“How can you who are so holy suffer? All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left but a blessing. I have saved all your kindnesses and every loving thought you ever had. (T83)”
Affirmation: “I have saved all your kindnesses and love.”
1 – Suffer?
This is a hard passage to understand. It is true that Awakened individuals acknowledge feeling pain, but not suffering. Eckhart Tolle is one of these individuals. But most of us have not yet known Awakening on a sustained basis, and what are we to do when bad things happen?
2 – Think Kindness
I think that the Answer is the one we so often find in the Course. The Answer is turning to guidance from the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself says in this passage that he has saved our kindnesses and loving thoughts. We can, without self-satisfaction, realize that, almost despite ourselves, we have had moments of kindnesses and loving thoughts. If these were ever a comfort to our brother, they can also be a comfort to us in our times of pain. This recollection will help to ensure that suffering, even in the midst of pain, will not arise.
3 – Pain but No Suffering
We can find in the pain a blessing. The passage seems to say this. The passage also notes that we ourselves are holy, a concept that we find difficult to accept, because we usually feel so unworthy. May we take Jesus at his word, and believe that we do not have to suffer in this world. As we study the Course, perhaps we will come to see this concept more clearly and to feel pain, when it comes, but no suffering.
4 – Difficulty in Avoiding Suffering
We need to realize that we transform pain into suffering by our own thought processes. Certainly in physical pain, it is hard not to get the mind involved. We feel so bad physically that our bodies temporarily seem to take over our minds. Whatever we do, in this world there probably will never be one correct action to take–other than asking for the Holy Spirit to give us the guidance that we need to remedy the situation. He will answer, though if we are agitated, we may not “hear” what He has to say. Seek calm and quiet, not agitation, and see how much more readily the physical pain ceases to be an affliction that can only be called “suffering.”
May I know in my innermost being that I do not need to suffer. In the Course, Jesus says that we do not have to learn through pain. May I feel the truth of this reassurance.
It is good that my loving thoughts have been saved. This seems to mean that my unloving thoughts will fall away. Thank you.