How To Get Out of Our Own Way
1/27/16 — A major barrier to feeling like the best version of ourselves is that we tend to get in our own way!
I study a spiritual text called A Course in Miracles which is based on universal spiritual themes. A Course says that our highest potential—the best version of ourselves—is who we naturally are. It says that we were born with gifts…a purpose…perfectly whole… perfectly loving…meant to be happy, but we get in our own way.
We often block that divine potential because of the way we think.
A Course says there are two ways in which we can view the world—through love or fear. On the loving side we withhold judgement (which is inherently negative and erroneous because it’s based on veiled and limited perspectives), we see the glass as half full, and experience happiness and peace. On the fear side there’s judgement, anger, self-doubt, irritation, and all afflictive response. In any given situation we have a choice as to which lens to use, and that choice determines the trajectory of our lives.
A Course in Miracles says that every thought creates form on some level. Loving thoughts produce positive effects. They lead us toward that divine potential where relationships are healthy, we feel meaning, joy, purpose, etc. Fear-based thoughts manifest the other way.
So here’s how we can work with this.
Whenever anything comes up that ruffles your feathers, be mindful, and say to yourself “I am willing to see this differently.” Just that willingness starts to break down barriers and open our hearts; that willingness is a loving choice.
This is a simple point but it’s not easy (to remember or implement in the heat of the moment). It requires faith, but I find faith is always rewarded.
A Course says miraculous things can start to unfold as we move in this direction. I’d say that’s worth a try.