I’ve always been an upbeat person. But these past months have cast a dark pall over my positive attitude. I’ve been feeling fragile, fearful, unsettled.
Finally it dawned on me. I need to surrender in stillness to receive guidance from a higher wisdom.
Almost immediately, a lesson from A Course in Miracles came to mind—You can see peace instead of this.
Huh??? How can I possibly see peace in a world filled with frightening and depressing events?
But I remember the Course’s primary teaching. Our minds have two “thought systems” or two distinct voices—the voice of fear (Ego) and the voice of love (Soul). “There is no compromise between the two.”
If you listen to the Ego, the Course insists, “You’ll see yourself as tiny, vulnerable and afraid. You’ll experience depression, a sense of worthlessness and feelings of impermanence. You’ll believe yourself helpless and the world directs your destiny.”
The key to finding peace, the Course explains, is by disciplining the mind to unplug from the Ego and tune into your Soul. “Your ability to redirect your thinking is the most powerful device that was ever given you for change.”
The fear I was feeling actually was a valuable warning signal. I was following the wrong thought system. I needed to redirect my attention to what inspired me rather what upset me.
I began watching uplifting videos on YouTube, reading inspirational books, spending time (via phone or Zoom) with people I loved, having candlelight dinners with my husband, binging on the Marvelous Mrs Masel.
And I refused to talk about distressing events. A few days ago, my mom started complaining about the riots in her hometown and I changed the subject. It felt great!
Sure, I have my moments. The chaos is still swirling around me. But it no longer gets to me…at least not for very long.
How are you coping with everything going on in the world today?
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