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We had a fun conversation in Masterful Living Class years ago. Rosalyn, our wonderful Enneagram expert was talking about the positive effects of fear being a motivator. She was saying that she returns the shopping cart at the grocery store because she has a judgment about not returning the cart. I can totally get that.
I used to return the shopping carts too, but then I realized that there’s no need to return them and it’s easier not to, and by not returning it, I’m giving a person employment. I can receive the support of not having to return the cart. After all, the grocery baggers will often ask if I’d like help taking my groceries to the car, wouldn’t they also like to help by taking the cart and putting it away?
In New Jersey they don’t have self-serve gas, the attendant pumps the gas for you. In Maine, at some stations there’s no self-serve and I when I learned about that I realized that I could help contribute to someone having a job by choosing the stations where there’s no self-serve. It might cost me a small amount more, but it gives someone a job. Since I don’t particularly enjoy pumping gas, that completely works for me.
I like to be able to give a person a job, rather than take their job by doing it myself.
What’s interesting is the meaning we make of things.
Our perspective generates our perception, but many times we really don’t know what anything is for.
Once when I was at a Wednesday night service at Agape with a friend. As the collection basket was being passed, my friend saw someone pass the basket without putting anything in it and she turned to me and said, “that bothers me so much. How can they pass the basket without putting anything in it?”
I said to her, “I do that all the time. I write one tithe check per month to make it easier for myself. I’m here at service two times a week or more, that’s eight times a month, but I only write one check. So, I don’t put anything in the collection most of the time.”
My friend was taken aback. After a moment she said, “I never thought about that. That makes sense.”
Whenever we judge, we’re taking ourselves out of the flow of Love and we’re usually creating some kind of personal, emotional and mental distress. And it’s entirely optional.
If we don’t correct our thoughts, then we start feel the upset in our physical body.
Our life is so much easier if we simply focus on being loving.
We’re designed to be peaceful, harmonious and prosperous and our misperceptions trigger a feeling of upset so we can realize that it’s time to course correct. It’s a great system to remind us that Love is our true identity and Peace is our natural state. Let’s remember what’s Real and value that instead of our judgments!
Living ACIM and practicing deeply while remember to laugh is what our Change Your Mind About Your Body Program is all about. It’s about breaking the habit of believing we’re a body, and believing that we’re not good enough to be loved. It’s about getting to the root cause of our suffering over our bodies.
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