"Everything is just exactly as it should be!"

It's one thing to see everything going wrong in our world.

It's another thing to grasp that everything is working together for a perfect outcome in every situation everywhere.

Which of these ways I choose to see things is going to largely determine my emotional state, true or false?

If I see things in a positive light, I'm going to feel wonderful. If I see things from a negative point of view, I'm going to be dragged down by anger, fear, or whatever other emotion I'm generating for myself that feels like hell.

Certainly heaven is here and now ... or hell is here and now ... depending on how I'm viewing things.

Therefore what I really want to do is always see things in a positive light so I feel great and my good vibrations affect everyone around me in a positive way.

But how do I see things in a positive light always, no matter what?

I do this by re-training my mind to focus away from negative viewpoints. I train myself to know that everything is just exactly as it should be.

This takes some explanation.

What if all I could see was the very little tip of the iceberg while the big giant foundation of the iceberg was not visible to me? So let's say I could see maybe 5% of what was really going on while 95% of what was really going on is not something I can see or make a judgment about.

Now there are two possibilities. Either all these 95% hidden inter meshing dynamics of the universe are working together for the highest good and everything is just exactly the way it should be, or ... the universe follows no rhyme or reason.

The universe is orderly or not, can be trusted or not.

Science and religion both tell us there are natural laws, universal laws, at work which can be trusted. If that's true then everything is just exactly as it should be.

One advantage of knowing that everything is just exactly as it should be is that I can relax and enjoy life. Sure there are going to be pains if I or others temporarily step "off course". Since pain is one of the universe's course-correction devices, even pain can be seen as part of the universe working together for every one's highest good.

A second advantage of knowing that everything is just exactly as it should be is that others around me don't have to be manipulated or resisted in any way. They are free ... and that makes for marvelous relationships.

Understanding there is a broader viewpoint, I now dedicate myself to retraining my mind away from seeing negatively.

To start each day on the right note, as I awaken I say to myself slowly and meaningfully several times over:

"Everything is just exactly as it should be. Today I trust great good is being created!"

During the day I take a mini-break each hour to close my eyes, take a few deep relaxing breaths, and again say to myself a few times:

"Everything is just exactly as it should be. It's all working for greater good than I can see."

Finally, at the end of the day I ask my mind to give me memories of any negative emotions which arose during the day and the situations involved. While each such memory is in mind I again say aloud a few times, speaking directly to the memory:

"Everything is just exactly as it should be. I'd be in joyous awe if I could see it all!"

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"I feel betrayed!"

If you have ever felt betrayed, you know it is a killing feeling. It is a feeling that kills your joy, murders your peace, and snuffs out your love. If you let the ego grab you in the moment of such a feeling, you might even feel a desire to seek "justice," or maybe even an impulse to "enjoy" vengeance. (As you may know, the ego, which ancients called "the devil" or "Satan," has as its ultimate goal your suffering and death.)

What you may not understand in the heat of the moment is that the ego had already grabbed you when you perceived betrayal. Betrayal is in the eyes of the beholder, it doesn't exist in reality.

To understand that nobody ever betrays you it is necessary to know that God does not betray. The illusion of betrayal can only arise when we see with ego eyes, not seeing what is really going on beneath the surface appearances, which requires an entirely different way of seeing.

In his modern revelation, A COURSE IN MIRACLES, Jesus Christ corrects many of the incorrect ego-interpretations made by his disciples. Jesus explains that he does not see betrayal:

You are free to perceive yourselves as persecuted if you choose. But you might remember when you DO choose to react that way, that I WAS persecuted as the world judges, and did NOT share this evaluation for myself. I elected, both for your sake AND mine, to demonstrate that the most outrageous assault, as judged by the ego, did not matter. As the world judges these things, but NOT as God knows them, I was betrayed, abandoned, beaten, torn, and finally killed.

Regarding his disciples' interpretation of the actions of Judas:

Nor could they have described my reactions to Judas Iscariot as they did, if they had really understood ME. They could not have believed that I could have said, “Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?” unless I BELIEVED in betrayal. The whole message of the crucifixion was simply that I did NOT.

In plain simple everyday language which we can all easily understand: what is really going on is not what appears to be going on ... ever! So we cannot ever logically hold onto the ego-judgment that we've been betrayed. And if we turn our attention inward and listen to God's Voice, we will never be told we've been betrayed, because God doesn't see things that way.

But then when we see seeming betrayal, what is going on beneath surface appearances? Simply this ... our higher being is creating for ourselves yet another forgiveness lesson. It is one of the many learning opportunities we are providing for ourselves over and over again until learning is complete, opportunities to accept things as they are without judgment ... which is the real meaning of forgiveness.

The ego's reaction to this is: "No! I will not accept that I created what this person did to me!"

But remember the ego's goal is your unhappiness and ultimately your destruction. Remember also that you are far, far more ... infinitely more ... than ego says you are. In ego perception you have no idea, not even an inkling, of your true creative power. Why wouldn't your higher being create the lessons you need to rise above the debilitating habits of ego judgment?

You were not betrayed. But you were certainly blessed with a wonderful opportunity.

Now ... knowing who you really are far beyond ego, and knowing what is really going on, you can always meet any temptation to feel betrayed with a laugh. Laughing joyously, you can say to yourself:

"I'm sure as heaven not going to feel betrayed!"

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