Talents Easily Developed

“Thus where you have desired to express yourself in the past is very likely linked to the natural ability or talent you did not have to learn, to that which was given and available just a step beyond where the separated self could reach.

“Expand your reach! Step outside of the dot of the separated self and into the circle of unity where all you desire is already accomplished in the full¬ness and wholeness of the undivided Self.” (ACOL, D:8.10 – 8.11)

“Already accomplished!” What exactly is Jesus telling us here? He never elaborates in A Course of Love, but we can imagine that we have already written our appointed books, painted our paintings, sculptured our sculptures, etc., and now it is just up to us to bring these creations to earth via our new connection to unity. The unity is outside the dot of the body, and ultimately, this unity is All-that-Is, the Deity, God Himself in all of his manifestations.

What reassurance this passage holds! THIS is why we don’t have to struggle on earth, why no day is meant to be lived in a struggle with what it brings (Jesus say this elsewhere). It is just a matter of letting ourselves be open to the unity that we are dimly being able to see, in a vision that is not this world. When we are open, our creative endeavors fly on wings, we are in the flow, and we achieve via the Self, which is egotistic not in the least.

We all know of talents that we had when we were children, talents that we did not develop even though they were natural abilities. And we all know of talents that we had as children that we DID develop, and it is these to which we turn now when we want really to be fulfilled. These developed, natural talents are what we have been put on earth to do. This is our mission, our purpose. And we all have a mission or purpose. If we haven’t figured it out yet, we need to go within and ask some questions. The answers will be forthcoming, though at first we may not think we are capable of doing what is asked. We need to know that if we ruminate over days and weeks, and the same answer keeps coming back, that this is indeed what we ought to be doing. And the support for that all-important work WILL be forthcoming.

So: Ask today what natural abilities are meant to be actualized in this life. We will, none of us, be disappointed in the answer.

Prayer

Thank You for insight, pure and simple. Sometimes I have waited years to get a significant piece of insight/information, but then one day it is there, and I wonder why I didn’t realize it all along. I didn’t get Your revelation earlier because I was not yet ready. Time can sometimes be very slow on earth.

Thank You for the particular insight that you gave me today. May I put that bit of knowledge to good use in the best way that You can lead me to accept.

Amen.

Talents that Require No Effort but Reap Joy

“This idea will aid you too in your understanding of discovery, as your natural abilities or talents were discovered and in that discovery, you real¬ized that although you had not previously known that this talent or ability existed, it was there awaiting but your discovery. You may also have seen that in the expression of this talent or ability new discoveries awaited you and that you greeted these discoveries with surprise and delight. As was written in “A Treatise on the New”, these surprises of discovery have, and will, cause you to laugh and be joyous. There was never any need, and will never be any need, to figure them out—for surprises cannot be figured out! Surprises are meant to be joyous gifts being constantly revealed. Gifts that need only be received and responded to. Not learned.” (ACOL, D:8.6)

We see here why hard work and much effort is no longer needed in our world. Our discoveries about our innate talents will be easy to find, once we are attuned to finding. And these gifts—talents—are far superior to anything that we labored so long and hard to learn on earth, previous to knowing better, previously to understanding what Jesus is here telling us.

We have talents from deep within our Christ-Self, just waiting to come out, to be discovered. In the past, we might have dismissed these talents precisely because using them in our lives was so very easy. We imagined that anything that we didn’t work for wasn’t worth much.

This was the ego speaking. And now that we have established a new identity that is shorn of the ego, we are in for great surprises that will fill us with much joy. Surprises! We will discover how to develop the talents that we have, all without tedious labor. And we will discover new talents—new gifts from God—just awaiting our discovery to come into their own.

The future looks bright. Our best-laid plans go awry, but we don’t need plans any longer. We need simply to lean back in the Arms of the Almighty, and let his gifts wash over us. Then we put those gifts to work in our troubled world. And it is all effortless! We just needed to know how to accept the offerings from our God that we had resisted when we were trying to do it all ourselves.

Prayer

I must remember that the talents that You give are not given for hard work in their emergence. These gifts are heartwarming, beneficent, and loving. And my slightest effort will generate far more than my hard work—for I am a hard worker—ever did.

Be with me today, to see that Your gifts, as talents, begin to be sent out into the world. Never let me form a new ego as these gifts disseminate, for to do so would be to lose so very much, let You down. I don’t ever want to let You down.

Amen.

Using Our Talents in Service to Others

“How can one’s talent cause another to be less talented? How can one’s service deprive anyone else of the right to serve? No two are alike. Only in God are all the same.” (ACOL, C:29.23)

We are not to be jealous of another’s talents nor service. In God our talents and our service are equal with our brothers and sisters, but not in time—only in God’s eternity. Here some temporarily seem to have more, and some less; this is not an actual fact, because there are always compensations in other talents and in other service. But we cannot see the whole picture, and so we think we see inequity.

If another brother or sister seems more talented, know that this does in no way influence our talent. Or less talented. The cornucopia of gifts from God is always full.

Likewise, our service. We can do more at one time, but later on we will do less. And the difference is inconsequential in eternity.

Let God direct the use of our talents, and let Him direct the choice of our service. We can live well only when we are uniquely ourselves. And when we know that our differences are not important.

Jealousy has no basis outside the judgment of the ego. And we are fast leaving the ego behind. Our evaluations won’t work, won’t get us where we want to go. Only in tolerance of others and in appreciation for their talents and service can we come to embody our own talents and service. This is because we are all One, in God, and in our sharing of each other’s gifts, we walk a pathway that is strewn with flowers. These flowers are our talents and our service, and only in true guidance from the inner Christ Self do these talents and service blossom into magnificent gifts to return to our Creator and our brothers and sisters.

All of us WILL find our way home again. And we will make contributions that are universal in scope when we realize that in every one is the One who embodies the All.

Dear Father/Mother,

I would pray that my talents and my service dovetail today. I would do for others what I would wish done for myself. Giving and receiving are one in truth.

Be with me as I seek to walk through this day creditably. May the blessings that you rain down upon me help me to make a contribution that will be helpful.

Amen.