for this blessing today.

Be with me as I go about our sometimes woeful world.  May I keep my head in the clouds, but my feet on the ground, grounded in You.

Amen.

True Vision

“Examine what you may have felt the onset of true vision would mean.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.31)”

Affirmation:  “May I come to know today what true vision means.”

Reflections:

This command is daunting.  We are asked to reexamine our thoughts and emotions for the changes that we are undergoing.  And change may be stressful, though Jesus would have us to realize that change, under his direction and without the ego’s interference, is not stressful.

Our vision from God is an expression of revelation.  A Course in Miracles explains that revelation will occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed.  Those means are, first of all, explained in ACIM.  Now A Course of Love has taken us a step forward, beyond the time of the Holy Spirit and His guidance, into Christ-consciousness, which depends on an inner knowing that is normally wordless.

If we have never  thought about what true vision would entail, we will not be ready to accept vision from God when it comes.  I once read that one should not beseech heaven for a miracle that one would not recognize if seen at high noon.  That is a particularly graphic illustration of the change that is set before us now.  We must ask for eyes to see, ears to hear.  We must be anticipatory about the change that awaits us.  Above all, we must not fear this change.  Faith can substitute for the fear that we once had, and which we once felt protected us.  Faith, as I am describing it, is a form of love–and A Course in Miracles says that fear and love are the only two emotions, all others being variant forms of these two.

May we wait at high noon for the miracle–indeed, the revelation–that awaits us.  It qualifies as a revelation rather than a miracle because, as ACIM points out, revelation comes only from God.  God will stay by us now, as He especially eagerly awaits our transformation.  As so many have pointed out before, He has only our hands and feet to do His bidding.  (The same has also been said of our guide, Jesus.)

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I long for true vision, for the revelation that Christ-consciousness holds out for me.  Be with me today as I keep this request in mind.  I know that You have placed this longing in my heart and mind, and that, since it is Your wish, my prayer will be answered.  If not today–if I must wait beyond today–help me to prepare for the vision that You will surely grant when I have been made ready.

I believe that if my faith in You is strong enough today, this will be the day that vision will come to me.  Help me to be steadfast.

Amen.

Changed Vision

“. . .[Y]our vision has already changed, although you are not aware of the extent of this change.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.30)”

Affirmation:  “Thank You that my vision has changed even more than I realize.”

Reflections:

Our vision, our revelation from God, has happened–sometimes intermittently and sometimes on a more permanent basis.  We have let go our mistakes–not sins (according to A Course in Miracles).  We have asked forgiveness for our misdeeds, and we have received absolution.  We still do not fully comprehend all that this new state of being, of Christ-consciousness, holds out to us.  We are still living in the shadow of separation from God.

Pray today to have this dichotomy removed.  We will never live a joyful life as long as we are conflicted about our state of mind and heart, our wholeheartedness (a tenet of A Course of Love).  We are ready to step into a new world, while yet still inhabiting this world that we have known since our birth.  A Course in Miracles talks of the change that individuals undergo who have accepted Awakening–indeed, even before we understand fully what Awakening holds out to us.  We are said to smile more often, and we are said to be recognized by others who walk the earth as we do.  Yet the individuals who surround us, and who have not experienced this wondrous change, will not see anything different in us.  They will think we are as we were before.  This is almost a form of communion among believers that many to which many who have not accepted the New are oblivious.

We need to ask for Jesus’s help, as our guide, to come to understand this huge change ahead.  We are on the cusp of this change, and we will not step forward to accept the elevated Self of form if we hold to ourselves any sense of fear.  It is time to leave the ego’s fears behind.  It is time to move into Christ-consciousness, perhaps at first tentatively, but with the promise that this new state of mind and heart is meant for us to enjoy on a permanent basis.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know what the vision, the revelation, holds out to me.  May I know Christ-consciousness in all Its glory.  This I pray for today.

If the day brings difficulties, may I realize that these difficulties do not have to be experienced as deeply as once they would have been.  With Your help, I am moving into a new world, a world bright with your glory and majesty.

Amen.

Workbook Lesson for Day 248:

Whatever suffers is not part of me.

Shared Vision

“You have lived with the vision of the separated self for so long that you cannot imagine what shared vision will mean, and do not yet recognize it when you experience it.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 2.29)”

Affirmation:  “May I feel alone no longer.”

Reflections:

Shared vision will be one with All, including God as well as our brothers and sisters.  Vision is more an attribute of God than is observation, a concept that refers to the physical manifestation of what vision has first shown.  But, as this passage says, we have long become accustomed to a separated self.  And now we are being asked to move into a shared Self of form, the elevated Self of form.

The elevated Self of form is a manifestation of Christ-consciousness in the physical world.  We do not leave this world by death to experience this revelation, and it is revelation from God to us (never the reverse, as A Course in Miracles makes clear).  We do not achieve immortality in the physical form that we inhabit, though; this ACOL makes clear elsewhere.  This idea of immortality in the physical form that we have now is a frequent misinterpretation of A Course in Miracles.  :Perhaps it is merely wish fulfillment for those of us who still fear death.  But some have said that death itself is like walking through an open door, and who could fear that?

We do not fully recognize, always, when we are in fact experiencing the elevated Self of form, the revelation of Christ-consciousness.  We think that we are not worthy, and so we do not open ourselves to the truth that these altered states of mind and heart are indeed something new and different for us.  We need to leave behind the feelings that we experienced when separation was all that we knew.  With Jesus as our guide, there is now something more out there, just waiting for us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I believe that the unitive state, the one no longer felt as separation, is my way Home.  You are waiting eagerly for me to return.  The way has been long and hard.  May I find my way Home today.

When I pray, I feel the end of the separation that we have all known so  poignantly for so long.  You are there, inside and outside, and may I know Your presence today.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 247:

Without forgiveness I will still be blind.