Trivia question: Could anyone ever have associated July with the end of times?
The End Time, End Times, or End of Days is a time period described in the eschatological writings in the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and in doomsday scenarios in various other non-Abrahamic religions.
We’ve heard of end times prophecy. Even Jesus Christ was one of the prophets:
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24: 6-10)
Yet the fact that Jesus gave us A Course in Miracles for the 21st Century, and the fact that the Course opens people to totally amazing experiences of love, indicates that mankind’s consciousness has progressed in the last 2,000 years. We can say that never before in the history of history has there ever been so much love in earth as there is now.
But then some might be tempted to answer: “Well, I don’t see such immense love. It’s not evident to me.”
If these dear ones are hearing their intellect, which draws conclusions from surface appearances … wars, rumors of wars, plagues, pestilences, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, tidal waves, and the Obama administration … they might conclude we are near the end of the world.
But if you are hearing your spirit, the divine voice inside yourself which knows all things and has everyone’s best interest at heart … you might be hearing that the level of love in earth is “out of this world” … which also means this world is coming to an end.
Chaos indicating the end of time … and yet love pointing toward the end of time? Contradiction? Or two ways of seeing the same process? If you want a mental image, think of love as tremendous radiation from the sun reaching the earth, boiling the earth’s magma, and causing all kinds of disruptions … global heat exhaustion. The more intense the love, the more familiar old forms are broken up and torn apart.
But wait a minute. “As above, so below.” In other words if it is happening “out there” it is because it is happening “in here.” So we can look at the same process inside ourselves from a psychological perspective. When love becomes really strong, but not yet total, you would expect immense “final battle” ego resistance and thus the greatest upheavals. The ultimate experience of love, love far beyond all description and imagination, the Christ expression known as 777, must overcome the ego’s firmest resistance known as 666.
Life is so much fun … wouldn’t you say?
So the question becomes: How do we handle the increasing chaos, both out there in the world and inside ourselves, so the fullness of love can be experienced?
The answer is: we practice seeing past surface appearances. Over time we open spiritually and practice staying open until we eventually “know for certain” that the chaos is meaningless and the only thing to focus on is the love. It’s the old saying, “You can’t experience heaven by focusing on earth.” For a while, we might still recognize the chaos, but what we learn to see is only the love.
The Holy Spirit's third lesson is: "Be vigilant ONLY for God and HIS Kingdom." If you allow yourselves to HAVE in your minds only what God put there, you are acknowledging your mind as God created it. Therefore, you are accepting it AS IT IS. And since it IS whole, you are teaching peace BECAUSE you have believed in it. The final step will still be taken FOR you by God. But by the third step, the Holy Spirit has PREPARED you FOR God. (ACIM Chap. 6)
Maybe such "seeing past surface appearances" is reflected in the words of a country song, "It Ain't Pretty, (But It's Beautiful)."
When we finally master having no investment in surface appearances we will be living in total forgiveness. And total forgiveness is how the world will end:
The final lesson, which brings the ending of the world, cannot be grasped by those not yet prepared to leave the world and go beyond its tiny reach. The world will end in joy, because it is a place of sorrow. When joy has come, the purpose of the world has gone. The world will end in peace, because it is a place of war. When peace has come, what is the purpose of the world? The world will end in laughter, because it is a place of tears. Where there is laughter, who can longer weep? And only complete forgiveness brings all this to bless the world. (ACIM Manual For Teachers)
Trivia answer: The month of July was named after Julius Caesar, whose appointment as dictator in 44 B.C. signified for all those who had lived during the golden era of the Roman Republic ... the end of times.
Anyway, this July let's practice seeing beyond surface appearances. And any time you need a reminder of what is there to be seen below surface appearances, you can observe the below image is known as Magic Eye Roses.
(Magic Eye instruction: Take glasses off, hold nose close to picture, keep eyes extremely relaxed as you very slowly back away from picture.)
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"...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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