Do you know how to move? Not move house, not move from your chair to the sofa…oh wait that’s more likely to be me.
Wonder how many times I’ve written that on this site? I’m sorry. I’ll stop it some soon day.
Nah, just joking again.
Meanwhile back to moving. The movement I’m talking about is an inner movement, the one that implies you’re where you want to be. The movement we get by using our imagination to live in our fulfilled desire.
Are you still with me? Hello? Anyone there?
There are two ways we can look at our world, two outlooks we can use, the natural or the spiritual. The natural looks only at our current reality. Anything else isn’t real. Using the natural mind we can conjure up a memory image of things that were, but it doesn’t believe it can look back on the past and see it as something that’s present and neither does it believe it can affect the future.
The spiritual mind on the other hand can see the past, the present and the future as an existing present whole. It can take in all the things that we’ve encountered, are encountering and will encounter. With your spiritual mind your visions can be magnificent, your dreams beautiful and best of all, as you persist in living those dreams in your heart, they will materialize.
We can connect to this creative part of us, our spiritual mind by simply investing a few minutes every day withdrawing our attention from the outer world of reason and facts and concentrating on the invisible state we desire to experience. It’s through using our spiritual mind that we are able to move from one state of mind to another.
Our world is filled with infinite states and the state we currently occupy is the reason for the experiences we currently have. The laws of life tell us we must and will reap the fruits of the state of mind we occupy. We might have chosen these states deliberately or fallen into them unwittingly.
Easily done. The falling into them I mean.
I still do it myself.
I’m a big traveller as you probably know, having racked up thousand upon thousands of miles over the years, so I’m used to packing a ginormous suitcase for a trip. Just because I travel a lot doesn’t necessarily mean I travel light. (I put that in there, just in case my Darling One is reading this…yes it’s his one and only complaint about me…isn’t that right Darling?)
I’m not a pack-it-all-two-minutes-before-we-go kind of gal either. I begin gathering my things together at least three days before my trip, culminating in the day before I leave, putting in last minute bits and bobs.
Earlier this year I was going through my usual packing routine and saying to myself, I must remember this. And a little while later, I must remember that.
It took a while, but I noticed that I’d become anxious about this trip. Hmmm what was that about? Nothing unusual about it – I was visiting family. Easy trip, I’d done it tons of times before. I wasn’t thinking any negative thoughts about it…in fact I was looking forward to the visit. So what the heck was going on?
Bet you’re one step ahead of me aren’t you? Sometimes when we’re the ones in the state, we can’t see the wood for the trees.
An afternoon of I must remembers, led me smack bang into a state of anxiety. In and of itself I must remember isn’t a negative thought, but it holds within it the feeling that I might forget and that was the state I’d fallen into. Maybe one or two I must remembers wouldn’t have had much of an impact, but an afternoon of them was enough to put me over the edge.
I’d fallen into a state that wasn’t working for me. My natural mind would only focus on the current facts, so I turned to my spiritual mind and asked my favourite question: what do you want? And of course what I wanted was to have everything I needed in that ginormous suitcase. Heaven knows it’s big enough to carry it all.
Right then I imagined myself feeling great and happy and peaceful. I used my imagination, my spiritual mind, to move into the state I wanted to experience. I saw myself having a different outcome. I could see the experience, I could feel the ease and grace that surrounded me. It felt great.
The next trip I took as I was packing the suitcase, I found my inner conversation was more like, great, I remembered everything easily.
And I haven’t had an ounce of anxiety about any trip since.
The thing about movement is that you can only know you’ve moved positions relative to where you were. So if in imagination you can’t see the world differently than it was before, then you haven’t moved. I like to use the phrase, I remember when, it was like this or that, indicating, yay…I’ve moved.
Louisa was telling me that she’s been really frazzled lately. Her kids have been difficult and defiant and she’s not handling it very well which makes her even more frazzled. She’s found herself in a self perpetuating cycle and it isn’t feeling so good.
It turns out she’s been waking up with the thought oh my lord another day, another challenge.
Anyone think that’s going to feel good? Bring her a happy, bright sunshiny day? Not likely.
So another day brings another challenge, and she’s feeling even worse about herself and her life. As we talked she decided an intervention was required. She needed to intervene with her first thought of the day. So she asked herself: what do I want? She turned away from her natural mind focused on the current facts and switched off the natural mind’s tendency to want to look at her memories. She wanted to look back on her day and say, what a fantastic day.
So she imagined her day as she wanted it to be versus how it had been. She created inner movement and saw herself having different conversations with the kids, her friends, her husband. Having a different feeling at the end of each day.
Next morning before her old thought had a chance to wake up, she said to herself, wow what a fantastic day I had today.
I’d like to tell you that the very next day was fantastic. But it wasn’t. Just a little better. Nor was the day after that. Just a little better. And it continues to get better all the time.
It isn’t that we can’t change things in a blink of an eye because we can. Sometimes there’s a build up of thoughts and feelings that continue to play out, albeit with a little less power, for a little while longer.
For me, it can sometimes take three days of choosing my better thoughts and feelings before I can actually recognize shifts in my consciousness. It all depends on how much energy I’ve built up with the previous ones.
Are you ready to invest more time where creativity and spirituality meet?
Encourage one another.