Jesus described his relationship to his students (which is what the word ‘disciples’ means) as that of being “friends.” He even told them, “Don’t call me master. Just let us be friends.” And this friendship that he spoke of was Oneness. “I pray Father that they be One even as you are I are One.” So Jesus spoke of “friendship” as Oneness, joined minds, joined purpose, joined in Eternal Truth, not man’s perception which is always based on the past and on duality. So do you have any people you could regard as “friends” in the way Jesus has explained? How is it then, that if they are your friends, you never give love to them? You just send them a Christmas card or a birthday card, but you feel totally content to live your worldly life without the urge to give love to your friends. Love knows only to give. So many of us have gotten tired of the world’s substitute for real friendship. Many of us now want to join in mind and find Oneness, which doesn’t extinguish anyone but fills all who are joined with the same Love which Jesus said he had with the Father. So it would be there for us too, wouldn’t it? It would come from your well-spring of your true being, wouldn’t it? And all you have to do to find it is to discover who you are at the most basic, Eternal level. ACIM, the Course, says, “I am as God created me.” Do you know yourself as God created you? Then you would also know that you are not a body, you are a mind and part of the One Divine mind that the Course calls the Son of God or the Sonship. “I am not a body. I am free, for I am just as God created me!” Minds can join while bodies cannot. Oh, they try, but they cannot in truth join. So to join in mind with someone and learn “friendship” you would need first to offer a little willingness, to agree that someone else’s interest is in your interest too. That would be the beginning of joining and Love’s Present in that moment of choice would do the rest! So do you have any real friends? Or do you just have the world’s substitute for “friends?” The world’s friends are possessed of an hallucination of separateness. “It’s dog eat dog out here in the real world….the rent is too damn high…gotta get a job…it’s all about jobs.” So this hallucination of separateness keeps you from having REAL friends, as Jesus taught. REAL friends would be of the Eternal unchangeable world of God, wouldn’t they? They wouldn’t be of the insane world. Mr. Krishnamurti once said, “There are very few people in the world who have an inkling of the insanity that has overtaken the world.” And he spoke True words. He thought with God’s thoughts! You see this is so basic that true Love only knows to give. It does not know to take. It is assured by universal law that those who give will also receive, but Love is not motivated by that. If you give in order to receive, you are a con man. You are manipulating people. How can you know the Oneness of “friendship” that way? You can’t! You are as curiously crazy as a child born into this world as a human being yet he seriously believes he is a chicken! What can come of such insanity? Certainly not friendship! So then many have given up and just accepted the world’s substitute for friendship, which is usury. “I agree to use you for a while and you agree to use me for a while. And then some silly opinion is strong enough for us to break our friendship! Can you see the madness of it? Aren’t you tired enough of it to investigate real friendship? What do you have to lose?
I admit that I have few REAL friends. But I have some with whom I am joined in mind. Their interests are mine and we draw from the same well-spring of the Love that we both are made of. That joining inspires me only to give to them. Love knows only to give. Today is my birthday and today I will give, inspired by my friends with whom I experience Love in their presence. Blocks and barricades are gone. “Feelings” cannot be hurt. There is just One Love, One mind, and friendship.