One of the focal points of A Course in Miracles, and consequently Miracle Choice, is the choice between “love” and “fear.”
But what does that choice mean?
The word “love” has been used – and misrepresented – in such a myriad and diverse range of meanings that using the word “love” can often be counterproductive. How many times when speaking about “love” do we not associate with the opposite: the lack of “love”; or entangled affections, or war? All these surely have very little, or nothing to do with love. Broken relationships, troubled families, etc., cannot be a reference to “love.” Revengeful gods, difficult lives, suffering and martyrs cannot be an expression of true love.
Then there is the idea of feeling “obligated” to love so-and-so, because they are from a certain “family,” “church,” or someone who is seen as important. Can love be something imposed or an obligation?
How can I “like” a situation/person that brings pain and hurt? (To avoid implying that something outside can hurt us, how about “How can I like “a situation/person that stimulates suffering?”). Surely, if I pretend to “love” when I feel hurt, I’m assaulting and abusing myself, lying and being hypocritical and false?
Instead of choosing between love and fear what other words could we use?
Choose between the good and the not good?
Between happiness and unhappiness?
Between health and illness (whether physical, emotional, spiritual, etc.)?
Between a light and cheerful life and the “assualt” of pain and deprivation?
How about choosing between heaven and earth?
Lets define “earth” as separate individual manifestations or masks; the clouds that seem to hide and entangle the Truth and consequently bring pain and limitation. “Heaven” is the creative mind, the Infinite Mind (or whatever words symbolise this for you) which is able to evoke and express higher and healthier manifestations and is the origin and centre of true, happy and harmonious ideas.
The basic position is to choose between heaven and earth: freedom or imprisonment; the spiritual Self made in the image of the True Creator or a pathetic parody, a cheap copy made of mud and confused emotions.
So when I choose Heaven, I am proclaiming that I want the Truth, the Perfect essence, the harmonious, pure and happy state, my True Self.
When I recognize that the Truth, the Real Being, the expression of a pure and harmonious creation, is what I really want, this desire does not come from the parody of myself. A sick and limited state that identifies itself with dust (masks, and pathological manifestations), can’t glimpse an exit and any action would be in vain.
The acknowledgement that “I want Heaven” is all that is necessary because of the one who desires it.
You just recognize that the “current situation” is not wanted, you’re clear about what you really want (even if you have no idea how this is going to happen) and you simply allow a healthier and more genuine part to take over.
by YVONE SVELGA, Miracle Choice Game Facilitator.
Sorry for the late delivery of this Newsletter. Catia and James are just back from a week on Iona with their family. Iona is a small island on the West Coast of Scotland famous for its history relating to St Columba, and before that for its association with druids and kings. It’s a wonderful place not just because of the limited internet connection (!) but because it’s considered a “thin” place: “the veil between the physical and the spiritual, the mortal and the immortal is almost transparent” (descrition of Iona by George Macleod of Fuinary).
Thank you Yvone for your first blog post. Iona perhaps is closer to heaven than some other parts of the world but you still have to want it!
Big love, The Miracle Choice Team