This Week’s Message of Encouragement

and entry from Diary of a Christ Communicant

 

Mystic sunlight through treesThe Message of Encouragement (MoE) for each current week is posted here, along with the Diary of a Christ Communicant (DCC) entry accompanying it. When the next MoE is available it will replace its predecessor here, which will be archived in date sequence on the MoE page for the current year. The DCC entry will be posted on the Diary of a Christ communicant,  post-2000 page.

 

May 23, 2018 

Let your heart be filled with Love and giving. You go forward a step at a time by the guidance and Light of Heaven, and by your one-pointed commitment to the Way.

~ Jesus, July 2, 1989 

Dear Friends, 

We can consider darkness and death as meaning the same, in the sense also, that Light and Life, as opposites of darkness and death, mean the same. Light and Life seem to be on a vertical axis because They are reached – attuned-with – by a process of ascension, or rising up in our heart-mind; ascending the Hill of the Lord. Here is what King David has to say about the Hill of the Lord in Psalm 24: 

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD …  

Darkness and death could, in contrast, be considered to be on a horizontal axis in the sense that they can bring nothing beneficial to our mind or soul even though we believe in them as having reality. A horizontal axis may intersect a vertical one but can never join with it because the former has no purpose and the latter assuredly has. The horizontal axis – one might define it as the valley of the shadow of death – along, or within, which Papa’s Son has been travelling aimlessly, lost, bewildered, alone, fearful since the idea for separation arose, has contributed considerably to unclean hands and a defiled heart, liberally sprinkled with vanity and deceitful oaths. 

Linear time readily falls within the category of a horizontal axis because it is established by a distorted, separated mind as being in opposition to eternity, and all the while we consider ourself as limited to being a traveller in time we are denying ourself from ascending the Hill of the Lord, a journey that will take us from the depths of darkness and death to the very height of Light and Life – a vertical axis indeed. In A Course in Miracles, T-1.II.4, Jesus explains our perceived, horizontal axis, purposeless, lifeless, wandering, unilluminated, ‘going nowhere’, and his role in our upliftment, our restoration to Oneness in Papa: 

“No man cometh unto the Father but by me” [John 14:6] does not mean that I am in any way separate or different from you except in time, and time does not really exist. The statement is more meaningful in terms of a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. [in the sense that] You stand below me and I stand below God. In the process of “rising up,” I am higher [on the vertical axis] because without me the distance between God and man [in its illusorily fallen state] would be too great for you to encompass. I bridge the distance as an elder brother to you on the one hand, and as a Son of God on the other. My devotion to my brothers has placed me in charge of the Sonship, which I render complete because I share it. 

We can inestimably assist him in his Helping us to get from a purposeless, horizontal axis onto the vertical axis homeward by sharing our God-given Power with all brothers who are brought to us by Jesus/Holy Spirit for the purpose of sharing – just as he so lovingly, devotedly, freely shares with us. This we can do not by proselytising but by living, Being Loving, blessing, forgiving, wholly helpful and totally harmless … just like our exemplar, Jesus. This is setting us on the Way to unified remembrance of the One Identity that we ALL are. Sharing our Power in this way is how we get to give It AND not just keep It but increase It. That is how it is with the Principles of Life of the Father

Giving away our Power – as distinct from keeping-It-by-sharing-It – is a certain way of staying horizontal, i.e., going nowhere. We give away our Power, thereby losing it, disempowering ourself, by trivialising it with – and actively perpetuating attempts at – valuing the valueless; keeping the never-was, the never-could-be recycling in our conscious mind. When we continue choosing to see opportunity as adversity we are giving away to the ego our Power to heal, create, extend, increase Love, Light, Life. The ego is interested in seizing our Power-to-heal and turning it into power-to-destroy. This turns our awareness of Light and Life into darkness and death; a self-victimising. 

These glorious words, below, from Isaiah (9:6,7), made famous by inclusion in the libretto of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, apply not just to Jesus – as we move into the third, completion, fulfilment, Awakening measure of meal, the Kingdom Age, the Awakening-to-our-awareness of the real world – but to Papa’s One Son … all of us as we choose union in place of separation: 

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government [all Power in Heaven and Earth] shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, [One with] The mighty God, The everlasting Father, [and also,] The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government [Power] and peace there shall be no end …  

We – each and every one of us, exceptions being impossible with Papa – regardless of momentary, temporal, illusory, devised-to-deceive outward appearances of littleness, fragmentation, limitation, conflict … are that Son, now in the process of being reborn of the Spirit (John 3: 3-7). That Son – all of us – is, already, Wonderful, Counsellor, [One with] The mighty God, The everlasting Father, [and also,] The Prince of Peace, [and] Of the increase of his government [Power] and peace there shall be no end … 

And, to Help us with our Awakening to remembrance of this reality, our Higher Self, the Spirit of Truth, continually responds to our inner yearning for peace, joy, Love by delivering to us opportunities for remembering the Truth of Self, so that we might, one step at a time, overcome the world of separation, darkness, despair and death. Just like Jesus. And every time we choose to perceive these opportunities, through our double, distorted, upside-down vision, as adversity we are giving away – losing – our Power to the ego. It will misuse that Power to draw us deeper into, further along that horizontal axis of guilt, fear, judgement, grievance, conflict … the valley of the shadow of death. 

