September has come and is almost gone, and it all seems to have happened in the blink of an eye! If we’re concerned that time is going way to fast, if we’re looking forward to happy events in the future, the good news is those events will be here before we know it! And, if we’re living a life we’re not enjoying, and the future looks like it’s going to hold more of the same, if we want to make positive changes in our thinking that will change what’s next, we can begin with this one affirmative thought: “Life is all good even when it appears to be otherwise, and my good will appear before I know it.”
We read in The Science of Mind, “God is Good and surely does not need that any man should suffer for Him or sacrifice himself to please Him. Man’s whole trouble is that he believes himself to be separated from the Source of Life.” The Source of all life is Good because God is the Source of all life. We are immersed in that Source right now. We are swimming in a sea of Pure Positive Energy that has no opposition to Goodness anywhere within It. The only opposition we’ will ever run into that could prevent us from living a life we enjoy living is us. It is our resistance to being happy as we are in the moments of our life, whether we like what’s going on in any moment or not. It is our insistence that something or someone must change first before we are happy that darkens our mind, saddens our heart, and keeps our good away.
If it seems we are experiencing the same negative events over and over again, repetitive experience can teach us that we need to change our thinking, try a more positive view of life that will give us different results. We’ve all heard the sayings: “Experience is the best teacher, Live and learn, When we win we win and when we lose we learn. But, experience teaches only the teachable. We must remain teachable if we are to learn something new from any experience. Otherwise, the future will continue to look just like the past.
Are You Teachable? Mooji tells us, “All these challenges that come to you are to get you to exercise and discern by using your natural power of consciousness.” If we don’t discern and learn, experience can’t teach us. We won’t see beyond the surface of things to the lesson of love just beneath it.
When we were kids we didn’t go to school to learn limiting things about the world, but sometimes we did. Some things were obsolete even before we learned them. We didn’t go to school to learn limiting things about our self, but sometimes we did. All of those things were untrue even before we learned them. Today we can easily see how much the world has changed in almost every way since we were in school learning about science, biology, medicine, and gender roles way back then. We’re not surprised the world has progressed and expanded in possibilities. And yet we may still insist that we have not.
Even though we’ve grown older, we may still be keeping the same old beliefs active in our mind like a old dog that doesn’t seem to be able to learn new tricks. All these years later are we still talking about what our parents and teachers did to us or didn’t do for us? All these years later are we still telling our self what we’re not able to accomplish and blaming others that we are not more than we are? How many limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs do we insist are so, how often do we argue for our limitations so that we won’t have to let them go?
Even though we may read books, and listen to teachers, who tell us that we are free to choose any good thought we want to and focus on it, and that it is our focus on a new thought that can change our life. How often do we refuse to focus on positive thoughts in the face of negative events that would change the outcome? We’re not meant to settle into a mindset, to stand still and make do with a negative view. We’re not “copers,” we’re creators!
Right above the stairway at The Life Enrichment Center is written “It’s all Good,” and no matter what may have happened in our life in the past or may be happening today in our life or the world, that still remains the Truth. It’s all Good because God is good and God is all there is—deep within us and right on the surface because even the surface could not exist without God. Our whole trouble is that we believe self to be separated from the Source of Life. Without the Pure Positive Energy of Life running through us, our physical form could not be. Without our Source we couldn’t think or feel, no matter what we’re thinking or feeling, even if we’re thinking we are separate from our Source and feeling alone. Even when we’re not feeling our Oneness with Goodness, the Allness of Goodness is still right there for us to feel, within us and around us.
Suffering in this world is possible, but its not mandatory because suffering isn’t mandated by the God of Love. We are all destined to live happily-ever-after eventually. But, the good news is, we can start living happily anytime we decide to. We don’t need to wait for “the hereafter.” We can trade in our complaining about life for an appreciation of life. We can create happy events to look forward to out of today’s happy thoughts and satisfied feelings. Appreciation for our existence as it is right now allows us to feel the happy now that will create a happy manifestation in the future, no matter what is happening now. But even if whole Universe backs our happiness and moves the heavens to bring about every good thing we ask for, if we’re not willing to receive our good, we won’t.
There is no reason on Earth for unhappiness except our refusal to feel happy. Happiness begins with us and flows out, so it’s not dependent on what is already out there. If we were to decide to trust that every step we’ve made since we came into this human experience has been the perfect one for us, we would be happy with our life rather than regretting what looks to us like past missteps of long ago or yesterday. Rumi wrote, “If God said, ‘Rumi, pay homage to everything that helped you into my arms,’ there would not be one experience in my life, not a thought, not a feeling, and not an act that I would not bow to.”
