Can you handle the truth?

“If your mind isn’t cluttered by unnecessary things, this could be the best day of your life.”–from a message left on my voice mail by The Zing, AKA Ethan Hughescan-you-handle-the-truth

Who can forget the explosive scene in A Few Good Men when Tom Cruise has Jack Nicholson on the witness stand? Cruise is badgering Nicholson, wanting to know whether or not he ordered a Code Red.

Nicholson, getting redder and madder, finally erupts: “You can’t handle the truth.”

And that, in a nutshell, is the real answer to all naysayers who want to know why all the good stuff happens to everyone else.

Until we can get on the frequency of gratitude, our connection to the bigger thing is blocked. Our bandwidth can’t handle the eternal, infinite love of the Divine Broadcast that’s always, always airing possibility, joy, freedom.

We’ve clogged up the connection by giving the floor to our inner anxieties, our fears, our time-sucking melodramas. Like Cinderella’s stepsisters, we’ve crammed life’s unending beneficence into our tiny shoes of old judgments and antiquated programming.

A Course in Miracles aims to upgrade the bandwidth of our consciousness. It’s entire purpose is to rewire our nervous system, rewrite old habits and literally change the chemistry of our brains.

And that’s where gratitude, as ACIM Lesson 215 reminds me, comes in.

Until I can look at every single person and event in my life and see its beauty, its radiance, its shimmering love, I will not be able to handle the truth.

Have the very best weekend of your life, my fine-feathered friends.

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.

17 Comments on “Can you handle the truth?

  1. I just does not get better than this. Complete inspiration! Thanks Pam. You have a complete file on my computer so that I can just put all your posts in one safe place and refer to your words of inspiration as often as possible. Course is great and understanding it better this time.

  2. Fabulous! Love all the analogies and metaphors – bandwidths, Cinderella’s stepsisters etc – and love how you weave it all together to make a clear, inspiring explanation of a powerful truth. Thankyou Pam 😊🌸💗

  3. Pam, I hearby surrender my “antiquated programming:to the spirit within me to be healed and be made whole once again..thanks girl for your inspiration 💕

  4. It takes some of us longer to get there than others but I am absolutely so grateful for my unqualified parents, and both sad excuses for husbands. They probably thought the same thing about me. 🙂 I learned a lot and am grateful that the experiences led to where I am now. I never stopped loving any of them because they made my life richer in so many ways. This is a great lesson and you help us understand it so well. Thank you.

  5. Hello my fine feathered friend!! Every time I even just SEE your name in my in box for your blog post…. my bandwidth gets an upgrade!! I may not comment on each one, but they all bring me such joy and insight ❤️. I can’t wait to hear about the next book!!! Hope your trip was awesome…I LOVE to share in your travels 😎👀🎈

  6. August 3, I was in a beautiful bed and breakfast in a small town in Italy. The puppy that I had picked up the night before had slept in the bed with me and we had a wonderful breakfast outside on the patio overlooking the grape orchard. Each morning for the next 5 days, I enjoyed my coffee and croissant as puppy enjoyed banana yogurt. I was filled with gratitude every day I was there. The breeder of the puppy is a chef and she and her husband spent several hours with me each day and the food and wine they prepared was divine. (I’m just catching up on your wonderful posts after my trip.)

    And yes, I can handle the truth that love is all there is.

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