Things happen because conditions have ripened into what is taking place this moment. All the past causes (actions, thoughts, etc) which have been set into motion have become our present harvest.
Or another way of putting it is that old adage “Our chickens have come home to roost.”
Since it is happening now, we must handle these “chickens” in one way or another. Avoidance is an illusion. As a line from an Eagles’ song says, “You can run, but you can’t hide.”
The universe says, “Pay me now or pay me later.” Another name for the present moment is karma. Whatever we have sown becomes our reality at some time or other. It happens when the conditions are ripe—not before.
Since “what is” is here to work with, it’s good to have a method or skill to do so. It all starts with an intention.
My intention is to pay attention to what is happening in me and in the world that I perceive, accepting that this is the way it is for me, for now. I can’t run from it, or avoid it.
Acceptance is the beginning of change.
When we recognize something we can begin working with it. What we avoid becomes the elephant in the living room. There is little freedom in movement when the elephant fills the space.
Actually avoidance takes a great deal of energy, because we have to keep on pushing things we dislike away through distractions or denial. It ends when we stop doing it.
Accepting how I’m feeling, my emotions, and my beliefs that are connected to each emotion takes practice.
Are we willing? What are we practicing? Are we here on this earth to learn, or to protect ourselves?
I made the decision years ago that I was going to learn from each event in life, rather than protect myself from what was happening.
We protect whatever we think is weak. The human psyche is anything but weak. I find it helpful to meet what comes along in the most gentle, caring way possible.
Developing a relationship with the observer/witness self, as Ron Levy sets forth in his book You are Your Ultimate Relationship is tremendously helpful. Ron calls this Presence “Our True Adult.”
Giving each of these Presences within us a chair, allowing each to face each other as they speak back and forth develops this relationship. This practice gives us a place to stand when the going gets tough.
Learning to converse back and forth between our True Adult and our child has given me a way to bring something new into my world. I find I change my view after each of these conversations.
I highly recommend getting You are Your Ultimate Relationship by Ron Levy to learn the steps and take part in this amazing transformational process.
As we work with our thoughts, beliefs and emotions we set new causes into motion which will outpicture as they are nurtured.
They ripen just when they are ready, just as all of nature does. This is called the present moment. We find it always has just what we need to find our next step.
It is also very helpful to remember that everything is impermanent and everything is interconnected.
We all learn to walk the path together. None of us is alone.
Patience is developed as we face each moment this way. We learn to wait steadfastly on guidance. The great skill is following through on the guidance received.
The universe is always speaking to us—softly or loudly or anywhere in between. As we listen, we learn.
And something new continues to happen. Life proceeds onward. It evolves and becomes more complex. And so do we, for we are an integral part of each moment.