Of this be sure.
You do not walk alone.
These words, from A Course in Miracles, form the essence of The 52. It is first, last, and always, the only and most important Truth to know and believe. Recognize it at the core of your being. It is the path to true freedom. Love destroys fear and the insidious messages of the ego, which you may have mistakenly taken to be the truth. But hatred, judgement, anger, and hostility have no power where Love resides. The darkness has no power over the Light. It never has and never will.
Don’t be mistaken, this is not some trivial, maudlin, sentimental kind of love — the kind you might find in typical movies and songs and romance novels. It is beyond physical love and that between individuals, though this kind of love carries a seed of Divine Love. This is big Love. It is not dependent on fluctuations in temperament or on the way the world is evolving or on another person. It does not wax and wane. It is only about YOU and the Divine Consciousness within you.
LESSON FIFTY TWO
The image of the blue butterfly soaring toward the light conveys what The 52 is meant to represent. It reflects how we, as humans, seek to find freedom and peace and the ability to feel and express love. Sometimes we are not aware of this longing, but, nonetheless, it is there. The butterfly transforms itself, from the caterpillar that crawls on the earth, to a beautiful creature with wings outspread, flying in freedom. All of us, no matter how much we think we are tied to the earth, has the capacity and wisdom to take flight. We can experience metamorphosis, just like the butterfly. Our wings may be folded now inside a cocoon, waiting. But then Love will split the cocoon and we will all fly free into the Light of Eternal Love. All of us! No one is left behind!
Once this happens — when you have even a glimpse of this Light — you will never be the same again. You will know, in the depth of your heart, who and what you are. You will recognize that you are not alone in this journey. This is my purpose in writing. To tell you this and that I am with you as a fellow traveler. Many others are with you. We will all find each other, just as you have found this writing.
In the Chandogya Upanishad, an ancient book of spiritual writings from India, it is written:
There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.
This is the light that shines in our heart.
It isn’t out there, some where. It isn’t beyond your grasp. It doesn’t depend on who you are, your good deeds, your history, your “worthiness.” It is your “birthright,” given to you for all time. It was there before you took birth. It will be there when you take your last breath and depart this plane. It is eternal. And it is present in this very moment, as you read these words. Even if you and your ego doubt it, Divine Love and Consciousness do not. I believe in it now to the core of my being, even though there was a time when I would have laughed at the notion. Others have found the same Truth and many may have expressed it with greater influence or more wisely, yet I believe that it is my purpose to share it. It was illuminated to me as the greatest gift of my life. This gift is meant to be shared.
So, here I stand, firmly grounded and steadfast and soaring with this Truth. You are Love. Love is you. Love is in everything you hear, see, taste, touch and smell. Love is ever-present and a present to you. To deny this is tantamount to denying yourself and all that is.
“I love myself completely NOW.” This was the affirmation of the first lesson of The 52. And so it is also the last. If you have embraced this, repeated it over and over, no matter the circumstances, you will, in fact be, lighter and happier than you were when you began. I promised that, if you followed the course, you would be a lighter and happier you in 52 (weeks). I hope that you are.
These writings and my beliefs have been non-denominational and have been planted in the spiritual belief systems of all faiths, tribes, and philosophies, all of which, at the core, share Love as the common and most important center of teaching and knowing. Here, from the Holy Bible, is a favorite of mine. From I Corinthians 13:
Love bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
Believe in Love. Love never ends. Not ever!
With love and namaste, Deanne
PLEASE STAY TUNED. While this is the last of The 52, nest week’s post will bring a new announcement.
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