We are focusing this month on the Power within us that, as A Course in Miracles tells us, “keeps all things safe.” Our focus couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because we certainly seem to be living in a world at the present time that appears to be unsafe in so many ways. If our sense of health and well-being is dependent on a world of conflict and disagreement about what’s safe, and if we continue to look to a world outside of us to tell us what to believe about life, we’ll continue to feel unsafe in so many ways. But, in view of the seeming impossibility of any kind of immediate physical solution to a world situation that’s long gone viral, it would certainly seem that a Power that keeps all things safe is a Power to give our complete focus and attention to!

It would be a Power to pray to, listen to, surrender to, and feel our oneness with, so we’re able to feel that Power within us. In this way, we become a way for It to express in the world and keep all things safe—our self, our loved ones, and every child, woman and man. It’s a Power that requires trust because It is unseen by the physical eye. It’s a Power that requires faith because we must feel Its Invisible Presence within us before we see It around us. In The Science of Mind we read, “It is well to remember that the enlightened in every age have taught that back of all things there is One Unseen Cause, a common thread that runs thru all, the thread of Unity.” We access that One Unseen Cause, and consciously use Its Power to create our life experiences, through our practice of trust. Our willingness to trust that It’s there, and that Its Intrinsic Goodness is everywhere including right where we are despite appearances that occasionally may seem to oppose our good and Good, Itself.

The practice of Trusting Life brings a deep feeling of confidence that all things turn out good for us. Trust gives us peace in our mind that transcends worry, calm in our emotions that transforms anxiety, and a constant happy anticipation of good in our life that excludes doubt. When we feel the Good within us, we’re willing to patiently wait, with a sense of well-being and safety, for Its physical appearance around us. Our trust-filled thoughts that Life is fundamentally Good emit a vibration that attracts to us forms, expressions and experiences that validate our trust that Life is Good. A feeling of well being rejuvenates our body. A feeling of openness brings about positive encounters with others. A feeling of safety allows us to fear no evil no matter where we walk. When we trust in the Goodness of Life we’re naturally open and receptive to our good. We expect the best from people, conditions and situations. We’d rather be peaceful than argue, and we’d rather be happy than right! And yet when we trust, we’re not surprised when we feel good and have energy and enthusiasm for life. We’re not surprised by serendipitous encounters that happen at just the right time. In fact, we’re not surprised at any good result in our life because we live with an expectation of good that feels natural to us and manifests naturally in our life.

On the other hand (or on the other end of the stick) if conditions, situations and events in our life seem to oppose our good more than occasionally, it could be we’re not only not trusting life, we’re highly suspicious of its intentions toward us! We’re not surprised when the tiniest sniffle becomes a full-blown illness, the tiniest pain becomes disabling, or when dishonesty appears to be the motive of everyone around us. If it seems, as Rosanne-Rosannadanna of SNL used to say, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” it’s likely our thoughts are emitting a vibration of suspicion that is attracting into our individual experience plenty of forms and expressions that validate our suspicions: cagey characters, shifty situations, and curious conditions that “just go to show you, it’s always something.” Eckhard Tolle wrote, “It may look as if the situation is creating the suffering, but ultimately this is not so, your resistance is.” It’s our resistance to trusting what we can’t see (yet) that causes us to suffer about what we do see. When we focus on whatever is physically in front of us that doesn’t seem good, as if it’s a cold hard fact that will never go away, we’re right! Whether it’s a condition of our body, the behavior of someone toward us, or the behavior of someone who seems to have power in the world, it won’t go away as long as we focus on it. It is our attention to it, and our determination to get rid of it at all costs, that causes it to stay in our mind and constantly appear before our eyes.

We have to “believe it before we see it.” If we don’t believe that’s true, then we’re trusting in something else and not in the Power that will keep us safe. When we resist letting go of blame for our suffering, that resistance keeps Good from flowing naturally to us through inlets of positive receptivity in our mind that trust opens. Resistance causes us to fear that if we don’t prepare for teh worst in our health, people or situations, it’ll catch us by surprise. So, we’re prepared and not surprised when our health goes from bad to worse, when a tiny disagreement becomes a full-blown argument, or when we’re swindled by everyone we ask to help us. Our efforts to insure we’re never fooled or taken advantage of is the very energy that attracts both to us. Then we say, “I knew that was going happen.” And even though what happened didn’t feel good, often we’re satisfied just to be right. We’d rather think of our self as having psychic powers to detect the bad even before it appears, than to live in the Innocence of Trust that no matter how bad things look, and even if we can’t see how, something good is about to take off Its Cloak of Invisibility right in front of us. There is a line in the lyrics of the song, The Rose, that says, “It’s the one who won’t be taken that never learns to give.” Suspicion ties our mind and emotions up in knots and prevents us from giving from our heart. It blocks the Good of Life from turning out to be good in our life.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You’re not here for the relationship with others. You’re here for the relationship with Source. And, from that relationship with Source all kinds of meaningful other things will happen. Joy first and then anything else you have time for.” Which brings us to the title of today’s talk, “Do You Need an Emoji?” I overheard someone say the other day, “What she wrote didn’t sound nice but she ended the email with a smiley so I guess it’s okay.” We’re so used to looking for physical evidence of what to believe before we believe it that we’ll even let an emoji decide for us what we’re willing to believe. But there isn’t an emoji in the world that will help us to trust life if we don’t. How often do we spend our time trying to figure out what somebody meant by what they said before we decide if we’re okay or offended, or if we should feel defensive or not? When we live in suspicion we don’t give others the benefit of the doubt, or the benefit of trust. We look for a hidden meaning beneath their words because there’s often a hidden meaning behind ours. Even if someone means no harm, our doubt in their sincerity, and our lack of trust, keeps our mind in conflict and confusion, our emotions worked up and uncomfortable, and our feelings filled with hurt that contracts us and keeps us from freely giving of our self.

How do we rise above blame and live in a no-fault state of mind? How do we rise about suspicion and learn to trust? Don Miguel Ruiz wrote, “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.” It is who we are in the world that creates our experience of the world. When we are impeccable with our word and we speak with integrity, we are more likely to see that impeccability and integrity in others. “I’m sure they meant nothing by that.” But, whether they did or didn’t, our trust in their intrinsic goodness kept us happy—peaceful in our mind, uplifted in our emotions, and open to a good outcome. It’s not about blindly trusting the world as it appears to be, but rather as A Course in Miracles puts it, it’s about trusting in the world because we know it’s not governed by the laws the world made up. It’s governed by a Power that is in us but not of us. It’s our trust in that Power that keeps us safe, and keeps us feeling good and seeing good.

When we trust that all Life is intrinsically Good, and we live with a deep confidence that all things turn out good for us, they turn out to be good for us. We trust our intuition. We trust the guidance that comes from the Holy Light within us that never tells us “don’t trust the darkness.” It simply guides us to the Light. The mystical poet, Rumi, wrote “Feel the sweetness in your own heart. Then you may find the sweetness in every heart.” As we feel the sweetness in our own heart, it’s easier for us to feel that sweetness in another’s heart. When we find the feeling place of Love’s Flow within us we won’t need an emoji or anything else in the outer world to convince us that Life is Good. Feeling good, easy, lighthearted, and filled with trust will be so natural to us that we’ll feel it despite appearances that only occasionally seem to oppose our good and Good, Itself.