Bring your voice to this continuing dialogue. This is all that is asked of you. This is the gift you have been given and the gift you bring the world: your own voice, the voice of Who You Are. A.49
It’s Sunday night. Way too late to start a post. I had one written . . . wrote it yesterday . . . or maybe two days ago. I figured I’d posted enough about taking my mom to church, and writing as I usually do on Sunday morning, my church-going with my mom has, just possibly, found its way into a few too many. But I didn’t decide due to that. A situation had arisen that I found intriguing in a way I like, and so I wrote about it. I figured I’d come on this morning, add a photo or two, and I’d be done.
Since then, Halloween happened. Daylight savings time happened. And “Learning in the Time of Christ,” happened to me.
The Addendum to A Course of Love, “Learning in the Time of Christ,” needed to be added to the audio of ACOL that was recently submitted for production. I spent my day finishing a small amount of the final recording, and then the editing of the full piece. I’m bleary eyed with it, but it’s loading now, the last requirement in this excursion into doing my first audio book, and one that we learned of belatedly. Getting it done quickly was rather important.
Recording means I read. I bring the words to voice. Editing means I listen. The words enter me. Doing this with this incredible Addendum to A Course of Love moved me greatly. Each of these actions felt significant, as significant as being alive, as living, as having the chance, each day, to both speak and listen, listen and speak. To give and receive, and to receive and give.
A while back, I attended a class at the Loft Literary Center and took photos of the poster I’m displaying here. I learned later that there are several variations of it, but I doubt any other one would have gotten me to use my phone’s camera. The end of “Learning in the Time of Christ,” reminded me of it. There is hope and joy and promise in this image and in these words. Tonight, there is no better use for my voice than to share some of them here with you.
A.46 What continues of this Course is its dialogue. It is on-going.
A.47 Gather still with those with whom you learned and grew and became new, but gather in ever-wider configurations. This dialogue is going on all around you. I am with you and will never leave you comfortless. Call on me, for I am here. Talk to me, and I will hear you. Listen, and I will respond. I am in each voice that responds to you and your voice is mine as you respond to others.
A.48 Go forth not as completed works of art but as permeable energy, ever changing, ever creating, ever new. Go forth with openness for revelation to happen through you and through all you encounter. Go forth joyously on this adventure of discovery. Be ever new, ever one, ever the beloved.
A.49 Bring your voice to this continuing dialogue. This is all that is asked of you. This is the gift you have been given and the gift you bring the world: your own voice, the voice of Who You Are. This is not a voice of separation or of the separated self but a voice of union and of the One Self. It is how union is expressed and made recognizable in form. It is what will usher in the new and change the world. It cannot be accomplished without you— without your ability to stand in unity and relationship as The Accomplished.
A.50 Beloved brothers and sisters, You are The Accomplished.
Oh Paula, All of my exchanges with you stay with me too, and fill me with as much gratitude. Thank you so much for expressing yours. I just love your language: It is seeping in, coming through, steeping, simmering, being absorbed– and more. How wonderful!
Mari, through your recording experiences, you are given a profound way to have The Course move into your body a the cellular level. It is seeping in, coming through, steeping, simmering, being absorbed– and more. This is so amazing, really.
Because of you and your dedication, we can now join you as in A49: bringing our voices to the continuing dialogue around the world. Bringing the voice of Who We Are, not in separation but in union as our gift to all.
Thank you dear Mari for this, my heart almost can’t find enough room in my chest it is so filled with gratitude.
A beautiful expression of love and gratitude Paula!
Thanks Mari. I love the Addendum to A Course of Love. I have also spent some time re-reading it lately in the context of offering ‘Heart Sharings’ gatherings which focus on supporting others to accept their feelings in the present moment. I love some of the closing words to the Addendum – “It cannot be accomplished without you— without your ability to stand in unity and relationship as The Accomplished”. So beautiful!
This brought tears to my eyes!