How do I know I'm arguing with reality? First I notice the feeling; if it's negative, like fear, anger, sorrow, etc. then I ask myself what am I thinking? Actually thoughts create the emotion, but the feeling is like an alarm clock that yells, “Wake up!” The thoughts that argue with reality are the “shoulds and shouldn'ts” like “He should___. She shouldn't___. They should___. I shouldn't.” See statement 3 on the worksheet. When I believe these thoughts, I cause my own unhappiness, and I may need to do a worksheet to get free from that.

 

I am reminded that “Is is, and all the rest is story.” There is one universal law—the law of cause and effect. If you believe in reincarnation, then you understand that karma is that same law at play in human lives. Rather than arguing with reality, and judging ourselves and others, we can balance our karma with forgiveness and love. Then, with a clear mind, we do what is ours to do to contribute toward a more just and peaceful world.

 

As Edgar Cayce in trance often counseled, “Do what your hands find to do today.”

This is a lot like the previous lesson (below.) I was so attached to the belief that I needed love and approval from someone else, it took me 3 years in a relationship with a guy who regularly found fault with me, to finish The Work that set me free. When I was critisized I cried, and then I did a worksheet. Each time I felt freer, and more aware of the low self-esteem I had lived with most of my life. I grew to love myself, to accept and approve of myself.  That guy was there to teach me by pushing my buttons, which sent me into self-inquiry.  I left him finally, with love in my heart.

 

ps: It wasn't long before I found myself with someone who never faults me, and we've lived together in harmony for 8 years so far. Smile.

I did a lot of worksheets before this lesson really sank in. It took a huge weight off my shoulders and allowed me to be more authentic in all my relationships. What you think of me is your business. What I think of you is my business. What I think of myself is my business. Also, there are 3 kinds of business: mine, yours, and God's. I try to stay in mine.

Lately I've been reading "Revelations", the last book of the Bible, and "Earth Changes", Edgar Cayce's explanations while in trance. Both books are helping me to understand what is happening in the world today. Some changes in the geography of the Earth are gradual, and natural, while others are caused by human disregard for our planet home. These are gathering strength and are obvious in weather extremes, famines, flooding, and disruptions among the animal and plant kingdoms. Also, there are greater extremes in politics, bad actors in power, confusion, fear, and destructive ideologies.

 

Everything boils down to cause and effect, the universal law. Along with all the "mess", there are enlightened causes, global determination to clean up the planet, wonderful advances toward humanitarian solutions and equality, etc. There was a song in the 60's, (can't remember who) that went "Last night I had the strangest dream, I ever dreamed before. Last night I dreamed the world all agreed to put an end to war."

 

A reminder from the Christ to each of us to "Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself."

 

Who  am I?

That is what I desperately wanted to know in 1972 as I was meditating on a sofa in a friend's home on Long Island, NY.  Suddenly there was nothing but bright white light, everywhere, infinite. No "I", just the Light. Then I had a thought...and there was a "me" again. The thought was, "Do I have to come back?" But of course, with the thought I was back. But since then I've always known who I am (and who you are.) Still with plenty to learn and karma to balance out, but always knowing who we are.