“Use the present to be free.”—A Course in Miracles
The emails imploring me to comment on the election are starting to pile up. I’m getting questions. How can we be grateful? What do we do now?
So I get it. Tag, I’m it.
My Course lesson today is “I seek a future different from the past.”
And what an opportunity I now have to let go of the past.
The past tells me, “Uh-oh! We’re in trouble.”
But what if that’s not true. What if it’s only the judgments I’ve imposed that are creating a scary future?
If it’s really true that we live in an intelligent, benevolent and connected universe (and I happen to have ample proof that we do), I can relax and know that there’s something a whole lot bigger going on.
How do I know really, here with my crazy little mind, what’s the best thing for our world?
Politics get us riled up, make us believe we’re doing something important, but I find that when I come from a place of positivity and possibility, when there’s peace in the planet of my own mind, change happens without my input.
Political changes are superficial, at best, and to get so worked up over them–or even to hate our opponents–only causes more of the division and separateness that we want to overcome.
Although I loved (and even quoted) Michelle Obama’s line, “When they go low, we go high, I’d like to take it one step further. There is no “they” and “us.” It’s we, all of us together.
And there are lots of ways to change the world.
First of all, today is a beautiful autumn day. The sun is shining. The sky is bright blue. The squirrels are still running along my garden fence.
Why would I waste even a moment worrying about the future?
I often compare the hours of my day to buying a pizza. Why would I eat a slice or two and then throw the rest away? Yet, that’s what I do when I waste the precious hours of my day obsessing about something that may or may not happen.
My Course lesson goes on. “I have no purpose today except to look upon a liberated world, set free from all judgments I have made.”
I liberate the world today to be what it will be.
And, yes, I continue to be infinitely grateful.
Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.