As long as we are living this human experience,
our egos will work overtime to keep us attached
to unresolved grievances, justified judgments, the
behaviors of others, and uncontrolled, chaotic
change. It is so easy to keep believing that the
illusions our fears create are real and to hold
on to unforgiving thoughts—thoughts born
out of our fearful past and fed by fears of an
As we learn to release those attachments and
begin to live only in the present, it becomes easier
to let go of negativity and anxiety. This does not
mean we forget the past or stop making plans for
the future. It simply means we do not let ourselves
become attached to them.
When we are caught up in the ego’s view of time,
we’re living life in the fast lane, attached to the
ever-moving thoughts racing through our busy
minds. We may also fall into the trap of becoming
attached to money, goals, and possessions. We
become attached to our homes, cars, and so many
other material things that we believe will bring
us lasting happiness. Even more critical is our
attachment to our justified scripts for ourselves
and everyone else.
While we often believe these things will make
us happy, if we let our happiness be determined by
them, the opposite is usually true. To help us stay
in the present, where love and God abide, we have
a practice of “tearing up our scripts” for others
and ourselves. We stop being attached to what we
think we or anyone else should be saying or doing
at any given moment.
Many years ago Jerry purchased a green Austin-Healey with a special green hat that went with it,
and wow, was he happy! He thought that car would
bring him lasting happiness, but like all material
things, that happiness was temporary. He now
realizes that nothing of physical form can bring
him lasting happiness.
Our fearful egos still tempt us to seek
happiness through our bodies, behaviors, or
possessions. Our egos also try to persuade us
to look at everything negatively so we will be
more fearful, thereby giving our egos even more
power. The difference is that now we understand
that the will of God is our natural inheritance
and blesses us with everlasting happiness. We
know that focusing on letting go of form,
letting God guide us, and lightening up our
consciousness with love and forgiveness is the
path that brings us joy.
We do our best to remember that love is letting
go of form.
The following poem written by Jerry is from his
new book, Poetry and Notes to Myself: My Ups and
Downs With A Course in Miracles, published this
month by Mini Course Publishing. We share it
here for our Unity readers:
Help me God to let go of my preoccupations
with the future.
Give me the strength to stop my futile attempts
to predict and control it.
Let me see no value in my plan of what the
future should be.
Rid me of my senseless questions about
tomorrow and of all my desires to manipulate
and control others.
Remind me that my fears and uncertainties of
tomorrow are only related to my unfounded
fear of You.
Help me be still, help me to listen, and to love.
Awaken me to the truth of Your Presence being
only in the now of this moment.
Lift me up into Your Arms and remind me that
I am Your Creation,
and that I am the Perfection of Love.
Help me to acknowledge that I am Your
Messenger of Love,
and free me to shine Your Light everywhere.
Let me feel Your Freedom within me, and let
me laugh at the illusions that my ego once
made me feel were so real.
Let me be light; let me be joy; let me know that
I am the reflection of You wherever I am, and
wherever I go.
Let me let go. Let me let God. Let me lighten up.
M.D., and Diane
Ph.D., the founders
of Attitudinal Healing
International, have won
numerous awards for
their work teaching the
power of unconditional
love and forgiveness.
Together and separately,
they’ve authored 16
books selling more
than 7 million copies
the best-sellers Love
Is Letting Go of Fear
(Celestial Arts, 1979)
and Change Your Mind,
Change Your Life
(Random House, 1993).
HELP ME BE STILL,
HELP ME TO LISTEN ...