“I can be free of suffering today”

by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

“I can be free of suffering today”

For most of us, this is a joyous statement and one we want to embrace and experience. It would seem unthinkable that anyone would not want release from suffering. And yet, all we need to do is look around this world, see all the suffering and pain, and wonder if this thought is realistic or even desired.

Is it realistic?

This workbook teaches that the purpose of our being born into this world is to reach this understanding: “I can be free of suffering today.” A Course in Miracles tells us that this has nothing to do with the form that we see; it has to do with our experience of release from our own imprisoning minds.

As the lesson says, “His [the Son of God’s] suffering is done. For he will hear Your Voice directing him to find Christ’s vision through forgiveness, and be free forever from all suffering.” This lesson stresses the need for us to step back from our judgments of situations (which only keep us in pain) and allow Christ’s vision to show us our unity in love and service.

Mother Teresa once told a story about a poor village in India where a starving mother and her four children lived in a hut and had not eaten for many days. A passerby was able to give this family enough food for that day. Instead of keeping the food for themselves, the mother divided the food and gave half to another mother, who also had four children so that both families could eat.

The world would judge the first mother’s suffering to be great, but to her, there was great joy and release from suffering when she was able to share with her friend. For at that moment, they were released from suffering together.

What are you suffering over? Today you can be released from a mind that suffers and experience joy. Let us ask for “Christ’s vision through forgiveness” to enter our minds and release us “from all suffering.” The world does not have to change for us to be released, but our minds need to be lifted, so the world “is released along with us today.”

Above quotations from A Course in Miracles lesson 340.

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