"What is meaningless is neither good nor bad. Why, then, should a meaningless world upset you? If you could accept the world as meaningless and let the truth be written upon it for you, it would make you indescribably happy. But because it is meaningless, you are impelled to write upon it what you would have it be. It is this you see in it. It is this that is meaningless in truth. Beneath your words is written the Word of God. The truth upsets you now, but when your words have been erased, you will see His. That is the ultimate purpose of these exercises."
I have been using the above quote from lesson 12 (ACIM) as a foundational teaching in circles and sessions lately. I have come to realize (yes, I am slow) that what we learned in the 1930's, and the last 5 or so years again, is that a repeated message, true or false, becomes true in the minds of the reader over time. The message I glean from the above quote is that I have to train the 'decision maker' to step up and recognize that the information coming from the ego will at all times be consistent with my core beliefs. Once that recognition is accepted I then have to learn to turn to the Loving Self, patiently waiting within, and ask: "Is there another way of seeing this?" I, the ego, has an immediate assessment ready but that information will never lead me to a peaceful approach to whatever seems to be happening.
When I use my definition of Love - joyful surrender to what Is - I am speaking to just that process: surrender to the interpretation the Self is at all times ready to provide. The reason that is inevitably a 'joyful surrender' is that the Self will always provide an interpretation that leads to healing. The meaning that the Self gives to whatever seems to be happening is always one that would make me "indescribably happy". There is something astonishing and enticing in those words: "indescribably happy". Who would not want that? Well, very few it turns out. The resistance to ignoring the ego's judgment is tenacious. The ego is the only thing 'I' (the ego) trusts, what a surprise.
There is also a strange reaction to the idea of being 'indescribably happy' and that is the ego invariably will say: "that would be boring" and then the old red herring of constant sunshine being boring is tossed on the table. "I like my feelings, just like I like the seasons." And, then, when asked: "If you had the choice to be gloriously happy right now, or stay in your current state of depression (or anxiety, or rage, or worry), a person will always answer that happiness would naturally be preferred, just not constantly. It re-boggles the pre-boggled mind.
Give yourself the discipline to practice the above paragraph, it will change the way you react to any potential upset and is a perfect adjunct to the Six Step Process. A wonderful New Year's resolution would be: "I am going to question everything I now believe to be true and I am going to ask the Guide within to help me see what IS True under all circumstances."
Diederik Wolsak is the Founder and Program Director of Choose Again and author of Choose Again Six Steps to Freedom.
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