One of the most deplorable byproducts of the an industrial-turned-capital driven economy is scarcity: The economic system as it is currently structured creates an inequality, one in which both the “haves” and “have nots” buy into the misbelief that there is not enough to go around.
And yet, in an abundant, whole (i.e. intact) Universe, “I don’t have enough” is just not real. It is a matter of expanding our mindset to be able to see that reality. It’s like technology giving us the ability to see infrared and ultraviolet waves. It is about going from the story of scarcity to “Life provides just enough of what I need.”
Developing an abundance mindset begins with putting our faith in an efficient, self-organizing and efficient Universe. Our Universe is not wasteful and provides exactly what is required for our evolution and full self-expression.
Last week, I began my reflection on the power of the holy rosary by exploring the Joyful Mysteries. This week, I want to take a look at the Sorrowful Mysteries.
On the surface, the Sorrowful Mysteries refer to the last hours of Jesus before his Crucifixion. And although this is true, this set of sacred mysteries is about much more. It teaches us about resilience and the power of faith. In his example, Jesus teaches us the power of profound acceptance, of acknowledging that there are certain things that every human being, including Christ, must experience, namely suffering and death. More importantly, he teaches us what it means to surrender, to realize that, in the face of suffering and death, the only thing over which we have control is how we greet those moments that try our humanity.
WHO are we in the face of suffering and death? How can we BE with the inevitable trials of life?
In a few weeks, I will be sharing my digital mini-course on “Tapping Into the Power of the Holy Rosary.” This digital audio and e-booklet package is intended to introduce you to the basics of the rosary and how you can begin to use it as a object for meditation. Stay tuned!
In my post, “On Welcoming the Unknown,” I reflected on how uncertainty is actually a good thing because it means we are treading into territory in which we have yet to inflict a preconceived notion or conditioned response. But when I’m in in the heat of the moment, … when my emotions get the best of me, and the fear of looking stupid and ashamed that I don’t know and don’t have an answer come up, … how does this realization benefit me?
The other half of “I don’t know” is “… but I do know that the answer that I need is already out there and I just to need stay open and engaged.” “I don’t know” is an act of faith in our ability to stay connected to Source. It is declaring that I, in my limited human being have gotten to the edge of what I can do, and I am now trusting Life to guide me to the other side of this.
Be quick to say “I don’t know” because in the vacuum created by my not knowing, Life will fill it with the answer.
“We have come to accept such declarations of faith as commonplace and natural. We breathe, we eat, knowing that certain things will result. We turn on the lights, start the car, light a fire, plant a garden without a bit of hesitancy, fear, or doubt. We have faith. We know certain things work in a certain way and that is all there is to it.”
– Ernest Holmes and Willis H. Kinnear, A New Design for Living
Yesterday, I was feeling really confronted by the overwhelming frustration that I would never be able to let go of the addictive behaviors that have run me. I was relating to myself again as a limited being, as the powerless self to which my self-talk has taught me to relate. As I sat in meditation, I found enough space to remember that I am much more than that, … that although I don’t yet have the experience of being powerful in the face of my addiction, that that possibility exists and that the choice I have is between staying trapped in that self-fulfilling, self-defeating prophecy or to have faith that I am letting go of and recovering from my compulsions.
I must remember. I must know to the core and beyond my fears that I am the beautiful and unique expression of Love.
This morning, I got back on the yoga mat for the first time in two weeks. It felt good to have muscles I haven’t visited in a while be worked and stretched. As I leaned into a standing pose in a warrior sequence, I felt my quads begin to burn. I almost pulled away from the discomfort. Yet, I breathed a deep breath and chose to just go into the discomfort … without any judgment … without wanting it to go away nor to have it be other than what it was. … And I found myself just … being with it. …
Being with the emotions that make us feel uncomfortable isn’t something that just happens. We must choose to accept and greet these feelings, having faith that what got us into those emotions in the first place will eventually lead us out of our emotions and back to ourselves.
This morning, I was engaged in ardha chandrasana (Half-Moon Pose). As I stood strongly with right foot pressed into the ground, my body hanging perpendicular with left leg suspended at right angles to my anchor leg, and left arm thrust vertically into the air, I found that delicate point in which I leaned back. In that moment, if I leaned back too far, I would’ve fallen on my back. Yet, I swung open just enough to maintain my balance yet to go deeper into the pose. I got to the edge. …
Our immediate reaction when we get to the edge is to pull back. Yet, if we trust ourselves enough, … if we have faith in that which brought us to the edge in the first place, … we discover that we can go deeper into it than we ever thought possible. …
At this moment, I am a storm of different emotions. Having had a much-anticipated difficult conversation, I am a mix of sadness, wrapped up in anger, clothed with compassion and understanding. And all of these are completely human reactions to the situation in which I find myself at the moment.
Right now, I am reminded of and find solace in one of the most powerful moments in the Bible. Although it is true that it was the Resurrection that altered the course of history, I would assert that one of the most profound moments for humanity was the Annunciation. A modest young Jewish virgin … a human being … chooses the sacred task of bearing the son of God, despite whatever fears and social repercussions she would have to endure. Such was her faith that she declared, “Let it be done to me according to Thy word!”
And so, I surrender… and not to defeat. But rather to the greater Love that governs the Universe. I surrender in full faith that this new heartbreak might create the space in which this greater Love might express Itself in my life.