A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 76

What is truth?  How do you decide?  What evidence do you require?

If a doctor tells you that you have some incurable disease, is that truth?  What if they don’t have all the facts?

Here’s a story about facts, and about truth.

My Dad was 16 when he left the family farm and enlisted in the Army Air Corps (later to be the Air Force).  His father had taken him out of school when he finished the 7th grade, so he could pick cotton and make money for the family.  All my uncles enlisted in various branches of the military for the same reason – they were tired of picking cotton so the old man could stay home and drink.

Dad spent 20 years in the Air Force, serving in Korea and being stationed all over the world.  He met my Mom in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she was stationed when she finished her basic training.

About 19 years into his term of service, Dad started having problems with his joints.  Mom said the first thing that happened was his wrists swelled up the size of softballs, and hurt like the devil.

It took a while for the doctors to figure out that he had rheumatoid arthritis, which wasn’t all that common then.

When they’d confirmed his diagnosis, they gave him a plan of action.

“Move to the desert.  Now.  You’re going to be in a wheelchair in a year, but the dry heat will make it more bearable.  Oh, and by the way, you’re retired now.”  He was only in his 30’s.

 So they packed and moved to Arizona, not too far from Williams AFB, where he could get medical attention when needed.

My Dad lived to his late 60’s, and he never gave in to the wheelchair.  The only times I ever saw him in one was after his knee surgeries, and after his pacemaker implants, and that was only as far as the parking lot at the hospital.

He refused to believe the doctors who told him he’d lose his ability to move himself around, and never, ever let himself believe that “fact”.  While I was growing up, we went on trail rides in the Superstition Mountains, explored the desert and rivers in his dune buggy, and hiked through the hills.  There was no way he was buying into the “fact” that he would be crippled for the rest of his life.

What “facts” have you been told that keep you physically, emotionally, or mentally crippled?

Look at what you think you know today, and test it.

Do you “know” you’re not artistic or creative?  Bah!

Do you “know” you don’t enjoy physical activity?  BS!

Do you “know” you’re not smart enough to get ahead at work, or to support yourself, or to have your own business?  What garbage we tell ourselves!

Tidy up your mental space today.  Find the trashy “facts” in your head that trip you up, sweep that rubbish up and put it in the garbage can!

You don’t need to save that junk!  Get rid of it!  Take it to the curb, and clear some space in your head for your dreams.  And be ready!  When the sun finally comes out, the revelation may be blinding.

And have a FABULOUS day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 75

Small changes add up to big deals.

If you change one habit (let’s say the habit of re-hashing  those conversations you had yesterday with your spouse) and stick with it, you’ll soon see a big difference in your relationship.

If you change the habit of watching TV for hours in the afternoon, and replace it with going outside for a walk, you’ll soon feel that big difference.

If you change the habit of expecting the worst from everyone around you, you’ll soon experience a change in what actually happens.

And if a small change in how you think can make a big difference, think of what big changes can do!

Start small.  Make a change, and stick with it.  Write it down every morning for 3 weeks, and remind yourself that you CAN change, and YOU are the only one who can change yourself.  

Maybe just tell yourself in the mirror each morning that “I AM  a good person, and I deserve every good thing the Universe can provide.”

 Try it.

Record it.

And look out!  Because once change gains some steam, the inertia may carry you far away from wherever you are now.  Once you begin to control your own thoughts, there’s no power that can stop you.

Claim your personal power.  It’s there, not even out of reach.  Just put your hand out and grasp it gently.  Bring it close, and keep it next to your heart.  You’ll be astounded at how much true power you have, once you decide to take it.

Open your mind’s window and let in some fresh air and sunshine.  And enjoy today!


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Have a blessed day today!

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 74

Effort is overrated.  My dad used to tell us “Work smarter, not harder!”

Thoughts of conflict are artificial constructs that we’ve been taught have reality.  The truth is that there are no conflicts unless we create them.  We GIVE them reality. 

The trouble with that is once we start to hand over our power for love, for joy, to that darn little terrorist demon on our shoulder, he will by all that’s holy take ALL your power, ALL your energy, ALL your mind and he will feed you back the conflict, pain and hurt you started with until it’s unbearable.

