Life Explained in 4 Short Sentences

I saw this poster on Facebook this morning – “Perspective 101” – and it perfectly sums up life in 4 short sentences.

It also happens to be the entire message of A Course in Miracles condensed in 4 quick easy to remember bullet points.


This week I invite you to LIVE and PRACTICE these 4 sentences in your life – to watch how drastically your experience changes.

First, think about the “something happening” part. Think about events and circumstances in your  life that seem to be happening. It could be your health, things involving your relationships, your work or money. It could be someone said something to you that caused a chain reaction of other events.

Jesus in A Course in Miracles uses the word “seem” a lot – and that’s because everything that happens to you is actually not happening at all, it only SEEMS that way.

And then the mind automatically makes up a story. Pay extremely close attention this week to the swiftness of how fast the mind starts telling details of what just happened.

See if you can go a whole week and not tell any details of the things you think are happening. The ego goes nuts on this one! It has to tell someone! But see if you can just observe and be aware this week of the play of the mind. Pay attention to your emotional state. Pay attention to the thoughts you’re having. Pay attention to how often the mind goes to the past and replays what it thinks happened back then. Then pay attention to how often the mind goes to the future and thinks about what will happen out there.

Remember Workbook Lesson 5 in A Course in Miracles: “I am never upset for the reason I think.”

That’s astonishing! You are never upset for the reason you think.

You think you are upset because of A, B, C, D or E. Your mind can absolutely pinpoint a specific reason why it’s upset.

Then it goes on to say in Workbook Lesson 6: “I am upset because I see something that is not there.”

You think people are doing things to you. You think life is doing something to you. You may think you are being punished or tested, but nothing at all is going on! This is A Course in Miracles.

You are “training your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world.”

What’s amazing to me is that these lessons are given to us on Day 5 and Day 6 of the one-year mind-training! Jesus gives them to us right in the very first week of the workbook lessons.

And yet, how many of us have completed the one year training of the workbook lessons (or 20-year training for some of us!) and still we believe that things are happening to us that shouldn’t be happening. I AM NEVER UPSET FOR THE REASON I THINK.

Jesus is quite clear when he says: “Nothing at all has happened but that you have put yourself to sleep and dreamed a dream in which you were an alien to yourself and but a part of someone else’s dream.”

Whenever I feel upset, the way I find joy and freedom is with this thought: Everything is FOR me.

I think things like: Everything is for my good. Everything is a gift from God. I love life. I love what is happening. How exciting change is occurring! I asked for change, and here it is! It’s not happening the way I expected or anticipated, but I am rejoicing that everything is for my good and the good of the world. Let me remember the truth. Let me remember that I am the light of the world. This event (the situation that seems to be happening) does not have the power to pull me into darkness. It does not have the power to disturb my peace. I am the holy Son of God Himself and I absolutely can remain in joy because is God is here with me, now.

Today – and for this week – I invite you to live the above poster and the 4 steps.

  1. Pay close attention – be aware! – to the things you think are happening in your life. (see #1 in the poster above)
  2. Realize nothing is happening (#2)
  3. Be aware of how you tell stories about what you think is happening (#3)
  4. Realize that the story you tell (even quietly in your mind) is creating your reality as you think you experience it. (#4)

You might want to buy a new journal this week and keep track of the thoughts and stories and situations that pass through your mind.

You can choose to see everything differently.

If you are new to this kind of thinking, I encourage you to get a copy of A Course in Miracles.

Also check out our online programs – Living in Purpose and ACIM 365 – if you would like to make a commitment to LIVE in a new way with these principles guiding your life and would  like additional support and encouragement to stay on track.

Imagine if you were to LIVE the above poster for one week – as a science experiment in your life.

I encourage you to do it. For one week, pay attention to the “something happening”.

Then realize “nothing is happening.” Watch how the ego goes ballistic over this one because it means the game is over, and the ego goes absolutely nuts when your mind tells it that nothing is happening when SO CLEARLY SOMETHING IS HAPPENING. Just try this one on and see what happens.

Then watch how you tell a story to yourself and to others about what you think is happening. Watch how the mind scrambles to find a solution to your pain and problems. Watch how it makes you and others a victim.

Then realize you can simply let it all go. You can trust that everything that seems to happen to you IS FOR YOUR GOOD.

Everything that seems to happen is attempting to wake you up, so you remember your wholeness and perfection.

“The miracle does not awaken you but merely shows you who the dreamer is. It teaches you there is a choice of dreams while you are still asleep, depending on the purpose of your dreaming. Do you wish for dreams of healing or for dreams of death? A dream is like a memory in that it pictures what you wanted shown to you. An empty storehouse with an open door holds all your shreds of memories and dreams. Yet if you are the dreamer, you perceive this much at least—that you have caused the dream and can accept another dream as well. But for this change in content of the dream, it must be realized that it is you who dreamed the dreaming that you do not like. It is but an effect which you have caused, and you would not be cause of this effect.” -A Course in Miracles

Try this for one week.

To see your  life transform dramatically in a few days by doing thing differently will make you want to make a life-time commitment to living in a new way. You will realize that while you are never in control of the circumstances that seem to occur, you ALWAYS have the power to control your attitude, emotions & responses. 

If you want to participate in this GREAT EXPERIMENT with me, please leave a comment to let me know you are in.

