“In other words, being in harmony with poor health and learning the lesson that it has come to impart to you, will return you to good health. Your poor health is no cause for judgment, as it is the perfect health, now, in the past, and in the future, to bring you the lessons you would learn in order to return you to your Self and the unity of Christ-consciousness. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 7.7)”
1 – Illness
It is a common understanding in our culture that sometimes illness strikes to slow us down and give us time for our bodies to recoup from being under too great a strain. This quotation indicates that any type of illness is giving us time to regroup. Jesus says that all health is perfect at any given time, as a learning experience. It is interesting that Jesus’s take on health is exactly what our secular psychology is coming to see in this day and time.
2 – Message
So: When illness strikes, ask what the message is. We will “hear” an Answer from the One Who knows. We will not have to wait, at least only until our minds are calm and in a receptive frame of mind. Ask of your heart what the lesson really is. The Answer will come, and then we will begin, if we are smart, to let the healing begin from within. We will be in alignment with the universe.
3 – Learning
“Some will choose to continue to learn through the full variety of the human experience even after it is unnecessary. Why? Because it is a choice, pure and simple. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: ‘A Treatise on the New,’ 7.8)”
4 – Continue to Live on Earth
This suggests that many of us will live on earth long after the time that the elevated Self of form has been accomplished. The elevated Self of form, of course, is the sustained Christ-consciousness. Most of us will leave “learning” behind, but there are those who love to learn, and this will not be denied them. They will still make their contributions to the All.
5 – Choices
We are always given choices in this world. Free will is a probable will (an ACOL tenet). God placed the limits on our ability to miscreate, but only to save ourselves from destroying ourselves (an ACIM tenet). We will know by studying both ACIM and ACOL that our real will is actually the same as the Will of God. We will not vacillate between following guidance (as the thought of the Holy Spirit or through direct revelation from God) and following what we perceive as our “own” will. This “own” will is likely to be a holdover from the days when the ego held sway.
6 – Ego Relinquished?
Let us resolve to let the ego wither away. And God will help us to do just that. Jesus has assured us at this point in A Course of Love that the ego has been relinquished, but perhaps we need to be made aware of this, to know it for certain. Spend some quiet time trying to ascertain if we are letting egotistic motives frame our days in any way. The answer should be “no.” And then we can know that the ego really has dissipated.
I have always loved learning, but maybe I need to realize that there is a stopping point. Continued seeking for religious truths is not needed when the Answer has been given to me. May I move forward today with the assurance that I can “let it be.”
Thank You for given me the assurance that there will be an Answer, an assurance that came in the night. I know now what You were trying to tell me. Please be with me today as I live out Your promise.