When you are steadfast in your abstention of thoughts of harm directed toward yourself and others, all living creatures will cease to feel fear in your presence.
I’ve been listening to Wayne Dyer’s The Secrets of the Power of Intention this past week or so, and it’s having a divine effect on me. Again. He’s not telling me a bunch of things I don’t already know, I’ve listened to the 6-CD set six or seven times since I got it a few years ago. What it’s doing though, is giving me a refresher course in what I know to be true.
We hear little tidbits here and there all the time, and we take what works for us and we leave the rest. It’s my intention to operate this way, even if it doesn’t always work out that way. Here are a few Wayne Dyerisms that are working for me right now:
- Rule #6: Don’t take yourself so goddamn seriously.
(hint: there are no other rules)
- Be steadfast in your abstention of thoughts of harm directed toward yourself and others.
- When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
- Conflict cannot survive without your participation.
- Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else.
Rule #6. This is one of my favorite rules. It comes into play for me when I’m impatient, when I’m frustrated, when I’m not getting what I want. This morning I was driving and a man in a giant SUV tailed me like I was driving 25 in a 55 zone. I became agitated that he was so close to my car and fretted about how dangerous it was, and I could actually feel my heart pounding with anxiety. When I remembered Rule #6. I pulled off to the side and let the man pass, because obviously he was in a greater hurry than I. The anxiety immediately dissipated, and I pulled back onto the road and continued at my leisurely (speed-limit-abiding) pace. If I can find a way to abide by Rule #6 in 95% of my day, I believe stress will be 95% absent from my life.
Be steadfast in your abstention of thoughts of harm directed toward yourself and others. This one gets tricky for me. This one is the one I’ve been practicing the most in the past couple of weeks. It’s amazing how many little teeny tiny harmful thoughts can pass through my brain in one afternoon. Sometimes it’s easier to abstain from thoughts of harm toward others than it is toward myself. And sometimes just because I know they can’t hear me, I let my mind run rampant with just how awful I think something or someone is for doing or saying or being such and such. I’ve been catching myself, lately, and it’s been powerful. I’ve felt lighter and less stressed out. When it comes to thoughts about myself, after just a couple of weeks of practice, I’m finding myself simply refusing to think negative or harmful thoughts about myself. When a thought pops in, I simply remind myself that I, too, was created in the image and likeness of God. I, too, am beauty incarnated and worthy and deserving of all good things. And after a couple of weeks, I’m finding that I need to remind myself less and less. Patience may be a virtue, but you won’t have any without practice.
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. I have a painting I started about three months ago. I wanted to create a skyscape, so I used a blue base for the sky. I asked The Wildcat what she thought of it, and she said it looked more like an ocean than a sky. I had in my mind that I was going to create a SKYscape, though. I stared at the piece for a few days after she said it looked like an ocean, and could see nothing but an ocean. I couldn’t decide what to do next, so I simply turned it around and didn’t look at or touch it for three months. Until this past weekend when it got turned around somehow. And when it did, the blue was on top, the unfinished white, on the bottom. I began to see the blue as the sky again. My mind raced with creativity at what was possible now that I could see the SKY in my painting. I haven’t touched it yet, but later today I plan to play around and tend to the canvas I’ve neglected for so long.
Conflict cannot survive without your participation. What stress can I avoid by simply not participating in the affiliated conflict? This makes me think about the man in the SUV this morning. Rather than staying all stressed out or riding my brakes so he’d get the idea to back off, or angrily speeding ahead to get him off my tail, I simply pulled to the side of the road. If that man wanted a conflict, he’d have to create it with someone else. As for me, I’ve set an intention for myself that I want to feel good. And so I will.
Everything you need you already have. I can think of a hundred things I don’t have. If I spend enough time, I can probably think of a thousand. But if I spend my time focused on the things I don’t have, then I’m focusing on scarcity. I’m a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, and I’d rather be focused on abundance than scarcity. So I’m focused on what I already have. I have me. I am all I need in order to succeed. As much as I’m a believer in the Law of Attraction, I also believe that there’s a reason ACTION is two thirds of the word “Attraction” (if you’re counting syllables). I have the intuition, the intelligence, and the inclination to be all that I aspire to be. All I need to do is take a look at who I am, decide where I want to go next and then…you know…GO there. It’s all in my hands.
What works for you?