I had a bizarre experience the other day. Friday I left for my vacation. I left Vermont and was driving to Lisa Natoli and Bill Free’s house in Maine, and that’s where I am now. We love to get together and enjoy each other’s company while having coffee and an assortment of delicious foods. We delight ourselves with hours and hours and HOURS of talking, eating, cooking and basking in the glow of Love.
I had a 3.5 hour drive to Bill and Lisa’s house and on the way I realized I really had a hankering for a cup of coffee and I didn’t want to wait. About an hour from their home I pulled over to a Dunkin’ Donuts drive thru for my coffee. While waiting at the window I got out of the car to go to the backseat where I had a cooler that had in it a container of almond coconut creamer that I wished to use in my coffee.
I got the creamer, and when I shut the car door to get back in the front seat, I shut the door on my hand. Specifically, I shut the door on my index finger. I looked at my finger, trapped in the door, up to the second knuckle! I was aghast! The door was completely closed on my finger. How did that happen? I felt like I was in a twilight zone! Wait, what’s happening now?
I couldn’t believe I had done it. What the heck, man!
Then, I had the thought, because the door was completely closed on my finger, “I hope the door isn’t locked now.” I guess my mind was preparing for worst case scenario and visualizing. I held the thought, “it’s open, and will open easily, all is well” the door opened easily. I was relieved.
When I saw my finger, I saw that there was a cut, or a tear in the skin, just below the second knuckle, but it wasn’t smashed or horrible, I was much relieved.
Yes, it hurt. It definitely hurt. A lot.
But I was beginning to be surprised that it didn’t hurt more.
As soon as I took my finger out of the door frame it began to bleed and a drop of blood ran quickly around the side of my finger. I shut the door, got into the front seat, looking for a tissue in my purse to stop the blood.
I bent my finger and tested it out. Not broken. Phew!
It hurt. A lot. But it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it “should.”
I got my coffee, I pulled my car out of the line to the side and I had the thought, “this could be very difficult to drive like this.”
I also had the thought, since it was my right hand, “it could be hard to drink the coffee and drive.” Perish THAT thought!!
I added the creamer, spilled a little hot coffee in the car – it was VERY hot. Yikes!
Now, throughout this experience, I was also thinking “all is well.”
That’s my go to thought when there’s a concern.
“All is well. All is well. All is well.”
I usually say it at least three times.
I realized later that through this sequence of events, as a “negative scenario” thought would arise in my awareness, I’d banish it and think of what I’d like to have happen, visualize that and lock it in. That’s how I work with my mind.
It’s not that negative thoughts and possibilities don’t arise in my mind, I don’t wish to EXPERIENCE them, so I don’t entertain them. I go the other way. AND I got the extra mile of visualizing what I’d like.
I call it CATCH, RELEASE, REPLACE.
Catch the thought of what I don’t want.
Release it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing.
Replace it with the thought and visualization of what I’d like to experience.
I have the power of choice.
I have the power of decision.
I focus on what I’d like and banish the thought of what I wouldn’t like to have happen.
I AM NOT A VICTIM OF THE WORLD I SEE.
As I was pulled over, there in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot, I said. “this hurts a lot.” I was just acknowledging what was. Still it didn’t hurt as much as It thought it could given what happened. I definitely felt I was experiencing a miracle.
I knew it would be healing just fine and there was nothing to worry about.
I knew it could be difficult to drive with the bleeding, the pain and protecting the finger from doing much – and I still had a desire to drink that coffee which needed to cool off!
I held in my mind, “the pain is leaving. This will not be a problem. It is healing quickly. The coffee is cooling and I’ll be able to drink it soon.”
Focused on the results I was interested in – without attachment. No fear, no worry, no doubt.
I got back on the road to Lisa and Bill’s house. I drank my coffee as I drove. Checking my bloody finger, feeling the pain disappear. Miracles were happening in my mind and demonstrating in form.
I had to keep the tissue on my finger the whole way, but there wasn’t that much blood.
The pain really did dramatically diminish. I arrived at my destination in perfect timing.
That night, in bed, I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I had a bandaid on it to keep it from opening up and getting blood on the bed. I noticed that it hurt quite a bit. I had the thought “this could keep me from going right back to sleep.”
Well, that wasn’t the result that I was interested in.
I wished to immediately return to deep sleep like I normally do if I use the restroom in the middle of the night.
I said to the pain, “I’m not having it.”
I felt it immediately diminish and fade into the background as I drifted back to a deep sleep.
I have wondered, “what’s this for?”
