My octogenarian godmother says, “If you pray, don't worry. If you worry, don't pray”. It’s similar to what my mother says, “Let go and let God”. It sounds so simple and easy. But many of us find it challenging, in part, because we believe in taking action to get what we want or to achieve a goal. It’s hard to imagine that anything can happen if we don’t “do something” that’s tangible, observable.
And it’s true; we do have to put work into our goals. But my mother and godmother are reminding us of something else that our goals need – energy, faith, trust in the power within us/the Creator/God/the Universe/the field of potentiality/the invisible force that’s always on our side. It doesn’t matter what name you use. We are in a dynamic relationship with the Universal energy field that fills, surrounds and supports us. It’s one of the beauties of reciprocity.
One of my favorite quotes is from Rumi, “What you seek is seeking you”. The first time I read it, I felt immediately transported to a heavenly place. I thought abundance, peace of mind, freedom, love, kindness, joy and satisfaction are seeking me. Wow! Yes, sure I’d love to have time off, vacations on the beach or a mountain top, endless funds, chocolate covered strawberries, pedicures and shoe closets. But what I really want are the feelings and sense of well-being that I associate with these things. So, the idea that well-being is looking for me with the same intensity that I desire it is the same as winning the life lottery.
Take a moment and feel that – you won the life lottery. Your desires are looking for you with as much passion as you are looking for them.
You want to fulfill them and they want to be fulfilled. Your prayers go out from your heart and return in the experiences that warm your heart. Your desires and prayers want to become your reality as much as you want to manifest them.
The Yoruba sacred text, Otura Ogbe, teaches that the divine forces wish you well and are praying for you. Just like my experience with Rumi’s quote, I read this and immediately felt peace, security and certainty. Many of us are taught that God hears our prayers. But this verse reminded me that God calls on all the goodness in the Universe on my behalf. Of course, the Yoruba sacred text also defines human beings as those chosen to bring good into the world. It’s really a divine spiritual contract where both the human and the divine are invested in the same goal – creating good for all beings. It reminds me of those programs where employers match your donations to your favorite charity. You invest your heart in your goals and the Universe not only matches your investment but also makes sure that you meet your goal in its physical form. Reciprocity is real.
Make a practice of reminding yourself that the Universe is on your side. Every drop of love and goodness that exists in the field of infinite possibilities is on a mission to support you, to make sure that you do well, feel well, and that you are well. Your thoughts and desires are your offering to the Universe. You are full of potential. You literally have thousands of opportunities each day to offer love, blessings, peace, prosperity and all manner of good stuff. You can even offer your fears and doubts to be transformed into confidence and courage. Do it. Feel the support of the Universal energy field and know infinite possibilities.
© Sandra Y. Lewis