Imagine you are thirsty. You walk through deserts seeking an oasis that you cannot seem to find. Imagine you are afraid. You stay home to create a sense of safety. Imagine you are unseen. You venture into the world in isolation too afraid to engage with real vulnerability and authenticity, wondering why you feel invisible.
What if everyone you encounter feels exactly the same? The newscaster bringing you the evening weather report. The teenager walking home to her empty house after school. The clerk at the grocery store. The cable guy. The woman who is driving slowly in front of you being blamed for making you late. The banker who refuses to remove the late fee when your credit card payment came a day late. The doctor who gave you uncomfortable health news without compassion.
What if thirst, fear, and isolation are choices made to replace reality? Why would we choose as such? Isn’t joy your intended reality, what you are born with, what is innate before you learn what it is to be outside the womb? The Course in Miracles says we are created in God’s image, God is Love, so we must be Love too.
Lesson 166 says of this chosen self, “This is the self you savagely defend against all reason, every evidence, and all the witnesses with proof to show this is not you. You heed them not. You go on your appointed way, with eyes cast down lest you might catch a glimpse of truth, and be released from self-deception and set free.”
Now imagine that by not receiving your gifts as given, you not only keep them from yourself, but you keep them from the newscaster, teenager, grocery clerk, cable guy, driver, banker and doctor you encounter as you go about your day. The Course says, “The gifts are yours, entrusted to your care, to give to all who chose the lonely road you have escaped. They do not understand they but pursue their wishes. It is you who teach them now. For you have learned there is another way for them to walk. Teach them by showing them the happiness that comes to those who recognize God’s gifts. Let sorrow not tempt you to be unfaithful to your trust.”
If you can see for a moment this beautiful day where a gift has been entrusted to you, please receive it. As the Course encourages, I repeat here: “He has shared his joy with you. And now you go to share it with the world.”