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Happiness Is an Inside Job

“As long as there is a trace of energy within you in which you are striving to get from any perceived thing or object around you what you are sure you lack inside yourself, you cannot know the love of Self. And you cannot experience freedom. Happiness is an inside job.” (“The Way of the Heart,” WOM, Lesson 7, Page 89)

Abundance is our natural state of being. God does not actually know “lack” in us. We think that we need what others have, and so we seek to “take” from them. This is especially true when it appears that they have an increase over what we have. When we imagine such as this, we look for “special” relationships.

When we seek to supply an imaginary lack in ourselves through others, we are looking amiss. We are already whole. Our only problem is that we have made many mistakes. But these mistakes are not rightly called “sins,” for sins have an attracting quality that keeps us coming back to them.

When we know that God’s way is to give us abundance, we shape our minds and hearts to that end. And we attract it. But we don’t take from others to do so. We experience freedom only when we live and let live, i.e., let others walk their own pathway without our trying to “take” from them. Others will round out our lives, but we must give from the standpoint of fullness/abundance, always.

“Happiness is an inside job.” Yes! And giving and receiving, because we are all one Self, is always mutual. We will have what we need, with the need always supplied immediately, when we cease grabbing for what we want. “Grabbing” is an egoic state of mind, and it is never the right way to achieve our ends. Love of Self is the way to God’s greatest blessings, not greed.

Lack is not our birthright as children of God. If we see lack in ourselves, we are seeing wrongly, and when we replace our thoughts and feelings of lack with the truth that abundance is ours, all will be well.

We Have Been Given Everything

“Truth is always abundant. Scarcity leads to overeating and other false drives. Abundance eliminates these. Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything have no need for driven behavior of any kind.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-2.39.2:4-7)

Truth is one of the intangible outcomes to abundance, and abundance is the law of attraction in operation. We have been given everything, as A Course in Miracles makes clear in other passages as well as this one. We do not recognize that everything, of course, because we are finite, and knowing that we have everything requires a mind that is open to eternity, for it is in eternity that we do have everything.

The law of abundance is the idea that what we inwardly ask for, we will receive. It can be a secular idea, but the best reading of it (as with all things) is to invite the spiritual in. We are not long pleased with material objects that feed the ego; we are constantly striving for more and more, more and different, not satisfied for long.

Intangible blessings, especially the peace that passeth understanding, has none of this drive to acquire more. Peace is all or nothing (though we may not perceive it this way). And peace is our due when we invite this great calm. And all we need do is ask.

Note: I have a new blog on the spiritual dimensions of the law of attraction, entitled “Thou Shalt Receive,” a blog that is being well-received. I welcome your visits: http://halesceliaelaine.wordpress.com

Thank you.

Nitty – Gritty of Money

“And yet you continue to think that if you had money or abundance, you would accept and receive it, express it and share it.

“This if is all that stands between you and abundance.

“You do not believe this, however, and the functions of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression are to lead you to this belief and, finally, to this acceptance. Acceptance first that you do not believe. And then accep¬tance itself.” (ACOL, D:Day3.54 – Day 3.56)

This quotation requires careful reading and rereading, and then the conundrum of abundance will become clear. Jesus is very aware that the discrepancy among people in regard to wealth is a problem for many. He does not countenance any attempt to have us believe he is championing poverty as a better spiritual state than wealth. He is making us see, in this part of A Course of Love, that having money is not a bad thing. The overwhelming love of that money may lead us wrong, of course, but the fact of having our monetary needs made without our having to worry is not lamented. All of us want to live securely. And we can.

We accept the existence or non-existence of financial solvency in our lives, and then we move through a process with God of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. Finally we reach acceptance of our state of financial well-being or lack thereof, and then the miracle happens. We are open to receive now. We are no longer fighting God. We trust Him to supply, and, lo, He does. He has wanted our trust all along. He has wanted us to realize that He can and will meet our needs. The storehouse is opened, and we are invited to take what we need. Not always what we want, but what we need.

Acceptance of these words means a great deal to a resolving the problem in the first place. God is Lord of life as well as money, and His care for us is not at issue. Accept that we don’t fully understand, don’t fully believe, but then fall on His mercy. He will not fail us.

Dear God,

When monetary supply is low, we tend to doubt that You care about us when it comes to paying our bills. Maybe, we say, this is not a spiritual concern. Or maybe You just don’t care regardless.

