“Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book.”— WALT WHITMAN
A reader emailed me this morning to regretfully admit that, alas, she was unable to faithfully execute the hourly reminders requested in the Course workbook.
I had to chuckle because a) In 20 years of doing the Course, I have never once successfully completed the task myself and b) the only reason we’re asked to do that is to be reminded–our minds are like pinball machines. And we need help.
My favorite Course lesson is “I need do nothing.” I love this one so much because of my great aptitude at proving to myself over and over again that, despite my best intentions, my own efforts are futile. They simply don’t work.
But there is, as the Course tells us, a better way.
The better way is a four-letter word: HELP!!!
In ACIM Lesson 100, I learn the following:
1. God’s will for me is perfect happiness.
2. My joy is essential to the healing of the world.
3. And Super God itself is incomplete without my joy.
So anytime I don’t feel perfect happiness, I have to stop and realize that I made a decision that differs from my Source.
And since that decision was my best effort (again proof of my futile efforts), I just have to offer that magical four-letter plea: HELP!
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.