Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
Tao Te Ching v67
Divine ideas flow to and through my open, relaxed mind.
We live in a limitless Universe with the potential for unlimited ideas. Yet how do I tap in to that wealth of ideas? I can by keeping and nurturing an open, relaxed state of mind, ready to receive.
There are a variety of tools to help prepare my mind: meditation, soft music, massage, even tai chi. The important end result is a relaxed state that allows any thought of limitations to be replaced with faith-filled expectations. This prepares my mind as fertile ground for divine ideas to grow and flourish.
So how will I know if an idea is divinely inspired? When I discover that strength of mind and faith have vanquished any “I can’t” consciousness. With faith, divine ideas flow to me and through me.
He made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down like rivers.—Psalm 78:16
Love created me like itself.
Today’s idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are. This is why you are the light of the world. This is why God appointed you as the world’s savior. This is why the Son of God looks to you for his salvation. He is saved by what you are. We will make every effort today to reach this truth about you, and to realize fully, if only for a moment, that it is the truth.
In the longer practice period, we will think about your reality and its wholly unchanged and unchangeable nature. We will begin by repeating this truth about you, and then spend a few minutes adding some relevant thoughts, such as:
Holiness created me holy.
Kindness created me kind.
Helpfulness created me helpful.
Perfection created me perfect.
Any attribute which is in accord with God as He defines Himself is appropriate for use. We are trying today to undo your definition of God and replace it with His Own. We are also trying to emphasize that you are part of His definition of Himself.
After you have gone over several such related thoughts, try to let all thoughts drop away for a brief preparatory interval, and then try to reach past all your images and preconceptions about yourself to the truth in you. If love created you like itself, this Self must be in you. And somewhere in your mind It is there for you to find.
You may find it necessary to repeat the idea for today from time to time to replace distracting thoughts. You may also find that this is not sufficient, and that you need to continue adding other thoughts related to the truth about yourself. Yet perhaps you will succeed in going past that, and through the interval of thoughtlessness to the awareness of a blazing light in which you recognize yourself as love created you. Be confident that you will do much today to bring that awareness nearer, whether you feel you have succeeded or not.
It will be particularly helpful today to practice the idea for the day as often as you can. You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images. Four or five times an hour, and perhaps even more, it would be most beneficial to remind yourself that love created you like itself. Hear the truth about yourself in this.
Try to realize in the shorter practice periods that this is not your tiny, solitary voice that tells you this. This is the Voice for God, reminding you of your Father and of your Self. This is the Voice of truth, replacing everything that the ego tells you about yourself with the simple truth about the Son of God. You were created by love like itself.
A Course In Miracles ~ 67
. . . Bears No Resentment
Take The Long View
There is so much which you cannot understand in human relationship; often you have to endure what seems to be injustice. But those in the spirit world, who can take the long view, can always tell you that all the crooked places will be made straight and all injustice will be righted.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle