Whatever the season, whatever the weather, wonderful things can be found anytime we’re looking for them. And, we are free to look for them anytime we choose. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Look for good things about where you are and in your state of appreciation you lift all self-imposed limitations, and all limitations are self-imposed, and you free yourself for the receiving of wonderful things.” If we want to know what wonderful things we’ve allowed into our life experiences so far, and what we’ve limited through our self-imposed resistance, all we need to do is ask our self one question, “Am I happy with my life right now?” Author Ruth Ahmed wrote, “There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees, as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.” Every day is a chance for us to choose to peel, refresh, and start making our life one that we’re happy to have lived.
One of the beautiful lessons the seasonal changes of Nature can teach us is to enjoy Life as it comes with each sunrise and extends throughout each day because whatever comes in Life has come to pass, whether we enjoy it or not. American Tibetan Buddhist Nun, Pema Chodron, wrote: “The Navajo teach their children that every morning when the sun comes up, it’s a brand new sun. It’s born each morning, it lives for the duration of one day, and then it passes on never to return again. As soon as the children are old enough to understand, the adults take them out at dawn and they say, ‘The sun has only one day. You must live this day in a good way so that the sun won’t have wasted precious time.’ Acknowledging the preciousness of each day is a good way to live, a good way to reconnect with our basic joy.” Whether our day includes moments we never want to end, or moments we want to pass as quickly as possible, reconnecting with our basic Joy brings our Divine Energy into full play so that we feel more alive. It causes happiness to seem to pause and linger awhile in moments that feel good, and It causes us to remain uplifted as we move with peace and ease through unwanted moments.
We can choose to look for the good and praise it even if our personal life or the world tries to tell us that there is plenty of evidence that this world (and us in it) is going to hell in a hand basket. Or we can decide to focus solely on the often hellish appearance of things and react to circumstances as if they are here to stay, and worsen along the way. The legal term “circumstantial evidence” is derived from the appearance of circumstances. It is said to be proof of a fact, or set of facts, from which one could infer the fact in question, i.e., what has already happened as fact proves a current fact to be true. A Course of Love calls this “a thought system tied to beliefs of ‘if this, then that.’” For example, if a suspect is seen running away from a murder scene with a weapon in his(her) hand, based on those circumstances it’s evident that he(she) committed the murder. But we all know, if we watch detective or mystery series, not all circumstantial evidence turns out to point to the actual person who committed the crime!
Not everything that appears to be true is true. That is why in the Book of John we read that Jesus said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Righteous judgement is spiritual awareness that tells us that not everything that appears to be a true fact is stuck in that appearance. It is the awareness that Life flows invisibly and continuously without end and without conclusions. It’s the awareness that though Life is fluid and changeable in Its appearances, It is unchangeable as the Pure Positive Energy of Love that is behind and within everything that lives no matter what appears be.
It is the fluid nature of appearances in this physical environment that makes change and healing possible. For example, it appeared that a man disabled for 30 years would never walk again until Jesus, who knew of the Pure Positive Energy behind all appearances, told him to take up his bed and walk…and he did. And, when it appeared that his friend, Lazarus, had been dead for way too long to call him back, Jesus knew that Pure Positive Energy trumped circumstantial evidence, called to Lazarus to come forth, and he walked out of his own tomb wearing his burial clothes four days after he’d died! Today miracles happen in the same way, i.e., by knowing the ever Presence of the Pure Positive Fluid Energy behind appearances that allows them to change, the very Energy that is the Life of all that exists. Miracles can occur in the presence of anyone who isn’t distracted by circumstantial evidence, but is steadfastly focused on the high holy Truth of Life.
According to a thought system tied to beliefs of “if this, then that,” if we become ill or injured it will take “X” amount of time before we feel better again, or at least until we’re not contagious. According to “if this, then that,” if we have limited education, that will limit what we can do in life and the abundance we can experience. According to “if this, then that,” if we’ve been rejected by someone we love, or we’ve been humiliated in some way, that means there is something wrong with us or that we’re unworthy of love and happiness. According to “if this, then that,” if we’ve reached a certain age then that means we’re destined to experience this decline and that decline. “If this, then that” is the thought system that lives in the world. “I am God and there is none else” is the Truth that lives in us.
Miracles are meant to be lived by, just as the Truth is meant to be lived by, not because we want to fix something, but because we realize we are spiritual beings filled with healing energy and we can no longer think or live as other than who we are in Truth. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Miracles praise God through you. They praise Him by honoring His creations, affirming their perfection.” If we spend our precious energy reacting to the circumstantial evidence of this world, and this world is made up only of circumstantial evidence, we’re drawing conclusions about self, others and life that do not honor God’s creations. An acceptance of Life as Divine even in this physical environment and our willingness to receive a greater, broader perspective is essential to living the joyful, growth-filled physical experience we came here to live.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Doubt is always about something that is positive. Put doubt in its proper place and doubt the doubts. Doubt the negative and put your trust in the positive.” Reasonable doubt is legal terminology referring to “insufficient evidence that prevents a judge or jury from convicting a defendant of a crime.” When we trust in the positive about our self and others, we have reasonable doubt about any negativity that appears in us or them. In Truth there is not enough circumstantial evidence in all the physical Universe to cause any of God’s creations to lose their innocence. We only see snapshots of each other along the path of this human experience, taken one moment at a time. Circumstances change, and in the meantime they are certainly not reliable. We can only see the whole picture by looking past appearances to the Pure Positive Energy behind all that lives. Unless we look at our self and others with a reasonable doubt of guilt, we won’t perceive the spiritual Truth that causes miracles.
In A Course of Love we read, “Your new thought system is not tied to beliefs of an ‘if this, then that’ nature. I am calling you to live by the truth and to never deny it, to see no circumstance as cause to abandon it.” The Truth that is true always never draws a conclusion because It is never bound by precedent, never limited by what has happened before. It is easy, when things appear to be wonderful in our life, for us to say (and truly mean it at the time) that God is all there Is. It is when things don’t appear to be wonderful in our life and in the world that we’re tempted to let appearances cause us to abandon our inner Truth and accept circumstantial evidence as all there is. But it is in the darkest times that if we let It, and don’t deny It or abandon It, that the Light of Truth within us shines even brighter in contrast to circumstances. Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, “If an individual rises above circumstances by the heroic courage that is in him, all conditions of life, however dark and threatening, will be like the blanket of mist that appears with the warm glance of the sun.”