photo: David Goehring on flickr

photo: David Goehring on flickr

What if there was a mantra that could solve all of your problems?

I’m talking every single one of your problems – from hangnail to divorce.

What if this mantra had the power to completely eviscerate everything you perceive as difficult, wrong, or totally-not-fair?

And shake up your life in the process.

You probably think such a mantra doesn’t exist, that I’m just blowing silly Goofball steam out of my silly Goofball ears.


There is such a mantra, and I’m going to lay it on you right now:

Nothing is wrong.

That’s it.

Whatever is currently going on in your life, from the miniscule irritations to the big, fat serious problems, this mantra speaks to all of it.

All of it.

But wait, you say. I am the exception to this rule. In my case, something is really wrong. Really, really wrong. You don’t understand.Β 

Oh, but I do.

I understand, and so does the mantra.

photo: z egloff

photo: z egloff

In order to make sense of this radical concept, you need to know a few things.

The first thing is that this mantra makes no sense. At least, not to the rational mind.

Most of us look at our lives and see problems. Or maybe we don’t have many problems, but we can still find things outside ourselves that are less-than-perfect: War. Global warming. Child abuse.

How can anyone look at these things and say that nothing is wrong?!

Well, the rational mind can’t. It’s impossible. To the rational mind, people getting hurt and abused is a problem. Clearly.

But this mantra isn’t about the rational mind. It goes beyond that.

You know those zen koans that make no sense? Like: What is the sound of one hand clapping?

photo: Mattias on flickr

photo: Mattias on flickr

“Nothing is wrong,” is in that category. It bumps up against the way our human brains see the world. It bumps up against the way our human brains see everything.

“Nothing is wrong” even bumps up against the way we spiritual types are taught to speak.

Anyone who’s taken Affirmations and Mantras 101 knows that you’re supposed to phrase your affirmations and mantras in the affirmative. You never put a word like wrong in a mantra. That’s just . . . wrong!

Of course, you could flip this phrase into the affirmative and say “Everything is perfect.”

But it doesn’t pack the same punch. And it doesn’t challenge our limited human understanding in the same way.

photo: Leo Hidalgo on flickr

photo: Leo Hidalgo on flickr

Let me give you an example:

I have a friend who’s sick. Really sick. After years of treatments, the doctors are now saying he’s got a few months to live.

By all accounts, this doesn’t make any sense. He eats well, he exercises, he has a spiritual practice. He’s approached his illness with everything he has, including claiming and affirming the highest good for himself and his family.

And at this point, it looks like his “highest good” may involve leaving his physical body in the next few months.

But why? Why him?

He’s still so young. He has an amazing wife and two little kids under the age of five.

There’s no way he should be leaving now.

Needless to say, I’ve been feeling sad about this. Yes, I’m a hard core woo-woo person, and I believe that, ultimately, everything happens for a reason.

But the prospect of my friend dying?

It still sucks. It’s still really hard. Especially when I think about his two kids.

photo: Kevin Krejci on flickr

photo: Kevin Krejci on flickr

The other day, I was thinking about him and his family and I started to cry. For what he’s going through. For what his wife and kids are going through.

I let myself feel the grief and the craziness and the bigness of it all. As I did, the grief moved through me like an ocean. Like something so much bigger than me, I could barely contain it.

And that’s when I first heard it:

Nothing is wrong.

The mantra didn’t come from an airy-fairy place. Like “everything’s going to turn out fine in the end.”

No, it was speaking to exactly what my friend is going through right now. The sickness and the scariness and the difficulty of it all.

Nothing is wrong.

The mantra was telling me that all those things are going on, and nothing is wrong with any of it.

I couldn’t deny it because I could feel it in my bones. I could feel it in the bigger-than-me thing that was still holding me. Like the ocean.

photo: J. Triepke on flickr

photo: J. Triepke on flickr

I can’t explain this through rational means. I can come up with theories, and I do have some. Things like soul agreements made before we come into this lifetime. Experiences we decide to have on a deeper level.

But that’s not what the mantra was telling me.

The mantra was simply telling me that nothing is wrong. And I believed it.

I believed it because I could feel it.

It wasn’t a feeling like happiness. Or a feeling that resulted from wishful thinking. It was a feeling that transcended all of that.

Nothing is wrong completely altered how I see my friend and his family. It completely altered how I see everything.

And that’s why I wanted to share it with you.

I don’t know if it will be helpful.

I don’t know if it will make any sense. Though it’s not about making sense.

For what it’s worth, I wanted to put this radical little mantra out into cyber space. It came from somewhere beyond the material plane, so it makes sense to send it forth into similar territory.

Nothing is wrong.

That’s all, folks.

photo: JD on flickr

photo: JD on flickr

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