All we need to do is look at our life right now to see what we’ve concluded about life so far, at how the disposition of our thoughts, feelings and actions have manifested as our life—as the quality of our health, the nature of our relationships, the flow of our finances, and as everything else that appears to us as our life. So often we live, but rather than learn something new as we do, something helpful and more uplifting, something filled with greater possibilities for self-expression and positive life experience, we reinforce what we’ve already learned that hasn’t been so helpful, uplifting, or that has expanded to our view of our self in positive ways.
We can learn through experience that Life is Good and good to us, that we can do anything, create anything, overcome anything, remain happy as we do. But if we haven’t learned that yet, our mind may be filled with much we need to unlearn before we can experience the positive Power within us. Antisthenes wrote, “The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” To be teachable, we must be willing to unlearn that which is limiting, but seems true about our self and life, so that we can experience the Truth of a Self that has no limits.
Whether we been off-roading along our Earth path, and find our self in tangled bushes of confusion, or we’ve been tip-toeing through the tulips wondering what all the fuss it about, every step we’ve made has been in the right direction and we can pay homage to it all. Mooji said, “You are never going to become I Am. You are never going to become the Divine Self. You are going to just keep on UN-becoming what you are not.” If we’re not willing to release and of what we’re not, if we insist on the legitimacy of a self that is separated from the Source of Life, if we persist in telling the same old stories about our limitations to our self and others, we’ll never un-become in our mind what we’re not, and we won’t experience our Divine Power while we’re still living in this human experience. We won’t be able to accept who we already are because it will feel like too big a leap to take in our mind from the limited one we been insisting we are for so long, the one struggling to become spiritual, to the Powerful Being we already are, the One created to create a life that is fun and satisfying to live, a life that is beautiful, happy, healthy, and always growing and expanding no matter our age.
Until we accept that life is good and good to us, we human adults will continue teaching the children of this world—through our conflicts with each other, our judging, blaming and resenting one another that fills the media and perhaps our household as well—that which is untrue about themselves and life that they will have to unlearn on their own one day. Unless we can unlearn it first and become teachers of peace, compassion, tolerance, and love. Mooji said, “The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are NOT.”
No matter what the condition or situation may be, one of the most powerful questions we can ask our self is “What can I unlearn from this?” If past experience has seemed to confirm for us that life is meant to be a drama-filled struggle, and that happiness isn’t the Universal plan for the living, then it’s time for us to “beg to differ” with that conclusion so that what comes next for us, and the children of this world, will be different, and far happier, than anything that has come before.
In this relative world of duality and opposites, winning not only creates winners, it creates losers. We can’t have one without the other because winning is a competitive thing. We define it as beating someone else. Whether it’s in business, sports, or any other contest, the winner triumphs over the competition, charges ahead of the opposition, or out-thinks the challenger.
When we win in this world we feel good about our self, and we may even brag a little. When we lose we often feel bad about our self, and may complain a lot! Feeling like a winner creates confidence that Life is on our side. Feeling like a loser creates self-doubt, and often self-pity, because we’re convinced that Life is against us.
We read in the Book of Romans, “What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” How we respond to people, conditions, situations, and events in our life is our choice, and it is the choice we make that works for us or against us. We can choose to respond with trust that if God is for us we have all we need in every moment to get us through with flying colors. Or we can choose to respond with fear convinced that there is some power that is opposing our good and keeping what we need from us.
If we were to judge our self, and what we are capable of accomplishing in life, by the fluctuating situational facts of this world that can go either way in any moment, it might seem to us the problems in our life are beyond our ability to respond with confidence and positivity. The challenges that seem to keep coming our way may seem to have the power to stop us from succeeding and living a life in which we feel healthy, happy, peaceful, and free. In this world of contrast and opposites we’d all be winners if there were no losers. But, as A Course in Miracles reminds us “The world is insane, and what can be expected from insane premises but insane conclusions.”
It is important for us to remind our self every day, and often throughout the day, that we do not live at the whimsy of this world. We live by the Authority of God, and God is always for us because God is Love. There are not winners and losers in a Universe without opposition or separation. Because we are One with a Pure Positive Energy of Love that created us to win by supplying everything we need to succeed at being the Being we are, only God has boasting rights to our successful self-expression here…and hereafter.
