“Even those who feel the power of these words within their hearts and vow to go slowly and carefully through each page and section, giving total dedication to what this text would have them do, are at risk of trying too hard to be earnest rather than simply desiring to learn. (A Course of Love, 11.3)”
Affirmation: “May I read ACOL with simple pleasure.”
1 – Trying Too Hard
Jesus seems to be saying that those of us who have studied earnestly are perhaps trying too hard. He has say elsewhere that there is an effortlessness about salvation, an effortlessness that many of us have never given any credence. May we give credence to the ease of salvation today.
2 – Learning Mode
In the first volume of the trilogy, we are still in learning mode and have not yet advanced to the observation that will stand us in good stead for the rest of our lives. We have sought and sought, seeking new and different methodologies, new commentaries on salvation, and Jesus seems to tell us in A Course of Love that we have not recognized when we have actually accomplished what we set out to do. We just keep seeking, never stopping, never looking inward, but always going to yet another outward source.
3 – A Time to Be Finished Learning
But there is a stopping point. And Jesus says in the Dialogues of A Course of Love that the time to be finished with learning is now. This is, however, the third of the trilogy, and now, still, we are in learning mode in this, the first volume. Perhaps we need to start a bit of practicing for what will follow, to disengage a bit and realize that what we need to learn will come easily, peacefully.
4 – Jesus
Can you imagine Jesus in his life on earth, struggling to understand what he read in the Torah? I think not. When he read the scriptures before others, he asserted that this day what he was reading was fulfilled, and he meant “in him.” This kind of authority, to my eye, is resplendent throughout A Course of Love (and also A Course in Miracles).
5 – Be Glad
Let us listen to the authority of Jesus, and be glad that we do not have to work so hard to learn. We can just let the words sink in. And with a grateful heart,, we will come to understand those words.
May I read A Course of Love with effortless ease. Even as I seek, in reading this first volume, to learn precisely what Jesus has to say. May my days be spent inn effortless ease, as he would also counsel. His way is not hard, and it is our own ego, not yet withered away, that seeks to have us try to hard. Our minds get in the way of our hearts.
Help me throughout this day. May we rejoice in all that Jesus has said in ACOL. His way is surely easy and peaceful, and he would have us walk a joyful path.