"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." --Albert Einstein
When I look upon all that has been created, I realize that it must all exist in my mind in order to exist anywhere. If I don't assign meaning to the things around me, then for me, they have no meaning. Thinking back to one of my favorite movies of all time, "Roadhouse" with Patrick Swayze, I am reminded of his speech to his bouncers. He tells them to not let the labels of other people define them in their own mind. If someone calls them a name, they are to realize that it is just a couple of adjectives designed to elicit a specific response. They have the choice to accept it or reject. It isn't until they accept or assign meaning to it that it has any meaning.
So today, as you look around at all that you see, realize that nothing you see has meaning on its own. It is only when you assign meaning to it that meaning will exist. Nothing that you see is truly understood. It is only in letting go of the ego's definition of meaning that we are able to allow the creator of all meaning to speak to us. If the things around you don't have true meaning and you are trying to assign meaning to things, then even your thoughts are without meaning on their own. It is our connection to the source that matters. It is that connection to peace that helps us to be the best version of ourselves possible.
Just like Dalton (Swayze) said in the movie, you are not upset for the reasons that you think you are. You are upset because, at some level, the insult has meaning to you. If you simply let go of the meaning, then you are able to let go of the upset. Peace comes from the understanding that meaning is not a human, or ego-based, construct. Meaning comes from Spirit. So today, as you look around and notice the things that you are upset about, ask yourself what meaning you have given the event, the person, the object, or whatever it is that you are facing and then... let go of the meaning that you have given it.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Note: In the first five lessons of "A Course In Miracles" we learned the introductory model of looking at our thoughts with a new perspective.
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.