I know that A Course in Miracles tells me:
“What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good? Perhaps you have misunderstood His plan, for He would never offer pain to you.”
I can see now, in my experience, it was clearly demonstrated to me that pain was my choice.
I can see now, that I had an expectation of pain and injury and I cleared that from my mind to the best of my ability that day.
In my history, in my past, I have had many thousands of experiences where I saw the possibility that it would be painful and that is what I chose.
I wanted those experiences to be painful, but they didn’t have to be.
I chose the pain. And I got what I wanted.
I wanted to be a victim.
I did that for DECADES.
Now, I’m having a new and different experience because of my WILLINGNESS.
A Course in Miracles also tells us in the text, section on Responsibility for Sight:
“I am responsible for what I see. I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked. Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear.” T-21.II.2.
I choose the feelings that I am interested in experiencing, that will give me the results that I would like. Here, with my finger, is a living example of that for me, and for me to share.
I knew, when I looked at my finger caught in that door, that something very weird was happening. Very weird in deed.
I have greater clarity now about how I live my life this way.
Pausing, almost imperceptibly at times, to choose what I would lIke.
Eliminating what I wouldn’t like.
And, of course, I can also see where I can step up my game and be even more proactive about my thoughts.
I’m having a healing as I write this.
If you listen to my ACIM podcast then you know that I recently had made a huge life change, renting a house for a year. The house was sold two weeks after I moved in, forcing me to move 2 weeks ago. I wished for the house to sell because it belonged to my friends and they’d been trying to sell it for more than 5 years.
I intended to be helpful to my friends, knowing that their good and my good are inextricably linked. What is the highest good for one is the highest good for all because we’re one with each other and it cannot be another way. This I absolutely know and I rely upon it every day. This IS the truth that sets me free from a huge planet-full of separation thoughts.
I was within 2 weeks of moving out of the house I was in, with no idea of where I would move to, but I knew that Spirit knew and that I’d be fine. I’ve been through things like this many times before. I wasn’t worried or concerned. I was looking forward to what unfolded and the discovery of it – as well as to the delight of it, because I anticipate that Spirit will delight me.
I haven’t had any difficulty typing this message. The cut is healing, and there’s a bit of swelling around the knuckle, but my mobility is great and there’s very little discomfort. I feel grateful!
Life is weird and strange – with bizarre and intense things happening!
ALL of it works together for our good.
I know it, and I depend upon it.
As I write this, Lisa Natoli just realized we could have the leftover blueberry crumble she made for dessert last night for our breakfast! How good is that? Yum!
Look, let me just say this – we can change so much of our life experience, using our mind, if we’re willing to take responsibility and act in league with the infinite, with the Higher Holy Spirit Self, knowing that ALL of life is supporting us, that EVERYTHING is for us and NOTHING is against us, we can live an entirely different life.
And that is the point of my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat next month. If you’d really like to do this work, and change your entire life, your relationships, your experience, your finances, your body, your happiness and peace of mind, then consider this:
- Join me on my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat in September,
- follow that with my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp in October
- and then be ready to ROCK in my Masterful Living Course 2021 in January.
You will never regret your choice, and you’ll only be so glad you did – at least that’s what I hear from the people who have done it.
Get going. Take action. Be aggressive about working with your mind. DO NOT DELAY. If you’re waiting, if you’re not getting the results you’d like, what are you waiting for?
Don’t take my word for it, read the testimonials from those who have done this work with me. They believed that nothing would work for them, and they were willing to do something different anyway. Now, they’re not playing small anymore. They’re not letting fear dictate their life. They have a real and powerful connection with Spirit.
If you’re ready to make a change, and you’d like some REAL support to make a LASTING change, TAKE ACTION! If you’re interested in either my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat or Finding Freedom From Fear Online Spiritual Bootcamp, but you aren’t sure if either is right for you right now, book an Exploratory Call with one of the spiritual counselors. The call is free and you’ll find benefit in addition to getting all your questions answered. Click here now to book an Exploratory Call with a Spiritual Counselor.
TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Gerald Collins, Andrea Lane, and even more friends on zoom. We’re coming together to share our inspiration in many ways. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the detail. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register unless you’ve already registered in the past.
When you register, you’ll also get easy access to past services with Jon Mundy, Lisa Natoli, David Hoffmeister, Maureen Muldoon, Corinne Zupko, Maria Felipe, Frances Xu, Jimmy Twyman and more. If you’ve already registered for a previous Sunday – you don’t need to register again, you’ll get a reminder with the details automatically.