I love you.



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  1. I’m in right away Lisa! I saw and shared this Poster on Monday, it hit me like BOOM that’s for me! Immediately there was a situation I could apply it to the same day and I wrote about it on FB. I love to continue diving deeper and watch myself during this week. I love it how you always seem to bring exactly the right impulses on the right moment. Hugs from Joan.

  2. things come when they should….i am in….i am in the process of awakening …it can be rough realizing i created all in my life….but i am also realizing i am not jinxed….that my life can blossom into something beautiful and purposeful.

  3. I’m watching myself like a hawk and letting go of the stories. Lesson 107 is very helpful: “Truth will correct all errors in my mind.” I’ve repeated this dozens of times since yesterday whenever a particular old story keeps repeating itself in my mind. It’s time to be healed.

  4. Thanks, Lisa! Love the poster. I’m all in, and can’t wait to see how my ego rebels at this one. I’ll show it who’s boss for sure! I can resist its temptings.

  5. 2 minutes before I read this my 85 year old father says”you look like your gaining weight”. Hello ego trigger. Lol. Now I will go on a bike and admire the leaves and laugh with love at the illusion. I am in. Thanks Lisa.

  6. Hi Lisa – I’m in! This message came at a time I’ve been making up some very interesting stories! Timing couldn’t have been more perfect to read the message and tell a new story in a new dream!

  7. I’m in Lisa, God is the light in which I see, is my lesson for today and the words Holy Spirit keeps giving me are, be vigilant only for the kingdom.

  8. I Am In! This clarity is perfect at this time . . . but of course! Synchronicity of this being here is a great gift! Thank You! I love you too!

  9. This is so clear . Thank you so much, I watch myself like a hawk…I know the truth of what I aim now. I aim the space where everything takes place, I aim pure awareness. Once you have been in this energy you never forget it, there is no way back….

  10. Lisa, your messages always come at the right time and proves that everything is for me. I’m all in and letting it all go makes sense. Thank you!

  11. Oh Lisa… I am in.
    This was sent by you to me with perfect timing. Of course this is not a coincidence. It’s a gift. Thank you!!! 😊

  12. I am Passionate about changing my State so “YES” I’m “IN”.

    Thank You for the Flow of the “Yes” State and coaching to the line.

    Blessings on your/our work together.

    Helena U K

  13. Lisa, you never cease to amaze me with your wisdom and ability to keep me on track. As always, exactly what I needed to hear.

    Thank you!

  14. Hi Lisa, I am absolutely IN. You have awakened me once again as I have been going through ‘something happening’ scenario in my life and yes ego makes it so real and it is so pushy that it compels you to tell the story around it to someone. The internal pressure is unbearable. The force is massive and yet the CHOICE of shifting to the truth of ‘nothing is happening ‘ and choosing peace of God is the only solution. I am never upset for the reasons I think is just so profound. Ego makes up fluffy reasons to make me feel incomplete, miserable soul and in realty the reason is completely different. Thankyou for this timely reminder and I needed this truly. God loves all of us. I am as god created me, gods son can suffer nothing and I am gods son. Amen

  15. Yes Lisa,

    Perfect timing. Thank you, I am in. This victim that seems to live inside this mind has got to be seen for what it is not! Lol!


  16. I’m in Lisa. I am on Lesson 5 and I’m traveling for 6 days and had decided to stay with that lesson while I am away. Perfect!

  17. Hi Lisa!
    I am all in. And my life will change dramatically starting tomorrow when I will depart to live 12 000 km away from home in another country and continent. This will be an amazing experiment.
    Thank you and God bless you!

  18. Great post.It is amazing how fast we forget these simple things. Thanks for posting. I found the link shared on Google+. I also just signed up for your 40-day class starting in January and I am looking forward to it.

  19. Having just completed 365 days of glorious study of the Lessons with you, I gratefully receive this new practice. Your blogs, along with the Teachers of God website presentations, offer continuous blissful opportunities for us to live ACIM – we love you, Lisa, and thank you so much for sharing exactly what’s needed here to deal with perception.

  20. Thank You Lisa for the Invitation, Inclinaition, inspiration, intervention, instruction. Never noticed all these delightful Ins until now.
    The conclusion is Inevitable,
    I Include this Self.

    It was exhilarating to feel everyone’s commitment. So helpful.

  21. I’m in.
    Taking absolute responsibility for what’s happening to me. Everything, I’m mean everything, weather, emotions, thoughts, events, anything, everything I’ve asked to come to me and to happen as Lisa would say: for my good. There is nothing that stops your “story” faster than taking responsibility. Total responsibility. Every thought affects the most distant star. You r the Christ. There is only One. You choose. There are no victims.

  22. Okay. I’m doing the 365 with you so this is perfect. Weird, even after years of studying Course, but . . . well, perfect. Get ready, Ego; you’re not going to liek this one little bit. Sorry, old girl. It has to be done.

  23. Yuppie… I did it yesterday… I do it to day… and will do it to morrow and after… and after… and so on.
    Thank you for remember it to me/us…

  24. Thanks Lisa for this wonderful blog; in these days I’m feeling I’m sliding back…and how easy it’s to make up stories…but it’s all God’s plan….I’ll wach over the following days my mind…God bless you