The spiritual teacher, Osho, said, “Love is the first step toward the Divine, surrender is the last, and two steps is the whole journey.” We win, not by charging ahead of each other but by surrendering to the Love that embraces us all. We make our Earth Journey hard, long and tiresome, repeating the same steps over and over again, getting nowhere. Whereas, as a Divine Spark of Holy Light in human form, we are here not to keep tripping over our own feet, and not to compete with the world and each other, but through our self-expression to extend and expand the Love that created us, and share it each other. We came to live in Joy that adds Joy to the world, and to live in Peace that adds to Peace on Earth.
Deepak Chopra wrote, “Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything even when you cannot for-see the outcome.” We came into this human experience to learn through the unique way this diverse and contrasting environment can teach us, to trust the Universe by surrendering to the Love that created It and us in It. When we learn to trust that Life is for us, we gain greater awareness of our Divine Identity as the Thought of Universal Love in form.
Earth Life as a borderless classroom designed for the learning we came to learn. Everyday this living classroom gives us an opportunity to gain greater inner knowledge about who we already are and what our relationship to each other already is. Everyday, if we choose to take them, we can learn powerful lessons of Love. We feel it within when we’re ready to learn those lessons, and we feel it within us when we’re not. One is a feeling of excitement and possibilities, while the other is often a feeling of self-doubt and even dread.
It’s not like like the days in school when we often felt forced to learn things we weren’t interested in. We’re here in this Earth Class to learn lessons that we, alone, call to us along our Earth Journey. Every relationship, condition, situation, and event, no matter what it is, is there to help us to win greater freedom to express more and more of the Being within us that desires to express as us. Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” But sometimes it seems our lessons come to us whether we’re ready or not. Sometimes we don’t feel like learning from a particular challenge, we feel more like blaming the world and those in it for challenging us. When we do, it’s like being in school and blaming our teacher or the other students for our poor grades.
When we resist learning the very lesson we’re asking to learn through the vibration of our thinking, life becomes a struggle. And, as we struggle against life, we miss the higher lessons that the challenges in our life are there to teach us. When we look at things that go well in our life as a matter of good luck, and the things that don’t go well as a matter of bad luck, we cheat our self out of experiencing a greater awareness of the Divine Love that is always for us.
Osho said, “If you trust, everything that happens will help you grow. Life will provide you with everything. Whatever you need at a given moment, you will be given fair at that moment. This is the beauty of trusting. Little by little you’ll see how existence gives to you, that it takes care of you. You are not indifferent to existence. You are not ignored by her.” Everything that happens will help us grow, if we let it. When we trust life is for us and takes care of us, everything that happens teaches us exactly that. If we want to feel a sense of well-being, peace and ease in our mind, if we’ve been longing to feel Love and Joy in our heart, every life situation has a lesson of Love within it designed especially with us in mind.
The Persian Poet, Rumi, wrote: “There comes a time when nothing is meaningful except surrendering to love.” If we can remember that everyone in this human experience with us is here to live and learn just like us, we can learn what we desire to learn from everyone around us. And, then we can demonstrate what we’ve learned of Love by expressing the compassion, forgiveness, kindness, reverence, humility, peace, and happiness that flows naturally from the Love within us into the world around us.
The Dutch Priest, Henri Nouwen, wrote: “Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: “These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I may not feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity.” We’ve never been hurt by trusting Love. We’ve only been hurt by those who could not offer It to us. It takes trust to surrender pain when what we want to do is blame. But we hurt our self when we withhold Love. It takes trust to surrender to Love when we can’t for-see the outcome. But when we surrender to Love in any given moment we win because we learn the lesson of Love we came here to learn.
Did you ever have a day when it was so easy to see that everything is perfect in your world? Maybe it was day when you woke up, heard the birds singing, and spent a little extra time listening to and appreciating their happy morning songs. Maybe it was day a when you felt good in your body, and good about what was going on in the lives of your loved ones. Maybe it was a day in which you were so filled with a sense of well-being and ease that you found yourself humming, singing or dancing without even seeming to choose to. Hopefully we’ve all had plenty of those days. Life is supposed to feel good while we’re living it. “The joy is in the journey,” as they say.
