Note: This post if from guest blogger Jana Wertheim, a partner on my spiritual journey and a wonderful friend. Enjoy her thoughts! - Kristin
Since December 2008, I have been without a paying job. Part of my spiritual practice has become jogging most week-day mornings and while jogging, I repeat positive affirmations. One of my favorite affirmations is this one by Louise Hay:
In the infinity of life where I am,
all is perfect, whole and complete.
I believe in a power far greater than I am
that flows through me every moment of every day.
I open myself to the wisdom within,
knowing that there is only One Intelligence in this Universe.
Out of this One Intelligence comes all the answers,
all the solutions, all the healings, and all the new creations.
I trust this Power and Intelligence,
knowing that whatever I need to know is revealed to me,
and that whatever I need comes to me
in the right time, space, and sequence.
All is well in my world.
Job searching (which I think is really about soul searching) can be challenging, so having this time in the morning has been helpful to calm and strengthen both my body and my mind.
Another thing I have done is to summon up old and dear friends, relationships that I let slide over the years because, well, I was so busy working, family-ing, and churching. My friends have been so supportive and have welcomed me with open arms and hearts, even when I don’t think I deserve it. They have lifted my spirits and encouraged me to take risks even when I feel afraid. I am very blessed by my friends, like Kristin, who encouraged me to post these ideas on her blog.
When it comes to job searching, I also find that it is sometimes difficult to discern when I need to keep on plugging toward a goal/destination and when I need to let it go. Sometimes I get so bogged down in all the details and obstacles of pursuing something that I throw up my hands in frustration and give it up altogether. So when do I keep on keeping on and when do I let it go? I think that sometimes we have to give up one way in order to find another way. It may not be the original goal that is wrong as it is the current method of getting there.
So besides jogging, saying positive affirmations, and talking to friends I also use an audio tape that helps me relax and is designed to allow answers to emerge from within myself. There are plenty of tapes our there, but the one I use is called Healing Mind System 2.0 by Dr Jeffrey Thompson with the Center for Neuroacoustic Research in Encinitas, California. He speaks of the Inner Physician within us all, out of which comes all our healing. Dr Thompson has created tapes based on research on brainwave activity. His suggestions on ways to use the tape mentioned above are very helpful and include such purposes as simple relaxation, during yoga exercise, or to help work through a difficult problem or an emotional issue. He says, Create the intention for yourself that you are open to finding the resolution to a specific emotional issue…Avoid having your conscious mind try to figure the problem out. These kinds of emotional answers come from elsewhere.
So that brings me back to the original question I set out to address , which is when do I look for answers and when do I let go? Maybe the answer is yes, maybe it is the balance of all of the above. I am using a combination of jogging, positive affirmations, talking to good friends, and listening to an audio tape, all of which helps me calm down, open up possibilities, receive support from friends, and allows answers to emerge from within. Answers are everywhere, in each of these, even in the writing of my thoughts.
We will talk more about these things and more tomorrow, Sunday, March 8, in the Metaphysical Mystics class at Pathways Church in Southlake at 11:20 am. Hope to see you there!