How wrong we are! If something concerns us, then it concerns You, for You want us happy and satisfied. I thank You for Your bountiful gifts to me today. May I trust that Your supply is never ending, that when I have a need, when I have a problem, the solution is always right there with it.

And I thank You that this is so.

Amen.

The Many Faces of Abundance

“Just as you were told you cannot “think” great ideas into being, or great talent into fruition, just as you were told, in other words, that the “givens” are not to be dealt with by the conscious, or “thinking” mind, so too is it with abundance. Abundance can only be accepted and received, just as great ideas and great talent can only be accepted and received.” (ACOL, D:Day3.53)

We are being told that all of our imaging, our visualizations, and our invoking of the law of attraction just may not bring abundance to us. Abundance can only be “accepted and received,” a gift of God. When we struggle, we are expressing our doubt that abundance can be ours. When we struggle, we are fighting against God.

What if we think that are accepting, ready to receive, and still we can’t meet the mortgage? Maybe there is something more going on. Maybe we are being asked to trust that God’s security will never be withdrawn from us. Security is not met by money in the bank, however much we may think so. We could never have enough to feel secure, if we are placing our faith in the monetary. Money won’t save us, however much we might think that that is all that we need. Materialism is still not the way of God.

Trusting in the beneficence of God, regardless of what transpires, is our route to abundance. Just trusting. Knowing that the rent will get paid. Knowing that the ideas that will save our future earnings will come to us. Only if we trust.

God does not countenance those of us who are too frail to put our safety needs in His hands. He wants us whether we are rich or poor, and there is some evidence from the New Testament that a lot of riches actually will, if loved enough, keep us from Heaven. We need only look to the rich young ruler to understand that the love of money gets us into a lot of trouble.

Put our faith in the gifts of God to save us from ourselves. We may have many lessons to learn in this lifetime, and a period of austerity may be just what we need. Not what we want, but what we need. And abundance is not only money. Abundance is the blessings of talents from God that are finally put to use. Abundance is the assurance that we will never lack for our needs to be satisfied.

If we doubt this, we doubt God’s provision. And His provision is always enough.

Dear God,

If we think that we lack for abundance, we are mistaken. Abundance takes many forms, and forms that we don’t sometimes recognize. Be with me today as I seek to thank You for the various forms of abundance that You have rained down upon my head. Help me to be grateful for Your many blessings. I indeed do have all that I need, for You have promised this. In any problem, the solution is always with the problem. May my imagined and real problems find their solution in You today.

Amen.

Abundance Is Our Birthright

“Yet how can you accept yourself when you have feelings such as these? How can you accept the idea of inheritance with ideas such as these? How do you accept me when you see me as symbolizing a life of “godly” poverty, and of calling my followers to abandon their worldly goods?

“Thus must this source of your anger and discontent, this source of your non-acceptance, be revealed in a new light.” (ACOL, D:Day3.15 – Day3.16)

We are meant to be called to a radical acceptance of our lives, but not to those things that we dislike. Our acceptance paves the way for change, and it is change, often, that we want. Our acceptance of poverty, if that is our situation, can pave the way to the elimination of poverty. We don’t lie down in the dust and give up. We wait for the ideas from God that will make a difference in our lives. But acceptance, a radical acceptance, is important—indeed, is mandatory.

We have often become angry when we see others who have more than we do in material blessings. Those people are a thorn in our side. But it doesn’t have to be that way. They did not accept poverty as a given, and when we don’t accept it as given, we are well on our way to making real change occur in our lives. We don’t have to lead charmed lives to be secure in financial matters. We don’t have to be angry that we don’t have as much as another. We can walk into greater abundance by acceptance of ALL facets of our lives, and then by moving to replace those things that we don’t like. The way seems plain, but, oh, so hard to accept.

God gives ideas. And He gives security. No amount of abundance, or money, would ever be enough to offer a sense of safety, for that safety only comes from a close walk with God. He takes care of us. Our real needs are always met, even if outward appearances deem otherwise. Our wishes are not always met, and this is a good thing, for our wishes are defective. But needs are met.

Allow acceptance to flood over us. Then watch for opening windows. When God closes a door, He opens a window farther down the pathway.

Opening windows are a blessing for which all of us can be assured.

Dear God,

I accept the particular amount of money I have now. And when and if I need more, I accept that point of need, and then wait for an opening window that will tell me how to solve the problem. Need is always met. I am not called to accept undesirable outcomes.

