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Getting Out of the Way
You begin a project. You’re excited about it, and you put all of your energy into it. Things go well for a while, and then….you hit a wall. A knotty problem arises that makes you doubt your project or yourself or both. What do you do?
Do you keep on doing what you are doing, hoping it will eventually work out and the problem or wall will disappear? Albert Einstein is said to have defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. At some point in searching for a solution, you realize that you have to change your approach to the project.
By now you are so invested in this project that you desperately need and want to find a way to have it come to fruition. So you look at your choices. Well, there is that wall sitting right there blocking your success. What do you do about it?
Do you tunnel under it? You have no idea what you will find on the other side. It might even be another wall. Do you attempt to go around it? Which side do you choose to go around, and is it the correct side to resolve your problem?
Do you acrobatically attempt to go over it? Who knows what you might land in and whether you will be harmed in the effort! There is no way of knowing what lies on the other side of that wall.
Most of us have found ourselves in this situation at least once in our lives. And some of us have just kept on pushing against the wall, getting mired deeper and deeper into the problem rather than solving it.
Others of us have gotten brave and chosen to tunnel under the wall, pole vault over it, or go around it, which sometimes is the equivalent of avoiding the problem altogether. Our thinking goes that if we can just get past the wall, we can make everything else work.
Once in a while, though, we remember to go into contemplation to ask our inner guide what the purpose of the wall is in our lives. We recognize that life is not a random walk. There is a purpose to everything that happens in our lives.
But we do not have to figure out what that purpose is alone. We have God-given resources inside us to guide us. We have an inner guide that is a part of our Higher Self. It is known by many names such as Mahanta, Counselor, Spirit Guide, and Master. Whatever name you choose to use, this inner guide is there for us to query when we hit a wall.
In Matthew 7:7 of the Bible we are told: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Harold Klemp, in his book The Language of Soul, says “When you ask for help, Spirit begins to bring changes that are for your good.”
The answers to what to do about the wall lie within us. All we have to do to find them is to ask, and then get out of the way. Getting out of the way means setting aside our preferences for resolution to our wall problem and opening our hearts to Spirit’s preferences for resolution. We just need to get out of the way and listen, and we will have our answer.
May the God of Love add a blessing to these humble words.
© 2015 Rev. S. Suzanne Fisher