A friend asked me to speak on Brexit, and the ensuing changes that may occur with governmental problems and political parties breaking apart. “Do you have any advice on how to deal with problems beyond the personal?” I promised I would reply on Monday, I presumed with a video. It turns out my reply appears to be via a movie review! Movies can very often get to the heart of a subject matter if the story teller understands what is really at stake for himself in the telling!
I am hearing two things with this question. First, worries about the probable impact on a way of life and sense of security as a British person, and secondly a call to clarify what our responsibility for sight truly is, as a Course student.
I have spent this weekend immersed in movies looking at the depths of this false sense of responsibility (personal) and the push-away to a true sense of responsibility (accepting the atonement for myself). Practically speaking, one brings a sense of peace and Good Orderly Direction (Julia Cameron’s acronym for God) while the other reveals a heavy burden of blame. Fault finding is as indiscriminate as the machine-gun fire of a five-year old. It doesn’t matter what side of the friendly fire you’re on—it’s heartbreaking. Alternatively Forgiveness frees everyone from right or wrong doing. In short that’s plan A: Atonement or plan B: Blame!
I don’t pretend to understand all the details of the dramas I am asked to comment on. However the minute a question is asked I experience a deluge of insights on the subject—as if someone hit search on google. Information whizzes through my mind like a microfiche film from a 70’s investigative report. All sides are represented in a millisecond like a spool of black and white images. I’ve learned not to interact with this part though.
What’s needed here is not more knowledge but Vision. Like flicking through a high-school science book from the 1940’s, I now only look to the flip-book doodles in the corner where an animated sun sets or rises.
Focusing on how an ant hill works when you are lost in the desert won’t save you. You must climb to the highest vantage point and look for signs of only what your heart truly desires. A way out of a parched existence. Exodus.
The exit strategy adopted by a government on behalf of it’s people, no matter how well intentioned does not offer a fix to the disquiet that prompted it in the first place. “Who governs your heart?” is the first question, and secondly “are you free to follow that guidance?” This is an amazing opportunity to discover where you place your faith and to notice any authority problem. In whom do you trust? How are you Sourced? This is a Call up to total responsibility and leadership. The kind I experienced in my mind during 9-11.
Are you going to teach Fear or Love? As A Course in Miracles students we are aware that “to teach is demonstrate” and the things you love can hold you back as much as the things you hate. So if you are clinging to a pastoral way of life that you have loved—an agrarian conclave of certainty and dependability then it may be a rude awakening to discover its false underpinnings. If you choose to look with the Spirit then you will witness the terror that your false sense of normalcy has been keeping in place all along. Once that intensity has passed then the fresh air of healing can circulate. If you can welcome this awareness, then any seeming change in form becomes more of an adventure and less of an invasion. Something entrenched is being freed. Presumption and entitlement are being unearthed and the sticky expectations of false cause and effect are being dissolved.
We have seen this invitation before. Our little labeled forefathers, packed with suitcases onto trains like Paddington, off to a new experience of life. We are moving out of the smog and into the sunshine. Will you find Narnia in this shift, or lament leaving the familiar? Thats all that really matters!
The false sense of comfort that was padding your slumber is now ripping apart, revealing a cloud of heart-breaking prayers. As each torn feather falls, it alights softly like a an angels kiss, offering release from your garden variety nightmare. Nothing dramatic may ever occur in form, yet it is easier to give up illusions than to perceive you have been stripped of something valuable. It is quite a gift to be confronted en masse as a nation with one swift insight—you are not sustained by any government. That is a way of thinking that no longer serves.
The Spirit wants you homespun and happy using what you love to embrace the truth—but not if it’s protection is being used to mentally hold you back. You must see the trickster and name it—like Rumpelstiltskin.
You have no control over the world you see. But once you see the ego’s underpinnings of fear in the entire set-up, that clarity will immediately restore your sense of power and reveal your one true choice for Peace. You will no longer feel like a victim of the world and instead embrace your magnitude and majesty.
A Course in Miracles reminds us of “The Investment in Reality”
“I once asked you to sell all you have and give to the poor and follow me. This is what I meant: If you have no investment in anything in this world, you can teach the poor where their treasure is. The poor are merely those who have invested wrongly, and they are poor indeed! Because they are in need it is given you to help them, since you are among them. Consider how perfectly your lesson would be learned if you were unwilling to share their poverty. For poverty is lack, and there is but one lack since there is but one need.” (ACIM T-12.III.1)
To identify with the ego is to attack yourself and make yourself poor. That is why everyone who identifies with the ego feels deprived. What he experiences then is depression or anger, because what he did was to exchange Self-love for self-hate, making him afraid of himself. He does not realize this. Even if he is fully aware of anxiety he does not perceive its source as his own ego identification, and he always tries to handle it by making some sort of insane “arrangement” with the world. He always perceives this world as outside himself, for this is crucial to his adjustment. He does not realize that he makes this world, for there is no world outside of him. (ACIM T-12.III.6)
And what of this movie you promised us Sarah? Where is this heart-opening antidote that you claimed would help us make this shift from political to personal and then extend all the way to truly Universally Powerful? Why here it is: The Girl in the Café (2005)
This made-for-TV movie is a tall tale told by one of my favorite screenwriter’s Richard Curtis. The film is 14-years old now, but new to me today. This is a truly uplifting, simple story of one man’s decision to strike a chord for love. Discover how what you used to think of as personal and irrelevant is truly universal and vital!
Love is actually all around us—to demonstrate this you must be clear that only the truth is true—and speak authentically from there. Don’t miss the many seemingly small ways the Spirit will invite you to speak up and break with compromise!