“Excellent!” I cried. “Elementary,” said he.” ― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
My beautiful colleague and friend, Annola Charity, presented me with a Staples “Easy” button a few years ago. This three-inch red button, when pressed, repeats “That was easy.”
I take it to all my playshops and tell everyone I know that it’s one of my favorite mantras and one of the most important beliefs you can have.
In fact, the section that stood out to me when reviewing ACIM Lesson 73 (I will there be light) was how easy it is to pass the barrier of grievances that stand between me and my happiness.
Because it’s a wordy lesson, one of those that rubs me the wrong way, I plucked out two major points:
A) What I see in the world mirrors what is within.
B) While it seems complicated to let go of my grievances (mainly because they sometimes seem so REAL), it’s a whole lot easier if let go of what I frequently call the most dangerous four-letter word in the English language.
This word that I’ve specifically banned from my vocabulary is especially damning when combined with something you’re trying to do: lose weight, attract money, get a hot date.
The word is “hard,” as in “It is hard to……
You know you’ve said it:
“It’s hard to change old habits.”
“It’s hard to find a better job.”
“It’s hard to empty my mind when meditating.”
Because our beliefs are so powerful, literally sculpting our lives on a moment-by-moment basis, to believe (and especially to say out loud) that anything is difficult is extremely counterproductive.
Still, even those of us who know about (and happily use) the power of our thoughts sometimes speak that ugly word.
I prefer the words “smooth” and “easy” and repeat those beautiful sentiments as often as I can.
I affirm that whatever I want to accomplish is smooth and easy. In fact, the less I do, the better things turn out. The more I hand over to the universe (the field of potentiality that is SO much smarter than me), the better my life becomes.
I hope you will join me in affirming that it’s “smooth” and “easy” to live in and be the light.
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.