Monday, May 24, 2010
I loved that, and I understood it immediately. The beauty of having a safe harbor to go to and just listen, simply exist in a sea of grace for an hour or two, is that I always hear something that nudges my consciousness the right direction.
I do this; live in the wreckage of the future. I do it a lot, in fact. I ruminate, speculate, play out scenarios in my head endlessly. I have conversations with people when they aren't even there (first I'll say this, then he'll say this, then I'll be all like NO WAY, then he'll get mad....). It's exhausting.
There are some things going on in my life right now over which I have no control. I like control. I whip out my crystal ball and try to figure out how it's all going to play out, so I can be prepared. But, of course, it's all a bunch of white noise. I don't have control over people, places or things. It can be drummed into my head thousands of times, and I'll still resist.
It's hard, very hard, for me to just sit with a negative feeling. I like things all wrapped up with a bow on top, thank you very much. I leap in with both feet, try to wrench control, push things towards a resolution that is the least painful, the straightest shot from point A to point B.
But keeping your white knuckles wrapped around that steering wheel makes you feel that you're making a difference somehow. Madly pumping the brake, to no avail, gives you the illusion that you still have some control over the outcome.
So I clench tighter, pump the brake, and things still turn out in ways I never could have predicted. Not better or worse, necessarily, but different. All that ruminating, anxiousness and speculation didn't have one damn thing to do with how things turned out. It just made the journey to the outcome more stressful, more painful.
I'm still figuring out my spirituality. Or, perhaps more accurately, I'm working on NOT trying to figure out my spirituality. I'm learning to be comfortable with all the not knowing, the not being certain, about a Higher Being. When that voice whispers to me, what I'm starting to hear is, "get out of the way, Ellie". I try to keep my heart and mind open, receptive, willing to believe in an energy that moves through us, around us, and that doesn't have anything to do with me or my will.
For someone like me it's counterintuitive to simply roll onto my back, spread my arms wide, and float. Every now and then I'll forget, and start flailing about, afraid. When I don't surrender, when I give up my acceptance, it's like I come to, look around and all I can see is that I'm alone, adrift on the ocean, and I'll feel like I'm the only one that can save myself, because I can't see the deeper powers at work, gently moving me in the direction I'm meant to go.
Every time I pass through unchartered waters and come through to the other side - every time I have a little faith - I end up in places I never could have imagined.
And so, I float.