How I Recognize Jesus
By Lana Carolan
Many have asked me over the years how I recognize Jesus as the true voice delivering A Course in Miracles and also within A Course of Love. That’s an easy one: Jesus has traveled with me since I was a small child. I met him on the playground.
As a child I was always frightened about everything—especially the priest and nuns at the Catholic school I attended. Every recess, Sister Mary Dorothy always sent for my older brother to come down and hold my hand during recess time. One day my brother was home sick. I was alone, frightened, standing by the school wall.
I felt someone reach for and hold my hand. It was no different than if you were holding my hand. But there was no physical appearance of a “someone” present. Yet I felt his presence beyond the mere sensation of him holding my hand. I felt him deeply within my heart, within my whole inner being.
I knew nothing of the mechanics of forgiveness at the time. All I knew was that whenever I was afraid, all I needed to do was to call on Jesus and my fear went away.
When eventually I left the Catholic faith I just took Jesus with me. He was very different than the Jesus I was taught about in school. My Jesus always reminded me of my innocence and of my safety within his loving embrace. Even as a young adult, I remember always calling on Jesus before answering the phone or door or in any situation where fear lurked. Jesus was just a presence I carried with me, within my mind and heart.
Jesus spoke to me in what I describe as “thoughts I do not think.” That is also how I hear the Holy Spirit and the Voice for God. They come through “thoughts I do not think.” Thoughts are simply delivered to my mind without my participation. They are always messages of comfort and joy. They always bring me peace.
You can imagine my surprise at finding my Jesus in the pages of ACIM. There was never a “figuring it out” about the authenticity of that writing. It was more of an energetic recognition. It was familiar and comforting. I just had a knowing that it was him. We continued to travel together in my journey with ACIM for the next 40 years.
A few years ago I was guided to ACOL by a dear friend whom I trust completely. My trust was doubly validated when the very first words I saw when I randomly opened the pages of ACOL, were, “Your first experience of Unity may be in the thoughts you do not think.” “There you are. There you are again,” I remember thinking with a loving sigh. It was instant recognition. I knew Jesus wanted to continue to teach me through this beautiful book with its message of unity and love.
The more I absorb the wisdom of ACOL, its authenticity only resonates more deeply with my heart and mind. It has contributed so much in validating so many of my experiences that have occurred during my years in studying ACIM. ACOL has facilitated episodes of expanded awareness I could have never imagined possible. I find it to be a seamless continuation of ACIM in the reawakening of Truth in my mind.
Every morning Jesus and I have what I call a meditative writing session together. It is a blended communication, the content coming from Jesus in a form that shows up as “Lana.” I share my writings on Facebook. I have been doing that for almost twelve years.
By sharing, I strengthen the truth within myself and with those with whom I share it. I share and extend the love of God via Jesus sharing it with me. In both ACIM and ACOL, sharing is a means of experiencing our Unity with each other and with our Creator.
Nothing that is real can be increased except by sharing. That is why God Himself created you.” (Tx:4.99 OE)
Jesus continues his teachings on sharing in ACOL: Sharing is the means through which the holy relationship you have with everything is revealed in truth. (C:31.23.1)
I have discovered that sharing the love of God facilitates an actual experience of a fundamental reality: that is giving and receiving are ONE in Truth. The love I share is always returned to me in full measure. To share the love of God is my vocation and devotion. It brings me joy, as do you.
Lana Carolan has been a student of ACIM for about 40 years and, more recently, of ACOL. She says: “I mentor many students and it has been through them that I have come to recognize that giving and receiving are truly one.” Contact Lana via Facebook or email her at email@example.com.
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Janine Miller-DeLany is a counselor, spiritual life-coach, and student of ACIM and ACOL. Learn more of her work and blog at www.theheartsway.org
Lana, I loved the way you began this article with your young self and also how you described to yourself the voice of Jesus as “thoughts I do not think.” Your discovery of that same phrase in ACOL must have delighted you. Thank you for sharing your love of both of our life enhancing Courses.
Thank you so much, dear Mari. I was stunned to find those exact words when I just randomly opened ACOL in the bookstore. Could Jesus have given me a more direct invitation? I’m so grateful to Jesus for once again making an offer I could not refuse. Blessings and gratitude to you also for your selfless service to the Atonement. Love, Lana
“As You Are”, the poem by J. Miller DeLany, touched me powerfully. The freedom of the idea of just being without an agenda of my own or an agenda other’s place on me. To absorb the words “I love you simply as you are…” there is no need to fix or know what to do “Just let my gifts come to you”. Thank you.
Oh, Paula, that is so true. Jesus/Holy Spirit meets us wherever we are and just as we are…perfectly Perfect Creations of God. No fixing required, only remembering. Thank you for your love and your lovely comment, my friend. Love, Lana
Thank you Paula. I must reseach J. Miller DeLany and his poem “As You Are.”
Blessings and Love, Lana
Such an outstanding writing! The “dialogue” does indeed become a “dance” of thoughts between a lucid mind anchored in the Presence of love and thoughts that “come” to us, that are not ours exclusively, but shared by a Something that loves us.
Thank you for such a genuine sharing of your journey.
Thank YOU, Frank, for your kind and loving comment. I find “thinking” to be highly over-rated. Why would we choose the thinking mind of the ego thought system when we have at our disposal the Infinite Mind of God? Blessings and Love, Lana