It is not so surprising to read in A Course Of Love about the heart. The heart and love are so connected in our language. But in ACOL we get the chance to look more specific and more exact at this idea of heart and how it functions. It doesn’t register like the brain or our intellect does, no it acts it moves, it connects, it extends naturally it would only be stopped by your “controlling” intellect or brain, or how you want to call it. You know from your own experience how things are being blocked by the interference of our intellect or “knowing” how things work.. No the heart is different, it is quiet but knows, it let’s things be and includes everything in and extends itself, no cognitive hickups of any kind but a natural flow, a natural care and a natural reationship without a limitation.
From chapter 3 of book one of A Course In Love:
Our hearts, in contrast, go out to the world, to the suffering, to the weak of body and of mind. Our hearts are not so easily contained within the casing of our flesh and bone. Our hearts take wing with joy and break with sadness. Not so the brain that keeps on registering it all, a silent observer, soon to tell you that the feelings of your heart were foolishness indeed. It is to our hearts that we appeal for guidance, for there resides the one who truly guides. 3.18 You who think this idea is rife with sentiment, sure to lead you to abandoning logic, and thereafter certainly to cause your ruin, I say to you again: take heart. Such foolishness as your heart’s desires will save you now. Remember it is your heart that yearns for home. Your heart that yearns for love remembered. Your heart that leads the way that, should you follow, will set you certainly on the path for home.
Here you see why it is what harmony is: it has one focus, it is in complete alignment with the universe: it wants you to come home in your Self. Under every hearts desire is the yearning for your home coming. If you sink in your heart you will know where your home coming takes place, it is what gratitude and joy is. Your intellect would register it but it would not allow you to be the home coming. When you come home there is no space for registering it, your heart will be full and your cup will run over…
All you need is.. love as the Beatles sang not to long ago. But love appears to cause a lot of confusion and pain. But is it love when it is confusing. Can you love? Where does this love come from, what is it? Why is it connected to one person and it seams not connected to another? Do you hate the one you love to sometimes and do you still love her of him? Does love have to do with what I do?
Here are just some questions to touch you in the spot where some confusion might be. Or is it all clear to you?
If love cannot be taught but only recognized, how is this recognition made possible? Through love’s effects. For cause and effect are one. Creation is love’s effect, as are you.
To believe that you are able to act in love in one instance and act in anger in another, and that both actions originate from the same place, is an error of enormous proportions. You again label love a “sometimes” component and think that to act in love more frequently is an achievement. You label acting from love “good” and acting out of anger “bad.” You feel you are capable of loving acts of heroic proportions and fearful actions of horrific consequence, acts of bravery and acts of cowardice, acts of passion you call love and acts of passion you call violence. You feel unable to control the most extreme of these actions that arise from these extremes of feeling. Both “ends” of feelings are considered dangerous and a middle ground is sought. It is said that one can love too much and too little but never enough. Love is not something you do. It is what you are. To continue to identify love incorrectly is to continue to be unable to identify your Self. (ACOL B1,CH2)
Love is not something you do, it is what you are. It is not of your concern, it doesn’t waiver, it is constant, it is always there, you cannot lose it. How is that going to help you, you ask. all the confusion you experience regarding love is mostly connected to doubting your feelings and in a deeper sense not knowing what love is or what you are. Nothing to be ashamed of, it is now a good moment to invite in the experience that will show you what love is. So every time, maybe today, or right now, you are in a situation you don’t think is very loving, you ask yourself show me what love is. I want to experience the love that I am. Show me what that means. Don’t choose for middle ground. You want to know what love is… It’s YOU!!!
Listen to this from A Course Of Love (B1CH1)
What could cause you to yearn for love in a loveless world? By what means do you continue to recognize that love is at the heart of all things even while it is not valued here? Here is a fine example that means and end are the same. For love is what you are as well as what you strive for. Love is means and end.
All the symbols of your physical life reflect a deeper meaning that, while hidden to you, you still know exists. The union of two bodies joined in love create a child, the union of man and woman joined in marriage create oneness.
Love is at the heart of all things. How you feel but reflects your decision to accept love or to reject it and choose fear. Both cannot be chosen. All feelings you label joyous or compassionate are of love. All feelings you label painful or angry are of fear. This is all there is. This is the world you make. Love or fear is your reality by your choice. A choice for love creates love. A choice for fear creates fear. What choice do you think has been made to create the world you call your home? This world was created by your choice, and a new world can be created by a new choice. But you must realize that this is all there is. Love or lack of love. Love is all that is real. A choice for love is a choice for heaven. A choice of fear is hell. Neither are a place. They are a further reflection of means and end being the same. They are but a further reflection of your power.
This, to me, is such a powerful and clear instruction. It was also said in A Course in Miracles, you have but two emotions, love or fear. But here it is directly connected to your world: What choice do you think has been made to create the world you call your home? Health insurance, life insurance, car insurance, liability insurance, safety devices, flu shot, emergency shelter…. Let me think… The world I call my home is definitely based on protection, is based on the fact that something can be taken away from me, something or someone I can lose, hmmm that doesn’t sound like love. I think my life is based on fear. A choice of fear is hell… Well, with all my insurances I feel covered and protected… I got used to it.. I manage.. I will survive.. A choice of fear is hell. There are no two ways about it. I must live in hell, I got used to it , I adapted to it, but it is still hell. If I come from love in my daily choices I create love, I am in my natural state: HEAVEN!!! That is incomparable with my hell/fear state in which I don’t exist in the first place. Today I will choose for love, I don’t know what it is but I want it to be revealed to me, remember. A choice for love is a choice for heaven.
From chapter one of A Course Of Love, book 1:
Those who are seen as loveless and alone in the world are those you find to be the objects of your pity. Yet you do not realize that this is the state your ego has you endlessly striving to achieve. Your ego would have you believe that only when you need no one to achieve all you desire, only when you are satisfied with what you are and with what you can do on your own, only then will your autonomy and your learning be complete, for this is all your learning has been for. The goal of this world is for you to stand on your own, complete within yourself. This goal will never be reached, and only when you give up trying to reach it can you begin to learn anything of value. You are complete only within God, where you endlessly abide. Striving to be that which you can never be is the hell you have created.
Isn’t this how you were brought up? I recognize myself in this. You don’t need anyone to achieve what you desire. And yet I feel the loneliness in this idea. In this world you stand on your own: this is another of those ideas. You are complete within yourself: another one. These are core ideas where I create hell with, loneliness and lovelessness. Isn’t it a relieve to hear and accept that this is not going to bring you anywhere? That exactly these ideas you can let go of in order to expand and grow in an environment of love and support, in unity and relationship. Can you feel the support and the relieve in the ideas given you here? That is exactly what it is… You can trust that, whatever you learned in the past about your autonomy, is useless for your growth. That you can only be complete in God, where you endlessly abide. That with an open attitude of inclusion and by loving your neighbor as yourself you can grow and create. This creation of you is in unity and relationship. It starts with you! It starts when you decide to include and not know how that will go or will look like. But nevertheless are willing to let it be revealed to you. You create something you don’t know, that’s why it will be new.. you will more and more create in the web of freedom, in the sea of love. Just decide today you want it and you will be directed what to do, that is relationship and creation in unity. You don’t have to do it on your own remember, there is a universe full of support and connection.