How about trying the easier way, though?

How about using your power for creation to make positive change?

It DOES take effort at first.  Some days it’s a constant struggle.  But it is SO WORTH THE EFFORT!

Remind yourself that you have NO IDEA what was going on in that other persons’ head when they made that hurtful remark.

Remind yourself that your job is NOT to continually re-hash every thing that’s said to you today, looking for signs that someone else is trying to spread their pain around.

Ever see the movie “Barnyard”?  One scene is that classic set of lots of holes in the ground, and every time you look there’s a groundhog popping up out of a different hole.  The coyotes can’t catch them ’cause they just pop back down, then come up in a different hole. There are holes everywhere, it seems.

(Photo by mieneresterampe, courtesy of Pixabay)

Our negative thoughts can be just like those darn groundhogs, popping up when and where we least expect them.

If we keep whacking at them, we’ll eventually tire them out and BAM, that one will be gone for good.  That means one less sh**ty thought to deal with tomorrow.

Once we get rid of the darn things, the holes will fill in and eventually we have our lovely smooth lawn again.

Work smarter today.  

Pick one crappy thought out of the crowd and mash it into nothingness.

There.  One down, and a bunch to go.

It DOES get easier with practice.

Let your Easter Sunday be a day when you immerse yourself in the timeless river of love and contentment.  Let it all go.  Just be happy today. And if you DO have to whack a few negative thoughts, do it and let them go.

Have a blessed day today!

 

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 73

There’s a light on already!

Our preconceived notions change what we are able to see.

If we let our ego guide us, that little demon will take us to a very dark place, indeed.

But if we remind ourselves that WE are in charge of HOW we perceive everything around us, the light starts to penetrate the fog.

Here’s an example:  My husband (of 21 years) is laid off from work due to the Corona virus pandemic.  He’s a handy guy, loves to fix and build stuff.  When we bought the house we’re living in, it had no electricity and only cold running water.  It was built by an Amish couple who sold it when they moved back to Pennsylvania.

So, the plan was that we’d buy it and fix it up,  knowing that Jim and our son Tyler could do all the work to modernize.

Three years into our grand plan, we still have a long way to go.

We do have electricity in most of the house.  We do have hot running water in the shower.  So we’ve made progress.  

Three or four days ago, I asked Jim to switch the light over the bathroom sink.  I purchased a nice 3 light fixture a year or so ago,and it’s been waiting to get installed ever since.  I figured there’s a fixture there, he could put the nice one up without too much effort.

Came home from work that day, and instead of putting the bathroom light in like I’d asked, he’d spent the day outside in the garden and in the barn (just like the last three weeks).  Then, just as I drove in from work, he and Tyler took off with the trailer to get a load of hay for the horses.

I was teed.

He’s been home now for almost a month, and I’m still waiting on all the projects that need done in the house.  I had even asked nicely!

By the time they got back, I was in bed and mostly asleep,so I never said anything.  I was still pretty aggravated, though.  During the day, I thought about it some more and decided that it just wasn’t worth being mad about.  Sooner or later it’ll get done.  So I let it go.

A couple of days go by, and while chatting after I’d come home yesterday, Jim mentioned that he wasn’t feeling very energetic and had been pretty tired for a couple of days.  I gave him the highlights of my day on the phone at work, and asked what he’d got done.  He said “Not much, and sure not as much as I wanted.” I could tell he was feeling pretty rough.

At this point, I was really glad I hadn’t made a big deal out of a small thing!  

Point being:  If I’d listened to that “ego-demon” on my shoulder, I’d have made a big deal out of the fact that the light didn’t get installed.  I’d have felt all self-righteous about it, too- after all, I’m working all day, right?  Can’t he get up for an hour just to do ONE little thing?

But what would that have accomplished?

I’d still be mad, he’d also be mad, and we’d probably have had an argument.  Is a darn light fixture THAT important?  No.  It would have been my ego, whispering that “If he REALLY cared, he’d have gotten this done.  He doesn’t actually give a darn what YOU want.”

