Independence and freedom are natural to us as spiritual beings, even while we’re living in this human experience where we have a physical body, relationships with other physical beings, and human needs that seem, on the surface, to have the power to make us dependent on a world outside of us to take care of us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The Truth is the Universe will always take care of you. Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.”
When we depend on the outer world it is because we don’t feel our oneness with the Love of the Universe. We don’t trust that the Universe even knows we’re here, much less that It loves us and is providing all our needs (even when it looks like the world is providing it). We hold onto things. We hoard. We worry about where our good will come from, or if it will come at all. We’re unaware of our freedom to focus our mind on what we want, and open our heart to that Universal Love that will provide it, and that through our focus and openness to receiving, we’ll call to us all that we need to live a life of joy, peace, love, and abundant good. That why Jesus said long ago, for us to be in the world but not of the world.
Our independence from the world is essential if we want to experience the full spiritual package we’ve been given to fully express as our self in healthy and happy ways in the world. Independence and freedom are always present right where we are as our power to choose how we want to see the world, how we want to be in the world, and how we want to respond to the world we see. Our power to choose is so free that our choices don’t depend on any of our previous choices. Every day, and every moment throughout the day, we are free to make new choices.
The Universe is ever-expanding, and we are part of that expansion because we are part of the Universe. But so often what we think we know about our self, others and life keeps our mind from expanding in positive ways into the open space of more to know. Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Imagination is the language of the soul. Pay attention to your imagination and you will discover all you need to be fulfilled.” The only thing we truly know for sure is that we exist. It’s the one thing no one had to tell us in order for us to know it. It’s all we need to know without a doubt because any self-concept that comes after the words “I am” is changeable.
Science tells us that every fact in this world is questionable, indefinite and changeable. So when it comes to the story we’re telling about our self in this world, facts are no different than fiction if what we’re telling doesn’t feel good to tell or limits our freedom to tell a new story about our self, others, and life. Life is Good and it will feel good to us if we let It. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience. But instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens. It will feel like magic as your life begins to transform right before your eyes. But it is not by magic. It is by the power of the Laws of the Universe and your deliberate alignment with those laws.”
We live in the Universal Imagination of the Mind of God where everything is possible to us because anything we can imagine being, doing, having, and experiencing is ours for the asking. But often we don’t look for greater possibilities for us because we can’t imagine there is anything beyond what we’ve seen before and what we already know. We read in A Course in Miracles, “It is as needful that you recognize you made the world you see, as that you recognize that you did not create yourself. Nothing created not by your Creator has any influence over you.” There is so much we think we know about self and the world, so much we’ve made up, that need not continue to be so in our mind or in our life. We continue to see what we believe is true because we believe in it before it appears to us.
Since our life is always expanding, that expansion goes in the direction we send it with our thinking. We experience more and more of what we believe is true, and when we clutter our mind with limiting concepts about our self and life, that more and more actually appears as less and less. For example, the more we think “I am getting older” or “I am old,” the more we think “I am getting sick” or “I am sick,” the more we think “I am not able, capable or even interested in life,” the more we feel it to be true. And, the more we feel it’s true, the more it increases in our life. In same way, “I am not enough” or I don’t have enough” appears as less and less in our life because we are “expanding” our experience of lack and limitation. We read in the Book of Matthew, “Whoever has will be given more and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have even what they have will be taken from them.” In other words, “The rich get rich and the poor get poorer.”
A belief is a thought we continue think over and over again until it takes a position in our mind as factual and unchangeable. We don’t need to hold onto our beliefs because they stick with us until we choose to change our thinking. We can change any appearance of decrease in our life, declining health or shrinking abundance, by imagining something greater for our self. If we want to feel healthier, happier and more abundant, we need to open our mind to possibilities beyond the facts we see. When we empty our mind of the clutter of limiting concepts, happier, healthier, and life-enriching thoughts have space to flow into our awareness. The more we focus on those happy, healthy, life-enriching thoughts, and speak of our self in healthy, happy and life-enriching ways, over and over again, the more we feel it’s true. And the more true it feels, the more those things will increase in our life.
What if there is no reason for us to hold onto unpleasant memories, and we’re free to keep only happy memories alive in our mind? What if we stopped comparing yesterday’s happiness to our life today, and simply decided that today is going to be the happiest day of our life so far? We are free to change the story we’ve been telling about our self any time we choose to imagine something new about our self to tell. We all wanted to be seen in this world or else we wouldn’t have shown up in these visible physical forms! A good question to ask our self each day may be: “What story of life do I want to appear in today—a sequel to yesterday’s version of me or a brand new creative narrative of myself?” We write the story of our life as if it’s a documentary and the facts of our past human experiences have power over who we can be now or what comes next for us in this life. But facts are of the world, and we are of God even while we’re in this world, and with God all things are possible.
Shunryu Suzuki wrote in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything and it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” Do we want to be an expert of what’s already been thought of in this world, or do we want to open our mind to everything so that our life experiences aren’t limited by the already known. In this way we are able to bring something new into the world through our life.
A child’s mind is a beginner’s mind. It’s free of the clutter of facts, concepts and opinions, and open to the realm of imagination and magic. A young child can look at an empty cardboard box, and where we might see trash or an object for recycle, a child sees all its possibilities—a vehicle to ride in, a cave to hide in, a disguise to wear. Children expect the day to be filled with new things to learn about themselves and life. Their mind isn’t filled with “I already know that.” Is it any wonder that Jesus said, “Unless you turn and become as little children, you can not enter kingdom of heaven.” We’re taught in this world that the more we know, the more successful we’ll be in life. We send our children, with beautiful uncluttered minds, to school so that their minds can be filled with facts to parrot back to teachers, and then their worth graded by how many facts their mind can hold.
Because we’ve all learned that what you know is important, and even powerful, we admire the human intellect. But what if all that knowledge gets in the way of true knowing? What if it shrinks our ability to know more because our mental disc is full and no space is available for more? What if our old concepts keep us from seeing life in a magical, anything is possible, childlike way? Shunryu Suzuki wrote: “We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge.” The statement, “I don’t know,” is powerful because it frees our mind of limited knowledge- and allows it to be ready for anything and open to everything.
When we think we know someone based on our past experience of them or because of what someone’s said about them, our mind holds concepts that get in the way of our seeing the spiritual Truth about them, seeing them the way Love sees them: innocent and free of limiting concepts. If we’re having a problem getting along with someone, the quickest way to clear it up is for us to say within our self, “I don’t know who this person is.” In this way we open our awareness to more of who they truly are.
The poet, Rumi, wrote “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” We can begin each day as a know-it-all or with a beginner’s mind, trusting that we will always know what we need to know in the very moment we need to know it. We make the world we see appear as it does to us through the concepts we hold. But not one of those concepts is unchangeable. The thought, “I don’t know,” raises our vibration to a field of clarity where all we need to know is there. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “When you get free from views and words, reality reveals itself to you, and that is Nirvana.” And, that is the Kingdom of Heaven.