Sunday, September 12, 2010
Means vs. Ends
While reading "A Course in Miracles" (ACIM) yesterday, I realized that an important first step that is often ignores is being convinced that the goal you are trying to achieve is important and worth achieving. Very often we want to skip this step and go directly to doing something without a firm belief in the goal and a commitment to it. It leads to us being unstable is our efforts, when even small failure can discourage us form moving forward.
“...unless you regard an end as worth achieving, you will not devote yourself to the means by which it CAN be achieved.” ~ACIM
How can the material in ACIM be incorporated in our everyday life? Another very important suggestion is when you use the questions about “WHAT do you treasure, and HOW MUCH do you treasure it?” as a criteria for your behavior, the means will be automatically clear.So, it is important to know what is important for you and how far you would go to defend your values.
Another quote I lied is about finding comfort in trust.
“The Children of God are entitled to perfect comfort, which comes from the sense of perfect trust. Until they achieve this, they waste themselves and their true creative powers on useless attempts to make themselves more comfortable by inappropriate means." ~ACIM So far I am not clear about which means are appropriate? I suppose the answer is in learning to love yourself and others perfectly.