Wednesday, May 30, 2012

5/30/12 - Illuminating Yes


My blog post yesterday bothered me.  I'm glad I shared it because it definitely represents an important part of my journey to the open road, but it just didn't feel right.   It didn't come from a place of light, and my heart and my mind were in discord.  I want to turn the momentum around to the positive.

I recently listened online to a sermon given by my friend, Rev. David Howard.  The title of his talk is Conscious Choice and in it he talks about illumined consciousness and the 3 foundational lies we can find ourselves living if we're not careful:

1)  I don't have enough --> I need more.
2)  I don't do enough --> I need to do more.
3)  I am not enough --> I need to be more.

I no longer feel the need to have more and consequently I do not feel trapped by the 1st one.  In fact, unless you count my desire for an RV, I want less.  I carry things out of this apartment on a daily basis and for quite awhile now, with rare exception, I haven't purchased anything that's not consumable.  In this move, I really brought 5 times the quantity I need, but at least I have time to pare down as much as I want before going mobile.

I digress. Mea culpa.

The lie that sneaks up on me is that I need to do more to be more.  I need to write more so that I can be successful.  I need to work more so that I can be mobile.  I need to do more so that I can be a better daughter, friend, Aunt, neighbor, employee - on and on, infinitum.  ENOUGH!

David also talks about making conscious choices based on YES rather than no.

For example, I really, really, really do not like to shop.  I recently ran out of coffee filters.  I kept saying to myself, "I don't want to go shopping, but I'm really tired of being without coffee."  I was trying to pick the lesser of 2 evils.  I literally said out loud, "Well, I don't want to be without coffee anymore," and began gathering my keys and purse.  Then it hit me.

Even this simple scenario was a great example for illuminating the YES instead of the no.  So I dropped the no's, dropped the negatives, and quit basing the decision on what I didn't want.  (Thank you David.)  So,  I said YES to coffee instead of no to being without.  It's just a slight tweak but one that makes all the difference.  My whole attitude changed.

The same concept applies to my blog post yesterday and my social sabbatical:

I don't want to be spread too thin and constantly be drained from social commitments
--> I am saying YES to taking care of myself and giving my hopes and dreams a chance.

I don't want to get mental or depressed over this -->
          I am saying YES to the energy and creativity being released.
          I  am saying YES to being blessed.
          I am saying YES to the joy that swells in my heart. 

I don't want to lose anyone from my life over this -->
          I am saying YES to letting loved ones know how much they mean to me, NMW.
          I am saying YES to the outpouring of love and support I receive on a daily basis.

I don't want to do all this and nothing come of it -->
          I am saying YES to whatever God and the universe has in store.
          I am saying YES to doing the next right thing and leaving the results up to God.

And last but not least, I am saying YES to the Grace of Jesus Christ (not religion) that I so readily forget about yet live in every second of every day.  Through God, all things are possible (ref, Matthew 19:26).

In his sermon, David goes on to say that there are also 3 truths:
1)  God is light.
2)  We are an expression of that light.
3)   With faith and trust, that light will guide us to the greatest unfolding of our life experience.

I feel that I am in the throng of that unfolding, and I say YES.

Joseph Prince says, "God is abundance and inexhaustible supply.  He is not El Cheapo.  He is El Shaddai - the Almighty.  Break out of a mentality of lack by choosing to fix your eyes on an abundant God, who has put His unlimited resources at your disposal."

 I hope everyone says YES to that.

4 comments:

  1. this reminds me a saying from a counselor in overcomers meetings. When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, we will change. OR SHOP... tee hee.

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  2. @ Sandra - you are so funny. I love it. Tee hee, indeed. :) I forgot about this saying - thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Well that sermon was just the ticket to put everything into the right perspective and give you an even clearer picture of what you're going for.

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    1. @ Ann - wasn't it though? Sometimes God has a wicked sense of humor, I think. :)

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