I just recently published Spirit and Psyche, but it's been in the works for a long time. For several years, I've felt a strong pull to help others, but I've mostly done it in person and in close circles. At one point, I even hosted a positivity group in my living room. (Perhaps that's a topic for another post.) I just never quite found the proper outlet to share in a way that felt right to me, where I could reach that one person in the corner of the world with the words they needed to hear at that instant. I really felt I needed to create something that could be discovered by anyone that needed it--like on the internet.
I had probably been holding back mostly due to a shortage of confidence, if I'm honest. Although I've studied and practiced and coached others for many years, I wasn't sure if I would know the right things to write, or the best way to teach. This held me up for a long time, during which I counseled with other guides and my higher team multiple times. Eventually, I began getting nudges to move--just start. These nudges became stronger and stronger, until they felt downright aggressive. I was being called out by my higher team! I had to just begin.
Not long after, I decided to build this site. I was in an especially relaxed state and ideas began to flow to me. Topic after topic began unfolding for me like flipping channels on a TV, and I was suddenly aware that I had all the tools I needed to put this together. I heard the message very clearly: Trust, and let it flow. Relax and let your mind go, and follow where it takes you. You don't have to figure out all the answers--just provide an outlet through which they may be communicated. The rest will come. It's as simple as that.
According to an article on his site, Eckhart Tolle gave a related response to a question about constant negative thinking:
"The awareness that’s already present in the questioner needs to be there in the moment when these thoughts arise — to recognize them as thoughts — and then, you are no longer completely trapped in what these thoughts are saying. In other words, your sense of being is not in the thought anymore; it is in the awareness of the thought. To use an analogy, the vastness of the sky is your awareness and the clouds are your thoughts."
"Remain the sky (the awareness) and allow the clouds (the thoughts) to come and go. You are the awareness behind the thoughts. This applies to any kind of negative thinking – it arises, you recognize it as automatic– it’s a thought."
While in the above circumstance, Mr. Tolle is specifically addressing negative thought, considering any thought to be a "cloud" that floats through your awareness supports the concept that the less we resist and the more we allow, the easier thoughts will flow for us. Further, thoughts are not generated by us. We are merely aware of them.
Fast forward to today.
I actually started this post three times before I wrote the sentences you see above. I have a lot of people (and dogs) in my space, and lots of distractions right now, and I was finding it difficult to actually put words together of real value. Then I remembered to just let it flow.
Taking my own (really, my Team's) advice, I took a deep breath and began to type. Anything that comes to me, I type--going back again to add or rearrange later. I'm letting it flow. So should you.
This is really how we should live every day. Instead of getting into our heads and trying too hard or analyzing too much, the best practice is to stay out of our own way. This isn't to say that we shouldn't have goals. It's important to know where you are going if you ever expect to get there. We just don't have to have all the answers all the time.
By focusing more on letting thoughts flow in and out and less on trying to create or manage them, we will be able to get so much more done. All we need to do is trust the answers will be provided to us as we need them, and let them flow.
I would love to hear about what thoughts flow to you on this topic, or anything related to this site. Please feel free to message me here or via email.