This Week’s Message of Encouragement
and entry from Diary of a Christ Communicant
The Message of Encouragement (MoE) for each current week is posted here, along with the Diary of a Christ Communicant (DCC) entry accompanying it. When the next MoE is available it will replace its predecessor here, which will be archived in date sequence on the MoE page for the current year. The DCC entry will be posted on the Diary of a Christ communicant, post-2000 page.
May 24, 2017
There is actually just one way we communicate, whether with our Creator, or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit, or our spouse, or any other embodied or disembodied being – human or otherwise. That way is mind-to-mind. And every time we call to mind another being – perhaps with fond memories of shared events – we are communicating from our mind to their mind. The other being may, bodily, be on another continent, or they might no longer be embodied, or they may be of another species of form – such as a dog. None of that matters at all, because there is only One Mind. That Mind includes us, and is always and forever. Form is irrelevant and has no role to play in communication.
We may believe it does, and certainly, when we look with our body’s eyes, believing we are a body, it appears to be central to the process of communication. That is a key aspect of the illusion; a trick of the mind that we are playing on ourself to persuade us that form is crucial to our being and to our communicating with others who appear to our bodily senses also as form. Those amongst us who are aware of – in communication with – those who are no longer in form cannot deny that the form of the loved one is no longer ‘here’, and yet the communication is, in so many ways, much deeper, more real and meaningful – clearly at a soul level – than when they were appearing in/as form.
Others amongst us, fearful of the spiritual, esoteric, metaphysical – that which lies beyond discernment to their bodily senses or intellect – defend themselves, often vigorously, by unbelief in such ‘mumbo-jumbo’, barricading themselves in their own, tiny, ‘citadel of fear’. Yet, when they ‘lose’ a loved one, having departed from the form they appeared to be, perhaps after many years of loving, devoted companionship – inspite of a lifetime of clinging to the misperception that the body is what we all are, and when it is gone we are gone with it into oblivion – they will find themselves having awarenesses, however fleeting, of the presence of that now-disembodied loved one.
The more in denial, the more fearful, of ‘the unknown’ in which their unbelief is rooted, the more fleeting those awarenesses are likely to be, because fear, doubt, unbelief, denial are potent defences against reality. Yet, in unguarded moments, that loved one, always close and longing for precious contact, communication – communion – and eager, yearning to share cherished fellowship, will slip in a moment of connectedness that will be very real to the unbeliever. Those who have been together for many years will have shared experiences, events, memories privy only to them. The earnest communicator, of course, knows them all and will often use such to make a devoted connection.
The doubter’s doubts, resolve to remain steadfastly in unbelief, can only become weakened by such moments. The defences include, “That was my imagination playing tricks on me; wishful thinking; this cannot be real because they are dead and gone … ” Defences are of time and place, so none of them can be real, and therefore are completely groundless, meaningless, spurious; have no foundation in reality. How can they when reality – Life – is eternal? And then, when the fear-driven, unbelieving doubter inevitably sets aside his bodily masquerade costume and finds himself reunited with his loved one, and hears how multiple attempts to reach him were to little avail, how will he feel?
Regret is a big word in la-la-land. Its first cousins are ‘if only’ and ‘I wish’. Allowing regret to further disturb our inner peace, our equilibrium, when it can make no difference, is the ego continuing to keep the self-flagellation going as long as we are willing to allow it. I have been blessed to witness – and assist – many reunions of souls with loved-ones – frequently in a very short time after their passing. The joy is beyond description. We do not have to wait; there is no veil, no separation.
Communication is a word that can define connecting, with words/language, at any level – business, personal; loving, judgemental, lying, duplicity … in which we perceive bodies are involved.
But communion is holy; only possible between heart-minds, not head-minds, because communion is focused in Love, caring, devotion, compassion, Truth, openness, acceptance, forgiveness … All these are heart-centred; the abode of Papa, Jesus, Holy Spirit – and Self, All of Whom are indivisibly One. Only by going deep into our heart-mind can we make the connection, can we engage in Holy Communion. The word holy is applicable because it means whole, complete; it is nothing to do with religious piety. Communion, as previously observed, means common (i.e., shared) union. We cannot share, or unite, heart-minds other than in a whole, open way, with no intention to hide anything.
Out on the battleground of this shadow world, this seems a long way off. Yet it is as close or as far from us as we each, individually, choose for it to be. The ego would say, “Nice theory, but who can we trust, in this broken world, to unite with, open our heart to?” Well, most of us, hopefully, know someone to whom we can open our heart-mind in trusting, open communion. This might, for example, be a grandparent; perhaps one who has already set-aside their body. The ego would say, “That lets them out then!”, because the ego does not want us to connect – especially engage in holy communion – with those who are ‘dead and gone’.
But the Holy Spirit would say, “There is no death and they certainly are not ‘gone’; for where would they ‘go’, since Papa has just One Beloved Son, and all are that One, indivisible Son?” Which guide would we prefer to believe, however hard believing, let alone communing, may seem? I am here to give absolute assurance that without believing, communing is impossible, but with just a little willingness to believe, it becomes entirely possible, and gets easier with practise. Just like learning to ride a bike J. And if, out of fear-engendered unbelief, we are unable to give it the college try, how will we ever know how much we can help with the collapsing of time and our return to eternity?
The choice for communion with a no-longer-embodied, loving, trustworthy family member (or close friend) is suggested because if such a one is on our radar it will be much easier for us to summon awareness of them to our heart-mind, thanks to having so many Loving memories. Jesus tells us in A Course in Miracles that only Loving memories from the ‘past’ remain with us forever; all the rest disappear because only Love is real. Ultimately, any Loving soul is a soul worth communing with. That will grow us in awareness of the inestimable joy of Love, and we will find we can begin to experience Loving feelings toward brothers of whom we never thought lovingly before.
When we commune lovingly with ‘Granny’ or ‘Granddad’, or any other, embodied or not, we are actually communing with Papa, Jesus, Holy Spirit and Self also because Love connects us with All That Is. As we come to accept that not just as the Truth, but as our Truth, our reality, so does any fear of Papa, Jesus, Holy Spirit and our own, true, higher Self transform from a sense of need to hide from Them into acceptance, peace, gratitude, delight … This is the journey, the unfolding progress through which we can accept, again, that we are holy (whole); that restores us to awareness of our holiness (wholeness). Then is the value we placed on the dream of death gone forever from our mind.
In Workbook Lesson 38 of A Course in Miracles Jesus tells us:
There is nothing my holiness cannot do.
Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it [re]establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator.
Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness the power of God is made available. And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone because it is equal in its power to save [or, Awaken] anyone. (W-38.1,2).
We are at free choice to continue in littleness, darkness and powerlessness, or to believe what he tells us – and who could Know better than he?
Do not falter in your patience and fortitude. The ego would have you stumble even at the very last hurdle. Do you think I do not know this? Keep your focus always upon me. Let patience be a jewel in the crown of your glory.
Jesus, May 31, 1998
Diary of a Christ Communicant
Striving, doing, forcing empowers ego. Remove that empowerment by resting in the certainty that all is already complete. The gate will then swing open of its own accord, and striving will then be recognised as the energy that kept it shut.
I realise that this priceless opportunity to commune – join my mind – with Self cannot but be used for correcting misperceptions and dispelling ego. I observe my impatience, irritation with slowness in others to see the emerging picture of reality as I becomes aware of it, and that Jesus was and is infinitely patient with me in my slowness. I therefore ask and give thanks for Help in correcting this impatience, and replacing it with gentle Love, kindness, acceptance, understanding, tolerance and forgiveness – of all my brothers and myself.
Ask and ye shall receive, Seek and ye shall find, Knock and it shall be opened unto you. Having Asked, Sought, Knocked, leave all in the hands of One Who is able to provide what is requested, Knowing that the ASKing is the mechanism that opens the gate, to permit entry. Remember, doing, striving, forcing is ego’s domain. Papa’s Son, even now, has everything, and needs no striving. How can striving for what you already have be meaningful?
All such simply empowers the ego while disempowering yourself. Remove that ego-empowerment by resting in the certainty that all is, has always been, complete. The gate will then swing open of its own accord, and striving will then be recognised as the energy that kept it shut, and will then cease to exert any further influence, or limitations, upon your desires, endeavours, aspirations for the hastening of the Kingdom. Simply observe and allow.
Grateful thanks to all who have responded with such positive feedback on my ‘Sharing Your Passion’ interview with Glenn Moore on YouTube. For any who may not have seen it and would like to, here are the links for Part 1 and for Part 2. Please feel free to share them with any you believe might find it worthwhile.
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