Is the human brain, at some primal level, a wondrous computer linked with a universal energy field, that knows far more than it knows it knows?
This question was posed by E. Whalen, Editor of Bard Press, in 1995 in the forward of David R. Hawkins’ book, Power vs. Force. The book includes a map of consciousness that shows a logarithmic scale to calibrate the relative power of the energy of different thoughts, attitudes, feelings, situations, and relationships.
My current experience is offering me an exploration of these three ways of being; accepting, trusting, and willing to let go. My mind is clenching and trying to convince me to take responsibility and control what is happening (and what is not happening.) So often in life, we are challenged to let go and trust some nebulous, unseen bigger plan that we can’t see, know, or understand. Some call it trust, some call it faith. In some belief languages, it can be called a Divine plan, the Universe, your Higher Power, and God, among many others. In any language it is a relationship with a ‘trusted source’ that has our backs.
Alan Seale wrote, “Being in service to something larger than ourselves is actually the formula for stepping into the flow of synchronicity. You don’t know how to get from here to there but that thing larger than yourself does and it arranges these synchronicities being in the right place at the right time, being in the flow.”
Pema Chodron wrote, “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.”
My mind asks, “How can it be both?” How can I, or any of us, have faith in that thing larger than me, and live fully by dying over and over again?
What is faith?
“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.”
Terry Tempest Williams, Leap
My intellect loves this one…it is all verbs, it is something I can DO.
“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
"You owe me." Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.”
My larger intuitive mind loves Rumi, he offers a way of being. Being accepting, trusting, and willing to let go.
I recognize the clench in my mind, wanting to control, force outcomes I want, and the false sense of certainty. It feels like power. And, it is not power. On Hawkins’ map of consciousness, acceptance is energetically between willingness and reason. An interesting position suggesting the interplay and integration of allowing and understanding, being and doing.
Those of us who like playing with consciousness and esoteric concepts are also challenged with bringing these lofty realms into the practical. Theory to practice, “praxis”.
What are the ways you have learned to be accepting, trusting, and willing to let go (and let God)? It takes practice, it becomes a daily practice. There is never a shortage of opportunities to practice these three ways of being.