“Think not that you react to pain of any kind with the love from your real Self that would dispel it. The Self you have taken out of the learning loop is the Self of love. (A Course of Love, 18.24)”
Affirmation: “May I respond to my loving Self, dispelling pain.”
1 – Love
Is this passage really telling us that if we respond to the Self/Christ who is within, we will be free of pain, for this Self is loving? Love is the answer, according to what Jesus is saying here.
2 – Are We All Able to Dispel All Pain?
A pessimistic response to Jesus’s words would express doubt, and indeed I do not believe that all of us are strong enough to dispel all pain. And not all of us are really in contact with the true inner Self. This is the Self that we know when we are living Christ-consciousness.
3 – Emotional Pain
Personally, I can understand how emotional pain would be more easily dispelled. The emotional pain can more easily be controlled by one’s thoughts, and we are at least in some control of these. We may need to calm down, though.
4 – Physical Pain
But what about physical pain? Can we really dispel this? Perhaps we can lighten and eventually eliminate our sense of pain. Certainly our secular biofeedback methods have done much to lessen severe pain for those who have sought such help. Most do not seek such help, though, and this passage does say that if we listen to the love that is within us, we will find that the pain is dispelled.
5 – Jesus
Jesus says many things that sound difficult for us to understand. He is speaking on an ideal level, and he is hoping that we will be close enough to love to have this freeing response. Certainly the truth that love will dispel pain is welcomed. To the degree that we can open our minds and believe, we will have the faith that will make this assertion correct in our own experience. We are not, though, all of us ready for this ideal solution, and while this is a more negative reaction, it seems close to the truth.
Help me not to be overly pessimistic about Jesus’s statements. If he says that love from the real Self will dispel pain, then let me open my mind to that real possibility.
Today is a day that many will suffer pain. May some few read the passage for today, and feel their pain lessen.