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“Facts” are opinions, holding down reality until we can move beyond

“Our thoughts hold more medicine than many of the astonishing breakthroughs of our time.” — Kris Carr

Thoughts-become-ThingsIn leafing through my frayed, worn-out copy of the Course this morning, I ran across this quote: “It’s a distortion to believe there is a creative ability in matter which the mind cannot control.”

It goes on to say that the body is nothing but a learning device for the mind and that its abilities are way overrated.

It’s always, 100 percent of the time, the mind that needs correction if the body is acting up. If anything, our bodies are a giant distraction. They’re not who we really are.

To believe my body, this temporary container is my identity is to miss the whole point.

The body is one of the ego’s greatest inventions, its most potent tools.

Fallible, aging bodies that require constant attention are the ultimate distraction. The irony, of course, is we become so distracted by caring for our bodies that we never stop to recognize that our bodies are mirrors of our beliefs. We alter them, even make them sick, with these beliefs.

Our beliefs and expectations, in fact, are so powerful that placebos (fake treatments like sugar pills, saline injections, and sham surgery) cause bald men to grow hair, high blood pressure to drop, ulcers to heal, dopamine levels to increase, and even tumors to shrink. And although pharmaceutical companies would rather keep this on the down low, placebos relieve symptoms on par with real medication.

In other words, it’s our beliefs that do the healing.

Our beliefs animate, sustain, and motivate all that we see. Blaming life for our misfortunes is like accusing our smart phones of running lousy apps. We’re the ones who downloaded them. Life simply serves as the projector of our beliefs.

Few of us truly understand the potency of our thoughts and consciousness. Each thought is a seed, a unit of mental energy that plays out in the world as powerfully as gravity or the principle of aerodynamics. Thoughts that carry sufficient intent, emotional impact, and conviction of belief (whether true or not) will take root and stimulate materialization.

So if you believe that life is an unending struggle, that bodies have no choice but to deteriorate or that most guys are jerks, that’s the script that will play out in your life.

Life itself is never painful. It is only a mirror of our beliefs. We “fix” problems by recognizing them as a case of mistaken identity and then changing the inner belief, the inner cause.

Where we get stuck is putting so much faith in a particular belief (“But it’s true that I have no money.” “It’s true that I have cancer in my genetics.”) that we cannot conceive that it’s not fact. We’re convinced it’s “God’s own gospel truth.”

Facts, despite what scientists, teachers, and CNN tell you, are opinions, holding down material reality until we can move beyond.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

30 Responses

  1. Thank you so very much for helping me think differently………..living with a chronic illness is so hard but working on my thoughts is helping! Thank YOU!

    1. Hi Wendi! If you’re interested in a full recovery, the Dynamic Neural Retraining System is method to use these concepts to rewire your brain for optimal health. It works for most chronic illnesses, I can testify as I am about 90% recovered and living a normal life =)

      1. thank you, yes, i have been doing this system for several months now and it has helped a little. thank you again for reaching out!

    2. I keep reminding “me” that it’s ALL a Hologram, a Matrix, if you will, until we move on. EXCELSIOR!

      1. are you a comic book fan Patricia? Because ” Excelsior! ” is what Stan Lee ( a comic book writer) says a lot.

  2. Hi Pam, I do believe this is true. I have trouble changes my thoughts on this as I’ve had a bad case of exzema since birth and it’s frustrating as I believe your ACIM words, I cannot seem to be able to get rid of this.

    1. Besides believing in your good health you might try a grain free diet . It worked for my grown up son. Dr Perlmutter and Dr Davis and their books are good sources for info.

  3. Pam! Love the smart phone and apps analogy…. spot on.
    Now I’m only “downloading” apps that make me happy and bring joy to all.
    Thanks for the new perspective. – Coach
    ps – “Thank and Grow Rich” is my favorite of all your awesome books! I read it like a bible during my “Thank You” tour of FLA this past March visiting friends and family while watching miracle after miracle play out each day. It works. Thank YOU!

  4. Not sure if this will get to you Pam. I could do with your help. Graham

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    1. Hi Graham. You can actually email Pam directly if you go to the “contact” section in the menu on her website. Whatever you write to her there is private and isn’t posted on the blog. Best wishes,
      Jenny Louise ☀️

  5. Hi Pam – this is one of the best blogs yet. You are so right. I fight this all the time and when I lose I feel it in my body whether it be a headache or tight muscles, etc. Anytime I revert backwards & to think about about something that is not working, I’ll re-read this blog. thank you again for being there & keeping us on the right track.

  6. This page is staying open for awhile. You are speaking to me again. Thank you for the personal attention. 🙂 I’ve been listening to an old cassette series I’ve had for years by Peter McWilliam and John Roger, “You can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought:” When will I finally absorb it and put it into practice with all you have said here. Dr. Joe Dispenza says the same thing. It’s our thoughts, nothing else. I sing songs and anything I can do to stay out of negative thinking. Then I hear the crap that comes out of my pea brain and I want to smack it silly. Thanks for the re-enforcement here.

  7. Ah yes, perfect! Thankyou Pam- just what I needed today and is in fact a perfect reflection of what I’ve been contemplating of late. My mind boggles at the potential of my mind! 😁 This truth – that facts are opinions holding down reality until we move beyond -whilst scary on one level, is soooooo liberating! Wow! Amen and yeehaaa!! 😁 Let the fun begin! ⭐️

  8. Soooo, true! Love your writing and appreciate your blog every time tremendously.

  9. Pam..Still working on changing my briefs that keep me stuck. Thank you for your encouragement. I am sure you’ve been here at one time.

  10. Love this. It is not just new agey talk. Proven that just observing the world changes things over 100 years ago.The oneness of consciousness and reality was shown over a century ago in quantum mechanics. Like you always say.The “feel” you have changes your world.

  11. I’m not sure about this post given what is going on in this country. To say life itself is never painful seems rather disingenuous.

  12. I have the same thought as Gianna, I’m afraid. Yes, yes, let’s focus on love and peace. Meanwhile over 2000 children are behind barbed wire in our country. I’m sure I’m not thinking correctly about this, but the stark reality keeps getting in the way.

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