21 May 2016 Comments Off on God Is In Your Smile
“Find where your smile originates and you will find your Source.” Holy Spirit beamed this thought into my open mind and instantly I became aware that a smile is not your lips, your tongue, your mouth, your teeth, your jaw. A smile starts deeper than that and spreads beyond the face entirely.
In fact, during my advertising career years, when I was lucky enough to work with voiceover artists and celebrities in recording studios, I learned that you can hear a smile. If the person reading the script is faking their smile, a smile is not communicated!
To digress a moment, Wesley Snipes once read some copy of mine before he was famous. And it was an honor to write for Ossie Davis, whose voice raised thrills as he warmed up by practicing some of my lines aloud. Both of them had beautiful smiles, by the way.
As I was saying, a smile spreads beyond your face because a smile is actually your Inner Light. Your smile is one of those obvious, but often overlooked, clues that God is in you since your smile isn’t mechanical, therefore it must be inspired! I remember telling my psychotherapist at a very low point in my life when I felt that I couldn’t overcome the anxiety and depression that was paralyzing me at that time, “The worst part is that deep inside I know I’m naturally cheerful — it’s in my smile!
Early in the Course, Jesus says something very interesting, “You do not know your joy because you do not know your own Self-fullness. … The full appreciation of the mind’s Self-fullness makes selfishness impossible and extension inevitable.” (T-7.IX.4:2 & 6) Smiling is a direct route to knowing your Self-fullness and feeling the full appreciation of your True Nature which arises instantly when you do so.
Have you ever noticed that smiles are contagious? When someone smiles at you, or you at someone, usually both end up smiling. This is because, “The power of one mind can shine into another, because all the lamps of God were lit by the same spark. It is everywhere and it is eternal. In many only the spark remains, for the Great Rays are obscured. Yet God has kept the spark alive so that the Rays can never be completely forgotten. If you but see the little spark you will learn of the greater light, for the Rays are there unseen.” (T-10.IV.7:5-6; 8:1-3) Your smile can help you learn of the greater light if you follow it to the Light from which it originates.
I once knew someone who had Bell’s Palsy* which is a condition that affects the nerves in the face. He was self-conscious that his smile became crooked and spent the rest of his life trying not to smile. How sadly backwards. It took an effort to stop smiling — and if, instead, he had smiled, he may very well have healed and reactivated the nerves and muscles of his face. But even if he didn’t, his smile would have communicated Love which overrides any deformity.
Your smile is not your lips, your tongue, your mouth, your teeth, your jaw!
Your smile is an ordinary miracle, capable of reminding you every day that God is within you and without you. Your smile is the Light within you. When you smile, you radiate well-being and joy. In other words, you are a conduit for healing miracles. And when you become conscious that you have volunteered your body to fulfill the Holy Spirit’s loving purpose, your smile is reflected back to you a thousand times more than you smiled it!
A Course in Miracles defines a miracle as being spontaneous, natural, involuntary and it collapses time. It defines a holy instant as a miniature of Heaven — providing us with an experience of Timelessness. String together enough miracles and holy instants and — poof! — you discover your Inner Light. Why wait?
Let’s find where your smile originates right now and you will encounter your Self. Take a moment and follow the trail of your smile. Does it actually start in your mouth? Is it in your heart? Your eyes? Is it moving through you and emanating from you? Right about now you could feel a shift in perception and realize that your smile is not only within you, but you are within God’s Smile! The real you is a Smile without a face.
“Father, Your Son is holy. I am he on whom You smile in love and tenderness so dear and deep and still the universe smiles back on You, and shares Your Holiness. How pure, how safe, how holy, then, are we, abiding in Your Smile, with all Your Love bestowed upon us, living one with You, in brotherhood and Fatherhood complete; in sinlessness so perfect that the Lord of Sinlessness conceives us as His Son, a universe of Thought completing Him.” (W-341)
Abiding in your own smile naturally leads to the discovery that you truly abide within Your Father’s Smile. How many times does Jesus tell us in the Course that you are not the body, you are free, for you are still as God created you? Well, it’s true!
While you identify as human, place yourself in the Holy Spirit’s Hands for guidance. You will find yourself smiling more and more! As you smile, you will realize that you are not human — you are Being. And Being is Unaffected by what is not real.
As the Introduction to ACIM states: Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.
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God Is In Your Smile was originally published April 26, 2015 and this is the newly revised and updated version.
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