“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” – Richard Bach
When I was a kid, I loved playing hide-and-go-seek. One of us would be “it” and the rest of us would hide in mom’s closet, underneath the coffee table or, if we were playing outside, behind the neighbor’s shed.
The whole point was to find someone who wasn’t really missing. One exuberant “olly-olly-oxen-free” was all it took to reunite all the players.
ACIM Lesson 24 contends: I do not perceive my own best interests.
The world we perceive is like a game of hide-and-go-seek. We think we’re here to find all the things that are missing.
We think our best interest is to spend our lives looking for problems and devising plans to make them right. We think our best interest is to follow seven steps to financial freedom or three steps to being highly effective or to mastering the perfect bod.
In other words, we perceive problems, limitations, things that need fixing.
But what if our best interest is to recognize that nothing is missing? To admit that it only appears missing because we spend our time looking for it.
When I say, “I want this,” it makes the assumption I don’t already have it.
When I say, I need to be healthier or more spiritual, I embark on a journey to find the very things that are already my birthright.
It is only my decision to seek something that makes me perceive that it’s concealed.
Course in Miracles reminds us that we already have all the love, all the abundance, all the joy we need. And at any time, we can quit playing pretend and just say “thank you!”
As Robert Scheinfield says, “We are all quantum special effects animators.
I can pretend to be lacking. Profess the need to be skinnier. Or wealthier. Or shacking up with Mr. Right.
Or I can acknowledge that I’m the one who made the obstacle course. And call olly-olly-oxen-free.
And with that I’ll end with this excerpt from E-Cubed:
Peter Jackson was paid $20 million for the script of King Kong.
You’re not getting paid to create drama, so methinks it’s time to write a different script.
1.Give yourself an Academy Award for the amazing “drama” you’ve created thus far. In a world that brims with beauty and plenitude, the fact that you have been able to create such a convincing “story” of lack and struggle is truly an accomplishment. The special effects you have employed to overlook the world’s unending largesse are truly mind-bending. Take a bow and ask yourself, “If I have been this successful at creating separation and pain (and believe me, we’re all worthy of gold medals), then what else might I create with a little imagination?”
2. Use the feeling for rocket fuel. Once you get it that everything is your creation, you can use that intense feeling to propel you into a different story. The only reason you’re still starring in the same, worn-out show (it should have been canceled in 1998 when Seinfeld went off the air) is because you’ve pitched a tent. You’ve completely forgotten that there are lots of other destinations on the map. Because you endlessly harp about where you are and what’s going wrong, you’ve driven in the stakes. At any time, you can move to a different location, a different story, a different reality.
3. Zip it up. You may not like the site of your present tent, but there is no need to tell the world about it. No matter where you’re camped, there are blessings and miracles nearby. Instead of bellyaching about the script, the campsite, the life you’re currently experiencing, focus in on everything that’s going right. Once you begin to use your laser superpowers for possibilities, miracles, and joy, you will suddenly find yourself on a whole new stage, accepting a whole new Oscar.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side,
Just BRILLIANT, Pam. So glad you are sharing these precious pearls with us!!!!!
Thank you! This gives perspective to what I just read in ACIM.
Love this so much Pam
Just what I needed today! Thank you Pam! Going to pull up some stakes now…💝
I love your attitude. II realize that we create our own reality on some level ie soul level. Some people have chosen (if it is true) to co-create difficult scenarios with all kinds of things happening right from birth ie born in a country where war is happening, poverty How would you suggest they deal with that to be of assistance to them? I
Thanking you again, Pam! Have a beautiful day, Danielle
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Most of the stuff that happened in my life I thought was just fodder for a book I would “one day” write. Now I realize I’ve been writing these stories all along and the more dramatic, the more interesting. I didn’t want a dull life but as I’ve been looking through my old journals, the story hasn’t changed. I keep writing it over and over and over. Darn, I’m so done with it. That’s why I’m coming here. Now, I’ll go over and read what the link says. You really are good, you know.
Pam! I’ve always looked forward to finding an email in my inbox from you. I’m reading ACIM along with you and your posts. Thank you! I hope you turn these into a book…..
Thanks Pam. Please keep the post coming. You add a “lightness” to The Course.
This is my first time with ACIM workbook. Its crazy powerful on its own – but together with your blog posts its, well, everybody reading it knows what it is 🙂 A couple of days ago you’d written that activities might make it difficult to continue daily. So just want to thank you zillions for the ones so far and any that can continue to happen. Hugs ~
Pam, I just love the way you write.! Thank you for sharing your talent and insight!
There is SSSSSOOOOO much in this mornings writing from Lesson 24 CIM, that I will need to read again & again. You nailed me & Gave me a way out and a reminder to LIGHTEN the HECK UP………From the bottom of my heart thank you I wait everyday with joy-filled anticipation of your take on today’s lesson. Big LOVE to you.
Thanks for the reminder Pam. I’m ready to start using my super powers.
Yes yes yes, this is it. All the yeses!!!! Thank you!!!
WOW – feeling better and better every day!
All Rock Stars turn their mikes to the crowd periodically and let the fans carry the tune for awhile – we’ll be OK if you skip a few verses as long as you pop in now and then to keep us on beat and in tune👍.
Oh, my, Pam — These entries are more and more helpful every day. Thank you so much. ~ SJ
Excellent words to start my day! I jotted down your statement and I will “use my laser super powers for possibilities, miracles and joy.” Thank you!
Wow! Talk about synchronicity. I woke up about 6:00 AM and was thinking about Goddess Kali and deconstructing fearful, struggling thoughts and data. I asked my guides to help me and slept until noon, waking up, feeling great, feeling the love. Came to the computer and read this.
From your first blog of the Course of Miracles, I felt excitement and the vision of your finished book. As I lay there this morning, feeling the love, I thought of the two times you have mentioned that you might not finish this project. With this blog, I felt the original excitement and joy again.
As I am typing this, I get an acceptable offer to sell our home. Just amazing how the universe provides.
Thank you, again, Pam, for writing this blog. I love the Course of Miracles through your words.
Pam, what can I say, except Right On!! Thank you for the reminders, the blessings, the realities that you share. An avatar for the modern age of over thinking and self- sabatage I and many others put our selves through for no other reason than forgetting who we really are and the beauty that surrounds us every day.
I think about these lessons every day, and they make a huge difference because I’m more aware of my negative, self-limiting thoughts, and I have been stopping myself midway. I love being able to apply these lessons directly into my day. It’s so uplifting. Thank you for all your hard work that goes into these posts. 🙂
Brilliant indeed. Thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a fun way.
I love this line: “give yourself an academy award for the amazing ‘drama’ you’ve created thus far.” That’s so good because what I tend to do is judge myself harshly for what I’ve already created that is nothing like what I truly desire. But now I can applaud my work, take a bow, and start writing the next “drama” with love, gratitude and joy. Thanks Pam, you’re work is a delightful blessing in my life and I just love the way you express these lessons. Big hugs to you!
Oh this was so good! Gave me goosies. Thanks so much for being here!
Brilliant metaphor. Thank you dearly for the enlightenment
Yes, yep, yeah, ya ya, bingo, score!!!!!
I have really enjoyed going through the workbook lessons with you as you write about life from your perspective. It’s like having a friendly conversation. I look forward each post. This is almost like a book writing itself–maybe e-ACIM Squared?
Thank you so much for your daily posts! I look forward to your inspiration everyday! When I see the email from you, I immediately smile on the inside knowing you have a wonderful “jewel” for me to chew on everyday!
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This is just what I needed to hear today!
Mahalo for starting my day off on the right side of the bed!