It is not the nature of the Universe to deny what has been asked for. Sometimes what has been asked for (whether it is realised or not) is pain, confusion, separation from power source and lack of clarity…
Sometimes, as you travel through the landscape of life, you pass through challenging terrain, stinky streets or perhaps harsh deserts. It’s easy to look skyward and ask “Why this? Have I not beseeched thee for all things lovely?” But you have been inspired to travel BY those very prayers and to get to the land of your dreams, requires that the journey takes you through THESE lands, if come they do.
Now, this is very different from saying “you have held the wrong vibration, or not entertained right-thinking thoughts”… Those thoughts, (if they have arisen) are simply more of the landscape, and maybe at times the fuel for your feet, that gave you the drive to carry on through…
Prior to ‘You’
The source of these thoughts, and even the prayer, is prior to ‘you’ and non-personal…
One of the things I have found to be a great relief in the energy of non-personal awareness is the clarifications around certain modern ‘spiritual’ ideas, which have come to be the cause of the very suffering and judgement they claim to heal…
When I posted this quote on my Facebook page it promoted some questions via private message, which gives me an opportunity to offer further clarification here…
Q1: “Are you meaning that when we have painful times in our lives we have asked for them?”
The main perspective I wanted to offer by posting this particular quote AND the message that came with it, is that those ‘painful’ experiences may be ‘on route’ to the bigger vision that has been asked for.
Some modern ‘spiritual’ ideas can imply that it is ‘wrong thinking’ that ‘created’ it, which has the tendency to promote self-blame, judgement and an interruption of the flow.
It is also true that at some level those experiences ARE asked for directly… in the same way that on a road trip, each turn of the steering wheel is an ‘ask’.
If the route requires we drive through dodgy territory, then the turn of the wheel that put you on that part of the journey could be said to be responsible for â€˜creatingâ€™ the experience :0)
Q2: â€œAnd we can throw away the spiritual adage that our thoughts create our reality?â€
“Your thoughts create your reality” is a largely uninvestigated and cab be a misleading statement. Thoughts are an EXPRESSION of the creative impulse, and are a â€˜potentialâ€™, or you could say â€˜optionalâ€™, mechanism within the matrix of experience.
Itâ€™s like saying hammers create houses. Which negates the architect, the blue prints, the thousands of other tools that are used AND the option of using a nail gun ;0)
Hammers are very likely to be used in the creation of a house, but their use is at consequence to the inspiration to build a house. In the same way, distinct thoughts are very likely to be in the chain of creating your experience, but they are not the ultimate source.
As always, I am simply offering my perspective fully here, and I invite you to investigate this for yourself. Here’s an exercise you could try…
- Find a quiet place where you wont be interrupted, close your eyes and take a deep breath.
- Now take a thought – any thought (you probably have a few hanging around) and ask yourself the question “What is the source of this?“
- Wait for an answer to arise.
NB. Inquiry is not about seeking an answer, it’s about asking the questions, being still and letting an answer or a response find you! In this exercise it may be another thought, a feeling, a picture or some kind of direct experience – just let it be what it is. You may even lose ‘words’ pretty quickly.
- Whatever arises, just notice it and ask yourself the questions again: “What is the source of this”
- Repeat this question and discovery sequence over and over several times – as many as feels right to you.
I’d love to hear what you experienced and what you discovered in the comments below :0)
Please share, if you feel this perspective could enrich your friends lives :0)
Thanks for sharing – I really appreciate it!
As a thank you, press play and let me lead you through the inquiry process:
not getting the complete grasp of the blog, it interests me and did the inquiery…answers came from deeper within than words do, but I could also give them a name. And after just 4 questions I see awareness giving me permission to play in life, to just breath and be. It’s a simple and strong knowing, wonderful!
Thanks for the comment Cecilia! I’m delighted you did the exercise – I’m a great believer in the power of direct experience – and words or no words, it’s all good! “Permission to play” – now there’s the real deal – thanks for playing here on the NPA Blog! 😀
The inquiry all related to my mother. The thought I had was “I’ll never be a success.” It’s hard to remember now but I think I went through things like have to be perfect to be a success and I’ll never be perfect, to being criticized when I spoke up, to her speaking for me, to me being an introvert, and to her being embarrassed by my introversion. She felt I reflected on her and that she was a failure. So it is her feeling of failure, not mine. Well, that is a new awareness, at a different level! I think I knew this intellectually.
Interesting that you went back through time through the vehicle of your ‘mother energies’ Anne. You might want to consider an NPA Integration Frame between you and her and using the set up: “In relation to success…” – just a thought…
Also, I’d be curious to see what you might experience if you shifted your focus with the inquiry to a very localt time frame. So that would look like “I’ll never be a success”… “What’s the Source of this…” as in, from whence did this arise right in this moment..? Hope that makes sense… And of course that may be what you did AND it’s not that what you did was anything but perfect – just thought it might be an interesting development for you :0)
PS. Anyone reading this and wondering what the heck an NPA Integration Frame is…? It’s some advanced NPA that rocks it in relational conflict, be that internal, with another or between two people beyond yourself and it get’s taught on the Sunday of The NPA Expansive Weekend
OK Joel I will do he integration frame. I don’t have access to your audio version now so just did what I think you meant freeflow. I kept repeating “in this moment” to try and keep me from going into the past. The thread this time lead from no home/roots, to fear to stay in one place, can’t make it in one place (failure in the past),to living in the past, to grief and loss, to “There is no loss. All is.” Well, I never would have thought of that. So is that what you meant? It’s a bit like going down through the layers isn’t it, but I like this method better.
Good for you Ann – and it was really an invitation to inquire further rather than anything else… I’m surprised you can’t get access to the audio on your return if you had it before, as I understood the little widget thingy remembers that you shared it before… You could always share it again 😉 Thanks for letting me know and thanks for participating.