“A desire to know everything but only through its [the body’s] own effort, a desire to see everything but only through its own eyes, a desire to be known but only through what it would choose to share. Alongside these desires it is easy to see how a world such as that of the body developed. (A Course of Love, 9.7)”
Affirmation: “I choose amiss when I choose the way of the body.”
1 – Made the World
We made amiss when we made the world. Note that I did not say “create.” Only God creates, and it is the theology of both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love that God did not create the world of the body, the physical illusion of the body, and indeed all illusions of the dream in which we find ourselves. Do not let theology delay you; if this idea is foreign to your thinking, then just set it aside until such time as you wish to consider the idea again. Jesus does not want for theology to delay us, nor to be a dividing factor between ourselves and our brothers and sisters.
2 – God’s Children
We can understand the thinking of this passage, because we so wish to be independent, even when we know that being God’s children is the only sane response. Our wish to be independent is akin to an adolescent’s desire to separate from his/her parents. And it is also akin to our perchance toward competition.
3 – Cooperation
We may know intellectually (or we may not) that cooperation gets us farther, even in this dream or illusion of a world, than competition ever could. But our ego thrives on conflict, and competition always brings jealousy (of one person to another), hard feelings, envy (of one’s possessions to those of another). Do we really want to live like this?
4 – Demanding Proof
We also want to “prove” everything in this physical world through our own eyes. This is why science has been such a boon to those who sought secular wisdom of the world, the need to understand where we are apart from what our religious traditions have told us. And this is not wrong, for our science has taught us much that religion would have discounted. And the new physics is bringing us home to a concept of God that mystics have long found true and compelling.
5 – Share Selectively
We also want to share, about ourselves, only those things that we “want” to share. Yet psychology, even secular, says that a willingness to self-reveal is the quickest and easiest route to acceptance from others. Otherwise, our brothers and sisters do not trust us, because they don’t feel that they know where we are coming from.
6 – The Time of Return
So the world of the body, the physical world, arose before our eyes. And we lived in it for eons. Now is the time of return, though the time may take millions of years, just as the separation extended over millions of years (an ACIM tenet). Let us know that, even as we seek, we will find, and the sooner we find, the more help we can be to ourselves and our brothers and sisters. We will not live in misery for the millions of years ahead, before everyone is home in God. We will be joyous, knowing that the outcome is sure.
May I do what I can today to begin, immediately, to live in the world that You would have us see and experience. This world that You want for us is not the world of the body, but the direct opposite. May I assist my brothers and sisters who are coming to the same conclusion–that this world does not work, because its premises are wrong.
May I cooperate with the universe and You today. May I listen to my intuition, the guidance/signal system given me by You. May the signs that I note be genuine and sure. Let nothing today interfere with my desire to be One with You.