So, in my Unveiling Your Hidden Power class, as we study Emma Curtis Hopkins, the question of Global Warming came up (I may have been the one who started it!). I think about these things. If I believe is the unlimited power of the Divine (There is no order of difficulty in miracle) then it behooves me not to spiral into fear over global warming. This is a class about denying illusions and affirming the Truth. In last week’s lesson, part of the teaching was that there is no mixture of good and evil; feeling that there is creates conflict and causes miscreation. (“I do not believe in a mixture of good and evil in the world, or in myself! All is Good!”)
Or as the Course says, “Perception cannot obey two masters, each asking for messages of different things in different languages. What fear would feed upon, love overlooks. What fear demands, love cannot even see. The fierce attraction that guilt holds for fear is wholly absent from love’s gentle perception. What love would look upon is meaningless to fear, and quite invisible.”
So, while it is responsible to take note that the ice caps are melting, and to pay heed to the greenhouse effect, and for each of us to do what we can to change the trajectory we are on, it is not helpful to believe we are doomed. Believing we are doomed is what will doom us. I have begun reading Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning which he wrote in a mere nine days back in 1945 because he was interested in what helped people to survive. In the Introduction of the book it says, “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.” (Harold S. Kushner)
In terms of global warming, I can’t help but feel that it is important to deny it as inevitable. Inevitability is the equivalent of giving up. In fact, in terms of global warming, it’s crucial we don’t give up. Nature will balance things out. The only question is whether or not man will survive once that happens.
In class, we are being taught to own our power. Ruth L. Miller, Ph.D. who wrote this workbook about Hopkins says, “We all have unlimited power. If we don’t use that power, it doesn’t alter the fact that it is ours.”
She goes on to say, “Jesus taught that we can live by a new covenant: an agreement with Spirit by which Spirit is to do all things for us, and we do nothing for ourselves except to leave ourselves entirely in its keeping. It’s not ours to try to change the externals; we are to know what is true – that is our whole business in life.”
Or as the Course says, “I need do nothing.”
“The giving up of judgment, the obvious prerequisite for hearing God’s Voice, is usually a fairly slow process, not because it is difficult, but because it is apt to be perceived as personally insulting.”
The daily Course lessons lately deal with the holiness of our minds. My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. My holiness envelops everything I see. And today’s My holiness blesses the world. In them, I recognize that if my mind is part of God’s, then I can’t see death and destruction. Yesterday’s lesson said, “You are holy because your mind is part of God’s. And because you are holy, your sight must be holy as well. ‘Sinless’ means without sin. You cannot be without sin a little. You are sinless or not. If your mind is part of God’s you must be sinless, or a part of His Mind would be sinful. Your sight is related to His Holiness, not to your ego, and therefore not to your body.”
There is no mixture of good and evil. God is not evil and if my mind is part of God’s, mine cannot be either.
We are to know the Truth, that is all. In knowing it, we can deny appearances, knowing that they do not reflect Truth. It’s quite powerful because those who are aligned with Truth cannot be derailed.
So, getting back to global warming, I deny it. Not because I do not believe the scientific evidence but because it’s important to recognize that God did not leave us comfortless to wallow in our fears. My job is to get quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit. I cannot be seduced into fear by appearances. I am a Teacher for God. I must rely on Truth.
Then I will do as I am told.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.