“Keep it light, so light that the pull of old, sad stories cannot keep you from playing, dancing—cannot hold you down.” –Toni Labagh
My mind is like the jukebox in a sticky, smoke-filled bar. It has been playing the same old records for years. Yesterday it kept dropping quarters in the Country & Western slot. Maybe you’ve heard some of my favorites: Poor Me, Not Again, I Really Must Be a Loser.
What a huge relief to have the lessons from the Course reminding me that those familiar oldies are false ideas. They’re simply not true.
For years, I actually believed my thoughts. I believed that something was wrong with me, that I wasn’t doing life right.
Yesterday, a couple of the old melodies started playing in my mind. Because I know every word by heart, I started to sing along. The old verses are as familiar to me as old Supremes songs—only mine aren’t always in tune.
Before the Course, I’d have probably kept those lyrics going for days. I am so grateful that now I can watch those thoughts from a distance. I know not to take those oldies seriously, not to adopt them as my identity.
What’s even better is knowing there’s another consciousness, a jubilant, gleeful, brilliant consciousness that invites me to boogie on a much better dance floor.
Lesson 9 is: I see nothing as it is now.
As this lesson (which you can access at the link) says, I don’t have to believe I’m seeing the past, the false, the old familiar jukebox standards.
I just have to offer a tiny bit of willingness. The bigger thing will take it from there.
How easy it that?
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.
Thank you, Pam! Your posts always make me smile!
As a card carrying Buddhist, one of my favorite things about my practice is “every moment is new.” It is such a difficult concept to really “get,” when ole monkey mind wants me to be filled with regret and comparison and shoulda-woulda’s. But when I can breathe into “this moment/brand new,” then it invites me to see everything as if I’ve never seen it before. It invites me to let go of any and all reviews of myself and my life (which are illusions anyway!) and simply BE with the miracle of the moment.
I’m so grateful for your blog + books, which always remind me to come back, come back, come back. To come back to what is true. To come back to the moment. To come back to the joy that is the river that runs through all of us.
Thanks + good morning! I so appreciate you and your writings and your fresh voice!
Thanks, Sherry. I love that line–come back, come back, come back!
Pam, thank you for these daily ACIM posts. The only New Year’s commitment I made was to go through the Course this year. It’s so enjoyable to do it along with you!
I love Pam, enjoy this one…
Hey, thanks, my friend for passing this along. I want everyone invited to the party.
Thank you for the daily lesson and link to the CIM.
It is my pleasure, my friend!
Thank you for helping me through the Course again. I’m getting a lot out of it with you and others posting for companionship and the sense of making new friends.
Pam, Thanks for this and all your ACIM posts so far. Yesterday I had a big aha moment when I realized that I’ve been afraid for my entire life, and because the past is not real, neither is my fear. Now that my sight is clearing up, I can see so many more possibilities for my life than I had previously imagined. I’ll have to come back to the truth and stop the recordings of those old sad songs over and over again, but once a new insight has emerged, it’s hard to go back to the old way of thinking in the same way. Yippy! What a fun year this is going to be.
I just picked up your new book from my local library Pam and can’t wait to get down in it!
Thank you for posting A Course In Miracles’ made easy. I have tried to slog through this book only to be bogged down before I got to the good stuff. Reading your posts has lightened it up for me so thanks a million. Yesterday I had an off morning and then I remembered ‘My thoughts are not real’. Oh boy, this really helped lift my mood. I then put on some rousing hyped up rah rah inspirational sessions on YouTube while I was cutting up mangos in the kitchen (we live on a tropical fruit orchard 😊).
All that followed by a swim in our wonderful nearby waterway to get cool and refreshed. My day started changing with that thought. Thank you once again and I look forward to more ACIM Pam Grout style.
Happy New Year!!
Do you have any idea how helpful your daily blog is to me???? It is just what I need right now after hitting rock bottom in stuckness of how much I suck-ness. I am back in course of miracles after a 20 year break. Thank you 🙏 thank you
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write your uplifting blogs. A bit off topic, but you do mention it from time to time…Could you explain a little more about the Possibility Posse? How does it work? Do you get together and choose a subject? Do you meditate as a group and clear chakras before you start? Is it just like a weekly coffee klatch? I’ve been wanting to get some sort of a group together myself, and thought hey, maybe I can have a possibility posse too. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing the analogies and stories that you relate to ACID lessons; it helps me step outside my box of thinking and open up to Now. When I asked myself this morning how this morning one was different than any other morning, I noticed while in the shower that this was the first time I had ever experienced this exact water; when I ate breakfast, this was the first time I’d had this particular egg in my mouth; and when I was at the red light on the way to work, this was the first time I was there with this particular set of cars around me, and on and on! This is Now. It was very insightful to be aware of Now, as Now. I then experienced awareness as if I were a bird looking down on myself and everything around me. It was like being on a monopoly game board, going around the track, making stops, remembering the rules, and realizing that all of this is only a made up concept and, at any moment, I can change things up any way I want to.
Again, thanks, and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow!
Oldies are the best… juke boxes and all.