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Just in: My monkey mind officially announces its theme song

“When you get stuck fighting small battles, it makes you small.”—Hank Green You’ve probably heard it: Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” The all-time favorite line of my monkey mind (the Course calls it my ego) is “I like big but’s and I cannot lie.” Monkey mind doesn’t just LIKE big but’s. It throws them out […]

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Don’t let the past assault your now

“We lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”—Jack Kerouac Kum Back, a bootleg album packaged in a plain white jacket, rubber-stamped in red or blue ink and released in January 1970, demonstrates everything you need to know about why I go through the lessons in the Course workbook every year. The album, […]

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Joy too deep to comprehend

“God is my boo.”— Maya Angelou Our eyes, as remarkable as they are, can only “see” a tiny fraction of the frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum. To be scientific, we humans can pick up wavelengths between 10^-4 and 10^-6 of the spectrum. That’s a pittance of what’s out there. Radio waves, infrared waves, x-rays, terahertz […]

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Get on the enlightenment fast track

“Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book.”— WALT WHITMAN A reader emailed me this morning to regretfully admit that, alas, she was unable to faithfully execute the hourly reminders requested in the Course workbook. I had to chuckle because a) In 20 years of doing the Course, I […]

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More miracles from the annals of magic and enchantment

“One of the greatest paradoxes of your physical senses is that your eyes actually show you what you believe, not what you see.”—Mike Dooley So I’m sitting in a French café in Mexico, having just finished a travel article on a Brazilian steakhouse I visited in the United States. What a small world! ACIM Lesson […]

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3 thought-twisters that slow down fun and joy

“Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is our birthright. Chronic ecstasy is a learnable skill.” –Rob Brezsny Merriam-Webster just announced the addition of 850 new words to their dictionary. My favorite, coined by a writer of The Simpsons, is embiggen (to make bigger or more expansive). That’s what I think A Course in […]

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Ditch the commandments. Join the party

“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” ― Oprah Winfrey According to Beto Perez, the creator of Zumba, more than 15 million people in more than 180 countries Zumba every week. Why? Because it’s easy (“I wanted it to be something my mother could […]

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Like housebreaking a puppy

“We are all captives of a story,”—Daniel Quinn For more than 100 years, physicists have known that Newton’s classical view of physical reality doesn’t work at its core. The subatomic realm so defies all reason and logic that most scientists, scared to endanger their academic credentials, have more or less ignored the fact that life […]

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“God is not the pushover some people would like you to believe.” — Alex Frankovitch

“Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.”–sticky note on Stephen Colbert’s computer If you read E-Squared, you might remember the chapter with the myths about God—that he’s a he, for example, and that he plays favorites and that he likes to makes black check marks after your name. As the experiments […]

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Why gratitude is the best game in town

“The universe is programmed for your joy.”–Marianne Williamson As a devotee of A Course in Miracles, I go through its 365 lessons every year, starting January 1. Right now, the lessons are teaching me about grievances and how every time I have one, I block the light, I block the miracles, I block the truth. […]

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