I don’t believe there is any greater power than that of an idea, deeply held, and slowly it is becoming clear to me that all we behold is the product of these generative seeds. In the three books of A Course of Love, Jesus speaks frequently about ideas, and in a passage that I love he says, “Giving ideas life is the role of creatorship.” This statement comes in a section of the Dialogues– the third book of the set– in which Jesus is speaking about the ease with which a new heaven and a new earth may be created.
Did he just say ease?
Well, no– to be fair, he did not. But I’m a big fan of synonyms. Gives me that feeling of being on the team, you know? Consider the following passage, “When you are fully aware of your oneness of being and begin to create in unity and relationship, you will do so simply by being who you are being, just as you have ‘created’ during your time of separation by being who you have thought yourself to be.”
See what I mean? He did say simply.
He also preceded that passage with these words, “You are called to nothing short of creating a new heaven and a new earth. This does not entail specificity any more than does the miracle. It does not entail choice. It is a way of being.”
So, basically, by being who we know ourselves to be, the world is remade. Without the power of ideas– the creative power bestowed upon and within and as us– this would be a much more difficult proposition to entertain. What strikes me most about this passage, and one of the avenues through which I’m able to relate to it immediately, is the notion that we’ve been doing this all along. The world we experience is the expression of the ideas we carry around inside, and it always has been. How difficult could this be if we’ve been succeeding straight along?
The elephant in the room is so massive, however, we overlook it. Our minds tend to think in terms of specifics and so we make the simple complex… We muddy the waters. Yes, there are many ideas at play, but ultimately there is but one idea at the core of every thought system. A core idea at work in this realm for a long, long time has been separation. Every experience of lack or limitation, every disease, every doubt and fear, every act of violence, regardless of its form or seemingly obvious chains of proximate cause, is the effect of or related to the idea of separation. Without it, these would simply not exist in physical expression. We did all that without even knowing “how”, and once we wrap our minds around that one it becomes obvious that we can do so again… With true ideas this time…
This relates to a premise developed in A Course in Miracles that there is in truth only one “problem” that we experience in myriad forms– that problem being our adoption of a mistaken identity. That was an idea, too. One bad idea and– poof!– it crops up in every facet of our experience. Such is their power. Consider what would become of the idea of one having more or less, in the absence of separation. Consider what the benefit of violence or attack would be, in the absence of separation. What would be the meaning derived from cheating or engaging in deliberate deception, in the absence of separation? Would anyone feel the need to “spin” the meaning of events or circumstances, without the idea of separation? One idea… Kazaam.
Ideas have power. Do any of you remember taking classes down at the community college and spending hours and hours of rehearsal time on trying to coax that false idea into spinning off all these various and sundry effects? Here is a question that makes me laugh: could one of us really be any better at this than another, at getting ideas to play ball? Would practice make a difference?
No. Practice cannot make a rock better at being a rock, or you and I any better at being who we are. Water cannot be any more or less watery. We are idea wombs. Walking creative incubators. Pop an idea in, let us absorb it through our acceptance of it, and it is given life. This is the ease with which power works through us. Replace a false idea with a true one, and live by it, and everything is remade.
It is astonishing (and joyous) to consider that the greatest transformation will come not from willful, pre-meditated acts, but the quiet acceptance of Love by one heart after another. Choice, as Jesus said, is irrelevant in this process. He asks, “How can you choose when what you create is everything?”