Contemplation: Living in an Upside Down World

Finding New Context

First, contemplate how upside down this world is. Love is considered weak, warring strong. Defend and fight are our usual responses to apparent attack.

Then you are invited to consider what is right side up in your world.

It is usual to either fault-find or to suppress what you dislike and then plaster a cynical or long suffering smile over it. What if you decide to look at the events in your life that were difficult, that turned your life upside down, and discover what is right side up about them.

Look at what happened to you in those situations; look at how they helped you grow compassion, or understanding, or patience or reveal your love.

In this upside down world, in this flipped-over world, in this “everything is upside down” world, which is a quote from A Course In Miracles, it is worth having a look at what is right side up. It offers another way to be grateful, another in-road to gratitude but has other aspect to it that I invite you to look for and search out.

Enjoy the contemplation for this week it offers you another way to express gratitude.

Peace to you.

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Hello and welcome. I am Ellen Sutherland and we are Being Spiritual.

One of the strangest things about this world is that you begin to see that everything is upside down.

There are some people that seem to be more mature than us and they have got it. They realize that the most potent and powerful thing in the world is love and that perhaps we do not understand what love is and that is why we keep misconstruing situations that “should” be loving and turn out hateful.

One of the things I have discovered about being in spiritual life is that it is really worth finding out, looking around and finding out what is it that is right side up and how can I focus on that? It seems to be our nature to find fault or to find error or to find what doesn’t work. Those of you that don’t seem to find error or fault-find, you are so afraid of it that you suppress it. You push it away and smile and laugh and joke, meanwhile this is all shoved down under (you suppress it.) Both of us, the fault-finders and the suppressors, are living in a world where we believe in the negativity that we see. Yet part of what (can) happen in spiritual life is the looking for and finding, what is really working – what is right side up.

What is right-side up in this world? That is kind of a trick question and certainly a question that I invite you to explore. Explore, go out there and have a look (watch/observe.) Gratitude, for example, is kind of walking down this theme trail, because gratitude invites you to look for and enjoy, and respond positively (eventually) to everything in the world – positively to everything. It might sound Pollyanna-ish to say, “I am glad that this disaster happened,” but you get to a point in spiritual practice, you get to a point, where you realize, that from your heart, you are truly glad for every experience in the world. Then you realize that what seemed to be flipped over and totally wrong. That I had judged this wrong and resisted, is actually actually quite right, quite perfect, just for me.

That situation for me allowed me to bump up against it so hard…What does Byron Katie say, “If this was the only way to God, would you take it?” Talking about having disastrous relationships and violent things that happen to you that completely change your life and that force you and funnel you into looking in a certain way because the (disastrous) situation focuses you and defines your life experience at that time, very fixedly.

In this upside down world, in this flipped-over world, in this “everything is upside down” world, which is a quote from A Course In Miracles, it is worth having a look at what is right side up. It offers another way to be grateful, another in-road to gratitude but has other aspects to it that I invite you to look for and search out. I hope you enjoy that contemplation for this week.

Peace to you,

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Ellen Sutherland shares her work through her sites: http://www.beingspiritual.com, http://www.ellensutherland.com and her book: "At Your Heart's Pace",
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3 Responses to Contemplation: Living in an Upside Down World

  1. Destrie says:

    Superior thinking demonstrated above. Thanks!

  2. Jace says:

    Finally! This is just what I was looking for.

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