“You learn best when you believe what you are trying to learn is of value to you. However, not everything you may want to learn has lasting value. Indeed, many of the things you want to learn may be chosen because their value will not last. (M66)”
Affirmation: “learn what is of value”
1 – Why Learn Something Not of Lasting Value?
Why would we choose to learn something that is not of lasting value to ourselves? This seems to be a paradox, and perhaps it is. But when we realize that we may have chosen whole careers that were not chosen for the right reasons, we may realize that the ego has been involved.
2 – A Course of Love
Certainly we have been so reared in an egoistic world that we may love learning just for the sake of learning itself. It may seem to be heresy to question this love of learning. But in A Course of Love, we are told that there is a time for learning to cease, and to move forward in our lives by “observation.” We do not have to think the egoistic way. Knowing can come to us without irritable reaching for fact as well as fancy. We can just know, because the Holy Spirit (and later, the Christ-consciousness) just tells us. We know about our world almost as soon as we have asked internally.
3 – Careers and Relationships
We probably had problems in those careers that were chosen for less-than-the-best reasons. More than just careers have been involved, though. Our choices in relationships may have been flawed as well. Our insanity covers a great deal of our lives.
4 – We Have Help
Whether we are “learning” or “observing,” it is evident that we don’t get where we are trying to go without help. We are supported every step of the way. And it is important to acknowledge that we realize that we are not doing all this by ourselves. It is only the ego that wants all the credit, and surely the egoistic way has been discredited by now in our minds and hearts.
5 – The Valuable Is Lasting
We can learn best when we turn to learn those things that are of value. And those things are always lasting. Surely we can do this as we learn from the Course to choose aright.
May we choose only those things that have lasting value. May we turn aside from those things that do not have lasting value. May we not be tempted to learn those non-lasting things because they do not have value.
I know that the ego is involved when I reach for something that cannot be sustained. Help me always to choose aright, and this means that it is time to leave the ego behind.