It seems inevitable that we are always affected by feelings that we consider bad, such as pain, anxiety, sadness. These feelings are a consequence of our identification with our individual self, which seems to be the basis of our thoughts. We see these feelings as the cause, but, in fact, they are an effect of thoughts and beliefs we choose to have.
Although we are constantly trying to remember our true Identity, it is normal to have these feelings in our daily routine, since what we believe we are is inserted in this confused and insane world. However, we can release these feelings by being kind to ourselves instead of judging or reacting to them. Thus, the way we respond to these feelings can help shifting them, and, unlike what we may think, this can be very simple.
The first step is to be in the present moment. This simply means to be aware of our feelings, our inner state, and we do not need to do anything about it. If you could take a picture of yourself at all levels, what would this picture tell about you? How are you feeling now? If you feel pain or discomfort, in which part of your body is it? How do your shoulders feel? Relaxed or tense? Does your facial expression tell you are worried or happy?
Then, we start to become close friends of ourselves by being aware of our feelings. It is interesting to think that our feelings are just showing us what is in our mind. And this is so valuable! By focusing on the thoughts that cause us discomfort, we can look within and work to release them, once we are willing to remember our true Self, whose inheritance is joy, peace and love. In this sense, if we pay attention, our body and our feelings are our allies and we can be grateful for them to show us the current state of our mind.
Any discomfort warns us that we have chosen to forget our true Identity. And what a gift to be aware of our disconnection, as then we can choose if we still want to believe that something external is the cause of what we are feeling, or if we would like, with willingness and sincerity, to remind ourselves that we are loved and perfect. This simple and sincere desire opens our heart to listen to our internal Guide. To be disconnected from Source is an effect from an inner choice and there is never an external cause. But that’s okay, we can always choose again.
I was doing this today and what came to mind was: “Have you smiled today?”. Then I remembered to laugh, and I felt a joy coming from a place that knew only love. During the day, we can have many moments of disconnection, and the training is to look at it without guilt or judgement, but only for what it is. In this way, we use the energy used before to justify the discomfort, for reconnecting to the Love that we are, thanking it for reminding us so clearly of our identification to a mistaken belief that makes us feel alone and helpless. But this need not be.
What about you? Have you smiled today?
I have said that you cannot change your mind by changing your behavior, but I have also said, and many times, that you can change your mind. When your mood tells you that you have chosen wrongly, and this is so whenever you are not joyous, then know this need not be. A Course in Miracles – T-4.IV.2.
by Débora Cristina Corrêa