Usually when we read this line from A Course in Miracles we take it to pertain to spiritual and other matters of higher consciousness. It refers to how we need to keep a disciplined mind, to really watch our thoughts as we journey through our lives and the adventure we are living. Well, the adventure hopefully we are living although most of us do have the brakes on and have transformed a potential adventure into a life closer to drudgery.
But it is also a good lesson for all of us whether or not we have such high spiritual aspirations, when a life of happiness and shared love is enough. In fact we meet thousands of people with this as a goal, and when they start to learn about the workings of our minds and the basics of good relationships they often transform their lives. Many people who had financial scarcity and no significant intimate relationship really turned their lives around after applying themselves to learning and changing.
Once they have a happy relationship and a meaningful job they leave as satisfied customers. However after some time the word drifts back that the relationship has broken and they are again struggling. The simple answer to this issue is that you can’t stop. Sure, you can believe that you have dealt with all your self-defeating patterns and are now free to live this life that you have recently built without continuing the journey in consciousness.
But no matter what path we choose we need to keep learning to keep increasing our awareness. We can take a rest now and then but at some point we have to journey on. Often we hear people say that when they first attended workshops things changed quickly and easily for them but later on things became stale and little seemed to change. This is because when we start we face the easy stuff, the stuff we want to change, but later we face the more difficult stuff, the stuff that takes more learning.
Once we recognise we get upset by quite a lot of what is apparently going on in our world then we recognise we still have an ego because whenever we are upset it means our ego has been confronted. Our ego is the principle of separation. It is continuously at work setting up situation after situation in our lives that will have us distance and attack those around us and we must be vigilant to not get caught by it.
Instead we need to grow our awareness and take the journey that is from here to oneness starting with the person standing next to us. And then expanding that as we expand our mind to experience the magical world we live in and the realms upon realms that still await us.