There is a higher level still in which we can co-create with the Spirit. While the Spirit can synchronize our intentions with the Universe to get us what we want, we actually get the most bang for our buck when we do not put too fine a point on it. We think we know what would make us happy, but usually our belief is just the tip of the iceberg. The Spirit knows the whole story. It knows us better than we know ourselves. When we formulate an intention, we get more mileage out of it if we allow the Spirit to elaborate on it. We can do this by first examining the basis for our desire. For instance, if I have a desire to live in a house with a fantastic view, I begin by examining why. Is it the house itself I desire or something that I think the house will give me? Maybe, I associate it with my need for serenity. If serenity is what I am ultimately after, then serenity is the intention I specify to the Spirit, not the house. The Spirit can now direct me to the best means for achieving serenity. The house may or may not play a part in the plan, but whatever does materialize in my life will be far better than anything I could imagine.
Trusting in the Spirit at this level produces the most amazing results, but it does require us to remain open to other possibilities. We need only to look back at what we thought would make us happy ten years ago to know that our dreams are a moving target. They change! The greatest adventure lies in allowing the Spirit to shape our world. We still need intentions to get the ball rolling, but remaining flexible in the form they will manifest is the key to their ultimate fulfillment. We trust in the Spirit to get us to where we want to go, or maybe someplace even better.
Whether we have very specific ideas about what would make us happy or whether we are open to the suggestions of the Spirit, happiness will manifest all the easier when we seek out the Spirits assistance. Of course, we can create without its help – we are natural creators after all – but we forego so many resources when we do. The Universe, including time and space, conspire to support our desires when we enlist the Spirit's help.
Because the Spirit is a part of us (we are spiritual beings), it is always with us. It guides us whether we seek its help formally, or just align with its nature, Oneness. Its nature is, in fact, our true nature. We actually have to go against our own nature to lose its guidance. This happens when we allow ourselves to be driven by the ego. In doing so, we, metaphorically, slam the door in its face. Luckily for us, it never walks away from the door when we do. It waits patiently for us to open it back up, which we do every time we open our hearts.
If we want to make a miracle, we need the Spirit's help. This means that the mind is going to have to let go of some control. One way we can convince the mind to let go of control is through prayer. Though the Spirit does not require our prayers in order to lend its assistance, the mind does. The mind has trouble surrendering an intention without it. When we pray, we are actually seeking our minds cooperation; not the Spirit’s. We are, inadvertently, asking the mind to give up control over a situation so that the Spirit can assume it. If I pray, for example, for the Spirit to help me take an exam, I am actually asking the mind to step back so the Spirit can step up. My prayer will only be as successful as the mind is willing to cooperate. Likewise, when I seek the Spirit’s assistance on someone’s behalf. If I pray for a friend to recover from an illness, I am actually releasing an intention for her. The Spirit will support my intention as long as my mind does not block it. The mind often blocks such intentions by diluting them with doubtful thoughts – “If modern medicine can’t cure her then her case must be hopeless.” The mind has to be convinced that the Spirit will come through before it will relinquish control.
So how many times do we have to pray for a miracle to ensure that the Spirit will do just that – come through? In her book Illuminata, Marianne Williamson states as many times as it takes to convince the mind to let go. To create a miracle, we do not have to get down on bended knee and pray until they bleed unless that is what our minds require. A miracle is driven by our faith, not our sacrifice. When we can train our minds to have total faith in the Spirit, then miracles are as close to us as our own intentions.
If we continue to worry about a situation after we have prayed about it then that is a sure sign that are minds remain in possession of it. I have known some devout religious people who regularly sought spiritual intercession for their concerns, but who would not quit worrying over them once they did. They worried about what they should do, what others would do, and what the outcome would be. Because of their worry, they robbed the Spirit the chance to deliver a solution. Simply by letting go of our worries, we put the Spirit in charge of fulfilling our intentions.
If we find we have trouble letting go of worry, one of the following exercises may be helpful. The idea behind them is to give the Mechanical Mind permission to let go of the job of fulfilling an intention by convincing it that the Spirit has assumed responsibility for it.
Letting go of worry equates to trusting in the Spirit. Trusting in it is a high art indeed, and one necessary for achieving a Miracle Mind. We demonstrate that trust by not worrying over details or trying to micromanage them. We release an intention, take the steps available toward achieving it, and don’t worry about how it will unfold. As long as our intention does not work against the expansion of consciousness, the Universe is more than happy to lend its support.
The Spirit does its best work when we give it free reign to orchestrate a solution. When the Spirit delivers a solution, it unfolds so naturally that it often gets mislabeled as a “lucky coincidence.” If we have to force a solution, it is not a product of Divine Intelligence; it is, rather, a product of the Mechanical Mind. The Mechanical Mind chooses what it perceives as the shortest route between A and B to get to where it wants to go. The problem is that it has no knowledge of the obstacles it will encounter along the way. It cannot see around corners the way that the Spirit can. If we find ourselves meeting resistance, it is a sign that the Mechanical Mind is trying to micromanage details that would be better left to the Spirit.
Letting the Spirit orchestrate a solution does not mean that we sit on our haunches doing nothing while we wait for what we want to fall from the sky. No, there is some effort required on our part. But the more we align with the intentions of the Soul and trust in the Spirit, the less effort we have to expend. Our intentions manifest quicker and easier when we maintain a spiritual focus. The following four guidelines will help to ensure we do not compromise that focus.
2. We must be flexible with our time. I cannot tell you how many times I have sabotaged my spiritual focus by trying to stick to a rigid schedule. When we do not make allowances for interruptions, we are basically refusing to share our time with the Universe. We are making a decision, unconsciously of course, to forego its support in order to have all our time to ourselves.
