Life in a physical world involves change.
It’s difficult to grasp the idea of change or creation in a non-physical, timeless reality so we will not try to do that in this blog post!.
But we can experience change in this world and at the same moment have a intuitive or deep inner awareness of the timeless and the unchanging. This awareness is a sense of knowing that goes beyond feeling and thinking.
See the changeless in the heart of change, the light of truth behind appearances. W-pI.122.13.
My family are dealing just now with a change in where we live.
Myself, Catia, Yana and Yuri have physically lived in the one location (Forres, Scotland) for over 10 years. Catia and I are adventurous types and so that’s a long time for us! A year or so ago we considered moving back to Brazil where Yuri was born. But as Yuri and Yana are now teenagers they want to remain with their friends, and be in a culture and education that feels familiar to them. This year both Yana and Yuri are moving to a different school or college. This has brought up the idea that at the end of August 2019 the family or some of the family may move to Edinburgh – more than 3 hours further south.
Change is always fearful to the separated ones because they cannot conceive of it as a change towards healing the separation. They always perceive it as a change towards further separation because the separation was their first experience of change. T-4.I.2.2
ACIM tell us (“the separated ones”) that our first experience of change was the separation and that it was fearful. Ever since we have not coped very well with change! That will ring true for many or all of us. All of us have experienced fear living in an uncertain world. But does separation (or change) have to be fearful? Is change innately difficult and stressful or does it just seem that way to the “separated ones?”
T3:17.1 to have chosen to express the Self in physical form was a choice consistent with the laws of love. There was no need for the Self to be separate in order for this to be so, but there was a need for the Self to have an observable form and to exist in relationship with others with observable forms. This was simply so that expressions of love could be created and observed within the realm of physicality.
ACOL says that separation was a choice consistent with love. If that is true then separation (or change) itself is part of a loving creation. But then what about suffering? How can suffering be part of a loving creation? My quick answer for now is that if change can be experience as loving then suffering is gone from the experience of separation. So lets get back to experiencing change as an expression of love.
The key as usual is relationship.
If you can somehow find a way to live with change and be aware of your kind heart communicating with your benevolent mind then everything has changed. Suffering and fear are not present a benevolent and kind universe.
I often forget that change is part of a loving creation. When my responsed to life is fearful it’s a reflection of my choice to experience separation without relationship or to be a “separate one.” At other times I remember I am taken care of by love because I am love. I know I don’t need to struggle and use effort to find safety and security because I am already complete.
I think we are living in a time in which we are increasingly able to embrace change in a new way.
I see my family’s responses to change can reflect a heart and mind free from the old patterns of fear. It’s interesting, insightful and sometime very uncomfortable to experience the reactions to change that are based on an imprisoned heart and confused mind. I realise that all the feelings and thoughts, whether fearful or full of the excitement of new beginnings, are to be embraced. Change then becomes a natural part of a loving creation.
by James Kelly, Creator of the Miracle Choice Game