20th October 2012
By Chris Bourne
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
At Openhand we’re truly blessed to connect with kindred spirits in the awakening movement around the world. Whilst we’re all on a unique path, so many of stories bear the hallmarks of similarity: so many of us looking at the mess humanity has gotten itself into and wondering how we’re going to ‘part the waves’ and find passage to a new shore. To me, everything is going perfectly according to the divine ‘plan’. Yes there’s certainly more financial instability on the way, yes climate change is accelerating and yes natural resources are dwindling and getting ever more expensive. But to me, these are exactly the conditions we need. It’s not the status quo that needs to be preserved – not business as usual – rather the system needs to breakdown to provide more freedom for expansionary growth…
The carrot and the stick
I have to admit, sometimes I look at the enormity of the task we lightwarriors have taken on and it makes me balk a little, I have to step back for a little breather. I look at the way our society is still rampantly destroying our natural environment, I notice the disharmony and discord between people and I notice the apparent injustice of the rich getting materially richer whilst the poor get increasingly poorer.
Yet as I look deeper, I see the perfect conditions gathering. We know that society doesn’t really serve us don’t we? We know that the controlled, conditioned and compartmentalised lifestyles only dehumanise and strip us of our divine sensitivity. But still there’s the allurement, still there’s the apparent dependency – the carrot and the stick – which makes people keep plugging away, nose to the grindstone. So if the situation begins to fragment and fracture, surely that’s a good thing?
Life is changing, we are changing. Bit by bit the old reality is beginning to crumble and the new one coming increasingly into view. But you can’t necessarily see it with 3D eyes. We have to look beyond the unfolding physical drama and intuit the story within the story, both in our own lives and on the worldwide stage.
For each a reason
Every single moment has a reason, a purpose, no matter how challenging or difficult that moment might be. We lose a job for example, relationships get difficult or break up, physical possessions challenge us like the car, the computer or the TV. Inconvenience seemingly messes with our lives. But there’s always truth within the inconvenience.
When people come on our Walking the Path course which is all about aligning with and following the path, they often complete it with a deep inner yearning to truly follow their destined pathway in life. So as the course ends and they’re about to drive home or catch the train, what so often happens? Yes, the car won’t start or they’ve missed the last bus!
Immediately there’s the temptation to jump right back into the old patterns… get a little irate, rip the bus ticket up, kick the car wheels… “Why does that always happen to me?” Why indeed. Then the realisation returns, maybe this is all happening for a reason? Maybe I should stay a night longer before going home? Maybe I shouldn’t go home! When Trinity and myself first visited Glastonbury together, on the morning we were due to depart, her very reliable German car wouldn’t start. That was seven years ago and we’re still here!
Expand into the moment
So when (supposedly) ‘negative’ things happen to me these days, I resist the temptation to get tight, I drop deeper into the feeling of the moment within my body and expand into it. Often a wry smile arises spontaneously from within “Okay, so what spanner in the works has the universe sent me this time?” “What am I supposed to get, what can I learn?”
I let go of any perceived need for an outcome and instead look for the deeper meaning. I don’t resist the flow, the natural organising energy of the moment. Instead I work with what exactly is happening using ever increasing sensitivity to intuit the new lessons, the new possibilities.
Always but always it works. It may challenge me yes, but then I know I wouldn’t develop without the challenge. And I’ve learned to trust. I have an idea of what I’m here to do. Even if what’s currently happening doesn’t at first appear to be taking me in that direction, I realise that the thousand mile journey would not be completed without each step, without every twist and turn.
Ever deeper into presence
I’ve realised that the one true thing that can solve all our problems, unwind all our knots and balance all our equations is increasing presence. The moment purposefully reveals our blind-spots – where we identify, where do we get owned by the illusion? So I look for those places and drop deeper into them…
Dear friends our discomfort is a priceless gift!
Society so often wants to take it away,
pop the pill, desensitise ourselves,
but the pain is our passage to freedom and evolutionary growth.
Whenever you hit the ‘blind spot’ and tighten down
it’s exactly this situation which provides a priceless
opportunity to evolve and grow.
So don’t fear it and push it away,
instead embrace it, soften into it, know it intimately,
then we’ll reclaim the priceless empowering gift
that it is concealing.
When I do this, the flood gates burst wide open, unity consciousness flows like a torrent through the previous constriction. The flow is flowing again. In fact I realise I wouldn’t have known this expansiveness and awesome freedom of the flow if I hadn’t first known the constriction blocking it.
So no, even in these frequently confusing times, there’s no need for fear, everything is perfect. Just perfect!