I’ve been turning to A Course in Miracles a lot more these days. I may not be able to control current events, but, as the Course constantly reminds me, I can train my mind to control how I react to them.
This teaching has come in quite handy during the pandemic. Miraculously, in the midst of all the madness, I’ve managed to find serenity.
“Your ability to redirect your thinking,” the Course exclaims, “is the most powerful device that was ever given you for change.”
The ability to redirect your thinking is based on what the Course calls “the most important concept that exists in the universe:” The Law of Cause and Effect. The Course explains this law very differently from the world’s Newtonian version.
To the world, a cause is an external incident which produces an internal effect. The market crashes (cause) and you panic (effect). Your boss complains (cause) and you get upset (effect).
But this view is very disempowering. Blaming something or someone ‘out there’ for ‘making’ you unhappy turns you into a victim.
According to the Course, nothing ‘out there’ has anything to do with you feeling happy or upset. Your thoughts are always the cause. If you want to change the effect (your experience)—greater prosperity, more happiness—you must first change the cause (your thoughts).
When you learn to control your thoughts, you’ll discover how much power you have to create the life you desire. It’s truly miraculous. Anyone can do it.
As the Course declares: “I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.”
What if those words became your catch phrase? What if anytime you had a distressing or hurtful thought, you change it to a more loving and positive one? Try this repeatedly and let me know what happens. Share in the comments below.