What if each new year brought an absolute guarantee of increased prosperity and economic security, more love than ever, joy that could not have been imagined, and a deeper happiness and inner peace than any previous year?
Possible? It's up to you.
There is nothing like a new year ... true or false?
If your ego has you seeing yourself as old or tired, and has you thinking you just want out of here, you could well hear your ego grumbling an answer: "False. Who in hell needs another year?"
But if you are in-touch with your spirit, seeing spiritually what can be and should be, you might hear your inner voice optimistically and enthusiastically shouting the answer: "True! Earth to Heaven! Bring it on!"
To your spirit there is nothing more exciting than a new year. To your spirit a new year is another glorious new opportunity, as always, to choose once again; a jump-off-the-cliff-in-abandonment new moment. The old no longer exists, the new is radiant here and now. Holy instant days on a calendar.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away." (Revelation 21:1)
It's all about how one sees things, isn't it?
Do you see earth life as hell? Then either consciously or subconsciously ... you'll want out. To be sure, the ego created earth life to be hell ... and who wouldn't want out of the ego's way of seeing? But just as surely, under the Holy Spirit's direction earth life is lifted to the gateway of heaven itself. That's what new years are for.
New years are for practicing the now moment. January was named after the Roman god Janus who was seen as the god of transition. Janus was depicted with two heads, so although able to see the old, he could also see the new. In fact, Janus could not see the old and new as separate. He was aware, for example, that past and future were happening simultaneously. Thus today we would say Janus was the god of the eternal moment, the god of the holy instant.
The holy instant is THIS one, and EVERY one. The one you WANT it to be, it IS. The one you would NOT have it be, is lost to you. YOU must decide on WHEN it is. Delay it not. For beyond the past and future, in which you will NOT find it, it stands in shimmering readiness for your acceptance. (ACIM Chap. 15)
This revelation which Jesus Christ has given for the Twenty-first Century, A Course in Miracles, is a device which opens our awareness so we see as Jesus Christ himself sees, as Janus was imagined to see in mythology. All time is now, eternally.
But found in the now moment is the fullness of life, a huge magnitude of life not imperfectly satisfying, but utterly vibrating with joy. Who would not want to choose to use each new year for such an enormous enhancement of life?
Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time?
One of the sources of perceived discouragement from which you suffer, is your belief that THIS TAKES TIME, and that the results of the Holy Spirit's teaching are far in the future. This is not so. For the Holy Spirit USES time in His OWN way, and is NOT bound to it.
The ego, like the Holy Spirit, uses time to convince you of the inevitability of the goal and end of learning. To the ego, the goal is death, which IS its end. But to the Holy Spirit, the goal is life, which HAS no end. (ACIM Chap. 15)
Can you see the choice in January is ours? We can allow the ego to tell us it is "just another year" in the progression toward our ultimate death. Or we can listen to our spirit, which tells us life can be lived more exquisitely than we could ever have imagined:
So will the year begin in joy and freedom. There is much to do, and we have been long delayed. Accept the holy instant as this year is born, and take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening. Make this year different, by making it ALL THE SAME. And let ALL your relationships be made holy FOR you. This is OUR will. (ACIM Chap. 15)
2008 is a political year, so to have a little fun with some political terminology: let's be pro-choice and use our choice to be pro-life this year. Let's remind ourselves everyday when we wake up and throughout the day from now until the end of January:
"I am a being of light,
living on earth to serve the light!
In the service of light,
My new year can only be
rewarding beyond imagination.”
"...nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)
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