“Worry and fear are not spiritual practices.”—Michael Beckwith
When you believe, as I do, that the universe constantly conspires for your good, you can’t help but notice the silver lining. As Jack Kornfield says, “This virus isn’t happening to us. It’s happening for us.”
What if this is the universe insisting we slow down, that we become still and listen for a change—not to what some box or little device is shouting at us—but to what our hearts are saying? What the trees are whispering? What our loved ones on the other side are telling us over all the noise?
What if this is the down time we’ve long professed to want so we can write a song? Or a poem? Or a bedtime story for our four-year-old? Shakespeare, I’ve heard, used a quarantine to write King Lear. Newton discovered calculus.
What if this is our big chance to rewrite everything? Do we want to keep believing we’re imprisoned by the senseless laws of the world? That we’re dependent on stacks of green paper strips and piles of metal discs? Do we want to remain beholden to the marketed idea that we won’t survive without our little pills or our jobs where we do things we don’t particularly want to do for eight hours a day?
Today’s Course in Miracles lesson asks us to dismiss all these foolish beliefs. It asks us to hold our minds in silent readiness to hear the Voice that speaks of Truth. It asks us to declare our freedom from the tyranny of the cultural Kool-aid.
What if this is an inflection point in our history? Our invitation to finally embrace our highest selves?
Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).