By Terry Shea
August 25, 2017
Posted In: Spiritual Wellness, White Rock
The third element and Activity of the Circles of Care and Connection is “decide”. When I sat down to write this blog I had never really thought about how one decides to do something. Awareness is a funny process. As soon as it comes into play you become intuitively aware of what one is not aware of, or perhaps more accurately you get you are missing something and you either wonder what it is or you just ignore it and carry on.
Dr. Holmes says in the General Summary starting on p. 400 that we cannot create anything new by continuing to look to what is limited and is already in form. In decision-making, we deal with the formless. I think of the architect sitting at his drafting table, the artist in front of a blank canvas, Mozart or Bach sitting at the keyboard. The next line, brushstroke, or note that appears is coming directly out of the creative mind through the expression of Mind that is using it.
If at times we doubt our ability to decide what to do next, or as I like to say, “What is mine to do,” We would do well to remind ourselves that it is not I but the Spirit of ”the Father in me that doeth the work.”
#1 We must believe. #2 We must learn how to believe. #3 We must treat ourselves until we do believe.
Everything that is in our life began as something else and has become what it is. That includes us. This creation that I call my life has happened not because of what went before, but because of what I could not see but knew was possible because I gaze into the formless and believed in my power to create.
We are free to create, free to decide, but we are often limited by our belief in what has been rather than our vision of what can be. Last week you heard me quote Daisetz Suzuki when he said the essence of Buddhist thought is that “everything changes.” Everything will change with or without our help and direction, but making decisions has to come out of our conviction that there is a power at work through the Law that we can direct. Thoughts of lack, poverty and limitation when they show up in our decision making contain within themselves the conditions to produce, lack, poverty and limitation in any future endeavour we might take on.
If someone like John Volken undertakes a project like the Volken Academy with the expectation that is will be a long upward battle with an uncertain future, then he has begun by undermining his own vision. If he goes into it trying to insulate himself against all the pitfalls and challenges that he could encounter, then he has given limiting power to those challenges.
I have leapt off the cliff enough in my life to know that the best decisions that I made for my life were the ones that called upon me to have faith in my direction, conviction that I was doing the right thing and trust that my Good was assured.
So, what is the first step in decision making? Question all assumptions. Doubt everything that has gone before and deny that it has any power to decide the future. But most of all, believe that the Power of Life is back of you creating what you have visioned as you looked into the void and prepared to jump.
Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
So, Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but the One, that is, G-d. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he was very rich.
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