Emptying yourself

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2023 516 words 2 mins 17 secs1 comments
An A Course in Miracles Blog  © 2023 Paul West

We only have what God has given to us in our creation, and what we have created with him. We have nothing else. Nor do we have anything which belongs exclusively to ourselves alone, something unshared or something that is of ourselves. Anything we have must be shared with God, and given BY God.

Jesus therefore asks us to empty ourselves of all the things that we think we have which have not been given us by God. This includes all aspects of ego, all sense of trying to usurp God's power and function, all forms of being alone or of relying on your own strength.

He wants us to purge ourselves of all images we have made, all worthless treasures, all idols, all external saviors, all purposes and functions that we have invented. To let go of all beliefs and concepts and ideas that we have taught ourselves or have gained from the world. To relinquish the body and the world and all they seem to offer.

To the ego this might suggest that you will end up with nothing, will be empty handed and devoid, bereft and at a loss. As if this emptiness will mean your death, because the ego cannot conceive of having anything that it did not gain for itself and by itself. And this is because it rejects God and anything God has given.

In truth God has given you something, and what he has given is all that you have. You have everything real that comes from God, and there is nothing else TO have. You are nothing without God, but you are everything with Him.

"Heaven Itself is reached by empty hands and open minds, which come with nothing to find everything and claim it as their own. We will attempt to reach this state today, with self-deception laid aside, and with an honest willingness to value but the truly valuable and the real."

"Into this empty space, from which the GOAL of sin has been removed, is Heaven free to be remembered. Here its peace can come, and perfect healing take the place of death."

"You do not want illusions. And you come to these five minutes emptying your hands of all the petty treasures of this world."

"In gratitude and thankfulness we come, with empty hands and open hearts and minds, asking but what You give. We cannot make an offering sufficient for Your Son. But in Your Love the gift of Christ is his."

"Simply do this: Be still and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false or good or bad; of every thought it judges worthy and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God."

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Hello, Paul.

I would like to share a popular Brazilian song that well illustrates today’s reflection. In english it’s called “If I want to speak with God”:

If I want to speak with God
I need to be alone
I need to shut off the lights
I need to silence my voice
I need to find peace
I need to loosen the knots
Of the shoes, of the tie
Of the desires, of the apprehension
I need to forget the date
I need to lose count
I need to have empty hands
To have the soul and the body naked . . .

If I want to speak with God
I need to accept the pain
I need to eat the bread
That the Devil kneaded
I need to become a dog
I need to lick the floors
Of palaces, of sumptuous
Castles of my dream
I need to see myself as sad
I need to find myself fearful
And despite a bad measure
Cheer up my heart . . .

And if I want to speak with God
I need to risk myself
I need to rise to the heavens
Without strings to sustain me
I need to say farewell
Turn my back, walk
Decidedly, through the street
Which leads to nothing,
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing
Of what I thought I might find!

If I want to speak with God!

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