We Cannot “Think” Our Way to New Life

“You cannot think your way to the new life that calls to you. You can only get there by being who you are in truth.” (ACOL, T3:3.8)

As we move farther along in A Course of Love, we will hear the refrain to “be who you are” repeatedly. This does not mean that we have to be some exalted concept of an ideal person, nor even a “good” person. Now, maybe finally now, we are alright just as we are. It is going to be OK to be ourselves. Just this.

Less desirable parts of our personalities, we are told elsewhere in ACOL, will, upon our request, just be dropped from sight. We can make a decision, for example, in eliminating attack from our lives, just by asking. And these things, such as attack, will be no more. The power of our decision reaches into the deepest part of the patterns left by the egoic self.

Being who we are “in truth” is important. We are no longer living by illusion. And we do not try to “think” our way out of illusion. We just don’t give illusion any credence any longer. In truth we follow the part of ourselves that is the God within. We follow the Christ-Self.

And with our best Self, now risen, we are walking down a flower-strewn pathway into a new place, a new world we will create with our brothers and sisters who also are part of our Self.


I would seek today to accept myself as I am, warts and all. This seems to be what Jesus is saying in my quotation for today. I try so hard to be better than I am, but this is all too often a thought process. I need to get in my heart and stay there. Then the mind will fall in line.

Be with me today as I seek to drop indecision and conflict from my way of life. These two—indecision and conflict—are detrimental to being who I am. And I would seek just to live in the Now, as I have been created.


12 Replies to “We Cannot “Think” Our Way to New Life”

  1. In order to get somewhere, we have to change ourselves. “Be yourself” advice will only get you where you are right now 😉

    1. A Course of Love doesn’t dwell on self-improvement. Self-improvement happens, but not through the mind solely. It is a “heart” thing, and it happens in subtle ways at first.

      Most cordially, Celia

  2. If I may, I would say it is a combination of finding our heart and coming from heart, while also engaging in being mindful of our thoughts and actions. The Universe will assist in this if we choose this Path. Warm Wishes.

  3. This is like one of the slogans from AA’s Twelve Steps that I happen to like very much. “You can’t think your way into a new way of living, you have to live your way into a new way of thinking.”

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