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Scanning The World Differently: As It Isn't, It Ain't

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 112

I was balancing my checkbook and it was making me unhappy. The balance was off by $15.98. "Ah ha," I thought, "I see a check for $15.98, so if I take that out it will balance correctly." I did, and it did.

However, the problem remained because that check had to be in since it was a cashed check. Therefore, in spite of the fact that taking it out would balance the checkbook, that was not the answer.

Next, I was tempted to think the bank was wrong, because even when I added up all the numbers myself with my calculator I was still right and they were still wrong. Still, I knew it was more likely that I was the one who was missing something, so I looked again, and again, and again, until I saw that I was missing two numbers, and when I corrected that error my statement balanced. I was happy again, amazed by how my assumptions had me going down a path that I wanted to be true, but wasn't! What threw me off, and kept me from seeing the mistake immediately, was the coincident that I had a check for that exact amount and I wanted that to be the answer.

Our unhappiness or happiness is only an outcome of our assumptions.

Whether we experience unhappiness or happiness is always a result of the way we have scanned the day, our work, and our lives, with preconceived ideas of how things are as we do so. All of which reminds me of what Tweedledee said in the book, Alice Through The Looking Glass, "... if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be: but as it isn't, it ain't." This is true about all things we view that make us unhappy, "they ain't."

The view is determined by the viewer, not the other way around.

I was dreaming about a bird. I don't remember the dream itself, but I do remember watching a bird eating and thinking that its life always revolves around the need to find something to eat, all the time. However, instead of scanning the world as if food isn't available or deploring its life, it scans the world knowing that it is a beautiful place to live, filled with abundance, and it sings and soars in a display of consistent happiness. Our lives can be viewed the same way. Looking at life one way, we can see that we too spend all our time finding something to eat. To make matters worse, first we have to work to get the money to provide it and all the other goodies needed to keep us comfortable. Our circumstances viewed in this limited way could make us very unhappy. However, like the birds, scanning the world from the perception of knowing what we need is always available, work is the joy of understanding the Divine, and celebrating its beauty, we can sing and soar in happiness.

What if we started each day with a morning song of gratitude and kept it up?

What if we shared that gratitude instead of sharing what we are told is wrong with the world, and other people's viewpoints?

What if we imaged ourselves not as humans living lives, but Life Itself being lived and known by the beauty witnessed by each of us each morning as the new day dawns?

What if we stretched our imaginations far from what a material scan of the world reveals, and sailed instead into the sea of infinite possibilities revealed through a spiritual perception?

What if we expected to see only good, and when something other than good presented itself to us, we knew it was only a temptation to believe in the absence of good?

What if instead of entertaining the temptation of believing in the absence of good, we immediately said, "As it isn't, it ain't."

What if all of us took just 15 minutes each day and practiced imaging what appears to be impossible, but is not?

Instead of scanning the world like Alice, we could scan the universe like the Queen.

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Why not take a moment today and imagine at least six impossible things, beginning with the viewpoint, perception, and assumption that Good is omnipotent.

After all, if the Queen can do it why can't we?

Just remember, if it isn't good - it ain't.

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