Live Effortlessly & Love Effortlessly

“Stop wasting your energy trying to love God. That will not do it for you. Stop wasting so much energy trying to learn how to love another. That will not do it for you. And for God’s sake, please refrain from all attempts to get anyone to believe that you love them!” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 7, Page 89)

Why would Jesus say such things? It is because when we “try,” effort is involved, and the new way of thinking, with the heart leading, is effortless.

We may find this hard to believe, because the ego has had us on a treadmill for a very long time. Yet we can believe it. It does take some adjustment on our part, because habit if strong. We are so used to struggling and striving that we don’t know what it means to relax in God’s grace. Relaxing in God’s grace is exactly what we are now called to do.

Do we wish that we could make other believe that we love them? This is wasted effort. When we center in ourselves, and just love—not “try” to love—we soon are blessed with the knowledge (and it is knowledge, not perception) that all is well, and that we living in a love-filled world.

Love, by itself, is enough to heal. And healing is what we need above all else. We can have this healing for the asking. Relax, don’t press, rest in God.

We have so much on our “to do” list. We prioritize, with effort. And then we mark off our accomplishments. This is the ego talking. Do we really think that marking off accomplishments on a “to do” list is the way to live? There is no end to it. That’s the rub. Live more internally. Let the next right thing find us.

If we cease our struggles always to “do the right thing” on our “to do” list, we will find that that right thing, miraculously, does find us.

Author: Celia Hales

I intend "Miracles Each Day" to offer inspiration and insight into A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery, and similar readings.

6 thoughts on “Live Effortlessly & Love Effortlessly”

  1. Did Jesus say that? Nevertheless, a great saying. Love is not a state, it is dynamic, but only when it comes to anything that is not God. You love God or you do not. It is a quantum state. It can only take discrete values.

    I loved the read.

  2. I really love this post. Grace, surrender, peace, love… these are concepts I’ve been pondering lots in the last few days. Thanks so much, I agree wholeheartedly with your approach.

  3. I read something that said feeling the need to be busy all the time is actually a trauma based response. to-do lists can be a way of coping in which an individual focuses on accomplishment as a source of healing. This focus on “doing” can ultimately cause a perpetuating cycle of using accomplishment as a form of self-acceptance when certain areas of one’s life has been void of love. Having guidance, such as therapy, can help shift focus on living more internally. God bless!

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