This is a course in miracles.
It is a required course.
Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum.
It means only that you can elect what you want to take at given time.
I love the Course In Miracles. I have been studying it off and on for over twenty years. Obviously, this is a period in my life when I am back on.
As a Psychiatric Social Worker I witness to the truth of these beginning words of the course every day. A lot of people make the same mistakes over and over again and we ask ourselves, "When will they every learn?"
I myself have had to repeat some of life's lessons over and over again until I finally "got it."
Since I was a kid I have this inner mantra which I have no idea where it came from, but which I repeat to myself frequently, "It is not a bad life if you know how to live it."
It is learning how to live it which takes effort, reflection, awareness, humility, and a deep sense of awe and curiosity.
Life is constantly teaching us what it means to be human and how we are to live in this world.
Will we learn life's lessons soon enough before we kill each other, ourselves, our species?
Some of us are here to be God's messengers, to help ourselves and others wake up. We do this by removing the obstacle to love which is fear. The secret of the course is that what we fear isn't really real at all. It is our own hell which we have created.
When we see through the charade, the illusions of the ego, we are on the path to enlightenment and atonement.
It is in practicing love that we bring about the miracles and joy of what is real and eternal.
I try to willingly accept the curriculum which has included the deaths of two of my children, the end of a marriage after 35 years, and the willingness to give everything up for the love of God and God's creatures.
Jesus asks us to give up everything and come follow him and like the rich young man most of us demure. We can't. We are too attached to our things, and our relationships. Some day, though, we will have to give them all up whether we want to or not. Life will teach us the ultimate lesson. Will we choose to learn it?