“As with the gentle learning of this Course, not all emptiness has come to you at the hands of suffering. Each time you have “fallen” in love you have emptied a space for love to fill. Each time you have felt true devotion you have emptied a space for love to fill. You have been emptied of the ego-self as creative moments of inspiration filled you and emptied of the ego-self in moments of connection with God.” (ACOL, T3:5.2)
The passage from which today’s quotation comes emphasizes that we need to be “empty” to allow love to come in, to be absorbed. Suffering does empty, making us feel alone and desolate, and primes us to want something more, something to save us. But we don’t have to learn through suffering, through pain. We learn this from A Course in Miracles. Learning through rewards is more lasting, though in ACOL, Jesus cautions us against wanting rewards as an end in themselves.
Three other ways to be “emptied” are pointed out in this quotation—falling in love, feeling true devotion (to another), and experiencing moments of creativity. These moments gave a way for love to enter, and these are much preferred to the way of suffering and pain.
Most of us can identify with these statements. We remember a flow that developed when we were writing or painting, or the like, in creative endeavor. We were temporarily outside of ourselves, and we just moved along in the moment. In the Now, which is how Eckhart Tolle tells us we live best. Living in the Now is also a precursor to enlightenment, to Christ-consciousness, and as such is also a way that we are emptied.
It might be helpful to absorb some creative moments, or some moments of true devotion to another, today. We can’t always predict the “falling in love” phenomenon, but creativity and devotion are more within our power to control. And we will gain much from focusing on these ways to be emptied.
Deep prayer also empties, and this, a form of devotion, a devotion to God. We are encouraged in ACOL not to conceive of God as outside of ourselves, praying for Him to save us as an external Deity. God is not outside us, but a part of us. And so, rather than praying as though He were in the heavens above, sink deep within in communion. A little practice with this new concept will help a great deal. And it will lead to some of the most heartwarming prayers that we have ever prayed. Try it; the benefits are great.
So: We need to be emptied for love to enter in. And this love overwhelms any fears that are still residing in our being. We don’t resist the fears, for resisting makes fears stronger. We just gently turn aside from fear, express the desire to welcome love, and see what transpires.
We will be pleasantly surprised.
I am heart-warmed by the close attention that Jesus gives to us in A Course of Love. His love for us shines through all the words. And as we sink into our heart, we take his words to heart. There is no better way to reach downward toward You.
Help me to accept those things that can’t be changed. All of us have them, and we so often rail against our fate, wanting things to be different, and, better, somehow. Things can and do get better when our mind and heart works together to live the words that Jesus gives us in ACOL.
Be with me today as I seek to work with what I have been given, blessings all, for even pain holds blessings for me. All returns me to You.