“A healed mind does not plan. It carries out the plans that it receives through listening to wisdom that is not its own. It waits until it has been taught what should be done, and then proceeds to do it. It does not depend upon itself for anything except its adequacy to fulfill the plans assigned to it. It is secure in certainty that obstacles can not impede its progress to accomplishment of any goal that serves the greater plan established for the good of everyone.”

– A Course In Miracles


At first glance, this quote sounds like a dangerous surrender of personal will to a leader and communist/cult thought that was employed to brainwash masses.

Yes, but it’s not that.  It’s an invitation to commune with yourself, with your highest self, and realign with what serves your highest good.  What serves your highest (immaterial) good also always serves the good of everyone, because at the highest numerator we have the same denominator.

This quote was so timely for me last week. I found myself contracting around really wanting something that I thought was the perfect fit for me – the perfect next step in my future. It was all I could think about, circling back to it throughout the day, despite my best intentions to be surrendered. I felt like I was choking, not walking the walk.

Why was I so susceptible to being rocked and swayed?

My root chakra was stagnant and frozen in fear. Fear of how will I survive?  Will I be safe? Will I be able to meet my basic needs? This constriction next blocked the energy in my sacral chakra, (in all my chakras!) and I wasn’t able to flow. Fear by its nature of sympathetic arousal mobilizes muscles but is paralytic to consciousness.

I read this quote, and it resonated and bumped me out of my contraction as I remembered the words. It was only after I considered the worst outcome and realized that it was actually better and further away than the associated suffering in anticipation of not getting what I wanted, that I was able to fully be at peace, regardless of the outcome.

I can use my best discernment and do all I can to what I intend. Although I may think I know best, there may indeed be something better —  better for me, more aligned with my higher self’s goals, and potentially the greater good. The key for me is discernment of obligation versus inspiration. Am I acting from fear and obligation? Or from inspiration and creation?

Afterall, I didn’t get that thing I really wanted, that I thought I really needed. I still think it would have been great. I am also open to something better. More time to play, expand, and morph into whatever it is that is most aligned with my highest purpose.

Maybe the point of it all was a reminder of the obligation versus inspiration axis and then maybe to remind you here.

A healed mind gives its best effort and surrenders — to the inner wisdom that knows it is safe, whole, calm, and certain. A healed mind acts from inspiration. If you are acting out of fear, fracture, pain, or cloudiness you are mostly likely not listening to a healed mind. You are probably listening to the nagging voice in your head, that circles and encircles till it chokes flow. The voice of a healed mind is clear, calm, and certain. It is whole with or without that thing you want/need. It is open and patient to be directed by the wisdom within you that frolics in freedom and divine flow.

Here’s to not getting what I wanted but being open to the lesson and something better!