We can’t control the filters that others use when they look at us, but we can control the filter that we use when we look at the world. This is a call to change the way you look at things when you want to change the world you live in.
“Today I see through a different set of eyes, that I will recognize the miracles all around. I see the sparkle of light that surrounds all things and the yearning for love that exists in everyone. I see the innocence beyond all guilt and the love beyond all fear. And thus I am reborn into the truth of who I am.” – Marianne Williamson
In Marianne Williamson’s book, A Year of Miracles, she asks, “How often do I not notice the miracles all around me, or honor all the kindnesses shown me, or allow myself to fully embrace the good that’s in my life?” I ask that of myself today, and maybe it will inspire you to ask that of yourself, too.
A Course in Miracles says that our perception would have us see what we believe is there, and we believe in it because we want it there. That’s why the Course asks, “Would you rather be right, or happy?” What do we want most in this moment, this life? What do we want to see?
I know I’ve stepped into fear when I feel blind to the beauty of whatever is in front of me. The ego–that part of us that sees us as special and separate from everyone and everything else, that convinces us it’s on our side but always keeps us from being truly happy–seeks to blind us from the beauty that’s hidden in plain sight.
We can recover the truth and uncover the beauty of others, and of our experiences, when we learn to let go of the conditions/requirements/limitations we place on our own happiness and peace.
Extend Your Perceptions
Today I request to extend my perception beyond what my senses perceive, to what my heart knows is true. I withdraw my belief that I need anyone or anything to be other than what they are, in order for me to be secure. I know that whenever fear expresses itself, love will ultimately prevail. Therefore I need not fear, nor despair.
If you feel so inclined, and perhaps you’ve fallen into despair in one way or another, ask to perceive the love you know exists and nothing else; seek the love that lies beyond the world so that you may bring it here.
Every day is precious, but so often we walk around blind to the awesomeness of life.
We take our blessings for granted because we don’t see them, or don’t see them as worthy of appreciation or large enough for celebration. If we opened our eyes and adopted a new vision, though, we would see more beauty, hear our heart’s truth speak to us, and feel the love that’s present around every bend.
Marianne Williamson, a revered spiritual teacher and student of A Course in Miracles, which teaches that only love is real and all else is a mortal illusion of the mind, acknowledges her faith in love as the only things that’s real in this world, when she says: “To the extent to which I see what is truly true, I see only cause for happiness.”
Stress is the consequence of thinking what is unreal, is real.
Sometimes we need to obtain a bird’s eye view in order to see that the blizzard is but a breeze (like the Incubus song), and all the fear and anger and despair we see in the world is just a manifestation of what is not even real; what isn’t love is nothing at all, but we believe it’s something, and sometimes everything.
Change the Way You Look at Things
When we change our perception and redirect our thoughts, the direction of the conversation will shift. Realigning our thoughts and energy with the experience of love, we can let judgments go and clean our slate, starting over.
Look at your ego and recognize fear as a choice you don’t want to make anymore.
Out your fear and call it by it’s name; maybe it’s a sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like a victim, feeling lost or alone, being saddened by world events, feeling rejected or confused, lack of confidence, etc. Then call it like it is: Fear is nothing, just the absence of Love.
Do this over and over again so you can get into the alignment of the belief system of what is true and changeless (love).
Open up to your capacity to change the way you look at things–it’s already there. When you do, you’ll feel differently. And when you feel differently, you experience the world differently.
Lesson 21 in the Course says “I am responsible for what I see.” It’s not talking about visual sight, but how we experience our experiences–how we take in the experience and choose to perceive the story on the news, for example. We can see anger and frustration and attack, or we can see a deep call for kindness.
In what way can you see this with love? If you don’t know how yet, just say “I’m willing to see this with love. I’m willing to see this differently.”
Positive Change Is Possible
Accept that change is possible for you, and that when that internal shift happens, everything you look upon in the world will shift. More loving energy will be reflected back to you, and you’ll feel more support on your journey. The energy you put out is a boomerang; it comes back.
To quote Marianne Williamson again: “Dwelling in what does not change, while things around us are changing all the time, is the key to inner peace.” This means that we’ll understand what it means to be at peace when we place our faith in what’s real and changeless.
We won’t get thrown off by every drama the world has to offer, because we can see beyond the fear that is nothing to the love that is everything.
For instance, we can rise above the news reports–not because we didn’t read them or care deeply about what’s happening in the world, but because we understand them from a higher perspective.
I can either face the conundrum that’s going on inside of me, luring me toward anger and hatred, or I can deal with this now before I leave the house and become confronted with the temptation to spread that fear.
My job is to become the peace that the world needs, and to then go out into the world bringing that peace into every encounter. In that way, I am a blessing to the world in my own way, instead of a catalyst for more fear.
I can’t control the weather patterns, and so I don’t try to fix the world. Instead, I can dress for the weather and build a strong foundation of peace within me that I can stand on during the storm.
Gabby Bernstein, another beautiful spiritual teacher, offers these insights if we wish positive change for ourselves:
- Take inventory of the areas of your life where you’re resisting the light, and not taking in enough joy or peace–thoughts, patterns, behaviors, words, your energy.
- Get clear with yourself about how badly you want this change (or not). Do you want to shift your energy? Where is your resistance to changing the way you look at things?
- Forgive anything you’d like to see differently. Forgive yourself for any resistance that comes up.
- Know that when you ask it is given. This is a universal law. When you truly become humble enough to ask for change, it will be given, but you must be asking every day for guidance.
- You may not see change immediately, but have fun while you get there. Sometimes, the more we push the more we’re pushed back. Instead of thinking about what you don’t want to see, be curious about all the new things you might be able to see.
- Take it one day at a time. Accepting that the world you see will change eventually as you do, instead of fussing over it, will make the process easier, smoother, and more fun. Miracles are waiting, but positive change doesn’t usually happen in one day. Pray for slow change, and for what is of the highest good. This gets your own agenda out of the way so love can lead you.
Fun, patience, and faith in love attracts positive change.
- When has changing the way you looked at things had a positive effect on your experiences?
- Are you willing to change your mind, to be flexible and bend, to be happy instead of right?
- Do you believe that positive change is possible for you?
Please share your thoughts, helpful insights, and any experiences with me in the comments.
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Believe in your possibilities, and your limitations will melt away.
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