“Your learning must take on a new focus. Be like the little children and inhale the world around you in order to make it part of your Self. Be like the little children, and learn in order to claim your learning for your Self. Learn who you are through each experience rather than learning in order to find out who you are or what your contribution will eventually be. (A Course of Love, 30.3)”
Affirmation: “I would think of a childlike response to the world today.”
1 – Echo of the New Testament
This passage echoes the New Testament, of course. And here Jesus is using the analogy of little children to teach us a new way to learn, and it is through observation (though he does not say so at this point). We need to “inhale” (a strange word) the world that surrounds us in order to learn through each experience that we have. It is the process, rather than the end result, that Jesus emphasizes in today’s passage.
2 – Being Supersensitive
How might we inhale the world? How might we observe? We can indeed become supersensitive to the world in which we find ourselves, and supersensitive to the daily experiences on our daily round. Neither of these suggestions is difficult. But we need to get beyond a focus on the end result of what we are seeing (observing), just to experience–period. Then the observation that we make will be learning in a new way, the new that has been presaged in A Course of Love.
3 – The Present
Often we settle down into a book or a web site, and concentrate with all our might on the message that it might contain. But we also have an eye to the future, what we will get out of this message that will transform us, or somehow make us better. This is not living in the present, and many religious leaders counsel living in the present as much of the time as possible. Always the present is the only time that there is, but, oh, how hard it is for us to recognize this very simple truth.
4 – Observation
Observation of the outer world, focus on our experiences in it–both will eventually take us to the present, and to our home in God. May we leave aside preoccupation with past and future today as we dwell in the only place that there truly is, the present.
May I spend time today thinking of what it means to think as a little child. I recognize that this is not an exercise in immaturity, but the height of rationality and good sense. But I don’t usually think this way. Perhaps I need to trust You ever more, and trust is a prime attribute of little children. They normally have trust in their parents, and I can transfer that same kind of trust to You as my heavenly Parent.
I do not fully understand trust. Guide my thoughts today so that I come to comprehend better.