“It’s the inner world that needs adjusting, tweaking and plucking when the outer world fails to please.”—Mike Dooley
As a travel writer, I often end up confronting customs and laws different than my own.
In Singapore, for example, it’s illegal to hug in public. In Cannes, you can be arrested for wearing a Jerry Lewis mask. I’ve also heard of some pretty weird laws in my own country. In Devon, Texas, I’m told, it’s illegal to make furniture in the nude. Darn that, Devon, Texas.
We might get a chuckle out of these (and let me just add that I don’t plan to pack my Jerry Lewis mask my next trip to Cannes), but more than these “laws,” we are also at the mercy of arbitrary laws we’ve imposed in our own heads. Laws such as “life is a struggle,” “I have to do everything myself,” “It’s me against the world.”
The bad news is that whatever “laws” you believe in are activated in your life, creating a personal reality that reflects those beliefs. The good, shout-it-from-the-rooftops news is that you can rewrite the laws operating in your life by simply changing your beliefs.
Like the yogini whose practice is stretching muscles, my full-time practice is stretching my beliefs, changing the limiting laws that my darned ego kebeps sending memos about.
Here are just a few laws I’ve written on the books of my life:
1. The world is limitless, abundant and strangely accommodating.
2. Everything always works out for me.
3. Money is just energy and easy to come by.
4. By following my heart, I can lead a life of purpose and meaning and big-ass joy.
5. The more love I give, the more I receive.
6. Actually the more of anything I give, the more I receive.
I’m heading to Cuba tomorrow and don’t plan to take my computer so I’ll probably be incommunicado for the next week or so. Just know that I’ll be busy in Havana spreading molecules of joy and reveling in the beneficence of the universe. And for those who are wondering, today’s ACIM Lesson 155 is featured in the photo.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear in the comments section below a new belief you’re ready to sign into law
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.