“You might ask, how do you learn what you have failed to learn previously? . . .Your life must become your teacher, and you its devoted pupil. Here is a curriculum designed specifically for you, a curriculum only you can master. Only your own life experiences have led to the learning you have accumulated and translated into beliefs. Only your own life experiences will reverse the process. (A Course of Love, 23.29)”
Affirmation: “My life experiences will now reverse the failed lessons of the past.”
1 – Reverse the Learning of the Past
How do we reverse the learning of the past, the egoic learning that so misled us and made us miserable? We must simply take the next step that seems right to us, as we listen to our hearts. We can reverse any and all egoic tendencies, and in so doing we will learn anew and, this time, learn aright.
2 – Are We Learning Aright Now?
How can we know that what our life experiences are teaching us, now, is correct? We can answer one simple question: How do we feel? Are we finding joy in the midst of everyday experiences, however painful they may be? Are we happy, in spite of these inevitable difficulties? And do the difficulties seem to be a breeze for us, where earlier they might have derailed us entirely?
3 – Follow the Heart
If we are following our hearts, there will be a noticeable decline in painful experiences. What we need to learn will still be presented to us, and sometimes struggle will be involved, but when we turn to God in communion, our burdens will lighten immediately. Not hours later, bur, if we believe strongly enough that God is helping us, the burdens will lift immediately. We will know that this blessing has occurred when the day seems somewhat lighter to us, and we ourselves feel lighter. We are, finally, listening to God, as well as our brothers and sisters. There is no end to the ways in which guidance can come to us. But come it will, when we turn gently aside from the egotistical ways that previously directed our path in this world.
4 – Reverse the Separated State
Our life experiences will then be in a position to reverse the isolated and separated state in which we have believed ourselves to be. We will learn joyful lessons, so different from the misery that we brought upon ourselves by keeping God out of our lives. We will attract the good by our attitudes. Our calm and peace will envelop us, and we will turn to God instinctively, as the day progresses. And as each day passes into a new one, we will find ourselves ever more ready to affirm God’s blessings. We will know that we are on the right pathway, finally. And if we are honest, we will recognize that we did it all to ourselves! God is ever more eager for our healing than we ourselves are, as Norman Vincent Peale, an inspirational author/pastor of the last century, said. In our own experiences, we can know that Dr. Peale was right.
Help me to listen to my heart today. If another intervenes between my heart and myself, may I know how to respond, because we are influences by others’ agendas. May all work out for the best, as You have taught.
Be with me as I seek to learn from my life. May my life experiences not be a drag upon me, but a joy. May I regret nothing from the past, knowing that all that I have lived through has prepared me for each next step.