I Requested This

By Lisa Natoli

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Most people on a spiritual path (or who study A Course in Miracles) “get” the idea that what they see in the world is coming from their mind, thoughts, feelings and beliefs. It’s fairly common knowledge nowadays that the world you think you see is nothing more than a reflection of the thoughts you hold in mind.

But …

What most people do is make themselves guilty about it.

They get cancer and think “I caused this” and then they try to figure out how to “change their mind” so they don’t have cancer.

Today, I want to give you a new way to think about everything that seems to happen to you (along with a writing exercise and practice) so that you feel excitement, peace and joy over all the events in your life – no matter how terrible they seem at first.

Instead of saying “I caused this” (problems, accidents, loss, sickness, pain) which makes you a victim, guilty with shame, say this instead:

“I REQUESTED THIS.” Click To Tweet

A Course in Miracles gives us The Responsibility for Sight Prayer, which point-blank tells us that everything that seems to happen to me, I asked for and received as I have asked.

BOOM!

I requested it. This is why I am happy all the time. Because whatever comes my way, I feel a deep curiosity and excitement over whatever is unfolding. I know that only good has come to me and that a happy outcome is certain.

The Responsibility for Sight
A Course in Miracles

We have repeated how little is asked of you to learn this course. It is the same small willingness you need to have your whole relationship transformed to joy; the little gift you offer to the Holy Spirit for which He gives you everything; the very little on which salvation rests; the tiny change of mind by which the crucifixion is changed to resurrection. And being true, it is so simple that it cannot fail to be completely understood. Rejected yes, but not ambiguous. And if you choose against it now it will not be because it is obscure, but rather that this little cost seemed, in your judgment, to be too much to pay for peace.

This is the only thing that you need do for vision, happiness, release from pain and the complete escape from sin, all to be given you. Say only this, but mean it with no reservations, for here the power of salvation lies:

I am responsible for what I see.

I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve.

And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked.

Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear.

It is impossible the Son of God be merely driven by events outside of him. It is impossible that happenings that come to him were not his choice. His power of decision is the determiner of every situation in which he seems to find himself by chance or accident. No accident nor chance is possible within the universe as God created it, outside of which is nothing. Suffer, and you decided sin was your goal. Be happy, and you gave the power of decision to Him Who must decide for God for you. This is the little gift you offer to the Holy Spirit, and even this He gives to you to give yourself. For by this gift is given you the power to release your savior, that he may give salvation unto you.

A Course in Miracles

We all came here as powerful creators and healers, forgot who we are, believed we are bodies and then spent days and weeks and years identifying with the body as our self.

So we requested to wake up to our True Self – and often the often only way to get our attention is through sickness, accidents, death, people pushing our buttons.

“I requested this” is a game-changer because so often we think “how could I have avoided this? ” and “how did I cause this?” (cancer, problems) and “how can I make this go away?” and “if only the situation or people were different, then I would be happy and at peace” and that is completely missing the gifts there for you.

YOU REQUESTED IT.

 

WRITING EXERCISE & PRACTICE

Get some paper or a journal and a pen.

Write down all your problems, difficulties, accidents, all the things you wish would go away or be different, all the things you are trying to heal, fix or change, all the things that make you upset or angry.

When you are finished, look over your list and say to yourself: I REQUESTED THIS.

On another piece of paper or another page in your journal, write down all the gifts, messages and lessons that have come to you because of the sickness, event, pain, difficulty or problems.

We request the events in our lives for one of two reasons:

1. The first reason: You are not showing up fully and authentically, you are doing things you don’t want to do (staying in a job or relationship that is long over, for example) or you’re afraid to do things that are in your heart because you are afraid of being criticized, afraid of failure, afraid of putting yourself out there. So you stay hiding inside the body – and you “request” accidents, sickness, pain, problems – so that you don’t have to work, so you don’t have to show up, so you get the love you are too afraid to ask for, you get taken care of.

A tough pill to swallow, but that’s one reason.

2. The second reason: You’re in a growth period and not growing. The Life and Light of you – which is your True Self – is in expansion and you’re trying to contain it (again, because of fear). And so you request an event that will teach you trust, patience, gentleness, open-mindedness, joy, how to ask for help, how to ask for what you want, how to get clear on what you want, how to be present every day. Perhaps the gift is time off for stillness and rest. You learn how to be a better listener, or you suddenly feel that life is short and you want to spend the rest of your days living life fully and authentically, being more bold, taking more risks.

No one asks for cancer or a car accident, but you might be asking for time off, humility, compassion, more love, someone to care for you, a period of rest. You as Spirit may be requesting for you to stop doing things alone by yourself and to start asking others for help.

EVERYTHING THAT SEEMS TO HAPPEN TO YOU … IS A GIFT.

You don’t need to get sick or have problems or accidents. You could just start asking for help. You could start taking time off. You could leave that job that you hate. You could stop doing things you don’t really want to do,but are only doing because you feel you “should” or because you feel obligated or because you are people-pleasing. And start doing the things you really want to do.

