Thy Will Be Done
As we proceed beyond the Obstacles to Peace and home in on the experience of union with the Holy Spirit, as we allow for the renewing of our mind and invite and embrace change—letting ourselves be changed—the purpose of the Course is fulfilled. The miracle is a sudden shift of perception in you! A sudden shift in your sense and experience of what you are and, indeed, what everything is.
It is important to understand that the Course is not a body of knowledge to be explored, embraced and used as a new set of rules and principles with which to govern oneself, and the completion of the Course is not an equivalent of the successful installation of a new operating system and subsequent reboot of your mind where you now intellectually carry out divine programming, obediently and thoughtlessly, just as you carried out human programming obediently and thoughtlessly. No! It is, instead, a shift from the rehearsal of learned behavior—in other words, from the “known”—to the utterly original expression of That which arises anew, out of Love, from the very center of You.
Love is the uncalculated unreasoned expression and substance of all relationships, unifying—and keeping forever unified—all of Creation. It is not an attribute, possession or tool to be used by something other than Itself, called “you,” but rather it is the inherent Nature and presence of You, and of all of Creation. In the absence of thinking, in the Silence of the holy instant, It begins to register with you, not only as a Movement arising from the depths of your Being, which must reach out in embrace—with gentleness, harmony and affection—but also as That in everything which is likewise embracing you . . . making One of All.
This is the “sudden shift of perception” where you are made new, where you “let that mind be in you which is also in me.” It is where you discover that that means letting the Movement of Love well up in you as an out-of-your-control-experience, and has nothing to do with the practice of principles, rules, belief systems, private mutual agreements or control.
We are entering into a time in the learning where something different from what you were expecting must be engaged in—changing! “Coming out of the closet,” as it were, and publicly being a new You in the world!
This means publicly neglecting to do anything off the top of your head—regurgitating platitudes, principles, memory, false authority—and instead letting the infinite indivisibility of Soul, from the very Ground of your Being, give rise to Love, give rise to Embrace, establishing Relationship infinitely, intimately and absolutely! In other words, Love is the embodying of the meaning of the words,
“Thy Will be done!”
Being the Meaning of those words is the shift of perception which defines the word “miracle” in A Course in Miracles. But it is often overlooked in favor of a simple “shift of ideas” which allows an unchanged “you” to play with them and sound enlightened, while completely missing the point. Never engaging in the holy instant, never letting oneself be led by the Holy Spirit, means the divorce from the Father is not annulled, and the function of the Course is unfulfilled because you are. But you are meant to get the idea!
You are meant to abandon your isolation. You are meant to stop operating on the basis of theories and precepts. You are meant to lean into the presence of God in you and function in the world from that Place! You are not meant to get hung up on the words and ideas, since their only function is to inspire you to risk the chance that there is a God and persist in joining with Him until you can be in the world from that communion.
It may be humiliating to accept the fact that “you, of yourself, can do nothing” and never have! And your ego will claim that it is depressing and self-destructive to stop trying. But it will also suggest that deferring to anything at the expense of your own authority is an act of insanity, to be avoided at all cost, while neglecting to tell you that you have no authority at all, no independent position to act from, and that you have always been deferring to it or to the Holy Spirit.
My task, and that of A Course in Miracles, is the exact opposite. It is to clearly say the truth!
“You have no authority at all,
—no independent position to act from—
and you have always been deferring
to the ego or the Holy Spirit.”
This is an absolute statement! It is the premise of the holy instant and the promise by which the holy instant works, rendering the solution very simple: You have always been practicing “thy will, not mine be done” because you have always been listening to a “voice” that has never been yours and yours alone, no matter what you have believed. You see? And so the answer lies in neglecting the voice for fear in favor of the Voice for Truth, and this is what the Course is all about—making this choice, embodying it. Giving voice to the Holy Spirit instead of the one you thought was yours and coming back into your right mind.
Again, as I said in the beginning, as we proceed beyond the Obstacles to Peace and home in on the experience of union with the Holy Spirit, as we allow for the renewing of our mind and invite and embrace change—letting ourselves be changed—the purpose of the Course is fulfilled. The miracle is a sudden shift of perception in you! A sudden shift in your sense and experience of what you are and, indeed, what everything is.
This is the good news!
And one last point: Soul, initiating Love moving into expression as Relationship substantiated, making One of All, looks like the activity Paul and I are engaged in. But also, Love moving into expression as Relationship substantiated, making One of All, looks like you and everyone embracing us. In our relationship, we—every one of us—give to everyone and to ourselves without transaction. And the gift is significant. It is the Truth that heals. It is the Love which transforms. It is the means of Awakening. It is not a demonstration of commerce, but of Family. And it is extremely important for this Movement to be present and presented.
Love looks like that which meets the need—as that which embraces, involves Itself with a foundation of faith arising out of Vision, which impels the extension, extension, extension of Love in echoes, echoes, echoes, repeating themselves throughout the brotherhood as the embrace goes on and on and on.
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August 14th, 2015
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