“The goal of this world is for you to stand on your own, complete within yourself. This goal will never be reached, and only when you give up trying to reach it can you begin to learn anything of value. You are complete only within God, where you endlessly abide. Striving to be that which you can never be is the hell you have created. (A Course of Love, 1.13)”
Affirmation: “I would depend on God, my Father.”
1 – “Complete within Yourself”
This passage from A Course of Love builds upon the passage from yesterday’s posting, “Are You Loveless and Alone?” The passage gives a strong warning that we would not actually strive for that which this world encourages: “complete within yourself.” This is not a natural way to be. It is full of stress and pressure, and it ignores the fact that we are in a world filled with our brothers and sisters, to whom we are meant to reach out–to help them and to help ourselves.
2 – Complete Only in God
We are complete only in God, as this passage says. He is our completion. And, with Him and our brothers and sisters, we are part of the All. When we strive to be that which it is not in our nature to be, we make our own hell. And we are very unhappy in this hell that we have made.
3 – “Make” and “Create”
A Course in Miracles keeps separate the idea of what we “make,” as opposed to what God “creates.” But A Course of Love is not so careful about this terminology. Here the passage says that we have “created” the hell in which we live. Perhaps we may loosen up a bit about the terminology that we use. Both terms, “make” and “create,” still keep us in hell, until we turn back to what is natural to use as Co-Creators with God.
4 – Independence
We need to give up the goal of independence, a word that is implied but not used in this passage. We need to stop trying to be “complete within” ourselves. We can never reach such a goal, and we will find happiness only when we give up trying.
I learned a long time ago that I would never be complete as long as I tried to be super-independent. When my ego ruled, I thought that this independence was the epitome of right living. How wrong I was! Of course, You know that I remembered You, but I even thought that you wanted me to be independent of my family, and because I was shy and introverted, I had a small, though close, circle of friends.
How different life is now that I have learned from Jesus what a mistake it is to seek to be so independent! We are meant to serve and to be served. We are meant to help others, and they in turn will help us. We are meant to reach out.
Once I started reaching out, life settled down for me. Thank You. This passage, written long after I learned from You that I would live best if I reached out, does say the same thing in different words. Maybe Jesus was my companion then, unrecognized (and feared) by me at the time.
We learn as we grow in Your grace. Help us all to live a bit more interdependently today. And may we know the truth of the passage for today from A Course of Love.
Thank You for still being there for me in the years that the ego ruled.