“Only the healed mind can experience revelation with lasting effect, because revelation is an experience of pure joy. If you do not choose to be wholly joyous, your mind cannot have what it does not choose to be. Remember that spirit knows no difference between having and being.” ACIM.T-5.I.1:3-4
Which do you choose: the path of the ego or the path of the spirit? The path of the ego brings fear, guilt, and grievance, and the path of the spirit brings love, forgiveness, and joy. When put in stark terms, it seems like an easy choice for the spirit but our conditioning and socialization into the world of the ego makes it hard for us to remember the world of the spirit from which we came and to which we can return.
The key to whether we experience fear or love is innocence. The innocence we experienced with our birth is an innocence born from naivete. Being babies, toddlers, and young children we have to be taught what evil is, born from the ego. As we go through life we lose our innocence of childhood and must regain it by remembering our birth right which is love. Jesus said that unless we become like little children we can’t enter the kingdom of heaven. It is this innocence of maturity that he is describing.
Revelation, becoming one with God again, is a choice, a choice many people have forgotten they have. When we join with others to remember our Oneness with God, a healing occurs which is experienced as great joy which can also be called bliss. The key point here is that people have a choice. Do we choose the path of the ego or the path of the spirit? When we choose spirit, peace and joy is experienced. This peace and joy is not about what we do, but who we are.
Today, I will remind myself that I have a choice between the path of the ego and the path of the spirit. The path of the ego will bring me fear and guilt, and the path of the spirit will bring me love and forgiveness and peace. At any given moment which do I choose?