“Joy is the justice we give ourselves.”—Drew Lanham
Happy Monday, my beautiful friends! It’s Hedgehog Day (when Taz always sends me a hedgehog from her dance floor in the cosmos) and it’s 2-22 month when, in exactly three weeks, I’ll be awarding the third Taz Grout 222 Foundation award.
In the meantime, I want to gush about an awareness that is making itself so bountifully clear to me. As I repeat endlessly, the Course in Miracles, my main spiritual practice, is about upending the apple cart, proving that nearly every single thing we believe is backwards, upside down. Most of our beliefs are not only false, but they preclude us from seeing the truth of the world as it really is.
One of the many cons thrown by our ego is that we find love in people, places and things. Ergo—I just LOVE Spain or I loved Michael Beckwith’s talk yesterday. Or I love all the birds in my backyard. Those things are all true, but the love is coming, not from those things, but from me.
Love comes from within. That’s where it always is except when I smother my awareness of it with complaints or problems or some other ridiculous concept like it’s my job to seek love. How crazy is that—the idea that I have to somehow find love?
I’m the one that brings the love to people, places and things. It’s in me. And you. And everything there is.
Michael Beckwith, in yesterday’s talk that, YES I did LOVE, suggests we ask this question? “What good is here that I cannot presently see?”
That’s what the Course encourages us to do. To find the good, to bring the love to every situation, to look for seedlings that we then grow with our attention and presence.
The other wonderful thing Beckwith mentioned (and I say this all the time) is that we should never read the paper (or social media) to find out what’s happening in the world.
What’s happening in the world is what we bring to it, what we choose to see in it, what we create with the joy and the light of our own love and attention. #222 Forever
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) that has just been turned into an app. Badass ACIM (badass-acim.com)