comment 0

Lesson 284 I Can Elect To Change All Thoughts That Hurt

PART II.  SECTION 7.  What is the Holy Spirit?

Lesson 284 I Can Elect To Change All Thoughts That Hurt

  1. 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.
  2. 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.[1]
Photo credit: http://www.atpeaceinthepacific.com

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!


[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 284. I can elect…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 439

Filed under: ACIM

About the Author

Posted by

Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s