When we allow the valueless to predominate over the invaluable we are giving away our Power. Anything we would want to keep apart from our Self; anything in which we would not want to include (i.e., hide from) our Self in our conscious mind activity – bearing in mind that He NEVER judges us – means we are giving away our God-given Power of Creation. How can this not be – entirely unnecessarily – prolonging our guilt, fear, misery … and keeping us from the eternal, mega soul-orgasmic splendour of Love, peace joy … far, far, far beyond human imagining, that is our creation-right, our true, natural state, as Papa’s One Son? 

This is our reality, the Truth of our Being, available, always, every moment, to us – waiting in shimmering readiness for our immediate acceptance, unless we believe that what Papa wills for us takes time. This state of Being is ours, forever, uninterruptibly, in the Holy Instant of NOW. As Jesus reminds us, exhorts us, in A Course in Miracles, T-15.IV:   

The holy instant is this instant and every instant. The one you want it to be, it is. The one you would not have it be is lost to you. You must decide when it is. Delay it not … Yet you cannot bring it into glad awareness while you do not want it, for it holds the whole release from littleness. Your practice must therefore rest upon your willingness to let all littleness go. The instant in which magnitude dawns upon you is but as far away as your desire for it. As long as you desire it not and cherish littleness instead, by so much is it far from you. By so much as you want it will you bring it nearer. 

Our salvation, our Awakening, our return to the ineffable grandeur of our Being, and the ‘timing’ of our return rests solely with us. Without our desire, our willingness, our commitment to Wholeness, Oneness in Papa, neither He, nor Jesus, nor even our Self can effect it, because we – our little, amnesiac, guilt-and-fear-driven self – are preventing Them from Helping us. Is this what we really want?

Brian Longhurst 

Theresa and I will be away next week, so there will be no Message of Encouragement then.

Diary of a Christ Communicant

 A.M. June 5, 2010. 

“You and I” are, indeed, One. Allow that merging into One, true, eternal, whole, Loving Identity to take place; do not try to force, or even hasten it. That causes delay – unnecessary delay. Allowing is accepting; accepting that littleness is not wholeness, not the complete picture. 

Holy Spirit, beloved Self, Spirit of Truth: You are Who I really Am. 

There is no other. 

This realisation has been dawning upon me for some while now. 

Go with the thought, the idea; it is drawing you further into the Light of Remembrance. Be still within it, and allow it. More details will slip effortlessly, inspirationally into place as you entertain it peacefully in your mind. 

Remember, there is no rush. Can you hasten that butterfly to alight upon your finger by an act of self willing it so? Allow it, instead; for ego-willing is an endeavour at control rather than freedom. That will drive the butterfly away because it senses dissonance. Spirit, Truth, Reality Know only freedom. This is what freedom of will means. Not on your, ego, persona, limited, restricted, finite terms, but on equality-of-Oneness terms. 

“You and I” are, indeed, One. Allow that merging into One, true, eternal, whole, Loving Identity to take place; do not try to force, or even hasten it. That causes delay – unnecessary delay. Allowing is accepting; accepting that littleness is not wholeness, not the complete picture.   

It is like a child, eager to be at the seaside, trying to make dad drive faster; trying, in his innocence and lack of understanding, to force the journey into being foreshortened, even though dad knows the way, the distance, the need to account for all the obstacles to be dealt with as each one arises on the road. Dad will get the little one there, in perfect timing, but it must be within the conditions that present themselves in order for the journey to be completed safely, comfortably, peacefully. 

Then the anxieties and stresses will be of none effect, the delays and setbacks minimised, and happiness assured. So, sit back, leave the driving to the Driver, Knowing He knows the Way, and will get you there – to Oneness of Identity – perfectly safely, peacefully and joyfully. There is no pain, no loss, no sacrifice entailed. Persona self gradually remembers and accepts ‘Higher Self’ as reality and littleness falls away, loses appeal, no longer sees any advantage in being little, limited, restricted. 

Thank You for Being with me every moment.   

(Emphatically) I can never leave you. My purpose is to remind you to see and accept yourself as your True Self, as I see and Know you. This purpose will not fail, will move through the opportunity of time to completion in Eternity. I Love you with the Perfect Love I have for all Papa’s creation.

 

Grateful thanks to all who have responded with such positive feedback on my ‘Sharing Your Passion’ interview with Glenn Moore on YouTube.  For any who may not have seen it and would like to, here are the links for Part 1 and for Part 2.  Please feel free to share them with any you believe might find it worthwhile.

 


 

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