There is a natural peacefulness beneath the busyness of life that we can feel if we decide to slow down and let our self feel it. There is a calmness beneath the “storms” of life that comes to us as we simply appreciate being alive to experience our life as it’s happening. Whether the storms of life are manifesting as the weather, the behaviors of we, humans, or the noise of our personal fears, there is a Holy Quietude awaiting our focal arrival.
When we pause to feel the real beneath whatever seems to be, we feel the reality of our natural state of being, the Peace within us that is the Essence of all life. It remains just as It Is within us no matter what appears to be going on in the physical world, even if it is going on in our physical body. In the Book of Isaiah we read, “Though the mountains move and the hills shake, my grace shall not pass away from you and the covenant of your peace will not be shaken, says LORD JEHOVAH, the lover.”
No matter where we are out in the world and no matter what we’re doing while we’re there, no matter if we’re home with our family or alone and doing nothing at all, we don’t have to be doing, or not doing, anything to be loved by Love, Itself. Love is always directed our way. We are the beloved of God’s Creation, aglow with the Light of Christ that gives us life even now, in this human experience. It is not our doing that makes It So, it is our natural state of Being the Being we are. Not one us will ever find the place of our first awareness of being alive, the origin of that Holy Impulse that caused us to say “I am” for the first time. All that we can know, for sure, is that we still are. And the beautiful thing is, while we still are we are free to make the most of being alive here on Earth, no matter what current human condition of individual life or the world seems to be.
It’s been said that Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when we are the answer. Joseph Campbell wrote in The Power of Myth, “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
These days those who are choosing to be happy and peaceful are often told that they need a “reality check” because they’re just not able to see, through their rose-colored glasses, the state of things in the real world. Joseph Campbell said, “There is no way you can use the word “reality” without quotation marks around it.” Why? Because what feels real to each of us in this human experience is our own individual version of reality. It’s not only difficult to understand what anybody else’s experience of life is, it’s impossible. We each live within our individual perception of reality, and because what we perceive is what we believe, and our thoughts are creative, we create our version of reality as we go. We create our experience of being human breath by individual breath, thought by individual thought, and action by individual action.
Since there is no singular path carved in stone that everyone must follow, there is no way to tell who is not on their path. How can we really understand what anybody else is living when we’re not living their life. How can we judge each other when we don’t know anyone else’s version of reality? We’ve all heard it said by many thoughtful thinkers: “We are a human being, not a human doing.” Yet every human doing, whatever they may be doing, is animated by the being they believe themselves to be while they’re doing it, and that includes you and me.
We are each created to express our uniqueness, not to blend but to harmonize. Every life in this world is spiritually valid because within the human being doing there is a Divine Being Being. But we can’t become more of that Divine Being in the world unless we slow down, calm our mind, and let our heart beat in syncopation with the Heart of God. Only then are we able to find the peace within us that allows us to enhance the human we’re being with the resonance of our innermost Divine Being.
The spiritual practice of sitting quiet and still is a powerful one. When we’re not sitting still, we can still practice being quiet within us while we’re doing whatever we’re doing. In this way, what we are doing is in resonance with our innermost being and reality while we’re doing it. And, the amazing thing is, so much more seems to get done when we’re not stressing to make things happen. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Everything is unfolding perfectly. And, as you relax and find ease in your attitude of trust, knowing that Well-Being is your birthright, amazing things will happen. Things the likes of which you have not seen before.”
Sometimes it seems we’ve made our Earth life a living “to do list” that constantly calls to us to do many things that don’t feel good in the doing of them because we feel rushed to get whatever it is done. And, even when we get some things on the list done, it still doesn’t feel good to us because it seems that no matter what we do it’s impossible to get it all done. We might want to ask our self what we’re trying to achieve with all of our busyness. Are we trying to please others who have expectations of us to meet their needs, and when we don’t succeed meeting those needs every time, do we add “feel guilty” to our to-do list? Or perhaps we’ve turned our “to do list” into a “bucket list,” and we’re trying to prove to our self that we can “get ‘er done” before we die? Wayne Dyer said, “Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t, you aren’t.”
Sometimes we may busy our self doing even the most mundane task because we’re afraid of being quietly alone with our thoughts and discovering the reality we are creating with them.
Because once we discover that, that we the one creating our own reality, we can’t blame anyone else what we believe true. When we’re unhurried and unworried about what we need to be doing next that we might not get done if we don’t start thinking about it ahead of time while we’re doing something else; when we’re not so focused on what might occur in the future that we don’t want to happen that we’re worrying about it ahead of time (as if that helps); then we are free to be fully engaged, mentally and emotionally, right where we are, experiencing being our self as we’re being it. And, in this way we’re more able to take a reality check.
If we’re willing to own our version of reality, whatever it is, then we can change it into a version we’d rather experience if we want to. We can relax into a feeling of well-being by trusting that no matter what may be going on in our personal life or the world, as we allow it to, everything moves us into a greater experience of the rapture of being alive as the Divine Being we are. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It isn’t WHAT you eat, it’s how you feel when you eat it. It isn’t WHAT you say, it’s how you feel when you say it. It isn’t WHAT you do, it’s how you feel when you do it. It’s ONLY how you feel.” It’s ONLY how we feel because how we feel is how we are experiencing what is real to us. How we feel is our reality check.
If we’ve been living as if what we do makes us what we are, it’s time for us to take a reality check. It’s time for us to slow down our doing and sit a spell, to calm our mind and feel our heart beating with “the lover” within us, the Divine Being that is the beloved of God.