By grace I live. By grace I am released.
From time to time I am reminded that kindness is not complicated – really it is just a question of putting another’s needs before our own – and that it is all the light we need to find our way to Heaven. For this we need each other: to enlarge our capacity to hear the call for love and to practice – for practice does make perfect - our capacity to respond with love. There really is nothing else to do.
Somehow, when our focus is on being kind, the egoic self is gently set aside. There’s no anger or viciousness to it. We aren’t rejecting anything. It’s more like we just acknowledge our brokenness and ask – humbly – to be able to serve in spite of it. The ego can’t withstand that grace-filled movement towards our brothers and sisters. When we privilege others, we undo the ego’s need to make them be our enemies, its means of perpetuating our separation from God.
When you choose to help those the ego made to hurt you, you are responding to a call much deeper and lovelier than the ego can possibly withstand.
We can do this, really, because as students of A Course in Miracles we know that giving and receiving are the same thing (M-2.5:5). Thus, when we respond with love to a brother or sister, we are also offering love to ourselves. This isn’t complicated! We all know how happy it makes us to help others. We were made to serve one another! There is no other, no better use to which we can put these bodies. We are literally capable of ending war and starvation and oppression and violence.
Yet our objective is greater than the end of conflict in the world: we seek the unity of Truth, the Oneness of God. We want to return to that state that each of us dimly remembers and daily laments that we ever turned away from it. We did not say no to God! But we think we did and so the effect is the same. Kindness is what reminds us we only dream and urges us to awaken. It lays the groundwork for a divine homecoming. We don’t yet know when or how or what it will look like, but in the offering of kindness we testify to our confidence that it is assured.
The ending must remain obscure to you until your part is done. It does not matter. For your part is still what all the rest depends on. As you take the role assigned to you, salvation comes a little nearer each uncertain heart that does not beat as yet in tune with God (W-pI.169.11:2-4).
What a beautiful mission! And what is our part in bringing it about? Simply to be kind: to extend miracles from the interior altar that knows nobody has left God and the ones who believe otherwise will soon remember the truth. It seems impossible but if you prayerfully turn within, the direction will be clear. You are only here to help others (T-2.V.A.18.8:2). Don’t even think about helping yourself – that’s been taken care of.
What is the face of Christ but his who went a moment into timelessness, and brought a clear reflection of the unity he felt an instant back to bless the world? How could you finally attain to it forever, while a part of you remains outside, unknowing, unawakened, and in need of you as witness to the truth (W-pI.169.13:3-4)?
So we are urged to gratitude for this opportunity to walk a while longer through this world of pain and woe, the better to shine the light of Love upon all its shadows and clutter, and to gather up the brothers and sisters who are still yoked to its sorrow and grief (W-pI.169.14:1). We aren’t spiritual giants and we aren’t holy gurus. There is too much work to be distracted anymore by titles and labels and churches and rules. We are simply those who at last are ready to love one another in the manner of the One who sent us, giving and receiving kindness, and lighting the way a little brighter that we might all be home forever.