Maybe you have heard the expression “it is what it is”? What does that expression mean exactly?
Before I understood the deeper meaning with this expression, I envisioned an emaciated yogi guru in the lotus position floating above the ground imperiously imparting wisdom that would take scholars multiple lifetimes to interpret. Seeing as how this really is my last life in the world and the lotus position would put me in traction, I knew that consulting the Course In Miracles would help me clarify its meaning.
What’s the IT that we are currently talking about here? Based on the Course in Miracles, IT is truth, specifically God’s truth. acim How come it important to emphasize that it’s God’s truth? Because God’s truth is not open to interpretations whereas a human’s truth is. Multiple versions of human truth have result in many religions. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia defines religion as a “system of thought, feeling, and action that is shared by way of a group and that provides the members an object of devotion.”
Who devised the system of thought? On whose feelings are these thoughts based? Are actions really necessary? Based on the Course In Miracles, God just is and our ultimate goal is to go back to an ideal state of being. There’s no thought or action in the state to be, you just are. What mustn’t be forgotten is the underlying thread of all religions: God is creator, God is love and we’re all perfect and infinite children of God.
Put another way, “it is what it is” may be rewritten to “God’s love is the sole truth and it is absolute” and this truth knows no bounds and is timeless.