One of the significant changes in my practice of A Course in Miracles over the past year has been related to order which in turn is related to my willingness to surrender my plan for salvation in favor of God’s Plan.
Tara Singh, who I consider my teacher of A Course in Miracles, called on his students to bring order to their lives.
Let us start with eliminating the unessential.
Irresponsibility makes man casual and wasteful.
We here are coming to the wisdom of conservation,
putting an end to any waste of food,
money, gasoline, electricity, water, energy
and telephone calls.
Simplicity is the key to a new way of life.
. . .
We are getting our lives in order, debts paid,
and we are discovering
that simplicity is free of indulgences.
Outlets fall away when purpose and direction are clear
(The Voice that Precedes Thought 291).
A teacher cannot ask us to do this if we are not already crying out internally for it. When we are asked to bring order to our lives, it is only because we are ready to better hear the Holy Spirit.
External reminders sometimes feel safer than simply accepting the Truth that is inherent in us, but that does not make the lesson less critical.
When I was asked last year by my teacher to bring order into my life, I resisted her. I felt she was confusing cause and effect and asking me to approach the course backwards – as if what was external was causing my lack of inner peace.
But when I began to bring her lessons into application – because I was willing to accept at least the possibility that I might not know everything – I quickly saw the wisdom in her directive. I saw that she was only asking me to give attention to order because I was ready for it. In fact, I needed it.
When this became clear, it was like a thousand dusty veils dropped away at once. I saw that there was nothing external that was not also God calling on me to remember Oneness. It was all helpful if I was willing to see it that way. Though my identification with this truth wavers, it has never altogether disappeared.
We are One Mind remembering its Oneness. This makes no sense at the level of the world and its wordiness, but it doesn’t have to. All that matters is that we are ready to give ourselves to it, without regard for the form in which it makes itself known to us.
This is all fun to say of course but it is very hard to pull off in practice because it requires that we have some humility. It requires that we accept the limitations of our resources. It is only when our back is to the wall, and we can see no other apparent way, that we are ready at last to express the heartfelt “there must be another way.”
There is nothing else to say – and nothing else to do. When we are ready to remember God, God is there. We can take it slowly or we can do it in one fell swoop; the result is the same. God has not forgotten us and we are not bereft.
Order is a way of clarifying our lives in order to see this truth. That which obscures Oneness – that which hinders the Voice for God – needs to be gently and kindly set aside. Nothing that is Love can be lost, so we are not sacrificing anything. We are merely declaring our intention to know ourselves as God created us.