Our own childhoods most likely reveal…
- the opposite of this Neale Donald Walsch quote
- that we absorbed the fears of our parents
- and learned to cling tightly to our possessions.
But, we can start today…
- sharing freely
- believing we cannot out-give God
- that there is magnificent abundance
- and enough for everyone.
Give with a smile
Not a ledger
“Teach your children that they live in a world of magnificent abundance, that there is enough for everyone, and that it is in sharing the most, not in gathering the most, that the most is received.” – Neale Donald Walsch
The biggest communication malfunctions happen when:
- Something is weird and we don’t say anything because we don’t know what to say.
- We let time go by and things get weirder because now it is even more difficult to bring the subject up.
- We allow a relationship to fizzle because of an “elephant in the room” that we pretend is not there.
- Things become strained or artificial because everyone is thinking about it and hoping that the issue will magically fix itself.
- It rarely fixes itself without an honest, vulnerable conversation.
I now know that we can save and improve many relationships merely by openly admitting the awkwardness and uncertainty we feel.
Humility breeds humility.
Honesty puts honest people at ease.
Everyone is afraid. Someone just needs to go first.
I love the accuracy of anxiety being described as a toddler. If I would have thought about this description last night at 3 AM, I would not have let my “toddler brain” take charge of my life. It would have made sense to quietly ignore the relentless insistence that I was wrong about everything and everything about life was wrong.
(Click on above quote for more powerful info about fighting off “The Frightened Toddler”)
“We come to knowledge (self-improvement, success) as we go to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. With all four of these requisites, our actions lose the blundering quality of a fool. If we fail or suffer a defeat, we will have lost only a battle, and there will be no pitiful regrets over that.” – Carlos Castaneda
I love Castaneda’s four requisites:
- absolute assurance
Although they may seem contradictory, fear and absolute assurance create the perfect juxtaposition; a tension between the raw awareness of weakness and the confident power that turns an average human being into an icon.
As in film and television, the vulnerability of the protagonist must be there or else we are not drawn to them. But, as they rise above their fear, we are lured with them…into the dangerous place where possibility lives.
“Prepare yourself for the coming astral journey of death by daily riding in the balloon of God-perception. Always remember that you belong to no one, and no one belongs to you. Some day you will suddenly have to leave everything, so make the acquaintanceship of God now.”
– Lahiri Mahasaya
Certainly an Eastern way of saying it…but nonetheless true.
These thoughts of the certainty of death used to frighten and depress me. Not any more…thanks to C. S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia.
That was the first book that minimized the drama of transition for me. Many other books followed: most notably, Return from Tomorrow, Expecting Adam, To Heaven and Back, and the biographical movie, The End of the Spear.
Photo Courtesy of Taylor Beisler’s Blog
Anticipate the flight…with joy.