During the last ten days I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to get rid of a nasty cold, and now I am in the final stage. During those days though, I read some interesting things in articles from “The Browser.” One is especially heart rending, an account of a western woman journalist’s experiences with Afghanistan women and their short poems called landays which they share among themselves. Here are the two examples I copied.
Such grief from separation
From where does it come?
The couplet Separation, you set fire
in the heart and home of every lover.
Afghani women, I am sure, know nothing about the Course, but they do know deep within their hearts and minds the vagaries of our human condition. I am convinced that anguish over separation is universal. I am also convinced that the cause for it is the fact that we think we are separate from God here in this material world to hide our true reality with God. How can we cope with separation? By returning to:
The place in our mind that seems to remember
the home we forget. (I wrote this one).
Where is that place?
Jesus teaches us in ACIM that our made up world is “separate” from heaven. To cope with that he offers us a new Lords Prayer. Here is the first sentence.
Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter. (I emphasize “accept – it makes the request unambiguous.)
The “place” is in our right mind; the part of our separated split mind which can remember our true reality as described above. We can choose again to recall the “true relationship” we have with God.
Separation here in this world does indeed, “set fire in the heart and home of every lover.” It is a result of our belief that we are separate from God. But that is not so. We need only to accept in our right mind the final phrase of the new Lord’s Prayer.
And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love. Amen.