Getting Off the Hamster Wheel of Specialness

February 6, 2013

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Yesterday in my weekly radio show, I was sharing about “specialness” and how it is the reason why many people feel like they’re on a hamster wheel of suffering. Very often people fall unwittingly into behaviors and patterns that condemn them to an endless loop of suffering. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

Sometimes it feels like an overwhelming whirlpool sucking us down into the muck and mire of blame and shame, unworthiness and despair. We don’t even realize what is triggering it. We can change our mind and experience miraculous healing. It seems hard to believe until we’re willing to cultivate our willingness. If you feel stuck, blocked, confused and afraid – be willing to be willing to see it differently.

Often, when we’re willing to see more clearly, then we can see that we actually are experiencing the suffering as a result of our thinking. People fall into a habit of thinking that they are better than or less than and it leads to this mentality of “specialness.” We seek for appreciation, recognition, sympathy and attention and it only contributes to our suffering.

It is such a happy day when we finally decide that we’re no longer interested in being special for any reason at all. Phew! The end of suffering is nearer then. Hallelujah!


A Course in Miracles, ACIM, How to forgive, Jennifer Hadley, Living A Course in Miracles, Spiritual classes

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