Breaking Love’s Code

British pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing and his team at Bletchley Park changed the course of World War II when they broke the Nazi Enigma code.

Some of Turing’s superiors had scoffed at his unorthodox methods and thought his time and resources invested in code breaking was a waste. His commander Alastair Denniston told the head of naval intelligence:”You know, the Germans don’t mean you to read their stuff, and I don’t expect you ever will.”

Facing resistance, Turing took the unusual step of appealing directly to Churchill. In his appeal he wrote: “It is very difficult to bring home to the authorities finally responsible either the importance of what is done here or the urgent necessity of dealing promptly with our requests.”

Churchill recognized the urgency of the code-breaking work. “ACTION THIS DAY,” he directed chief of staff General Hastings Ismay. “Make sure they have all they want on extreme priority and report to me that this has been done.”

At the time Turning made his appeal, attempts to break the Enigma code were failing. The German code changed each day. Turing realized  that their code-breaking machine was at a disadvantage; all possible combinations were being searched, and there was not enough processing power to complete the search in a day.

The breakthrough came when Turing realized that certain words were coming at the beginning and the end of the message. In the movie version of Turing’s efforts The Imitation Game, Turing finds a new direction: ”What if Christopher (the name given to the code breaking machine in the movie) doesn’t have to search through all of the settings? What if he only has to search through ones that produce words we already know will be in the message? Repeated words, predictable words; the weather and heil Hitler.”

Many of us go through the day with a jumble of messages coming through our heads. Like Turing and his team, we may be searching for those messages that will make clear our course of action. Days end, and we feel we didn’t accomplish what needed to be done. Years go by, and we still search for a purpose in our life. We search, feeling exhausted and dispirited.

What if our problem is like that of the Bletchley Park codebreakers? Are we are searching all possibilities?

How many of the thoughts in our heads are false messages that could be dismissed?

Many thoughts take the form of I need more of this and I need less of that. What is these messages are mostly senseless? What if our problems are not what we think they are?

Our ego, A Course in Miracles instructs, doesn’t know what is good for us, “Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, ‘protective’ clothing, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the ‘right’ people, and an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers.”

When our faith is placed in the trivial then the trivial occupies our thinking. We believe our trivial thinking means something. Our ego has created a logjam with way too much thinking. Inspired ideas cannot get through. The ego’s loud and raucous thinking drowns out Love.

What if in the jumble of messages we could find those thoughts that are inspired by Love? Could we uncover the essential messages, those that are not serving the needs of our ego? Could we break “Love’s code”?

The messages from Love don’t attack. We can ignore messages that contain I stink because or You stink because….

The messages from Love don’t compare. We can be skeptical of messages about what is better or worse.

The messages from Love are not full of personalized interpretations of other people’s behavior. They are behaving this way because is not a thought coming from Love.  

Messages from Love don’t peer too far into an unknowable future. If I am listening to the thought How many people will read this post I am not listening to the voice that speaks for Love.

On the very first page of A Course in Miracles we learn, 

The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.

To break the “code of Love,” we are asked to remove our self-created barriers. These barriers are always based in thought. We begin the process of breaking Love’s code when we recognize and no longer value the voice in our head that speaks for what is not loving.  

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