One of the things we learn on the spiritual path is the invitation to non-work. Today’s blog explores this counter-cultural movement and how is solidifies our call to live a peaceful life.
Making Things Happen
I know I don’t have to tell you this….but we live in a culture that expects us to “DO.” We live in a capitalistic society and one of the primary tennents of this model is that those who “get” got there because of their hardwork and diligence. The implication of this is that if someone doesn’t have, or seems to be lacking in material goods and wealth it is because “they didn’t do,” and there tends to be a cynicism and lack of compassion toward “those people.” Well guess what…..Capitalism is a lie! (I know, a pretty bold statement for 7:30 in the morning!). I’m not ignoring the value of hard work and diligence, but sometimes we don’t “get” JUST BECAUSE. Some people work their butt off and have nothing to show for it….and not because they are wasting their money on frivolities. This is the downside to capitalism….work does not always mean “get” and while the rich get richer, it is always at the expense of other people in that society…someone always loses. This awareness, however, does not detract from the expectations and pressures of our society for “doing.” We are expected to make things happen, to work toward our dreams, to be diligent in manifesting what “we want.” The assumption is that we are the SOLE source of manifestation in our lives, that we know what is best and that we are the ONLY ones that can make it happen. Guess, what? God has another plan!
God’s Plan of NON-Doing
There is no other way for me to explain this than to be direct. God (higher self, the Divine, Higher power…whatever you want to call it!!!!!) KNOWS what is in our highest good and wants us to know it and wants us to receive it. And guess what? There is NOTHING we need to DO to make it happen. Ok, that’s not quite true. We need to do two things, which ironically aren’t “doing” at all…but are forms of “being”:
- Be open to receiving the knowledge of what is in our highest good….we do this through diligent attention to our spiritual practice.
- Be open to RECEIVING what is in our highest good – we do this by saying “yes”
The Magic of Allowing
When we diligently tend to our spiritual practice (prayer, meditation, yoga, chanting, mindfulness, etc.) and when we are open to recognizing that we might not know what is in our highest good and surrender our own will to that of our Higher Self, then magical things begin to happen: The perfect job falls into your lap, the inspiration for your next novel shows up, you meet someone in a very unexpected way, the solutions to a problem you have been facing reveals itself. I call these the “God nuggets,” little moments and items of grace that simply show up and all we have to do is say “yes.” This is the magical mystery of allowing…and other than paying attention, we did nothing to “make it happen.” Oh yeah, we did do one other thing….WE GOT OUT OF THE WAY!
What do you have to show for all the “doing” in your life? How’s that working for you? How’s that working for others?
Where can you employ less “doing” and more “being”?
What are you being invited to allow?
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