Be with me today as I seek to walk in Your way. Pour into my mind the ideas that I need to have to move into any greater abundance that I need. And allow me to believe that this outcome will happen.

Amen.

Think Outside the Box

“Let us return for a minute to the base idea behind the issue of money or abundance: the way you have learned. The mind would tell you that nothing is “given,” and that all must be either learned or earned, most times both, for you have learned in order to earn, learned in order to advance yourself in the world in one way or another. Since money or abundance is not a “given” for all, but only for a few, you think of it much like the “given” of natural gifts or talents, the “givens” of fresh and inspired ideas. You do not, however, see that these are in truth linked as givens, for you do not see that all are gifted.” (ACOL, D:Day3.11)

Jesus goes to great lengths to knock us out of our preconceived ideas about money. When he is speaking here of gifts, he is not speaking of inheritance from our parents or other individuals. He is speaking of gifts from God, and we are all similarly gifted with talents and inspired ideas (though we often don’t realize this). Our talents do differ on this earth, but there are many and varied talents, and there is always something that we can do better than anyone else whom we know. Think a bit of this, and see if it isn’t true. Our talents may be something that nobody else values, but there it is. And it is valuable in the sight of God. Our ideas, similarly, are different from many others, but they are OURS, and we value them. The same with abundance, or money. We accept our right to it, we believe, and then we find that we have enough for security. And security is not measured in mass.

We can only be secure in God’s grace. No amount of money will suffice, for the very rich are quite aware that the stock market can crash, or other ways may be found that separate the very rich from their money. So if we can never be rich from our money, we can only be rich in God, and He grants the security and safety that we have been craving.

Many things are “given” by God. And it is this that we ought to rely upon. We don’t have to learn or earn everything that comes to us. Think a moment of what we have that we did not gain through learning or earning. Many of these things are without monetary value, but they will enrich our soul tremendously. And it is the soul who we ought to nourish, for life then becomes worth living.

If we can believe strongly enough that we will be made secure in our financial lives, then we will find that our belief will become justified. It is a focus on lack that trips us up. Focus on abundance, and see what great ideas do come that will lead to abundance. Think outside the box. God gives great ideas that grant the abundance that we have been desiring.

What if we don’t believe in abundance, or money coming our way? Our doubt is a great hinderer to God as He seeks to bless us. Try, just for a short time, giving up the doubt and see if something better doesn’t occur. We can and will feel safe in God’s arms when we recognize that having abundance is not meant for a chosen few.

Dear God,

Help me to realize the abundance that You offer so freely. Never let fears intrude, for they are deadly. May I enjoy the blessings that You have rained down upon me. And may I enjoy them every day.

Be with me as I seek to have a good day. Your bountiful storehouses are open to me today; help me to believe.

Amen.

A Spiritual Context for Living

“It is through your mind that these new ideas will change your actions and your life, your mind that, through increased stillness, will give you more peace, your mind that will accept comfort of a certain type, even extending to a new comfortableness of being. You believe having a spiritual context for your life can, in other words, change your inner life, but are more skep¬tical in regard to its ability to affect your outer life; and nowhere are you more skeptical than in regard to money or abundance. The area of money, or abundance, is where learning fooled you and failed you the most.” (ACOL, D:Day3.7)

Having a spiritual center for our lives does do much for us, and here Jesus is making the allegation that it can even bring us more money—or “abundance,” as he calls it. Aside from the fact that money appears to be materialism, something that Jesus has rejected, how might we understand these thoughts of his?

We are led to “accept” in these early days of the Forty Days and Forty Nights. But we are not being led down a garden path to accept those things that we don’t like! We are being led into a new way of viewing the world, one in which we have the money that we need, primarily because we become certain that we will be taken care of. Our certainty that all will be well is enough to make it so. Doubt that this is true will unhinge the emotional tenor of our thoughts, and it is with emotion that we need to work. When we fervently (i.e., emotionally) believe, then we get what we are saying. We accept that belief in abundance can indeed make it ours. We don’t think that we will believe if we first get the money; that is putting the cart before the horse. We can imagine a world in which abundance is ours, and then we can see that it is so. That is all.

