The Power of Being Watchful Instead of Willful
The Power of Being Watchful Instead of Willful
  • Posted: January 16, 2012
  • 471 words
Key Lesson

One sure way to guarantee that you'll continue rushing through the present moment is to cling to the false belief that you can escape unwanted thoughts and feelings by trying to run away from them.

Summary

The more we imagine a fearless life created by conditions outside of us, the more compelled we feel to try and control those same conditions. Our fear being that any change in them will return us back where we started: searching for a way to be fearless. Yet, the more we resist change, the more afraid we become of it. We find ourselves applying more and more pressure to life in order to escape the mounting pressure born of our own demands. And gradually, instead of being a vital human being -- receptive and naturally responsive to any and all life-altering impressions, we become static and psychological "shut-ins" -- captives of our own aversion to a fear we unconsciously create.

We do not have to remain the victims of this dark and downward trending circle of self. The truth is there is no real reason at all to resist the world as it turns. In fact, rather than fearing what cannot be foreseen, one day you will be grateful for it. Yes, we live in a world of changes; but within it, within us, exists something that -- for its timeless nature -- knows that the changes taking place are merely momentary reflections of a broader and unchanging life. Mountains crumble before the one who knows how to wait for a passage through them.

Real power, real fearlessness, is knowing that there's only one reason life changes as it does: it is to reveal the secret Goodness underlying those same changes. Can we see how the realization of such a truth would have to spell the end of fear?

It is this understanding that helps us to let go of whatever we insist upon --with all the fear that attends such demands -- and that allows us to wait on the "Light of God" to show us safe passage through the changes we face. Our quiet willingness to remain watchful in this way -- instead of being willful -- reveals and proves in us a new kind of unstoppable power: a Light that fears nothing because it is part of a celestial intelligence that never stops changing and that, in turn, never stops transforming any world within which its Light is present.

Practically speaking, as our fear diminishes, our confidence increases; we grow in patience; a true optimism about life pervades everything we do, even when we run into obstacles. For us it isn't a question if things will work out in our favor; our only wonder is when that gift will present itself. We stop running; we know now there is nowhere we have to get to -- and that there is nothing for us to get away from. We are the life we want, and the Life we are is without fear because it is one with the Light.

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