“You are defined by how great your thoughts are.”—Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler won his first Emmy last night for best supporting actor.
I have no idea if the 72-year-old actor has even heard of the Course in Miracles, but I do know he uses its principles in every aspect of his life.
When he was seven, he began imagining himself being an actor.
Because he had undiagnosed dyslexia, he was pegged in school as “the class dunce, not that bright. Stupid.” His parents practically disowned him because they thought he was lazy.
He called it ironic that he went into a field where reading was part of the drill. Monday’s script read-throughs on “Happy Days” where he played the leather-jacketed, bequiffed Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli filled him with dread.
But along the way, he learned something important, something ACIM Lesson 261 tells us. We live and move in a ginormous field of love and information.
He was unable to learn by using his eyes. Or his brain. So he learned by getting quiet and simply listening. By accessing the ginormous field of love and info coursing through his body.
“I have to wait,” he says.
But without fail, whatever he needs to know literally drops into his awareness.
The trick, he says, is getting beyond the neurosis in your brain. Once you wash anything that bothers you out of your body, everything you need to know is right there.
“Your inner voice, your instinct knows everything.”
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.