‘You are and will forever be exactly as you were created.
Light and Joy and Peace abide in you because God put them there.(A Course in Miracles, Lesson 93, 7.6)
When we were born, our True Nature rested unruffled deep within our hearts and minds, a nature of love, created by Love. Our imaginations were creative and unbounded, and we knew how to use them, and we were delighted with ourselves. As tiny beings we were connected to a world more mystical than the one we connect to now, a world full of enchantment and a sense of the miraculous.
What happened to us? Why is it that we reached a certain age, looked around, and the enchantment was gone and our sense of self was shaken to the core? It’s as though, as soon as we got here, or very soon after, we were given a sedative. The thinking of the ego which is the dominant thought system of this world is not based on love; we fell for the thinking of the world into a state of collective amnesia. We forgot how to love, really Love.
We were taught to focus not on the strength of our True Nature, but to seek for solace and comfort outside of us and elsewhere. We believed the ego’s directive ‘seek but do not find’. We were taught to think in a way that is unnatural and not in keeping with our inner Divinity, a way of looking at the world that totally contradicts the essence of Who We Are.
We were taught to think thoughts like image, competition, comparison, struggle, attack, sickness, finite resources, limitation, need, guilt, death, scarcity, and loss. We began to think and believe these things, in fact over time we over-learned them, and so we began to know them as our common reality, although they have nothing to do with our real reality! Each and every one is an illusory ‘mask’, hiding our True Nature; these masks are known in A Course in Miracles as ‘self-concepts’.
‘The building of a concept of the self is what the learning of the world is for. This is its purpose; that you come without a self, and make one as you go along. And by the time you reach “maturity” you have perfected it, to meet the world on equal terms, at one with its demands.’
(A Course in Miracles T.31:V.1.5)
We were taught that things like academic achievement, being ‘good enough’, acquiring money and stuff, and doing things the ‘right way’, are more important than loving one another. Alternative thinking to this was regarded as ‘alternative’ and therefore weird, if not dangerous. We were taught that we are separate from other people, from all beings, from the earth and certainly separate from our Source. No wonder as small children our true knowledge and love of ourselves went under-ground, and we interacted in bizarre and often unkind ways to the world around us; hurting ourselves and each other, abusing our ‘relations’ (those beings who share this planet with us), and decimating the very system that supports us, our beloved Earth.
All of this sounds like a nightmare, a really bad dream, which it has been for eons. And we know it. Within us is a yearning for something, a knowing that we have bought into a way of being that is contrary to our true nature, and that somehow something is very wrong because we are not ‘at home’ in this fearful paradigm. A Course in Miracles describes this longing in this passage:
‘This world you seem to live in is not home to you.
And somewhere in your mind you know that this is true.
A memory of home keeps haunting you, as if there were a place that called you in return..’
(A Course in Miracles W.182:1)
‘Listen, –perhaps you catch a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten; dim, perhaps,
and yet not altogether unfamiliar, like a song whose name is long forgotten..’
(A Course in Miracles T.21:1:6)
The good news is that we are now seeing across the globe a mass ‘awakening’ in response to this inner call; people are realising that there is so much more than what we have been conditioned to accept and believe is our birthright, or our ‘inheritance’ as it is referred to in A Course in Miracles. We are starting to see the illusion, the ‘matrix’ that we have believed in, for what it is; a vast smokescreen which has kept us from an awareness of Who We Are.
A Course in Miracles tells us that our True Nature is peaceful, loving and joyful and that when we are not thinking in alignment with that nature, we have simply forgotten who we are, and as a result we will misperceive not only ourselves but our brothers and sisters too. We can correct that misperception by asking the Holy Spirit to take us back to the Truth.
When we forget who we are and we find fault with others and with ourselves, we have bought into the illusion and misperceived – and pain, guilt and suffering result. We have projected onto others and onto situations ‘out there’ in the world our own mistaken belief that we are in fact separate – separate from our Source, from each other and from all that is. The correction to that is the acceptance of the ‘Atonement’. The ‘at-one-ment’ is the reminder that we are eternally One with our Source, with each other and with all that is.
A new paradigm founded on unconditional love, joy and inner peace is moving like wildfire through the collective consciousness. No longer are we buying into the idea that our path to God is via an intermediary, or via any other path than the one that leads within to the Love that we are. The wonderful thing is that as soon as we decide to investigate the possibility of a better way of being in this world, and to honour our essential yearning for the Divine, our journey is illumined and supported by Spirit, by our Higher Self (our own personal sense of inner Divinity).
This spark of Divinity, the Christ within, has always remained within our minds, our eternal link to Source, lovingly waiting for us to seek to recognise, or to re-know, ourselves. It waits on our welcome. This ‘spark’ is known as the Holy Spirit, the ‘saving grace’ that accompanied us into the world from whence we came, our home with God. My workshop ‘Re-connecting with the Self’ is an introduction to and exploration of the developing of an intimacy (in-to-me-see) or relationship, with this Presence within our minds.
Re-kindling of knowledge of our Self, and a deepening connection and Love for Self is an odyssey like no other. It must be undertaken with courage, determination, patience and compassion, but it is a journey we take with the guidance of the Holy Spirit aka our Inner Guide. Our Guide leads us lovingly step by step, like a small child, back to where He abides, which is in our mind.
‘If you knew who walked beside you on the path you have chosen, fear would be impossible’
‘I will step back and let Him lead the way, for I would walk along the road to Him’
The journey is the unpeeling of the barriers to the Love that has always been within us, our True Essence lying like a jewel beneath layers of societal and collective conditioning. A Course in Miracles tells us ‘Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it’.
As we uncover those barriers to Love and we start to rediscover who we are in Truth, we become more acutely aware of a sense of connection that exists between every and all things, seen and unseen. Our own mind-healing is a profound healing that benefits the whole. A Course in Miracles tells us it only takes one to ‘save the world’, and that would be YOU. As your light starts to shine, you give others permission to shine their light too.. to heal.. to re-connect with their innate Divinity as well.. to return to the Love that We All Are, eternally.
♥ Andrea Matthews, based on the teachings of A Course in Miracles