Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
Tao Te Ching v16
I have confidence in my innate potential to be all I am meant to be.
To express my God-given potential, I approach life like a child or an athlete. A young child gains confidence in new abilities through repetition. An athlete strengthens his or her muscles through consistent workouts. Similarly, when I engage in my spiritual practice, I strengthen my awareness and discover my innate abilities.
I have the energy and perseverance to do what is mine to do. As I explore my skills, I cultivate my confidence. In my daily prayer time, I align with my divine nature. I listen, and I trust. I envision myself claiming all the courage I need to take on new responsibilities. I have confidence in my talents and skills. With a clear intention and faith in the Christ within, I achieve my full potential.
Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward.—Hebrews 10:35
I have no neutral thoughts.
The idea for today is a beginning step in dispelling the belief that your thoughts have no effect. Everything you see is the result of your thoughts. There is no exception to this fact. Thoughts are not big or little; powerful or weak. They are merely true or false. Those that are true create their own likeness. Those that are false make theirs.
There is no more self-contradictory concept than that of “idle thoughts.” What gives rise to the perception of a whole world can hardly be called idle. Every thought you have contributes to truth or to illusion; either it extends the truth or it multiplies illusions. You can indeed multiply nothing, but you will not extend it by doing so.
Besides your recognizing that thoughts are never idle, salvation requires that you also recognize that every thought you have brings either peace or war; either love or fear. A neutral result is impossible because a neutral thought is impossible. There is such a temptation to dismiss fear thoughts as unimportant, trivial and not worth bothering about that it is essential you recognize them all as equally destructive, but equally unreal. We will practice this idea in many forms before you really understand it.
In applying the idea for today, search your mind for a minute or so with eyes closed, and actively seek not to overlook any “little” thought that may tend to elude the search. This is quite difficult until you get used to it. You will find that it is still hard for you not to make artificial distinctions. Every thought that occurs to you, regardless of the qualities that you assign to it, is a suitable subject for applying today’s idea.
In the practice periods, first repeat the idea to yourself, and then as each one crosses your mind hold it in awareness while you tell yourself:
This thought about ________ is not a neutral thought.
That thought about ________ is not a neutral thought.
As usual, use today’s idea whenever you are aware of a particular thought that arouses uneasiness. The following form is suggested for this purpose:
This thought about ________ is not a neutral thought, because I have no neutral thoughts.
Four or five practice periods are recommended, if you find them relatively effortless. If strain is experienced, three will be enough. The length of the exercise period should also be reduced if there is discomfort.
A Course In Miracles ~ 16
. . . Is Tolerant
The Sleeping Princess
Often you only see the rough practical exterior of a man or a woman. If only you could cut away the thorns, you would find a gentle beautiful nature beneath, sleeping. Strive always to find the princess hidden behind all the prickly growths. We all possess the Light within; we all have that higher, that princess self. We should therefore deal with each other lovingly, always seeking the best, and encouraging beauty in every way possible.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle