“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” — Eckhart Tolle
Lesson 5 of A Course In Miracles says “I am never upset for the reason I think.” This is one of my favorite lessons because it is so eye-opening. When I get upset, the first thought is on the object of my upset condition. It could be a rude driver, a screaming child in the park, a spouse who had a bad day. Whatever we can envision in our world is possible. So as I watch the object of my disaffection, many thoughts go through my head, usually ones of being right or maybe belittling him/her. There is the potential to focus on empathy, compassion and love but rarely is that the very first thought. It is more likely that the first reaction is one of judgment. What I have come to learn in the 30-plus years of studying the Course is that I have a choice. I can stay in the illusion of separation and see that person or situation as real and detached from me or I can go into the understanding that only our oneness in the Mind of Love is real and we cannot separate ourselves from one another.
Dear Angels, as I delve deeper into the concept of oneness, it becomes quite mind-blowing to see how freeing it is to let go of the thought of separation. At the same time, however, it takes away our ability to point fingers and do the blame-shame game because there is no one to project our emotions on to; there is only the one self.
Dear Ones, while it is easier to have someone or something else to throw blame at, this keeps you from ever looking at yourself. It is a great way to hide from the true you. While you are pointing fingers, you are setting off firecrackers for others to focus on so that they do not look at you. Can you not see, Dear Ones, that there are no others and what you are doing is running from the one great truth? Separation never happened. Your mind creates a powerful scenario in which there is a you versus them mentality. Your soul is constantly trying to pull you back into your heart space where only love is real and where you can see that you are all simply a spark of the Divine, one great ocean of energy that cannot be divided into individual droplets of water. Your heart space is home where this reality becomes crystal clear. Everyone that you envision as part of your world is simply a reflection of you. This may take some time to process so please be gentle with yourself. It is not an easy lesson to learn but it is the doorway to freedom that you have been searching for.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to open the door to freedom by looking in my heart and returning home to the only thing that is real – love.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. Teri is also the co-founder of the global movement and non-profit organization Ten Million For World Peace.
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