On the other hand, did you ever have a day when it wasn’t so easy to see that everything is perfect in your world? Maybe it was a day that started out in a hurry. When you woke up, even though the birds were singing, you didn’t take time to truly listen because you had “pressing” things you needed to do. Maybe it was a day that included something physically uncomfortable, like a medical procedure, or some health condition that caused you not to feel so good in your body. Maybe something that seemed negative happened in the life of someone you love, so you didn’t feel calm in your emotions. And, as the day unfolded it was filled with such vivid contrast to the good that you wanted to feel that not only were you not spontaneously humming, singing or dancing, it was difficult to find your center of peace and well-being, and to remain there if you did find it. Ever had one of those days? Hopefully we’ve all had a only few of those days. Life is supposed to feel good while we’re living it, but some days it may not feel all that good.
But, that is when it’s truly important for us find a way, beyond the situations and conditions of the day, to feel good anyway, and to feel it as quickly as we can. Every moment we’re emitting a creative vibration, and a negative focus on what we don’t want makes matters worse. How can we uplift our self from within to a positive vibration when so much unwanted manifestation is going on? Abraham-Hicks tells us we can begin by thanking Source because “big contrast means big solutions.” We can choose to feel gratitude for our life, and grateful to God for the gift of spiritual independence from the world of events. As Jesus said so long ago, we can “Be in the world, but not of the world.” Albert Einstein said, “I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.” When we’re expecting “big solutions,” we’re ablt to swim in the silence of gratitude. We stop worrying about what has happened and what will happen next. We stop fighting against the situation by trying to humanly fix it, or trying to worry it into improvement. We mentally rest so that we can manifest the good we want to bring forth.
Eckhart Tolle wrote, “When you say ‘yes’ to the ‘is-ness’ of life, when you accept the moment as it is, you can feel a sense of spaciousness within you that is deeply peaceful.” The Peace that passes our understanding of why things happen, the Peace that transcends our need to figure it out or fix it our self, is always present right where we are. As we let go, and know that all is well, even when on the surface it doesn’t look that way, we feel a spaciousness within us that is deeply and unchangeably peaceful. It’s only from the vibration of that Holy Spiritual Center that we can call a good outcome to us. No matter what is happening as we participate in the world, we’re still free to allow a happy heart of gratitude and a mind of positivity to fill us with great expectations for good solutions. And great expectations of good will always bring about a good outcome for us, and support a good outcome for others.
We read in The Science of Mind, “To be able only to think and dream of freedom would not be liberty. To imagine, without the power to manifest that imagination, would be to remain in a sort of dream world which would never come to complete self-realization. This is not the world in which man lives at all, for man’s world is one of self-expression even though that expression appears at times to destroy him.” Freedom of will means we have the ability to think, say and do as we wish, to express life as we individually desire. And because this is so, we have the power to manifest our imagination. We are free to imagine the worst, and we’ll be right every time! We’re free to join in the doom and gloom conversations around us about our world, and to accept the worrisome predictions we hear as unavoidable facts for our future.
It’s not always easy to stay positive in a world that seems to fixate on, and almost celebrate, the negative. But since our thoughts affect what comes next for us, and the world we live in, it’s a good idea for us to use our free will to think in positive, uplifting way. Difficult or easy, it’s essential for us to find a way to center our self in peace, and trust that no matter how things appear to be, things are always working out for good for us and everyone around us. And when we know that’s true, things do!
No matter what is going on in any moment, even if on the surface it may seem like bad news, it isn’t an indication our freedom of choice has gone anywhere. We are still the One with the power to choose how we want to experience life. We are spiritual-vibrational beings of Love, living in a spiritual-vibrational Universe of Love that is organized and regulated by the Law of Attraction.
We are each an individualized expression of Love and one with all that exists. Our individualized self-expression makes us one-of-a kind. We could say that the “Kind” we are “one of ” is Love. We are each an individualization of the One Creation of Love, the Christ that is God’s only Creation.
In The Way of Transformation we read, “The only choice that matters is before you now, as it is always: Love or fear, resurrection or crucifixion, joy or suffering, unlimitedness or smallness. The choice is always yours.” This is true spiritual independence and freedom, and it is essential that we keep our spiritual gift in mind as we continue to move forward into this post pandemic manifest world and physically interact with each other, especially when things seem to keep changing in this physical realm every day. We can thank God that the spiritual realm remains beautifully unchanged and unchangeable. In The Science of Mind we read, “To suppose that a Divine Law could be broken would be to assume that man has the power to destroy Divine Harmony and wreck the universe with his actions.” With all the media focus on politics, conflict and hate, with all the climate changes, and with all the finger pointing at who’s right and who’s wrong on just about every subject, it certainly makes it appear we’ve wrecked the Universe with our actions, or at least our world in It!
