by Nick Andrea
We don’t really have control. I know this flies in the face of those who practice New Thought, Science of Mind, life coaching-type stuff who believe that we create our own destiny, but I’m arguing against that. Let me give an example to explain.
Last night I listened to a woman tell her story of how this abundance course changed her life. She began taking the course immediately after she signed up for it. The very next day she received a letter in the mail from her bank saying that they were forgiving her mortgage. Wow! It must have been the abundance course, right?
Well, truth is that before she chose to take it that debt forgiveness was already in process. In fact, the letter was already printed and on its way. Taking the course just so happened to coincide with the mortgage forgiveness, but it could not have caused it, at least not in any way this woman consciously controlled.
“Ok, Buddha,” you say, “Thank for shooting a hole in my belief that I could control my life. Thanks a lot. I feel a lot better now.” Well now, now, I only did that to try and show you that there’s something even more wonderful waiting for you.
My theory is that we do, in fact, have complete control of what happens to us. Just not at the conscious level. In other words, not in any way that we really control. I believe it’s a deeper “Self” that has control, one that most of us are not tuned into most of the time, because it’s beyond ego. It’s beyond our sense of separateness from all that is. The Self which creates reality does so with the interests of all other selves in mind, does so in accordance with natural law, does so in such a way as to allow our little “selves” to grow, even if that’s sometimes painful. You’ve visioned for, prayed for that $1000 bucks, that new dream job, that divine partner, and you haven’t gotten it because it’s not what the deeper You really wants. Maybe the deeper You wants you to experience humility, gratitude, confidence, and maybe that’s why you are being denied these things. On the other hand, the woman from our story above needed to experience freedom from debt, and I would argue the abundance course and the mortgage forgiveness are all part of the place in the river where she gets abundance, all orchestrated coincidentally by her deeper Self, not her conscious mind.
“Okay okay, I get your point,” you say. “But how do I know what deeper Me really wants?” Surrender to what is.
In The Ego and the Dymanic Ground Michael Washburn calls meditation the “royal road to the unconscious.” Meditation is progressive surrender, beginning with the outermost layer of who we are – the physical body and sensations, and progressively moving inward through the emotional and various mental layers of consciousness. If you really want to know who you are and what you want, you have to go inward to the core, your source, THE source of reality. It’s in you. There you will find understanding, peace, and fulfilled desire.
Am I bashing positive thoughts and taking courses to improve your consciousness? Absolutely not! I think they’re great and I even do them myself. Just be aware that there’s something deeper going on here, something larger, something much more wonderful than just getting your mortgage forgiven. 🙂