A Spiritual Approach for Scary Times

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.

Comments & Feedback

  • Kathleen Scott

    Thank you for posting this. My brother, who studies A Course in Miracles, is constantly posting anti-vaccine and conspiracy theories online. I work in frontline health care in a hospital.

    Obviously, we don’t agree. I am trying to deal with his name calling and misinformation. Somehow, I’m able to compartmentalize this, and continue to be peaceful and happy in my life.

    • Lisa


      I’m on your side. Half of the world’s population would not be here today if it weren’t for vaccines 💉!

      I just don’t go there with the anti vaxers!

    • barbara huson

      I hear you, Kathleen. My husband is also an anti-vaxer. But I’ve been able to love him and live peacefully with him because I know how to train my mind to hold that peaceful place. Sounds like you have to…it’s a gift we give ourself! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Felicia

    I was nervous today about the first divorce meeting with husband and attorneys and worried I wouldn’t say the right things. I mentioned it to my daughter who reminded me to reframe that thought and not make it a right or wrong thing but to say I will advocate for myself and I am centering/prioritizing my needs. So I quickly wrote it down and used it during the meeting to keep my focus. This was such a great help. Reframing negative thoughts isn’t easy and takes practice but I believe that it can be transformative and well worth it.

    • barbara huson

      I LOVE this, Felicia. What a wise daughter you raised. And what a beautiful reframe she gave you. Yes, it’s not easy to reframe, but you did such a wonderful job. Thanks so much for sharing this with me.

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When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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