Our world seems to be taking one step forward, and two steps back, in a tangled tango of fear. We are free to join that dance, or we can claim our freedom to dance to the rhythm of a different drum, one that resonates with the Holy Vibration of the Heart of Love. It doesn’t matter if we choose to interact with others with a mask or without one. It doesn’t matter is we choose to be with each other up close, at a social distance, or just by phone. What matters now, as it does always, is what’s motivating the choices we are making: Love or fear.
Mooji said, “Don’t waste time watching and reacting to the minds of others. Your own mind causes more trouble than the minds of everyone put together.” It doesn’t matter what others are thinking and doing, or why. It matters what we are thinking and doing, and why. It matters how we are individually choosing to see one another and be with one another. We took on these human forms so that we could experience each other physically, and be able to recognize each other in the Light that created us and Sources us still. Without the contrast of these physical forms that make us appear separate from each other, it would be difficult to make a distinction between us in the Oneness, and to express our self in diversity. But even with these bodies, we remain One in the One Holy Light of Christ that is God’s Only Creation.
We came here to dance, sing, make love, co-create, and celebrate life in this human experience, and create beautiful forms and experiences together. Mooji said, “We have all been uniquely and meticulously created in Divine Life, so that we can intimately hear and discern The Great Spirit of Love Abiding inside of our hearts.” There is so much we hear about how we should interact with each other, so much fighting against one another, and so much fear influencing decision-making that only serves to confuse us and to keep us from intimately hearing and discerning The Great Spirit of Love abiding inside of our heart and in the hearts of others. That’s why it is essential for us to center our self in the Love that created us, and let that Love guide us in our individual expression of Life in this world.
We are still the One with the power to choose how we want to experience life. One of a kind also means “according to the specifications of a particular individual; unique.” The question we may want ask our self as we interact with family, friends, coworkers, and strangers is this: “What are my specifications for my particular individualization of the One Love that is emanating from the Mind and Heart of God?” We may be out-picturing uniquely in our human images, but within us we are still spiritual beings of Light and Energy sharing One Universe together. There is no way of getting away from each other even if we never physically interact again! We’re all still One in the One.
Differences are nothing for us to fear. If we choose to live from a place of Love in our heart and mind, we can learn to honor each other as One of a Kind, the same Kind of Love we are. What we see is what we get. When we look at each other with eyes that see only Oneness with our Self, we find that no matter who we interact with, we experience that One as we are: a beautiful, harmless, unique One of Kind expression of Love.
We read in The Science of Mind, “Freedom of will means the ability to do, say and think as one wishes; to express life as one personally desires.” Because everyone who lives in this world is spiritual within, that freedom belongs to everyone—no matter where, no matter who, no matter what. We believe this so much strongly that when it appears that some individuals are not free, we are willing to fight for their freedom. Yet, when some individuals express their freedom in ways that disagree with the way we think, and they behave in ways we don’t approve of, we may wish freedom didn’t belong to everyone!
But whether we agree or disagree, we can’t be free, individually, and experience our own independence and freedom unless we let go of our need to control anyone, but our self. A closed mind keeps judgments alive with the conviction that there no other way to see life but the way we see it, and no other way for anyone else to be in life but the way we believe they should be. When we try to control others, it is we, our self, that live in mental and emotional bondage. We’re imprisoned along with whatever judgments we hold in our mind because those judgments can’t get out unless we free them from the inside.
Ernest Holmes, the founder of The Science of Mind, was known as “the question mark” because as he the was formulating his spiritual philosophy, he sat down with scientists, philosophers, and individuals with varying religious views and a variety spiritual practices. And, as he asked question after question, he did so with an openness of mind that allowed him to see what he called “a thread of Truth” running through all things. Being “open at the top” in our mind is essential if we want to experience the independence and freedom that open-mindedness brings.
We all have our preferences for people, activities, food, music, art, and just about every other thing that can be seen, heard, tasted, touched, and smelled in this world. But freedom comes as we realize our preferences are just preferences, not Divine Declarations that anyone else must agree with or follow. As we come to understand that we have no Divine Authority to control anything but our self, we begin to let go of our need for anyone to do what we believe they’re supposed to be doing. And, as we allow others to express life as they individually choose to, we begin to feel more free to be our self without worry or concern that we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing. Open-mindedness allows us to live in harmony with the world around us. It allows us to appreciate the beauty of our diversity, and to embrace the views of others that differ from our own without anger or a need to change anyone’s mind. When our mind is open there is space for us to decide what we’ll focus on, and what we’ll allow to move through our mind and be gone from our attention.
