“A first step then in learning to recognize when you are acting upon notions of who you think you are rather than on who you truly are, is the appearance of struggle or resistance. As a swimmer quickly learns, the only way to return to ease of movement is to cease to struggle or resist. The ability to let go of struggle is a learned ability for the swimmer and is a learned ability for you now as you journey back to your real Self.” (ACOL, T2:4.6)
So: It is awfully good news to hear that when we are struggling, we are not moving in the right way. Like a swimmer, we must go with the water currents. We need to ease up and let the water of God’s reality take us over.
So often we have thought that struggle was good. We lived this way, from crisis to crisis, problem to problem—struggling with what was before us to face. And it was all so wrong and so very, very unnecessary! Now we are likely still to think that struggle is needed, as problems do not just magically go away. But there is a better way, a way of flow and ease. We strive for changes, but striving is very different from struggle. And we are attempting to be who we are in truth, not just who we “think” we are! And there is a big difference.
How do we be who we are? What can this possibly mean in our world of today?
It means that we relax in God’s care, knowing that He has all things in good order. We don’t give up, though, but we just accept ourselves as we are—warts and all. We know that Jesus has called us The Accomplished, and he would not have said something like that to appeal to our ego. He said that to reassure us, a reassurance in the extreme. We have already walked this pathway, and now we are traveling back; that is part of the theology of A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. We just be ourselves when we are swimming in the currents of God’s love. We don’t “try” to be something that we are not. We know that what we are is actually perfectly alright.
Believing that we are perfectly alright is hard for us. We always think that we ought to do something more to merit God’s love, to be better than we are. This “better” will manifest as we move forward, but not by struggle to change ourselves. We don’t need a self-help book, and A Course of Love is definitely not that. We need to recognize that all is really alright in our little world. As always, we are still our own worst enemy, and when we long to be something other than who we are, we long amiss.
Jesus will help us to accept ourselves. Ask his help today. He walks with us, hand in hand. And if this is hard to believe, know that many sincere believers have believed this mystical truth for many long years.
The way is clear to just dropping downward and inward, to just being who we are, accepting ourselves as we are.
There is no other way to progress spiritually. Acceptance IS the way.
I, along with so many others, would gladly give up struggle if we think that we can live without it. I haves struggled sometimes, as have all of us. And it is so unnecessary! Surely I can strive for goals without getting beaten down by life itself. Jesus offers us a way of ease and flow, and would I not be very foolish not to take it?
Guide me today to take the life of flow, choosing to move in the directions that guidance so accurately points out. The Christ-Self will show me rightly what to say and do, if I will only listen.
I would listen today.