I’ve received some feedback from you about the winds of change we are experiencing and the words I heard most are: frustration, impatience, indecision and unpredictability. What are we to do when we feel we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? Simple: practice slowing down, being still and accessing your inherent peace. We all have it, it’s part of our original nature, but it’s been beaten and brainwashed out of us by our family, friends, culture and/or society that dictates how we should live and approach life. The ‘go along to get along’, ‘hurry up or you’ll be left behind’ and ‘heard’ mentality that we are taught to adopt to survive but we eventually realize does not lead to peace, joy or fulfillment.
I feel moved to share with you a lesson from A Course in Miracles, a book that helps with spiritual transformation. It’s main message is that the greatest “miracle” achievable in one’s life is simply gaining a full “awareness of love’s presence” in one’s own life. “Love” as in God/Source/Life/The Universe.
Mel’s Two Cents: I invite you to practice this lesson frequently and remind you that it really is possible to genuinely be at peace no matter what is happening to you or around you. All it takes is a little bit of discipline to cultivate it.
May the force be with you my friends.
Until next time.
A Course in Miracles Lesson 34: I could see peace instead of this.
The idea for today begins to describe the conditions that prevail in the other way of seeing. Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.
Three longer practice periods are required for today’s exercises. One in the morning and one in the evening are advised, with an additional one to be undertaken at any time in between that seems most conducive to readiness. All applications should be done with your eyes closed. It is your inner world to which the applications of today’s idea should be made.
Some five minutes of mind searching are required for each of the longer practice periods. Search your mind for fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities or events, or anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts. Note them all casually, repeating the idea for today slowly as you watch them arise in your mind, and let each one go, to be replaced by the next.
If you begin to experience difficulty in thinking of specific subjects, continue to repeat the idea to yourself in an unhurried manner, without applying it to anything in particular. Be sure, however, not to make any specific exclusions.
The shorter applications are to be frequent, and made whenever you feel your peace of mind is threatened in any way. The purpose is to protect yourself from temptation throughout the day. If a specific form of temptation arises in your awareness, the exercise should take this form: I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.
If the inroads on your peace of mind take the form of more generalized adverse emotions, such as depression, anxiety or worry, use the idea in its original form. If you find you need more than one application of today’s idea to help you change your mind in any specific context, try to take several minutes and devote them to repeating the idea until you feel some sense of relief. It will help you if you tell yourself specifically: I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace.
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