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Staying Grounded in the Midst of Chaos

Camille Strate

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Those of us who meditate know that there's nothing quite as lovely as going to that quiet place and finding the source of who we really are. With deep breathing and focus, we can turn even the most horrible situations into small, manageable mole hills. It's not as hard as one might think, so long as we remember that we are in the hands of The One who lives inside of each of us. But there are certainly times when this is easier said than done. During those times, there are a few things we can do, with very little effort, if we just take the time to do them. It's really a matter of asking one self, “am I worth it?". And the answer is ALWAYS “YES!!!"

Recently I had one such experience that really forced me to pause and have a look at just how much I've really grown. What do I really know now that I didn't a year ago? What can I do to eliminate this particular dilemma and carry on peacefully? What IS in my control and what is not? If I am the Spiritual Being I believe myself to be, why is this so hard? These and many other questions sped through my mind, cluttered and chaotic and disturbing the peace that has long been a part of my daily life. While all these questions blew through my brain, I had the gracious blessing of a phone call. Definitely a light in a very dark moment. I said a huge prayer of thanks and listened to the kind words of my dearest friend.

She began by saying that she ‘felt’ I was in turmoil and asked what was going on. She said she just had this feeling, a ‘nudge’ if you will, that she must call me. I told her that her timing could not have been more perfect. Yes, it was true, I was faced with a challenge and felt a bit out of sorts. Nothing that was going to unloose me, but certainly not fun to experience. Once I explained what had been happening, she laughed out loud. I was, to say the least, a bit surprised by her reaction. When she stopped her raucous laughter, I asked her what was so funny. I wasn't offended or even bothered by her laughter; merely surprised that this was how she reacted to my conundrum. Here is what she told me:

First, she said, she was in the midst of a book called “Happier Than God" by Neale Donald Walsh, one of her favorite authors. She said that the chapter that she was in the middle of was about the Law of Opposites; sort of a compliment to Law of Attraction. In this particular section, the author claims that sometimes, because of our ‘human-ness', we must first experience the opposite of whatever it is we are hoping to attract. That in order for us to fully know the marvelous feelings of success, we must first know how it feels to fail. That sometimes, the only way to fully appreciate the light, we must know utter darkness. And that, for whatever reason, I was, in fact, experiencing this ‘phenomenon’. Once she finished explaining, I, too, laughed out loud. Now, I'm not sure if what the author claims is ‘truth', but I do know it made perfect sense to me. It made sense that because we vacillate when we try to manifest, it's no surprise that we might manifest the opposite of what we think we want. It's akin to something I learned long ago: ask anyone what they really want, and they'll most likely tell what they DO NOT want. Most people can tell you in great detail what they don't want but have a heck of a time detailing what they DO want. It was during my second year of college that I learned this truth and it was very surprising indeed. Over the course of the next 30 years, I witnessed this over and over. People just flat out don't know (what they want). And so, it makes perfect sense that if we are saying “I want a lot of money" or “I want to be healthy", those desires would probably have a counter; “I don't want to be poor" or “I don't want to be sick". It is a very common thought process for most people.

But here's the thing ~ according to many scientific studies, the brain doesn't recognize negative commands. In other words, if you said “I don't want to smoke" your brain registers “I want to smoke" The ‘don't’ never gets heard. Weird, huh? It's been proven over and over that this is precisely how commands are ‘heard’ by our brains. So, if this is true, then it would also be easy to see how the vacillating thoughts would have a less-than-successful affect on our desire to manifest whatever it is we're wanting. Make sense?

Now, I haven't yet read the entire text of this particular book, but just hearing my friend's interpretation made me feel a bit lighter. Of course there's something to be learned from all this! Of course this, too, shall pass. And in the interim, the most important thing is to be grateful. Be grateful for whatever is being put in our path, knowing that it will always bring us to our highest good. Be grateful that Spirit KNOWS the best way to lead us. Be grateful to be wrapped in the arms of Love at all times in all ways. This is a constant that we must trust if we are to stay grounded when the road gets a little bumpy. It's nothing to fear. It's merely something to experience. We can handle it. It won't be our demise. We DO have the power to move through our lives in peace. All we need do is breath, trust and say a prayer of thanks. The rest, as they say, is what is meant to be.

Camille Olivia Strate is an author and coach who takes great pleasure in helping folks ‘remember’ who they are. She spends much of her time with her beloved animals, maintaining that they are her greatest connection to Source. When she's not coaching or writing, she can be found in the garden or on a trail, soaking in the marvels of Nature's offerings. Her latest book, “Whispers" is now available in eBook format. Hardcopy to follow soon!

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