“Determination of pleasure and pain is made with the judgment of the separated self who not only believes it is the body, but that it is at the body’s mercy. The body has no mercy to offer the separated self. It is only a learning device. (A Course of Love, 18.23)”
Affirmation: “May I avoid judging pleasure and pain today.”
1 – Awaking of Christ-Consciousness
The ideas in today’s passage are echoes of A Course in Miracles. All in all, A Course of Love is more forgiving of the body, seeing, ultimately, that an elevated Self of form is a legitimate way to live. We can enjoy this way of living on this earth, and this is when the Christ/Self has been actualized in us. This is the Awakening or the Christ-consciousness embodied.
2 – Separation
But in the passage above, we are still recognizing a delusional separation from God. We did not, as we have said repeatedly, actually separate from God, for we are part of Him and thus can only fantasize that we have separated. In this fantasy our whole world evolved. And we lost the felt presence of God.
3 – Pleasure
But let us rise to the occasion, recognizing that we want something better (re ACIM). We want to know God’s happiness, not the pleasures of this world. We will have pleasure, but it will be more than pleasure, because pleasure is fleeting and never satisfies very long.
4 – Body = Learning Device
The body as a learning device is best used to communicate with others, with out brothers and sisters. To use it as a way to get out way is a misuse, if our way would be detrimental to another. So let us be gracious in our understanding of the body, and not try so hard to decorate it with jewelry and fancy clothes. We may want to be presentable, but the real beauty comes from within.
I would see the difference between pleasure and pain today, but I would seek joy–God’s joy–rather than simple pleasure, which is fleeting.
Be with me as I see Your will for my life today. May my decisions be sound, based on guidance and common sense.