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.

The Disjoining of Heart and Mind

“The separated state was nothing more than the disjoining of heart and mind, a state in which mind attempted to know without the relationship of the heart and so merely perceived its own creations rather than the creations birthed in unity.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  A Treatise on the New, 2.26)”

Affirmation:  “May my mind and heart be joined today.”

Reflections:

This passage alludes to the joining of mind and heart into “wholeheartedness” that the first volume of A Course of Love makes so beautifully clear.  We are meant to live in wholeheartedness.  In fact, we see that A Course of Love is to the heart what A Course in Miracles was to the mind.  Now we have both joined–wholeheartedness.

We are now ready to leave separation behind, separation from God and separation from our brothers and sisters.  We are ready to leave a separated self behind also, to have an elevated Self of form that is wholehearted.  Mind and heart are once more joined in unity.  And in this state we are able to understand, once again, what it means to be in relationship to all that surrounds us, especially our brothers and sisters.

We have long lamented the separation from God.  But ACOL indicates that this separation was part of the plan.  In A Course in Miracles, we learn that this separation happened when a tiny, mad idea crept into the mind of God’s Son.  There was nothing to do but to find a plan that could not be subverted, and this plan ultimately culminated in the plan of forgiveness for each other and ourselves.  Our egos wanted to call our mistakes “sins,” but to call these mistakes by such a term did tend to make them attractive to us on a continual basis (an ACIM tenet).  When we have a mistake, we naturally want to correct it.  We have changed its status from a sin to a mistake, and we respond accordingly.  ACOL makes the same pronouncement, in slightly different words.  Elsewhere we learn that we can turn aside from the things in our personalities that we dislike; we are not bound to keep these lamentable traits.  But we are ready to accept Christ in Christ-consciousness, despite what we may still view as flaws.  ACIM says that Jesus stands at the end of the journey to undo mistakes that we have not been able to undo.  These twin ideas in ACIM and ACOL thus meld into one.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Be with me today as I try to meld my heart and mind into wholeheartedness.  Thank You for being with me in the difficult moments.  Life is not always smooth, but You are there for me always.

May I turn aside from my mistakes, and may I let Your grace repair my wrongdoings.  It is with joy that I look forward to this day.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 245:

Your peace is with me, Father.  I am safe.

Day Three: Accept Abundance

“You have accepted now, because of whatever experiences of unity you have had, that the knowing of unity is available to you.  You may not have given great consideration to the access through which that availability arose, but since for most of you it has arisen as thoughts you did not think, if you were to make an association in regards to entry, you would likely say the entry point was the mind.  This is, in a sense, true, as wholeheartedness is comprised of the mind and heart joined in unity.  (A Course in Love:  Dialogues, p. 103)”

Affirmation:  “May I experience today ‘thoughts that I did not think’.”

Reflections:

The passage chosen here is tangential to the argument put forth in Day Three.  It does, however, say some very important things about the A Course of Love as a whole.  In unity is abundance accepted, and this abundance is the very practical matter of money–having enough, feeling secure, knowing that we will be taken care of in the future.

Jesus notes that in coming to a new understanding of abundance we will move through stages of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression.  Only then we will be ready to accept abundance as our natural inheritance from God.  We will be ready to discover, rather than to learn through the mind.  This includes the “thoughts that we do not think,” which is the infusion of knowledge into our wholeheartedness rather than the learning through our mind that the ego so enjoyed.  We have now moved beyond the ego.

Jesus talks quite a bit about money here, and he is very, very commonsensical.  He knows that may of us have issues about money (he calls it “abundance”) that might preclude our acceptance of all that he holds out to us in the new wholeheartedness that he extols.  Day Three is among the most practical chapters in the entire three-volume ACOL.  Surely we can follow his reasoning, and reach for the unity of all brothers and sisters without reference to relative abundance.  He concludes, “The active acceptance of abundance is the way to abundance.”

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know the security that only resides in You, in the abundance that You promise to me.  May I not be tempted to fret about my future needs, or even my present ones.  May I do what I can, when I can, and may I rest secure in the knowledge that my real needs are always met.

Abundance is a relative term, but I do not long for the abundance of material goods so much as spiritual.  Jesus promises that I can have both, and I rest in peace in that assurance.

Amen.

ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 96:

Salvation comes from my one Self.