Joni Mitchel read a book in which the author told about his experience flying, and seeing clouds from above, below and within, and how unsubstantial they are. Joni called on his idea for her lyrics of, Both Sides Now,* one of her most popular songs.
Joni begins by metaphorically seeing clouds as angel hair, ice crème castles, and feather canyons. She then steers leads her ideas to the image in her final stanza where I see a hint at the Course principle: material life here is an illusion. Here are the final four lines.
I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all.
When we allow ourselves to come to the same conclusion we will be far along the road of remembering our true reality as one with God in Heaven. How so? Because we need to let go the certainty of our thinking and admit that we don’t really have any solid knowledge of why we are here and where we are going. When we begin to feel down, are sweating the small stuff and are immersed in worldly travail we could sing her final stanza in our mind.
Shakespeare also gave many hints of Course principles. His comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, is a prime example. The plot develops until in the end all the fuss is about nothing, a trumped up lie to make the main male character believe nonsense about his true love.
Shakespeare’s famous line, “all the world is a stage” certainly says it all, and so succinctly. For him the stage was the place to present his stories, which everyone who experiences them realize are illusions. The world is a staged illusion we all make up moment to moment.
When we decide to give in to that concept, stop sweating the small stuff and remember what is important: accepting “our true relationship with God where there are no illusions and none can enter,” * then we can begin to let go of the fear we hold just because we think we are here and not in Heaven with God.
*© 1969, Siquomb Publishing Co.
*This line is the first line of the Prayer at the end of Text Chapter 16.
This is supposed to be a blog about daily help. However, recently I’ve written about things that make help necessary, instead of offering support to cope with what happens in this crazy world.
My key idea is the world is insane. So let’s use this time-worn cliché, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Compared to heaven the world is small stuff, or better still, Heaven is real and stuff does not exist.
In his Course Jesus teaches that the world is insane, and is not real. Accept that teaching and we can be able to mentally stand aside from contentious activity and see it for what it is – egocentric nonsense we make up distract us from our true reality: God’s Son eternally part of God in Heaven.
In a previous post I quoted this passage, “God did create spirit in His own Thought with a quality like to His Own, There [is] nothing else.” Here it is in context. (From Text Chapter 3, Section V part 7. Sentences 1-4)
The statement “God created man in his own image and likeness” needs reinterpretation. “Image” can be understood as “thought,” and “likeness” as “of a like quality.” God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There [is] nothing else.
This is one passage from ACIM which is to be taken literally. In everyday plain English – the only real thing is God as Spirit and we as part of that Spirit. There is no phenomena world. Nothing we seem to see as a result of our ego’s projection exists.
Therefor when we become fearful about a cop killer on the loose, a politician who does not behave the way we expect or our partner in life does something that is irritating we can take it for what it is, small stuff being played out on the level of the world as a stage.
Therefore, don’t fall for our ego projected view of our made up world. Instead listen to the “Forgotten Song” of God’s Love that is within our mind.
In a previous blog I discussed trust. Since then I found this article by Alec Ash in The Browser, “Is it Impossible to trust one another in the information age?” In it Ash interviewes author Bruce Schneier about his book Liars and Outliers. Ash’s first question is, “You’re best known as a security expert but our theme today is ‘trust.’ How would you describe the connection between the two?”
Schneier answered, “Security exists to facilitate trust…As members of a modern society, we need to trust all sorts of people, institutions and systems.”
I trust this will whet your appetite so you look for the article. It includes a summary of many past discussions of trust.