“Love has befriended me so completely that it has turned to ash and freed me of every concept and image my mind has ever known.” –Hafiz
Some people collect salt and pepper shakers. Others, coins or cookie jars.
I’m a sucker for a good quote—probably because I’m a writer and adore words and ideas. I rarely write anything (except travel articles) without leading off with a quote.
ACIM Lesson 41 (God goes with me wherever I go) is chock full of worthy words of wisdom for my collection.
For example, “Leave appearances. Approach reality.”
What appears to be (in the news, in my litany of dislikes, fears and problems) is a hologram of my beliefs. As long as I continue to “invent cures” for my personal house of horrors, they will continue to star in my reality. But the minute I question their validity, they will literally disappear.
This is SO difficult to believe because we’ve invested our entire lives in the idea of problems. We think it’s our mission to eradicate all the things we do not like.
But what if they’re not even real?
Today, instead of believing in the heavy cloud of appearances, I will celebrate the fact that the Source of all Joy (or Super God, as someone delightfully called it) goes with me wherever I go.
And I will know that anything that might look like a problem is just me making up a story that will go “poof” the minute I withdraw my belief.
The problem, as this lesson stresses, is not real.
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