PERMISSION AND PERSISTENCE
We are having some deep, spiritual fun with this month's theme, which is Creating a life of Magic - Big Magic, using the brilliance in Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Feara, to explore:
* the attitudes,
* the approaches and
* the habits . . .
. . . needed:
* to uncover our hidden treasurers,
* to face our fears, and
* to trust the Universe . . .
. . . all of which lead us to our most creative, magical lives -- the lives God intended to live as us!
Ernest Holmes in Thoughts Are Things, wrote: "You live because Life lives in you. You move because there is a universal Energy flowing through you. You think because there is an infinite Intelligence thinking through you. You exist because the Divine Spirit has sought to individualize Itself in and as you. This is why you are called the temple of the Living God. There is a Divine spark at the center of your being. But you need to recognize this, believe it and act upon your belief."b
And that is what we are exploring this month . . . how to act upon the knowing of who we are!
So far, we have we defined "Creative Living" as:
a. a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.
b. a life in which you bring forth from you that which brings you joy and fulfillment, which in turn blesses the world!
We have said that everyone one of us, no exceptions to this one!, has within us hidden treasures that, when we uncover them, will bring forth that which brings us joy and fulfillment, which in turn blesses the world!
And we have looked at the one thing - that one VERY BORING thing - that holds us back from discovering these hidden treasures and living a life of joy and fulfillment and blessing to the world, which is what?? Fear.
And we have embraced the idea of being enchanted by our own inspiration, realizing that ideas (we could call them dreams) are unformed energy floating around with only desire and that is to be made manifest and, in order to do that, they need a human conduit.
We talked about how they land on us when they think they may have found a receptive vehicle for them! We then have a choice to either become enchanted with the inspiration they bring and move forward or not. It is our choice.
So, let's say we are enchanted by the inspiration an idea gives us. There is one viewpoint that will stop forward movement and one that completely supports it and that is what we will explore today.
The one that will stop forward movement is thinking that we think we need Permission. Not necessarily a conscious thing, but lurking in our subconscious is the thought that we need it.
You may think you need this because, perhaps, your parents were terrified of risk in any form. Maybe your parents were compulsive rule-followers, or maybe they were too busy being whatever they were being to ever use their imaginations toward creativity. Maybe they were afraid of what the neighbors would say and so they never gave you "permission" to be free to be curious, to explore, or to create.
Now you are long since out of that environment, but lingering deep within you is the belief (perhaps unconscious belief) that you need permission, and you don't have it.
Well, you don't need it, and if you really think you do, then I'm giving it to you right now, using my magic wand!!!
"You hereby have permission to be curious, to explore and to create, freely and with wild abandon with no end in mind other than to bring you joy and fulfillment!"
Let's turn that into a personal declaration: "I hereby have permission to be curious, to explore and to create, freely and with wild abandon with no end in mind other than to bring joy and fulfillment!"
Gilbert invites us all to -- and I quote . . . ". . . .possess a fierce sense of personal entitlement, which I hope you learn to cultivate. I know that this word has negative connotations, but let's appropriate it here and put it to good use, because you will never be able to create anything interesting out of your life if you don't believe that you're entitled to at least try. Creative entitlement doesn't mean behaving like a princess or acting as though the world owes you anything whatsoever. No, creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here and that - merely by being here - you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own. The poet David Whyte calls this sense of creative entitlement 'the arrogance of belonging,' and claims that it is an absolutely vital privilege to cultivate if you wish to interact more vividly with life. Without this arrogance of belonging, you will never be able to take any creative risks whatsoever. Without it, you will never push yourself out of the suffocating insulation of personal safety and into the frontiers of the beautiful and the unexpected."c
So, one more time: "I hereby have permission in fact I am entitled to be curious, to explore and to create, freely and with wild abandon with no end in mind other than to bring joy and fulfillment!"
In Creative Mind and Success, Ernest Holmes tells us: "Always remember this. Life is from within outward and never from without inward. You are the center of power in your own life."d
Knowing you have permission -- in fact, knowing you are entitled -- to be curious, explore and create is a catalyst for bringing forth joy and fulfillment!
And then Gilbert suggests there is a second quality that completely supports us in living the creative life and we touched on it last week, without specifically saying it.
Here's a Note from the Universe that says exactly what happens when we engage in persistence: "So what if it takes a long time? So what if it's already taken longer than you thought? So what if it will still take longer? The day will nevertheless arrive, as it always does, when all your prior efforts, determination, and persistence will seem a paltry price indeed as you are lifted irrevocably higher, as if by chariots of fire, into realms previously unimagined, and then you'll think to yourself, 'Wow, that was fast.' I can hear the music now, The Universe"e
In The Science of Mind Holmes wrote: "There is no secret in this business of demonstrating. The only secret is the persistent ability to use the Law, and the determination to continue to use It until we prove It."f
There was once a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or - whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened...and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back...a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back...HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow. "Shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought panic and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!
It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of his persistence and determination.
Big Magic: "So you must keep trying. You must keep calling out . . . for your own Big Magic. You must search tirelessly and faithfully, hoping against hope to someday experience that divine collision of creative communion either for the first time, or one more time. Because when it all comes together, it's amazing. When it all comes together, the only thing you can do is bow down in gratitude, as if you have been granted an audience with the divine. Because you have."g
Let's bring this together this morning by taking our Permission statement and add to it Persistence affirmations. Apply these words to a hidden treasure you are wanting to call forth or to an idea that has landed on you with which you have become enchanted. Get an idea of it in mind as you say:
"I hereby have permission in fact I am entitled to be curious, to explore and to create, freely and with wild abandon with no end in mind other than to bring joy and fulfillment! Therefore, I am persistent. I move forward into my highest good. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence and determination. With God's help, I now persist into my highest good. I invite the powerful, loving action of God into my life and every need is met. I expect the best. I anticipate the best in every aspect of my life now. The work of my hands and the plans of my life are moving toward a sure and perfect completion. Miracles now follow miracles and magic, big magic, never ceases to manifest. And so it is and so I let it be!
aElizabeth Gilbert Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
bErnest Holmes Thoughts Are Things, p. 95
cElizabeth Gilbert Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear pp. 92-93
dErnest Holmes Creative Mind and Success, p. 37
eNote from the Universe
fErnest Holmes The Science of Mind p. 176
gElizabeth Gilbert Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear p. 195