PART II. SECTION 3: WHAT IS THE WORLD
Lesson 248 Whatever Suffers Is Not Part of Me.
- I have disowned the truth. Now let me be as faithful in disowning falsity. Whatever suffers is not part of me. What grieves is not myself. What is in pain is but illusion in my mind. What dies was never living in reality and did but mock the truth about myself. Now I disown self-concepts and deceits and lies about the holy Son of God. Now am I ready to accept him back as God created him, and as he is.
- Father, my ancient love for You returns, and lets me love Your Son again as well. Father, I am as You created me. Now is Your Love remembered, and my own. Now, do I understand that they are one.
In my devotional each day, I ask God to teach me today’s lesson so that I may apply the concept to my daily life, not just hold it in my mind as some highfalutin idea to meditate upon and try to wrap my mind around. If I have not been studying the Course in this way, the meaning of today’s lesson would have been not merely lost on me, but offensive to me. Because living in the world itself is suffering, whether personal angst as when we suffer injury or illness, or are unjustly blamed for the problems others face in their lives; in vicarious suffering when we see the devastation of lives and property and landscapes as with the most recent hurricane; or seemingly simple suffering as in not getting a good night’s sleep because someone set off the fire alarm in one’s hotel during the wee hours and sent us scurrying out to the parking lot in our pajamas!
Cold, inhumane, and dissociated are words that come to mind when I think of being able to breeze through this life without a pang. There are a few people who come to mind!
I have one dear friend who years ago when living in Taiwan called to invite me on an adventure. Afraid I would be a poor companion that day because of my grief over lives lost in a recent Thailand tsunami, I expressed disinterest in doing anything pleasurable. “Oh, come on!” she said, almost mockingly. “Just be happy it was them and not us!” Her response seemed needlessly heartless and cruel. And now Jesus, much like my Taiwanese friend, is saying whatever suffers is not part of me!
But Jesus and my friend had different motives behind their words. Lizzy just wanted to have fun; Jesus is setting me free. He says: Eckie, your reality is Sonship with God. Your reality is not to be found in your body, the world, the crazy ego shenanigans and upsets, nor disasters – natural or otherwise. Whatever suffers is not part of you. When you disown the idea of this ego self, its tricks and fibs and clever disguises about your true identity, you disown suffering, guilt, shame, and all the turmoil that goes with it! You are ready to accept your Self as God created you, whole and holy and in His likeness.
Father, I am as You created me. Now is Your Love remembered, and my own. Now, do I understand that they are one. Thank you, Jesus. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.