Perhaps 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 could take scholars multiple lifetimes to interpret. Seeing that how this really is my last life on the planet and the lotus position would put me in traction, I knew that consulting the Course In Miracles would help me clarify its meaning.
What is the IT that people are currently talking about here? Based on the Course in Miracles, IT is truth, specifically God’s truth. How come it vital that you emphasize that it’s God’s truth? Because God’s truth is not available to interpretations whereas a human’s truth is. acim Multiple versions of human truth have lead to many religions. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia defines religion as a “system of thought, feeling, and action that is shared by a group and that gives the members an item 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 their state of being, you just are. What must not be forgotten could be the underlying thread of religions: God is creator, God is love and we are all perfect and infinite children of God.
Put another way, “it is what it is” may be rewritten to “God’s love is the only real truth and it is absolute” and this truth knows no bounds and is timeless.