“While you will not realize it at first, because you have no experience but only memory of feeling yourself in such a way, you will eventually realize that the memories you recall of the spirit of others include memories that are your own, memories that are of your own Self. For no spirit exists that is not part of you, or you of it. (A Course of Love, 13.8)”
Affirmation: “My brothers and sisters are one with me.”
1 – Our Spirits Are One
We, our Selves, have no experience, at least now, of the fact that our spirits are one with others. We do have memories of a time when we knew this. And this time reaches backwards to a time beyond time, beyond hope of remembrance, except that God intervene. This idea is alluded to also in A Course in Miracles. But there it says that the time is past all hope of remembrance, and here we are told that the memory can return. So there is some conflict between the two ideas.
2 -Unite with Our Spirit
How might we understand this conflict? Our remembrance, as described in ACIM, is part of our experience, and ACOL clearly says that we can remember the experience of oneness with others. But there is a part of us, in our spirit, that does lock away the memory. And when we come closer to a union with our spirit in everyday life, we will have memories that have heretofore been excluded from us.
3 – Self/Christ
Our Self is the Christ that we all share, and when God has reached down and lifted us up (a metaphor), we will know Awakening (as called in A Course in Miracles) or Christ-consciousness (as called in A Course of Love). No spirit is alone. All are part of the one Christ spirit, and that is how we can understand our kinship with Jesus.
4 – Jesus
Traditional Christianity avoids the issue of whether we can have what Jesus had–the Christ embodied, although the New Testament clearly points to the fact that he indicates that there is nothing that he has that we will not one day have as well. ACIM and ACOL make this similarity conclusive; we are one with Jesus, once we, like him, have walked the whole pathway back to God. And, because he walked it first, he will help us, and he will clear our imperfections that otherwise we would not be able to alter (an ACIM tenet).
5 – A Great Promise
What a great promise today’s passage offers to us! May we not forget to offer our gratitude to God for such a glorious plan of salvation.
I would welcome memories to my mind today. I know that it is possible to recall that which has been hidden to me until today, because Jesus says so in this passage, and I trust him. May I put aside all temperamental thoughts and actions that would negate this great promise, this great blessing. Be with me as I seek to walk Your way today.
Help us to recognize that the memories that we hold of others include ourselves. We are not alone in this. There is a definite joining of minds, and therefore spirits, one with another. May I sense this today. And may I give up all attack thoughts, for these are separating, and they, as well, will be felt by the people whom I encounter.
Be with our walk today, as always. And thank You.