Turn the Train Around
J. J. Cale is associated with a song called “Train to Nowhere.” Here is part of the song:
There is a train that goes to nowhere
Need no ticket for you to ride
Put you in a car they call the sleeper
It’s nice and warm inside
There’ll be no friends with you now
The ride is just for you
Things that used to be so real
Vanish from your soul
Train that goes to nowhere
You can ride, you can ride
According to A Course in Miracles:
There are but two directions you can take, while time remains and choice is meaningful. For never will another road be made except the way to Heaven. You but choose whether to go toward Heaven, or away to nowhere. There is nothing else to choose.
–A Course in Miracles
Therefore, there is a road, or train track, that leads to heaven. To go the opposite way is to go nowhere.
To use another metaphor, we can imagine that people are the leaves on a tree. When the leaves (or people) look at each other, they seem to be separate from each other and alone. However, when the leaves use their intuition, they realize that they are all connected by the trunk in the center of the tree. Using their perception (assuming that the leaves could see), the leaves would see that they are all of slightly different shapes and sizes. The leaves could be proud of their differences, and seek to emphasize their differences. On the other hand, the leaves could emphasize their commonality, as represented by the trunk of the tree.
If the leaves looked away from the trunk of the tree, they would see more and more specialness and differentiation, and they would see the road that leads to nowhere. However, if they looked the other way, towards the trunk, or center, of the tree, they would see what unites them, and they would be on the way towards oneness, or heaven.
In a similar way, people can pursue the goal of specialness or the goal of oneness. The goal of specialness leads to nowhere: It leads to broken dreams, unsatisfactory achievements, and despair. The goal of heaven, or oneness, leads to reality, complete satisfaction, and joy. The only reason for time to exist is for us to learn to choose to go towards heaven instead of towards nowhere. Don’t you think it’s time to turn the train around?