Woohoo—2014!!!! Here we go!
Hey there! Wow, it’s good to be back. The holiday break was tremendous. I got to thoroughly enjoy my family, friends and much holiday cheer (a little too much cheer if my snug pants are any indication). So today I sit here refreshed and ready to dive back into work. What a great feeling. I hope that you too had a wonderful break and are pumped for this new year.
I had a bunch of different topics for this week. I even wrote some of them (see—rested and rarin’ to go). But here’s the one I can’t stop thinking about. I’ve been reading The Enlightenment Trilogy by Jed McKenna. Now, I’m not going to lie—his subject matter is a bit out there. I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. That being said, Jed has some fascinating observations about our world and the way it works.
Jed compares the universe to a big happy puppy. Jed says that everything happens for a reason and life is always working exactly the way it is supposed to. He thinks it best to “play” with the puppy (your life), relax, enjoy and go with what is. Going with it is called flow. Jed says flow is the way the world works and the way it has always worked, but humanity is so caught up doing and needing and wanting that almost no one stops to recognize the patterns and allow themselves to effortlessly lie back and let themselves be carried along.
Obtaining flow basically comes down to “unconditional surrender” (I know—the opposite of everything we have ever been taught). Jed says “Through unconditional surrender I have mastered the universe. By releasing all control, I am in perfect control. Controlling nothing, I control everything. Only by taking control could I lose control” He often uses a boat metaphor and likens it to letting go of the tiller.
Jed also waits for cues from the universe. He doesn’t plan or angst. He allows everything to happen and all decisions to come to him. If something falls through he knows it is because something better is waiting. If he is unclear where a situation is headed, he calmly waits until it becomes clear. Jed lives completely moment to moment and doesn’t stress or worry or wonder. He trusts and allows everything to unfold—exactly the way it should.
Did I mention that Jed claims to be enlightened and that is why he has written his trilogy? Yeah—I told you it was out there. But regardless—these concepts have been coming at me from different directions in the past six months and I have become a believer. The “resist nothing” philosophy has taken root.
All of the stress and guilt and worry and overwhelm that we bring to any situation? We’re making it up! Can you show me guilt? Can you show me overwhelm? They are not real things. They are thoughts in our minds and don’t exist outside of us. But boy do they wreak havoc when we let them.
We have all been taught that you have to work hard in life. That growing up, marriage, parenting, growing old, living is HARD. But is this true, or do we make it true by believing it? What if it is the way that we approach things that make them so difficult?
I have implemented the notion of flow into my own life. I trust that things are as they should be. I walk around feeling safe and secure and believing that whatever happens is supposed to happen. I let decisions come to me in their own time. Does this mean that everything goes perfectly? Absolutely not. But when something gets lost or broken, when schedules get messed up, when plans get changed, when every light is red—I go with it. And what I have realized is that it isn’t the thing that happens that upsets me, it is my thoughts about it. So having the attitude that “this is the way it is supposed to happen” allows me to keep my inner peace, to stay in the flow. To say that this is an improvement over my old pattern of resistance is a huge understatement.
So could you let go and trust? Could you stop resisting? Could you believe that everything is working off a master plan and we need only play our part and our lives will be so much easier and better? Could you approach life and the universe as a big, playful puppy?
I’m going to continue to practice. What about you?
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The Enlightenment Trilogy by Jed McKenna
Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damndest Thing
Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment
Fair warning—Jed is no New Age hand holding spiritual master and he takes no prisoners.