Queremos compartirles una de las lecciones de un curso que nos ha resonado mucho desde la primera vez que lo estudiamos (Un Curso de Milagros).
Si bien es simple lo que invita a hacer esta lección, no siempre es fácil. No engancharse en discusiones sobre temas que nos mueven o nos importan mucho dentro de nuestra vida diaria es tarea de campeones. Pero no por eso debemos tirar la toalla. Definitivamente vale la pena tenerlo en mente, porque la opción siempre la tenemos, y la recompensa es el mejor regalo.
Primero les compartimos la lección, y después el comentario de un maestro de UCDM (Philip Urso) que nos encanta porque tiene una claridad impresionante del curso y una manera muy agradable de explicarlo.
A Course in Miracles
I rule my mind, which I alone must rule.
I have a kingdom I must rule. At times, it does not seem I am its king at all. It seems to triumph over me, and tell me what to think, and what to do and feel. And yet it has been given me to serve whatever purpose I perceive in it. My mind can only serve. Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit. I thus direct my mind, which I alone can rule. And thus I set it free to do the Will of God.
Father, my mind is open to Your Thoughts, and closed today to every thought but Yours. I rule my mind, and offer it to You. Accept my gift, for it is Yours to me.
Comment by Philip J Urso
This excerpt from something I’ve been working on is relevant to today’s lesson:
A space between stimulus and response in Auschwitz.
Author Viktor Frankl, a concentration camp survivor, wrote about unconditional love ‘Man’s Search for Meaning.’ Nazi guards took everything they could from him: His family (only a sister survived). His home. His possessions. And nearly, his life.
But after months as a slave laborer at Auschwitz, Frankl discovered that he possessed a meaningful freedom there. One that could never be taken from him. One that was always with him. One that was within him. Permanently.
A SPACE BETWEEN STIMULUS AND RESPONSE.
He was free to choose his response to what was done to him.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Author unknown
THE ONLY FREEDOM WE POSSESS
Most of us have no idea where the space between stimulus and response is, or how to find it, least of all how to live in it. But it is accessible.
In the space between stimulus and response, Frankl chose love. He learned to stop the automatic responses of anger, fear and helplessness he felt and saw in those around him.
One of his greatest insights is that no one can take this freedom. I believe it is the only real freedom we possess. And the only one we need.
Today’s lesson states that you have a kingdom you must rule, your mind. When does it “triumph over you”?
Of course, Jesus ruled his mind. Given his extreme demonstration of forgiveness on the cross, and Frankel’s insight, is there any circumstance where it is not possible to choose love?
The world will do many things we can not control. Each of us will face difficulties and, as we age, our own death. But we do have absolute control over one thing- and most of us are aimlessly unaware of it.
We have the stimulus of the world, our body, and our thoughts. And we have our response to these things. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE SPACE BETWEEN STIMULUS AND RESPONSE, YOU ARE LIVING IN A DEEP MATRIX-LIKE DREAM. YOUR RESPONSES ARE ROBOTIC. AN ALIEN WILL HAS HIJACKED YOUR LIFE.
As we will see, there is a force within us, an alien will that doesn’t want us to discover this freedom and power. It is doing just fine running our lives as long as we remain unaware of it.