Friday, 11 April 2014

The Word of the Week - The Art of Allowing

I allow life to unfold and let go of my resistance

There is a saying in A Course in Miracles that states, “Whatever you resist persists.”  When you look at the world through the eyes of the ego, you find yourself making judgements about what it is you are viewing.  You could read a newspaper and feel the emotions that have been stirred on reports of a vicious crime, or of an injustice that has occurred or a spotlight upon a country that is suffering in poverty compared to those that have so much.  You can imagine the pain and empathise with the article; you then see the world as a cruel unloving place and ask the question why?  In your dejection, of what seems to be an insurmountable problem that gets grimmer as you continue to expose yourself to such reports, you then accept that this is the way of the world, inequitable, discriminating and very unjust at times.  The problem then seems too big for you, so you bring your view back to your own circumstances not realising that you have created a microcosm in your own world because of the judgement that you felt of the world.  The sense of helplessness has now transferred into your own experience; seeing what you do not have, noticing the gaps, the injustices that occurred personally to you and the fact that you find your life so hard at times and indeed unfulfilling.

The resistance that you felt in viewing the world through the ego’s eyes and the judgement that was passed in your interpretation of a negative report has now become a persistent factor in your life because you have not had the ability to view it as it is.  When you look at the world from the eyes of the soul, you resist nothing, you judge nothing but you have a KNOWING that there is beauty all around you, you understand that people only do what they do because of the information that they have at the time. You recognise that the inner nature of ALL life is love even when others act in unloving ways.  This state of consciousness is in fact our true nature; most will look at this view and say this is unobtainable.  Well history has taught us that men and women of this world have achieved this state of enlightenment by practicing a high level of tolerance and peace in the face of adversity.

Just for today, allow life to unfold naturally, be in the space of the “is-ness” of all things.  Curb your reactionary nature to one of a peaceful compose.
In the wise words of Lao-tzu  verse 5 of the Tao Te Ching :

The Tao doesn't take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn't take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.


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