It was obvious that he felt ill, and honestly, there’s a lot of days when I’m too tired to get much done, either.

He did bring it up a day or so later, saying he was sorry he hadn’t got it done yet.  My response?  “Oh, well, sooner or later!”. And when that came out, I felt lighter, as though I’d let something heavy down, and let it go.

What a blessing!  By just keeping my mouth shut for a day, I got to experience that feeling of forgiving, and it truly is like setting down a heavy load.

What are you holding onto, that’s keeping you tied down in the dark?

Let it go, and allow yourself the luxury of forgiveness.  Drop your anger, fire your ego, and fly above the clouds into the light!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 72

Abundance surrounds us.

Especially now, here, in Spring, life in its myriad forms begins trying to bust the bank wide open.

Two weeks ago, my son and I were conducting our irregular survey of the creek that runs below our fenceline.

One of the objects of these excursions is to see just how many different signs of life we can identify.

Mink, raccoon, and turkey tracks were abundant in a few silty spots.

Small rushes, sedges and grasses are starting to reach for the sunshine.

In the water, a few tiny crawfish, no longer than the tip of my pinky finger.  A few baby salamanders, about twice as big as the crawdads.  

Most astonishing, salamander eggs by the hundreds, glued to the bottoms of flat rocks, submerged in the not quite ice-cold water.  About every third rock my son turned over was decorated with groups of tiny eggs.  For probably a half mile or more, we explored, turned over rocks, and looked at everything.  SO much LIFE, preparing to explode out into our little corner of the ecosystem.

Nature may sleep in winter, but in the Spring she bounces out of bed and prepares a banquet for all.

The Universe is like this, too.

We may slog through times that appear to be hard, feel cold, and seem like they’ll never end.  But as long as we keep moving and have faith, that change will arrive.  And we will finally be able to see and experience the abundance that has actually surrounded us the whole time.

Set your sights on the feast that the Universe has ready.  Don’t waver in your determination to reach that table, covered in every good thing, in quantities that never end.

And remind yourself, once every hour, that you are part of that abundance, mind, body and soul. 

It’s our skewed perceptions of scarcity that keep us in a state of want.  Once we open our hearts to the full extent of that Divine banquet, we’ll see that it’s been on the table all the time.  We just have to take our seats.


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Be safe and blessed today!

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 71

Ask the Universe this question today:  

“What do you mean for me to do, to become?  What do you mean for me to say and accomplish?  What is my real aim, my goal? ”
If you let your ego answer, it’ll take you on a guided tour of all the crappiest things possible in life, because it glories in the negative.  Your ego, that little demon on one shoulder, just loves to help you suffer.

Bur if you ignore your ego, tune out that demon (no matter how loud he screams) you will start to hear the small, still voice of the Divine.  The angel on your other shoulder is too well-mannered to shout, too kind to poke you and pinch you to get your attention.

Your ego is a dismal navigator, and will be sure to find a great roadmap to somewhere you don’t want to be.  It’ll take every chance to help you get hopelessly lost, then crow about how poorly you’ve managed the trip.

On the other hand, if you don’t pay attention to your ego and instead focus on the Divine, you’ll get your answers, your direction, and your purpose. It doesn’t have to be a painful process.

Admittedly, it may take time for the details to become clear in your mind.  It may evolve and change as time goes on.  Patience is part of the process.

EVERY person’s choices have an effect on the world we experience.  

Your job and mine is to not get distracted by the trivia, and to continue to focus on the importance of each choice we make.

Let the Universe unfold to you today.  Allow yourself time to contemplate your direction, your purpose and passion.  Give yourself the mental space to see your REAL choices, your meaning, your message.

Three times today, quiet your mind and ask the Universe “What am I intended to do?  What should I focus on?  How do I aid the Divine plan?”

Be prepared, though!  The answers you get may not be anything like what you expect, and the road you travel may take you to an alien landscape.  

Keep moving.  Have faith.  And, whatever you do, don’t stop believing!

Be safe and blessed today.


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne