“HEARING THE DIRGE” will be the topic for A Course in Miracles class Thursday March 26, 2015.
A dirge is a grim, desolate song of grief and mourning. It’s amazing, when you start to listen, how many dirges can be heard in popular music. Here’s one example, some lines from a current hit song:
“We all want what we ain’t got,
Our favorite doors are always locked.
On a higher hill with a taller top,
We all want what we ain’t got.
We all wish it didn’t hurt,
When you try your best and it doesn’t work.
And goodbye’s such a painful word,
We all wish it didn’t hurt.”
P-2.VI.1. “God may not enter here” the sick repeat, over and over, while they mourn their loss and yet rejoice in it. 5 Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge he sings, and questions its validity. 6 Until he hears it, he cannot understand that it is he who sings it to himself. 7 To hear it is the first step in recovery. 8 To question it must then become his choice.
A friend told me today about his 78-year-old mother’s “dirge” of constantly bemoaning the passing of the 1950’s, when everything was wonderful and good. Perhaps you are aware of some sad song that you like to sing about the golden past? We will explore.