PICK OF THE DAY:
“Many people focus upon unwanted things, with no deliberate attention to the emotional Guidance within them, and then they try to compensate for their lackful thinking with physical action. And because of the misalignment of Energy, they do not get results from their action, so then they try harder by offering more action, but still things do not improve.
Like the air you breathe, abundance in all things is available to you. Your life will simply be as good as you allow it to be.”— Abraham
ACIM LESSON 37:
My holiness blesses the world.
This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the
world, or why you are here. Your purpose is to see the world through
your own holiness. Thus are you and the world blessed together. No one
loses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your
holy vision. It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers
everyone his full due. And he is entitled to everything because it is
his birthright as a Son of God.
There is no other way in which the idea of sacrifice can be removed
from the world’s thinking. Any other way of seeing will inevitably
demand payment of someone or something. As a result, the perceiver
will lose. Nor will he have any idea why he is losing. Yet is his
wholeness restored to his awareness through your vision. Your holiness
blesses him by asking nothing of him. Those who see themselves as
whole make no demands.
Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the
world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling
it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your
holiness are all things blessed along with you.
Today’s four longer exercise periods, each to involve three to five
minutes of practice, begin with the repetition of the idea for today,
followed by a minute or so of looking about you as you apply the idea
to whatever you see:
My holiness blesses this chair
My holiness blesses that window
My holiness blesses this body.
Then close your eyes and apply the idea to any person who occurs to
you, using his name and saying
My holiness blesses you, [name].
You may continue the practice period with your eyes closed; you may
open your eyes again and apply the idea for today to your outer world
if you so desire; you may alternate between applying the idea to what
you see around you and to those who are in your thoughts; or you may
use any combination of these two phases of application that you
prefer. The practice period should conclude with a repetition of the
idea with your eyes closed, and another, following immediately, with
your eyes open.
The shorter exercises consist of repeating the idea as often as you
can. It is particularly helpful to apply it silently to anyone you
meet, using his name as you do so. It is essential to use the idea if
anyone seems to cause an adverse reaction in you. Offer him the
blessing of your holiness immediately, that you may learn to keep it
in your own awareness.
CHELLIE CAMPBELL’S WEALTHY SPIRIT BLOG 37 – February 6
“When I’m about to take a risk, I consider the down side. If it’s not death, I do it.”—Nancy Sardella
Amy Frelinger, one of my class participants, came in one afternoon exasperated about an experience she had at the grocery store. She had seen an older woman in the produce section looking over the artichokes. The woman picked up one, then another, of the vegetables, turning them around and around in her hands, frowning. Noticing Amy watching her, she smiled and said, “I don’t know how to cook these, do you?” Amy said that she did, and gave her some simple directions on how to steam the artichoke and then eat it with melted butter.
Another woman overheard the conversation and chimed in with the suggestion that she dip it in herb salad dressing. Soon there were several people making suggestions on different ways to cook artichokes, encouraging the woman to try it. The woman listened and seemed to enjoy the conversation, but eventually put the artichoke back, saying, “I’m just not sure about this.”
Amy was aghast. She was incredulous that the woman couldn’t take the risk to cook an artichoke. “It only cost $1.49!” she exclaimed. “How big a risk could it be?”
Step outside your comfort zone today. Take a risk. You don’t have to quit your job, get divorced or move to another country yet. Practice with little risks. Shop at a different grocery store. Drive a different route to work. Try out a new restaurant. Watch a foreign film with subtitles. Cut your hair. Go to a concert. Sleep on the other side of the bed.
Cook an artichoke.
Today’s Affirmation: “I relish new experiences that enrich my life!”
I give this exercise in my workshop – to make some little changes. Simple ones like part your hair on the other side (feels really weird), put your other shoe on first (didn’t know you did it the same every day did you?), or change the way you put the toilet paper on the toilet paper holder (if you always have it going over the top, put it so the paper comes out underneath).
Truly compulsive behavior is changing the toilet paper in other people’s homes (and yes, I’ve done that).
It took me awhile to figure out that there were some people in class who had no trouble changing things up. They didn’t have many routines at all, and never did things the same way twice. So the exercise never made them feel awkward or out of sync.
When I figured that out, after giving the exercise instructions, I asked if anyone found that an easy exercise because they were always changing things? Several people smiled and nodded, exclaiming that they never did the same thing.
“Well, don’t feel so smug,” I said, “because you’re going to do the opposite exercise. I want you to invent a routine of seven or eight steps and do that same routine every morning without any changes.”
“Oh, no!” they moaned and groaned and complained, just like the others who had to mix it up.
Once a man who was very ordered and compulsive went home and changed all the toilet paper rolls in his home and at work. It drove him crazy every day, and when he came to class, he reported how it upset him to have his routine broken that way.
His wife, who was one of the creative never-do-it-the-same-way-twice types, looked at him in amazement and said, “Honey, I didn’t know you did that!”
I tell them then that if they can’t change a little thing like the toilet paper, how are they going to change a big thing like their money? Take a look at what you are resistant to changing, and also where you never make a decision about the best way to do something. Both the ability to change and the ability to set a routine are important to establishing a good relationship with money. You need some structure, and some flexibility.
Where do you get stuck? In the structure or in the changes?–Chellie
Enjoy, and don’t forget to vote for Eddie! “Zippy”