God is Love and Love is Real

When we feel lost, we also feel compelled to do something about it. Maybe retrace our steps and see if we can take another path. Maybe climb to higher ground and survey the landscape, the better to choose where to go next. Maybe we try harder or walk faster or meditate more purely. Maybe we simply give up and cry out for help.

It always seems that is the only way to bring about the truth that God is love and love is real. We have to do something – something significant, something right. Our relationship with God is broken and so we have to fix it.

But the problem with that analysis is that doing never undid anything, and the kind of lost we are talking about – the grief that any child of God knows when they believe they are separated from their Creator – cannot be healed through worldly channels. The problem is not out there in the world; it is internal. So all of our effort and activity amounts to nothing more than asking the wrong questions and directing them to the wrong party.

Something else has to happen. Some other energy or power has to enter. We – as we understand ourselves – cannot do it.

A Course in Miracles will not heal us. At best, it is simply one of many such symbols by which we will at last realize that we are already healed, already found, and already home. At best, it will be the illusory means by which we are finally able to ask: is the kingdom I have made worthy of myself, my brothers and sisters, and God? When we ask that question, and do not rush into an answer, then real healing can begin.

A Son of God is happy only when he knows he is with God. That is the only environment in which he will not experience strain, because that is where he belongs. It is also the only environment that is worthy of him, because his own worth is beyond anything he can make (T-7.XI.2:6-8).

It is so essential that we see the uselessness of our efforts and the futility of our designs. All that is of the ego. This is not a question of saying our plan is okay but God’s plan is better. It is a question of letting go of our plan altogether because it cannot – under any circumstances or in any way – work. If we are honest, then we will see that we don’t know what needs to be done and if we did, we wouldn’t know how to do it.

When we stop judging life and stop forcing our tiny selves on life then Life will simply reveal itself as the gift from God it is, and has been, and will always be. It is already there. It was given to us and we simply have to make some space in which to see this.

So we let go. We let go and thus make some room in which God can be present and in which God’s Creativity can flow without impediment.

The egoic self will resist this surrender, because it equates all surrender with defeat. Thus, we often perceive this opening to and for God as a form of self-denigration because it offends our dignity, it seems impractical, why help God if God won’t help us and so on. But mostly we cannot accept it because it is terrifying. This false self that we’ve made and to which we’ve become so attached is all we know. And the world in which it lives and works out its small doomed life is all that we know of home. What else is there?

It seems that if we give up the self and the dismal kingdom made to be its home, that nothing will remain. And that is a difficult – enormously difficult – psychological space to inhabit. A Course in Miracles warns us that many spiritual travelers literally die when they reach this stage. They don’t just quit. They die.

Men have died on seeing this, because they saw no way except the pathways offered by the world. And learning they lead nowhere, lost their hope (T-31.IV.3:4-5).

So we have to see this clearly and we have to appreciate that the clarity will be not be perceived as a blessing. That is so critical! That is when we are going to either give up on God or grab our own idea of God back and cling to it. But it is just this moment in which so much potential for healing and spiritual insight resides.

How do we navigate this? How do we remain still in the face of such apparent chaos and hopelessness?

We remember that we are not alone. And we remember that the self we made and the world we made in which that self lives – as dense and complex and as real as they seem – are simply braids of smoke which, blown away by the lightest of breezes – reveal another Kingdom beyond, one that was always there. This is the time for faith. This is the time to trust – in the most profound way possible – in God’s love.

God watches over His children and denies them nothing. Yet when they deny Him they do not know this, because they deny themselves everything. You who could give the Love of God to everything you see and touch and remember are literally denying Heaven to yourself (T-7.XI.3:9-11).

When we stop judging life and stop forcing our tiny selves on life then Life will simply reveal itself as the gift from God it is, and has been, and will always be. It is already there. It was given to us and we simply have to make some space in which to see this.

All A Course in Miracles aims to do is help us remove the blocks which prohibit the recollection of God’s Blessing.

Thus, when we feel lost and bereft – when hopelessness seems the only card left to play – can we be still? Can we be quiet? The moment in which all seems most lost is also the moment of salvation.

For God is merciful, and did not let His Son abandon Him. For what He is be thankful, for in that is your escape from madness and from death. Nowhere but where He is can you be found. There is no path that does not lead to Him (T-31.IV.11:4-7).

When you are scared, sit by with it. When you are lonesome or angry or grief-stricken, sit by with it. When you are guilty or vengeful or greedy or jealous, sit by with it. It is an old law, an old truth. When despair is most pervasive, the grounds for hope are nearest at hand. Only stop fighting. Only stop trying to find Heaven yourself. Do nothing and what is will be revealed.

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  • Bubba R March 13, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Holy Mackeral……………what a great entry. My lesson for today has been ” God, Being love, is also happiness. To fear him is to be afraid of joy” (#103)
    I have been thinking about this all day and you have summed it up beautifully. I wasnt entirely sure where to go with the idea when i have been meditating on it. It has also been one of “those” days and this entry and my lesson have been antidote.
    I think what I am learning through my journey home is that this is so simple, and should never be complicated. I have to remember that it is actually the simplest idea in the world. Nothing else matters, only God is the truth, and i am already home. I just havent realized it yet. The hard part is of course realizing it and extricating myself and my tentacles from all of this and helping others open their eyes.
    ………..I think. 😉

    • Sean Reagan March 13, 2013, 8:28 pm

      Hey Bubba!

      Good to hear from you – thanks for dropping a line. I’m glad the post was helpful, in its way. You never know. I hear you about “those days.” They do pass, sooner or later. And hey – you could always let Jesus or the Holy Spirit do the extricating for you. Not that I’m always so good at that myself . . .

      ~ Sean

  • Aleta March 13, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Thanks, Sean, for this wonderful post that reminds me to stop trying to find that Which is already Here. Thanks to all your other readers for their inspiring comments, too! Wow! is all I can say and that isn’t saying enough!

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