Perhaps you have heard the expression “it is what it is”? What does that expression mean exactly?
Before I understood the deeper meaning of this expression, I envisioned an emaciated yogi guru in the lotus position floating above the floor imperiously imparting wisdom that could take scholars multiple lifetimes to interpret. Seeing as how this is my last life in the world and the lotus position would put me in traction, I knew that consulting the Course In Miracles would help me clarify its meaning.
What’s the IT that we are authoring here? According to the Course in Miracles, IT is truth, specifically God’s truth. Exactly why is it crucial that you emphasize that it’s God’s truth?acim soundcloud david hoffmeister Because God’s the fact is not available to interpretations whereas a human’s truth is. Multiple versions of human truth have lead to an array of religions. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia defines religion as a “system of thought, feeling, and action that’s shared by a group and that offers the members an object of devotion.”
Who devised the device of thought? On whose feelings are these thoughts based? Are actions really necessary? According to the Course In Miracles, God just is and our ultimate goal is to return to a perfect state of being. There is no thought or action in the state of being, you simply are. What must not be forgotten may be the underlying thread of all religions: God is creator, God is love and we are all perfect and infinite children of God.
A Course in Miracles and the Message of The Secret
Within the last year, many folks have approached me asking me about my perspective, and the perspective of A Course in Miracles, on the most popular book and film The Secret. I was also recently asked to be involved in a specialist panel discussion on The Secret and the law of attraction at the Body Soul Spirit Expo in Calgary.
As I notice it, The Secret provides a few powerful and necessary global messages worth appreciating.
The very first message is our thoughts have a robust influence on our life. The following insight is that we are eligible to a rich life, although true wealth is a lot more than just cash and “toys.” Instead, it involves feeling fulfilled in every aspects of life, including our relationships, career, and health. What we must do is look within to find out if, in reality, we feel worthy of authentic wealth.
Another message that’s subtly conveyed in The Secret, and the one that I think to be true, is that when we have a heartfelt desire and we say yes to doing our part to manifest the desire, synchronicities arise, and dormant forces come alive.
On the flip side, I feel the idea that more “toys” in the shape of cars, houses, jet planes, and boats will make us happy and will be the demonstration of our capacity to manifest is potentially damaging and crippling for many folks who are already “bankrupt” in the aspects of self-love and self-appreciation. The problem with this particular picture is that the desire to have often originates from a feeling of lack rather than feeling of completeness. And due to this, whatever we gain assured of feeling “full,” whole, happy, or accomplished, will inevitably not work, since we feel a gap internally.
The reality is that we aren’t empty, but already full, and whenever we understand and feel this to be our new reality, then the outer world begins to “echo” our inner awareness.
A Course in Miracles reminds us that to the amount that we can accept and be truly grateful for the inheritance as being an unbounded, abundant, whole, and unlimited Self, we shall attract to ourselves the right outward expressions of our claimed inner worth. This reclaiming of our authentic Self will likely then miraculously bring into manifestation any material items that will serve the greater good of both our life and of the around us, and yet we shall feel no dependency upon them for the happiness.