“Only in love are we free.”—Alan Cohen
Yesterday, I made a new friend, explored a new street, wrote a blog post, took photos and sat by the lake watching diving pelicans.
Adventures—even if something small like walking down an unfamiliar street—keep us fresh, new, keep us from falling into old patterns.
The most insidious pattern to which I fall prey is believing that a certain set of attributes can describe who I am.
“Hi! I’m Pam. I’m a writer. I’m a mother. I get nervous speaking in public.”
Like a four-year-old who insists on watching Frozen over and over and over again, I cling to these attributes with a tenacious grip. As if anyone could limit love and light.
ACIM Lesson 84 encourages me to go deeper, to go beyond a paltry little list of attributes.
This lesson (I am as the Dude created me) is repeated over and over and over again throughout the Course. And today, I’m asked to repeat it over and over, every hour.
It’s a way of shaking the etch-a-sketch, of having new adventures. It’s a way of contacting the truth about myself, the truth that knows no fear, the Self that cannot conceive of loss or suffering or death.
So I’ll say it again. I am as the Dude created me.
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.