A Love Story

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Where do experiences go after they’re been lived?

Do they simply fade into memories that disappear unless we can remember them? And if so, how do we really know they were real?

The Course in Miracles teaches that all experiences are in the mind – that we simply see them enacted on the screen of life. It goes still further to say that not only are these experiences on the screen, they are like a movie that’s long ago been filmed, done, over with, and we’re simply watching it again. Wow!

As humans we appear to be in the film, reacting to the pains and pleasures of these experiences but the key word here is appear…for we’re not really there. The story is in our mind being projected out.

From this perspective, nothing on the screen can really effect us. They are a bunch of images, strung together to make a story that we experience, as if it were real, and once over, like the end of a movie, it’s gone, and another story begins.

This is a hard truth to swallow because as humans what we experience feels so real – especially while they’re happening. We string them together on the timeline into past and future with the now simply a blip that we ignore – when in Reality all we have is now.

There’s a line in The Horse Whisperer (a book I read recently) where Tom Booker (the main character played by Robert Redford in the movie) recalls the advice given to him by his father.

“I guess that’s what forever is, just one long trail of nows. And I guess all you can do is try and live one now at a time without getting too worked up about the last now or the next now”

Great advice. So what’s the purpose of all these images, these now moments that consistently fade away? Are they random or meaningful? The only meaning is what we give them says the Course. Yet they’re powerful indicators of where we are on our journey for they reflect back to our mind what needs healing. So in this sense, they’re very helpful.

Imagine for a moment if this world were made up of 7 billion minds that saw only images of love. Could there be war, disease, pain, hate, scarcity or any of the projections of fear? A healed mind could not possibly be watching these horror movies. It would view love stories.

For two weeks on a recent trip to Utah, I was in a love story. It was an annual music, film and enlightenment retreat by the Living Miracles Monastery. Each day amongst the mystical mountainous backdrop, 75 or so people laughed, ate and cried, listened to music and watched movies with mighty companions all around reflecting love and acceptance.

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At this retreat I was invited to cook 2 meals a day for 11 days! What seemed a daunting task, was instead a seamless and flowing joining of helpers amongst the backdrop of a magical kitchen in which meals were prepared with loving hands on task under my guided direction.

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Lack of training, proper equipment or time constraints were no match for this kitchen where regardless of the challenges, everything we needed was always provided. I quickly caught onto the fact that this is what I had come here to experience. That there is in fact no lack, that everything I needed was indeed provided. And…it was provided on the screen of a love story!

How can I not be grateful for such a story!

Now, back at home, as the story returns to a familiar setting, I wonder where the experience goes after it’s over? Can I rewind it? Or do I simply take the love with me and let my mind project a new love story without having to know what comes next or how it ends?

As long as it’s a love story…who cares what it looks like.

And now, over to you. Share your love story or just comment what comes to mind about mine. Love hearing from you so keep the comments coming!!!

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    18 thoughts on “A Love Story

    1. That looks like such a beautiful retreat and kitchen! I love how even though this kitchen wasn’t necessarily well stocked (especially, as I’m sure you’re accustomed to having the best of every tool), you had an army of helpful hands ready to get to work. The kitchen really is the heart of a home. :)

    2. I thought that looked like Utah and what a great looking group in the kitchen. We give the moments meaning really stood out for me. That is so true.

      1. Yes Beth. You just hit on one of the most important teachings of ACIM…that we give everything we see the meaning it holds for us…

    3. i saw some of your photos on facebook, silvia, and have enjoyed hearing the beautiful story behind them. thank you for sharing your lovely and wise thoughts.

    4. “That there is in fact no lack, that everything I needed was indeed provided. ” Love this! This is something that I keep relearning in my own life – usually in terms of money, and it usually arrives at “the last minute” but it always arrives.

    5. Silvia,
      Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I need to be reminded about the miracle that is life, every day. my mind tends to wonder in the past or the future, my heart feels worry and stress and yet, in the very core of my being, I do understand the truth in your words. Live in the now. The message was loud and clear. Thanks again.

      1. Yes, Nichole. The past and future live only in our imagination. Funny David Hoffmeister, who is the founder of the organization gave a talk on presence one of the days on the retreat. While he was talking he remembered a popular song from the ’70′s that went…”It’s just my imagination running away with me…and then he remembered the name of the band…THE TEMPTATIONS!!! It was hilarious because that’s what our ego mind does…tempt it to run away!!

    6. I don’t have a love story of my own to share at this point in time, but wanted to let you know how much I love reading your words and eloquently written thoughts! The idea of 7 billion minds only seeing images of love is mind-blowing! Powerful stuff!!

    7. This post called back to mind a missionary trip I “experienced” ;) It was my first time and the consciousness of a Divine presence throughout the entire journey gave me a peace and certainty that all that I need will be provided and that what I don’t know will be revealed.

      That was six years ago.

      Since then, my life and how I’ve had all my experiences have been guided in a powerful and healing way is beyond words that I can express.

      Ps. Chef Silvia was on my mind today since I haven’t been able to follow her blog for some months now…then bam! I got her newsletter today and next thing I’m here reading this beautiful post. Totally Divine

      1. Leanne what a precious experience! Thank you so much for confirming that this is how it really is…we’re always taken care of even when we don’t think so. Gotta love the sychronicities! So glad you found me and this!

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