“Realize that the self-centeredness of the final stage of your learning has been necessary. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 9.7)”
Affirmation: “May I understand the things that are necessary for me.”
This passage, in talking about our self-centeredness, is reassuring. We probably realize that our search has sometimes removed us from our surroundings, including our brothers and sisters. We need to be ready to return to them, but we are not to discount our self-centeredness as a lamentable aspect of our search. Jesus says that it was necessary.
If we had not turned inward, we probably would understand far less than we actually do now. And turning inward naturally turns one to the self. Jesus would have us to reach outward again once the elevated Self of form has been sustained.
We do not reach outward always, though, as Jesus himself spent hours in prayer, all alone, when on earth. We will always need a certain degree of inwardness, and sometimes this does become self-centeredness.
On this Christmas Day, may we not stay within ourselves if it is at all possible to spend quality time with our loved ones. This is a day to rejoice and be glad that Jesus indeed did come to earth as a physical being.
Thank You for reassuring me that my own, recognized, self-centeredness is not a thing to be lamented and for which to beg forgiveness. We need inwardness, which self-centeredness really is, and we need it to make progress toward the time when we will be free and easy with our brothers and sisters, reaching outward.
If our life situation allows it, today, Christmas Day, is a time for reaching out to those who have been closest to us. May we forget ourselves today, at least part of the time. But may we also say a prayer of thanks for the baby born so long ago in a manger in Bethlehem.