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Monday, April 5, 2010

Trust is true power



  Here is a passage by an anonymous person interviewed in a book called Everyday Enlightenment, edited by Sally Bongers, p. 78.  The words struck me deeply, and they point out that seeing through the thought-created sense of identity is not a loss of anything. The integrity of the personality remains intact, even as unnecessary thought-burdens are gently released.

     There's no need to worry and there's no need to struggle.


     Ask yourself who's doing the pushing?  Ask yourself who is the one who wants something to happen?  Who is the one who wants something?  Just be gentle to her, watch her.  Don't be impatient with her.  Every now and again ask yourself: "Who is the one who is anxious about this? Who is it? Who's there?"  The question is also not so much: "Who is there?" but "Where? Where?"  Try to locate that person.  "Where is that person?"


      It's beyond your power to move you forward.  So trust in the process.  Trust in the fact that everything's just fine.  Don't give yourself a hard time.  You're where you should be and if a feeling is still there, it's there for a reason.  There's value in it as well.


      From somewhere there is the thought that you are going to lose your very self in the process of surrendering.  There's value in the integrity of the personality, in caring about your personality, in the integrity and conception of yourself.  There is value in that.  It's not as if it's all something to be got rid of.  That's the thing, you know?  You're not required to give up anything, but you think you are.

  
      Seeing through the imagined self-image, seeing that any image is only an image, and that it is not who I am, does not mean becoming a spineless wimp.  Ironically, realizing my powerlessness to control the universe is empowering. I stop fighting a losing battle and recognize a seamless unity with the power that is flowing through the universe. This is genuine empowerment. Have you ever felt this? The power of trusting in the unfoldment of life as it is occurring in this moment puts me at ease, and from this ease more is accomplished than ever was when I was trying so hard to accomplish something. Let this be a day to relax and to enjoy the flow of power in this very moment.

~

3 comments:

Alton said...

Hi Colleen:
What a wonderful family.
Thanks a lot for sharing them with all of us.
Blessings,
Alton

Cindy said...

I like "stop fighting a losing battle." It reminds us of something so hard to remember, that we can never win this unquenchable thirst for more. I spent a conflicted day as usual but managed to enjoy some wonderful hours of quiet on the land. First I lay on the bottom step in the sun for an hour, then later I sat on the porch and enjoyed...everything! :)

Colleen Loehr said...

Hi Alton and Cindy,
It's great to get your messages. We will be adding more photos over time to the "Family Photo Album" of the blog.
Cindy isn't funny that when we stop fighting a losing battle we win? Odd that that doesn't stop me from spending plenty of time in pointless arguments with the moment... I love you resting in the sun enjoying...everything!

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