“The thought God holds of you is like a star, unchangeable in an eternal sky.”
Well, I am pleased to say that after an extended absence Metaphysical Musings is back and better than ever. This month’s book is the wonderful explanation of A Course in Miracles, A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson. This review will be a bit different because I will be speaking about my own feelings and views on the book as well.
It certainly is a awesome book which gets you thinking about where you stand with respect to love. I’ve always had a challenging relationship with love myself, not experiencing much in my childhood or adolescence. But this book has blown that right wide open. Marianne’s warm expression and intimate style really spoke to me, very much like a breath of good pure air. We are love, and pure goodness. We may have wandered from the Light or been pushed from the knowledge of it, but we are good and we are God. We are deserving of love, deeply deserving simply because we are here.
Marianne arranges the book in two sections, Principles, and Practice. Principles speaks about important ideas like Hell, (though we know there isn’t one), God, the Almighty, and You, just as Almighty. Surrender and Miracles complete the Principles part. The chapter on God really got my hopes up! I loved her spiritual ideas. For example, that love is the only reality, and fear is only an illusion that appears real, meaning we do not have to keep believing in it. What if we pulled the plug on it? Given that it is only our energy that keeps fear alive.
Another engaging example is as our teacher/mentor Rev T. always says, “consciousness is where the challenge and the answer both lie.” If we change our consciousness we change our lives, period. Like a computer screen that has something displayed we don’t want to see, we cannot merely go up to the screen and erase it, it will not erase. But we can change the programming in the computer and that will change what is showing on the screen.
The chapter on You is luminous and beautifully written. It what we are. We are God in expression, powerful mighty beings who need only wake up and see the bounty spread before us.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of Heaven is spread upon the Earth but people do not see it.” Which brings me to another part of the book, her mention of Jesus. She speaks extensively of Jesus and other enlightened masters as evolutionary beings on the road we are all journeying on.
Jesus is love and power. When you think about it, love is power. Not hate, not jealousy, love is the strongest power there is, and one of the most powerful of all beings espoused this as his philosophy. Marianne puts it beautifully, “Love does not conquer all things, but it does set all things right.”
What if we all acted a little more powerfully with love and with our relationships? What a world this would be!
Which brings me finally to Practice. The one section I will discuss is Relationships. It is in the deeply reflective chapter, that she writes about relationships and her own experiences within them. She provided me with a wondrous epiphany in this chapter. I was like a light breaking on newborn day. We can make changes. Nothing is so dark that light cannot reach it. God and Love can heal and make all things whole again. For me this really was a wondrous New Thought!
Come and see me at the bookstore on Sunday and pick up this wonderful book.