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This month we’re considering our self as the storyteller of our life—life as we see it; life as we experience it. The thoughts we focus on in our mind write our story, and our life experiences, as they unfold visibly, are like a movie we’re making from the story in our mind.

How could we tell any other story about life other than the one we perceive from our own point of view and believe to be true? There isn’t anyone else, anywhere else, who can decide how we’ll perceive anything in this life. What we see, individually, is our thoughts manifesting physically as people, events and conditions in our life.

Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes It So!” It’s not what we look at, it’s what we think we see as we look. It’s our Earth story, good or bad. We could say it is both an autobiography and fiction because nothing that happens in this three-dimensional human experience changes the Truth of who we are spiritually. If we weren’t already a Spiritual Being made manifest, we wouldn’t be here to tell a story.

We alone decide how our story goes, with the power of the whole Universe backing us up and the Law of Attraction bringing us characters, events and conditions that match the storyline we’re telling. Our story of the world we see, and how we see our self in the world, is ours to maintain, sustain or change. It’s up to us. No one can tell our story for us because we’re the only living it from the Inside out.

It doesn’t matter how anyone else sees our life or lives their life. What we (and they) are experiencing is individual. Someone’s life may look to us like a Hallmark movie, but if that’s not how they’re perceiving it, it’s not how they’re experiencing it. Our life, on the other hand, may look like it belongs on the Sci-Fi channel, but we may be having the time of our life!

It’s our story and we can cry if we want to, laugh when we want to, be positive if we choose to, and feel good because that’s what we want to do. But when we realize that our thoughts influence how our story goes, we get a bit more particular and intentional with our thinking. We start to want to catch a thought that doesn’t feel good as soon as we can so we’re not a bad influence on our self!

In The Science of Mind we read, “Man’s personality is not a thing to be lightly spoken of or denounced as ineffective. Within and behind it are boundless possibilities.” Our practiced choices, i.e., the choices we make on a daily basis to feel good or not-so-good, and to be filled with positivity or oozing with negativity, become our personality—a human self that appears either to be relying on some invisible Source within and behind us, or a human self that appears to be separate and fearfully acting alone, vulnerable to a world outside of us. Both personalities have boundless possibilities for a storyline and everyone of us is telling ours.

It’s not always easy to stay positive in a manifested world where we can experience it all with our physical senses. But the contrast and duality we see is just what we need to tell our stories. Otherwise there would be no story to tell. Otherwise there would be no awareness of our individual freedom. Otherwise there would be no awakening within us to the power behind our choices, and no discovery that we can decide for our self how we want to experience the happenings that come with living in a human environment.

Those of us who know Grateful Jim know that he’s an extraordinarily positive individual. How could he not be when his life mantra is “There’s God and nothing else.” I asked him if I could share with you the second part of that mantra that he added just before he recently went in for knee surgery. He said to me, “There’s God and nothing else, and stuff happens.” And I thought that pretty much describes this human environment we live in…stuff happens.

It’s how we choose to deal with the stuff that happens that makes all the difference in the outcome physically, and in our spiritual growth as well. Our being happy and positive doesn’t prevent unwanted stuff from happening. It isn’t a defense mechanism! It’s true that we call the good times to us by being in the vibrational neighborhood where good times roll, but that doesn’t mean that what is unwanted and unexpected won’t roll into our experience from time to time.

It’s our practiced positive choices every day that create the vibrational environment behind the scenes that affects our Earth story when stuff happens. We read in The Science of Mind, “Everything in the so-called material universe is an effect and exists only by virtue of some mental image behind it.” We don’t always know all the things we believe until stuff comes along and gives us an opportunity to take a look, and then to choose how we’ll deal with the effect of some mental image once it has appeared physically.

