Scottish Poet, Alexander Smith, wrote “In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October.” It’s almost as if October is so fine that, without our even trying to enjoy it, most of us find we feel delighted just to be alive to experience the autumn season! October will only be as fine for us as we allow it to be. How welcoming have we been so far this month?
Even when we notice the autumn beauty, there can still be a bittersweet feeling that it’s fleeting and won’t last. And, it won’t. But perhaps that’s one of the most wonderful things about October. Its temporary magnificence seems to make it all the more precious. If we let it, October can remind us of how precious each moment truly is in the entire circle of the year. It can remind us to stay focused right where we are, wherever we are, everyday of the year so we don’t miss one precious thing.
“This too shall pass” isn’t just referring to those things we don’t want to experience anymore. It refers to all experiences of life in this world. It tells us that if we don’t like something, it will eventually pass, but it also tells us that even if we do like something, it too will pass eventually. That is why it’s so important for us to appreciate and celebrate the temporary that is this Earth Life…because we all came to pass eventually.
Essayist, John Burroughs, wrote: “How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” Along with its unique beauty, October is also a month of change, transition, and letting go. Falling autumn leaves show us the grace of letting go when it’s time let go, no matter what we need to let go of. Leaves don’t make themselves let go. They allow themselves to let go and to flow with the nature of change.
Delia Owens wrote, “Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.” Autumn leaves show us that life can be an adventure all the way through, from the greenness of our youth to the radiance of our golden years. This Earth life, the very one we are living right now, is our chance to soar in physical form for awhile. We didn’t come into this human experience to hold on to any manifestation in our life—people, possessions, money—or to fall into the stagnation of sameness. We came to soar in ever-evolving newness and become more and more of who we are until we soar into the heavens.
As the Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us, “Every thing has a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” This image-filled world of vivid contrast under heaven allows us to choose for our self how we want to individually express our version of heaven on Earth. This is our chance to wander with wonder through a world of diversity so that we can make unique life-enriching choices for our self. We didn’t come to argue with the contrast and diversity or change it!
We live within the Energy of Pure Love and It lives in us. This life is our chance to express as much Universal Love through our individual expression of It as we can. We can choose to welcome the unavoidable changes of life with the awareness that all change is essential to our spiritual growth. We’ve always known that our purpose under heaven is to gain deeper soul awareness and extend individual self-expression. We intentionally forgot our purpose just for the joy of remembering it again! And, it’s time to remember!
But in order for us to express more and more of our spiritual identity in this human experience, we have to let go of our resistance to the fluidity of our existence. So often we get stuck right where we are, with immovable thoughts in our head, trying to control the life around us so it will stay just so. We’re afraid to allow our self to be swept away by Life’s plan for us because we fear that the ever-moving Nature of Life doesn’t have our happiness in mind and we won’t like the changes that come. If the leaves of the trees believed that was true, rather than there being peace and excitement in their letting go in autumn, there would be arboreal screams of resistance! It is only as we allow change to come with out resistance that we can live through change with vibrancy and peace.
We used to like change when we were babies, especially when it came to our diaper. But, the changes we need to make in our stinkin’ thinkin’ at this time in the world are far more important to our well-being and the well-being of our planet. With a global pandemic that doesn’t seem to want to move on, with climate change shouting for our attention, with political animosity, racism and separatism, it’s time for all of us to change our thinking about our purpose in this life under heaven.
The precision of timing in our life follows the precision of our allowing. So often we want change to come right now because we’re uncomfortable in some area of our life, but we resist changing the very thing that will bring it about, our letting go of the long-held beliefs we’ve been focusing on. So we say, “I can’t change, change is difficult, change takes time.” But change is only as difficult as we make it, and it only takes as long as our resistance causes it to take. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “As you figure out that blend between what you want and where you’re focused, the timing can be instantaneous.”
When Abraham was asked if the speed of light was the fastest speed in the Universe, the answer was that because light (as we know it) exists in time and space, its speed is measurable and it is the fastest speed in the physical Universe. But a thought is instantaneous, faster than the speed of light, because a thought occurs in the non-physical realm beyond space and time. When a thought occurs, it exists the instant it is thought. We don’t need to send a thought of love (or hate) anywhere. It simply goes everywhere, once we think it, faster than the speed of light!
The good news is we feel the vibration of our thoughts before we see their physical results. It’s a good thing because if a thought feels good, we can feel good even before we see it take form in our life. And, if a thought doesn’t feel good, we have time to change it to one that feels better before it takes form as something we don’t want. We read in The Science of Mind “To hold ones thought steadfastly to the constructive, to that which endures, and to the Truth may not be easy in a rapidly changing world, but to the one who makes the attempt much is guaranteed.” Positive change is guaranteed with every constructive thought—healing of all manner of disease is guaranteed, healing of conflict and injury is guaranteed. It is we who delay positive changes in our life, and the world, through our insistence in focusing on the problem rather than focusing steadfastly on the solution.
We want change to occur, we want something to come or something to go away, but rather than focusing on what we want so that we keep a mental pathway open to a vibration that allows it to come in, we keep it from happening by focusing on what’s not working and how long we’ve been suffering with the problem. We’re often told by those who look solely at the manifestations of the unwanted in this world that we should focus on the unwanted too. But after something has manifested, whether it’s a disease or disaster, there’s nothing that can be done about it by focusing on it except to perpetuate more of the same. Whatever has already come into 3-D view has come from the thoughts we’ve already focused on. It’s only as we hold our thought steadfastly to the constructive, to the spiritual Truth that endures despite appearances, that we can change what comes next.
In The Science of Mind we read, “Healing is not creating a perfect body or a perfect idea; it is revealing an idea which is already perfect. Healing is not a process. It is a revelation. There may be a process in healing, but not a process of healing. The process in healing is the time it takes for the one desiring healing to convince himself of his own perfection.” It’s been said that time is what keeps everything from happening at once. But it is our belief that some things take time, like a healing in the body, that delays and even prevents a healing from taking place. Change can happen instantaneously. Healing in that body can occur so quickly we call it a miracle. Healing of any unwanted appearance in our life can be instantaneous if we allow change to occur in our mind.
Change doesn’t take time, we take time to change. The precision of timing is the precision of our allowing. The moment we ask for a healing, it is done. There is nothing more for us to do except to stand in answered prayer and allow the Truth to be true in our life.