It is worth remembering that God’s will is not hidden, but that we have interposed our will before it, and thus are confused about what we are. A Course in Miracles is clear: alienation from awareness of God is not of God. It is simply the reflection of our decision to think apart from God.
God’s Will is your salvation. Would He not have given you the means to find it? If He wills you to have it, He must have made it possible and easy to obtain it (T-9.VII.1:1-3).
The confidence in those sentences is infectious, which it has to be because left to my own inclinations, I will make God into a stern taskmaster who not only hides God’s Will but also makes it conditional. Failure, not success, becomes the salient characteristic of the relationship. But A Course in Miracles insists that what God is is not up to me and – more than that – that my ideas about God are wrong.
When I am attentive to the course’s clarity in this regard, and when I allows its confidence a place in my mind, there is great joy and gentle peace.
Slow down, give attention, be grateful and love will extend itself through you, reminding you of what you are in truth.
The course’s insistence that God is here and that opportunities to remember God’s will abound hinges on the simple truth that our brothers and sisters are everywhere around us (T-9.VII.1:4-6). Even when we are physically alone, they are with us. You are my salvation, as I am yours, and the realization of this truth is what saves us (M-1.1:2).
Accept your brother in this world and accept nothing else, for in him you will find your creations because he created them with you. You will never know that you are co-creator with God until you learn that your brother is co-creator with you (T-9.VI.7:8-9).
I write often about service. Service is a form of attention to our brothers and sisters, and all it sees is our mutual need to remember Christ. The form this attention takes in the world will vary – hugs, monetary donations, careful listening, leaving alone, baking cookies, building a house. The content never varies. It is always love respond to the call for love.
How do we know what form this love or attention should take? In a sense, we don’t. The ego can never know it, because the ego doesn’t do love, and it doesn’t hear any calls for love. This is why we need to be in relationship with the Holy Spirit, which does know, and will teach us, so long as we are humble and open.
The Holy Spirit – which is inherent in us – remembers God’s Will and will naturally extend it, so long as we can get out of its way.
With the grandeur of God in you, you have chosen to be little and to lament your littleness. Within the system that dictated this choice the lament is inevitable (T-9.VII.6:5-6).
The ego cannot help us out of this mess, because it made this mess, and needs this mess for its survival (T-9.VII.5:3).
We need, then, that sense of quiet and attentiveness in which the Holy Spirit comes gently forward to remind us of what we are in truth. In that reminder, we also remember God’s Will, which is love – but not love on the world’s terms, which is always premised on getting something, but rather love on Heaven’s terms, which is premised on eternally giving.
It’s okay that this sound confusing or idealistic or naive. If we are being honest, it cannot really sound otherwise. It is only when we make space for the Holy Spirit, that the clear and constructive wisdom of A Course in Miracles is revealed.
There is nothing complicated about awakening. It is unfamiliar at first, and even frightening, but it’s not complicated. It’s natural and sure because it has already happened. It already is. Slow down, give attention, be grateful and love will extend itself through you, reminding you of what you are in truth, and giving much-needed welcome to the lost and forsaken whose own salvational remembrance can only be lit by yours.