In the worst of times, we feel our love arise and extend. We realize love cannot be defeated. In the worst of times we are united in love. And in the worst of times, we are reminded of the great need, of the urgency, to bring our awareness of who we are, and the loving acts we are capable of, to this world in need.
We exist in unity. Starting out in “the Course” each of us hear that the only exercise for our mind is to “dedicate all thought to unity.” By the time we are in “The Dialogues,” unity is not only a thought of our minds: “As your mind and heart joined in unity and became capable of hearing the same language, you truly began to enter the place of unity.” (D.12.4) “We work now on your awareness and acceptance of your changed state, for without awareness the value of what we do here does remain minimal, and this I cannot allow. The urgent need for your return to unity has been mentioned before, and I remind you of this urgency again. ” (D.12.6)
In some instances, I like the words head and heart a little better than mind and heart. I like them because I can visualize this movement into our hearts, coming from the top down, moving, as Lars Gimstedt describes (in his book Jesus on the Elevated Self), back through all the chakras—back into our bodies, and our Earth. But our acceptance, as Jesus so kindly acknowledges, may not always match our inner knowing and allow our awareness to grow. And so the time for this last step—of accepting and acknowledging, of coming to awareness of our true state of being—is here. It is here, and moving into you and me, into life, and into the world.
All of this is going on now. It is happening in us at the same time that acts of terrorism and war are occurring. In this month, when remembrance of war is nearly constant, it is a particularly poignant and appropriate time to practice our awareness of unity.
Veterans Day in the US and Remembrance Day in other countries, remind us now of former ways of waging war. Nine million military personnel died in World War I. The WWII Foundation estimates a high figure of 80 million deaths from that war when including war-related disease and famine. The total military dead: 21-25 million, including deaths in captivity of 5 million prisoners of war.
In this century, the feeling that everything is changing, including ways of waging war, is keenly evident. On the one hand we have war waged in a way that feels like virtual reality (drones for example). In another, we have terrorism, which is dominated by rage and hate and who’s most devastating characteristic is its element of surprise. You wonder how such acts can be prepared for or responded to. You may wonder, Where can I be safe? You may wonder, What place has love?
In the worst of times, we realize that love cannot be defeated. Everything is changing. As we realize our unity with all, and as our love in-forms and descends deeply into us and deep into this earthly realm, we can become aware of the reality of unity, and truly know ourselves as carriers of the power of love. Love is the only power capable of changing the world.
As Jesus says, “So be it.”
You’ve touched me again Jacques. I saw that you’d replied as I was checking email and just having read one received from a friend traveling in Germany. He shared his thoughts and photos of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall coming down. He was, as so many of us were, enthralled by Kennedy, but here he remembers reasons that went beyond politics, and the whole feeling of it was that peace is possible. Each of us in our different ways contribute to inner and outer peace and listening to one another and our different ways of coming to expression and consciousness is such a gift. Now I’ve been twice reminded today!
Yes, at times it’s difficult to express profound feelings with words. But I believe that each time we make the move to express our intimate loving intention, somewhat the message is sent and moves across the universe. When will it reach who is not to be worried about. We have made ourselves more conscious through this expression. Hence it has already served.
You sent a very clear and felt message. I sent one as well. All messages are somehow complementary, are they not? Even One. The rest doesn’t belong to us. The acts are ours, the consequences are in God’s hands. Could it be better dreamed of?
Thank you Mari.
Jacques, I can feel you looking for the words to describe your changed state. The most essential things are so often inexpressible, aren’t they?
We may be tempted to think that unity is simply a number of persons that get together to do something; further more something judged as good or bad. Let’s unite!
I don’t believe that this even approaches unity. In my experience, unity is the overall clear feeling that there is only One love, One people, One Self expressed in millions of manners, but still One; inseparable. There is or are no him and I or them and us. There is we-all; or all that I Am. There is no God out there and me out here. There truly is no separation felt.
Unity is not an observable thing, but a certainty felt, experienced. A truth known.
I cannot say much more at this time, simply because it’s rather inexplicable. It is felt, sensed, experienced. Or not yet.