…….There are a few things that always jump out at me when I read this personal note to Helen. First is the idea the world is worsening at an alarming rate. That seems sort of scary but there have always been scary things in this world. This shouldn’t paralyze us, or cause us to be okay with frightening, hateful acts, but it does help us to see that we can move through them and hopefully learn from them.
November 22, 2013 was the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. The month featured numerous documentaries on Kennedy and a particular one explained how close the United States got to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. I was just a child at that time, but I have a vivid memory that my parents were very worried. Watching this documentary, I can understand why they felt that way, but it also became a turning point for Kennedy and his insistence that there are no winners in nuclear war. At that time this idea was very unpopular with many of his generals. Now with our current understanding of the global danger of nuclear fallout, using these types of weapons is unthinkable.
We’ve come a long way in our consciousness. Remember, when Helen received her personal message about the world worsening at an alarming rate, it was 1965. We have seen some incredible changes in thought since then.
At that time, self-help books were not around; there was no Internet, Google, Facebook, or Twitter. Since 1976 when the first Course books were published, we have certainly seen incredible shifts in consciousness. Just think about it…ideas of prayer, meditation, and forgiveness are now commonplace concepts that you find in all sorts of mainstream publications. You are no longer “strange” if you practice yoga, as a matter of fact, you’re sort of considered “strange” if you don’t. There’s a yoga studio in almost every corner mall. Frankly I think we have and are continuing to see this “celestial speed-up,” and WE are part of it!
We should not let any of these comments frighten us, but instead they should give us a sense of urgency to continue to make the efforts to allow our relationships to be healed and not delay. We are not just doing it for ourselves, but for everyone.
The other thing that stands out to me is that we all have an important part to play in salvation. We have made an agreement to be here now; and whether we feel capable or have any idea what we are to do, we will be used for healing if we get the limiting thoughts of our egos out of the way………