New Year’s Differences

By Anthony Gold

As we begin the new year and contemplate our goals for 2015, consider this line from A Course in Miracles:

Make this year different by making it all the same. (T-15.XI.10)

The powerful meaning behind this sentence relates to our habituated conditioning to see differences and believe them to be of significance. You are different from me. That race is different from mine. Those beliefs are different from my values.

And of course, what inescapably follows immediately upon the heels of perceiving differences?


But, when we see with true vision, we don’t see differences – we see sameness.

Deep within everyone on this planet is the same terrified, insecure little child crying out for love and attention. As the ancient Greek philosopher Philo appealed: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

When we see the sameness in everyone and everything, judgment melts away leaving only the peaceful realization of our shared purpose.

Let’s make 2015 different by seeing the spirit and love that unite all of us the same.

Happy new year!

3 thoughts on “New Year’s Differences

  1. I wanted to share this because of how much this paragraph has touched my heart.

    Lesson 140 #5

    Peace be to you who have been cured in God, and not in the idle dreams. For cure must come from holiness, and holiness can not be found where sin is cherished. God abides in the holy temples. He is barred where sin has entered. Tey there is no place where He is not. And therefore sin can have no home in which to hide from his beneficence. There is no place where holiness is not and nowhere sin and sickness can abide.

    I think about the very dark times in my life where I could not feel God’s presence…My parent’s divorce, my own divorce and then the death of my mate that I had following my divorce. I am so happy to know that even though I was unaware of God’s presence during these times ( others others) He was, always has been and still is with me every step of the way and I thank Him for that.

    1. Thanks for sharing Pam. There’s a wonderful line in the Course that reads as follows:

      If you knew Who walks beside you on the way that you have chosen, fear [and sadness] would be impossible. (T-18.III.3)

      Our challenge (opportunity) as you rightfully point out is remembering that and simply tuning in to the “still, small Voice for God that is not drowned out by all the ego’s raucous screams and senseless ravings” (T-21.V.1).

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