“It is your thoughts alone that cause you pain. Nothing external to your mind can hurt or injure you in any way. There is no cause beyond yourself that can reach down and bring oppression. No one but yourself affects you. There is nothing in the world that has the power to make you ill or sad, or weak or frail. But it is you who have the power to dominate all things you see by merely recognizing what you are. As you perceive the harmlessness in them, they will accept your holy will as theirs. And what was seen as fearful now becomes a source of innocence and holiness.”
Today, I had a lesson in the above ideas. About an hour after I read the morning lesson, I tried to call my friend Sue, which I do every morning. When I punched in her number, I got an error message stating that due to “network issues” the call could not be placed. I tried several times, then tried yet again with my cell phone. Same message. I reset the modem on my computer, tried the call again. Same message. Finally, I unplugged the modem and called the service I use. They told me to reset the modem.
I won’t go on and on with this tedious story, except to say that, as suddenly as the trouble started, it stopped.
Now what, you might say, was the lesson? It was one of recognizing my Self as the real one, and the rather frantic self as the unreal one. My next door neighbor, bless her, allowed me to use her phone, and we had a good talk in the meantime. I may have been disconnected from the Web, but I certainly was not from the reality of who we are.