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Due to technical difficulties, I got so flustered trying to launch my Sister Chat with Mary Beth this week that our very good conversation wasn’t synchronized with YouTube. Hopefully, Mary Beth and I will have a Do-Over Chat soon. Anjelica graciously stepped into the gap this week, and we had a lively discussion about lots of Law of Attraction stuff, which was great – and it’s also great to have time to reflect on the conversation with Mary Beth. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the more I thought about some of the things she said, it became clear that she’d brought up a significant point: sometimes we need to stop DOING so we can discover BEING.
Like many of us, Mary Beth has a lot of responsibilities. In her bio, she tells us that she’s the single mother of a teenaged son. She’s been the primary breadwinner for a while, and she is recently widowed. Before her husband was diagnosed with the illness, they had been discussing divorce. To me, it looks like Mary Beth has been up to her eyeballs in Massive Action, the Positive Principle from week 3, for a year or more.
Taking action is absolutely necessary when we’re working to reach goals, but there are times when DOING something is counterproductive. Sometimes you just have to slow down, take a few deep breaths and just Be. One of the most significant lessons in A Course in Miracles, for me anyway, is that we don’t have to DO anything to find inner peace. We just have to be. Max did a segment on Being vs. Doing a couple of years ago on his radio show, “The Magic of Life” (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themagicoflife/2012/09/21/being-vs-doing-with-max-ryan). He was mentoring me in the Course at the time and shared this scholarly article with me: I Need Do Nothing (http://www.miracles.org.nz/do_not.htm). The article is kind of heavy duty philosophical, but it’s an important concept.
The Course tells us that there is really only one problem and one solution. The problem is that we’re separated from God – isolated in fear – and the solution is reestablishing the connection. If the idea of God gives you the willies, quit thinking of God as some punitive, judgmental Grandpa in the Sky and just think of Self. You’re separated from your authentic Self and the solution is connecting with Self. Very simple. All my atheist friends take pains to point out that God is all in your head – which is the best place for God, if you ask me. If God is your imagination, or your best, most loving Self – so much the better. The Course talks about God all the time but never once suggests there is a Sky Daddy.
As long as you’re trapped in thought patterns that are so self-critical you’re beating yourself up all the time for not being Good Enough, or thin enough, or rich enough, or smart enough or whatever – you’re going to remain separate and isolated not only from Source/Self but also from intimate relationships with friends, family and lovers. And there is no specific action anyone can take to be “good enough” to connect with the Divine. We’re all already Good Enough and can connect with the Divine in an instant.
The trouble is that it takes so much practice to stop repeating the negative stories we’ve habitually told ourselves about our Selves. Committing to that practice IS massive action.
Giving yourself time every day to simply be still enough to find your center, to take a step back from your thoughts and discover the observer inside (like Eckhart Tolle describes in The Power of Now) is essential to shifting your perspective. Personally, I liked listening to Guided Meditations when I was learning how to center myself in peace. That inner voice of mine never seemed to shut up on its own, and I definitely benefitted from replacing it with something loving and peaceful. Max turned me onto the Infinity Breath, too, which I still practice even though I don’t need the recording anymore (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa3z_4Xgo6M). He also does some beautiful archangel meditations.
The thing is that shifting your perspective from Fear to Love is a process that takes as long as it takes. There is no schedule, and it’s not a race. There isn’t even a specific path since we all find our own way. We just have to decide to BE on the path, and the only way to find that path is to be still and know your own spirit, which is part of the Great Spirit – God, The Universe and Everything. We are all One, after all. Breathe it. Know it. Relax into it. BE it. Then whatever you need to DO will present itself.
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