OR, IS IT A SAFE PROBLEM?
"I am made in the image and likeness of God, the Infinite Divine Creator. As such, I am a Creative Being! I am here to intentionally create."
Those words are what we are exploring this month. And I have said each Sunday so far that we are the happiest - more specifically, I've said that our joy meter is the highest -- when we are in the PROCESS OF and making PROGRESS IN intentional creation.
It isn't the end result so much that gives us long-lasting joy. That's a momentary burst of joy, definitely, but sustained, deep-seated joy comes when we are in an ongoing process of intentional creation.
But, here's the deal -- intentionally creating something, let alone something amazing, isn't necessarily easy, is it? If it were, everyone would be doing it! Right? And we can look around the world and see that that isn't always happening.
But we are awake people, we know we are here to intentionally create, so we should all be creating amazing things all the time!!!! But we aren't always, are we? Um? What's up with that?
After our work together last Sunday, you might say: "What's up with that is my upper limit!" or "What's up with that is that we hit our GULPS," right? And what is a GULP? Great Upper Limit Problem.
And I gave you a GULP Busting Mantra to help you pop through that ceiling. Do you remember it? I expand in abundance, success, and love every day as I inspire those around me to do the same.
Did anyone identify a GULP for themselves? Would you be willing to share it with us briefly?
Now that you all have your mantra, let's say it together: I expand in abundance, success, and love every day as I inspire those around me to do the same. And, yes, the GULP is definitely a piece. But there could be something else going on.
And the something else that could be going on is called a "safe problem."a Now I want you to know that I didn't make up that phrase or concept. I believe in giving credit where credit is due. That phrase comes from a teacher named Rachael Jayne Groover.
So. . . what is a "safe problem?"
Before I answer that question, I have to put it in context: Creating means taking risks. If you are creating something; then that means you've never done it before. And if you've never done it before, then you don't know exactly how to do it and you certainly don't know how it's going to turn out. And if you if you don't know how to do it, you could royally screw it up. And if you don' know how it's going to turn out, it could be a big ol' failure!
Right? Right? And Right? Wow. There's a lot of risk involved there. And risk can be scary!! Now next week, we are going to talk about what actually scares us and what the mother of all fears is. We could even consider this Part 1 of a 2-part talk.
But for today, can we all agree that intentionally creating takes risk, and risk can be scary. Yes?! But it is ONLY if we are willing to take the risk that we will create not only something amazing, but an amazing life! Only if we are willing to take the leap, only if we are willing to jump, will we soar.
We can't create amazing things in our life (beyond, of course, the vacations and cars - not that there's anything wrong with any of those!) unless we are willing to risk -- to jump. But because we are afraid of getting battered and bruised, we create "safe problems" that keep us from moving forward in creation.
"Safe problems," to speak plainly and to put it bluntly, are all the reasons and excuses we make up that keep us safe from making risky decisions. "Safe problems" can include:
* I'm just too busy with other things right now to focus on that.
* I really don't have the money for that; I just can't afford it.
* I'm in emotional overwhelm already; how could I possibly take that on?!
* I don't know how to do that.
* I don't know where to start.
* I need to know more about it; I need more research.
* I need to grow more before I'm ready to take that on.
* I need help doing it.
Do you see how all of these things keep you safe from risking? Can you think of other "safe problems" that might exist?
These are the things we tell ourselves, so we don't have to step out and take the risk. Do you see yourself in any of them?
My greatest, most prevalent "safe problem," I have had for years and years and years, yet didn't realize what it really was until I started taking a deeper look at myself. I just thought it was a fact of my life!
And it is "I don't have enough time." "I don't have enough time" honestly has been my mantra for as long as I can remember. And I have worked with affirmations and other tools to release it, but it had a strong hold on me. Now I know why.
Because it hasn't been about time - having enough or not enough. It never has been about time. And it never is. It's about something going on in our consciousness! Of course, we know that (head), but we don't always know how to apply it (heart) to ourselves!
Keeping myself so busy that I feel like I never have enough time has been about not wanting to take the risk (because I might crash and burn). So rather than jump, let me make myself so busy with other things that I can't do it. And that looks good too. Look at me; how busy I am.
I've said to myself, "I will go for that bigger vision, more importantly, I will spend time and attention clarifying that bigger vision, as soon as I have time," . . . but I just never seemed to have it.
So if I never have the time, then I am safe from the prospect of either finding out that I actually don't even have a bigger vision - or having one that crashes and burns!
Do you see that? Let me tell you something very cool. By simply having the ah-ha that that is what was going on, by realizing what the real issue is and then by applying the spiritual tools and practices we have in our New Thought toolkit, we can dissolve our "safe problems." Actually what we are doing is getting out of our own way! And we have to get out of our own way a lot of the time, don't we?
My all-time favorite quote of Ralph Waldo Emerson is: "Let us take our bloated nothingness out of the path of the divine circuits."b
Ernest Holmes tells us in the SOM: "Universal Mind, being Omnipresent, is wherever we are when we ask for help. If we are receptive to the harmony of the belief which the practitioner has poured into Subjective Mind, it will externalize for us . . ."c
My challenge with "I don't have enough time" wouldn't go away because I wasn't receptive to healing why it was there in the first place! Now that I am totally receptive to releasing "I don't have enough time" as a safe problem, poof, it has diminished to a huge degree.
So, I want you to be thinking about your safe problem, or perhaps problems - what have you used as an excuse to stop you from moving forward in intentional creation? In a moment we will apply our most effective Power Tool to it.
But first, I want us to think upon this statement from New Thought pioneer Ralph Waldo Trine, In Tune With the Infinite: "There is a Divine current that will bear us with peace and safety on its bosom if we are sufficiently alert and determined to find it - and go with it. The natural, normal life is by a law divine under the guidance of the Spirit."d
So if you really believed that your life is under the guidance of Spirit; that there really is a Divine current that will bear you with peace and safety if you are willing to go with it, what would you do? How would you soar? Would you let your "safe problem" get in the way of the intentional creation that the Divine in you is calling you to do?
Edwene Gaines, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: "Wonderful, magical things can happen if you are willing to commit to putting yourself out there, stepping outside your comfort zones, playing at the game of risk. It feels like risk. It feels like playing without a net. But when you make a commitment, you're never playing without a net - because God is your net. Taking risks and acting on your commitment reduces you to simply trusting God."e
So, I offer you an invitation this morning to place your trust in God. To realize what your safe problem is really all about. And then to release it with the help of what I referred to before as our Power Tool, which is the Power Tool of prayer.
So, relax, close your eyes and go within. And silently say, "God, this is ... (say your name.) And then silently tell God in a brief sentence, what the safe problem is that you want to release.
God, we know that we can trust You to have our back. Help us to "take our bloated nothingness out of the path of the divine circuits"
We know that there is a Divine current that will bear us with peace and safety on its bosom because we are now sufficiently alert and determined to find it - and go with it.
Thank you God, Amen.
aRachael Jayne Groover
bRalph Waldo Emerson Essay: Spiritual Laws
cErnest Holmes Science Of Mind, p. 165
dRalph Waldo Trine, In Tune With the Infinite, p. 167
eEdwene Gaines, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, p. 177