No Need to Learn through Pain

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“The thought system of the truth sees no value in suffering and so sees it not in truth. The thought system of the truth is a thought system that is not split by varying goals and desires. It is a thought system of unity. It is a thought system of one thought, one goal. That goal is the original thought that began the experience in physical form, the thought of expressing the Self in observable form. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Personal Self, 19.9)”

Affirmation: “I would follow the thought system of the truth today.”

Reflections:

1 – When Captured

How do we escape from suffering when captured by it? Is there a way out? If we don’t get out of suffering, are we thinking wrongly? What about people who grow in faith through their suffering? What do we say to saintly people who fall victim to illness or misfortune?

2 – Illness

The questions above all come to mind swiftly as I read, “The thought system of the truth sees no value in suffering.” And truth sees not suffering at all. What can we make of these assertions? Are they just for the very advanced? What if the very advanced soul gets cancer, or heart disease, or diabetes? What do we say to them?

3 – An Ideal

I think that here, in this passage for today, we are dealing with an ideal, and this world does not always support ideals. Even the most advanced teacher of God makes mistakes here, and would all others be bereft of help if that teacher of God falls down? No, Jesus assures us in A Course in Miracles. All of us here fall victim to temptation, but there is a way out.

4 – No Need to Learn through Pain

What is that way out? We can recognize, however dimly, that we don’t have to learn through pain (from the Text of A Course in Miracles). And, as Eckhart Tolle has said so eloquently, we don’t have to turn pain into suffering. We have that much available to us. Even here we will not always succeed, but the way is clear, once we are calm enough to call on God’s help and turn to Him for the way out that we need. He is always there.

5 – Choose Once Again

So we can choose again. We can choose once again (also from ACIM). The disease may not abate, but we are no longer trapped by it, even if it is a sickness unto death. After all, death comes to all, and normally there is a physical cause, either identified or not. We can cry out to God, in our infirmity, and he will lessen the burden of this physical life. He will see to it that our truth does not see pain, or suffering, or death, for He always chooses for life—which equates to health, abundance, peace, and happiness.

6 – Change in Circumstances

This is not pie-in-the-sky thinking. The mind and heart, working in conjunction with each other, are very powerful, and a change of mind moves to a change in circumstances. We don’t have to wallow in our misery. We can, through a change of mind, effect an acceptance that sees the truth that God does not bring suffering upon us. However bad the situation, always is this true. We have chosen the events through which we live. And though those events can get very bad, they are not the master of our lives. We can affirm for the truth in the creation of the life that we live, and we can recognize that if bad things have come upon us, we had a hand in creating those bad things. We may never know the “why,” but our heart knows. And our heart and the Christ Self within can offer, in alignment with God, the answer to our most fervent prayer for release. We may not know an end to this “thorn in the flesh” (from St. Paul in the New Testament), but we will live peacefully in this world until our time comes to leave it.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would accept suffering, first of all, if it comes to me. I recognize this acceptance as the first step to overcoming suffering. If the ego is dislodged from my mind, then this step becomes easier.

Thank You for the insight that suffering need only to be accepted, and then it is oft likely to dissipate. Let me never blame another if this dynamic fails to happen in his/her life. But let me help the other to a newer life, free of those impediments to happiness and peace.

May this day go well, as I give myself up to flow and ease in that flow. If I follow my intuition, then the day will turn out well, regardless of what pain it may hold. I ask for no pain, of course, but I accept the pain if it comes. Then and only then can I transcend the pain, and especially transcend the suffering into which the pain may turn.

Amen.

5 thoughts on “No Need to Learn through Pain

  1. KJ

    It seems pain is just a part of this physical life. We seem to learn through pain. Is pain an ego device? God would only send love.

    Reply
    1. Celia Hales Post author

      I think that pain is part of our lives because we are living in a physical body. And pain may continue even if we are so fortunate as to embody the elevated Self of form (where Jesus in A Course of Love is leading us). I don’t think that it is exclusively ego. God does send only love, I think you are right about that, but we have free will, and that may mean that sometimes our choices lead to pain. We can guard against suffering, though, which does not have to happen even if pain does happen.

      What do you think?

      Thank you for commenting.

      Reply
      1. kjohuard@hotmail.com

        Celia, I think you are right that pain is not only ego driven. When I am following synchronicities and in the flow of where I am going on my path, that the Holy Spirit set before me, it is painful sometimes. I know I am on the correct path but sometimes it’s very hard to stay on the path that causes pain. Giving up on it seems easier at the time but I know that it will lead to joy, so I stay on the path and continue to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit. Days of suffering seem to pass when I ask for guidance. I find solace in the fact that I am doing this for the good of all, not just for me… the ego self.

        Thanks for your response. ~ KJ Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Android-powered device

      2. Celia Hales Post author

        Thank you for a very thoughtful response. When I am in the flow, though, pain is usually minimized, as it may be for you as well. I find that what I am doing is the right thing to do, and I am at peace, and the peace is good. No suffering at all, but just sometimes I feel uncomfortable when I am uncertain. I sometimes have to make decisions that are guidance-driven without seeing the outcome in advance.

        And that is sometimes uncomfortable.

        Most cordially, Celia

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