“You know you got it if it makes you feel good.”–Janis Joplin
The first thing I learned in journalism school is “question your source.” Is the source reliable? Knowledgable? Are the “facts” being presented scientifically-provable?
This standard journalistic practice is especially useful when deciding which of the voices in the chorus of your head to listen to.
In ACIM Lesson 29, we learn God is in everything I see.
Feel free to substitute my word (field of infinite potentiality or FP) or make up one of your own. Love, I’ve found, works like a champ.
But if it’s absolute fact that God, love, the FP is in everything, why do I see pain and dysfunction? Why am I afraid?
When thoughts like this arise, it’s time to question your source. Who is this voice that screams, “Get me out of here. Make this stop.”
For me, it’s always my own made-up story. It’s my cultural programming. It’s definitely not love or infinite potentiality.
As Mary Karr jokes, when she listens to her made-up story (as opposed to the truth of love), she wants to “snort cocaine and make out with the FedEx guy.”
Today, I choose to see love in everything. If the chatty asshat starts yammering, as its wont to do, I will question the source and realize that if it doesn’t feel good, it’s just–as Faulkner calls it–my little postage stamp of reality and not the truth.
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.