I will not value what is valueless

This post was written by DoctorJay on March 15, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

Today’s thought is one I can get into. The last few days I got the impression that A Course in Miracles workbook was going towards denial of matter and this universe. I do not go for Platonic idealism and denial of the world as real.

I think values of love, compassion, kindness and similar values are what matter.

Coincidentally, I was reading a book by Yogananda and he was mentioning Astral planes and other worlds. Somehow the way he put it makes so much more sense than the way I see the words in ACIM workbook which says for today:

Sometimes in teaching there is benefit, particularly after you have gone through what seems theoretical and far from what the student has already learned, to bring him back to practical concerns. This we will do today. We will not speak of lofty, world-encompassing ideas, but dwell instead on benefits to you.

You do not ask too much of life, but far too little. When you let your mind be drawn to bodily concerns, to things you buy, to eminence as valued by the world, you ask for sorrow, not for happiness. This course does not attempt to take from you the little that you have. It does not try to substitute utopian ideas for satisfactions which the world contains. There are no satisfactions in the world.

Today we list the real criteria by which to test all things you think you want…

First, if you choose a thing that will not last forever, what you chose is valueless. A temporary value is without all value. Time can never take away a value that is real. What fades and dies was never there, and makes no offering to him who chooses it. He is deceived by nothing in a form he thinks he likes.

Next, if you choose to take a thing away from someone else, you will have nothing left. This is because, when you deny his right to everything, you have denied your own. You therefore will not recognize the things you really have, denying they are there. Who seeks to take away has been deceived by the illusion loss can offer gain. Yet loss must offer loss, and nothing more.

Your next consideration is the one on which the others rest. Why is the choice you make of value to you? What attracts your mind to it? What purpose does it serve? Here it is easiest of all to be deceived. For what the ego wants it fails to recognize. It does not even tell the truth as it perceives it, for it needs to keep the halo which it uses to protect its goals from tarnish and from rust, that you may see how “innocent” it is.

All things are valuable or valueless, worthy or not of being sought at all, entirely desirable or not worth the slightest effort to obtain. Choosing is easy just because of this. Complexity is nothing but a screen of smoke, which hides the very simple fact that no decision can be difficult. What is the gain to you in learning this? It is far more than merely letting you make choices easily and without pain.

Heaven itself is reached with 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. Our two extended practice periods of fifteen minutes each begin with this:

I will not value what is valueless,
and only what has value do I seek,
for only that do I desire to find.

And then receive what waits for everyone who reaches, unencumbered, to the gate of Heaven, which swings open as he comes. Should you begin to let yourself collect some needless burdens, or believe you see some difficult decisions facing you, be quick to answer with this simple thought:

I will not value what is valueless,
for what is valuable belongs to me.

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The long practice periods:

  • Once more on the first long practice period I went so deep that I have no memory what happened.
    Moreover, I forgot to have an intention of taking exactly fifteen minutes, so the session lasted about thirty minutes.
  • There is a challenge altogether with these exercises – if I do my best to remember so I can write about my experiences, I do not go as deep as I would otherwise and my experiences are different from the times I do not try to remember so things (perhaps most wonderful things) happen but I’m not aware of what happened afterward.
    I don’t know what to do about this bind. As we are going deeper into the ACIM workbook and I have practiced more days, I go deeper and am sure I may change for the better (or not), but writing this blog potentially messes up with the effects of doing the ACIM workbook.
  • This time I did not go so deep and I came up with the thought that love, peace, joy, compassion are the only things that are of true value.
    The way to get to these values is through the acceptance of the unity of the multiverse and most importantly the fact that you are I and I am you and we are all together (John Lennon).

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