“Once the thought pattern of concern arises, you make that concern real, which then encompasses the entire space of your mind and heart, and thereby you lose peace.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I
When we focus on something, we make that something real to ourselves. A Course in Miracles says this, though using other words. ACIM says that if we make our anger at another person real by concentrating on it, how can we overlook this anger? The thing to do is to fail to focus on something bad or wrong, thereby never making it “real” in our experience.
The thought pattern of concern is worry, pure and simply. We do too often rue our days by worrying about all manner of things.
Worry/concern does not have to happen. I find that if I journal about an issue, the solution often surfaces—and in the journaling, I am setting aside worry. Then my mind is free and clear, and nothing is hindering my contact with God. Prayer then follows easily, nothing separating me from Him.
We need peace. ALL of us need peace. Our troubled world can only turn to those who do have inner peace.
“I ask you to observe the pattern of concern, the recurring pattern of worry. Always it takes concrete form: maybe money, a business, health, the safety of the children. Everyone has an area in which they feel insecure. Maybe there are several areas, but they are always few and very specific. We now work with these areas to experience those patterns of thought and emotional responses, and to transmute them.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I
We get very practical help from Jesus here. All of us have worries, and here he recognizes that these are very specific, and few, concerns. We can lift our mind and heart from these negativisms, and Jesus is willing and able to help us do so. Let’s accept his help.
Of course, sometimes specific worries escalate into what is called “free-floating anxiety.” Even if we suffer from this, we can spend some time in contemplation as we search out the specificity of what we are anxious about. Identify the concerns, and take them one by one to a Higher Power.
We are not meant to dwell in worry. At base, we are handicapped in trust. If we open our mind and heart to God Himself, He will teach us how to trust Him in all things.
Then the concerns will fall away, often immediately.