REVIEWS: “A key understanding is that we cannot think our way to Heaven, we only experience that awareness by being who we (really) are. And when we are being who we are, we naturally know how to act.“
“Celia Hales’ book is packed with wisdom and made sense not only to my mind, but especially spoke to my heart. The contemplations are uplifting to the spirit. . .”
To my viewers on this blog: Over six years in the making, this book has been carefully written and revised many times. It focuses on A Course of Love, but also includes A Course in Miracles. Thank you for considering reading. Love, Celia
Available from Amazon. Read free with Kindle Unlimited membership; or $5.99 to buy e-book; or $8.95 for paperback. Previously unpublished material. 265 pages.
DESCRIPTION from the Amazon web site:
Being Who You Are: Pondering A Course of Love
by Celia Hales
Being Who You Are offers contemplative reflections on A Course of Love that are meant for readers of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love as well as newcomers to the material.
A Course of Love answers questions that spiritual seekers may still have despite earnest study of A Course in Miracles. Being Who You Are highlights these answers in words carefully chosen for clarity and understanding.
Being Who You Are presents A Course of Love as a heartfelt continuation of the coursework provided in the more mind-focused A Course in Miracles. Chapters concentrate on the following themes: love; fear; holy vs. special relationships; the nature of true reality; mind, heart, and wholeheartedness; unity and relationship; Christ-consciousness/Awakening; separation from God healed; Jesus and Mary; and the elevated Self of form. Tender human interest stories round out the ten comprehensive chapters.
This book, by the long-time blogger at “Miracles Each Day,” has been designed with care to introduce A Course of Love into the spiritual mainstream.
INTRODUCTION from Being Who You Are
A Course in Love answers questions that earnest seekers still have despite careful study of A Course in Miracles. A Course of Love (ACOL) is thus a stated “continuation” (A.4) of the earlier work, though ACOL can be read independently. Most dedicated students of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) recognize that our egos have been weakened by our carrying out the dictates of what we have read. But with what do we replace the ego? There is a void, and this is a dangerous condition in which to live. We intuitively know this, and so we keep seeking. “Is there no end to seeking?” we ask, somewhat plaintively. There is an end to seeking, and A Course of Love takes us to that end. As an aid to understanding this new end, Being Who You Are reflects upon ten themes from A Course of Love, drawing on the whole of ACOL, and also comparing aspects of A Course in Miracles.
With weakened egos after studying A Course in Miracles, but with nothing to replace the ego, in the words of A Course of Love we have “rejected” ourselves. We think that to claim our rightful place of identity with the Christ within lacks humility. A Course of Love says that such an attitude is actually borne of fear: We are afraid we will not please God if we take on a more exalted notion of ourselves.
You prefer selflessness to self because this is your chosen way to abolish ego and to please God.” (ACOL, P.20)
But now we approach final learning, and we learn what “pleasing” God is all about—
We take a step away from the intellect, the pride of the ego, and approach final learning through the realm of the heart. This is why, to end confusion, we call this course A Course of Love. (ACOL, P.44)
There is a single significant difference between A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. A Course in Miracles, through the Holy Spirit, brings comfort to the mind. A Course of Love brings comfort to a troubled heart. This comfort to the heart is by identity with the Christ within. It is not a comfort for pride but solace brought to us by Jesus himself. He embraces us with love.
The thesis of A Course of Love can perhaps be summed up in the following sequence of ideas: We abandon all attempts to glorify the separated self, the self who does not know God but thinks it is lost to Him because of our sin. When we wholeheartedly abandon any attempt to glorify this self, we are launched on the way to Christ-consciousness, a transformation that will let us know that our previous faults were mistakes only, not sins, and thus entirely correctable and forgivable. We merge ACIM and ACOL, in that we merge mind and heart, and we recognize that we are actually in union with God, never separated from Him. He lives through us.
Note these words from the conclusion of A Course of Love:
“You will realize that you know what to do. . . . Expect heaven on earth, you were told. This is what it is. There will be no doubt, no indecision. Your path will be so clear to you it will be as if it is the only path in the world and you will wonder why you didn’t see it all along. Expect this. And it will be. (E5-6)
May this pondering speak loudly and powerfully to your heart and mind–“wholeheartedly.” Let us claim the heritage that is ours, no longer fearful that we are acting out of ego. Jesus asks us to leave our fears behind and claim our power with new identity. Then the more widespread Awakening of our world surely will begin.
The framework of A Course of Love, in that it is a “course,” is the same as A Course in Miracles; the channeling author, Jesus, the same. The first receiver (scribe) of A Course of Love is Mari Perron, and she received for three years around the year 2000.
In these contemplative reflections on A Course of Love, let us see how we are to come to the end of seeking.