Australian bush poet, Harry Morant wrote, “Live every day as if it were going to be your last, for one day you’re sure to be right.” If today were the last day of your life on Earth, how much time would you spend worrying about what other people are doing, or even watching the news? How much concern would occupy your mind about what others think of you? Would you not, instead, focus on happy thoughts, and allow yourself to feel as much happiness as you could feel today? Would you not allow your love for others to fill your heart and let go of anything that got in the way of that love? Would you not savor the appreciation you feel in being alive today?
Life is happening every moment whether we are mentally present as it’s happening or not. We can’t live life in retrospect. Even if we’re focused on the past, we are focusing on it in the present moment. If we’re thinking about something else, mentally off somewhere in the past or future, we don’t notice what’s going on within us, and around us, right where we are. And, then we miss out on the beautiful gift we’ve been given by Life, Itself, to experience our life every moment in any way we choose. We have to be present in the moments of our life to experience the moments of our life. Otherwise those moments will be gone before we know it and without our having known them. Thich Nhat Hahn wrote, “To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment and to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.”
We are the creator of our own experiences because we are the decider of our thoughts and attitudes about everything there is to have a thought or attitude about. We can call upon our spiritual independence and freedom to find joy in any moment if we choose to. And, when we don’t choose to, we forfeit all that spiritual power available to us in present moment and let how we experience life happen to us as if by chance or circumstance rather than by choice. Then we blame others for the way we feel.
In The Science of Mind we read, “As the Universe is run by an Infinite Mind, so man’s life is controlled by his thinking. Ignorance of this keeps him in bondage. Knowledge will free him.” It is essential for us to find a way to allow joy, love, and peace of mind into the moments of our life as those moments are happening. If we wait for something or someone to change first, that change may not happen in our life time. If we’ve been sitting on our asset of freewill, waiting for life to show us something to feel good about, or at least to feel less bad and sad about, it’s time for us to get up off our choices and use them to make joy happen for us by choosing it within us.
Scottish artist, writer and comedian, Sir William Connolly, said “Life is supposed to be fun. It’s not a job or occupation. We’re here only once and we should have a bit of a laugh.” If our mantra has been “Are we having fun yet?” and we don’t know the answer, there is no one in the world that can answer that question for us. Time is going to fly by whether we’re having fun or not. The choice to have fun is ours. There is nothing happening anywhere else for us except right where we are and what we’re aware of in the moment we’re there. The moments of our life are our life. There is no other life for us but our experience of it now.
Just because a situation in our life, right now, appears to have gone wrong, or seems to be going in a direction we’d rather it didn’t, doesn’t mean we’ve done anything wrong or we’ve lost our power to turn things around. No matter what may be going on in our life or the world, we’re free to choose happiness. And, when we do, happiness chooses us too! It’s drawn to us like a magnet. We experience happy improvements in our life—improvements in our health, in our relationships, and in all we do that reminds us we’re alive.
There may be certain things in our life we prefer to experience, and some we’d rather not go through, like medical tests and procedures, a conversation someone else initiates, a long drive in traffic. But, if we realize there is a thread of Truth running through all we do that connects us with all life as it’s happening, and that it’s not what’s happening but how we’re choosing to experience it that matters most, those “un-preferred” moments will have a more positive outcome.
Freewill means we are absolutely free to live in misery and no one can stop us. We can sit in a sunbeam and feel gloomy if we choose to. But, if we’d prefer to smile as we feel the sunshine on our face, if we’d rather live our life in as much happiness and peace mind as we can (and who wouldn’t if we truly knew we had a choice), we need to decide to focus on happy, healthy thoughts, to find a way to control our thinking rather than letting our thinking control us. We have the power and freedom to change negative thinking that brings misery into positive thinking that brings joy, no matter what’s going on. No one holds our thoughts in place but us. However, using that freedom will seem impossible to us if we look to a world that seems outside us, rather than to the power inside us, for the changes we want to experience in our life.
