“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”–Bob Marley
Whew! So relieved today’s ACIM Lesson 248 didn’t come up back in January. To suggest that tragedy, chaos and unhappiness are nothing but a ridiculous rumor doesn’t typically sit well.
Polite company tends to be heavily invested in the inevitability of sorrows and trials.
Even making a joke about suffering not being a standard part of the human condition can get a gal burned at the stake.
So I’m hoping that now–after 10 months of thumbing our noses at illusions—we can finally just come out and say it. Life doesn’t have to suck.
The only reason we think it does is because that’s the reality that has been cemented into our consciousness by years and decades and centuries of conditioning.
Even death is a false idea that we should strike from the record books.
To believe there’s no way to escape suffering and pain and lack is to disown the truth.
This lesson asks us to disown falsity, to disown all the inevitable sorrows to which we’ve been so faithful.
Sure, it’s a hard pill to swallow, that we—you and me—made the mess we call material reality.
But look very closely at the building blocks of the universe and you discover they’re dicey at best. As renowned physicist Brian Greene, who is much better at explaining these things, says: “quantum fluctuations so mangle space and time that all conventional ideas become meaningless.”
In other words, we experience death and depression and limitation because that’s what we’ve come to expect, that’s what we think of as reality.
The exciting thing about this truth (that it’s us, not some random misogynist named God) is that another way IS possible.
We do not have to accept war and sickness and injustice. By disowning falsity, by refusing to buy the illusion, we can create a peaceful world that works for everyone.
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.