An End to Wearying Ourselves

“When you feel tired, it is merely because you have judged yourself as capable of being tired. When you laugh at someone, it is because you have judged him as debased. When you laugh at yourself, you are singularly likely to laugh at others, if only because you cannot tolerate being more debased than others. All of this does make you tired, because it is essentially disheartening. You are not really capable of being tired, but you are very capable of wearying yourself.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-3.X.6:1-5)

Would it not be great incentive to know that there is a way to eschew tiredness?

Jesus says here that there is, that we have wearied ourselves by judging our world and the people in it. One way that we judge is by laughing at another, and even laughing at ourselves. Even if we call the laughter just a jest, it is still disheartening. Best to give up debasing other people, even as we give up debasing ourselves. There is a better way to live: Live and let live. Be magnanimous. Be tolerant.

We have wearied ourselves, and many times over the years. Now that we know what has caused this—judging ourselves and others—we can gently turn aside from this bad behavior.

And Awakening is more likely on the horizon, an added blessing indeed.

2 Replies to “An End to Wearying Ourselves”

  1. “The Bible says that you should go with a brother twice as far as he asks. It
    certainly does not suggest that you set him back on his journey. Devotion to
    a brother cannot set you back either. It can lead only to mutual progress.
    The result of genuine devotion is inspiration, a word which properly
    understood is the opposite of fatigue. To be fatigued is to be dis-spirited, but
    to be inspired is to be in the spirit. To be egocentric is to be dis-spirited, but
    to be self-centered in the right sense is to be inspired or in spirit. The truly
    inspired are enlightened and cannot abide in darkness.
    You can speak from the spirit or from the ego, as you choose. If you speak
    from spirit you have chosen to “Be still and know that I am God.” These
    words are inspired because they reflect knowledge. If you speak from the
    ego you are disclaiming knowledge instead of affirming it, and are thus disspiriting
    yourself. Do not embark on useless journeys, because they are
    indeed in vain. The ego may desire them, but spirit cannot embark on them
    because it is forever unwilling to depart from its foundation.”
    ~ACIM Text – Chapter 4 – The Illusions of the Ego – Introduction.

    “To be self-centered in the right sense.” What could that mean? I believe it means the same as “I call upon the Nameof God and on my own.” With the understanding that one’s name stands for one’s consciousness of identity. In short: self-consciousness. In this case God’s Self-consciouness which He has in us as we, even as our self-consciousness, reason it is not only God’s Name but also ours when that self-consciousness is there; it is God in us then being conscious of Himself, as we are then conscious of our Self.
    As there is no real separation from God, exept in consciousness in the sense that God might not be aware that He is God in us as we, it is still God Who thinks and feels all we think and feel as each one of us. Including feelings of shame and guilt. Yet it is therefore also God Who thinks and feels “I” when we do. He is then thinking and feeling it in us. Which is then being “self-centered in the right sense” as God is doing it in us when we do it.

  2. I have to keep myself from constantly checking news feeds because it is intensely disheartening and wearying. I’ve been able to trace the feelings to the face that I’m judging every bit of news (and the people involved) that I read. It’s almost like I have a sports team that I’m tied into. I have an “us” and “them” mentality that makes sense in the thinking of the world, but that is not at all in line with the Course.

    Thanks for the insight. 💕

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