The ego is not who we are. It is simply a reference point. However most of us (including me much of the time) are in a trance, hypnotized into thinking this ego is us.
It’s just something through which we can make choices, according to our intention.
We are an unknown, and can only apprehend through our thoughts, sensations, emotions, views and intentions.
What is true is that the breath moves through us and gives us life, moment by moment, and at just the right time.
What arises each moment is a result of causes and conditions that have been seeded. The harvest is now here. The eggs have hatched, and here we are.
What are we going to do with this moment? How will we respond? Is being safe our highest priority? Or is spiritual growth?
Spiritual growth does not look safe to the ego. I remember a poster depicting a caterpillar looking up at the butterfly saying, “You’ll never get me up in one of those!”
We think we are safe when things are predictable and go according to plan—our plan!
So, adopting the phrase “This is just the right time” and using it numerous times each day helps us become aware when we are anxious and upset when all the inconvenient stuff happens.
Such as when the phone rings just when we are going out the door and will be late to our next appointment if we stop to take it.
Or when we receive news that we didn’t want to hear. Or that frightens us.
Imagine saying this when we see the blue lights flashing in our rear view mirror and hear the sirens. What a challenge!
And now imagine what our lives would feel like if this was our typical response to anything that is happening—whether we view it as positive or negative!
It’s up to us how we approach life.
Will we be aware, pause, pay attention and remember that we are living in Divine Choreography whether we realize it or not?
Our moment by moment response is the only place we have control. We certainly have no control over what happens next.
Arguing with or resisting what is taking place doesn’t stop the event or make it go away.
So let’s use our control in the only place possible—in our choice of how we meet this moment.
Our language makes a huge effect on the shape and texture of our lives.
Words matter. They are filled with energy, and are often misinterpreted by others. And we often misuse them.
The more often I remember “This is just the right time for this to happen” throughout the day, the more quickly a new habit will develop.
As I move into alignment with universal energy I feel more peaceful. More alive. I feel more hopeful for desirable outcomes. (And I don’t know what they will be.)
The universe knows how to evolve. It is a reliable system. It has been evolving for 14 and ½ years and continues to spiral upward.
I believe that is a pretty good track record. Thus I can trust it to continue to evolve, moment by moment, at just the right time and in the right way.
So now when I’m stuck in traffic, or in a slow line at the bank, or my plans veer in a different direction than I had thought, I breathe consciously and remember that this is just the right time.
And then I become aware of how I’m feeling and what thoughts are flowing through my mind. Is there impatience?
This is just the right time for me to be aware of what is driving me, what is forming my life. I begin observing what is happening in my body and in my mind.
Anything that can be observed can be worked with.
And this is just the right time.
As I use this phrase I experience more peace. As the saying goes, “It’s all in the timing.” And this is just the right time!
It only takes our intention to remember to speak that which will be helpful, rather than thoughts and words that lead us backwards into the old familiar stuck places.
As AA reminds us: My best thinking got me here. And here is where I turn my life and my will over to God as I know God.
Thinking we can figure everything out is a major addiction.
Humility is developed as we admit that we really don’t know the best thing to do or the best outcome. As we let go and trust the highest outcome we learn to surrender.
Surrender is a voluntary act of giving up whatever we have become addicted to—what we are clinging to, or trying to push away.
I believe in a universal energy that is always at work helping us integrate all the happenings in our lives. This energy is all inclusive and uses even our pain and suffering as paths to joy. Maybe especially our angst.
The root word of suffer is “to allow.”
When we allow Spirit to guide us we begin to open to larger ideas.
We find that nothing is ever lost. Not a tear is wasted. Everything is in service to something higher as we let go of old habitual attitudes, painful as this can be.
Universal energy knows exactly how to incorporate everything, to include it all and leave nothing out while continuing to spiral upward.
This is evolution—and its timing is perfect!
This is just the right time.