There’s a story my father had told me that always brings a smile to my face. You may have heard it.
Two brothers had been behaving badly. So badly in fact that their farmer father had finally had enough and locked them in the barn as punishment. That barn was filled waist
deep with manure.
The one brother was obviously upset and tried to keep as still as possible. The other brother was laughing and jumping and diving and having a great time.
The first brother says “are you crazy?! Can’t you see we are locked up in a barn full of crap?”
The other brother responds “I know! Isn’t it great. With all this crap around here we are bound to find the pony too!”
Both brothers saw the reality of the situation but the second brother also accepted it and made the best of it.
We have now learned the “ARD” of the Law of least effort.
Acceptance. I am accepting of all situations, persons, and circumstances as they come. In doing so I am staying real.
Responsibility. I am responsible for all of my situations. No one else is. In knowing this I have the power to change or improve any situation. I blame no one for I am a warrior not a victim.
Defenselessness. I no longer will defend my position. Others can think what they want. They may agree with me. They may not. I am open to their views and may agree with them, or not. I will not be attached to any point of view.
Applying the law of least effort means creating each day as if I were an “ARDist”
Are they still there? Do my Negative Nelly- keep me small- too scared to try- I told you so- it’ll never work-you’re not worthy- it’s too hard – voices still talk to me? Have they abandoned me?
Do they think they are too good for me now?
Nope. It’s more like they know they are no longer running the show. They are not in charge anymore. They’ve got no clout. They really can’t bend my ear these days.
Oh sure, they might catch my attention. And sure, they might dangle some shiny opinions in front of me and throw some “old blueprint” in my face. But I pay them no heed.
I am in charge. And I am rewriting my blueprint. I’ve got some new tools. I’m reading some “old scrolls”. I’ve got some “master keys”.
Yep. Feeling BOLD and ENTHUSIASTIC which is the way to tell my old voices to “talk to the hand”
Or is it
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Whichever way you start, the end result is desirable.
Feelings of unworthiness
They are all so real. And at the same time they are not.
Remember we get to choose.
I choose to look past these feelings when they show themselves. All the way to their polar opposites.
I will look for love in all things for that is what will drive the positivity.
And I will put my ego to sleep for that is what drives the negativity.
Think. Be. Do. Have.
Thinking is the basis. It must be right. Otherwise the path you go down isn’t. And what you end up having may not be all that great.
In order to do that one must connect with the ever present all knowing and all powerful. Let him in. Become inspired. This leads to right thinking and then life by design.
Take the time to do that. Quiet your mind. Think about what it is you want out of life.
Or more importantly what you can give to life.
I am my mind
I am my thoughts
I am my world
What do I see
What do I think
What do I create
I am G-d’s greatest miracle
I am a part of G-d
I am a part of you
I am you
I am the grass, the deer, the lion, the trees
I am the water, the rain, the ocean
I am the world, the sun, the stars, the universe
I am my dog lying her head on my lap
I am my daughters having fun
I am forever
I am fleeting
I am now
I am love
Bobby Mcferrin sung don’t worry, be happy.
I say be happy and you won’t have to worry. Worry after all is a condition of not being in the now. We are either thinking of yesterday and it’s heartaches , or tomorrow and it’s anxieties.
In order for us to be happy we must place our attention and therefore our interest in gratitude.
Being interested in being grateful keeps our attention on what to be grateful for. Knowing that puts us in a state of gratitude which results in happiness. Which everyone at a basic level is interested in.
It takes effort and practice to stay in the present. It is so easy to lose ourselves in yesterday’s mistakes and tomorrow’s worries. Both of which leave us in a present state of anxiety. And even if we look at yesterday’s triumphs and tomorrow’s victories, that can lead to a state of anxiety in the now, as we compare what we achieved or will achieve to what is NOT happening now. I think that if we can
remember to BE happy and grateful NOW our mind will not dilly dally in the past or future and there will be no room for worry.
A lot of our exercises and homework in the MKMMA are helping us with the needed effort and practice. From studying Hannel’s Master Key, to writing out daily gratitude cards, daily silent-sits, and reading the Greatest Salesman in the World.
Scroll V from “The Greatest Salesman” tells us to “live this day as if it were my last”. Well, if today were my last day I wouldn’t waste time complaining or reminiscing about yesterday. Nor would I fret about or look forward to tomorrow. I would just make sure to BE HAPPY about today. And look for and do things that are congruent with happiness.
In doing so I vibrate at a higher frequency and my thoughts are of a better quality. I thus am
planting the seeds in my subconscious that will bring about more happiness. And if there is a tomorrow, I’m already set up to be happy.