Introducing Connection Messenger Sherry Woodcock, author, blogger, and spiritual teacher. This is an excerpt from her new book, Daily Spiritual Tools.
Sometimes I find myself too busy. It’s a tendency I learned in childhood, taking on too much responsibility for things to try to keep my world safe. I’m not complaining; I’m definitely not the only person in the world who believes at times that she can hold it up single-handedly. That particular part of my personality has provided me with a good deal of compassion and a desire to make things better in my own small way. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn what I learn from it, and I continue looking for balance in my life.
Last night I came home from work feeling stressed and really looking forward to my meditation time. I was aware that I needed to stop for a while, but more than that, I also felt that I needed some help with all of it. I was too burdened, in that moment, to even know what kind of help I was seeking. I was eager to just sit and rest, and let the answers come.
As I closed my eyes and grounded my body, the voice of God within me reminded me clearly to keep it simple and come as a child. I felt instantly eased as my body caught up with the fact that I could be very gentle in my attention to myself, because there was nothing else to be concerned about. As I sat in communication with the God of my heart, I was able to be the center of my own universe, knowing that all existed for my good, much like a child involved in some kind of wonderful, creative play. In my simple meditation, I watched as my own electric blue life force energy coursed through my body, aware at the same time of Father/Mother God standing over my shoulder, watching over me, shielding me, and orchestrating everything for good.
I know myself as a child of God, made in her image, creator without limit of my own sacred life. But I don’t think I’d ever perceived myself as God’s child, beloved, precious and safe, seeing myself as God does, without the need to do anything to earn my place here. I sometimes think that all human worry stems from the very common but flawed thinking that if we could just fulfill some role a little better we just might be allowed to stay.
There’s a part in Neale Walsch’s Conversations With God in which God says, “You can’t hear my truth until you stop telling me yours.” I believe that’s what happened last night in my meditation. When I finally released my own agenda, stopped trying to control the outcome of everything in my thinking, and just sat quietly waiting for the truth I sought, the voice of my knowing reminded me that we are, all of us, held in the benevolent hands of infinite good. I know in my head that I am safe and that divine intelligence is at work, but I really appreciate those times when I know it in my heart and my body as well. It’s balm for the soul of the scared child that exists as a part of me, and for the fairly capable grown-up who sometimes needs a very solid reminder that she, and the rest of this planet, are safe in the perfect design of ongoing creation.
May this tool be a blessing. . .
[NOTE FROM ELIZABETH: Many are familiar with the verse from Matthew 18:3: “And he [Jesus] said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'” What is it about becoming like children that seems to resonate across so many different cultures and religious orientations? Share your thoughts below or join the conversation on my Facebook Page.]
Sherry Woodcock is a spiritual teacher, mother, grandmother, wife and author of Daily Spiritual Tools, the blog and the book (available in both paperback and e-book/Kindle formats). Sherry is on a life-long journey to find God in daily life. “If we are able to know God within ourselves, and as ourselves, in the midst of the day-to-day events of our lives, work, parenting, paying bills, doing our best and our not-so-best, we help to elevate others and our world.”
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