Your only hope is to change your mind. T-9. IV. 10:2
When something is going wrong we usually jump into action in an attempt to correct the problem. The problem could be an issue with our health, relationships or work. The solution seems to be to do something.
The words “Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world” (T-21 in. 1:7) seem impractical when the world seems to be the problem.
At the same time, when someone suddenly changes their mind about an issue, we recognise the power of choice. If their change of mind has a negative effect on us we realise that we are limited in what we can do. Deep down we realise that we cannot do anything to change anyone’s mind, even though we may try very hard! We recognise on some level a change of mind is a very power thing.
What does changing your mind mean?
Is it just a change in thinking or is it more than that?
Anyone is free to change his mind, and all his thoughts change with it. Now the source of thought has shifted, for to change your mind means you have changed the source of all ideas you think or ever thought or yet will think. W-pI.132.2.
The source of your thoughts is your self identity.
Who you think you are determines your thoughts, ideas and beliefs.
To change your mind is to change your self-identity: to change what you think you are.
To free the world from every kind of pain is but to change your mind about yourself. W-p1. 132. 10:2
If you are experiencing pain, doubt, misery, and fear what does that say about how you see yourself?
Can you be perfectly loving and feel fear?
If you are Love, surely the world will share your love?
If you change your mind about an issue it is powerful because it is a change in identity. A change in identity is reflected in a different world:
Choosing not to gossip about someone but to meet them and talk.
Making a phone call to end the silence.
Admitting a mistake rather than protesting innocence.
When you drop your sinful identity you have no need to play the role of being a victim. You have no need to pretend you are vulnerable to attack. You don’t need to defend yourself.
Your Loving identity is expressed in forgiveness, an open mind, and a connection with others.
I love this line from A Course in Miracles which expresses an awakening to an new identity:
What if you looked within and saw no sin? T-21.IV.3.”
It requires consistent effort to be aware that what you think, what you feel and what you do is not a response to external circumstances or the state of your body.
It is a result of your choice of self identity.
There is a deep responsibility you owe yourself, and one you must learn to remember all the time: Every decision you make stems from what you think you are. T-15. III. 3:1&3