SPIRITUAL PRACTICE 3 - LET GO AND FLOW
Let's open with a prayer: Mother, Father, God, We open our minds now to physical, mental, and spiritual healing for all of those in this world who are suffering. We see them whole, perfect, and complete. Healthy in mind body and spirit. We see all humans as open to the flow of God's great good in this world. AMEN
Lao-Tzu in the 6th Century B.C.: "The human spirit has its source in the divine fountain, which must be permitted to flow freely through us. Anyone who flows as life flows has solved the enigma of human existence and needs no other power."a
"Being the Flow of God's Great Good" is the theme for this month, as we explore six spiritual practices for permitting the divine fountain to flow freely through and as us; for moving us to a place so that we can flow as life flows. Practices that must be done consistently and simultaneously.
Practice 1 - Tithing - Returning the first 10th of your financial good to God by giving it to the source or sources of your spiritual support; standing on the promise that those who do will be blessed 100 fold.
Practice 2 - Aligning with Purpose - Two levels of purpose - first common to all; second unique to each. The second must (1) be of service and (2) bring you joy. Not necessarily your job.
Today is Practice 3 - the spiritual practice of release, of letting go, so today's talk is entitled "Let Go and Flow."
Our third spiritual practice of living AS flow is to release whatever might be blocking the flow of life in as and through us. Remember Lao Tsu said: "The human spirit has its source in the divine fountain, which must be permitted to flow freely through us."b
The Divine Fountain cannot flow freely through and as us if there is a blockage. A friend of mine had a powerful physical example of this lately. In fact, she was reminded of a line from the movie Splash: "What a week I'm having."
Wednesday started out as a normal day - her husband and she got up early, worked out at the gym and then driving home, her husband started having severe pain all the way across his chest. By the time they got home, it was excruciating, unbearable, so she did the two things she knew to do: (1) called 911; (2) prayed - OK she tried to pray but was too afraid, so she called in the big guns! Called Silent Unity, who got busy in prayer and she rallied the practitioners to do the same.
Everything FLOWED exactly as it should have for optimum healing. Within 90 minutes of the onset of symptoms, her husband had a stint placed in his heart, unblocking the blocked artery and he was on the road to recovery.
There was a tremendous benefit to his intense pain although it was certainly hard for him to experience it and for her to watch it. The benefit was that it got their attention and it got it fast!
Our painful moments get us in touch with the energy that needs to be released.
What must be released in your consciousness in order for God's Great Good to express in your life? Are you willing to let go and flow?
Katrina Mayer wrote:
"Clutter is found in so many shapes and sizes.
We can find it on our kitchen tables, under our beds,
in our cars, and in our heads."c
Letting go is one of the most difficult challenges human beings ever face. There is a parable about Krishna saying to the people, "Here. I have a very special gift for you, the gift of immortality. Won't you reach out and take it?"
"Thank you," they say, "but we can't, you see. Our hands are full of these sweet mangoes."
Krishna smiles, "Let go of the mangoes," he explains patiently, "then your hands will be free."
"But Lord", they protest. "We like mangoes. Why don't you give us your present first, then we promise we'll let go of the mangoes."
Or on a more humorous note, there's the story of the hiker who was hiking down the steep and narrow trails and switchbacks of the Grand Canyon lost his footing and fell off the side.
Tumbling through the air, he reached out and grabbed on to a little tiny bush sticking out of the side. As he hung on for dear life, he looked down and saw it was at least 500 feet to the bottom and was full of rocks. He then looked up and hollered, "Is there anyone up there that can help me?"
A great voice boomed down from heaven, "YES, SON I CAN." Relieved to receive an answer, the hiker asked, "What do you want me to do?" The great voice replied, "JUST let go."
The hiker looked down again at that 500-foot drop and the rocks below. He looked up again and asked, "Is anyone else up there?"
What are your mangoes? What is the branch that you are holding onto that is not permitting the flow of God's Great Good to express through you? Only you can answer that question. I can't. No one can. Only you.
All I know is that we can't obtain our greater good while we are holding on to the more limited. I now know that a human body cannot go more than about 90 minutes with a fully blocked artery before serious heart damage kicks in.
The Tao Te Ching says, "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need."d
Edwene Gaines' book, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: "You have the authority to release from your life all those people, situations, relationships, objects, thoughts, emotions and concerns that do not empower you. As a being that is growing and changing, you must let go of that which is no longer enriching your life."e
Take time to sit quietly and take a thorough inventory of your life. Let go of any elements that are draining your energy and disrupting your peace of mind. Release the burdens of the past and begin anew.
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free: "You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway."f
Edwene's book: "strive for order - The mystics tell us that order is heaven's first law. And it should be ours, too. We can never feel we're at our best when we surrounded by a mess.
Today, take one step toward cleaning out all the clutter in your life. Tidy your house, balance your checkbook, file your paperwork, organize your office, complete any unfinished projects that have been weighing on your mind, clean out your closets and drawers."g
Keep only what you are sure you will wear again. If they are still in good working or wearing order, don't throw them away. Give them away or sell them. Put them back into circulation.
Holding on to things out of habit or fear you might need them later is saying you don't trust the universe to supply your needs. Hanging on through fear sets up lack and limitation by stopping the flow of circulation into your life.
Remember, Spirit is the essence of all that exists. Physical objects are spiritual energy. All energy must flow to do its work. When stagnation exists, creation cannot take place.
The law of circulation states that all things in the universe are always flowing in circulation but at an ever expanding rate. In other words, what you give to one person, you will receive from a different source.
Edwene writes: "When we de-clutter our lives, we signal to the universe that we are ready to handle more good."h
Mother, Father, God, I let go of everything and everybody that is no longer a part of the Divine Plan of my life. I now let go of old, dissatisfying ways of living; old, unsatisfactory methods of work and dissatisfying relationships of the past and present. I fully and freely release. I joyously make room for my new good, which quickly appears in rich and appropriate form. I now move forward into my expanded good, divinely directed and lavishly prospered. I know that release is magnetic. Through the act of release, I now draw to myself my own. I now fully and freely release. I loose and let go. I let go and grow. I let grow and trust. I am the flow of God's great good! AMEN
cKatrina Mayer, KatrinaMayer.com, 2013
dTao Te Ching
eEdwene Gaines The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, Pg. 187
fSteve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
gEdwene Gaines The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, Pg. 183
hEdwene Gaines The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity