This post is part of a series of Posts entitled Reflections from a Course in Miracles,
This second chapter, 7 pages into this book was the hook chapter for me, my first time through this book. I can tell you that the first 2 paragraphs perfectly describe my own awakening. When you get your first glimpse at the awesomeness that is the Universe and the Circle of Life and the truth to our parallel universe and the truth about how much power each of us has in this world, power of our thoughts, power of mind, Power of words and emotions. There is absolutely no way to describe the experience without sounding like a raving lunatic. There are no words to describe the enormity of it… even know, I struggle to find the words to explain…
If you haven’t yet had that first experience of sheer bliss and sheer knowing of the truth of the universe, keep meditating, its coming… back to that hook chapter, allow me to quote directly before I continue.
- “Revelation induces complete but temporary suspension of doubt and fear. It reflects the original from of communication between God and His creations, involving the extremely personal sense of creations, sometimes sought in physical relationships. Physical closeness cannot achieve it…”
- “Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully translated. That is why any attempt to describe it in words is impossible….”
- “Awe should be reserved for revelation, to which it is perfectly and correctly applicable.”
This description of Revelation perfectly describes my own awakening. As I tried to describe to you above, There really are no words to describe what you suddenly inherently just know when you wake up. There are many, many ways to find your path to enlightenment. I interpret the above lines to mean just that, when you catch that first complete but temporary glimpse of the world… there are no words to describe it….. except, maybe awe.
Since my very first glimpse, I have spent much time trying to get back there, to that place (although, it isn’t exactly a place), it is just a space in your mind, where time stops and you suddenly know everything you need to know. It’s like you look around and you are amazed at what you suddenly know. But, you dont realize that it is temporary, you arent going to remember it all, or you didnt know what you needed to know (The importance of setting an intention) and practicing meditation more and more, because the better you hone your skills, the more you practice, the more relaxed you are and the easier it is to access that place of knowing, that we sometimes call intuition, some call it God, some call it Ancestors, ghosts, aliens, I think it is all the same thing, it is all manifestations of energy and as said above, deeply personal. It is why those highly enlightened people, those that can mainline the divine, like and MichaelAngelo and Walt Disney and Homer and Hemmingway and Shakespear and Mozart and Socrates and for that matter told us stories and painted it into Allegory, because it is so profoundly deep that we recognize our little minds have no words to describe it all.
We humans have been plugging away at the truth for centuries. As things become common knowledge, our minds become capable of describing and comprehending the bigger concepts, like the quantum sciences.
Whew, got a little of track there… OK, so this chapter first seeks to define the difference between a revelation and a miracle. A miracle is something basically performed between two humans (one channeling the divine, or receiving from Christ, or performs magic) and the other one who is having difficulty recognizing their own divine self. Awe should be reserved for Revelation, because during Revelation (aka Enlightenment or Awakening, maybe “woke” for some of you) it such a deeply personal and profound experience understanding your true place in the world. On the other hand, a miracle is something that happens between “brothers” and therefore, awe, would subjugate you to your “brother”
“The miracle is a sign of love among equals. Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality”
Written in the voice of Jesus Christ, son of God, the book next begins to explain that we the reader stand below Jesus Christ and he stands below God. Exactly as I described above, the truth is so enormous and difficult to comprehends, let alone explain that every single human who has reached spiritual enlightenment before us has used story and allegory to explain the truth to us. To explain to us that we are all energetic beings, that we truly create our lives with our thoughts, feelings and actions. I believe in some ways, that when the book says to us
In the process of “rising up,” I am higher because without me the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass
the author or channel is telling us exactly what I just said. I am sure this will not be a popular opinion, but perhaps the Bible is just that, a collection of ancient stories telling us how to navigate our lives 2000 years ago.
The book tells us that miracles are not worthy of awe and he who performs a miracle is not to be worshipped. Yet I believe this is exactly what we have done, those highly enlightened individuals who perform miracles become saints. Perhaps even Jesus Christ and Buddha themselves were just highly enlightened people who mastered their emotions, who mastered their thoughts, their minds and their energy.
Bare with me, I know this might sound outrageous, but let me just keep highlighting a few more sentences.
I bridge the distance as an elder brother to you on the one hand and as a Son of God on the other. My devotion to my brothers has placed me in charge of sonship, which I render complete because I share it. This may appear to contradict the statement, “I and my Father are one,” but there are two parts to the statement in recognition that the Father is greater”
with that, I shall leave the rest of the interpretation up to you… I would love to hear your thoughts!
Next post in this series III. Atonement and Miracles part 1