Be okay with criticism, failure and with life shifting out of your control.

All events are designed to wake you up and shake you up and dislodge you from your fixed position as a body-identity.

Most people, unfortunately, just will NOT do this on their own. They need something to blind-side them from out of nowhere. I can say from deep personal experience, the worst things to happen to you are actually the best things to happen to you if you take the time to find the gifts in there. You requested this. So don’t try to fix it, improve it or make it go away. Embrace it. Welcome it. Rejoice that the thing you requested is upon you – and great change is here for you

Be a detective and find out what gifts have come to you, by your request.

See how all the events in your life are opportunities for growth, healing and expansion.

My suggestion is always the same: get a copy of A Course in Miracles and do what it says.

If you would like additional help from us, there are lots of great programs here at the Teachers of God Foundation to support you in your journey: The 40-Day Program, Living in Purpose, ACIM 365, and True Prosperity.

We would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below on the gifts you have been given by your request.

I LOVE YOU.

Lisa Natoli

Lisa Natoli is the Creator of The 40-Day Program for Transformation (it’s free!) and the Founder of The Healing Cure: An approach to healing using the light within you, your holiness, the mind-training of A Course in Miracles and a commitment to identify and BE your True Self. https://www.lisanatoli.com

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Carolyn Redmond

Wow Lisa – you just bring awareness to the forefront in the most incredible ways!!! I love I Requested This. If you request something you are responsible for it when it shows up in your experiences. This is like the prelude to I Am Responsible part of the Course’s message. Makes it so much easier accept the reason why this experience is in your life. Thanks again Lisa for another “aha”!!! Much love

Brad Oliphant
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Wow, this was so helpful Lisa. I am currently being asked to leave my home through a landlord/tenant battle. It has turned my world upside down. and worry and concern consumed me and now I am very sick, still having to wait to hear the outcome and then take the leap into a new apartment. But yes, I may not be aware of this, but somehow I did request this. I like to think that I requested the ego-mind over Holy Spirits, and the effects are showing up in my life. But being reminded today that everything is a gift,… Read more »

margaret dolit
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margaret dolit

I requested a heart attack and stroke, with distorted vision. I have difficulty walking. So far I cannot see the gift in any of this. All I can see is that these conditions cannot determine my happiness, which is my choice, but I knew that before. So I just give up thinking I know anything. Used to think I was a teacher of God, but I certainly am not a good example. Study A Course in Miracles for 30 years and get a heart attack and stroke! Yea! My only consolation is that I know the thing that got these… Read more »

Lisa
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Gorgeous Margaret! You are an AMAZING teacher of God! I love this message from you – that you see that none of it can affect your happiness, which is your decision. I love you so much. Did you see the video talk I gave as a follow up to this? It goes into a little more detail. We don’t request the specifics (heart attack, stroke, distorted vision, difficulty walking) but we do request to come to this place where you have arrived to see: this is not who I am. YOU ARE A PERFECT TEACHER OF GOD. You are the… Read more »

Miro (Miroslava) Pintaric
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Miro (Miroslava) Pintaric

get so happy when I read. I totally agree with everything you say, I really experience life – relationships, illnesses, crises with your description.
Thank you for clarifying everything in words, it makes me so happy!
Thank you Lisa for being there for us! Love ! Miro

Lisa Natoli
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Thank you Miro! I love you xoxo Lisa

Robin Privett
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Robin Privett

Lisa, I love this, and personally I get it…I was brought up as a child going to a Science of Mind church and learned at a young age that we truly do request it. What I struggle with now, at 58, is this quote from above, “Rejoice that the thing you requested is upon you – and great change is here for you”….You already know that my daughter is going through chemotherapy right now for a very scary aggressive (high recurring type)cancer as a 27 year old. Yes, I just gave her body power over her LIGHT. But the thing… Read more »

Robin Privett
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Robin Privett

I’d like to share what she wrote on her social media….I think you will like it. 🙂 My Long Crazy Hair has always been one of my most defining PHYSICAL characteristics. It’s what people know me for…it’s always been MY THING. Shaving my head helped me to realize the good headspace that I’m in. Without my hair I still feel 100% me. I wasn’t sure how I’d react to losing it, so It’s pretty cool to have learned that I’m ok without it. It’s nice to know that my personal identity is secure in the essence of my being. I… Read more »

Roslyn Halperin
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Roslyn Halperin

that is beautiful wonder if she ever thought about writing a book?

Lisa Natoli
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Oh my God – this rocks!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!

