We begin another new year, as reckoned by our Gregorian calendar [adopted in one country after another over a 200 year period after receiving the support of Pope Gregory XIII in 1582]. Of course there have been many other calendars with many other year beginnings, but no matter. Whichever calendar one uses, there are always resolves: "This year it's going to be different!" "This year I'm going to accomplish such and such!"
There is no reason to doubt the possible fulfillment of such resolves. After all, there is nothing you cannot do if you put your mind to it.
"For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)
But wait. If that's the case, then why do many resolves fail? A Course in Miracles, modern revelation from Jesus Christ, answers this question. In so many instances, we do not power our resolves with our entire mind.
A recent example of this principle made headlines when Tagg Romney, son of Mitt Romney, admitted about his father to an interviewer: "He wanted to be president less than anyone I've met in my life. He had no desire... to run. If he could have found someone else to take his place... he would have been ecstatic to step aside."
It is easy to see that one cannot win the presidency if one does not fully 100% want to win. But it might be harder to see that it is very difficult to achieve any goal, even a goal you are 80% or 90% sure you want ... when you have 10% or 20% of your mind pulling in a different direction. With a split mind you will sabotage yourself.
An example of this can be seen in the dismal progress of the Libertarian Party. This is a political party formed in late 1971 to elevate politics up, up, up and out of the usual false dichotomy of left-right. Now we are heading into 2013 the LP has been around 41 years and has achieved bewilderingly little success. Why? Because achieving political success rapidly became less than their one and only goal. Very quickly, and in many instances perhaps subconsciously, LP members became interested in a secondary goal of proving to the public that they were standout different than Democrats and Republicans. Now they had two mostly contradictory goals, and were operating with split mind. Now neither goal could attract the full power of God. Self-sabotage was in play..
The same principle applies to any of our goals, whether they seem tiny or huge, whether they seem apparently easy to reach or possibly difficult to achieve. Nothing is impossible with God's power. But God's power is being used in different directions, cancelling itself out, when our minds contain conflicting goals.
In A Course in Miracles, Lesson 24, Jesus helps us to become aware of this principle.
Practice periods begin with repeating today’s idea, followed by searching the mind, with closed eyes, for unresolved situations about which you are currently concerned. The emphasis should be on uncovering the outcome you want. You will quickly realize that you have a number of goals in mind as part of the desired outcome; and also that these goals are on different levels, and often conflict.
If these exercises are done properly, you will quickly recognize that you are making a large number of demands of the situation which have nothing to do with it. You will also recognize that many of your goals are contradictory, that you have no unified outcome in mind, and that you must experience disappointment in connection with some of your goals however the situation turns out.
Of course while we insist on identifying ourselves as human beings living on a planet named "Earth," it might seem too much to ask that we have one and only one goal which can be supported by all of God's power, with none of God's power is being used for secondary goals. Yet in the last analysis, when we are all done flirting with worldly goals, Jesus asks us yet again:
"What do you really, really, really, really, really, really, really want?"
In Lesson 185, Jesus points out that there is a goal which we can desire 100%, and thus have 100% of God's power behind our resolve.
" 'I want the peace of God.' To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything. If you could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for you in any form; in any place or time. Heaven would be completely given back to full awareness, memory of God entirely restored, the resurrection of all creation fully recognized."
Since there will never be peace in the world until we fully choose peace inside ourselves, maybe the greatest New Year's Resolution we can make is:
During 2013 ... I will experience the peace of God ... and I really mean it!
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