Following Charm vs. Figuring Things Out – September 14 2020

My thoughts do not mean anything.

Lesson 10, A Course in Miracles 

Workbook for Students

 

Each of us are individual expressions of nature. Like waves on the ocean, each wave just a different way for the ocean to experience itself. Yet most of us, most of the time, think of ourselves as individuals. So what, you might ask. What difference does it make? 

 

If I am an individual, I have to ‘figure out’ what to do, and when to do it. I have to plan my life. I have to think, think, think about where I’m going and how I’m going to get there. It’s all very labor intensive.

 

Also, it doesn’t really work.

 

When we are thinking of ourselves as separate individuals, we are identified as the ego. The ego operates solely from a place of survival, a place of self-centered fear. From this place, all our thoughts are fear-based thoughts. This is not a basis from which to make decisions. 

  

If we examine our life, we can see that the things we have done in life that we love, appreciate and admire, all have come from leaps of faith, leaps in logic. And in the lives of others, we can see the same truth. Einstein did not carefully figure out the Theory of Relativity. It came to him full blown. Beethoven did not work out the chordal structure of his Ninth Symphony. It sang itself inside his mind.

 

These leaps come from something other than our intellect, other than our thoughts. They come from nature itself.

 

And nature communicates with us through charm.

 

charm, original meaning ‘enchantment’; from the Latin carmen, for song.

 

When nature wants us to move, it enchants us. It sings to us and awakens in us a desire. It makes one particular direction appear more charming to us than any other. This one choice may seem as if dusted with gold. It may simply look clearer in our mind than the perceived alternatives. It may just feel right. In any case, we are drawn by something other than our thoughts, our logic. 

 

This does not mean simply, ‘Do What You Will.’ This is not about free will at the expense of others. This is about doing the work to step out of the constraints of our individual self-centeredness and connect with the depth of what we are, then allowing ourselves the freedom of experimentation to see what charm might have us do, rather than what our speculating mind tells us we must do because of fear and ‘should’ and ‘ought to.’

 

It’s about doing what feels right and true and good. It’s about knowing that I am meant to be happy in this world, and following nature’s cues as to where that happiness might find its fullest expression.

 

Today I will find one thing to do that makes no sense to my logical mind, but feels right and true and good. And maybe even fun. 

 

Ashley, Smiling, Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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