Lisa Natoli
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I love you Robin. I’m just seeing this message her now. Spirit is not outside of us. There is not a “something else” that is teaching us a lesson. I used to think I was being punished or tested. In the quiet, we receive the answers to all questions, any doubt or confusion. For me, sometimes the gift is simply to see the preciousness of life and I don’t want to miss a minute of it, because we never know how long we have with the ones with love – and so it brings us into tremendous compassion, presence, being… Read more »

Sharon Honerlah
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Sharon Honerlah

Hello Lisa, I love this reminder. It brings up so much to release and to love. IT is indeed a blessing to be able to stay in love moment to moment. I am certainly learning to trust Source. When fear rises up to stay in the space of love. It is required in all situation that we think are out there. My study of the ACIM has shifted to one of renewed interest. I have learned to say” Thank you” even when I’m unsure. I know all is a gift and asking that I look upon it without judgement. A… Read more »

Roxanne
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Roxanne

Hi Lisa. I’ve been healed of anxiety thru ACIM but after encountering the actual painful situation again… I still am looking for love outside of me and I am at a loss as to where or to whom to turn to. I’ve been thru a few years of counseling and am doing fabulous (no panic attacks) and I keep handing issues over to the Holy Spirit. But I must be missing something since I’m not where you’re at (If I must be honest!).
Maybe this just needs more time?! Any insights?
Thank you.

Maria
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Maria

I really love this! I have always said that depression, bi polar, bulging discs were the best things to happen to me. They WERE my periods of greatest inner work and healing.

I am learning now that I don’t need to suffer and I can be guided lovingly by Jesus/Holy Spirit WITHOUT needing something to make me!

I love this exercise Lisa! Thank you God for all of this! Thank you for always answering my prayers and requests

Virginia Cleaves
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Virginia Cleaves

This lesson has been such a revelation for me. On some level I thought I understood that I was responsible for my problems, illness etc…little did I know that there is a gift in all of this. No guilt and victim no more. I thank you for being here for me and so many others. Wow, Wow Thank you thank you Lisa.

Danielle Daab
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Danielle Daab

So amazing. All I can say is thank you. Sincerely, thank you so very much.

Patricia
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Patricia

Thank you Lisa for “helping me to see it differently”. This simple way of seeing what I thought was the biggest mistake I could have ever made, as the biggest gift instead removes years of guilt and shame. You are the voice for God. Namaste.

Anne Laine
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Anne Laine

Hi Lisa, I would like to know where these words are in the book ACIM (Fip-version and Circle of Atonement version) With love, Anne

Ulrike
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Ulrike

Wow! I still have to contemplate a bit more about it but what I can say I applied it this week! Two days ago all my current issues came together and let me feel so tense like never before. The one issue is dog barking in the neighbourhood, , migraines and sleeping problems. At the highest level of the tension I broke out in tears and told my husband: And I don’t give up my attitude that every experience is for my healing!!! For the dog barking a solution showed up and the other issues are work in progress but… Read more »

Joanne Waguespack
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Joanne Waguespack

I don’t understand why I would request so much lack in my life. I am experiencing such a lack of money that I don’t know where my next meal is coming from or the money to pay my bills.
I feel such fear and loneliness.

Joanne Waguespack
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Joanne Waguespack

I forgot to ask, why would so many difficulties show up at the same time. My lack of money to pay my bills and eat, my hip replacement surgery and my lack of love being in a verbally abusive relationship.
I am trying so hard to understand.

Maja
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Maja

Dear Lisa, Many thanks for your amazing tipps and guidance through the fogs on the way to the light. I have two questions: 1. how can i found out, if something i dont like to do, i still should do because i always learn something. Or when is it ok to say ‘no’ but maybe then reject the gift behind the problem? How to know? 2. A little organisational issue: When you quote the course like above, would it be possible to mention the exact reference? I would love to read it in my language and also read more of… Read more »

Maiyim Baron
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Maiyim Baron

Thank you Lisa, this is really helping me today, when I needed to just sit in Holy Beingness.. And now to jornal as you suggest…so helpful. Love you, Lisa!

Saundra
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Saundra

WOW! These words were straight from God. Exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it. Grateful. Thank you.

John Kleschinsky
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John Kleschinsky

Hi Lisa I love the post. We are not the cause of it we are the effects!

Laura Gergen
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Laura Gergen

Lisa, I’m grateful for you. I’m learning, waking up to my Truth. Recently, I watched a video of your interview with Byron Katie, which led me to “The Work”, and more learning, awakening! Yep, I’ve been hiding. Many years of living from fear, because I’ve believed certain thoughts. I will continue to do the work, to remember my holiness, shift my perceptions, and pray to undo the harm I have caused my body & mind. I’m so glad we’re connected, I love that I can watch the Friday morning ACIM meetings & the many videos available, thank you so so… Read more »

Elsa
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Elsa

I did the exercise from the blog and listed all the problems I have and all the traumas I’ve been through. At first, I couldn’t see any gifts but then it was like “there is nothing in this world I want”! I don’t want the drama, the pain, the lack, the fear, the disappointments, frustrations etc. I want peace and joy and abundance and love.
Now I feel like I’m caught in some kind of limbo state not knowing what to do next!

Linda Marshall
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Linda Marshall

Love this huge lesson. You are taking me home. Blessed be!