I begin most days by asking myself the question, “What would you have me do today?” I rarely get an immediate answer, but just asking the question seems to open me up to the guidance, direction, and opportunities, that are beyond my reasoning mind. When I ask this question of myself, I am also showing active faith that such guidance is available…and that it will be for my highest good.
Faith is such a “charged” word. For many years, it conjured up images of devout, humorless, strict, narrow-minded, people following religious teachings to the letter. The “faith” of my upbringing didn’t allow for internal guidance. It basically said, “Follow this set of rules and you might have a chance (probably not though since you are basically a sinner) of redeeming yourself if you suffer enough, deny any and all desires, and do what you are told by religious authorities who know more than you do.” This definition of faith was also what I believed (unconsciously) God was.
As I write these words, I feel a sense of wonder that I was able to leave that old concept of faith behind and begin the journey of spiritual awakening…a journey that taught me how to trust and myself…how to listen to my inner voice…how to have faith in the larger part of me: the divine, connected, dynamic, fantastic, creative, bursting with Life, joyful, wondrous part of Being that I am…that you are…that we all are. It doesn’t matter to me what anyone calls this power: God, Universal Energy, Love,The Unknowable, Goodness. It doesn’t matter to me what I call it. I have faith in it as me. I have faith in it as you. I have faith in it as us.
So back to my initial question, “What would you have me do today?” The answer this morning was to offer a give-away of a 20-minute session** with me. If this is something that speaks to you, just write a comment about faith and what it means to you. I will choose a random winner on January 22nd. This give-away is open to all who read this. You don’t need to be a subscriber to the blog or a new client of mine. All are welcome to participate.
“The voice within is what I honor. It’s what I’m married to. This life doesn’t belong to me. The voice says, ‘Do the dishes’….okay. I don’t know what it’s for, I just do it. If I don’t follow the order, that’s all right too. But this is a game about where life will take me when I do follow. There’s nothing more exciting than to say yes to such a wild thing. I don’t have anything to lose. I can afford to be a fool. What fun is it to be God if I can’t get a glimpse of myself in the mirror? And whether I like it or not, that’s what I am…” pg 117 from A Thousand Names for Joy, Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are, by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell.
*this little painting is available on MY ARWORK PAGE
**you can read more about the work that I do on my page, Private Sessions