Tuesday, February 23, 2021

"I Have No Neutral Thoughts"

This is the title of workbook lesson #17 in A Course in Miracles.  Today this lesson is included in a review and it still makes me ponder.  Hmmm. No neutral thoughts.  And it goes on to expand its meaning:

"Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power.  They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one, but thought cannot be without effects.  As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected.  My thoughts cannot be neither true nor false.  They must be one or the other.  What I see shows me which they are."

It amazes me how powerful my thoughts are. They truly aren't neutral as I used to think.  I am more mindful of what I think and even more mindful of what I believe.  

My practice is to correct my erroneous thoughts with what is true, all throughout my day.  I've also realized having other thoughts running in the background, like a computer program.  Old stuff, slowing me down.  Every thought I allow without examining its veracity will have an effect in how I feel and experience life.  So I am very mindful now; I value my inner peace. My goal is to awaken from this dream by holding only what is true in my mind.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Am I the Ruler of My Mind?

Am I the ruler of my mind? Or, as this quote from A Course in Miracles states, does my mind seem to rule me?

All sorts of thoughts can fill my mind.  Some of them are kind, some are concerning, some are fearful, others judgmental and some even insane.  

As I pay attention to the thoughts (and noticing how I feel), I replace them with what is true.  This has become my practice! 

You see, in this world, we have been programmed to be fearful and to believe in lack, struggle and that we are unworthy.  We can spend our days (and nights) feeling guilty, regretful and fearful of the future.  

I refuse to live this way.  My goal is peace.  My goal is love.  My goal is letting go of all the programming that has occupied my mind for so long.  It's time.  I consistently hold loving thoughts about myself and others and it has changed my whole perception. 

Yes, it takes effort and awareness.  But the rewards are priceless.  Truth, love, forgiveness sets us free.  

I am becoming the ruler of my mind. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear


These principles from the text of A Course in Miracles affirm the state of perfect love as reality, and the state of fear as unreality.  

Fear of not being enough, of having another see the ugliness within me (how unworthy I am of love, etc.) had kept me feeling isolated, alone and always trying to win the love of others by giving, giving, giving for many years.  

For the past 15 years, I have allowed these loving principles from the Course enter into my awareness and soften the blocks and false concepts that have kept my mind asleep and held it captive from my true being, which is love.  

As I practice stillness and go within, I connect with the peace, innocence and love that I am.  It's a place in my mind that has been covered up way too long and that I now access.  Here, I meet with God.  And as I open up to His love, I extend it to others.  This love is healing, it's freeing and it's available to all of us because it is what we really are.