After unexpected leg surgery and almost three-and-a-half months of rehabilitation, Paul is back at home making sense out of the very specific steps of consciously embracing Wholeness that he had to go through, while at the same time having to abandon being pissed off at the unceremonious interruption of a spiritually fulfilling life, which he thought would surely preclude such an event.
Humility is easily lost when spiritual growth is conceptualized — translated into behavioral patterns, reasonable order, socially accepted and agreed-upon “understandings” — and one stops paying attention to needs.
Needs are where Creation is emerging anew and waiting for your recognition and acknowledgment — your part in co-creation. It matters not whether they meet the imagined criteria you have established which determine whether they are legitimate objects of your attention. In fact, if you have determined that needs, themselves, represent a false claim about the Life divine and are, therefore, illegitimate, you will withhold your attention from “the making of all things new,” which they actually are, and not fulfill your part in Creation. You will also delay your Awakening.
When your attention is reduced to postage-stamp size — the bed you’re lying in, and you in it — and the only thing you can bring to the two-step is your awareness of your need right there in the bed . . . when everything else that isn’t getting your attention, because you can’t wrap your mind around it makes you feel utterly handicapped, vulnerable and angry, you have lost connection with the need. The restoration of Wholeness will occur only in the experience of need which you can bring into the holy instant. It will not occur in the experience of need which you cannot wrap your mind around.
It is humiliating to have to find God in you, in a bed in which you cannot do anything, and yet it is the one place where Wholeness must be found. You cannot justify panic. You must justify peace. You must justify the use of your mind which places you where God’s laws prevail.
Let’s say it again, another way:
It is inspiring, transformational, healing to have to find God in you, in a bed in which you cannot do anything, when that is the only place where Wholeness can be found. “But, I shouldn’t be here,” you say. “This shouldn’t have happened to me,” you say. “Why didn’t God or my Guide protect me?” you ask. “Why have I Listened for Guidance,” you wonder. “What good has it done for me to study the Course?”
All of these mental knee-jerk responses overlook, ignore and deny the irrefutable and ultimate nature of the sentence before them:
It is inspiring, transformational, healing to have to find God in you, in a bed in which you cannot do anything, when that is the only place where Wholeness can be found.
Indeed, what good has it done for you to study the Course when you ask such a question instead of practicing what the Course teaches right in the presence of need?
Whatever the apparent capacity of your mind in an emergency or unexpected situation, the call is the same as when you are in your full capacity: Fulfill your part as co-creator with God. Such consistency will cause the “making of all things new” to be recognizably fulfilling, whether the movement seems to be slow or fast.
Let’s face it: The Movement of Creation says nothing about you. If it calls for something to be present — “the something new” — that isn’t present yet, do not play into the ego’s suggestion that there must be something wrong with you or you would see it already. As co-creator with God, you simply and humbly engage in the two-step. You shut up! You inquire: What is the Truth here? And you listen with an innocent mind.
I have said before that, “Everything is grist for the mill.” Anything is worthy of being brought into the holy instant. No one is too good to have a problem, when a problem is the threshold of Creation to be recognized and acknowledged, confirming God and your divine Sonship — Wholeness.
It’s the truth!
March 11th, 2013
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