Hello lovely people!
Here I am again up bright and early on day one of the challenge (I am writing this in the AM). It was a night of sleeping more restless than usual, as nights when I publish a post always are. My creativity and ego battled it out, each one struggling to gain control of my consciousness. But I do have something I’ve been wanting to say…
Ever heard of it?
It is the feeling that the world around you conspires to do you good and is showering you with blessings.
It is the opposite of paranoia.
It is classified as a delusion in psychology but let’s skip that part.
In The Alchemist, by Paolo Coello, an old man tells a young boy to pursue his dreams, saying “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” What?! Has Paolo Coello been reading Anthony Robbins too?
There is a trail of omens the boy follows to lead him to his destiny, which is pretty much the same route that every Disney movie and fairytale takes. But hang on, it’s not only for the kids – all these action, thrillers, sci-fis, romantic comedies, mysteries, feel good British comedies are the same! Not all films and books but way too many for my brain to contemplate. And we love that shit! We are into the delusion.
That’s the beauty of fiction. It’s condensed. We can see the signs – they glare at us obviously like shiny shoes. And we are the disco kings looking down on all that is going on below.
But what if you saw your own life from above?
You would see the patterns and signs too. Yes sometimes shit happens – but then what happens? Think back to where you were ten years ago and then remember all you’ve experienced since to get you to the place you are today. Go on, think about it. Naturally you’ve stumbled along the way. And what did you make of it? Nothing is wrong or bad. Everything is a lesson.What is the moral of your story?
One way I have been applying this bigger-picture view to my life is with ‘…but at least…’. It’s how I maintain a half full glass. Not to over simplify or say we won’t cry, scream, grieve and depress, but even in the dark we can say ‘…but at least…’ and find the leather amongst the pleather.
Perhaps you are now having some ‘that’s nice dear’ thoughts or thinking I am rather naive. Look at the world! you say. Well, we are always choosing whose opinions to listen to and whose advice to heed. We have a choice – so do you want to listen to the voices of Fear or the voices of Love?
Personally, I’ll take Marianne Williamson over the nightly news. This is a woman who is not only one of the great teachers of modern spirituality, but has also been involved in politics for some time and has recently announced she will be running for congress. Here’s what she writes in A Return To Love.
To trust in a force that moves the universe is faith. Faith isn’t blind, it’s visionary. Faith is believing that the universe is on our side, and that the universe knows what it’s doing. Faith is a psychological awareness of an unfolding force for good, constantly at work in all dimensions. Our attempts to direct this force only interferes with it. Our willingness to relax into it allows it to work to our benefit. Without faith, we’re frantically trying to control what is not our business to control, and fix what is not in our power to fix. What we’re trying to control is much better off without us and what we’re trying to fix can’t be fixed by us anyway. Without faith, we’re wasting time.
To surrender to the flow of life does not mean to lay down and play dead or simple meditate and mantra our way through life. To surrender means to accept the lessons. To surrender is to wait patiently for the right moment while taking inspired action.
Get quiet and listen.
And if you are still a nay-sayer I say to you, how’s that working out?
What if you just breathed it in? What if you looked for the signs? What if you thought the universe had your back? What if you had faith? What if you trusted? What would you do then?