Dissatisfied?

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“By saying that giving and receiving are one in truth it is being said that you are lacking only in what you do not give. The belief in lack is a temptation of the human experience. This will relate to all situations in which you feel you have something to gain from some ‘other.’ Again, this will be related to old patterns of dissatisfaction with the self. It has to do with any ideas you may still hold concerning others having more than you have, or to desires that you may feel have gone unfulfilled. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Personal Self, 16.10)”

Affirmation: “I will give today to my brothers and sisters.”

Reflections:

1 – Giving and Receiving

Earlier I mentioned that the idea of giving and receiving being one is so often mentioned that we overlook what it means. We do not lack, because we are constantly in reciprocal relationship with others. We both give and receive, but we do not give because we think that if we don’t, we won’t receive. This statement is an egoic notion, and it behooves us to be better than that. We do not wish to manipulative, and if we still give in order to receive, we give amiss.

2 – Relationship

Giving and receiving happen all the time. It is the condition of relationship.

3 – Union and Relationship

In A Course of Love, union and relationship are twin themes mentioned frequently. We are in union with the All—God—but we are in relationship with all others as individuals (as well as One). And when we give and receive, we are giving and receiving, frequently, one on one. Not exclusively, but frequently.

4 – Of the Ego

We have often been dissatisfied with ourselves, and this dissatisfaction takes many forms, but all are of the ego. When the Christ Self emerges, we are at peace. We give and receive freely, knowing no lack. And we don’t envy others for what they have, of course. We know that in eternity we too can have those things, if we so desire.

5 – We All Have Everything

The fact that we all have everything is a statement from A Course in Miracles. Everything is ours, and so we don’t have to imagine that we are lacking the beauty, or attractiveness, or prowess, or any other thing that a brother or sister seems to have. All gifts are ultimately ours to have in eternity. Only time separates us from other people, and time does not really exist (also from ACIM).

6 – The Good that Is Ours

Be satisfied today with what you have. Don’t be jealous, don’t be envious. The good that is ours is uniquely suited to our needs. And when we fully realize this good, we will be satisfied.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would be satisfied with myself today, but not in the sense of complacency. You would not have me be satisfied from an ego standpoint, of course. But a certain settled contentment is completely in line with this course we are taking, and this contentment goes a long way toward granting us consistent peace.

May I drop neurotic ideas today. May I let stress fall away from me, and with stress, also anger and attack. Neurosis is of the ego, and all of us are leaving our egos behind. May I do so today. I ask this frequently, and yet I still slip up. I fall on my face when stress encourages me to express anger at some totally irrelevant circumstance or remark made by another. Let all of us cease this type of thought, word, and deed today. May we truly know that contentment is akin to the peace that passeth understanding, and may we experience both this contentment and this peace today.

Thank You.

Amen.

8 thoughts on “Dissatisfied?

      1. KJ

        The topic of giving and receiving was our focus during ACIM reading group I attended laSt night. Its really amazing that your posts are many times synchronistic with many of my life experiences and topics being studied. I can see the Holy Spirit’s work in action. Thanks for your Blog!
        ~ KJ

      2. Celia Hales Post author

        Thank you for reading and getting something from my blog.

        I too find that the Holy Spirit guides me very precisely during a normal day’s events, and my life moves into “flow” when I am good about listening. This phenomenon is not nearly enough well known, and this gift of the Holy Spirit makes life a simpler and easier thing to live.

        We just need to stop and slow down when we let ourselves get in the way of the guidance that we are receiving. Just stop. And let the intuition rise to the surface and take over our day.

        Thanks again for writing.

        Celia

      3. kjohuard@hotmail.com

        Celia, you are right to stop and just allow the guidance to return. I find it the most difficulty when my emotions about a situation or person and my mood get in the way of this flow. Is there information written about this “flow” you talk about? I didn’t know there was a name for it. ~ KJ Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Android-powered device

      4. Celia Hales Post author

        KJ,

        There is secular information about “flow” in Ruth Montgomery’s Strangers Among Us. I googled “walk-ins Ruth Montgomery” and got some information on the web. I don’t think I’m a walk-in, but it is an interesting concept, and “flow” is a word for something that I was already experiencing when I read the book. I did not have a name for it before I read Ruth either.

        Have a good day.

        Celia

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