“Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you now can make a better one, and thus escape all pain that what you chose before has brought to you. In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says, ‘My brother, choose again.’ (T666)”
1 – A Passage for Times of Pain
This passage, beginning “Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again,” is to be remembered in times of pain, times of suffering (if the pain lead to that). All of us will know weaker times as well as stronger, and if we recognize that we are bearing a trial that is meant to allow us, this time, a better choice, we will realize that we are learning through our pathway in this world.
2 – All Have Trials
All of us have trials. Nobody escapes. And there is a reason for this.
3 – Choose Again
We need the opportunity to choose again. Somewhere, somehow, we made a faulty decision, and it brought pain to us. Now we choose again, much as Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford walked another way when A Course in Miracles came to them.
4 – Class Reunions
I have often thought of the happy face that we put on at high school and college reunions. And we know that it is a facade. All of us have had pain, and most have had suffering. We do not always have to hide these truths. We are more human by having experienced the human condition, and we are more real when we, if the time is right, share this truth with our companions.
5 – Christ Is Present
And Christ is there to heal us. We have the option to “choose again,” and we can seek the guidance that will allow us to know how to choose again. We will come to know where we erred in the past, when a similar situation arose, and we will be led to make the better choice now.
6 – Walk in Greater Light
No greater blessing can we have than to go ahead in greater light along the pathway that this lifetime would lead us upon.
I am at this moment in a small “trial.” Help me to relinquish the upset in the right way, and to go on to have a good day. Previously I have held onto my upset for the major part of a day, but now, after an hour, I would drop the upset, assuring my inner Self that the personal self has learned the lesson, and that I am choosing again.
May today be bright and cheery. May I walk ahead with patience and forebearance, sure that my trials will melt away in the sun.
Thank You. I will choose again. And now.