“As long as your experience of self and life is defined by the mechanical, conditioned, and compulsive movement of thought, you are bound to a very, very limited perception of what is real.”–Adyashanti
It starts the moment we’re born. Doctors (or probably nurses these days) measure and weigh us, giving us the message that there’s a proper height and weight we need to be.
Then we learn that language (and all the rules conveyed by language) is more important than those imaginary friends that tell us exactly what we need to know.
Spirit, the universe, the F.P., God (lots of synonyms for this thing I often call the Divine Buzz) has never deserted us, but we’re so busy with our dark clouds of guilt and shame, the “should storm” that begins the moment all the frightened adults start administering “tests,” that we fail to notice, we fail to appreciate its unending gifts.
Even the self-help literature (and, yes, I’m one of its dispensers) sometimes makes us feel guilty. Oh no! I’m having a negative thought. Oh, no! I’m not vibrating enough joy.
You know what? It doesn’t matter. If you simply let go of all the “shoulds” that have infiltrated the Truth of who you are, you will be guided, blessed and constantly taken care of.
As my lesson in A Course in Miracles says today: The only sacrifice asked by this Infinite Intelligence is to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt.
The good news is that minus the “should storm,” LOVE comes streaming in, healing all pain and granting the awareness of eternal joy.
Also want to share this beautiful blog that a friend sent me. It’s more of the new and improved headlines we all wrote yesterday.
And lastly, Hay House would like me to remind you that both E-Squared and E-Cubed are going for a measly $1.99 on the Amazon Kindle store.
Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.
Wonderful blog story!!
Absolutely love reading your blog, could I kindly request you put an ‘Archive’ tab on your blog – either by date and/or category? Would love to read more of your blogs but kinda don’t want to keep pressing ‘older posts’.
Reader from Sydney
I like that you are a student of ACIM too. I learned about shoulding in OA but still do it daily. I should eat healthy, I shouldn’t eat that, I should be working harder, I should be writing more. We can learn it intellectually, but practicing is so much harder. I should work on it harder. 🙂
The word “should” is a lot like the phrase “now I’m supposed to”. This is the pre-programmed thought of an android, a robot, and machine, a computer, a slave or an “normal” human being. Stimulus “A” = Reaction “B”. Perhaps we can remove this word from our vocabulary and replace it with the words “I DECIDE, OR NOT” to act, think, move, feel, work, etc., etc.,…. The only “should” is TO BE YOU.
I love your blog and Read your previous book!
Please be advised that in Amazon.fr your last book for kindle is not discounted as in the Amazon Us store.
I hope I will to take advantage of the promotion.
Thank you very much for your writings.
Another great reminder! Thank you 😉
I can’t find E-cubed for 1.99 on Amazon…..I would love it since I’ve given out at least 15 of the E- squared!
Sent from my iPad
Sorry, Linda. That ship sailed. Hay House occasionally runs specials. It ran for about 10 days, I believe. Stay tuned. Could happen again???