What’s to lose? There’s no downside … it’s all upside: just say “Yes!” … a genuine, whole hearted, “Yes!” … and experience “Wow!”
So what really happens when you say “Yes!”? And, I don’t mean “maybe” or a half-heartedly “yes” just in case some other shiny object gets your attention? I’m talking about a real “Yes!” that you truly mean and are willing to lean into.
This amazing human experience Spirit, as you, is having is a multi-level, fully integrated mind-body event: the moment you utter “Yes!” your body is flooded with chemical compounds that were triggered by neurons responding to thought! When we say every choice we make has a consequence, it’s broader than you may think. The act of choosing causes a cascade of chemicals that ignite neurological and physiological responses so long before consequences show up externally, your mind-body is already impacted. This array of responses is autonomic. Interestingly, this amazing orchestration takes place instantaneously in response to your mental activity whether there is a physical event or not. It calibrates the congruency of your commitment – your wholeheartedness or lack thereof.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: “We should experience everything totally, never withdrawing into ourselves as a marmot hides in its hole. This practice releases tremendous energy which is usually constricted by the process of maintaining fixed reference points. … Being present in the moment may initially trigger fear. But by welcoming the sensation of fear with complete openness, we cut through the barriers created by habitual emotional patterns. When we engage in the practice of discovering space, we should develop the feeling of opening ourselves out completely to the entire universe. We should open ourselves with absolute simplicity and nakedness of mind. This is the powerful and ordinary practice of dropping the mask of self-protection.”
This ability we have “to think” is astounding. And, the only reason we are able to think, to plan, to create, is because each of us is an activity of the One Mind. Just as the only reason we are living is because the One Life, God, is in us, expressing as us.
Ernest Holmes: “Start with this simple proposition: The nature of God, of man, and of being is perfect, harmonious, whole.”
He also said, “Metaphysicians generally believe God is the Life Principle through which individuals derive their nature as intelligent, self-choosing entities … It is this divine nature that makes it possible for us to use the One Mind: This Mind is both the Mind of man and the Mind of God. This Mind is the essence of creativeness and the essence of goodness.”
The One Mind is available to all and is experienced by each individual as a deep sense of inner communion, as a spontaneous, irresistible union. Spiritually grounded people clearly sense and know, see and feel, this Truth.
All of our challenges, regardless of their nature or size, share one common cause: We have not accepted our full spiritual inheritance! Instead, we accept undesirable conditions and situations and then try to combat them at their own level. That’s a perfect formula for failure. No one I know consciously wants to be a loser, however, I know several who other-than-consciously set themselves up to be underachievers. If by chance, I am describing you, then it’s time for you to wake up to just how incredibly powerful you are!
When we shift from being at the whim of circumstances to living spiritually, we open to transformation … the possibility of living our divine potentiality.
And, before I disclose what’s called a self-evident Truth, I want to address something: As you awaken to how incredibly powerful you are, you will be confronted by the realization that all that “powerfulness” means you are the cause of the great things that are drawn into your life … the experiences you have when you boldly declare “Yes!” AND you are the cause when life sucks. There is no one to blame … especially not you!! Conscious, as well as other-than-conscious, thoughts and beliefs manifest! We are living in and with the consequences of prior (uninformed) choices. The good news here is how much of life you can influence. The bad news is how much life you can inadvertently influence. The relief here is that when you really get the enormity of your potentiality, you understand that you already have the ability to celebrate what is working and change what isn’t.
You just need to work on the Art of Living Spiritually: change your thinking, shift your beliefs, experience life anew!!!
You have the ability to clean up errors, resolve misunderstandings, heal hurts, and the list goes on. The circumstances of our lives are the consequence of our choices. We live in the law of cause and effect. Our circumstances or conditions are simply the consequence of our choices coming into form. Every choice has a consequence – some are good, some are not so good. The not so good consequence can be altered by simply making new and hopefully better choices.
Our thoughts are how we set the law of cause and effect in motion. Our thoughts work through the avenue of the One Mind. Conditions are always the externalization of thought, it follows that they can be controlled by changing the thought – by thinking constructively. This is where it all becomes “self-evident.” If our thoughts attracted positive experiences into our lives … awesome! If our thoughts, particularly our habitual thoughts, have brought less than positive circumstances into our lives, we have the ability and the authority to change our thoughts and, therefore, transmute the negative situation.
There is not a thing that appears in the manifest universe that is not an objectified thought, whether it is a bump on your head or a corn on your foot, or a mountain or a planet. It could not be there if it was not made out of Mind.
I invite you to take a short trip into the imaginal realm:
Since our world of form is objectified thought, bring to mind a situation that you wish to be different. Contemplate how that would be. See it in its new expression. Become aware of the many different thoughts you are having about the newly remodeled situation. Now release all thought of how you would change or fix the situation. Instead, focus on the thoughts and sensations associated with how you are relating to it in its new expression. Invite a greater and greater experience of the newly remodeled situation. Relate to its newness. Embrace you in relation to this newly remodeled situation. Sense it on all levels of your body-mind. Be with it. Stay a while and enjoy. Return your attention from the experience very gently.
In order to make sense of what I have been saying, it is essential that you open to the enormity of this Truth. Until then, some of this may seem far-fetched. And … I promise you, the “Aha Moment” will strike when it will make complete sense, and you will say to yourself, “Why, it’s all so obvious … I should have known this all along!”
So let’s delve a bit deeper into something else Dr. Holmes shared: “All we know about mind is that mind is that thing in me, whatever it is, which enables me to know that I am. It is that in you which enables you to know that you are. If I had a mind which was all mine, and you had one which was all yours, how could you know that I exist or how could I talk to you? Therefore we believe that there is only One Mind in the universe and It is incarnated in every one of us.”
It is completely logical to declare, “To say there is one Life, that Life is God, and that Life is my life now, is to speak the truth. To say there is one Mind, that Mind is the Mind of God, and that Mind is my mind now, is to speak the truth. For each of us is an individual personality in this infinite and perfect Mind.”
We are each individualizations in this One Mind; no two of us are exactly alike. We each use Its creativeness in unique ways, and we are all immersed in the collective thought of the whole human race.
A person’s mind is the use of the One Mind, God-Mind, to the level of that person’s understanding. Divine Intelligence stands ready to pour into our consciousness every idea of good, and an infinite Law within this Intelligence acts upon our acceptance or belief, and makes it visible in our experience. Our activity of thought is actually a Divine compulsion of the One Mind in us seeking an ever-increasing achievement and expression through us.
Dr Holmes declared: “All individual minds, your own included, are merely different activities of the Infinite Mind. This Mind of God is the Law of your life. When you speak, It speaks within you. Thus your thought becomes the law of your life because the Law of the One Mind already resides at the center of your being.”