Perhaps you have heard the expression “it is what it is”? What does that expression mean exactly?
Before I understood the deeper meaning of the expression, I envisioned an emaciated yogi guru in the lotus position floating above the bottom imperiously imparting wisdom that would take scholars multiple lifetimes to interpret. Since 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 writing 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 available to interpretations whereas a human’s truth is. 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’s shared with a group and that gives the members a thing of devotion.”
Who devised the machine 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 return to an ideal state of being. There is no thought or action in their state of being, you just are. What must not 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” can be rewritten to “God’s love is the sole truth and it is absolute” and this truth knows no bounds and is timeless.