“It is in your holy relationships that union can be found and experienced, and thus from these that you fuel your desire for union with all and for knowledge of your creator. This yearning must but be a pure yearning–untainted by fear and judgment and approached with wholeheartedness–for it to be fulfilled. It is not the means that are lacking but the wholehearted desire. (A Course of Love, 19.7)”
Affirmation: “Bless my holy relationships.”
1 – Holy Relationships
If we have wholehearted desire, today’s passage assures us that we can find union in our holy relationships. This is our way home, according to both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. Holy relationships bypass the need for hours of contemplation. We are our brother’s keeper, and we do well to acknowledge this and to act on it. Then we will know the peace that we seek.
2 – Holy Oneness
From our holy relationships, we move to a desire for Oneness with all, a holy Oneness rather than the physical that we sometimes think. The physical is not downplayed by ACOL, though; it is, in fact, applauded, in a sense, by the closeness that it leads us to feel. It can be a way of reaching toward God. But union with the All is not physical, but metaphysical. And we then have knowledge of our Creator God. We are not alone in our wonderings any longer, but we know.
3 – Jung
Jung, the eminent psychologist, was once asked about faith, and he replied that he “knew,” implying that, for him, knowledge of God was not limited to a nebulous faith. What a witness this is! We will come to be so sure in our knowledge of God that we do not have to appeal to faith in the matters of which we are unsure. We will be told all that we need to know. And very, very little will be veiled from us. (An interpretation, not stated in ACIM or ACOL.)
4 – Union
If we are falling short, let us ask ourselves if we have the wholehearted desire for union that this passage indicates we must have. Do we see any reason for union? Do we still think that there is something in separateness that will give us the experience of what we want? If we do want separateness, we will remain in it. But do we really want to be so isolated or alone? Do we really want to fear? All of these things comes with the separate. And not many of them would any of us long to experience.
5 – Are We Afraid?
We may be afraid of union, not knowing what will be asked of us. And, indeed, much may be asked of us. But we will find that we can do these requested missions with ease and peace, with effortlessness. God does not hold us to a work ethic that we ourselves made. God desires good works, we might think, but He knows that we are weak and frail children, and that we need help. Ask (a necessity), and that help will be forthcoming.
I would overlook all slights that happen to me currently, seeking instead the union with all my brothers and sisters, and God, that this passage recommends. May we be forgiving, for this world is difficult, and if we forgive, we will come to understand.
May my yearning for union be without fear of any kind. May my anxiety melt away. And may You spend the day with me today, so that I sense Your presence.