Your Inner Divine-Love Presence Knows what you need or desire before you do. It is constantly providing you with ideas, material goods, situations, and interactions to fulfill all your needs and desires. Relax! …and allow the Presence Within to supply you with everything you need.
There is a spiritual teaching that permeates many traditions. It is, basically, get yourself out of the way.
Rumi says it this way: “Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek to find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
In the Christian tradition, it is the Holy Spirit which comes through people who allow it, and is referred to in this way: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Heb. 3:7) And: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.” (Rev. 2:7)
A Course in Miracles says it this way: “I am not alone, and I would not intrude the past upon my guest. I have invited Him, and He is here. I need do nothing except not to interfere.” (Chapter 16, section 1, paragraph 4, original edition). And: “’I need do nothing’ is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant and you will accomplish more than is given in a century of contemplation or of struggle against temptation.” (Chapter 18, section 8, paragraph 68, original edition)
This is very much the sub-theme for this Journey, just as surrender, trust, or meaning have been sub-themes for previous Journeys. I am learning to get myself out of the way.
The first several times I read the Guiding Thought, the first two sentences were a blur—I read them, but they did not register.
Then I got to the word “Relax!” and simultaneously, my mind thought, “Oh? What? I can relax?” and my body softened…and relaxed.
But then immediately when I read the next sentence, “…allow the Presence Within to supply you with everything you need,” I stiffened and got tense again.
This happened several times, such that I noticed and realized the subtlety of my resistance (tensing up) and the denial (not registering the first two sentences), which I realized was me being in the way.
I could feel myself wanting to relax, to release, to trust, to allow—and even felt it happening when I read the word “Relax”! But then I shut it down and resisted, and could not hear about the pervasive goodness always provided to me, as I continued reading.
As I became aware of this mini-cycle of emotions (ignore-Relax!-resist-deny/ignore-Relax!-resist) as I was reading, I started “seeing” how the cycle translates to my outer world of experience, and all of the teachings I mention above flooded my head (and more!).
I need to get myself out of the way.
The Holy Spirit-Indwelling Christ-Love-my Inner Divine Presence (whatever words used to describe it) flows through me when I get out of the way, when I allow it, when I let it come through me, as Itself, as me.
I spent several minutes looking at and questioning my resistance. Why am I resisting this? I felt confused, incredulous, bewildered. Why in the world am I resisting??
I didn’t come up with any answers, but I did continue to read (repeatedly) the Guiding Thought, working on feeling the Truth of the statement, did continue working on releasing, did continue allowing myself to feel the Presence within (little by little).
I still feel the resistance, though it is less now. But, since it is still here, I am going to close contemplating these words, in order to take one more small step to get myself out of the way:
I am aware of my own Divine Inner Presence. My Inner Presence is who I AM, who I want to be, the me I want to give to the world.
My Inner Presence loves me and wants only good for me and for All.
This is my choice. I am willing to allow my Divine Inner Presence to be Itself as me.
And I Relax!