Pain is a wrong perspective

Lesson 190, “Pain is a wrong perspective. 2 When it is experienced in any form, it is a proof of self-deception. 3 It is not a fact at all. 4 There is no form it takes that will not disappear if seen a right.”

How bold the Course is around this idea of pain and that it is self-deception.   My first thought when I read this is was, “Oh yeah?  Feels pretty real to me when someone steps on my toe or worse.”  However, as you read on, the Course in Miracles is not talking about the physical world.  The Course says “Pain is but witness to the Son’s(all of us) mistakes in which he thinks he is.”

Our fundamental error, “what we think we are and not what we really are.”  What are we then?  How can you define the undefinable?  How can you take the infinite and put it in a box?  You are an infinite being.  You are from the same source that created all things and is from all things.  How could you be anything less than everything?  Yet, as I try to define it here I miss the point.  You are undefinable.

Now back to pain for a moment.  What is pain to the course?  The Course goes on in the lesson to say, “It is your thoughts alone that cause you pain.  Nothing External to your mind can hurt or injure you in any way.. No one but yourself affects you.”

From this we can see, that Pain is a state of mind.  A state we have begun to learn a lot about so we can get out of this state.  Pain is mental anguish.  It is when we think we are anything less than the undefinable.  It means that we are not certain and are not feeling joyful.

So how do we get out of a state of pain?  The course uses this lesson to give us great insight.  Just by recognizing that we are in a state that serves us not, is the first step in letting it go.  When we recognize it is an unnatural state for an infinite being with infinite possibilities, then the possibilities for something different emerge.

We get out of our pain by “seeing it right.”  We know this when the pain dissipates. Comes with reassurance from ourselves when we recognize who we really are.  It may change nothing about our circumstance but we will feel a great burden release from our shoulders.  When the image in our mind changes to one of truth of joy.  When certainty wraps our next steps in the progress of pain to the path of truth.

Use pain this week when it comes up, as  a portal into our awareness that we have not thought correctly.  That there is another way of thinking about this that can bring joy.  Ask yourself (your higher self), “How can I see this differently?”  From all questions comes an answer.

Join me today and this week, from the deliverance of any pain to the deliverance of joy.  Send me a note on your joyous adventures.

You are not alone

ACIM T-28.VII.5. “But never you alone. 2 This world is but the dream that you can be alone, and think without affecting those apart from you. 3 To be alone must mean you are apart, and if you are, you cannot but be sick.“

I did some studying around “spiritual healing” and one thing I found common in all spiritual healing practices is this belief that we are not “alone.”  You want to send anyone into an oblivion of depression, just convenience them how alone they are in the world.  We are never alone, even when we think we are.  This is extremely powerful thought to take on and truly get in all of its dimensions (for happiness).

This doesn’t mean you have to start inviting people to your house and have a party every hour (But it does sound like fun).  The world is teaming with life.  The trees are alive.  The birds are singing.  The cat meows from the neighbor’s yard.  Whatever the case, you are not alone.  The course goes beyond the physical and is talking from a spiritual perspective, but its true in all cases.

I remember feeling very depressed one day.  I was feeling alone.  I had an intuitive thought however, that I felt alone in my house but not when I went for a walk in the woods.  Why, I asked?  I realized that my house had no plants or animals in it and with the windows closed, I was actually cut off from all physical life and was living in a dead-tree carcass.

My solution?  I went for a walk and immediately felt better.  I also went and bought some plants.  Believe it or not, it helped my depression.  Finally I bought some birds and then a cat.  My cat then ate my birds and a complex relationship drama began to unfold between my cat and I.  However, I hold this story for another day.

You are with everyone.  It is impossible to be alone and be in right mind.   We share the same air with everyone, so we are not alone.  When we go to the Grocery store to buy food, that food was transported by half a dozen people you did not see or witness, helping to support your decision to buy the food.  Not only are we not alone but we don’t do any of this ‘life’ alone.  Our egos are all boasted at birth to support the idea that we can do it “on our own.”  But this is a false statement.  We need everyone and everyone needs us.

Your part in the universe is so important that if you stop playing your part, the whole universe waits for your return.  This is how important you are.

Today, above all days, you should know for a fact, ”You are not alone.”  Want to know more?  Come to Tuesday nights.

Blessed are the meek

When I first heard about “the meek” I suppose it was from Mathew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  The Course says a few things about “the Meek”.  T-2.II.7, “It is hard to believe a defense that cannot attack is the best defense. 4 This is what is meant by “the meek shall inherit the earth.”

Sometimes I like to look up words in the dictionary before truly soaking in the meaning with the Course.  For example, when I was a young child, and I first heard the word meek, I thought it meant “week.”  However, it means “Patient and non-violent and non-boastful.”

I picture for myself, sometimes, when I have earned my greatest achievements.  Sometimes under great pain.  It has happened when I don’t focus on the goal.  I know the goal is there, and I want to achieve it, but I just do the next step that needs to be done.  When I do this, in my own life, great things can come.  It can take time, but certainly, some goals can morph instantly on me to an end result.  Time is not the element here.

When I just focus on the next step, I am not wasting energy trying to talk about what I’m doing.  I’m not wasting energy trying to defend what I’m doing.  I just do it.  Some of my achievements, have come with great respect and help from others.  The “I” when I say “I” did something, is really the divine spirit working through all situations supporting my efforts to an end result.  It really is a “we” and this is probably true humbleness.

Above all else, don’t you want to be meek today?

The Course mentions with meek,” “It is hard to believe a defense that cannot attack is the best defense”  Now that we know what meek is, come tonight to learn more about this comment.  It’s a secret sauce.