3. We must content ourselves to not know every step required to get us to where we want to go. Our responsibility is just to focus on the step we are presently taking and trust that the Spirit will provide the next one that we need. To quote Martin Luther King Jr., “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” If we take our cues from the Universe, we will never be at a loss for opportunities
4. We do not get attached to how a solution will present itself. For instance, if we deeply desire a caring relationship, we do not get stuck on an image of what he/she would look like. We remain open to the possibilities. It could be that the very person that would bring us the most happiness walks on four legs and covers us with slobbery kisses every time we walk through the door.
Letting go of control allows the Spirit to synchronize our efforts with the Universe. Everything falls into place when we let go of control. The minute we do, perfection appears. Our minds become a channel for dynamic energy to flow through them.
When we are in tune with the Spirit, we have the whole Universe at our disposal. It supplies us with the perfect environment for our intentions to manifest. We are no longer driving our intentions on one cylinder, but pumping a full six thanks to the support of the Universe. We do not have to struggle to find the solutions we need; they come to us by means of intuition and synchronicity.
The solutions we seek to manifest usually fall out of the scope of what the Mechanical Mind can supply. The mechanical mind is best suited for solving problems when all the variables are known (1+1=2). But when the equations get more complex, it cannot deliver. It cannot exceed the knowledge that has been programmed in it. It cannot intuit solutions. It is just a tool. Expecting it to do more than what it was designed to do is delusional. It is an expectation wrought with struggle and frustration.
The Spirit, on the other hand, is not a tool. It is pure consciousness. When we plug our minds into it, we gain access to the collective unconscious, or, as it is also known, the super-consciousness. The super-consciousness is the culmination of all the consciousness in the Universe. Accessing it does not mean that we become databases of knowledge; rather it gives us the ability to access creative solutions to situations that would have confounded the Mechanical Mind. When we focus our attention on what we want, and invite the Spirit to help us achieve it, we draw from the well of consciousness. A mind that was designed for fairly simple computations is transformed into an instrument for creating miracles.
Solutions are synonymous with opportunities. We never need want for opportunities when the Spirit is guiding our lives. The Spirit is quite literally the Universe and it responds to our needs through it. Think of it as pulling strings to get us what we want when we seek its help. It is our guy on the inside. Nothing happens in the Universe without it knowing about it. So if we are looking for a great place to live, or a great job opportunity, or even a great companion, we can count on the Spirit to pull strings to make it come together. And when the Spirit pulls strings, you can bet others are also going to benefit from the arrangement. The Spirit is all about win-win results.
It is hard for us to wrap our mind around the notion that we share in God’s ability to create and with nothing more than our intentions too. Just look at how effortlessly the Universe does it. It unfolds in a kaleidoscope of physical forms, each one beautiful, unique, and perfect. It is amazing to realize that we wield the same power. We need only to focus our intentions to create like the Universe. A Miracle Mind is not meant to be a rare trait among humans but one that is commonplace. Only in choosing to go against our spiritual nature can we compromise our ability to create what we want.
When we entertain rigid beliefs, we undermine our power to create. We disrupt the dynamic energy that flows through us. Beliefs are limiting when we do not give them room to evolve. Assumptions can be dangerous for just this reason. They are based on limited knowledge, usually about people. When we try to define a person in narrow terms, we lose sight of reality. People cannot be summed up like characters in a novel no matter how well we think we can read them. We can only interpret their actions based on our experience, which has nothing to do with their experience.
At best, beliefs give us an approximation of the truth, at worst, a departure from it. This happens when we fall into the trap of “knowing just enough to be dangerous.” Problems arise from a contracted understanding of reality. We can see the trees; we just can’t see the forest. This is evident whenever we entertain notions of superiority or inferiority. Boxed in by our limiting beliefs, we break with the Spirit…with the Universe…with reality. The truth, despite what appearances would suggest, is that we are not independent of each other; we are one.
As our sense of Oneness grows, so does our connection to the Spirit. A feeling of Oneness is a consequence of expanded awareness. When we keep an open mind about people and circumstances then that is what we are attempting to do – expand our awareness. The Spirit treats our attempt as an invitation to correct our perspective. According to A Course in Miracles, we need only ask the Spirit to give us a better interpretation of reality for it to do just that. When we can look on the world without getting entangled in judgments, then we know the Spirit is interpreting what we see.
In my previous posts, I discussed the Soul and its mission. Now I will focus on the Spirit, and the support it gives the Soul to ensure that it succeeds on its mission.
The Spirit is the presence of the Creator/God in our lives. It runs through each of us like a strand of divine DNA. It permeates every cell of our body, each one, a testament to Divine Intelligence. By it, are we able to know God intimately through our own being. We need only quiet our minds to sense its presence. No book, no philosophy, no religion can reveal more about the Creator than stillness itself.
Without the Spirit, it would be difficult to imagine the Creator. The Spirit gives us insight into the Creator because it is an extension of the Creator. It is its breath you might say. When God breathed, the Universe unfolded, and the Spirit was made manifest. We are part of that manifestation and are invested with a seed of God’s own consciousness. The Spirit serves to help us cultivate that seed. Over the course of many incarnations, our Soul will grow in the consciousness of the Creator, and the Spirit will be there to support it every step of the way.
To grasp the significance of the consciousness that has been invested in us, it is helpful to imagine ourselves in context of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost). We are the Son in this relationship. Whether we count ourselves Christian or not, it is an appropriate image for describing our relationship with the Creator and the Spirit. We are three but one in Consciousness. By means of raising our consciousness, we are able to merge our minds with the Creator.
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