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Many of us are trying very hard to do or learn something.
For example, when I was living with more severe illness, I needed to rest a great deal. But I found it boring and difficult. I did things I was not well enough to do. I then got more ill and told myself I should have tried harder to rest.
The problem was not that I was not trying to rest. I was trying very hard. The problem was that I did not have the skills or the role-models to know how to rest. Trying wasn't enough. I needed help.
There is huge benefit spiritually in replacing an attitude of trying with an attitude of being willing.
For example, if you are learning to rest, you might say "I am willing to rest".
Read the image below for a statement of willingness.
From a place of willingness, we are no longer claiming to have the answers, we are now acknowledging we need help.
Now, we are not trying to do something in our strength. We are allowing God’s strength to work in us.
(If you don't use the word God, you might replace it here with the word subconscious.
We are allowing our subconscious mind to come up with solutions we may not have thought of.
We are changing the filters of our mind to become open to the possibility of help.)
Help can come in many forms. It can be in the form of outside help, such as a teacher or a book.
Or it may come as an insight, a revelation, or simply finding it suddenly, strangely easy to rest. :)
This one of the motivational poems looks at the unpleasant moment when we realise that our way is not working:
You Don’t Feel Good
If trying hard could
make you good,
you would be
You don’t feel good
It’s OK to tell someone she just needs to try harder even though she is already trying hard.
"[behaviour] is controlled by me automatically as soon as you place what you think under my guidance."
(T-2.VI.2, A Course In Miracles )
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By the way, I hope you do feel good.
But if not, that is OK too. :)
Stop trying. Be willing.
Wonderful. Now you are creating a space in which God gives the help you need.
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