I’ve been working my way through the Course in Miracles and have been finding lots of inspiration from it. It starts out teaching how we give meaning to everything in our world. You could also call this judgement. This alone is worth thinking about.
I touched on this in last week’s newsletter and I’d like to expand on that.
By naming things we automatically give them meaning. Think about a flower, what does that mean to you? Beauty, usefulness, food or a weed? Each definition makes the exact same plant have a different place in your world view.
The same thing applies to how we look at our pets, or other people. If someone reminds you of a person who was horrible (or nice) to you in the past you may be tempted to make an instantaneous judgement about them, categorising them into someone you either want to avoid or get to know more about. We do this all the time, it’s part of the nature of the brain to keep us safe, but in the long run it can inhibit our self-determination.
The same thing goes on around the subject of success. What does success mean to you? Money, position, fame? Sounds nice, but what about happiness, good health, love, and contentment? They make up a successful life as well. And what the heck would our Soul call success anyway? We can’t take the money, position or fame with us into the afterlife, so what will we be taking that we could call successful?
Just a few things for you to think about this week.
And while I’m on the subject, if you’ve been thinking of having a reading of any kind and are outside the UK now is a very good time to do that as the exchange rate is in your favour.