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I really dislike the sound of flies buzzing around me. Some days I open the doors and there are no screen doors, so the flies will come in, they’re drawn by Bodhi and Sattva’s food dishes and by the things in the kitchen – there’s always something to draw them.
It’s not a phenomenon that happens every day, but some days, and then in the evening they’re still hanging around. The sound is irritating to me because of what I think it represents which is dirt, and germs and filth and uncleanliness of a kind that I have judgment about.
Flies help me to work with my mind to be in Peace no matter what – to be unbotherable, not because I’m inured to my own discomfort, but because the thoughts about the flies are neutral. It’s a good practice. It’s helping me to heal my mind.
Do I wish to be bothered? That’s a question I ask myself.
Am I blaming someone for bothering me? Do I want to have an excuse to attack them? These are the questions I ask.
I sit and as I’m writing this the flies stopped buzzing immediately. It’s like they disappeared.
If I focused on them, they’d have more work to do, wouldn’t they?
A Course in Miracles tells us that everything in this world is symbolic, and that everything is neutral. I am learning to ask what things are for. What do they actually symbolize?
If I can be bothered, I will.
ACIM teaches us that all conflict arises from saying we’d like the Peace of God, but then choosing something else. The flies buzz and I choose to be at Peace. Yesterday, I had 30 seconds of annoyance.
Today, I have Peace.
Everything is pointing in the direction of remembering that we can choose Peace and Love and be grateful for that.
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