(This post has the potential to appear on the tardy side. I ended up with a late night. Apparently, this happens when you [me!] become all Zen Balanced and shit. Time changes.)
We’re going to begin with a success story. One of my pool pals came to me recently and asked about the cigarette smoking situation. Specifically if I had relapsed. Her question surprised me, it’s been so long (almost a year and a half?) that I truly had forgotten I used to reside on that side of the ashtray.
She told me she’d been trying to quit since somewhere around 1984. I explained Allen’s book and program to her again, but she said she had the book, it didn’t work for her. Next we talked about audio and on-line seminar options (and I quizzed her on how far she’d read, not more than a couple of pages, turns out). She promised she’d look in to the other choices, or try the book again. I told her that I totally believed in this, and him. And her.
Tonight she stopped me after class and said, “I did it.” She had become a non-smoker four days ago! I was so proud of her (she’s in her 70s, and from Brooklyn, so ya know, hearty) and told her so. The entire experience just validated my day, and my Present Moment Consciousness way of thinking Yay us!
Since we’re running short of time, I know you won’t mind if I abbreviate our daily draw just a bit, leaving off the guidebook info and tuning in our radio for the message (it worked so well yesterday).
“Possibilities (r) ~ 2 ~ Fire: Action
Letting Go ~ 8 ~ Water: Emotions”
We continue to struggle, and then find success. We make some progress, then we hit a snag. We move forward, then there’s a roadblock. It’s the nature of being Human. It’s exactly how this journey is meant to be. Otherwise, we’d never learn a damn thing.
As we release the old patterns, we see new options. But are we looking so far ahead that we become fearful of failure? Are we wondering if maybe we’re reaching for possibilities that aren’t ours to have? Do we possibly (unknowingly) sabotage our own forward momentum and success?
Sure, any of these are complications or misdirections which could slow us down. But we have to remember that we can manifest ANY sort of future we want. (Pretty much, anyway.) We need to let go of the restrictions we’ve been taught, or that we THINK we’ve been taught. No more excuses. We simply need to dream it, and believe it.
We are free to let go, with the faith that our net will appear. Even if it doesn’t (use me as an example), the trauma is painful, but it’s never a mortal wound. There are more choices out there than we can even imagine. So let’s start imagining.
(with words by me) Osho Zen Tarot
whatever it is to the pool and back. My ride was quite lovely. Being aware of my own Peace, and my own Now, makes pedaling easier. Huh, who knew?