PART II. SECTION 7. What is the Holy Spirit?
Lesson 284 I Can Elect To Change All Thoughts That Hurt
- Loss is not loss when properly perceived. Pain is impossible. There is no grief with any cause at all. And suffering of any kind is nothing but a dream. This is the truth, at first to be but said and then repeated many times, and next to be accepted as but partly true, with many reservations. Then to be considered seriously more and more, and finally accepted as truth. I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt. And I would go beyond these words today, and past all reservations, and arrive at full acceptance of the truth in them.
- Father, what You have given cannot hurt, so grief and pain must be impossible. Let me not fail to trust in You today, accepting but the joyous as Your gifts, accepting but the joyous as the truth.
When considering the losses in my life, my soul resonates with the truth of the first line of our lesson today. When we see through the eyes of Holy Spirit, when we accept His perception, we see that what we would consider a loss and cause for heartache and sorrow is a gain in the Spirit. The death of our loved ones is a cause for ongoing grief and pain with our own perception, but in the eyes of the Lord, this is a release from the body and ego – a cause for great celebration. The loss of our special relationships could be another source of despair and heartache, and yet only when we relinquish them can they be made whole. Here in the world of time, suffering of any kind is only a dream. When we wake up, we begin to see it this way, crazy as it may sound!
Our lesson today describes the process. First, we repeat this to ourselves in wonder and disbelief – then we begin to see, after meditation, illumination, and devotion, that it makes a bit of sense in an esoteric, high spiritual realm, kind of way. Still, we hold on to our hurt and sorrow, cherishing it, clenching it close because it feels like betrayal and sacrifice to give them up. What are we to become – heartless psychopaths unable to relate to the human condition at all? Who would not go mad with sorrow at the death of their beloved? Who would not cry bitter tears when a loved one fails to support them when they falter? Who would not be shocked and disappointed at the cowardice of a citizen or the greediness of a freeloader?
But there is something about truth that draws us back to ponder, again and then again. And the more we consider the deceit of the ego, the conundrum of time, the temporality of the body and its special relationships designed expressly for manipulation and control, the more we recognize the truth, until finally without any conditions, we give up our hurt, grief, and sorrow and declare that it is our thoughts and separation that are hurting us and this alone.
God will never hurt us. To suffer grief and pain is impossible when
we realize that we are not bodies subject to the wiles of ego. Holy Spirit translates every loss on this
plane into our eternal gain. When we
trust in God, accepting only the joyous as His gifts to us, the joyful as the truth,
the fun has only just begun!
 A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 284. I can elect…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 439