Handling pain in a miraculous way
Most people don’t like pain. They do everything they can to get rid of it, minimize it, deal with it.
A Course in Miracles tells us that “healing is the one ability that can and must be developed if you are to be healed.”
You have the ability to see everything differently, including pain, sickness any difficulty you are experiencing
One of my favorite ideas in A Course in Miracles comes from Workbook Lesson 333:
“Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped. It must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accorded it. For only then are its defenses lifted, and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears.”
I love that! “Conflict must be resolved.”
“It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped.”
Often times people on a spiritual path say about pain or sickness or problems “It’s an illusion. It’s not real” and to me that is calling conflict by another name, as described in Workbook Lesson 333.
Saying pain or sickness or difficulties is an illusion is “disguising it” so that the personal self-identity holds onto it.
If you want to escape pain, limitation, sickness and conflict – if you want to resolve it and promised in Workbook Lesson 333 – you must “see it exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accorded it.”
Trying to get of pain – and even “living with” pain – is hiding it so that you can keep it.
A Course in Miracles invites us to see everything in a new way, in the light of truth.
Pain is not a problem and pain is not something you did wrong. Pain is not punishment and it is not you being tested.
Today, I invite you to see pain (or sickness or challenges you are experiencing) in a whole new way, in a miraculous way, where you can see it as a gift.
No more trying to get rid of anything! Today we pause and get quiet and understand what the illusion is pain is for.
A Course in Miracles says:
“Healing involves an understanding of what the illusion of sickness is for. Healing is impossible without this.” -A Course in Miracles
Pain and sickness is one of the most powerful things I have ever seen that forces people to get quiet, to get still, to slow down and to pause.
The difficulty is that the mind jumps in there and shouts “Fix it! Do something!”
And we lose the gift that this uncomfortable thing came to bring us, we distract ourselves from finding out what conflict is for.
INVESTIGATION & HEALING:
1.Write down a situation in your life that is causing you pain or hurt. It can be a physical pain or a situation in which you feel angry, upset, confused or frustrated. Whatever it is, it’s “conflict that must be resolved.”
2. Sit quietly and allow your mind to be still. Imagine you are holding this situation, pain or sickness in your hands and it is surrounded by light. Ask to be shown what the pain or conflict is for. In what great ways has your life changed because of it? How are you closer to your true Self now because of it? (more compassionate, quieter, more still, more present)
3. In what ways is this situation the best thing that ever happened to you? How has it contributed to your spiritual growth, your deeper understanding of the truth of what you are? What Self qualities have you developed and strengthened because of this pain, sickness, conflict (such as love, patience, gentleness, tolerance, trust)
As you understand this situation and realize it’s not something to “get rid of”, with defenses lifted, you are no longer fighting yourself, no longer making yourself guilty, you will move through it rapidly.
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