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December 5, 2015 A Course in Miracles: Lesson 339
December 5, 2015
A Course in Miracles: Lesson 339
“I will receive whatever I request.”
“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If turnips were watches,
I’d wear one by my side.
If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans,
There’d be no work for tinkers’ hands.”
The first time I heard this 16th century English nursery rhyme my heart sank a bit. I knew it wasn’t true. I just didn’t know why. We can wish for things and it seems sometimes we get what we wish for and other times we don’t. What’s up with that? How can today’s lesson be true: “I will receive whatever I request.”
What we wish for is often merely resistance to what is. I want a million dollars in the bank because I don’t have it. I want my body to be healthy because it’s not. In these instances, what I’m really paying attention to is my lack, and the signals my heart sends out are vibrations of scarcity and fear. I want what I already believe I do not have.
No one desires pain but one can mistake pain for pleasure. One can believe joy is really dangerous and threatening. Everyone receives what she requests but confusion often clouds the things we think we want. Do I want that beautiful house because it will impress my in-laws? Is the big bank account protection against a world perceived as cruel and unfair?
I was once with a group of people who were being taught how to “manifest” their desires. We were instructed to walk for an hour in an enclosed paddock, repeating our desire like a mantra. A hundred of us gathered in the early hours of the morning and began to pace back and forth.
I considered my desire carefully. What did I really, really want? In the end I chose the knowledge that I have always been blessed. Up and down I walked repeating, “I have always been blessed. I have ALWAYS been blessed.” One young man whose passage intersected mine in the center of the ring was fervently trying to manifest millions. I don’t know if he succeeded but I did.
It wasn’t that I didn’t want a million bucks. But something told me if I wanted peace and safety, knowing I was always blessed would work best. I could gain and lose a million dollars but nothing could steal away the blessing. It was immutable and applied to every situation. It felt like a fortress in a storm.
If it's safety and security you want, it’s already yours. If it’s beauty and peace you believe you need, it needs only to be seen around you. What we want, we have already manifested. It’s a strange thing but the first step in getting what you want is to be content with what you currently have. You have it now because you wanted it. If that desire has changed, it can only be manifested from a place of strength and willingness. Wishes do not manifest from the energy of resistance.
We are all creating all the time. We create individually and on a group level of thought. Much of what we create arises from a thought system that has been imbedded for many, many lifetimes. It is a thought system of limitation that says, “Time is real and limited.” “The body is my home and it is frail and vulnerable.” “I can never be truly safe here and I will always be alone.” These thoughts do not resonate with the energies of true creation.
We are born creators. We made this world with our light. We MADE its laws and we are not subject to them unless we believe ourselves less than the rules we have made!
We do not manifest in poverty. Wish not for small things of this world, but to awaken to the truth about your self. It is not an idle wish to know one’s self as a Child of God. Wish for this. Wish to know your self in the Light of what you are. Then work on the bank account.