So, acceptance is key. Our new state of being, a way of being that has us feeling comfortable in our own skin, will pave the way for the blessings that will unfold. When we are peaceful, we realize that no amount of money could give us security, for our security does not rest in the fact of money. Our security rests in God, and it is through divine guidance that we discover how to live. This discovery, of how to live, will lead us into abundance in every facet of living—not just green paper bills. But even green paper bills can and will come, once we are clear that materialism does not give us the certainty of being taken care of. Our certainty rests in God alone. Then, regardless of how many green paper bills we have, we know that we are safe. Our security is affirmed.

Dear God,

I feel safe and secure today. I have had my moments of fear, but today those moments of fear do not assail me. Thank You.

Be with me as I seek to extend Your safety to every part of my life. Your way points out the way to abundance in every facet of my life. May this assurance never leave me.

Amen.

Enjoy Life in All Its Abundance

“You only need be open to the place that no specialness can enter, and bid your brother choose for you. For in his choice you join with him and with your Father. In this choice lies one united will for glory that knows neither specialness nor separation. In this choice lies life eternal.” (ACOL, C:15.12)

The idea of allowing our brother to choose for us is new. This brother is Jesus, who is in charge of the Atonement, at least in Christian circles. Here we do not find specialness, but a choice that is borne of equality of all brothers and sisters. Even when we think that we know and understand more than another, we are still equal. Only in time are talents unevenly given; in eternity they are the same.

We do not rightly know either specialness nor separation. We are one united will, when we are joined with the Self who is deep within us. This Self leads to an equanimity that is unlike anything we have experienced before. We will have patience that has previously eluded us. We will exhibit love that has never been part of our experience in sharing. We will know a new life, a life eternal, that enfolds us with its grace and gives us all that our heart desires.

If the day goes gray, remember these truths. Nobody will have all charmed days; there are always things that could be better. But there comes a point at which we need to express gratitude for all that we do have, and gratitude spawns happiness. The way that we walk on any given day will affect all the future. Learn what works by consulting the inner Self. Even dialogue, in writing, with this inner Self. The truths that we will experience will indeed transform our lives.

Gratitude grows great within us when we know that we are living life eternal right now. We don’t wait for an afterlife; we are here and now in eternity. When we truly know this, we will walk a green earth.

Benevolence & Abundance in A Course of Love, by Ivor Sowton

A beautiful conclusion happened at our meditation group recently, which is led by dear friends we have known for many years now. The context was the healing prayers we do at the end of the meditation. One attendee had brought a list of serious concerns both personal and familial, and I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed. But one of the leaders suddenly seemed to drop into a deep place and said “and we know that at the deepest level, all is well. All is well!”

I am reminded of the many places in A Course of Love in which Jesus encourages us to establish our identity in the House of Truth rather than in the house of illusion. In the House of Truth, we and everyone else truly are well, not only now, but always.

“Because you now are translating the thought system of the ego into the thought system of the truth, you will begin to believe in such things as benevolence and abundance. What this means is that you will slowly translate all ideas of scarcity into ideas of abundance, all ideas of blame into ideas of benevolence.” (Third Treatise of ACOL, 14.2)

This new found belief in divine benevolence and abundance as our actual birthright as children of God must then be backed up by an attitude of self-responsibility when we are not feeling in touch with these Divine attributes. Jesus reminds us that at such times we are actually choosing the old thought system again out of habit, because the scarcity and blame ego scenarios have had their way with all of us for a long time, and in a perverse way have even become somewhat of a comfort zone for us.

Now, to really live in and express in our being that benevolence and abundance consciously, a great aid is to observe those same qualities in others–even if they are not feeling them:

“If you observe health rather than disease, abundance rather than poverty, peace rather than conflict, happiness rather than sadness, then disease, poverty, conflict, and sadness will be no more real to your brothers and sisters than it is to you.” (Ibid., 18.6)

My sense here is that this is a high goal for us, and that we need to be patient with ourselves as well as those we are trying to observe in such a positive way, for sure. But as we keep at it our very eyes begin to change, actually allowing us to see in a new way. Jesus says that the body is neutral, simply there to do the bidding of the thought system our minds and hearts are adhering to at the time:

“If (the body) is no longer instructed by the thought system of illusion, it is natural that it will now be instructed by the thought system of truth. Thus your eyes will learn to observe only the truth, even unto seeing what before but seemed unobservable.” (Ibid., 18.9)

So let us all try to observe that benevolence and abundance in ourselves and others, thereby doing our bit to bring in the New Way that Jesus is leading us into. Let us try not to judge ourselves or others when we can’t yet hold that vision, but instead be as patient and kind as we can.