Why when I am doing everything right do I tend to go nowhere?
I had a lady come to me with the complaint that she was not moving on toward her spiritual goal. No matter how much she prayed or meditated she felt like she was getting nowhere.
The Bible tells us to “be still and know that I am God”. [If you wish to substitute the universe for God, the principle is still true.]
There comes a time to be still. Have you ever tried to remember something very hard. Say you are straining to remember the name of an an actor in a movie. No matter how hard you try you just can not remember. Finally you give up, and in a little while pop; you remember.
Emile Coue called this the law of reverse effect. “When your desire and imagination are in conflict, your imagination invariable gains the day.”
When you desire something, [in our illustration remembering the name of an actor] and you are imagining that you can not remember it, the search of your memory banks is doomed to failure. You keep telling yourself I must think harder because I can not remember. You desire to remember is defeated by your imagination that you cannot remember.
Once you shed the imagination running around your head that you can not remember, you just remember.
Once the imagination obsessively runs around your head that you are going nowhere in your spiritual quest, your desire to reach your spiritual goal is doomed.
A chi master had a student come to him. “How long will it take for me to become a master like you?”
The master responded, “Seven years.”
“But you do not understand. I am determined to be a master. I will work very hard at it. I will spends all day and into the night working on it. How long will it take for me, not your average student?”
The master responded, “Thirty to forty years.”
Be still and know that I am God.
A card that came up in that woman’s lay was the six of swords in the Robin Wood deck. In the lower card numbers she had done what was needed. She had collected six swords. She was now at the point to sit in the boat and let the ghostly figure pilot the boat. The boat was leaving the troubled waters into the calm. The goal was in the open cave before her.
Now was her time to be still and know that I am God.
If you are going nowhere in your spiritual quest, take a search break. Just sit in the boat and leave the driving to Him. Be still and know that I am God.
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