The power of decision is my own

This post was written by DoctorJay on July 7, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook,philosophy,Zen

When I read the thought for today I liked it very much for it reminded me of responsibility if by that we mean response-ability. That is to say we, and we alone can face up to the vicissitudes of life and respond to whatever happens. In fact from an existentialist philosophy point of view, we could say that we are doomed to respond and doing nothing or freaking out, even committing suicide are all responses.

Every action (karma) has a reaction (more karma). You cannot get away from it…

That to me is the moment to moment decision that we have to make:

To be or not to be…

From the ACIM workbook for today:

No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose. Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for you. And it is only here salvation is.

The first sentence I love if we talk about psychological loss for events have no meaning as ACIM has repeated over and over again from day one of the workbook. The later thoughts I do not understand. If everything is based on unconscious wishes, God knows…

and later the ACIM workbook continues with the practice:

We think of truth alone as we arise, and spend five minutes practicing its ways, encouraging our frightened minds with this:

The power of decision is my own.
This day I will accept myself as what
my Father’s Will created me to be.

This part I love as peace comes from acceptance. In fact that’s the meaning of Islam (surrender to the will of God). This is Zen. And ultimate;ly when you accept what is you can cause change much easier.

That’s why the first step in the twelve step program is to admit (accept) that you have a problem.

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