The very interesting aspect of this book speaks to a nuance I never really considered. I’ve held the idea that everything that comes to me is for my own good and growth but never really followed that through. I’ve also held the idea that resisting what comes to me is not a good idea but when I read a section of the book where he asks if you show up in your life. Do we resist conflict.
“You are a “house divided against itself” when you are caught between what moves you into action (Spirit) and freezes you in the moment (ego) Humanly, you are motivated to get your needs met, to feel safe and okay about yourself. Spiritually, you are moved by a transcendent purpose that is selfless and thereby motivated from on high. Your soul’s intention is to connect, embrace, and serve the Divine, regardless of how scary it feels…..when you perceive a threat, your soul pushes you to confront your fears because fear keeps you small and reinforces your sense of separation. If you succeed in circumventing a dreaded encounter, you may have accomplished your goal to feel safe at the expense of cementing your suspicion into fact. If you feel insecure in a relationship, you may attempt to control your partner’s actions. If you succeed, not only do you strain the relationship, you also reinforce that part of you which feels threatened by your partner’s freedom.” Parenthesis and italic/bold are mine.
Wow! I had never thought of avoiding conflict as proving to myself that what I feared was true! That just stopped my in my tracks…. I started to think of all the ways I avoid conflict, it’s been my full-time job almost all my life!
Read a Unity Radio post today and they talked about an online class that was being held teaching the book Eye of the Storm by Gary Simmons, a Unity Minister.Well, something nudged me to check it out and it was pretty interesting so I bought the book and I’m giving a read. So in line with ACIM.
“Can you see that everything that is for you or against you has its roots within you?”
“You must leave this room knowing one thing — that nothing is against you. Nothing opposes you. Any expereince you may have to the contrary is evidence that your mind is rooted in separation and illusion. If you resist what seems to resist you, you strengthen the hypnotism that keeps you in bondage to your past and makes predictable the future.”
“The purpose of this book is to awaken you to the Truth that there is only one presence and power at work in your life, and that this presence and power lives in you as the Spirit of God.”
Just a few of the things that jumped out at me. The point of the book is to help you to turn these ideas into a lived experience in your life. To somehow begin to see how conflict in your life is evidence that the world is FOR you. Hmmm. Probably that is what intriques me. At the end of each chapter he has questions meant to help you delve deeper into these topics, to see your patterns…
- How do you feel when you read, “No One is Against You” the title of the opening chapter?
- How comfortable are you with conflict? What puts you on the defensive?
- What are the inner resources you can use to manage threatening situations?
- If you could call on these inner resources, could you handle conflict differently?
- Do you spend a lot of energy every day defending or protecting yourself?
- What have you done in the past to avoid conflict?
- Imagine that you are a sage. What advice would you give to someone who asks, “How do I avoid or prevent conflict?”