Zen Master, Shunryu Susuki, wrote: “Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.” Life is supposed to feel good while we’re living it. That’s why when we are sick or sad we say, “I’m not feeling good.” It’s actually an affirmation that Good is there to feel, but we’re just not feeling It. We may not feel Good sometimes, but we need to find a way to feel Good most time if we want to create life we enjoy living. Wouldn’t we rather live our life as if it’s meant to be enjoyed rather than filled with drama and struggle, and then perhaps find out later, after we’ve enjoyed life here on Earth and left it, that we were wrong; than to live life in this world as if it’s meant to be filled with drama and struggle rather than joy, and find out after we leave this world that we were wrong, that we could have enjoyed every moment of it!? Let’s not take any chances! Joy just may be the Key to Heaven!
We live in a Universe created by God’s Love, and God’s Love is Unconditional. We’re never punished by God here, and we won’t be punished in the hereafter. The Science of Mind tells us, “There is no sin but a mistake and no punishment but an inevitable consequence.” We punish our self by not loving our self and those around us. But even then, when we say in our mind, or through our words and actions, “I’m not feeling the Love,” it is still an affirmation that Love is there to feel, but we’re just not choosing to feel It. In The Way of Knowing we read, “For you cannot know Love until you have set all beings free. You cannot know your Creator until you love as your Creator loves. And, there is no one who is reading these words that does not long to know Love completely, to come home. To come home means to know Love.”
Isn’t it time for us to come home? Isn’t it time for us to open our mind and set every one free from our judgements, including our self? Being open at the top allows every condition, limitation and restriction to our loving to move through our mind and be gone from our attention. When we set all beings free, we become aware of the harmlessness of the Love that lives in us and in all that live in the world with us. An open mind allows more and more love to pour in until who we are overflows with Love. Ram Dass said that “we’re all just walking each other home.” Home to Love here and now. Home to Love hereafter and forever.
Independence and freedom are natural to us as spiritual beings, even while we’re living in this human experience where we have a physical body, relationships with other physical beings, and human needs that seem, on the surface, to have the power to make us dependent on a world outside of us to take care of us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The Truth is the Universe will always take care of you. Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.”
When we depend on the outer world it is because we don’t feel our oneness with the Love of the Universe. We don’t trust that the Universe even knows we’re here, much less that It loves us and is providing all our needs (even when it looks like the world is providing it). We hold onto things. We hoard. We worry about where our good will come from, or if it will come at all. We’re unaware of our freedom to focus our mind on what we want, and open our heart to that Universal Love that will provide it, and that through our focus and openness to receiving, we’ll call to us all that we need to live a life of joy, peace, love, and abundant good. That why Jesus said long ago, for us to be in the world but not of the world.
Our independence from the world is essential if we want to experience the full spiritual package we’ve been given to fully express as our self in healthy and happy ways in the world. Independence and freedom are always present right where we are as our power to choose how we want to see the world, how we want to be in the world, and how we want to respond to the world we see. Our power to choose is so free that our choices don’t depend on any of our previous choices. Every day, and every moment throughout the day, we are free to make new choices.
The Universe is ever-expanding, and we are part of that expansion because we are part of the Universe. But so often what we think we know about our self, others and life keeps our mind from expanding in positive ways into the open space of more to know. Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Imagination is the language of the soul. Pay attention to your imagination and you will discover all you need to be fulfilled.” The only thing we truly know for sure is that we exist. It’s the one thing no one had to tell us in order for us to know it. It’s all we need to know without a doubt because any self-concept that comes after the words “I am” is changeable.
Science tells us that every fact in this world is questionable, indefinite and changeable. So when it comes to the story we’re telling about our self in this world, facts are no different than fiction if what we’re telling doesn’t feel good to tell or limits our freedom to tell a new story about our self, others, and life. Life is Good and it will feel good to us if we let It. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience. But instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens. It will feel like magic as your life begins to transform right before your eyes. But it is not by magic. It is by the power of the Laws of the Universe and your deliberate alignment with those laws.”
We live in the Universal Imagination of the Mind of God where everything is possible to us because anything we can imagine being, doing, having, and experiencing is ours for the asking. But often we don’t look for greater possibilities for us because we can’t imagine there is anything beyond what we’ve seen before and what we already know. We read in A Course in Miracles, “It is as needful that you recognize you made the world you see, as that you recognize that you did not create yourself. Nothing created not by your Creator has any influence over you.” There is so much we think we know about self and the world, so much we’ve made up, that need not continue to be so in our mind or in our life. We continue to see what we believe is true because we believe in it before it appears to us.
