Suzanne Falter-Barnes is another one of my favoriet ezine and now blog authors. I have been following her for year, starting with her How Much Joy ezine.
I so enjoyed her August 3, 2006, Issue #143 so much, I asked for permission to reprint it here for you to enjoy. If you like it, be sure to click over and subscribe so you can regularly enjoy her wisdom!
Main Essay: How to Stop Thinking and Start Living (Yes, It’s Safe to Relax)
I have often been plagued in life by the feeling that I should be scrambling, right this minute, to make something happen. I never believed that important things might actually happen of their own accord, without me magically pulling a string somewhere or slaving away at my computer for untold hours.
It just seemed wrong; illogical.
But I am happy to say that I have reformed. I’ve come to the conclusion that if you are a ‘thinker’ like I am (someone who has to think their way to every solution, and live their life in an analytical blur) … you can be taught!
By the way, how do you know if you’re a ‘thinker’? You are if you make massive to-do lists, and tend to plan out strategies, plans, sub-plans, and sub-sub plans when you set out to do a project. Or if you have that nagging feeling that you’re never doing enough … or doing it quite right. You’re a thinker if you tend to approach problems by going into your personal shell and mulling over what to do next.
Specifically, here are some guidelines on how to ‘let go and let God’ when you sit down to develop a particular project. This should save you lots of time, energy and worry.
1. Get in touch, in your body, with your raw desire to make something happen. That feeling may be hard to locate, but it probably lives somewhere between your rib cage and your groin. Could be parked in your heart or your chest, as well. I can only describe it as a hungry presence, almost an ache. Put your hand over that place and honor it from time to time. That’s how you know your dream project is real.
2. Put away the paper and allow yourself to close your eyes and see your project develop. Instead of organizing how it will happen, simply go into a visual picture of your project and its completion in your mind. If you’re more of a audio person, try to hear some random sounds or even phrases connected with the success of your project.
3. Don’t write anything down. Instead, live that memory from time to time and let it continue to unfold, as it will, in your imagination. Notice I didn’t say ‘look for instructions’. There are none, really. Just your own imagined, wandering thoughts.
4. Allow yourself to move from fear to excitement. After all, if this project is a mission, it’s got to be a tad passionate, right? Allow yourself to relax into it, like slipping into a hot bath… and don’t forget the most important thing: you are not alone.
5. Give in to the notion that you are guided. Yep, that’s right. You’re guided. There is a spiritual presence out there with a vested interest in the outcome of your project. If you can feel this work somewhere in your soul or your body, it’s been given to you as a gift … so enjoy it. As they say on AOL: ‘You’ve got mail!’
6. Allow your guides to surface every once in a while. Your guides can take many forms. When people do my Discover Your Soul Purpose meditation, they often experience their guides as loving animals, departed souls, or angels with great big wings. Go into your quiet place and see what’s what, or journal to bring about some insights. Sleeping dreams are often informative so keep a notepad by your bed.
7. Allow yourself to be surprised by happenstance. That’s what happens when you really start to let go, and dig into your passionate place. Things begin to happen without you feeling like you have to tap dance like mad.
8. Keep letting go and inviting in the flow. And be careful to watch for the clues to unfold. You are now in a process of deep surrender and release … and the momentum will just continue to build as you heed sign posts, take guided actions and keep your fear at bay. And pretty soon all that fear will just dissolve.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, wonderfully … it is. Enjoy.
©2006 Suzanne Falter-Barns.. www.getknownnow.com