2018-07-25-About the Labor of Tough Love
Topic: The Consolation Prizes of Defeat
Group: 11:11 Progress Group
Teacher: Thought Adjuster
“…the apparent cruelty of a perverse fate that heaps tribulation upon some suffering mortal may in reality be the tempering fire that is transmuting the soft iron of immature personality into the tempered steel of real character.” (118:10.9).
Thought Adjuster: “It is said that truth hurts. Where does such a hurt come from? As one of its side effects, truth may initially bruise the prideful side of the small ego. It is not easy to be told about one’s shortcomings and weaknesses, as many of you are already acutely aware of the areas of your being that are lacking and tend to overlook them in a self-protection mode.
“Indeed, it serves you well to take seasonal stock of the pros and cons of your evolving immature persona. It is important to objectively look at both sides of the balance sheet — the credit and the debit columns, as it is the only productive way to devise a doable strategy to tackle the ‘red areas’.
“The underlying intention should ALWAYS be remedial — rather than instilling in you a sense of hopelessness for a task that seems way out of the league of your current abilities. Shame and guilt should not be allowed to squat in your mind for extended periods, even though they can be the harsh catalysts for positive initiatives that will instantly evict them to make room for more upbeat emotions with which they are incompatible.
“The Father understands you better than you understand yourself. He has in mind the glorious picture of our fully balanced personality. He knows where He is taking you. He knows that ‘what does not kill you makes you stronger.’
“Dear ones, it is unavoidable that there will be growing pains. They are not pleasant and cause you to shed tears. Yet, what a wonderful sense of pride will come over you once you can measure your character growth by carving a higher notch on the rim of your door! Indeed, by acting upon the truth as it is revealed to you, you are refining your being and, by Divine Alchemy; the Father strips you from unrighteous pride to bless you with its righteous counterpart, thus prompting you to keep collaborating in this labor of tough love.”