Since our life is always expanding, that expansion goes in the direction we send it with our thinking. We experience more and more of what we believe is true, and when we clutter our mind with limiting concepts about our self and life, that more and more actually appears as less and less. For example, the more we think “I am getting older” or “I am old,” the more we think “I am getting sick” or “I am sick,” the more we think “I am not able, capable or even interested in life,” the more we feel it to be true. And, the more we feel it’s true, the more it increases in our life. In same way, “I am not enough” or I don’t have enough” appears as less and less in our life because we are “expanding” our experience of lack and limitation. We read in the Book of Matthew, “Whoever has will be given more and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have even what they have will be taken from them.” In other words, “The rich get rich and the poor get poorer.”
A belief is a thought we continue think over and over again until it takes a position in our mind as factual and unchangeable. We don’t need to hold onto our beliefs because they stick with us until we choose to change our thinking. We can change any appearance of decrease in our life, declining health or shrinking abundance, by imagining something greater for our self. If we want to feel healthier, happier and more abundant, we need to open our mind to possibilities beyond the facts we see. When we empty our mind of the clutter of limiting concepts, happier, healthier, and life-enriching thoughts have space to flow into our awareness. The more we focus on those happy, healthy, life-enriching thoughts, and speak of our self in healthy, happy and life-enriching ways, over and over again, the more we feel it’s true. And the more true it feels, the more those things will increase in our life.
What if there is no reason for us to hold onto unpleasant memories, and we’re free to keep only happy memories alive in our mind? What if we stopped comparing yesterday’s happiness to our life today, and simply decided that today is going to be the happiest day of our life so far? We are free to change the story we’ve been telling about our self any time we choose to imagine something new about our self to tell. We all wanted to be seen in this world or else we wouldn’t have shown up in these visible physical forms! A good question to ask our self each day may be: “What story of life do I want to appear in today—a sequel to yesterday’s version of me or a brand new creative narrative of myself?” We write the story of our life as if it’s a documentary and the facts of our past human experiences have power over who we can be now or what comes next for us in this life. But facts are of the world, and we are of God even while we’re in this world, and with God all things are possible.
Shunryu Suzuki wrote in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything and it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” Do we want to be an expert of what’s already been thought of in this world, or do we want to open our mind to everything so that our life experiences aren’t limited by the already known. In this way we are able to bring something new into the world through our life.
A child’s mind is a beginner’s mind. It’s free of the clutter of facts, concepts and opinions, and open to the realm of imagination and magic. A young child can look at an empty cardboard box, and where we might see trash or an object for recycle, a child sees all its possibilities—a vehicle to ride in, a cave to hide in, a disguise to wear. Children expect the day to be filled with new things to learn about themselves and life. Their mind isn’t filled with “I already know that.” Is it any wonder that Jesus said, “Unless you turn and become as little children, you can not enter kingdom of heaven.” We’re taught in this world that the more we know, the more successful we’ll be in life. We send our children, with beautiful uncluttered minds, to school so that their minds can be filled with facts to parrot back to teachers, and then their worth graded by how many facts their mind can hold.
Because we’ve all learned that what you know is important, and even powerful, we admire the human intellect. But what if all that knowledge gets in the way of true knowing? What if it shrinks our ability to know more because our mental disc is full and no space is available for more? What if our old concepts keep us from seeing life in a magical, anything is possible, childlike way? Shunryu Suzuki wrote: “We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge.” The statement, “I don’t know,” is powerful because it frees our mind of limited knowledge- and allows it to be ready for anything and open to everything.
When we think we know someone based on our past experience of them or because of what someone’s said about them, our mind holds concepts that get in the way of our seeing the spiritual Truth about them, seeing them the way Love sees them: innocent and free of limiting concepts. If we’re having a problem getting along with someone, the quickest way to clear it up is for us to say within our self, “I don’t know who this person is.” In this way we open our awareness to more of who they truly are.
The poet, Rumi, wrote “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” We can begin each day as a know-it-all or with a beginner’s mind, trusting that we will always know what we need to know in the very moment we need to know it. We make the world we see appear as it does to us through the concepts we hold. But not one of those concepts is unchangeable. The thought, “I don’t know,” raises our vibration to a field of clarity where all we need to know is there. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “When you get free from views and words, reality reveals itself to you, and that is Nirvana.” And, that is the Kingdom of Heaven.