Thursday, January 16, 2014

Beauty, Pain, Life and Love....

Someone recently shared with me a lovely picture of misty woods, with the following quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson emblazoned across it:
     "The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry."

We were discussing a similar idea last night in our A Course In Miracles study group. As I pondered the quote from Emerson, this response began to bubble up from within me:

Think about a physical pain, about being in pain for more than a moment, about some kind of chronic injury or debilitation. What is happening in your body as you do this? Just the simple act of thinking about this pain causes you to tighten, to stiffen, to contract, to turn inwards to try to protect the part of you that is hurting.
How much more intense would this process be if you were actually injured or ill?

Mental, psychological and emotional pain causes exactly the same kind of reaction in us, only we contract our energy body, we pull in our emotional senses, we armor our hearts against the pain -- and against anyone we associate with the pain.

Would you rather be in pain or would you rather be well?

Would you rather be in pain or would you rather be happy?
Do you prefer to hold onto this emotional, psychological pain until it begins to manifest itself physically in your body?

Notice that the pain is yours -- whatever or whomever you perceive (or know) to be the proximate cause of your pain, it is still YOUR PAIN -- and only you can choose to LET IT GO.

Drop it. Carry it no longer. Let it go.

This is what we call Forgiveness.

Forgiveness is not making someone else wrong so that you can be right.

Forgiveness is not judging someone else or yourself.
Forgiveness is not weakness or accepting victimhood.
Forgiveness is letting go of whatever is hurting you.

If you were working in your garden and gently trimming some rose bushes and you mistakenly grabbed a stem in such a way as to drive a big thorn deeply into your finger or the palm of your hand, would you not immediately drop the stem and seek to remove the thorn? Or would you cradle the hurting hand and bandage it with the thorn still embedded deeply within it and show it off to everyone, all the while complaining bitterly about the pain and the injury which caused it?


The rose bush is not to blame, it is merely being what it is.

The thorn is not to blame, it is merely being what it is.
You are not to blame, you are merely living your life and learning about the nature of beauty and pain and the confluence of causes and effects in this dance that we call Life...

DROP IT. LET IT GO. This is Forgiveness.

What is the most loving thing you can do for yourself?
Let it go. Forgive it. Learn from it, and go on with your beautiful loving life.

A Course In Miracles says that "Love holds no grievances."

Would you rather be in pain or would you rather be in love with Life?

Repeat after me:

"I vow to hold no grievances. I would wake to my Self by laying all my grievances aside and wakening in Love."
Namaste, Citizen.