Different languaging shows me another way to understand the fullness and awesomeness of God. I especially enjoy hearing words that make sense and surprise me.
How often I have felt as though I had really fouled up badly, maybe even beyond repair, and was doomed because I didn’t have the skills to make things better.
What a relief to know this is not true. As Ethan Nichtern says, “We are never screwed!” His point is well taken; since everything is temporary this too will pass.
Things are always on the move. The old dies away and something new is born. Through this process we get to try again!
Remember the movie Groundhog Day? The character (skillfully played by Bill Murray) only thought of himself and how to satisfy his wants.
Through strange circumstances he awakened each morning to the same day, which was Groundhog Day. Thus he was forced to live that day over and over until he finally got it right!
Very entertaining movie. It also portrayed a pattern of spiritual growth.
When we really get it that what we’re doing isn’t working, we try something new. And we keep trying.
The universal energy just won’t give up. It just keeps evolving, allowing the old to die and the new to be born.
Through all this living and experiencing we do our best to express who and what we are, while all the time we are attempting to discover it ourselves. Not an easy task.
And we are given endless opportunities. Thank God!
The true Essence within us is pure, radiant energy, and it forms through circumstances and conditions in our culture, our families and through the ways we choose to interpret events.
For instance if you find yourself in an ongoing relationship dilemma have you ever had that sense of déjà vu? Or a perpetual financial challenge? When you have experiences that seem to deep repeating themselves?
Like “I’ve been here before. I’ve done this before.”
For instance you find out you married your mother or father—not literally of course—but you may feel the same way as you did growing up. Here you are an adult, but the old ways of seeing and believing came with you when you left home.
Or you keep getting a boss that seems to treat you as you were treated at home. You feel like that small inadequate, helpless child.
Outer conditions change but disconnects of the heart remain problematic and hurtful until they are healed.
We don’t have to keep doing the same thing, getting the same results but expecting them to be different. I believe this is called insanity.
What is needed is to connect with what is inside our hearts; touch ever so gently into the hurt and wounded places, tenderly caring and deeply listening to our child who speaks through our heart and has carried this pain for so long.
Until core wounds are healed by reconnecting with our true divine nature, we will continue to attract those painful conditions. They aren’t here to punish us. They are here to help us heal. These conditions want our love! They are waiting for acceptance—not resignation.
It’s so hard to give love when we haven’t felt it, and/or are down on ourselves—for in these times we close off.
But the healing is available right now—within us. It seems counter intuitive. We’ve been trying to avoid these feelings, when it is turning toward them, listening to them, opening our heart to receive all that is going on within us that allows the healing to take place.
Yes, it goes against what we have been conditioned to believe. It just works. We stop trying to fix what is wrong and let the loving energy within do the healing.
Einstein said, “A problem can’t be solved at the same level at which it was created.”
Our sense of an independent self, disconnected and alone, continues to cause pain.
This inner child is your amazing resource. As the hurt child is listened to, and the child who has been coping for so long, trying to manage the unmanageable, is given a rest, your Cosmic, infinite child can be heard.
Guidance comes from this child.
As Jesus said, “You must become as a little child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
When we connect with this nature, solutions appear and things get better!
Feeling alone and abandoned we did our best to cope. We developed ways of acting that protected these hurts. We tried our best not to feel the pain. Perhaps we stopped crying, or defended our position and got angry when we felt mistreated or misunderstood. Or (as in my case) we also tried to be more perfect and were extremely hard on ourselves when we made mistakes.
These ways of coping became habits. They don’t work effectively, but habits repeat themselves. They become our “Groundhog Day” life patterns.
If we truly desire a different future we can hold this little child within that feels abandoned, and truly listen to her/him. By not making this child wrong and accepting and loving this child, something amazing and beautiful gradually develops.
Relaxing in this welcoming presence we receive ideas that become workable solutions.
We are never screwed for each problem becomes another opportunity to connect with what is essential, pure, and moves us into a new day that really is fulfilling.