A Course of Love · ACOL

Life Experiences Are Our Best Teacher

“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.” (ACOL, C:23.29)

Jesus counsels us in A Course of Love to leave behind the learned wisdom of the past, a method that keeps us depending on others rather than listening to our Self and our heart. In this quotation for today, we are led to see that observation of our lives will provide the most fertile ground for our growth. He moves into theology when he asserts that everything that happens to us is planned to bring us back to God, and this return is what life on earth is now all about.

We can rest easy. Our Self will guide us now, if we have ears to hear. Our Self is the inner Christ, the entity that we share with everyone, for there are no divisions with the Self. Likewise, when we share with everyone, our very thoughts are not private. Believing that we keep our thoughts private is a ploy of the ego, which wants us to believe that independence is the best way to live.

And how wrong the ego is! Instead, we are encouraged in ACOL, by Jesus, to know that interdependence with our brothers and sisters will give us the most satisfying life. The only life that makes any sense. We are encouraged to know that when we look inward for direction, we will then look outward at the world, and our brothers and sisters, and then act with a certainty that we have lacked heretofore.

Our life experiences do teach us much. Even egoic living knows that. But our life experiences take on new meaning when we are told that all are planned with our greatest benefit in mind. We think that we control so much, but this is a mistake; we control very little, and when we come to this realization, our minds and hearts will be opened to a new way of living in a new world. We will begin creating the new, this new world to which Jesus is calling us.

What a blessing it is to know that life experiences are planned for our edification! We can rest in peace knowing that a benign fate is planning our ends, and that when we don’t resist, we will walk into the best future that imagining can devise.

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank you for this piece of information, this piece that tells me that You, along with my Self, have set out a future built on my daily experiences—all planned to take me back Home to You. This means that I am no longer driven to read the old tomes designed to return me to You. I don’t have to rely on others’ assertions; I can see in my daily life and its experiences all that I need to lead with my heart, a leading that will plant me in Your lap.

Be with me throughout this good day. I thank You for the better days that I have been having. As I lean into guidance from my Self, I walk a green earth. And I imagine that You are smiling down upon me, even as I imagine Jesus doing the same.

Thank You for my rich imagination, a potent reminder that You are always in the center of my being.

Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Life Experiences Are Our Best Teacher

    1. Thank you, Derek. You know that I put my mind in neutral as I write, though I don’t claim that I am being a scribe. There is no effort in the writing.

      Many thanks, always, Celia

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