Whether it’s stuff that seems big or small or somewhere in-between, it’s the same Truth that gets us through it all. For example, last Sunday night’s temperatures were forecast to be in the minuses, especially with the windchill (not unlike the forecast for the week to follow). When I got out of bed Monday morning I noticed that the carpet was cold, and I couldn’t seem to feel warm even after putting on my robe and slippers. That’s when I checked the thermostat and saw that it was 54 degrees in the house, and my furnace wasn’t trying to make it warmer because it wasn’t on.

Now when something unexpected and unwanted occurs, no matter how happy we may naturally be, we’re not going to say “whoopee!” And, I didn’t. But I did ask myself is my reaction was something I wanted to perpetuate. And, it wasn’t. The week wasn’t going to get any warmer and my furnace needed to be fixed. I knew I could deal with the situation in a positive mood (or not).

Ken Wilber wrote, “There is nothing but God, nothing but the Spirit in every direction, and not a grain of sand nor a grain of dust is more or less Spirit than any other.” I figured that included my dusty furnace, and an awareness of Spirit within everything, including my furnace, was the response I wanted to perpetuate.

If we want commiseration for whatever fearful position we’ve taken, we don’t need to be choosy about who we call to share our situation with. Anyone can point out the obvious: “You’ll never find a furnace repairman today. They’ll be extra busy with this cold weather probably all week!” In fact, I called two furnace companies that confirmed that very thing as the thermostat dropped to 48 degrees.

On the other hand, if we want spiritual collaboration to support our positive position, then it’s good to be choosy about who we call to share our situation with, like a friend who hangs out in high vibrational places that will join us in knowing that all things work out for good when we expect them to. So that’s what I did, and the first thing my friend said was, “We’ll find someone,” and together we did. Buzzing through plenty of “no we can’t make it” calls, we stayed positive knowing that the Universe always says “yes.”

Then my friend found Alex of Adams Mechanical who was on road, and ignoring the numerous phone calls he was getting because everyone who left a message was angry. He told me later that he wasn’t sure why he’d answered his cell phone, but after talking to my good-vibing friend, he said he could be at my house by 2pm that day! My friend told me before he arrived, “He sounded very nice on the phone, good vibes.” And I knew that must be true. But as a Universal confirmation, when Alex arrived 15 minutes early and pulled into my driveway, even though the day had been dark and dreary, the sun suddenly came out and just for a moment shined directly on his truck!

It was a hallelujah moment! Alex was my angel and I told him so. After checking my furnace, he said I needed a new motor (the smaller and less expensive one), and he was sure he could find one. And he did! The Universal icing on the cake was that the cost turned out to be several hundred dollars less than the original estimate.

“There’s God and nothing else and stuff happens.” And when it does—whether something happens to affect our health, our home, our finances, or our relationships—we can choose to look for the good in every situation because it’s always there behind the scenes. In the Book of Hebrews we read, “For by faith we understand that the worlds were fashioned by the word of God, and that these things that are seen now came into being out of those things which are unseen.”

The stuff that happens in this world gives us the opportunity to check in and ask our self: “Do I believe that God is all there is even in the midst of stuff like this (whatever that ‘this’ is)? Do I believe that the Love that creates worlds upon worlds created me, and is all there is, all the time, everywhere, and therefore within every condition and situation of this human experience?”

If we find that we do believe that’’s So, then we will feel loved, cared for and guided no matter what may appear in our life. Our Divinity doesn’t come and go according to the situations and conditions in our life because there’s nothing but God in every direction in our life.

Accepting what comes, with the awareness that what happens in our human experience doesn’t define us spiritually or interfere with our connection to the Divine within, empowers us not only to get through any situation or condition, but to grow in awareness and inner peace because of it. Acceptance of what’s happening, without resistance, or fighting against it, or questioning why it happening to us, opens us to the flow of Love. And, when we are open to that Divine Flow, we have no doubt that It’s all good right where we are. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Everything is unfolding perfectly, and as you relax and find ease in your attitude of trust knowing that well-being is your birth-right, amazing things will happen. Things the likes of which you have not seen before.”