"Be still and know that I am God." ~~ Psalm 46: 10After a friend asked me recently if I've ever considered sharing the Presence within directly with others, I decided to practise on my mother.
"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law." ~~ Psalm 119: 18
ALLISON: Please, why are you being so nice to me?
CLAIRE: 'Cause you're letting me. The Breakfast Club
Because I didn't want us to be interrupted, I asked her to take the phone off the hook. I then asked her to relax. I told her I was going to share the Presence/Stillness with her for 15 minutes. She laid back on her recliner chair. Then I went into inner silence where I have no thoughts.
After a while the phone started emitting a distress signal, which brought our session to an abrupt end. I'd forgotten that the dialing tone changes when you leave the phone off the hook to remind you to hang up properly. Our session lasted 10 minutes, which I thought was long enough anyway.
I asked mum if she felt anything during the session. She said she started feeling her body and the chair swaying but she felt very peaceful. She said the last time she felt her body swaying like that was after her last operation when she was pumped up with drugs. Then the room was not only moving, she was hallucinating too, which she found frightening. I renenber teasing her that she was tripping! :)
When I'm at home, about 80% of the time, I'm in silence whether I'm eating, watching television, browsing the Internet or having a conversation. Why is it that my mother has never experienced that feeling of buoyancy before? I believe it's because she hasn't been in a receptive state.
I believe Love is everywhere present but to experience that Love we have to be receptive at all times. I don't always experience life in stillness but there are other ways I practise being receptive to the Good around me.
One way is feeling grateful whether things are going my way or not. Gratitude opens my eyes to see all the good there is and how things are always working out for the best even when they don't seem like it at the time.
Another way I stay open is by using relevant affirmations. Sometimes I use my own and other times I use someone else's affirmation. What happens with affirmations is they come to life and do whatever one is affirming. Here's one affirmation that helps me open up:
"All channels are free and all doors fly open for my immediate and endless, Divinely Designed supply." ~~ Florence Scovel ShinnAnother way is I ask, through prayer, for me to be open and receive.
Still another way is to wonder about all the good there is and my wondering comes true.
I believe in this reality we collectively call earth, the key to eternal happiness is being in a state of receptivity at all times. Otherwise, I might as well be sitting next to a spring of fresh water and dying of thirst.
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