“Sometimes our view is that if we pray hard enough, and say just the right words, God will zoom in from that Place where things are perfect, flow through us and our imperfections from some Higher Place of Consciousness, and help us out of the material mess we are in. But there is no place in the Oneness of Life, in the Allness of God, for anything to be occurring outside of Life or away from God. There is no
place for God to flow FROM. God is already everywhere present. Spirit may be the wind, but Spirit is also the stillness….God is Life, and we are living that Life.”
—from Unlimited Visibility by Stephanie Sorensen
If you were with me on Sunday, you remember that my book for December is Start Where You Are by Chris Gardner. (The movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” was based on his life and experiences.)
One of the “universal lessons” in the first section of the book had to do with waiting for the cavalry. He shares the story of watching an old western movie with his mother, seeing the hero’s sidekick killed, horse run away, and ammo supply exhausted. As the hero gazed into the distant sky, Chris’ mother leaned over and whispered “the cavalry ain’t coming.”
Sometimes it would be so nice if someone would come along behind us with a broom and dustpan to clean up the mess. In fact, sometimes we look around trying to determine who made the mess. (Certainly not me!)
The truth is wherever we are, we steered our horse there. (Or in more modern terms,we drove there.) But it’s all good news because if we drove there, we have the ability to change direction and drive to a better place.
As we prepare for Christmas, I am reminded that Jesus did not come to set up a nationwide chain of health care clinics. He did not offer accounting and financial management services. Instead, He was the great example, and said “greater than these things shall you do” (John 14:12). Not I will do for you, but you will do. As you have
probably heard me say before, Jesus never said “do not try this at home.”
As soon as we see that we had some part in the situation, we can forgive all who need to be forgiven (including and sometimes most especially ourselves), and move forward. We can become our own cavalry, knowing that Spirit resides within us and always responds to us.
P. S.: On Wednesday starting at 12:15 p.m., we’ll be reviewing Tenet Six in the Excuse Me, Your LIFE Is Waiting Playbook: “We are learning to unleash our desires.”
Is it OK to ask for what we want? Is there a limit to the good assigned to us? How do we feel about wanting greater good (whatever that means for us) than we have ever experienced before?
Join me on Wednesday and let’s talk about it!