Thank you for your latest post and the wonderful quotation from Marianne. Just a few words from me this morning in reply:
It occurred to me when thinking about your previous post that the lessons brought to you on your recent trip to Austin are worth highlighting. I believe the perfect lessons are brought to us each and every day for us to learn and grow. When we follow the divine nudges of intuition and inspiration, we show that we are learning and acting on those lessons. If we stop short (as you put it) and allow our heads to overrule our hearts, we are provided with the same lesson again and again until we “get it” and do things differently next time.
Case in point: your journey to Austin. As with any journey (particularly into unknown territory or at night) we cannot see our destination whilst we travel. Even if we know where we are going, at any given moment we see only what’s in front of us. We don’t look beyond the horizon or round the bend. We pay attention to the road at that moment.
In your case, as you drove over that overpass into Austin, you were faced with choices. Do I turn left or right? Do I go straight on? You were looking for something, some marker to show you the way. At moments a nagging fear ran through you. “I should turn back” a little voice whispered in your ear. “What am I doing here?” “I should go back to where I know things are safe.” But you didn’t. You carried on. You trusted in the journey.
Turning back would have been a bad idea…especially since all the traffic would have been headed against you! So, you reached your destination, trusting (illogically) that you’d get there, and then came back again. On the way back, as you sat down in your seat on the aeroplane you had even less of an idea of what was coming up around the next bend because you were not even going to be on a road. You weren’t even going to be driving! Did you panic and cry “Stop! Take me back!” No. You handed over to the pilot. You trusted it would work out. And it did.
Handing over like this is perhaps one of the most important steps on the journey. As we’ve seen, the Conformity Funnel teaches us to rely on support systems based on beliefs rather than faith. And beliefs are not really applicable to the here and now. That’s why taking the leap of faith is often so challenging.
The funny thing is we all do it each time we get in a car or board an aeroplane. We can never see beyond the next bend until we get there. We can’t look out at the runway of our destination until moments before we touch down. Yet we all drive (most of us each day) and many of us jump on an aeroplane without batting an eyelid. Each time we are showing faith, trusting we will get there. And we do.
So who or what is it that we benefit most from “handing over to”? Our hearts.
In an earlier post I mentioned how the heart is way ahead of the head when it comes to reacting to stimuli and informing us which direction to turn. The head only clicks in afterwards. It’s the heart which is pre-cognitive.
There’s a good reason for this. Which is the first organ to be created from the division of cells that starts at the moment each of us is conceived? Is it the head? No, it is the heart. Our hearts are the very first organs to function. Teeny weeny to begin with, they continue to beat each and every moment of our lives. “Oo-boom, oo-boom”: all the way through until the final breath. That’s why I call them “illogically consistent”. They just keep on going, through thick and thin, no matter what happens to our brains, livers, kidneys or any of the other bits and bobs that make up the extraordinary circuit of the body that we live inside.
And a circuit it is; exquisitely designed, each cell containing intelligence far beyond the scope of our current understanding.
Think of your body as a house. It is fully wired, all ready for you when you step into it for the first time. In this analogy, your head is a light switch. As you flick the switch, light fills the room. Life is a series of rooms, each of which you illuminate when you flick the switch to “on”. But the heart is much more important. It is the central fuse-box, the connector to the generator that allows current to flow through each and every room, whenever you need it. Yes, the switches are important. They activate your perception of each room. But the heart is connected to all the rooms all the time via all the wires that run “behind the scenes”.
On top of that, your heart is connected to the “outer world” as well. Your head deals only with what is inside the “house” in which you live. But from the fuse-box there runs a strong wire. Out from the house it goes, up onto a pole somewhere nearby where it meets the wires from other houses nearby. At this point it merges with them. It is not alone.
Travel further along this wire and you’ll come to another pole where several other wires (each carrying current to several houses) meet. Move further along and you’ll eventually reach the power source that feeds all the houses. In this image, that’s the Force of Life, God, Divinity – whatever name you choose to give the energy that gives life.
It’s our hearts, not our heads that are connected to this ultimate generator, via an umbilical cord that is never severed (not even in death). That’s why (for me) when we make choices based on love rather than fear, we simply cannot go “wrong”. When we do this, we are “handing over” to a much greater power than any individual source. We are handing over to the ultimate pilot, the force that moves both seen and unseen through every living cell, be that of bird, fish, insect, animal, plant or man (we can debate another time its existence in minerals and crystals too).
Electricity is what gives us life, from the moment the sperm enters the ovum, creating the energy explosion that ones day walks, talks and eats and has conversations under the guise of Gaye or Richard or whoever. And the electricity that runs through us is not generated solely from within. We are all connected to the ultimate generator, each and every one us; every moment of our lives. There’s no such thing as separation.
This is why acting in faith makes so much sense. It’s in the handing over, the trusting of the heart over the head that we truly become “switched on”. We link arms not just with our own heart, but with those of each human, animal, insect, bird or plant. That is the Natural Wealth we all inherit and as you say, there’s no more of it in any one of us than there is in us all. We’re all unique, we’re all the same. Independent yet inextricably intertwined. Which is why true wealth lies in our ability to share, to show compassion, to love.
I’m me, I’m free!
We’re linked, you ‘n’ me!”
This has turned into a long post, but before I go I want to add one comment which is that I am no expert in this. I’m not a guru. I make mistakes each and every day. Like I say, it’s a challenge. Sometimes I rise to the challenge. Sometimes I don’t. That’s why I find it helps to ask myself each and every moment: “Am I acting from fear or love?” I don’t always get it right, but asking the question helps direct me to answer “love” more and more often, each day.
Until next time, enjoy each breath,
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