The only time a miracle can occur is now. Past and future occur as thoughts, and miracles are not the result of thinking. Stay in this moment, it is the place where all new things are born. And when your mind begins to drag you along on a habitual train of thought, remind yourself why the now is worth it and watch for the miracle.
I do not perceive my own best interest.This notion use to torment me. When I first began to see that every small action on my part had a ripple effect, beyond anything I could conceive of, I became worried and unsure of myself.
On a small scale this looks like not being sure which plans to commit to this weekend because it isn’t yet clear what will end up being the most enjoyable option. On a larger scale this looks like questioning the motives behind a chosen career path, or not being sure if you should commit to a relationship.
What I hadn’t perceived after experiencing an awareness of the infinite effects of my small choices was what those consequences meant for my true best interest. After a little bit of living it becomes clear that things that are bad at one time can turn out to have positive outcomes, just as something that was first good news can turn into suffering later on. But at a higher vantage point whatever journey the ripple of each action takes there is with it the movement of your highest potential unearthing itself through the inner erosion that takes place one situation after another.
According to A Course In Miracles understanding that you don’t perceive your best interest is an essential step in allowing miracles to occur. Without this internal judgment of external situations your every moment can transform into the shape it was meant to realize, and with it enact your own best interest.
We all have a perfect view for the bizarre parade of our own thoughts. As this both random and repetitive display barrels ever on, we are constantly presented with a choice. We can sit back in the lounge chair of our consciousness and witness this interesting spectacle as it passes, or we can pick out whatever catches the eye and hold onto it, even follow it off in its own direction. Whether or not your thoughts are pleasing and true depends on which particular section of the parade is passing you by, but no matter what kind of thoughts you have, you can always decide which ones to believe.
I hope you enjoy this video in which Marianne Williamson talks about how to forgive and living your destiny. One of the lessons that really changed me was the idea of “divine compensation.” Marianne gives a great description of it but here was the insight I gained from it:
One way of looking at a miracle is when the highest potential of a moment is manifested. When you block a miracle, perhaps by choices you’ve made, that miracle still exists. It will merely manifest itself in a different form. So if it happens that you do something and a miracle doesn’t occur, and you don’t experience the highest potential of that moment, that miracle will appear in your life in a new form when your heart and mind are open. Which is to say, the highest potential for any moment is becoming realized when you accept life as it is, and allow life to live you. When you are open to life in all of its possibilities, you give the highest potential the opportunity to manifest in your life.
When I first wrote this post I was about to publish it, but through some technical difficulties found it was lost and unrecoverable. I was frustrated at first. I felt a lot of negative energy taking over me. My boyfriend suggested we go on a walk, and although I was frustrated I knew that the universe was giving me an opportunity to trust that the potential for the words I had written would be restored to me in a different form. I always find life gives me the chance to practice any lesson that I feel I understand. I was definitely frustrated earlier. Eventually I chose to receive the blessing with gratitude. Though I lost something, that potential still exsisted for me and was able to manifest differently with these new words.
When a moment doesn’t go “well” or as planned, instead of suffering, it would be much more enjoyable to be excited about what the new manifestation for its highest potential will look like! Another way of putting it, you’re always on the right path, your highest potential is always in the midst of you ready to be realized.
Marianne Williamson is a brilliant author and spiritual teacher, and is one of the contributors to A Course In Miracles, another life changing book that I absolutely love. May this video open your heart and give you a greater experience of love and joy today! Thanks to Oprah for who you are, and for Super Soul Sunday! Stay tuned for a lesson I was given in self-forgiveness.
“Author Marianne Williamson has been a spiritual friend and counselor to Oprah for many years, and her advice has sometimes taken Oprah by surprise. Watch as Oprah remembers a time where Marianne counseled her to pray for someone who harmed her—and experiences an emotional aha! moment onstage. Then, watch as Marianne explains the principle of divine compensation and how the universe will always return what someone wrongfully took from you.”